what to expect from the upcoming pence administration
A lot of Americans are asking: What will a Pence Administration look like? He’ll be sworn in any day now, so it is important to get ready. I’ve lived in the great state of Indiana for thirteen years and here is what I’ve learned about the 46th President:
- Incoming President Pence once said he’s a “Christian, conservative, and American. In that order.” True to his word, as governor, Pence often promoted social conservative policies. He’s an opponent of gay marriage and signed a controversial law allowing businesses to deny service to people on religious grounds.
- On the other hand, Pence will sometimes push back on the more virulent nationalist elements of the Republican party. For example, in 2015, he publicly stated that immigration bans on Muslims was “offensive and unconstitutional.” I am hoping that the future President Pence will back off on Trump’s anti-immigration hysteria.
- Incoming President Pence may be challenged by the Federal bureaucracy. As Governor, Pence was frequently criticized by both parties for not paying enough attention to roads and transportation. For example, this debate over Indiana’s infrastructure came to a head in 2015 when I-65 was closed near Lafayette, which caused congestion, decreased road safety, and the highway system was given a low rating by engineers. This suggests to me that routine governing is something he has to work on.
As with any soon-to-be President, I want to give Mr. Pence the benefit of the doubt. I urge him to steer the Republican party from it’s nationalist state and reform the immigration system. Already, it’s rumored that he’ll reverse the Department of Education’s recent decision to de-fund Spanish classes and require Russian for high school seniors. That’s a good start.