There are two things worth noting about Donald Trump thus far.
First, the tax bill.
For all the talk about how Trump was a different, more populist kind of Republican, the tax law he signed is cartoonish proof that the GOP is slavishly devoted to the interests of the rich. And despite the tax "reform" label, House Speaker Paul Ryan's crowning achievement does not simplify the tax code; it makes the tax code more complex. It was so hastily drafted and contains so many new giveaways to the wealthy that tax attorneys will be among the biggest winners. It's a huge gift to people who least need relief in a time of increasing inequality. One of the most telling features of the bill is that the modest breaks for the middle class are set to expire in less than a decade, while the corporate cuts are permanent. The Los Angeles Times
The tax bill is hugely unpopular. However, if Democrats get into power, they can take action to undo the tax bill or to amend it. It can be changed in the future, and Congress can take a more comprehensive view of tax legislation reforming the tax code in ways to both simplify it and make it fair.
However, judicial appointments are not repealable or amendable.
Perhaps most concerning, from a long-term perspective, is the Trumpification of the judiciary. When the Senate confirmed the 49-year-old arch-conservative Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, it instantly granted Trump a durable political "win." Just how much of a win will depend on future events. Gorsuch replaced Antonin Scalia, another arch-conservative. But three nonconservative Supreme Court justices — the moderate Anthony M. Kennedy and the liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer — will be 80 by the midterm elections. If one of them leaves the court and Trump confirms a replacement, the court will move rightward for decades. This shift would have a huge influence on the course of American politics, not least by sharply constraining what the next Democratic Congress can accomplish.
Even if Gorsuch is Trump's only Supreme Court nomination, Trump is getting federal judges confirmed at a record rate. He's packing the lower courts with young, reactionary and, in some cases, comically unqualified judges who will affect American jurisprudence for the worse. The Los Angeles Times
The long lasting impact on the judiciary will be felt by Americans for years to come. The power of the judiciary cannot be underestimated. Judicial actions can impact our lives for years to come. The damage on this front may be repaired with future appointments, but the damage will be felt for a long time into the future.
There may be positive aspects to some of the work Trump is doing, but the negative impact on our society and our reputation is harmful. Some of it can be fixed, while other parts undermine the nation we once were.