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Transition to Trump: Poll numbers won’t stop Trump from making America great again

With only two days to go until Donald Trump and Mike Pence appear before the whole world to recite their oaths of office and become the next president and vice president, the news media is gushing over polls that show Trump isn’t a very popular man as he prepares to assume power.

Steven Shepard of Politico reports, “Trump’s poor poll numbers — ranging from personal favorability to ratings of his performance as president-elect to negative views of some of his major policy initiatives — stand in sharp Trump thank you tourcontrast to the Republican-dominated Washington that would enable the real-estate magnate to enact large parts of his agenda after he takes the oath of office on Friday.

“The new surveys from CNN/ORC and ABC News/Washington Post, both released Tuesday morning, are also a major break from recent presidential transitions. Past presidents-elect have been catapulted to the White House by a surge of popular opinion – even those elected under contentious and controversial circumstances.”

The above cited surveys showed Trump’s approval/favorability rating under water by nine and fourteen points respectively. Both polls also have over half of those surveyed saying they disapprove of Trump’s transition moves.

With the tone of the media of late, none of this is surprising. It’s just been one negative story after another where the president-elect is concerned. Trump’s nominees are described as disagreeing with him (more on this below) on major policy points. His transition team is reported to be in stars don’t want to perform at his inauguration…it goes on and on.

And at the same time, the Democrats are held up as heroes in the media. Take the recent dust-up over Congressman John Lewis’s announced “boycott” of Friday’s inaugural ceremonies (which has now grown to over 50 Democrats). Lewis is portrayed as some sort of messianic American icon for actions he took over fifty years ago while Trump is depicted as a tempestuous baby who can’t keep his fingers off of the tweet button.

“It’s a huge contrast from just eight years ago, when pre-inauguration CNN/ORC and ABC News/Washington Post polls pegged Obama’s approval rating at 84 percent and 80 percent, respectively,” Shepard added.

In Obama’s case, I certainly don’t remember any such wave of good feelings (an 84 percent approval rating…really?). Where did they take the sample, downtown DC? Why did it go away so fast? Were people lying to pollsters?

As I recall, the media spent Obama’s transition period praising Americans for finally leaving their racist roots behind and voting in a man with dark skin to the presidency, as if the tens of millions who preferred John McCain and Sarah Palin suddenly dropped their ideological objections and welcomed in the community organizer from Chicago whose life’s experience included a four year stint in the U.S. Senate (where he had a terrible attendance record) and before that a backbench role in the Illinois Senate.

But gosh, he could deliver a speech, couldn’t he? Now that Obama’s going to be “retiring” to a position as golfer in chief, no one will be fainting or crying anymore.

There is one bright spot in these polls for Trump. 61 percent of Americans still see him as well-positioned to improve the U.S. economy. As soon as the economic conditions start to improve, his approval numbers will rise accordingly – if the media reports accurately, that is.

Part of the economic improvement will come through reducing government spending – and cutting the federal workforce.

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports, “Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts.

“Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through.”

Interestingly enough, the reductions are targeted for discretionary spending programs only, leaving entitlements to continue on their current path…which isn’t good. But that’s a discussion for another time.

The federal workforce will be reduced by instituting a hiring freeze and through attrition and reorganization.

Trump himself dismissed the poor polling numbers arguing the surveys were gathered by the same organizations that got the election so wrong. I don’t agree – at least that the polling organizations botched the election forecasts. In looking at the final numbers, many of the polls got the popular vote figures nearly correct but missed the waves in key states like North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

(Note: This report from the Daily Caller suggests Trump’s favorability numbers could be off because of oversampling of Democrats.)

In other words, there’s little doubt Trump will need to work diligently to improve his popularity. A two-year starting period (which will most likely end up being at least four years) where congressional Republicans are in the majority in both chambers will help in passing a good number of his major agenda items.

I believe his numbers will rise slowly until eventually they show a narrow majority in approval. As for the rest of the population I see little hope to convince the hardcore liberal Democrat base to like Trump. They’re the ones who still give Obama excellent ratings despite the fact his entire sorry legacy is about to be disassembled before our very eyes.

Regardless of what happens years down the road, Trump will be at the Capitol on Friday to raise his right hand and swear his oath. And his half of the country will be ecstatic.

Too bad, liberals, there isn’t anything controversial about Betsy DeVos or school choice

Along with Tom Price, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson and Scott Pruitt, Trump Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has drawn intense interest – and opposition – from the left.

DeVos’ confirmation hearing took place on Tuesday night where she received a thorough grilling from Democrats aiming to preserve the status quo in education, meaning complete government dominion over where American kids go to school and what they learn.

Democrats and liberals don’t exactly state it explicitly, but controlling primary education means putting the fix on the next generation. Luckily for us, DeVos proved to be a serious advocate for education reform at the national level. And there are other groups involved who are doing their part to remove the stigma from non-traditional education.

School choice advocate and DeVos colleague Andrew Campanella writes in the Washington Examiner, “If you were to listen only to the national-level discussion over the issue, you might think school choice is wildly controversial. But in many states across the country, that's not the case. Much of the ‘controversy’ over school choice has largely ebbed.

