2017 was an “on the other hand” year for RushBabe49. For every great thing that happened, there was something disgusting in return. No good thing goes un-punished, and 2017 was a great example. Starting in January with the inauguration of duly-elected President Donald Trump. Election night in 2016 was the most fun I had had in years, spending hours on the live chat on Ricochet. Many members’ comments were priceless, and when we went to bed that night (some stayed up until the wee hours of the next morning) we were elated. But the Left’s tantrums at having been defeated were not terribly unexpected, but they were more violent than we thought. The “Resistance” was immediate and loud, and we have been putting up with it for the entire year.
This response shows the level of culture of the majority of leftists. They immediately start with the worst curse words they can come up with. Too bad, President Trump remained in office. The resistance was also widespread within the bureaucracy in DC, and every one of the new president’s appointments was drawn-out and fought tooth and nail by the “deep state”. I remember being on a trip in February, and being regaled by all the crap thrown at Michael Flynn, who was forced out of his position for communicating with the Russian ambassador, which was part of his job!
The Deep State and the Democrat Senate Losers tried their best, but they could not stop the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, one of President Trump’s most important achievements in his first year in office. President Trump has also had confirmed twelve new federal Circuit Court judges, a victory for Constitutionalism.
On the other hand, 2017 was marked by numerous murders of police officers, many in ambush situations, all over the United States. By July, the total of police officers killed in the line of duty had risen nearly 20% from 2016. The Ferguson Effect, where community members not only do not help the police solve local crimes, but positively hinder them, was much in evidence. The murder rate in cities like Chicago and Baltimore skyrocketed, as gang members felt more comfortable carrying on their wars in many neighborhoods.
The employment situation in the US improved in 2017, as companies brought jobs back from overseas and opened new factories. About 1.7 million new jobs were created in Donald Trump’s economy, and the stock markets reached new record-highs multiple times throughout the year. Locally, tech companies have been on hiring sprees, with software engineers and systems analysts able to field multiple job offers and basically write their own tickets.
On the other hand, the cost of living in many big cities has also gone up so high as to price non-techies out of the housing market. Landlords raise rents, and ordinary working stiffs have to leave town to find places they can afford to live. Those of us who own our homes already just face increasing property taxes and utility fees, but we can remain in our homes.
On the other hand, we saw huge data-breaches that exposed the personal information of hundreds of millions of Americans, who had NO choice of where their data were stored. The big breach at the credit-reporting giant Equifax brought it home to Americans how fragile their hold is on their privacy. The subject of cyber-security was a big one in 2017, and promises to remain so in the new year, and for the foreseeable future.
President Donald Trump’s 2017 economy also brought the opening up of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines and the opening up of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in places to oil exploration to increase America’s energy independence. And the best news of all, the most consequential tax reform of recent history was passed in December, ensuring that the majority of Americans will see the government confiscating less of their hard-earned money. The tax bill repealed the individual mandate of ObamaCare, so many young people will not be required to purchase unaffordable health “insurance” or pay a huge fine/tax. Since their employers will also be paying less to Uncle Sam, employees may get another benefit from the new tax laws. Many big companies have already announced special bonuses for their employees (including those sleazy liberal TV commentators who swore the bill was horrible for the country).
President Trump’s foreign policies have also borne fruit, with ISIS being deprived of most of the territory they held, the UN de-funded of $285 million, and Jerusalem being declared the Capital of the State of Israel. We have now brought the Israelis back as our friends, when the Obama administration had denigrated them and sided with the anti-Semites in Europe.
On the other hand, 2017 has brought increasing conflict (mostly words so far on our part) with the madman at the head of North Korea, and the mullahs who still rule in Iran. But President Trump is doing his best to unravel the one-sided Iran nuclear “deal” which was a terrible bargain for the US. 2018 is bound to bring more tensions on those fronts, but America will now be dealing from a position of Greatness, not leading from behind.
Illegal immigration to the United States has gone down dramatically since Donald Trump was elected, and that is in the absence of the border wall! This shows that even the expectation of action can affect the behavior of those who might be affected by the action. On the other hand, the “deep state” judiciary has continued to throw obstacles in the way of the President’s legitimate power to allow or not allow anyone to enter the US. This makes me very angry, and so far every one of the “bans of bans” that makes it to the Supreme Court gets overturned. I hope that in the New Year the Supreme Court will be able to finally rule that the Executive Branch is solely in charge of immigration policy.
Personally, my own situation has remained very good in 2017 and going into the new year. Hubby and I are still gainfully-employed, mostly healthy, and comfortable in our home, with our owner, Kikyo the black cat. I again played the full-length Messiah the day after Christmas, and was just transported by the wonderful singing of the choir; an excellent end to the season.
I extend my best wishes to all my readers and followers at Calling-All-RushBabes for a very Happy New Year of 2018.
Oh, yes, here are my two last photos of 2017, taken on a shopping trip this afternoon.