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I can’t say that Marc Thiessen is President Trump’s most diehard supporter. What I’ve known for quite awhile, though, is that he’s a fair-minded man who’s written some good stuff that supports President Trump. For instance, this article is outstanding.

Thiessen opens the article by saying “With three polls showing her in the lead, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., may soon eclipse former Vice President Joe Biden as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. That’s great news for Republicans, because Warren has a problem: The central message of her campaign is that the economy is working for the very wealthy but it is not working for ordinary Americans. Unfortunately for her, ordinary Americans disagree.

Next, Thiessen empties both barrels of the heaviest artillery:

A Marist poll asked voters whether “the economy is working well for you personally.” Nearly two-thirds of Americans said yes. This includes large majorities in almost every demographic group. Sixty-seven percent of college graduates and 64 percent of those without a college education say the economy is working for them. So do 68 percent of whites and 61 percent of nonwhite people.

So do Americans of every generation: 63 percent of Generation Z and millennials; 69 percent of Generation X; 63 percent of baby boomers; and 69 percent of Greatest Generation and Silent Generation voters. So do supermajorities in every region in the country: 60 percent in the West, 65 percent in the Northeast, 67 percent in the Midwest, and 68 percent in the South. So do most voters in every type of American community: 63 percent of both big and small city voters; 64 percent of small-town voters; 66 percent of rural voters and 72 percent of suburban voters.

Call me crazy but that sounds like an economy that’s working for tons of people. That doesn’t sound like an economy that’s just benefiting millionaires and billionaires. That sounds like an economy that’s benefiting pretty much everybody in pretty much every geographic part of the US. Then there’s this:

The only groups who disagree, Marist found, are progressives (59 percent), Democratic women (55 percent) and those who are liberal or very liberal (55 percent.

That figures. Those groups are filled with sourpusses.

There is a good reason for that. Unemployment is near a record low, and the United States has about 1.6 million more job openings than unemployed people to fill them. Not only are jobs plentiful, but wages are rising. And The New York Times reported in May that “over the past year, low-wage workers have experienced the fastest pay increases.”

It isn’t surprising that Democrats opened their debate talking impeachment:

Old-fashioned Democrats had an economic agenda that appealed to people from time-to-time. Today’s Democrats aren’t persuasive because their ideas sound like they’re from outer space. They couldn’t sell ice-cold Gatorade in a desert if their lives depended on it. Bernie Sanders brags that he’ll raise everyone’s taxes. Elizabeth Warren’s evasive replies prove that she’d raise taxes, too, though not as much as Bernie. Think of Elizabeth Warren as ‘Bernie Lite.’

The other way to think of Crazy Bernie and Pocahontas is to think of them as destructive to this fantastic economy. Their policies wouldn’t make life better for families. Their policies are just plain stupid.

Heading into President Trump’s Minneapolis rally, DFL Chairman Ken Martin predictably issued a statement criticizing President Trump’s divisiveness. After the event, DFL Chair Martin issued another statement that served as an I-told-you-so bookend to his previous statement. In the after-rally statement, DFL Chair Martin criticized President Trump for attacking the Somali refugees living in Minneapolis. Imagine my surprise when I read this Washington Post article that criticizes President Trump for attacking Minneapolis’s Somali population.

It didn’t happen. That’s just how it was written. Allyson Chiu wrote “The president soon widened his attack to target Somali refugees in Minnesota, a group that includes Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the East African country. He promised rally attendees, who booed loudly at the mention of the state’s Somali residents, that he would ‘give local communities a greater say in refugee policy and put in place enhanced vetting and responsible immigration controls. As you know, for many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers.’ Trump said as some in the crowd jeered, adding, ‘You should be able to decide what is best for your own cities and for your own neighborhoods, and that’s what you have the right to do right now, and believe me, no other president would be doing that.'”

Apparently, the DFL thinks that parents having a say in what’s best for their cities and neighborhoods is hateful. Similarly, the Washington Post thinks that people that don’t want their property taxes increasing each year are hateful. I live in St. Cloud, which is Ground Zero in this fight. My property taxes have gone up since the first Somali arrivals. Meanwhile, AP classes went from 9 programs at Tech to 2 in a 4-year period. The money for the AP programs was shifted to English immersion classes. As this happened, people left St. Cloud for the Sartell and Sauk Rapids-Rice school districts so their kids can get a better education.