“Why? Because as parents and state lawmakers understand, school choice simply means empowering parents to choose from a variety of educational options for their children, including traditional public schools, public magnet schools, online academies, private schools and homeschooling. It does not mean promoting one type of education over another.”

There’s the catch. Mention “school choice” and the liberal establishment automatically accuse you of being anti-public schools. Not true. While I personally believe vouchers would be one of the best reforms this country could ever make – virtually guaranteeing unlimited school choice – simply giving parents options to homeschool or send their kids to a magnet school would be almost as good.

Public education has soured because of a lack of competition, meaning there’s little incentive for tenured administrators and teachers to innovate in order to improve. Families stuck in areas where there’s only the local public school and nothing else have no choice but to take the only available route.

As Campanella points out in his article, those restrictions no longer exist. Communications technologies bring a whole new world to education, which threatens the Democrats’ power base. If they can’t keep you confined in their tightly wound education box they’re simply not needed anymore.

And dumping more money on the problem has never worked.

Like all of Trump’s nominees, DeVos stands an excellent chance of being confirmed by the Republican senate. I’m guessing she’ll get at least half a

dozen Democrats to vote for her as well.

Then, at last, we might get some real reform in the country’s educational system.

Contrary to media reports, Trump doesn’t mind differences of opinion around him

One of the many misleading ways the news media has characterized Donald Trump is the implication that he’s a mob boss-like dictator who doesn’t tolerate dissent or opinions other than his own.

Sure, Trump was the star of the TV show “The Apprentice” where his catch phrase “you’re fired!” made it seem like he enjoyed terminating people. Personal testimonials from those who know him, however, portray Trump as a good listener who enjoys the back-and-forth of competing positions. That’s how his closest friends and acquaintances expect Trump to conduct his administration.

Naturally, some of his opponents and enemies are claiming Trump’s difference of opinion with his cabinet nominees is already causing turmoil.

Rebecca Berg of Real Clear Politics writes, “Eight more of Trump’s picks for Cabinet posts are slated for their Senate hearings Tuesday through Thursday, and many will likely face uncomfortable questions about disagreements with Trump or their outright political attacks on him in the past.

“The nominees’ turns in the spotlight will follow a string of hearings last week in which other Cabinet nominees starkly diverged from Trump on matters of both substance and style. Trump shrugged off those instances, telling reporters Friday, ‘We want them to be themselves.’”

As usual the media gets it completely wrong in highlighting the differences between what Trump’s cabinet nominees are saying in their confirmation hearings and what he may or may not have said during last year’s campaign.

For example, Berg and others pointed out that Secretary of State designee Rex Tillerson’s words and tone towards Russia do not match Trump’s more conciliatory perspective. Or Congressman Mike Pompeo’s (in line to head the CIA) praise for the intelligence community during his questioning would appear to diverge from Trump’s critical stance on the topic.

It may be oversimplifying the matter to say these differences are no big deal…but it’s true. Trump doesn’t care, why should we?

Whereas Democrats seem to agree on just about everything – legal abortion until the moment of birth, more government social spending, bathroom access for transgender folks, breaking down traditional cultural norms in favor of “tolerance” and “diversity”, cutting the defense budget, allowing virtually unfettered immigration, forcing religious institutions to submit to government authority and putting the energy industry out of business to curb “climate change” – many conservatives and Republicans actually have different viewpoints on issues.

What a shock. Rex Tillerson may disagree with Trump on something! What to do now?

Will it make a difference on policy? Maybe, maybe not. But at least with Trump in the White House conservatives have a much better chance of seeing a position taken by the Heritage Foundation being given consideration rather than dictates from Planned Parenthood or the National Federation of Teachers. Leftist groups have practically set up residence outside of Obama’s office the past eight years. In two days they’ll be tossed out into the street where they belong.

The fact that liberals agree on everything leaves no room for differences in the Democrat party. If you don’t believe it, ask Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (who challenged Nancy Pelosi for House Minority Leader). Any hint of “moderation” gets you blackballed in the minority party.

And because there are actual issue disagreements in the Republican Party, the media is already working to try and exacerbate the divisions. Take repealing Obamacare for example.

In a story titled “Trump, Price and Hill GOP at odds on Obamacare,” Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn of Politico report, “Over the weekend, Trump said he wants to substantially expand coverage once (Congressman Tom) Price is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary — ‘insurance for everybody’ as he put it to the Washington Post. But as a House member and former chairman of the House Budget Committee, the Georgia Republican wrote one of the most conservative visions for health care, although his plan never included universal coverage as a stated goal.

“Congressional Republicans are caught in between, racing to repeal Obamacare while receiving mixed signals from the incoming administration about what will replace it. Several key Republicans have already indicated Price's approach won't undergird the legislative process.”

The Politico story offers the views of a few Republican senators who said Price’s plan isn’t going to be the starting point for an Obamacare replacement while House Republicans believe that it will be.

Meanwhile, Trump’s positions on the issue have varied greatly, basically insisting only that Obamacare was going to be history shortly after he takes office and it would be replaced by something that actually works.

There’s nothing to see here. Everyone (except the Democrats) agrees Obamacare has to go. What comes after is still being debated. It took Democrats years to screw up the health system and it’s going to take time to devise a solution.

In contrast, can you imagine what would be happening if Hillary Clinton had won the election? I can…nothing.

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