Last November Donald Trump was elected to a presidential term of 1,461 days. Right now it is hard to listen to a news program without hearing someone prattle on about the first 100 days of the Trump administration. He has complained about it but has mentioned it himself many times.
This goes back to Franklin Roosevelt. He became president at a time of unparalleled economic disaster. He also had overwhelming congressional majorities. It was possible to go from an idea to a billed to signed legislation in a matter of weeks.
Legislation is very complicated and can have many unintended consequences. It took fourteen months to pass Obamacare and we have seen all the problems it created. Congress should take its time and make sure that laws are carefully written. Unlike in FDR’s time, we have a great divide, even within parties. It takes time to build a consensus.
There are many ways to judge the effectiveness of a president. Looking at how much legislation he can push through Congress in his first 100 days has got to be one of the dumbest.
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