"Achievements: After weeks and months of fixating on tweets and Russia, someone in the press decided to have a look at what the Trump administration has been up to since January.
Lo and behold, they discovered that it's getting a lot done.
"Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears" reads the headline in the Atlantic.
"With the Trump administration's chaos sucking up all the attention," the article begins, "it's been able to move forward on a range of its priorities....
- remaking the justice system,
- rewriting environmental rules,
- overhauling public-lands administration, and
- greenlighting major infrastructure projects.
- It is appointing figures who will guarantee the triumph of its ideological vision for decades to come."
It goes on to detail these achievements, many of which we've highlighted on these pages.
Border crossings, for example, have plummeted, even though all Trump has done so far is promise to enforce existing laws.
- Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change deal, which as we noted in this space is a yuuuge win for the economy.
- The EPA, meanwhile, is dismantling Obama's coal-killing, growth-choking Clean Power Plan,
- and draining the heavy-handed Waters of the United States rule.
- When a veteran EPA official resigned this week, she complained in a letter to her former colleagues that "the new EPA Administrator already has repeals of 30 rules under consideration," which the New York Times described as "a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency's 47-year history."
- Trump promised to kill two regulations for every new one enacted, but in his first six months the ratio was 16-to-1.
- Trump also approved the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects held up by Obama. He's also rolled back a ban on coal mining on public lands..."