Heritage Foundation Scores Trump Higher Than Reagan After 1st Year

NYTs –

The Trump administration has pursued policies that have hewed remarkably close to the recommendations of a leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, which found in a new review that nearly two-thirds of its ideas had been carried out or embraced by the White House over the past year.

Not one to dwell on the details of governing, President Trump has shown a considerable degree of deference to groups within the conservative movement like Heritage, leading to a rightward shift in social, environmental, immigration and foreign policy.

The results, Heritage found in its review, exceeded even the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, whose tenure has long been the conservative gold standard.

“There is so much noise in this town that I think it obscures the real work that’s being done,” said Kay Coles James, the new president of the Heritage Foundation, which shook up its leadership last year after disagreements that stemmed in part from the perception that it was not acting effectively enough to shape the debate in Washington.

“This administration is doing quite well in terms of advancing a conservative agenda — clearly, quite well,” Ms. James added.

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16 Comments on Heritage Foundation Scores Trump Higher Than Reagan After 1st Year

  1. 30% Levy on imported solar panels signed today. Thoughts on this one? Haven’t read the full thing yet.

    Too bad he can’t erase the obola completely.




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  2. “Even though,” she added, “they are unhappy about (Trump’s) tweets or language or unforced errors.”

    Too bad for them. As much as I think the Heritage Foundation is a great force for good, it remains an ivory tower think tank. But it is one that POTUS Trump has profited from their advice and strategies. I think Jim Demint was still the CEO there during the Trump transition and forged a close relationship with his team.

    I do wish groups like this would stop making their own unforced errors by nagging the POTUS about his direct communications style. They still don’t understand that this president uses Twitter to talk directly to us instead of seeing it as a something to be fearful of.




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  3. I was and am a yuge fan of RR but I’m convinced that DJT is going to exceed in every way.

    As to his “unforced errors,” the elites will probably never understand just how much people like me enjoy watching him pack feces in the noses of the pelosis and schemers of the world. They seem to think it’s costing support…I disagree! Those who revile Trump still will, but the rest of us are enjoying the hell out of the vicarious satisfaction.

    I held my nose and voted for the assclown mccain in ‘08 and the hapless Romney in ‘12, knowing it was a waste of effort, so I’m damned glad to finally see my vote do some good. These days I’m grinning like a possum eating shit off a wire brush.




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  4. Although RR was an amiable and all around likable man, Trump has him beat hands down when we count the accomplishments.
    Also back when he held office the level of hostility wasn’t nearly as bad. These days the left is downright rabid.




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  5. Yes, Trump can smash through and top Reagan’s legacy. He’s America’s Churchill, in this time of “war,” the only man who can do the job needs doing, save America (and perchance a bit of Europe, as well….?) ….Lady in Red




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  6. Trump thinks outside the box, in every way. That’s because he came from outside the box, from the private sector, instead of being a born and bred, finger-to-the-wind politician.
    I don’t care that he is brash… that is what Conservative New Yorkers are made of, and brashness and bluntness is what is needed to push thru the mindless mush of political correctness.

    Trump’s first premise on EVERY issue, is “Does it help America and put Americans first?” If it doesn’t, then out it goes.




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  7. Two words: TRUMP FIGHTS.
    Finally, a President who doesn’t fold like a cheap card table every time there’s a whiff of opposition.




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  8. “If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target” (or “If you’re catching flak, you’re probably over the target”)

    based on the flak trump draws I say he earned it too !

    MAGA




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  9. But but but….Jonah Goldberg and Bill Kristol told me President Trump was not a conservative. Heritage foundation must be lying to us.




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  10. One down seven to go, we be just getting started.
    Yeah it burns me when I hear people say I like what he’s doing but I wish he’d stop tweeting, it’s unpresidential.
    Pleaseee, where were they on all the unpresidential stuff Obama and the Clintons were doing including Monica Under the desk in the White House?
    Tweet away.




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  11. @ AbigailAdams January 23, 2018 at 2:58 am

    > I do wish groups like this would stop making their own unforced errors by nagging the POTUS about his direct communications style.

    In the hours you’re not being payed to play act, it’s important that Good™ people know you really are woke.




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  12. @AbigailAdams January 23, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Occasionally, sometimes, maybe… People seek a job to “do”, seek payment to “do” that job, but don’t accomplish “that” job. And, yet, they’re still paid. They’re still employed. To “fail” at the same “job”. Again. Maybe, sometimes, occasionally… that, actually, is an error.




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