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This week, I wrote an LTE that was published in the St. Cloud Times. In the LTE, I wrote “During the Obama administration, economic growth averaged 1.5-2 percent annual growth. When Republicans criticized his policies, President Obama said economic growth of 4 percent was a “pipe dream.” Now that the economy is growing at 4 percent, Obama is campaigning, saying that this economic revival started during his administration. While the job growth is similar, there couldn’t be a bigger difference between administrations on small business investment, small business confidence, consumer confidence and durable goods orders and shipments. In each of those categories, the trend was heading down during the last term of the Obama administration but are skyrocketing during the Trump administration.”

In the comments, someone wrote this:

The whole debate over which president has the best record for the economy is ridiculous. The economy does its own thing without regard to White House occupant. Always has, always will. The most any presidential administration does is to nudge the direction the economy is going on its own.

President Trump and the GOP congress hasn’t nudged the economy to go in the direction it was already going in. Far from it. They ripped out the anti-growth policies of the Obama administration and implemented pro-growth policies like a major lowering of the corporate and individual tax rates. Since then, money that was hiding in Europe came flooding back into the US.

Congress employed the Congressional Review Act to rip out the anti-coal mining regulations that the Obama administration implemented in the final year of his administration. The US went from being a nation with a semi-dormant energy industry to being “energy dominant.” Do these things sound like gentle policy nudges? I don’t think so.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has created over 100 new records since Trump was elected. Small business and consumer confidence were both trending downward on Election Day, 2016. Since then, both have started skyrocketing.

That didn’t happen just because of a change of administrations. It happened because of a dramatic shift in economic policies. Pretty much everything that the Obama administration did, the Trump administration ripped out. As a result, things are much better today than they were 2 years ago. In fact, it isn’t even close.

In fact, President Obama said that manufacturing jobs had left and that they weren’t ever coming back. According to this article, “according to today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the sector has added 222,000 jobs, resuming a recovery that had paused in 2015 and 2016 amid strength in the dollar and weakness in the U.S. oil and gas industry.”

According to this article in the Washington Post, “Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November’s midterm elections. Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, construction and manufacturing — grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984, according to a Washington Post analysis.”

Let’s be clear about this. The Obama administration’s policies hurt blue collar jobs, especially mining and construction jobs. They’re the lost voters that President Trump identified, targeted, then turned out. When President Obama attempts to pitch his fiction that the Trump economy is just a continuation of President Obama’s economy, it’s our affirmative responsibility to highlight the fact that he forgot about people who didn’t live in cities and suburbs. That’s why they turned out in such astonishing numbers for President Trump.

Larry Kudlow was on FBN today to tout President Trump’s results. During the interview, Kudlow said “We are now entering into a capitol goods/business investment spending boom, more productivity, more capital per worker, more training, higher wages. Watch the entire interview here:

The Obama fiction is starting to unravel. It’s disgusting for him to take credit for the great things that are happening beyond the jobs numbers. For instance, President Obama didn’t have anything to do with the revival in the energy industry just like he didn’t have anything to do with the upswing in pipeline manufacturing. Those things happened in spite of him, not because of him.

Finally, President Trump should put Larry Kudlow and Kevin Hassett in front of the cameras more often. Their presentations have been informative and entertaining.

Monday night on Fox News @ Night, Brian Brenberg was asked to comment on whether President Obama deserved any credit for today’s booming economy. Brenberg told Shannon Bream that it was fair to give President Obama part of the credit for the job creation. After that, like most honest economists, he didn’t deserve much credit.

For instance, this chart shows that President Obama doesn’t deserve credit for business investment:

The trend during President Obama’s final term in office vs. what’s happening right now is sharp. There isn’t a real comparison between the 2. It’s a waste of time to think that they’re similar. They aren’t.

Digging further into the economic data, the differences become clearer. For instance, small business optimism, especially whether it’s a good time to expand, is skyrocketing:

Another area that President Obama doesn’t deserve credit is with durable goods orders:

As you can see in the charts, they’d been tanking the previous 4 years. Now, they’re skyrocketing. It’s impossible to honestly say that durable goods orders and shipments are a continuation of the Obama administration’s policies. The difference between administrations is night and day.

