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This NYTimes article highlights one of the major differences between a Republican majority in the upcoming House or a Democrat majority.

The article opens by saying “House Democrats will open an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct and perjury against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh if they win control of the House in November, Representative Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat in line to be the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Friday. Speaking on the eve of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote this weekend, Mr. Nadler said that there was evidence that Senate Republicans and the F.B.I. had overseen a ‘whitewash’ investigation of the allegations and that the legitimacy of the Supreme Court was at stake. He sidestepped the issue of impeachment. ‘It is not something we are eager to do,’ Mr. Nadler said in an interview. ‘But the Senate having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions.'”

Do we want a congress that’s focused on investigations all the time or on making people’s lives better by getting government out of the way? Put another way, do we want a revenge congress or a prosperity congress? Nadler has cast his vote. He’d prefer a revenge congress. No thanks.

This shows what the Democrats’ priorities are. Their priority isn’t the American people. Their priority is destroying President Trump. That’s because they hate the fact that President Trump is demolishing President Obama’s legacy. The American people don’t mind because there’s more money in their wallets than during the Obama administration.

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.”

Nostradamus isn’t required to find out what will happen in 2019 if the Democrats get control of the House and/or the Senate. The policies that Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other Democrat Socialists will destroy the positives that President Trump and the GOP have put in place.

I’ll stipulate that Republicans like John McCain, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins haven’t been a great help to President Trump’s agenda. With that said, there’s no disputing that replacing McCain with Jon Kyl, Flake with Martha McSally, Bob Corker with Marsha Blackburn, then replacing Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill with solid conservatives would be a major step in the right direction.

We’ve seen what happens when environmental activists and socialists get their way. You get a lost decade like we had under Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, then Barack Obama. Companies left the US. Income inequality increased. Economic growth stagnated. Is that the future you want?

Fast forward to January, 2017. President Trump took over. With the help of the Republican Congress, President Trump rolled back billions of dollars of anti-coal and anti-mining regulations that the Democrats had installed. Though Sen. McCain sunk our attempt to repeal and replace the ACA, President Trump and the Republicans revamped the tax code, unleashing the animal spirits of an economy stalled for too long.

The result? Small business and consumer confidence soaring. Capital investment increasing for the first time in years. In other non-economic areas, we’re confirming solid judges that think it’s a sin to act like legislators but who see interpreting the Constitution as their primary function.

This past week, Democrats showed that they’re only interested in obstructing everything that President Trump stands for. Will Republicans fight with President Trump? Or will we let evil triumph? As for myself, I plan on fighting until I drop.

Republicans, it’s time to get fired up and kick some electoral ass.

If watching the Democrats’ trashing of a good man’s reputation without corroboration isn’t pissing you off, then you’re either a Democrat or the most apathetic person alive. The Democrats haven’t hesitated in trashing Brett Kavanaugh’s reputation and the reputation of his young family. What Democrats have done (and are doing) is beyond reprehensible.

Friends, regardless of political affiliation, the Democrats’ tactics should turn your stomach. They’re ruining the life of a thoroughly upright, God-fearing man with unsubstantiated allegations. Judiciary Committee Democrats have said some of the nastiest things imaginable about Judge Kavanaugh. He’s done nothing to deserve this. Kavanaugh’s ‘crime’? Being a judicial conservative.

Amy Klobuchar, aka St. Amy of Hennepin County, prides herself on her bipartisan work. While she hasn’t been as hate-filled as Mazie Hirono, (D-HI), she’s been a nasty partisan nonetheless. It’s time to throw her out of office. Jim Newberger would be an outstanding replacement.

Across the nation, Democrats want to take us back to the failed policies that ‘produced’ 1.5% economic growth. Sitting at home will help get rid of President Trump’s policies that’ve replaced President Obama’s policies of pathetic growth and replaced them with robust growth. Is that what you’d prefer? Sitting at home will get you there.

This isn’t a time for complacency. There’s far too much at stake. There’s a Supreme Court seat that’s hanging in the balance. Our prosperity is, too. Do we really want a rerun of Speaker Pelosi? I don’t! If you’re ok with Supreme Court nominees getting treated like trash, all you have to do is nothing. This interview should motivate you to vote this fall:

In fact, I’d recommend you vote early for your nearest Republican. Voting Democrat is a vote for another protracted smear campaign against a good man. No Thanks.

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.

This election shouldn’t be that close because Democrats aren’t the moderates that their spinmeisters tell America that they are. Remember the #SchumerShutdown? I certainly can’t forget it. That’s when Sen. Schumer was presented with a totally reasonable option of getting protection for DACA recipients in exchange for funding President Trump’s border wall. Instead of protecting DACA recipients, Sen. Schumer chose to shut the government down.

In 2009, Democrats decided to try and stuff cap and trade down our throats. At the time, Colin Peterson chaired the House Agriculture Committee. He stated that he wouldn’t hold hearings on the proposed bill so they sent it to a different committee. Eventually, it came up for a floor vote. Nancy Pelosi needed Peterson’s vote. Badly. So she forced Peterson to vote for Cap and Trade in exchange for a couple minor concessions.

As proof of their ‘moderation’, Democrats don’t just want Obamacare. They want single-payer health care. That’s where the government tells you what coverages you must have, where tax increases are required annually to bail out a system that’s unsustainable and that drives businesses from the United States.

Remember this oldie but goodie?

It’s important to remember that the Democrats’ tax policies gave the US the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. GDP during the Democrats’ time in control was 1.5% most years. Right now, it’s 4% or higher. Consumer confidence and small business confidence is sky high. Business investment is skyrocketing.

Why on God’s green earth would we want to return to the Obama-era policies that led to a decade of lost economic growth? No thanks.

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.

The biggest difference between Democratic socialism and progressivism is the spelling of the words. According to Wikipedia’s definition of Democratic socialism, Democratic Socialists “hold that capitalism is inherently incompatible with the democratic values of liberty, equality, and solidarity; and that these ideals can only be achieved through the realization of a socialist society.”

By contrast (?), progressives believed “that progress was being stifled by vast economic inequality between the rich and the poor; minimally regulated laissez-faire capitalism with monopolistic corporations; and intense and often violent conflict between workers and capitalists.”

During his prolific life, Milton Friedman vehemently disagreed with both economic philosophies. In fact, he wrote a book about it titled Capitalism & Freedom. In the book, Dr. Friedman argued that “with the means for production under the auspices of the government, it is nearly impossible for real dissent and exchange of ideas to exist.”

In this interview, which I’ve posted often, Friedman schools Phil Donahue on the virtues of capitalism vs. socialism:

The point behind this is that Democrats are trying to pretend that they’re progressives, not socialists. Is there a difference between single-payer health care of Bernie Sanders and the “universal coverage” of Tim Walz? I wouldn’t bet on it. If there is a difference, it’d be miniscule.

The other point I want to make is that the economy is running strong right now. Why screw it up? That’s what a Speaker Pelosi would do. I know that because that’s what she did the first time she was Speaker. It didn’t take long for the economy to shrink. It took only a little longer for President Obama’s Democratic Socialists to implement Obamacare.

Thankfully, the American people came to their senses and got rid of Obama’s and Pelosi’s stupidity. Now, the economy is growing, people are finding the jobs they want and their 401(k)s are growing, especially if they’re invested in the NASDAQ.