Change is in the air for 2017 and with it comes reason to be optimistic.

On Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in, ushering in a chance for conservatives to prove their agenda for America is better than anything that was offered by liberals and President Barack Obama for the last eight years.

The stock markets have reacted positively so far, which alone is encouraging. But so too are some of the selections Trump has made for his cabinet.

Trump is showing by many of his picks for key posts that American businesses stand to see welcome relief in 2017 — especially from burdensome taxes and over regulation. (Wouldn't it be great if California Gov. Jerry Brown would follow Trump's lead and help make the Golden State great again?)

Conservatives have long predicted that if government left businesses and individuals alone, they would generate millions of new jobs that would pretty much enable anyone who wanted a job to get one. 

We'll see if that indeed is the case, and it shouldn't take long for the economy to start rolling in high gear if it is.

There is reason to be optimistic on other fronts, as well. President Trump may usher in a new era of educational choice in America, one that will truly provide ALL children with a chance at a good education, not merely the privileged few in wealthy districts. If his pick for Education Secretary does nothing more than make it easier for parents to send their children to charter schools, and for more charter schools to flourish, she will have accomplished more than most.

And what about our military? Is there not reason to be optimistic with Donald Trump as our commander in chief? We think so.

President Trump vows to rebuild the military, but perhaps it doesn't need rebuilding as much as reallocating resources. There is enormous waste in government, perhaps more so in the Department of Defense than anywhere. We're hopeful President Trump will see that immediately, perhaps as quickly as he recognized the bill for the new Air Force One was out of line with what government should pay.

All in all, 2017 could be a year to remember for Americans across the land. If it is, the many millions who voted for Donald Trump on Nov. 8 will be able to stand up and say that by casting their votes, they were able to help make America great again!