Heading into 2018, America remains strong. Though President Trump takes credits for a growing economy, lower unemployment and inflation, rising Dow, and high consumer confidence, these things continue from the Obama years, argues Michael Grunwald in Politico. America’s steady upward economic trajectory has continued despite President Trump’s unconventional presidency. That being said, there are downsides, such as income inequality and the budget deficit are growing, opioids are prevalent, and America’s reputation worldwide is being questioned. But, overall, America heads into the new year prosperous.
After almost a year of a Republican-controlled White House, America is now weaker all around. Among the ways that President Trump and the GOP have weakened American society are by passing a tax reform plan that widens the gap between rich and poor, and starting a strategy to kill the Obamacare in stages, thereby dramatically reducing coverage for millions of Americans. With his immigrant travel bans and lack of support for NATO, the UN, WTO, and other strategic world bodies and initiatives, like global climate change, Trump has isolated America in the eyes of the world, making it more vulnerable to attack. Public confidence in American leadership is low.