President-Elect Donald Trump may be asking the same question Robert Redford’s character does after winning his race at the end of the classic 1972 film “The Candidate”: “What do we do now?”
Trump, a political newcomer can rely on the business skills that enabled him to successfully navigate the tortuous world of politics. He might also tap the expertise of conservative policy analysts who are already sharing their thoughts on what Trump’s priorities
should be, and what they anticipate from a Trump presidency.
“I think one big (issue)
would be unifying the country,” David From, Illinois state director for
Americans for Prosperity, told AMI
Newswire. “Obviously, this (was) a divisive election so unifying the
country is imperative.”
One of the main takeaways, From said, is that many Americans
feel left behind and strong economic growth is the best way to address their concerns.
From said that some of Trump’s proposals, like reforming the tax code and eliminating red tape and regulation that put a strain on businesses can go a long way toward expanding wealth and opportunity.
One of the first regulations on the chopping block should be the Affordable
Care Act (ACA), From said.
“It’s a program that costs far too much and puts terrible strain
on employers and individuals, and it’s really a bad policy that needs to be
done away with. So I think that should be one of his first proprieties,” he
Enacted by President Barack Obama in 2010, the ACA promised
to provide affordable healthcare to all enrollees. Instead, health insurance
premiums have spiked since then, and many insurance companies have exited the Obamacare
exchanges all together following significant financial losses and increased
concerned with the high medical costs and low enrollment in the marketplace.
“I think the American people are generally in agreement on (repealing
Obamacare),” From said. “A lot of polling shows that Obamacare is very
With a Republican president, House and Senate, chances are Obamacare’s
days are numbered.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office, approximately 22 million would be left without health insurance
coverage if Obamacare is repealed but not replaced.
Wayne Crews, vice president for policy and director of
technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said he anticipates
Trump will follow through with his promise of economic liberalization and
implementing a regulatory moratorium.
“I think that’s a good idea, and I expect that will be one
of the first things you see a new President-Elect Trump do,” Crews said. “He
wouldn’t be unique in doing that – Obama has done it; both George Bushes have
done it. It’s a chance to review the regulations that are on the books and kind
of coming down the pipeline, essentially.”
Trump might start, as he promised in the campaign, by reviewing President Obama’s unilateral executive actions. According to the Federal
Register, as of Aug. 26, President Obama has signed 249 executive orders
during his presidency. In comparison, Presidents George W. Bush and Bill
Clinton signed 291 and 364 executive orders, respectively.
Obama, however, has signed far more presidential memoranda than than any other president in history. In his first seven years he issued 219 of them; Bush, by contrast issued 131 during his entire eight years.
The presidential memorandum carries the same weight as an
executive order and neither require congressional action to execute.
“Most of what Obama
has done, rather than (signing) executive orders, has been memoranda and
notices and fact sheets,” Crews said. “In other words, not regulations written
down, and not even executive orders written down in the normal way, but he has
put out statements of policy.”
Crews said Trump has talked about the immigration orders and
expects the president-elect may take action against some other executive orders
and memoranda as well.
Jason Bedrick, policy analyst for the Center for Educational
Freedom at the Cato Institute, said although he does not have general advise for the incoming president,Trump has promised to
expand school choice, which is admirable, but he should go about it the right
Firstly, Bedrick advises Trump to avoid a nationwide federal
“Besides the fact that the federal government has no
constitutional authority to enact one, choice advocates are already winning on
a state-by-state basis,” Bedrick said. “The dangers of federal regulations
outweigh the benefits of expanding school choice nationwide. School choice
policies are best left to the states.”
Instead, Trump should adopt an education savings account (ESA)
program in Washington, D.C., Bedrick said.
“The federal government does have constitutional authority
in D.C., where it currently operates the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP),”
he said. “The OSP should be expanded into a universal ESA that empowers all
D.C. families to spend the funds on a wide variety of educational expenses in
addition to private school tuition, including tutors, textbooks, online
courses, curricular materials, and more, as well as save unused funds for later
expenses, such as college.”
The Trump administration should explore similar options in
areas where the federal government has jurisdiction, such as on Native American
lands and military bases, Bedrick added.
The third thing Bedrick advises is reducing the federal role
in the classroom.
“Unlike his predecessor, President Trump should curtail
federal involvement in district school classrooms nationwide by phasing out
intrusive programs and mandates, thereby giving states and local communities
more freedom to determine what works best for them,” Bedrick concluded.
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