I’d love hearing DFL Chair Martin explain why it’s hateful for parents to want the best education for their children. I’d love hearing the Washington Post explain why it’s wrong for parents to want their property taxes stable and low.

Then again, the point isn’t that these things are wrong. These spinmeisters’ goal is to spread the message that President Trump hates minorities. Ken Martin understands that the DFL will get crucified if the subject is the economy. Martin knows that President Trump’s economic policies are working for most people. This Marist Poll provides President Trump good news:

Nearly two in three Americans (65%), including 62% of independents, say the economy is actually working well for them personally. Republicans (93%) overwhelmingly have this opinion while Democrats divide. 46% of Democrats think the economy is benefitting them, and 50% do not.

If Democrats don’t convince voters that President Trump’s policies are hurting them, then Democrats will get their butts kicked in November, 2020.

People understand that it’s ok for communities to determine when a flood of refugees is too many to support. This isn’t hateful. It’s common sense. This is what hatred looks like:

It’s impossible to say that the anarchists/rioters aren’t haters. They certainly are. It isn’t just anarchists that displayed their hate:

On a Livestream of the violent protest by Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix, a sitting Democrat State Representative Aisha Gomez (DFL-Minneapolis) was spotted participating. Due to the violence by the masked leftwing protesters Minneapolis Police was occasionally forced to deploy chemical irritants to subdue and disperse people committing assaults. Rep. Aisha Gomez bragged on twitter that she was able to use her position as a state rep to instruct the Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey to have the police stand down.

Here’s that tweet:


That’s proof that the DFL actively participated in getting people fired up for violence. That’s also proof that the DFL actively ensured lawlessness. The MSM, including the Washington Post, insists that President Trump is a hater but says nothing about the DFL’s ginning up of hatred amongst rioters.

Joseph Tsai, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, insists that Americans just don’t understand China:

In an open letter to “NBA fans” posted on his personal Facebook page, Tsai wrote that he felt the need to speak about the issue as someone who had spent his professional life in China. “Supporting a separatist movement in a Chinese territory is one of those third-rail issues, not only for the Chinese government, but also for citizens of China,” he wrote. “The one thing that is terribly misunderstood, and often ignored, by the western press and those critical of China, is that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens stand united when it comes to the territorial integrity of China and the country’s sovereignty over her homeland. This issue is non-negotiable,” he added.

I don’t give a damn if freedom of speech is a third-rail issue in China. It’s an oppressive Communist regime. Why would anyone think that they’d support freedom to criticize the Chinese government? It isn’t as if people my age have forgotten Tiananmen Square:

This Thursday, Chinese negotiators visit our nation’s capitol to negotiate a trade deal. It’s rumored that Chinese negotiators aren’t willing to negotiate on intellectual property theft and other major US priorities. If that’s their nonnegotiable position, President Trump should instruct his negotiators to walk away from the negotiations. While it might cause the markets to tank, it’ll send the message that some things aren’t negotiable. If they aren’t willing to change their thinking, then that’s their problem.

There are lots of other Pacific Rim countries we can negotiate better trade deals with. It’s time to disentangle ourselves from China. It’s time we disentangle ourselves from the NBA, too. If the NBA will fight against states that pass bathroom laws but it shrinks like a violet when China gets upset, perhaps we should explain to Adam Silver that their virtue-signaling game stinks.

It isn’t like the NBA is a high quality product that I can’t live without. For me, just give me a decent Vikings team to get me into early-mid January, then a Twins team that captures my attention the rest of the year. Timberpuppies and Wild stink. I definitely don’t need either of those teams.

It’s utterly annoying to listen to Democrats like Juan Williams and Ken Martin insist that the middle class is getting shafted while ‘the rich’ keep getting richer. There’s a simple antidote for that situation. It’s a rarely-found commodity, at least in Washington, DC. It’s called “the truth.” In this instance, the truth is found in Steve Moore’s article.

In that article, Moore wrote “The latest Census Bureau Current Population Survey data now show that middle-class incomes, after adjusting for inflation, have surged by $5,003 since Donald Trump became president in January 2017. Median household income has now reached $65,976 – an all-time high and up more than 8 percent in 2019 dollars under the Trump presidency.”