BTW, it’s worth checking out Brenberg’s interview with Shannon Bream:

Today’s White House press briefing deviated from most White House press briefings in that it included a lengthy presentation from Kevin Hassett, the current chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. During his presentation, Hassett presented slide after slide verifying the fact that the economic growth we’re currently experiencing isn’t a continuation of economic performance under President Obama. During Hassett’s presentation, his charts showed economic activity during President Obama’s final term in office, the trend that President Trump inherited and the economy’s performance during President Trump’s time in office.

You’ll see in this video that most of the trends inherited by President Trump were either flat or going down:

These aren’t marginal or obscure statistics, either. Measuring whether it’s a good time to expand your small business isn’t insignificant. When the answer given is that it’s a good time to expand, that’s proof that the economy is heading in the right direction. What’s more is that Hassett’s charts show that opinions have changed on this matter since President Trump took office. President Obama’s statements claiming credit for the strong Trump economy are either BS or outright spin. (The second chart especially exposes President Obama’s claims as foolishness.)

The trend for core capital goods changed pretty dramatically, too, both in terms of orders and shipments. Only a partisan would argue that President Trump’s policies haven’t significantly changed the trajectory of the US economy. It’s like arguing that water isn’t wet. Nobody in their right mind will believe President Obama’s claims after seeing this information. Then again, Democrat partisans will trust him rather than these statistics.

Here’s hoping that GOP candidates, especially those in the House, start challenging their Democratic challengers with these statistics. It’s time to force Democrats to deal with reality.

President Obama’s speech yesterday at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana was vintage Obama. He took credit for things he didn’t do. He accused others of doing things that he’d done. He’s trying to make his legacy look better than it is.

For instance, President Obama said “Out of the turmoil of the industrial revolution and the Great Depression, America adapted a new economy, a 20th century economy – guiding our free market with regulations to protect health and safety and fair competition, empowering workers with union movements; investing in science and infrastructure and educational institutions like U of I; strengthening our system of primary and secondary education, and stitching together a social safety net. And all of this led to unrivaled prosperity and the rise of a broad and deep middle class in the sense that if you worked hard, you could climb the ladder of success.”

That’s mostly true, though important parts of it are BS. The industrial revolution helped build “educational institutions” like the University of Illinois. Unfortunately, unions, big government, intolerance and political correctness are killing higher education institutions. The intolerance towards conservatives on campuses is hurting universities like U-Cal Berkeley, the University of Missouri and a number of Ivy League schools.

we have a responsibility to conserve the amazing bounty, the natural resources of this country and of this planet for future generations, each time we’ve gotten closer to those ideals, somebody somewhere has pushed back. The status quo pushes back. Sometimes the backlash comes from people who are genuinely, if wrongly, fearful of change. More often it’s manufactured by the powerful and the privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because that helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege. And you happen to be coming of age during one of those moments. It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause. He’s just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. A fear and anger that’s rooted in our past, but it’s also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.

What BS. President Trump isn’t the problem. His predecessor is. His predecessor told everyone that he wanted to fundamentally transform the United States:

President Obama, not President Trump, is the one that’s out-of-step with America. President Trump is rebuilding the United States that prospered and was respected by world leaders. President Obama looked the other way when Putin invaded Crimea, then made signals that he wanted to retake Ukraine. When Ukraine asked for defensive weapons to protect itself, President Obama sent them MREs instead.

And President Obama thinks that President Trump isn’t in touch with American ideals? Apparently, President Obama disagrees with JFK’s infamous speech:

Sending MREs to a just-invaded friend isn’t “bearing any burden” or “paying any price” for the cause of freedom. Sending MREs in that situation is shrinking from what Americans have traditionally done. It’s apparent that President Obama’s view of the United State’ role in the world is badly warped. Why would we listen to that idiot? He took us in the wrong direction for 8 years. We rejected his policies in 2016.

I mention all this just so when you hear how great the economy’s doing right now, let’s just remember when this recovery started. I mean, I’m glad it’s continued, but when you hear about this economic miracle that’s been going on, when the job numbers come out, monthly job numbers, suddenly Republicans are saying it’s a miracle. I have to kind of remind them, actually, those job numbers are the same as they were in 2015 and 2016.

