Trump’s outline of priorities hardly extreme to masses

The reaction of local lawmakers to President Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress Tuesday night was pretty predictable.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican who represents much of our region and an early advocate of Trump, expressed confidence that the president is leading the country “on a path to making America great again.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton Democrat, condemned Trump’s “extreme agenda.”

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Zionsville Republican, said he does not agree with Trump on all issues but is ready to stand with him on decreasing regulations, increasing jobs and passing tax reform.

Our own view is that, once you get past the talking points and political hyperbole, the success or failure of Trump’s presidency and the Republican majority’s stewardship of the country will come down to details and execution.

All Americans should want truly affordable health care that is patient-centered and efficient. They should want tax cuts for middle-class workers.

They should want cuts in taxes and regulations to corporations that would spur employment. They should want the nation’s borders protected against illegal immigrants. They should want illegal immigrants with felonies on their records at least prosecuted to the same level as all Americans, if not deported.

They should want aggressive action that ends the threat of ISIS and a strong defense system.

They should want energy policies that bolster our economy and strengthen our foreign policy positions.

These hardly strike us as extreme positions.

They represent a difficult agenda that needs tough examination of details but should not be prompting knee-jerk opposition and over-the-top demonstrations, as if these are evil priorities.

They are not.

It’s fine if people want to pick apart Trump’s imperfections. He brings much of that on himself.

But the content and tone of his message Tuesday night are deserving of respect if there is to be any hope for our country in the next four years.

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