Hmmmmm….sort of, kind of, almost accurate, but in reality:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump has “worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any president since Truman.”
California Republican Congressman Tom McClintock made a similar claim about Trump passing more legislation than any president since Truman.
In the first 100 days of his first full term, Truman signed 55 bills. The president with the highest count since then is Trump with 28.
The national PoltiFact rated Spicer’s claim Mostly True, with the key clarification that none of the bills Trump has signed so far are major pieces of legislation. They added that his accomplishment doesn’t indicate that Trump has been particularly skilled at getting his agenda through Congress so far.
The entire article from www.politifact.com can be read here:
California Republican Congressman Tom McClintock gave President Trump high marks for his initial performance in the…www.politifact.com
While President Obama may not have passed as many pieces of legislation, the ones he did were meaningful, thoughtful and didn’t cause raucous town halls or protests in the streets. Something to reflect on.
What I understand is that the Founding Fathers actually did envision the Senate as a ‘do nothing’ organization, one that would not allow bad legislation to pass on to burden the American people. Thus, in reality, things are working as they were set up to work.
But I demand honesty and accuracy from that very body, and that, I do not get. In this day and age, it is quite easy to fact check any claim. Plus, one gets the added benefit of choosing the source of the facts to reflect ones own bias. That is a very unfortunate side effect of having such literally unlimited access to information with one touch of a screen or click of a mouse.
Politifact does the research, and is equally tough on claims by the left, right and everything in between the two extremes. Which is the main reason I trust the majority of what they come up with. They also aren’t shy about admitting when they get it wrong, which is so very sorely lacking in DC anymore.
I appreciate that you understand you have a duty and obligation to your party, and in turn, your president. However. Those duties are secondary to the American people, for whom you toil.
I am neither Democrat nor Republican. But I am an American. And, as such, I respectfully ask that you, and all your colleagues, from all sides of the aisle, remember to whom your loyalty lies.
It lies with us, the Americans who pay your salaries, and expect work from you in return, work that, if necessary, means you have to take a stand against that which would do more harm to us than good. We also expect you to own up, and speak up, when your party, or your president isn’t exactly telling the truth, about anything that ends up in the public eye.
We are watching, and we are voters.
Thank you for serving in Congress. I wouldn’t do it.