Next, Moore wrote “These numbers contrast sharply with the 16 years prior to Trump’s presidency. In the eight years that George W. Bush was president, median income barely showed any gain, up just $401 thanks to the deep recession of 2008. In the seven and a half years that Barack Obama was president, and not including the end of the recession, which Obama inherited, incomes inched up by $1,043 (June 2009 – January 2019). This means that in the 16 years before the Trump presidency, incomes rose by about $1,500 while in less than three years middle incomes have risen three times faster.” This chart shows the same statistics:

This is interesting:

The contrast is even sharper when measured on a monthly basis. The monthly rise in incomes under Bush was $4. That number was $11 under Obama and $161 under Trump.

That’s quite a difference. Then there’s this:

These surges in income, especially in the last several months, have occurred at exactly the time when many liberal economists and media talking heads were shouting “recession.” In reality middle-class families were enjoying a near-unprecedented income windfall and “the gains in income levels in recent months,” Sentier reports, “have been accelerating.”

While it would be fantastic if Nancy Pelosi stopped being a hyper-partisan foot-dragger on USMCA, I realize there’s a better chance of me hitting a lottery jackpot than Pelosi losing her partisan streak. The truth is that the economy is solid, though not fantastic. The truth is that the Democrats’ economic policies are wrote, partially because Democrats hate job creators.

After reading House GOP Whip Steve Scalise’s op-ed, it’s easy to decide what the House should focus on. Democrats chose faux impeachment proceedings, complete with faux due process and faux solemnity. Meanwhile, Republicans use the tools available to the minority to push for ratification of the USMCA, aka NAFTA 2.0.

Democrats’ loss of interest in legislating is particularly bad when it comes to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USMCA is the Trump administration’s replacement for the outdated NAFTA agreement, which was passed back in the 1990s, in a much different business and trade environment than the one we know now. USMCA is widely bipartisan, supported by everyone from trade groups to farmers, and could be the law of the land as soon as this year if Democrats would just put it on the House floor for a vote.

In other words, Democrats could put the bill on the House floor this week and see USMCA start creating jobs comfortably before Halloween. They’ve chosen instead to pursue history. These Democrats want to become the first group of politicians to impeach a president without evidence.

This is important:

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) — the independent, bipartisan agency charged with providing trade expertise to Congress and the President — estimated that USMCA would create 176,000 jobs and raise our GDP by $68.2 billion. Our exports to Canada would increase by $19.1 billion and our exports to Mexico would increase by $14.2 billion. Most importantly, USITC notes “the agreement would likely have a positive impact on all broad industry sectors within the U.S. economy.”

During next year’s campaign, rest assured that Republicans will ask Democrats, especially freshmen Democrats from Rust Belt and agricultural swing districts, why they didn’t push Democrat leadership to vote on pro-agriculture, pro-manufacturing treaties sooner. Those Democrats won’t have an answer during the campaign. It’s fitting that those Democrats won’t have DC jobs in January, 2021.

How often do we have the opportunity to pass a mutually-beneficial, bipartisan trade deal that will buoy all sectors of our economy? This historic, once-in-a-generation agreement is exactly the kind of legislation the American people send us to Congress to enact. We can level the playing field for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.

It’s time Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats did something productive. The next time Pelosi’s Do-Nothing Democrats do something productive, it’ll be the first time they’ll do something productive this session.

Speaker Pelosi understands that she’ll need some accomplishments to keep her House majority. That’s why she wants this impeachment fiasco to be fast-paced and in the rear-view mirror. That’s needed to keep the activists activated. Policy accomplishments are what’s needed to win elections. At this point, Do-Nothing Democrats don’t have a single significant accomplishment since retaking the majority in the House.

This morning, Speaker Pelosi said that they’re “making progress” with the USMCA. Don’t kid yourself that this isn’t the result of WH pressure on Pelosi. That’s exactly what’s causing this progress. Still, the White House, the farmers and the car manufacturers need to keep applying pressure to the Do-Nothing Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Democrats are “making progress” on the trilateral trade deal with Mexico and Canada, known as USMCA, but need more assurances before they can approve the agreement. “We want to be sure that as we go forward, we are strengthening America’s working families and our farmers who are very affected by this,” Pelosi said at a news conference alongside House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Making progress isn’t enough. Farmers and automobile manufacturers need to hear politicians say ‘Mr. President, it’s passed Congress.’

President Trump must read LFR because I’ve been frequently used the term Do-Nothing Democrats. Either that or he’s as smart or smarter than me. This morning, President Trump started emphasizing the term Do-Nothing Democrats:


Don’t think that didn’t get underneath Ms. Pelosi’s hide just a little. What’s certain to get under Ms. Pelosi’s skin even more is that she’s painted herself into a big corner on the USMCA. If it’s ratified by the House and Senate, the economy gets a well-timed jolt, which kicks the economy into a higher gear right in time for the general election campaign.

