Promises Kept

Written by Bill Thomas on November 6, 2019

Lou Holtz, legendary football coach, once said, “Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.”That’s good advice and should be followed. Holtz is a supporter of President Donald Trump, and it may be because Trump is good at keeping his promises.

On November 4, 2019, on Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” on Fox News, Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee Chairman, made an appearance to assert that President Trump is “underwater, including in battleground states because he’s broken so many promises.”

I understand that Perez has a job to do and the Democrat candidates for president give him practically nothing positive to talk about, but his assertion is a laughable lie on two fronts.

First, President Trump is not underwater in battleground states. A new poll that came out November 3, 2019, shows that the president and his top Democrat challengers are within the margin of error in Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, and Michigan. I believe, too, the research that suggests the president polls anywhere from 2-4 points lower than what his actual number is. John Cassidy, on November 5, 2019, acknowledges that the race is far closer than media opinion-shaping polls suggest. It is simply not true that the president is underwater in the battleground states.

Second, President Trump has done better than any president in recent history keeping the promises he made during the campaign of 2016. Here are just a few to keep in mind.

President Trump promised to take no salary as president, and he has not. He’s donated it to various agencies each time. Keeping this promise underscores the president’s desire to serve the country. As much as the liberals and elites assert the opposite, President Trump is doing what he does to help the country.

He promised to slash job-killing and economy slowing regulations and he has. Mary Kate Hopkins, in Financial Times, reports, “Since taking office, the Trump administration has begun remaking the way rules and regulations on everything from stock trading to mining and food safety are implemented and evaluated. Their goal is to relieve the American people from the burden of unnecessary red tape.” Hopkins reports that the result of these actions have quietly led to a “robust economy.”

Other promises kept include:

Perhaps most significantly, President Trump promised a booming economic turnaround, and he’s delivered it. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic notes some facts about the American economy:

  • Jobs have grown for 106 consecutive months, the longest streak on record.
  • At 121 months, this is the longest bull market in American history.
  • The unemployment rate has been at 4 percent or less for 16 consecutive months, the longest such streak in 50 years.
  • Inequality remains a crucial problem, but wages are now growing the fastest among the lowest-wage industries, thanks to state-by-state increases in the minimum wage and the effects of low unemployment.

Mark Thiessen writes, “Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history.” He continues, “when it comes to the real barometer of presidential truthfulness — keeping his promises — Trump is a paragon of honesty. For better or worse, since taking office, Trump has done exactly what he promised he would do.”

No, Mr. Perez. As much as you might want to believe it, the president is not underwater in battleground states and he’s kept his promises. The second is likely a cause agent of the first and may well propel him to a second term.

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Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.