Making America Great Again

By Kevin Freeman
January 13, 2020Jan 13, 2020

In my 2014 book, Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack, we included a chapter on what America should do to protect our economy. There was an eight-step plan to "restore American greatness." At the time, we were clearly losing the economic war as noted in this Blog.

Here is a recap of the 8 steps we identified:

  1. Recognize the global war we are in. [How can you win if you don't know you are fighting? We have numerous advantages but have failed to focus on them.]
  2. Take reasonable precautions. [Essentially, shore up glaring weaknesses.]
  3. Get money moving without money printing. [This one speaks directly to the tax code. American corporations have trillions of dollars earned but trapped overseas. A good chunk of this money would come home with intelligent tax policy. And, on a net basis, it wouldn't cost the taxpayers a dime but would start our economy moving forward.]
  4. Achieve energy independence. [Every barrel of oil we produce is one we don't have to buy from our enemies.]
  5. Reduce regulation. [We have strangled innovators. We need to make it easier, not harder for entrepreneurs.]
  6. A workable tax code. [We should not be 32nd in the world. Period.]
  7. Teach what America is all about. [Too much of our education system seems dedicated to denigrating the American experiment. We should at least balance that with a focus on the good America has done and can do in the world.]
  8. Return to our spiritual roots. [Quoting Jefferson: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever." If we know that our liberty is from God and not the state, we will fight to keep it as a divine gift. If we believe it from the state and not from God, then we may accept the state removing our liberty. ]

Guess what? President Trump used the phrase "Make America Great Again." Sounds reasonably close to "restoring American greatness." But as we go through our eight steps, it's pretty obvious the Trump Administration has been following what we suggested, whether knowingly or unknowingly. He really does have a remarkable record in this regard over the past three years.

Regarding step #1, President Trump is the first President of my lifetime to recognize that we are already in an economic war with at least China. That's huge. It should have been obvious. But it took Trump to acknowledge it at the Federal level.

Regarding step #2, it's likewise obvious that we have begun to take some reasonable precautions. Case in point, we now have an Executive Order regarding the risks of EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse). We have covered these risks extensively in this Blog and in our books. Now the good news. The current National Defense Authorization Act has finally addressed the EMP concern as well! From the Washington Examiner (January 6, 2020):

Long met with eye-rolling, the growing threat of an EMP attack on the nation's electric grid and military bases by Iran or other foes has suddenly gone mainstream following Trump's March executive order to assess the risks of a man-made or natural EMP hit.

The latest evidence was in the just-passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which adopted Trump's action and ordered the National Guard to draw up a plan to thwart disaster from an EMP.

And several states are moving even faster. Wyoming just produced its blueprint to respond to an EMP assault that could knock out electricity, water services, hospitals, ATMs, cellular phones, and even vehicles for months.

"These are big and very important results," said Peter Pry, a longtime champion of EMP preparation and adviser to the White House and military. "Things are taking off. This is a significant change, in a positive way," he told us.

Of course, EMP is just one area where we need reasonable precautions. But we are seeing some progress in other areas as well such as addressing Chinese incursion in our markets, hacking, and dollar threats. We have a ways to go but progress is clearly underway.

Regarding step #3, President Trump did a tremendous repatriation that has brought over $1 trillion back to the United States. This is exactly what we were hoping to see. Here is a comment from Bloomberg News less than a month ago (December 19, 2019):

"Corporations have brought back more than $1 trillion of overseas profits to the U.S. since Congress overhauled the international tax system and prodded companies to repatriate offshore funds, a report showed Thursday."

That is a powerful boost to our economy.

Regarding step #4, our wildest hopes have been exceeded. We now exporting oil and gas, with domestic production coming much closer to covering our energy needs. This is huge. It allows us the strongest position we have had in the Middle East for decades as we are less dependent on others. It is true that we have been a net exporter of petroleum in recent months. But it is also true that we remain somewhat (albeit substantially less) reliant on foreign oil. Fortunately, most of our imports come from Canada. And, as the world's largest oil producer, we are much better positioned to handle shocks like Iran's attack on Saudi oil fields. And that is the main objective of energy independence. There are multiple Trump policies that have benefitted domestic oil production.

Regarding step #5, this is another area where the Trump teams has exceeded our expectations. The regulatory state has been rolled back as never before. We wrote extensively in this blog on how bad it had become. Now, dramatically so, things are improving. That is in complete contrast to the reg-happy Obama administration. In 2016 alone, new Obama-era regulations were put in place with the expectation they would drain $2 trillion from our economy per year. Now consider this from Epoch Times earlier this month (January 1, 2020):

"The Trump administration's efforts to relieve American businesses of regulatory burden that can stifle economic growth have led to a year of record-breaking deregulation, while experts say there is more to be done. While the total number of pages of the Federal Register (pdf)—the ledger that lists government regulations—swelled to 72,564 pages by Dec. 31, the number of rules hit historic lows.

According to Clyde Wayne Crews, a regulation expert and policy vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Federal Register published 2,964 final rules. ‘This is the lowest count since records started being kept in the mid-1970s," he wrote in Forbes‘It is a notable achievement that all three of the lowest-ever annual rule counts belong to Trump. This an even more significant development given that some of Trump's ‘rules' are rules written to get rid of or replace other rules,' he noted.'"

Regarding step #6, the Trump team did enact tax reform and lowered the corporate tax to make us more competitive. It also put money in middle class pockets. It helped wage growth. These are huge wins. And they are no doubt part of the economic strength we have enjoyed. But there is more that should be done. The remaining code is far too complex. Overall, we took a good step in the right direction, but a better tax code is sorely needed.

