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It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Democrats’ presidential candidates are competing with each other in their race to Battleground State irrelevancy. Whether it’s Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren wanting to kill fossil fuels, or Mike Bloomberg insisting that farming is simple, city slicker Democrats apparently think that they can win the White House without winning midwestern battleground states.

While this won’t hurt Democrats with primary voters, it’ll sting the Democrats’ nominee in the general election, especially if Mike Bloomberg is the nominee. Picture the reaction Bloomberg would get across the Midwest when this video goes viral:


This is Bloomberg’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ moment. That video can be deployed in multiple settings. First, it can be used to show he’s simply hostile to farmers. Next, it can be used to show that he really isn’t interested in uniting the country. Third, it can be used to ask how many other things he’ll have to apologize for. He’s already apologized for Stop-Question-and-Frisk.

The truth is that Mr. Bloomberg has said some rather heartless things. When he talked about throwing minorities up against the wall, he was either in his late 60s or early 70s. Shouldn’t he have known the ramifications of his statements? It isn’t like he was a reckless teenager when he said that.

Sen. Warren’s policies aren’t that appealing and she lies about virtually everything. At a time when people crave authenticity, she’s a phony. This weekend, Amy Klobuchar started flip-flopping while pandering for vote. How will that work? Joe Biden has been disparaging people while calling them disgusting names. He’s told them to vote for other candidates, too. Based on Iowa and New Hampshire, they’ve taken his instructions to heart.

Then there’s Bernie. He wants to eliminate private health care at a time when Democrats can’t even do simple math at their caucuses. Democrats still haven’t finished recanvassing the Iowa Caucuses results, which was 2 weeks ago. They want us to think that they’re proficient at figuring out complexities in the health care laws? I don’t think so.

Bernie will have difficulty defending President Trump’s attacks. Bernie wants to keep his money but he wants other millionaires to pay their fair share. Bernie’s policies will cripple this booming economy. How popular will that be with voters? Hint: The answer to that question rhymes with ‘it won’t.’

Doug Schoen’s op-ed is a valiant attempt to prevent a major political trainwreck. That isn’t likely since Schoen admits that studying the New Hampshire Primary “results reveals a Democratic Party at war with itself.” It isn’t a stretch to say that uniting the Democratic Party is difficult. Later in his op-ed, Schoen talks about Bernie as a socialist, which he is, and the moderates running. It’s insulting to hear Democrats talking about moderates as Democrat presidential candidates.

Schoen’s boss, Michael Bloomberg, is running as a moderate. That’s BS on steroids. With all the attention paid to Bloomberg’s racist statements this week, it isn’t surprising that few people know that Bloomberg wants to blow up the economy.

This article, published by Bloomberg’s newspaper, highlights the fact that a Bloomberg administration would feature a $5,000,000,000,000 tax hike. According to the article, “Michael Bloomberg said Saturday he would raise taxes on the wealthy, increase the corporate tax rate, and curb tax-free inheritances of large estates, elements of a tax plan that he says would raise $5 trillion over a decade.”

Then there’s this:

Bloomberg’s plan serves to show how he’d pay for an array of proposed new spending initiatives, which so far top $3 trillion. But his campaign cautioned that the tax plan could still change as the former New York mayor rolls out even more policy plans in the near future.

TRANSLATION: Bloomberg’s tax hike might go higher if he tries buying more votes.

Later, Schoen wrote this:

Moreover, Bloomberg is working to do exactly what the Democratic Party needs to do, working to unite African American voters, Hispanic voters, White voters, progressives, moderates and voters with varying degrees of education, so that the Democratic movement against Trump spans wider than the party’s base.

What Schoen doesn’t admit is that President Trump has cut into huge parts of the Democrats’ base. By signing the First Step Act and by highlighting school choice, opportunity scholarships and Opportunity Zones, President Trump is cutting into the Democrats’ base of minority voters. Democrats aren’t proactively reaching out to minority communities. Instead, Democrats are taking these communities for granted.