What utter BS. Did President Obama’s regulations on the coal industry transform the US from reliant on foreign sources of energy to being “energy dominant” now? Of course they didn’t. Did President Obama’s corporate tax increases cause trillions of dollars to come flooding back from other countries? No. Those corporate tax increases caused the outmigration of capital to low-tax nations.

Put differently, President Obama’s policies caused the problems that President Trump and Republican legislators are fixing. While we’re at it, let’s admit that, despite the Democrats’ vigorous efforts to resist that effort, robust economic growth is back like we never saw during President Obama’s time in office. That’s because we’ve got an expert handling the economy now. We don’t have a pointy-headed liberal professor setting economic policy.

It’s time to declare that we aren’t going back to the failed policies of the last 8 years.

Steve Rattner “served as lead adviser to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry in 2009 for the Obama administration.” This morning, the racist NYTimes published Rattner’s op-ed, which is simply a continuation of President Obama’s attempt to lie about the success of President Obama’s economic policies.

In President Obama’s attempt to spin his policies, he’s either forced to lying outright or he’s too unwilling to admit that his policies failed. Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Rattner “was a managing principal of the Quadrangle Group, a private equity investment firm that specialized in the media and communications industries. Prior to co-founding Quadrangle, he was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Lazard Freres & Co., where he rose to deputy chairman and deputy chief executive officer.” But I digress.

In his op-ed, Rattner wrote that “For the second consecutive Friday, the Trump administration had an opportunity to point to fresh data that supposedly demonstrates the strong boost the president’s policies have given to the nation’s economy. Last week, news that the gross domestic product expanded at a 4.1 percent rate in the second quarter occasioned a presidential appearance on the south lawn of the White House. Friday’s announcement that 157,000 new jobs were added in July was marked more modestly, with a statement from the White House.”

Let’s be clear about something. There’s no disputing the fact that the economy is stronger than it was during the Obama administration. The energy sector is booming. Manufacturing is the strongest it’s been in a generation. Unemployment in minority communities is the lowest it’s been in history. Literally trillions of dollars are flooding into the United States now that the Obama tax disaster has been repealed and replaced with the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Business investments are increasing nicely.

Yes, the economy is continuing to expand nicely, which all Americans should celebrate. But no, there’s nothing remarkable in the overall results since Mr. Trump took office. Most importantly, there is little evidence that the president’s policies have meaningfully improved the fortunes of those “forgotten” Americans who elected him.

Nancy Pelosi called the tax cuts “crumbs.”

This is Rattner’s more elegant way of saying that the Trump economy is delivering crumbs to the American people. Tell that to these people:

According to the workers at Granite City Works, President Trump’s policies aren’t just providing jobs after the plant was idled on President Obama’s watch. It’s that those workers said that Granite City, IL is getting rebuilt one neighborhood, one family at a time.

Yes, Mr. Rattner, there were far too many people forgotten by President Obama’s policies. If you weren’t part of the well-connected crowd, you didn’t share in the prosperity. If you didn’t work in one of the industries that President Obama picked as a winner, you were in tough shape. Those forgotten workers aren’t forgotten anymore.

The dishonesty of people like Mr. Rattner and other Obama administration spinmeisters is disgusting. President Obama himself said that he planned on shutting down the coal industry. President Obama said that tons of jobs weren’t coming back. He’s right in once sense. Those jobs wouldn’t have come back with his disastrous tax and regulatory policies. Now that those policies have been replaced by pro-growth economic policies, things have gotten consistently better.

As a result, consumer confidence is sky-high and the economy is robust again. How do I know? I know by the amount of traffic on the highways heading out on vacation. This Friday, the traffic on Highway 10 (at 11:00 am, I might add) was bumper-to-bumper. I never saw that during the Obama administration.

That’s because people have money in their pockets to spend again. The behavior of the American people is dramatically different. That’s reflected in the consumer confidence numbers.

No amount of Obama administration spin will change that.

One thing that’s apparent from this past week is that the Democrats’ plan to counter the good economic news is to insist that President Obama deserves great credit for the strong economy. During the first roundtable discussion on Fox News Sunday, Democrat spinmeister Mo Elleithee went right to work on that storyline.

