2017 is coming to a close quicker than you can say, “Happy New Year.” With 2018 just around the corner, it’s time to review some of the best changes made by President Trump since he took office.
According to the White House, the president had 81 major accomplishments and 100 minor. The following five achievements tops our list of favorites.
Better still, unemployment dipped to 4.1%. In April, the number of people receiving unemployment checks hit a 17-year low. Project 21, an African-American leadership network, praised Trump for creating more jobs and improving financial stability in minority communities.
Under the president’s leadership, the economy rebounded. The Dow Jones continues to reach record highs week after week. And retailers enjoyed a 4.9% increase in Christmas sales this year, up from 3.7% in 2016.
Overall, economic confidence is up to its highest level in 13-years. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that consumer spending increases will carry-through to 2018, making the boom the second longest economic expansion this century.
A drain on jobs, the economy, and a threat to American lives, illegal immigration and refugee resettlement posed serious problems for President Trump. Nevertheless, he tackled them both this year with outstanding results.
Arrests of criminal illegals jumped 250% in just one week during the spring and they remain significantly higher now than at any time during the Obama administration. Illegal border crossings declined by more than 50%.
Additionally, despite numerous legal hurdles, the president managed to enact tougher vetting protocols for refugees seeking to enter the country. Moreover, a recent report revealed a stark contrast between the number of migrants admitted to the U.S. by Obama and Trump.
Social Security Increases
Thanks to more jobs, a stronger economy, and fewer illegals, social security recipients are seeing an increase in 2018. Announced in October, the 2.1% raise is the biggest in six years. Although we know it still isn’t enough, it is a big step in the right direction.
Besides the increase, several other social security changes are coming next year that will also help to improve the program. The most of important of which is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Trump last week.
Heading into the Christmas weekend, the president’s tax cuts dominated headlines. Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, touted the accomplishment as apocalyptic for the middle-class.
However, just as President Reagan’s reforms led to 20 years of economic prosperity, experts agree these changes will lead to the same growth. To learn more about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect you, click here.
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