The dirty little secret is that President Trump is uniting minority communities through prosperity opportunities. Mike Bloomberg’s $5,000,000,000,000 tax hike would kill those prosperity opportunities. Further, this segment, on CNN of all places, isn’t uniting Democrats:

Bloomberg’s long-held position on stop-and-frisk won’t unite Democrats. His #MeToo problems won’t unite Democrats, either. Bloomberg’s $5,000,000,000,000 tax hike will unite independents and Republicans. At this point, the economy is uniting people around President Trump. This is hilarious:

To counteract Trump’s relative strengths, it is critical that the Democratic Party coalesces around a cohesive, inclusive, pro-growth message centered on jobs, the economy, health care and advancing equality of opportunity, while also highlighting President Trump’s own policy failures in these areas.

What a joke. Most of the Democrats’ presidential candidates are socialists or a step removed from being socialists. There’s no such thing as pro-growth socialist economic policies.

I almost feel sorry for Schoen. That’s because he’s caught betwixt and between defending Bloomberg’s anti-capitalist tax policies, Bloomberg’s government-knows-best nanny state policies and Bloomberg’s gun control policies.

If anything is true about St. Amy of Hennepin County, aka Amy Klobuchar, it’s that she’s economically illiterate. St. Amy’s issues page is filled with liberal gobbledygook. St. Amy’s plan for the economy is titled “Shared prosperity and economic justice.”

On the page, is says “Too many people aren’t sharing in our country’s economic prosperity. Shared prosperity is about ensuring all families have a fair shot in today’s economy, and Amy believes that this means investing in quality child care, overhauling our country’s housing policy, raising the minimum wage, providing paid family leave, supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as helping Americans save for retirement. She will also cut child poverty in half in a decade and end it in a generation with policies based on a report from the National Academies of Sciences. Read more about Amy’s child care and paid family leave policy here.”

Following the “helping Americans save for retirement link leads you to an article with a title of “Democrats want to force businesses to contribute to retirement plans and they’ll pay for it by raising taxes on the wealthy.” Apparently, St. Amy is a Obama Democrat in terms of economic philosophy. Taxing companies to pay for counterproductive policies isn’t foolish. It’s stupid. It’s the basis of socialism.

First, is there a capitalist alive that thinks that taking capital away from a company is wise? When the government steals money from productive companies (it’s the company’s money, after all), then gives that money to someone who isn’t productive, how does that strengthen the economy and provide jobs? Hint: It doesn’t.

Jobs aren’t created unless capital is created. Further, companies and labor are mobile. Sen. Klobuchar apparently didn’t learn that. When the Obama corporate tax hikes went into effect, companies left for Mexico, China, South Korea, Vietnam and other nations. When President Trump cut the corporate and individual tax rates, companies returned, then started investing in labor, plants and equipment. Workers were hired. New equipment was purchased and installed. Training for employees was required, which made employees more valuable. Employees got bonuses, better benefits (including retirement accounts) and higher wages without raising taxes.

We’ve seen how high taxes cripples the economy. It’s called Obamanomics. We’ve seen economic growth, wages, job creation accelerate since the implementation of President Trump’s policies. Millions of people say that they’re in better financial shape today than they were 3 years ago. President Trump’s approval rating on the economy is 63%. People are confident that they’ll be better off a year from now than they are today.

Klobuchar wants to tear down the most productive economy of my lifetime and replace it with the most foolish economic policies of the past 50 years. Imagine what would happen if the Fed didn’t keep interest rates virtually at 0% during the Obama administration. Imagine what the GDP would be right now if Jerome Powell had kept interest rates low instead of raising them.

On the day voting happens in Vermont, we still don’t have the final vote totals from Iowa. That’s because the Sanders campaign and Buttigieg campaign have each asked for partial recanvasses of the results. At this rate, we might have Iowa’s totals verified before the Convention in Milwaukee. I’m not betting the ranch on that but it might happen.