At that point, Democrats will have handed President Trump a huge victory on the economy, which should seal President Trump’s re-election. Additionally, President Trump will be able to rattle off an impressive list of accomplishments in addition to the economy. Democrats will need to rack up other victories to win re-election. Atop that list that President Trump will insist on is fixing the US’s asylum and immigration laws and funding to finish President Trump’s wall.

I can picture President Trump pushing those things. I can’t picture Pelosi handing him a victory on the wall funding, though. It’s possible she might agree on updating the immigration and asylum laws, though I think that’s mostly a long-shot.

When Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy got together to write this op-ed that the WSJ published, they definitely tag-teamed Nancy Pelosi. Their opening paragraph definitely was the tempo-setter for the article:

President Trump and the leaders of Canada and Mexico announced the most significant trade deal in a generation a year ago this week. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is unambiguously a win for America. It would create new jobs, expand export markets, strengthen protections for workers, and generate billions of dollars in new prosperity. The USMCA would also help keep North American partners close while the U.S. hangs tough with China.

It wasn’t until the third paragraph that McConnell-McCarthy brought out the sharp elbows:

Under pressure from progressives to deny the country any successes during the Trump administration, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tried to run out the clock on the USMCA. Leading House Democrats frequently claim to support the deal in the abstract but have spent months finding one excuse after another to delay passing it.

After that, their elbows get significantly sharper:

The administration has worked tirelessly to address these shifting objections. It’s time for Mrs. Pelosi’s delay tactics to end. House Democrats need to put the country first and stop blocking this significant victory for the American people. The USMCA isn’t some political football. It’s a critical piece of economic policy. Its enactment or failure will have life-changing consequences for workers. Twelve million American jobs rely on trade with our northern and southern neighbors, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mexico and Canada together represent a $500 billion export market for the U.S. They buy one-third of the goods America exports, plus tens of billions of dollars more in services.

Pelosi knows that she cant hold her majority if they don’t have any accomplishments. If she can’t put together the votes to ratify, then voters will know what today’s Democrats emphasize economically, which is socialism.

Frankly, the Resist Movement hasn’t helped Democrats going into this presidential election cycle. Resist has pushed for impeachment and hating Trump. That’s led to nothing in terms of accomplishments. When Republicans face the voters, they’ll rattle off an impressive list of accomplishments. When Democrats face the voters, they’ll be able to say ‘We impeached President Trump.

If anyone thinks that Democrats stand a fighting chance of winning swing districts, they’re kidding themselves.

The disparity between House Democrats and Senate Majority Leader couldn’t be more different. Sen. McConnell’s pro-growth economic agenda stands in stark contrast with Speaker Pelosi’s all-impeachment-all-the-time agenda in the House. Monday morning, Sen. McConnell sat down for an interview with the folks from CNBC’s Squawk Alley on his economic agenda. One of the things that Sen. McConnell talked about was the USMCA:

The argument for USMCA is very, very compelling, you know: 176,000 new jobs, $68 billion increase in gross domestic product, we have 12 million jobs already related to our trade relationship with Canada and Mexico. So I think it is going to be pretty hard for her not to take it up, even though voting for a Trump trade deal, I gather, is a bitter pill for them.

It’s difficult enacting many bills when you hate President Trump. Things would be so much easier if Democrats put our nation first instead of putting the Resist Movement first.

Let’s highlight the obvious. The economy is being held back by the trade war with China but it’s still growing at a faster pace than anything that Obama achieved or that Sen. Warren’s policies would achieve if enacted. If you think that puts Sen. Warren or President Obama in a favorable light, the average person whose wages have increased and whose 401(k)s are much healthier disagree.

Here’s what Sen. McConnell said about the Republicans’ economic agenda:

What I want to do is spend our time accomplishing things for the American people. USMCA, as Leader McCarthy and I pointed out in The Wall Street Journal today, is something we can agree on, something we ought to do. It makes a difference for the American people. The House spent the last three years harassing this president, and I gather we’re going to get another chapter of that with the impeachment episode. But we need to find other things that actually make a difference for the American people and try to accomplish as much as we can. That’s what I want to do, and that’s what we’re in the process of trying to encourage the House to do by taking up USMCA.

