Trump has divided US, but focus on jobs and infrastructure can unite
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America is divided. There is no question about that. Last weekend, we saw two events: the inauguration and the Women's March. We heard two very different messages. We now have two camps: the supporters of President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE and those who will resist him at all costs.

Over the past 18 months, our nation has been divided along the lines of race, class, sex and ZIP code. A great deal of that divide is due to a Trump campaign fueled by highlighting the small things that divide us, instead of the big things that bring us together.

Now, the "divider in chief" has now become the commander in chief and he is tasked with bringing us together, finding common ground and trying to forge a new path for our nation.

During his inaugural address, Trump promised to transfer "power from Washington back to [us], the people," and of course, to "make America great again." Unfortunately, the president's speech failed to define specifically how he will make America great again. With the ball officially in Trump's court, all eyes will be on him as the American people see what he does for us during his first 100 days in office.

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If the president really wants to get the "little guys" back on their feet, he must focus his efforts on the critical domestic issues facing our country, beginning with following through on some of his more prominent promises made during the election — such as the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

 

Not only would this bill create millions of jobs, bringing much-needed improvements to the country's roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, but it would also give the president the opportunity to show his party who's boss. With likely opposition from fiscal hawks in Congress, Trump will have to forge new partnerships with progressive allies to get the votes necessary for passage.

In addition to rebuilding America's roads and bridges, Trump must also make headway on improving the state of America's workforce. With close to $1.5 trillion in student loan debt looming over millennial workers, Trump should attempt to tackle the burden of student loan debt before it is too late.

Nearly 40 percent of student loan borrowers are concerned that Trump's administration will negatively impact their student loans, according to a new survey from Student Loan Hero. Trump can turn the tides on student debt by utilizing his allegedly top-tier negotiating experience to get them a "better deal."

Although most of us can agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn't perfect, completely gutting the legislation — as Trump has promised — represents a major step backward for millions of Americans who are already reaping benefits.

Instead of killing the ACA, one can only hope that Trump and his allies will find a replacement that would keep the costs down and coverage levels the same. For that to happen, Trump would have to ignore the comments made by his Human and Health Services secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who is dead set on abolishing ObamaCare and making it harder for millions of Americans to go to the doctor.

Trump's first 100 days in office will likely set the tone for the next four years of his presidency. After an extremely controversial candidacy, resulting in a massive divide among the American people, it is absolutely crucial that our president focuses his efforts on the most pressing domestic issues facing our nation.

Mr. President, now is the time to work with Democrats, stand up against Big Business and corporate manipulation, and truly make America great for every citizen — regardless of color, creed or national origin.

Richard A. Fowler is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program "The Richard Fowler Show," which can also be viewed on YouTube as an affiliate of The Young Turks network. He is also a Fox News contributor and a senior fellow for the New Leaders Council. Follow him on Twitter @RichardAFowler.


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