In first congressional address, Trump pitches ambitious agenda

President Trump called for an overhaul of ObamaCare, $1 trillion in infrastructure spending and a crackdown on illegal immigration as part of a sweeping address to Congress Tuesday that laid out his vision for the next four years.

“The time for small thinking is over,” he said in the Capitol Hill speech. “The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams to action.”

Trump emphasized his effort to rework ObamaCare with a new plan he hoped would “expand choice, increase access, lower costs and, at the same time, provide better health care.”

“I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding ObamaCare disaster,” said Trump.

In other highlights:

  • Trump condemned bias and anti-Semitism, including vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats at Jewish community centers, as well as the murder of an Indian engineer by a white gunman Kansas.
  • Trump repeated his vow to fix the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure with a $1 trillion program financed by public and private capital.
  • He said he had already started to “drain the swamp of government corruption” — a remark that had Republicans cheering, but Democrats laughing out loud.
  • The president touted his tough stance on illegal immigration, saying work on the southern border wall would begin soon.
  • He said he ordered the Defense Department to devise a plan to destroy ISIS and “radical Islamic terrorism” to “extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.” He also pushed his plan to hike military spending by $54 billion.
  • Trump said slashing regulations and tax cuts for business and the middle class would jump- start the economy.
  • The president said the feds would slow and ultimately stop the flow of illegal drugs into the US — and offer improved treatment for people suffering with addiction.
  • He made a push for school choice, saying it would offer more students, particularly those from inner cities plagued by poor public schools, a quality education.
  • He highlighted his reversal of the Obama administration’s veto of the Keystone Pipeline and resumption of work on the Dakota Access pipeline.
  • Trump took credit for the stock market rising, saying it had gained about $3 trillion in value since the election. And he said he would save billions by negotiating better deals on military and other contracts.
  • And he even talked about American astronauts exploring other planets. “American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream,” he said.

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Comment by Sojourner on March 1, 2017 at 12:35pm

BTW the big pile of smelly stuff referenced a federal judge comment about the goings on at the ALJ office in one of her decisions.
An odoriferous affair

Comment by Sojourner on March 1, 2017 at 12:18pm

I think many because they remember the Republicans under Bush that threw us headlong into the Economic Crisis of 2008. There are also concerns about the removal of safeguards to help prevent it from happening again. Also, many Republicans and Democrats alike, have expressed concerns about the bankers and elite being brought into power in President Trump's Cabinet. Personally, I'd love to see CDC snapped into accountability as well as the EPA. I hope Trump contacts the Gloucestor Times and yanks the NOAA Agency and their ALJ (Coast Guard) Council in for reckoning. Since I witnessed the IO's lies unfold about their "investigation" I'd be more than glad to talk with Mr. Trump's people about the pile of messy stuff left behind behind these cohorts.

Comment by Byron W on March 1, 2017 at 11:10am

A very special message and very well presented a great deal of hope. Watching the democrats sit there with disdainful faces was very painful to me. They seem so sad that they can't continue the destruction of this country.

Comment by Sojourner on March 1, 2017 at 10:07am

Agreed April.. so great to have hope for America again! I appreciate that he didn't read from some script on the screen, included the fallen, and encompassed all, without the racial hatred we've become so accustomed to witnessing here.

Wormie you have a great voice.. you should do speeches :-)

I hope everyone checked out Kennedy's video on vaccines and what the had to say about the corruptness of the CDC etc... well worth following Kennedy Challenges Journalists to Balanced Discussion About Vaccine Safety

Comment by Wormhole on March 1, 2017 at 8:02am

i like it,especially part he talks about FDA 

Comment by April Minkler on March 1, 2017 at 7:58am

I thought this was a really good speech. I was apprehensive but this far exceeded my expectations. I want him to succeed. I especially liked the "it's not too much to ask" bits. I love that he has a vision of a world that works for everyone. Win-win.

Comment by Wormhole on March 1, 2017 at 7:30am

nice speach,even i couldnt do it better :)

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