Some of Trump’s executive orders have been high flyers that the rest of the media won’t stop talking about; the immigration ban comes to mind right away. However, because of orders like that that get all the press time, some orders fly under the radar, and few people know nearly as much about these new regulations and laws. Let’s see what else Trump has been up to.
Mainstream media just wants to talk about the really sensational executive orders. Although those are serious, there are many other issues that deserve to be discussed as well. Immigration is one of many issues the US faces, and the order affects many areas of American life. Here are 9 of Trump’s most recent and impactful executive orders:
9. Construction of the American Pipeline
The pipeline that the Standing Rock Native American people had been protesting so heavily seemed like it would finally NOT be built after Obama halted construction. However, Trump gave the OK to the construction, requiring the construction workers to “use American steel,” although pipes are mostly made of carbon fibers. Work on the pipeline is set to move very quickly, with completion in the next 60 days or so. This has grieved the tribes who were just now beginning to see attention and progress on stopping the pipeline, only to have it move forward more quickly than ever before.
8. US Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership
Trump made it clear in the debates that he found the TPP a “terrible, terrible deal” and made it his first priority to withdraw from it as quickly as possible. This was his first executive order. The TPP is an agreement between many countries, and the most notable thing about it is that no one really knows much about it. It’s over 5600 pages long, and both Senator Bernie Sanders and Trump believe that it would cause more harm than good. It currently cannot be ratified, as the US is no longer involved.
7. Rebuilding the US Armed Forces
This is an order I’ve seen NOTHING about, from any source. This order instructs the Defense Secretary to create a plan to improve overall US military force. But most interesting is this part:
(b) The Secretary shall initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.
Well, that seems a little militant now, Donald.
6. Task Force for Crime Reduction and Public Safety
This task force has been ordered to 1) Research crime, who does it, and how it happens. 2) Create a strategy based on the findings, and 3) Within a year submit a report on how well they did, and how much the crime was reduced by. The Attorney General is the head of this task force. This order could go either way, but the concerning part is the “submit a report within a year for how you did.” This could easily lead to a serious crackdown, dealing with tons of symptoms but not causes. However, the call for research and strategy as the FIRST priority is a step in the right direction. Keep an eye on this one, as I have not heard a single person talking about this.
5. The Hiring Freeze
This one hits a lot of Americans hard. For right now, the government is not hiring anyone other than military, national security, and public safety officials and workers. I’ve had friends that have studied to become Park Rangers; that’s not happening for a long time now. The government employs a lot of people, and many people want to be a part of it, but they’re going to have to wait a long time now.
4. Reducing Regulation and Permitting for Manufacturing
Here’s where we really get into the America First ideas that Trump has been pushing during his whole election. Because we are not going to have as many immigrant workers, most of the new workers will be American. Therefore, wages are likely to go up. This means that factories either have to lay off or cut prices. This order is designed to cut prices for manufacturing companies that either have to hire more Americans or relocate to the US (and therefore hire more Americans).
3. Reducing Regulations and Controlling Regulatory Costs
This one is rather fun; for every new regulation the government passes, two regulations need to be repealed. This (in theory) will reduce regulations and only permit needed regulations. This is more of a statement against Congress and the slew of regulations for every sector in existence; over regulation is how we get laws in Chicago that don’t allow people to eat in restaurants that are burning down or laws in Memphis that forbid frogs to croak past 10:00 pm.
2. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (Sort Of)
The language in this order is truly baffling. The idea behind it is that the ACA is selectively repealed, giving breaks to doctors and States and insurance companies as needed. The ACA has not burdened states or insurance companies as much as Ayn Rand scholars would like you to believe, and the whole order feels like a rude gesture to Obama. It doesn’t really change much.
1. Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
We heard this many times on the campaign trail. Here is the complex executive order, word for word:
Sec. 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States that ISIS be defeated.
Hope you can read through that legalese! Getting rid of ISIS has been a US objective for a while, which Trump would, of course, know if he could have made it to all the security briefings. I know, I know… I spend too much time on Twitter too!
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