With that crisis still unresolved, Democrats are facing a somewhat similar crisis in Nevada:

Frustrated. Concerned. Nervous. Those are some of the words aides are using to describe the mood within some of the top Democratic presidential campaigns in Nevada with only five days until early voting is set to begin for the state’s first in the West presidential caucus and still no details on how exactly it’s supposed to work.
Campaigns here in the Silver State have been told that the Nevada State Democratic Party won’t be using the same app and vendor that were in part responsible for bungling the results of Iowa’s caucus last week, that the party won’t be using any app at all, and that what the party does plan to use is best described as a “tool” or “calculator.” Beyond that, aides aren’t really sure what’s in store for the state’s Feb. 22 Democratic caucus.

Have Democrats run anything beyond a lemonade stand? Here in Minnesota, examples of DFL competence in running things are rarities. MNLARS will (hopefully) be a distant memory soon after being a nightmare for 2+ years. MNsure was a disaster for a year. The Minnesota Human Services fiascoes happened over a period of years before being discovered. People remember the disaster that Healthcare.gov was.

“It’s a little bit of a damper for our volunteers who are more hesitant to step up and say, ‘Yes, I will confirm I will be precinct leadership on Feb. 22,’ when they don’t feel entirely certain about what’s going to happen,” one aide said. “Never mind the campaign, but with four days until early voting begins, the people who are going to participate feel like they need to have a credible explanation of how the early voting and caucus process are going to work.”

Here we go again? Only a Democrat could turn simple arithmetic into this convoluted mess. This isn’t how this should work. The only top-tier Democrats who’ve run anything are Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg. Everyone else is a senator. They talk for a living.

Both mayors are far outside the mainstream on the issues, which is why few people outside the Democratic Party take either of them seriously. Meanwhile, the nation keeps humming along under President Trump’s leadership. He’s actually run something and holds mainstream views. The economy is strong. We’re safer than we were under President Obama. Emergencies are handled efficiently.

That’s quite the contrast from the Party that can’t even do basic math, aka the Democrats. Bernie hasn’t run anything. Ditto with Biden, Klobuchar, Warren or what’s his name that still hasn’t dropped out (Michael Bennet).

Things are running well. People are making money. Income inequality is shrinking. People’s 401(k)s are getting healthier. If it isn’t broke, don’t tinker with it. That’s what Democrats did with the Iowa Caucuses. How’d that turn out? This is how that worked:

The KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) still works best. I’m a huge fan of trailing edge technology. I love things that work and that have worked for years. There’s nothing wrong with the Iowa Caucuses that a little uncomplicating can’t fix.

On a national scale, the lesson to be learned is that Democrats don’t run things. It isn’t part of their DNA. Bill Clinton is the lone exception. Berniecrats think that he’s too conservative. I guess they didn’t like the prosperity.

Last week’s antics from Nancy Pelosi top off Pelosi’s hyperpartisan actions throughout the last 3+ years. Though the MSM insisted that she was a master strategist, it’s apparent that she isn’t. That became obvious when she ran into a true master strategist named Mitch McConnell. In that match-up, Pelosi got her fanny spanked. Hard. (Perhaps that’s why she mumbled during President Trump’s SOTU Address?)

Speaking of which, why didn’t Pelosi applaud when Jenayah Davis got an opportunity scholarship? Why didn’t Pelosi applaud when President Trump rattled off a list of impressive economic numbers that prove that, under President Trump’s policies, everyone’s doing better with Trumponomics? Apparently, Pelosi can’t stand prosperity if President Trump’s policies caused it. How disgusting is that? Hint: very. How surprising is that? Hint: it isn’t.

Miranda Devine’s column exposes Pelosi as the hate-filled (but not too bright) leader of the Democrats:

If Pelosi meant to delay handing over the impeachment articles to the Senate as a strategic masterstroke to tie up ascendant socialist Sanders in the Senate and give Joe Biden three weeks on his own in Iowa, that, too, backfired big-time.

