- The Washington Times
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

President Trump says the “first 100 days” litmus test for White House achievement is ridiculous. The rest of the nation is not very keen on the idea either, which is reassuring. A new CBS News poll finds that 62 percent of all Americans say that 100 days is simply “not enough time” for them to judge the work of Mr. Trump and his administration. Of course, there’s a partisan divide: 82 percent of Republicans agree, along with 69 percent of independents and 37 percent of Democrats.

“A president’s ratings at the 100-day mark don’t predict much about what his or her ratings will do over their term. Historically, recent Presidents’ approval ratings have moved up and down after those 100 days, depending on events and their performance as the years went on,” the poll analysis noted.


The parties themselves differ on their 100-days thinking, meanwhile. The Republican National Committee is blasting the phenomenon, already ramped up by a gleeful news media as a prime Trump-bashing vehicle, fraught with extraordinary significance and meaning. Not so. The GOP has released a video titled “100 Days of Obstruction,” which highlights the Democrats’ “petty obstruction tactics” and stubborn refusal to find even an iota of compromise.”

“It’s clear the Democrats have only one goal in mind: obstruction. They have refused to work with Republicans to find solutions to the problems that face our nation, and voters will remember this display of blind partisanship when they head to the polls this year and in 2018,” predicts Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

The Democrats, meanwhile, are fundraising. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched the “100 Day Resistance Fund,” playing off collective ire against the president.

“Donald Trump will mark a hundred days in office on Saturday with nothing to show for it but broken promises,” Mr. Perez says in his outreach. “But to stop Trump for good, we need to start replacing his Republican allies in Congress, statehouses, and city councils. We’ve got to take our grassroots energy and use it to elect Democrats — voting out Trump apologists and putting people in office who share our values and will stand up to Trump.”

THE NRA CONVENTION: ON TARGET

Thursday is opening day for the National Rifle Association’s annual grand meeting in Atlanta, which includes a cavalcade of notable guests in the next 72 hours, including President Trump, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and Hank Williams Jr. The event is astonishing in scope: More than 80,000 people are expected to attend, along with 800 exhibitors ranging from major manufacturers and suppliers to The Heritage Foundation and the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

Thursday’s opening events will be capped off with the National NRA Foundation Banquet, a charitable event that includes a fine dinner plus a multitude of activities, all in support of shooting sports.

“Help us teach freedom by bidding on custom firearms, unique merchandise and specialized hunts,” the organizers advise.

It’s never too early to follow the big doings, found at NRAAM.org.

LINDSEY CUTS TO THE CHASE

“I really am impressed with his commander in chief skills here. He is not gonna let this nut job in North Korea develop a missile with a nuclear weapon on top to hit America.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham, weighing in on President Trump’s ongoing strategy for dealing with North Korea, to Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom”

A PRIEST WELCOMES PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez created some ripples in his party’s solidarity when he insisted that being a pro-choice Democrat “is nonnegotiable” — a rigid proclamation that caused even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to take notice, and not in a good way.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, sees an opportunity, however. He is now “inviting pro-life Democrats who are no longer welcome in their party to cross the aisle,” noting that a recent Pew Research Center poll found that 28 percent of Democrats say they would like to see abortion illegal in all or most cases.

“Perez and all Democratic public officials who support child-killing are hypocrites on many levels, because they are unwilling to describe the very procedure they support. I want to hear Mr. Perez quote the medical textbooks on abortion as they describe the tearing off of the arms and legs of a baby and the crushing of her head. Then the debate can begin,” Father Pavone advises.

“Meanwhile, what are those pro-life Democrats to do, trapped in a party that clearly doesn’t want them? Some work to change the party. But if the party doesn’t listen, switch parties,” the priest adds.

HURRAH FOR HILTON

A round of applause, please, for Hilton Hotels and Resorts — which plans to hire 20,000 military veterans, their spouses, dependents and caregivers in the next three years. The global hospitality giant — which operates 4,900 properties around the globe — already has made 10,000 military hires in the U.S. since 2013, exceeding its initial goal to reach that number two years ahead of schedule.

“Military veterans and their families have made incredible sacrifices for our country, and we are strongly committed to ensuring they have great jobs when they return home from service. We’ve always felt strongly about this issue since our founder Conrad Hilton himself was a military veteran, and we are very proud of our veteran team members who have contributed so much to our company,” says president and CEO Christopher J. Nassetta.

Hilton’s chief human resources officer, Matt Schuyler, praises vets for their leadership, integrity and teamwork, advising prospective employees that the company “will do everything it can to support you in making a smooth transition to the civilian workforce.”

POLL DU JOUR

66 percent of U.S. investors “expect strong returns” on their investments in the next six months.

61 percent see more stability from the Trump administration.

56 percent are poised to make more investments.

48 percent see “more clarity” on what the U.S. government will focus on this year.

40 percent expect lower personal income taxes, 40 percent expect more “infrastructure spending.”

38 percent are worried they will “miss out on gains” if they don’t act on their investments.

Source: A USB Investor Watch survey of 2,272 affluent investors with at least $1 million in investable assets conducted March 28-April 3 and released Wednesday.

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