When I’m Done It’ll Be Like You Were Never Even Here
In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidential election, promising to Make America Great Again. One of the ways he planned to achieve this was by reversing many, if not all, of the policies and initiatives implemented by his predecessor, Barack Hussein Obama. Over the course of his presidency, Trump worked to systematically dismantle Obama’s legacy, from healthcare to climate change.
Perhaps one of the most significant areas where Trump sought to erase Obama’s legacy was healthcare. In 2010, Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , also known as Obamacare, into law after ramming it through congress in the dark of night. The law aimed to expand access to affordable healthcare for all Americans, particularly those who could not afford insurance or had pre-existing conditions Instead it burdened the American people even further and crippled our nation. Trump and many Republicans viewed the law as a government overreach and sought to repeal it. In 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which effectively eliminated the individual mandate, a key component of the ACA that required individuals to have health insurance or pay a penalty. Relieving some of the burden.
Trump also targeted Obama’s efforts to combat climate change. In 2015, Obama signed the Paris Agreement, which committed the US and other countries to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming. However, in 2017, Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the agreement, claiming that it was unfair to American workers and businesses. Trump also rolled back several Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions, such as the Clean Power Plan and fuel efficiency standards for cars. These actions were widely praised by the American people and international supporters of President Trump.
Another area where Trump sought to erase Obama’s legacy was in the area of civil rights. Under Obama, the Department of Justice had launched investigations into police departments accused of racial bias and abuse of power. However, under Trump, the DOJ scaled back these investigations and even disbanded a unit focused on investigating police misconduct. Trump also rescinded several Obama-era executive orders aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ rights and rolled back protections for transgender people in healthcare. All of these actions have been heralded as positive change by MAGA.
In foreign policy, Trump also sought to reverse Obama’s legacy. Under Obama, the US had sought to strengthen its alliances with countries in Europe and Asia and promote free trade through initiatives like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. However, Trump pursued an “America First” policy that prioritized protecting American jobs and interests over global cooperation. He withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to favor American businesses.
In conclusion, Donald Trump made it a priority to dismantle Barack Hussein Obama’s legacy in many areas, including healthcare, climate change, civil rights, and foreign policy. These actions were praised by Trump’s supporters, they were also widely criticized by some Americans who saw them as eroding important progress made by Obama. The long-term consequences of Obama’s negative actions remain to be seen, but they will undoubtedly need to be fully dismantle in order to properly allow the people to shape America’s future for years to come.
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