‘Granny’ Pelosi needs to retire. She needs to spend more time with her grandchildren. She lost the fight with AOC because she wanted AOC’s supporters without AOC’s ill-advised agenda. She lost that fight bigtime. She lost the impeachment fight, too. What’s worst is that she hasn’t gotten anything accomplished for the American people.

Despite Chairman Schiff’s Democrats’ dishonest attacks against President Trump, he just keeps making life better for Americans. Despite the MSM’s tributes to her and the Democrats, Pelosi hasn’t improved the lives of Americans. How does she explain that away?

I’ll explain it simply. She’s overrated plus she’s a bitch. Here’s how overrated she is:

Trump has gained 10 points since impeachment began in October. Nice one, Nancy. But nonwhites’ approval of Trump also is at a high: 28 percent, up 10 points in a year.

When it comes to Trump’s handling of the economy, he gets 67 percent overall job approval and a resounding 49 percent among nonwhites, the beneficiaries of lower unemployment and higher wages. So almost half of all black and Hispanic voters think Trump is doing a good job with the economy. That makes him hard to beat.

We The People expect better than this:

What a loser. We need Kevin McCarthy as speaker next January.

This week’s events have produced a multitude of winners and some distinct losers. Let’s start with the losers.

Mitt Romney- Mitt Romney sided with Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi when he voted to convict President Trump on Impeachment Article 1. Mitt’s constituents in Utah want him censured.
Nancy Pelosi- In a planned attack, Pelosi ripped up her personal copy of President Trump’s SOTU Address. In ripping up her copy, Pelosi played into President Trump’s hand by looking like a petulant school child. Here’s the scene:

Iowa Democratic Party- We’re almost a week removed from the Iowa Caucuses and we still don’t know who won the Caucuses. The chairman of the party apologized on Tuesday. The chairman of the DNC called for a recanvas of the results. That’s the personification of humiliation.
Biden, Klobuchar and Warren- This trio is essentially a trio of zombie candidates. Biden isn’t attracting any positive attention. What he’s missing in positive attention, he’s making up for in negative attention. According to her allies, Klobuchar keeps gaining ground on the leaders. Unfortunately, she finished in 5th place in Iowa and looks likely to repeat that performance in New Hampshire. Back-to-back 5th place finishes will seal Sen. Klobuchar’s fate. Warren finished third in Iowa, which is decent enough but she’s got race relations problems. Stick a fork in her. She’s finished.

Winners
Mitch McConnell- Despite what CNN, MSDNC and the Washington Post say, he’s the true DC master tactician. Pelosi isn’t the master tactician.
Devin Nunes- The Democrats’ impeachment trial showed that Devin Nunes got virtually everything right on the FBI scandal and with FISA abuse. Everything he got right, Schiff got wrong. Literally.
Iain Lanphier and Charles McGee- Iain was mentioned in President Trump’s State of the Union Address this way:

Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, “Most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world.”

President Trump then told the rest of the story:

But sitting behind Iain tonight is his greatest hero of them all, Charles McGee, who was born in Cleveland Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee airman, the first black fighter pilots and he also happens to be Ian’s great grandfather. On December 7th Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you sir.

That’s what I call a history lesson!
Jenaya Davis- “The next step forward and building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students 18 States have created school choice in the form of opportunity scholarships. The programs are so popular that tens of thousands of students remain on a waiting list. One of those students is Jenaya Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia, Jenaya. Jenaya’s mom Stephanie is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future, but last year that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children. Jenaya and Stephanie are in the gallery. Stephanie, thank you so much for being here with your beautiful daughter. Thank you very much. But Jenaya I have some good news for you because I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announced tonight that an opportunity scholarship has become available. It’s going to you and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice. Now I call on Congress to give one million American children the same opportunity, Jenaya has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act because no parents should be forced to send their child to a failing government school.”

President Trump reminded the politicians in the House chamber what it’s all about when he said “Members of Congress we must never forget that the only victories that matter in Washington are victories that deliver for the American people.”