Regarding step #7, we have not made nearly enough progress. Many young people almost revere socialism and hate the founders. This is very sad. The problem is that our education system is dominated by leftists. From Campus Reform on January 10, 2020:

"Over a third of young Americans do not believe that the United States is the greatest country in the world. In a recent Pew Research poll, 47 percent of Democrat and Democrat-leaning Americans between the ages of 19-29 prefer other countries over the U.S, while 19 percent of Republicans within the same age group agree. The poll also showed that 36 percent of this age group say other countries are greater than the U.S. The survey was conducted as part of a larger study by the Pew Research Center in September about partisanship as ‘the dividing line in the American public's political attitudes.'"

We have discussed the need for education reform. It is essential to preserving our liberty.

Regarding step #8, President Trump has made some positive strides in promoting religious liberty. From The Heritage Foundation in October of last year:

"Freedom of conscience is one of the most fundamental rights individuals have in the United States, guaranteed by the First Amendment. Understanding this, the Trump Administration has prioritized religious liberty as one of its paramount issues. In May of last year, President Trump signed an executive order creating the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, with the goal of ensuring that faith-based and community organizations, which form the bedrock of our society, have strong advocates in the White House and throughout the Federal Government. This hasn't just been lip service. Throughout the federal government, agencies have enacted policies and litigation strategies to protect religious freedom. Join us for a discussion with three key administration officials from the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as they discuss what their agencies are doing to champion religious liberty."

This has been a "day one" agenda item for the President who said:

"America is a nation of believers, and together we are strengthened by the power of prayer."President Donald J. Trump

It seems obvious that the eight steps we outlined have been taken seriously (although we can't take the credit for anything more than identifying and pushing for them). We believe America is stronger as a result.

While I was drafting this blog, the Conservative Action Project released a memo signed by well over 100 conservative leaders (including me). I am reproducing it here because it really does bring home the advances of the previous three years.


January 13, 2020
Washington, DC

Dear President Trump,

On behalf of the conservative movement, we would like to thank you for the accomplishments your administration has achieved on behalf of the American people.

From a booming economy, to stronger protections at the border, to implementing strong protections for the unborn, to nominating constitutionalist judges to the federal bench, you have kept your promises to the voters that elected you.

Specifically, we want to applaud you for the following achievements:

    • A booming economy that has unemployment at its lowest level in fifty years, the highest median household income on record, a labor force that has grown by 2.1 million.
    • Poverty rates for African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans at record lows, and unemployment among women is at its lowest level in nearly 70 years.
    • Aggressively working to address the opioid crisis.
    • Signing the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 which resulted in more than 6 million American works receiving wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits.
    • Rolling back nearly 8 regulations for every significant new one and cutting regulatory costs by more than $50 billion.
    • Repealing two particularly onerous regulations: the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. rule, and the Obama-era "Clean Power" Plan, and revoking California's emissions waiver, all of which cost Americans millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
    • Withdrawing America from the Paris climate treaty, which saved American families $20,000 a year.
    • Opening up federal lands and offshore areas to fossil fuel development and permitting the pipelines and infrastructure necessary to facilitate further development.
    • Signing the 2019 Executive Order to stop agency abuse of guidance documents.
    • Working to re-negotiate the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to update the North American Free Trade Agreement and secure a better deal for American workers.
    • Keeping your campaign promise to build a new wall at the southern border.
    • Striking agreements with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to help stop our illegal immigration crisis.
    • Taking action to reduce exploitation of our asylum loopholes, ensuring that the asylum process is there for those who truly need it.
    • Increasing cooperation with local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws.
    • Signing the Choice and Accountability Act to update and reform the Veteran's Administration.
    • Ensuring strong protections of the Second Amendment.
    • A defeated ISIS caliphate and killing of terrorist leaders al-Baghdadi and Qassem Soleimani, both of whom were responsible for the deaths of Americans.
    • Recognizing Israel's capital as Jerusalem and opening an American Embassy there, as well as recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
    • Withdrawing the United States from the ineffective and dangerous 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
    • Rebuilding America's military, including instituting a Space Force, and supporting America's men and women in uniform.
    • Appointing and securing confirmation for 187 federal judges who are strong constitutionalists.
    • Signing the 2017 Executive Order on Protecting Religious Liberty and the 2019 Executive Order protecting free speech on college campuses.
    • Ensuring that faith-based ministries do not have to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare's contraceptive mandate, or closing their doors.
    • Establishing a new Conscience and Religious Freedom division at the Department of Health and Human Services to direct the agency's efforts to protect religious freedom and people of faith in the healthcare industry.
    • Proposing a rule protecting the conscience rights of faith-based adoption providers.
    • Being the first administration to host a meeting at the United Nations on religious freedom.
    • Reinstating the Mexico City Policy to end federal funding of groups that promote or perform abortion overseas.
    • Restricting Title X money from going to organizations that perform, promote, or refer for abortion, while continuing to promote women's health care by funding organizations who do not.
    • Allowing state Medicaid directors to exclude abortion providers from their Medicaid programs.
    • Ending funding of new medical research using human fetal tissue obtained from elective abortions.
    • Re-issuing guidance stating that hospitals may be required to treat infants born alive after abortions.
    • Opposing efforts at the United Nations to make abortion an international human right.
    • Hiring strong conservatives for important positions within the White House.

We are proud to support the work of your administration and these tremendous achievements.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
Tom McClusky
March for Life Action
Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
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White House Advisor
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Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
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