WhiteHouse.gov changes Top Issues, media freaks out

WhiteHouse.gov changes Top Issues, media freaks out

WhiteHouse.gov changes Top Issues, media freaks out

The media is at it again, not telling the whole story.

Today dawns with a new president at the helm, and a new WhiteHouse.gov website is in the making. Keeping true to what we have heard from Donald Trump for the last several months, the issues at the top of his priority list have been pared down and include only the serious stuff: foreign policy, military strength, support for law enforcement and borders, energy, jobs, and trade. These are listed as “Top Issues.”

Of course, the media/progressives were going to find fault with that because they can no longer find any mention of their signature pet issues like LGBT rights, climate change, and “civil rights” by which they mean police brutality. Well, that’s true. There is no mention of those issues – as Top Issues – at the official website of the President of the United States. Finally.

First, we’ve got a new president, so, New Issues. Duh.

Second, some people still have no understanding of Trump’s agenda and how he works. Don’t these people know about prioritizing? There are things that are more important at this juncture than rehashing and revisiting these issues (y’all know same-sex marriage won, right?). Leaving the status quo on these topics will do no damage, and in fact misplaced attention will distract us from what needs to be. We do not need to focus on advancing any of those concerns now, and maybe never, since there are some issues that are debatable as to whether they are even issues (like statistics on who’s most likely to be killed by police). We’ve got bigger fish to fry.

“I promise to fry bigger fish.”

Third, he’s been in office for less than 24 hours. It’s now the weekend. Let’s say we give him at least until Monday afternoon before we start criticizing his website content as being out of touch, or worse “disappearing” issues.

Fourth, the wiping of WhiteHouse.gov is a routine function at the start of a new presidency. The pages are still available in the Obama archives. This is nothing unusual, but the media will try to make every move seem as if it’s off the charts unprecedented and extreme.  Sorry, that chicken has already crowed. No more “sky is falling” rhetoric from the media is going to fool the majority of people anymore.

Fifth, the shift to Top Issues would seem to be exactly what Trump voters are aching to see. The federal government should be involved in issues that involve national security and America’s place in the world. The issues that are listed follow this priority without exception including immigration, which is found on the Law Enforcement page. The Daily Beast tried to pull a fast one and said:

Trump’s White House page doesn’t even have a policy page on his signature campaign issue: immigration.

See, they are trying to make you believe he doesn’t have a word about immigration on the site. He does, just not where they think it should be. But the statement is wedged in so you won’t catch the slight of hand. Here is what Trump says about immigration (shock warning, no surprises):

President Trump is committed to building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities. He is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.

Supporting law enforcement also means deporting illegal aliens with violent criminal records who have remained within our borders.

Now, does that need a separate policy page? Perhaps, but there is a huge overlap with law enforcement so a streamlined approach to tackling the problem sounds nicely efficient, and less “identity” focused. None of the narratives on the Top Issues are extensive. They lay out basic principles which are in-line and satisfactory with the expectations of Trump voters.

And here’s a true Win for efficiency you may not have heard of. Trump is actually returning Transition money to the Treasury! 

“We will actually return some 20 percent of taxpayer funding back to the U.S. Treasury, and that is exactly in keeping with the president-elect’s expectations going forward,” Pence said. He continued by stating that Trump knew how to “sharpen his pencil” (despite how mainstream reporters have been portraying him) and they are pleased to announce they will be returning a portion of the taxpayer money allocated for their transition costs back to the U.S. Treasury.

Media, when are you going to learn? Half-truths and elevated rhetoric are Losers. Play it straight, and we might give you a second chance.

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