Delivering for the American people has become President Trump’s legacy. That’s what makes him this week’s biggest winner. Despite all of the unrighteous fights he’s had to fight, despite all of the criticism he’s taken, despite the lies that’ve gotten told about him (Think Adam Schiff’s parody), President Trump kept his eyes on what’s important. He’s rebuilt the military. He’s killed the nastiest of terrorists. He’s built the strongest economy. He’s put young people like Iain and Jenaya first.

That’s the definition of a winner. He isn’t perfect but his priorities are fantastic.

President Trump’s excellent week continues. Tuesday, he delivered a positive, uplifting SOTU Address. Wednesday, President Trump was acquitted of the Democrats’ anti-constitutional impeachment charges. Thursday, he held a victory celebration with a couple hundred of his closest friends in the East Room of the White House.

Today’s January jobs report came up roses, too. CNBC reports that 225,000 jobs were created last month, much better than the expected 158,000. The unemployment rate rose to 3.6% but, according to the article, “for the right reason as the labor force participation rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 63.4%.”

There’s more good news:

There was more good news for workers: Average hourly earnings rose 3.1% over a year ago to $28.44, ahead of estimates for 3% growth. That marked 18 consecutive months of wage gains above 3%, as the initially reported 2.9% for December was revised up to 3%.

The Democrats’ myth that this economy isn’t working for everyone is getting difficult to say with a straight face. That said, there are some things worth monitoring:

The unemployment rate for African Americans rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 6%, while the rate for Asians leaped from 2.5% to 3% and the Hispanic level edged higher to 4.3%.

That’s hardly a trend but it’s worth monitoring.

Shortly after President Trump’s well-deserved victory celebration, media outlets started asking whether President Trump could work with Democrats the rest of the year. The short answer is no. The extended version is ‘Are you out of your flipping mind?’

This isn’t a difficult question to respond to. Since Pelosi (I’m not using the title of Speaker because she didn’t use the traditional greeting for the president at the SOTU Tuesday night.) retook the Speaker’s gavel, House Democrats have a single legislative accomplishment. Right after illegitimately impeaching President Trump on Dec. 18, 2019, the House ratified the USMCA trade agreement that President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer negotiated.

A more thorough review of the Democrats’ legislative accomplishments over the past decade doesn’t inspire confidence. In January, 2014, Barack Obama made this statement (threat?):

The solitary legislative accomplishment on the Democrats’ side since 2010 is Obamacare. That happened in March, 2010. Considering the Democrats’ thin history of legislative accomplishments, why would people think that Democrats are interested in legislative accomplishments? In 2014, Democrats lost the majority in the US Senate by losing 9 net Senate seats. Republicans picked up seats in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. That year, the incumbents that lost (Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana and North Carolina) lost because their opponents ran ads saying that Sen. fill-in-the-blank voted with Harry Reid 97% of the time.

The Senate Democrats’ only accomplishment this year is lending support in ratifying the USMCA trade agreement.

In the past decade, Democrats’ accomplishments are passing Obamacare and ratifying the USMCA trade agreement. Let’s not forget that every Democrat in the House and Senate voted against the Trump-GOP tax cuts. Democrats also voted against removing most of the regulations hindering the energy industry. Those regulations were removed when the House and Senate used the Congressional Review Act to eliminate those regulations.

The people shouldn’t count on Democrats to pass legislation that fixes problems or improves people’s lives. That isn’t their identity.

By comparison, when people had unified government with President Trump in the White House and Republican majorities in the House and Senate, things got done that made our nation safer, more prosperous and made us energy independent. Middle class families are feeling the improvements. Small business start-ups are lifting people from the middle class into creating wealth. Income inequality is shrinking, too.

People need to ask themselves if they’d prefer continuing this path of prosperity or whether they’d rather elect a Democrat who wants to kill this recovery. People also need to ask themselves if they’re willing to guns to the Democrats’ knife fights. Democrats just showed how vicious they are. Think of how vindictive Pelosi is. Then think of how dishonest Schiff is. Finally, think of how air-headed AOC is. That’s the ‘leadership’ team in the House under the Democrats.