First, Chris Wallace asked “Mo, there has been a lot of talk about a blue wave this November, a big Democratic pickup, may be control of the House, maybe even control of the Senate. But I think you would agree in the absence of where the economy is always the top issue and when you got strong economic growth, when you got historically low unemployment number, isn’t that a pretty strong record for Republicans to run on?” Elleithee replied by saying “Look, first of all, we should all be celebrating 4.1 economic growth. That’s a good number, a strong number. It also would have been the fifth strongest number of the Obama administration, right? The Obama administration — this is the continuation of economic recovery that began in 2009 and 2010. That strong economy wasn’t enough to save Democrats last time. It’s not enough to say it will be enough to say it would save Republicans this time.”

Republicans on the panel should’ve jumped on that immediately. Unfortunately, notorious Trump-hater Jonah Goldberg sat silent. Ditto with Jillian Turner. Since they sat silent, I’ll say what I would’ve said had I been on that panel. First, I would’ve highlighted the fact that President Trump and the GOP Congress scrapped the Obama-era tax system. They essentially threw it out and started from scratch. Thanks to the Trump/GOP tax cuts, business investment is accelerating, capital from overseas investments are flooding into the United States where manufacturing plants are being built or re-opened.

Remember when the Obama administration told us that those jobs were gone forever? I certainly remember. Apparently, all that was required were the right policies. Manufacturing is back in a big way. President Obama doesn’t get credit for the manufacturing rebound.

President Trump unleashed the energy sector by eliminating President Obama’s regulations that were intended to strangle the fossil fuel industry. Now we’re a net exporter of fossil fuels. Another thing is that the manufacturing sector is getting stronger quickly. That’s what I’d expect. President Obama worked tirelessly to put the fossil fuel industry out of business. He can’t take credit for that resurgent industry, the jobs it’s creating or the communities it’s rebuilding. Remember this statement from the campaign trail?

This month’s job report showed that people are returning to the workforce because they know there’s finally good-paying jobs available. In fact, for the first time in history, there are more job openings than there are workers to fill those positions. A frequent highlight of the Obama-era jobs reports was the part where they’d say how many people dropped out of the workforce or how the workforce participation rate had dropped. President Obama can’t take credit for that.

President Obama can’t take credit for surging consumer confidence or business confidence, either. Neither sector was particularly confident during the Obama administration. In truth, there’s nothing from the Obama administration’s policies that are contributing to the strengthening Trump economy. Period.

Frequently, Democrats have tried giving President Obama credit for the Trump economic growth. I won’t mince words — they’re lying through their teeth. The policies that President Obama put in place at the start of his administration produced pathetic economic growth. Stephen Moore highlights that economic growth during President Obama’s final year was 1.6%. During the campaign, economists ridiculed then-Candidate Trump when he said that his goal was 3-4% economic growth. They’ve already been proven wrong.

Let’s review President Obama’s policies, starting with high regulations that stifled economic growth. Big businesses weren’t bothered. Small businesses were hit hard. Incentives to invest in their businesses were essentially eliminated.

The Obama administration’s policies that were hostile against fossil fuels, pipelines and small businesses have been eliminated, which has led to improved economic growth and a huge increase in energy exports to other nations. The framework for a new trade deal with the EU includes a massive increase in sales of liquefied natural gas and other fossil fuels. The Obama administration was opposed to fossil fuels. The increase in fossil fuel production during the Obama administration happened because they fossil fuels on lands where federal permits weren’t required.

Obama shouldn’t get credit for opposing those policies. President Trump and the Republican Congress get the credit those policies because they’re the ones who implemented them.

The Obama administration raised taxes on small businesses and corporations. That resulted in companies hiding their money in other countries to the tune of $4,000,000,000,000. Now that that tax has been cut, the money is flooding back in and creating jobs here in the US. The Obama administration certainly shouldn’t get credit for opposing policies that increased economic growth.

Very few of President Obama’s economic policies are still intact. The turnaround in economic activity has been dramatic. In short, the Trump economy is growing fast. The Obama economy barely grew.

President Obama shouldn’t get credit for anything except that he showed us what not to do.