That’s something that the Do-Nothing Democrats haven’t paid attention to. This batch of Do-Nothing Democrats have wasted too much time chasing their ridiculous impeachment nightmare. What’s frightening is that the Democrats’ presidential candidates sound just as nuts. Here’s the entire interview:

Liz Peek’s op-ed highlights why President Trump’s approval rating with Hispanics is improving. This isn’t accidental. It’s easily explainable.

Peek’s article highlights the fact that “since 2016 the country has added 5.2 million jobs, of which 4.5 million went to people of color. The Washington Post reported that this is the first time in the country’s history that minorities were winning most of the new jobs being created. Hispanic unemployment is currently 4.2 percent, the lowest ever recorded.”

It turns out that the NYTimes reporter covering President Trump’s New Mexico rally was surprised with what she found:

A New York Times reporter was clearly baffled by this turn of events as she ventured to cover the president’s recent rally in New Mexico, where 47 percent of the electorate is Latino. Jennifer Medina was shocked to find large numbers of Hispanics who had waited in the sun to greet the president, and whose “identity was something of an afterthought.”

She met Latino Trump supporters who backed his position on illegal immigration, and who felt that “We need to take care of the people who are already here.” They were not, she reported, “single-issue voters,” which seemed to surprise the Times writer. Those proudly announcing themselves as Latinos for Trump also tended to favor his position on abortion, his appointments of conservative judges, and defense of gun rights.

In other words, Democrats aren’t reading the Hispanic people correctly.

Against these achievements, Democrats are campaigning on open borders and on-demand abortion up until birth. These and other positions which could threaten our robust economy, like the Green New Deal or raising taxes on middle-class voters to fund single-payer health care, will alienate those who are increasingly benefiting from our capitalist system.

Reality check for Democrats. Count the number of smiling faces in the crowd at President Trump’s rally in Rio Rancho, MN. Then count how many of those smiling faces are plastered on the faces of Latina women:

I know that these pictures can be orchestrated and often are. Usually, though, those orchestrated shots don’t have everyone in sight looking like the targeted audience. The people behind Trump’s audience are sending a message. There’s one 1 white male in the audience that I counted. The other men in the audience were Hispanic. The rest of the audience were women.

We’re told by Democrats that Hispanics coming illegally across the border are coming for a better life for their families. I don’t doubt that. If that’s true, though, why wouldn’t Hispanics, whether they’re here legally or illegally, love the Trump economy? Democrats can’t say that Hispanics are coming here for a better life, then say that they hate this booming economy.

According to this article, Democrat activists have pushed Angie Craig into supporting President Trump’s impeachment. Ms. Craig hasn’t been a portrait in courage since getting elected. Instead, she’s been part of the Do-Nothing Democrat Caucus since its inception. To her credit, Craig has admitted (in a roundabout way) that President Trump’s economy is working but that government is failing to provide Minnesota’s workers:

We have a major skills gap in the Minnesota job market. Minnesota employees cannot find the skilled workers they need with the right qualifications, and right now job seekers are having a difficult time getting the skills they need for the high-paying jobs that are available today. College isn’t the right path for every student and we shouldn’t be limiting the options of Minnesota students by underfunding or de-emphasizing technical education and career skills programs.

If employers are having a difficult time finding workers with the right qualifications, that’s an endorsement that President Trump’s economy is working. It’s also an indictment that government isn’t doing its job of training students to be productive members of the workforce. But I digress. That’s a topic for another day.

Far-left activists and politicians have been demanding the impeachment of President Trump since the first day he got elected. The problem is that according to a recent poll by Monmouth University only 35% agree that President Trump should be impeached.

University of Minnesota Professor Richard Painter who previously challenged Tina Smith for the US Senate in the Democratic Primary raised some eyebrows when he implied he was unhappy that he didn’t feel that Angie Craig was aggressive enough on impeaching President Trump.

No problem for Angie Craig:


All it took for Angie Craig to admit that she’s pro-impeachment was getting called out by a far left activist. If that isn’t a profile in courage, what is? Angie Craig is an empty pantsuit. How left is Richard Painter? This far left:


Angie Craig is now admittedly pro-impeachment and pro-single-payer health care. Whoever is the Republicans’ candidate against Craig should remind voters of those 2 things morning, noon and night every day through Election Day, 2020. I’ll buy that CD-2 is shifting demographically. I don’t buy that they’re shifting to a hard-left district that’s as far left as MN-04 or MN-05.