Gallup Poll’s “Mood of the Nation economic survey” must have President Trump’s economic team smiling from ear-to-ear. According to the poll, “For the first time in its history, the Gallup ‘Mood of the Nation’ economic survey found that 59% of people believe that they are ‘better off,’ a trend that has soared under Trump.”

Then there’s this:

And Gallup found that those who feel that they are “worse off” are down to 20%, the lowest ever.

The significance of these poll results is best understood in a political context. The Democrats’ presidential candidates insist that the economy is helping only the wealthy. That isn’t a credible argument. With the people insisting that they’re better off, the Democrats’ insistence that the economy isn’t helping the middle class simply won’t resonate with voters.

They know that their 401(k)s are getting quite a bit richer. They know that they’re getting promotions and better wages. Back in October, I wrote this post that highlighted a Marist Poll pretty much confirming Gallup’s polling. Here’s the heart of what the Marist Poll said:

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.

Marist’s poll verifies Gallup’s Mood of the Nation poll. If Democrats want to stand a chance this November, they’ll need to stop being this confrontational. The Resist Movement is driving Democrats off a steep, steep cliff.

Last night, President Trump reminded the people that he and a unified GOP congress passed and signed the legislation that unleashed an economic revolution that’s continues to this day. Sitting right over his left shoulder was Speaker-in-name-only Pelosi. President Trump started the State of the Union Address strong. At one point, he riffed “Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again. America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise, and America’s future is blazing bright.”

Despite the fact that the US is back and better than ever, some things never change. Speaker Pelosi is still acting like a petulant spoiled brat. Throughout the speech, she looked disinterested in the speech. At times, she looked like she was catching up on paperwork. At other times, she sat while Republicans and other patriotic Americans applauded our nation’s accomplishments under this administration. At the end, Pelosi ripped up the speech:

In the words of the NY Post, Speaker Pelosi is last night’s “Tore Loser”:

Last night, President Trump laid out a lengthy list of accomplishments that will help him win re-election. Throughout the speech, Pelosi acted like the elitist snob that she is. She won’t change. The bad news is that we’re stuck with her. The good news is that We The People can demote her to minority leader this upcoming November.

It isn’t just that she doesn’t like President Trump. It’s that it appears as though she viscerally hates President Trump. There isn’t any doubt that she’d rather stab him in the back rather than negotiate in good faith with him. Pelosi and other Democrats sat while President Trump said this:

I am thrilled to report to you tonight that our economy is the best it has ever been. Our military is completely rebuilt, with its power being unmatched anywhere in the world — and it’s not even close. Our borders are secure. Our families are flourishing. Our values are renewed. Our pride is restored. And for all of these reasons, I say to the people of our great country and to the members of Congress: The state of our Union is stronger than ever before.

By comparison, Republicans stood and applauded. Republicans applaud when America flourishes. Former Democrat presidential candidate Tim Ryan walked out of the speech. Seth Moulton, another loser Democrat presidential candidate, walked out, too. After he left, Ryan tweeted this:


Earlier, Ryan tweeted this:


Closing question: why is it impossible for Democrats to applaud when people are prospering? Why do Democrats see the US as though we’re in the midst of a terrible recession? The reality is that we’re experiencing a blue collar boom.

In the Gallery tonight, we have a young gentleman. And what he wants so badly — 13 years old — Iain Lanphier. He’s an eighth grader from Arizona. Iain, please stand up. Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, “Most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world.”

But sitting behind Iain tonight is his greatest hero of them all. Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — the first black fighter pilots — and he also happens to be Iain’s great-grandfather. Incredible story.

The US is the nation where dreams can change the trajectory of an entire family. While I can’t see into the future, I can say that I won’t be surprised if Iain reaches for — and attains — the stars. That’s part of this incredible nation’s DNA. That’s who we are — a nation of overachievers.

The great news, in President Trump’s words, is that “the best is yet to come.”