After reading Scott Johnson’s post, a contrarian thought popped into my head. In his post, Scott quoted Andrew McCarthy as saying that the “Obama administration decided to use its counterintelligence powers to spy on the Trump campaign, using at least one covert informant, electronic monitoring of communications, and other intelligence-gathering tactics.” He then quoted McCarthy as saying “It ignored the norm against deploying such tactics against political opponents, not based on evidence of a Trump-Russia criminal conspiracy, but on speculation about the Trump campaign’s Russia contacts and Russia sympathies. Speculation by a government, an administration, and a Democratic-party nominee with their own abysmal histories of Russia contacts and Russia sympathies.”

Anyone that’s paid a minute of attention to this case knows that the Clinton Slush Fund, aka the Clinton Foundation, had ties to some nasty Russian companies and oligarchs. My question for the legal eagles and people from the intelligence community is whether it’s plausible to think that the Obama administration used its intelligence capabilities to find out if Trump had discovered a connection between the Clinton Foundation and the Russian government or Russian oligarchs close to the Kremlin.

Written by Rambling Rose

Unthinkable. Despicable. Kids learned to “play” the system. Obama “played” the students, teachers and parents. We all lost. Will we stand by again or will we act?

While we all would like a ‘second chance’ when we err, students with the PROMISE plan for school infractions quickly learned that it is a sham that they can (able) and may (no consequences so permission is implicit) exploit. They learned how to play the system for countless second chances. What happened to the expectation of teaching the next generation responsibility and accountability? What happens to an academic program when discipline is absent from the classroom, the school building, the school district?

We have learned the answer—more and more school shootings by mentally disturbed, glory-seeking individuals who have gotten by with other acts of violence in the schools and fear no consequences in those ‘gun-free’ zones. The get-out-of-jail-free card is not restricted to the board game Monopoly. That seems the foundation of the whitewashing discipline program PROMISE.

While Obama promised to heal the racial/ethnic divide in this country, the truth is that he skillfully set up more barriers between groups. One such tool of division and unrest is the PROMISE program. It was instituted “…by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education in 2014, [and] includes a call for schools to ensure that they are not involving law enforcement in routine disciplinary issues. It also put schools on notice that they may be in violation of civil rights laws if their disciplinary policies lead to disparately high discipline rates for students of color, even if those policies were written without discriminatory intent.” With such threats from the federal government, it is not surprising that school districts “embraced” the mandate…often with no public disclosure of those changes unless someone knew to investigate the discipline handbook of their community’s district. But who would look? Until the shooting at the Parkland High School, the public knew little or nothing about the PROMISE program to whitewash students’ infractions.

Following the massacre in February 2018 in one of the Broward County district schools, Parkland High School, people asked if the shooter (name withheld to not add to his notoriety) had ever been arrested, which would have denied him the right to purchase firearms. The suspect was known for violent acts, including the killing of small animals for sport and the vandalism of a school bathroom while yet in middle school. The sheriff’s office had been called to his home dozens of times. Both the school deputy and the FBI received tips that this disturbed individual was planning a school shooting. The school had even recommended an involuntary mental evaluation. But nothing was done by officials to intervene and prevent the tragedy. They were following the Obama directive and needed to protect the image of the school.

In the culture of leniency of PROMISE, violators of the same infraction 10 times are treated as if it were the first offense. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reviewed the district’s discipline policies and reported in early May:

  • “Students can be considered first-time offenders even if they commit the same offenses year after year.
  • The district’s claim of reforming bad behavior is exaggerated.
  • Lenient discipline has an added PR benefit for the district: lower suspensions, expulsions and arrests along with rising graduation rates.”

The district claims a 90% success rate of students not re-offending. However, the Sun Sentinel revealed the real meaning of that claim. Here is the scam that the students have learned to play. “A student can commit a subsequent infraction without being considered a repeat offender, as long as it’s not the exact same violation, in the exact same year. The following year, they start with a clean slate.”

The shooter was suspended some 67 days during a year and a half in middle school and continued to have problems in high school. However, his record didn’t show that. The administrators use the numbers to market their school. They do not want their school to be perceived as dangerous. Parents would not send their children to those schools if the truth were known. Only after tragedy hits the school, does the community learn the awful truth. Their children became the innocent victims of those who have enjoyed endless second chances to whitewash their school records.

How many more innocent students, teachers and school personnel will be sacrificed on the PC altar before the culture of leniency is revoked and personal accountability for personal actions is restored? Although the identity of the first person to make this statement seems to be debatable, its truth is widely repeated, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Who will do nothing? Who will act?