Vijaya Laxmi Tripura
United States’ leading daily The Los Angeles Times in a commentary by Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness titled ‘Barack Obama is great for Republicans’ wrote, “Barack Obama [Barack Hussein Obama] is the best president Republicans have ever had”.
It said, “And now the ex-president is back for an encore, reminding Americans not only why Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton sits in the Oval Office today but also why Democrats’ hopes for a “blue wave” in November might be overblown.”
The Los Angeles Times said, “Democrats may not see it that way, which is just fine. When the former president popped up at the University of Illinois on Sept. 7 to accept an ethics in government prize, fans cheered his snide denunciation of the Trump administration and its policies — many of which involve dismantling most of Obama’s signature accomplishments.
“And he was greeted by an adoring crowd when he stumped in Orange County on Saturday for seven Democrats trying to flip Republican-held congressional seats in California that may be pivotal to who controls the House after Nov. 6.
“Now it’s true, Obama remains a popular man even as his policies — often implemented with a stroke of a pen and without congressional approval — are being repudiated one by one. As Conrad Black pointed out at American Greatness, Obama would likely prevail in a head-to-head fight with Trump on the ballot.
“But Trump’s name isn’t on the ballot on Nov. 6. Neither is Obama’s. And if the election is about Trump’s record so far, Democrats might want to think twice before comparing it to that of the immediate past president.
Remember when Obama asked “what magic wand” Trump would use to bring trading partners to the negotiating table? Remember when 2 percent to 3 percent economic growth was “the new normal?” Remember “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?”
“Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Trump fumbled the Obamacare repeal, but he’s made strides on trade, renegotiating NAFTA with Mexico and using tariffs to bring other trading partners in line, even as the economy has been growing at a robust 4 percent.”
The commentary concluded saying, “But if Obama and the Democrats want to fight about who or what is dividing the country the most, don’t be surprised when voters turn that blue wave into a blue trickle.”
Newsmax, America’s leading independent news service said, Trump [Donald Trump] said at a rally in Ohio on Saturday [September 15, 2018] that “We have the greatest economy in the history of our country.”
The Washington Times quoting New York-based nonprofit Conference Board wrote, “Last quarter, the United States economy grew by 4.1 percent,” President Trump reminded the nation in his weekly address Saturday. “We’ve created 3.7 million new jobs since the election. Unemployment recently fell to its lowest rate in almost 50 years. Unemployment for Americans with disabilities has reached the lowest level ever recorded. In the month of June alone, 600,000 workers entered or re-entered the workforce. Pretty good numbers.”
The organization reports that its monthly Employment Trends Index for the nation is on the upswing.
The White House on its website says, “The economy has come roaring back to life under President Trump. The stock market has hit record high, helping more Americans build wealth and secure their futures. Through needed tax cuts and reform, the administration will bring jobs back to our country. The President is helping U.S. workers by expanding apprenticeship programs, reforming job training programs, and bringing businesses and educators together to ensure high-quality classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the President signed into law the H.R. 4318, the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018,” which provides for duty suspensions and reductions for specified chemicals and other items through December 31, 2020.
On September 12, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence at Mill Steel Company in Michigan said, “And as we get started, let me bring greetings from a great, great fan of the people of Michigan, and someone who has been fighting for American jobs, American workers, and American steel. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.
“And while I’m at it, let me offer congratulations to a man who is wrapping up a season of service as your governor, that’s overseen the unemployment rate in this state drop from 11 percent to just over 4 percent — 500,000 new jobs. Join me in thanking Governor Rick Snyder for a job well done for the people of Michigan.
“When I was governor of the state of Indiana, I had to compete with this governor every day of the week for jobs, and I’m glad I’m not doing that anymore. But I’ll tell you what — it’s so exciting. Whether it’s Michigan or Indiana, all across the Heartland, the truth of the matter is, because of the policies of this administration and that Michigan has been advancing for so many — the last several years, the truth of the matter is, jobs are back, confidence is back. In a word, the Heartland and all of America is back. And we’re just getting started, Michigan.”
Commenting on the hurricane Florence, the vice president said, “Let me make it clear: This is a major hurricane that’s bearing down on the Carolinas and Virginia. And I want to assure my fellow Americans here that our administration has already taken decisive action in coordination with local governments, state governments, businesses, and support groups to prepare for this storm.
“But our message is very clear, to anyone who is in the path of this storm, it is vital that every American in harm’s way take this storm seriously and be safe. As the President said yesterday, the safety of the American people is our absolute highest priority. People should be clear that Hurricane Florence is poised to make landfall as a hurricane as dangerous as Hurricane Hugo that struck in 1989.
“The President issued emergency declarations for South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. We’ve already pre-positioned resources across the region to support families and communities in the wake of it. Three thousand personnel are deployed, 12 federal agencies.
“But our message to the people in the region that will be affected by Hurricane Florence is simply this: Heed the warnings of local authorities. Listen to state and local public safety officials. Heed evacuations orders. And for information on how to otherwise prepare, go to Ready.gov to make preparations for this storm as it makes landfall.
“And my fellow Americans here in Michigan and any that are looking on, two requests: If you have the means and the opportunity to support charitable organizations that are already preparing to come alongside families and communities impacted by this storm, I encourage you to do so with your resources. And maybe prepare to give some of your own time in a volunteer effort. Organizations like Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse are already preparing to meet the needs that communities will face in the wake of this storm.
“And we also would encourage you, if you’re of a mind, to remember — remember our fellow Americans in your prayers. Pray for their safety. And pray for all the courageous first responders who will stand in the midst of the storm as well.
“So with that, let me say to the people across the region, in the path of Hurricane Florence, be assured the American people are with you. We will be with you every step of the way through the storm to recover and rebuild bigger and better than ever before.”
An economic turnaround:
President Donald J. Trump has delivered an economic turnaround following the weak economic trends of the previous Administration.
President Trump has turned around many of the flat economic trends experienced under the Obama Administration.
Under President Trump, small business optimism has soared relative to previous trends.
In a recent National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey, 32 percent of small businesses said now is a good time to expand, compared to only 11 percent in NFIB’s November 2016 survey.
Business investment was on a downward trend prior to President Trump taking office, and is now up by more than $300 billion over the 2016 trend.
Orders and shipments of capital goods used by businesses to make consumer products were on a downward trend before President Trump’s election and have jumped up sharply since.
Business applications were on a flat trend prior to President Trump taking office and have surged upwards since.
The number of prime-age workers re-entering the workforce has significantly increased compared to the November 2016 trend.
Historic economic success:
President Trump’s pro-growth policies have led to an undeniable economic resurgence, benefitting American businesses and workers.
GDP growth rose to 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, putting the economy on track to grow by more than 3 percent over the calendar year.
More than 3.5 million jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and total job openings have surpassed the number of job seekers for the first time on record.
The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in August 2018, bringing the rate below 4 percent for the fourth time this year and only the ninth time since 1970 that has occurred.
Manufacturer optimism has reached its highest level on record, according to a recent survey.
Denying credit where credit is due:
President Trump has achieved clear success in jump starting the economy, defying repeated attempts to credit the Obama Administration.
Media, commentators, economists, and Democratic officials have all sought to credit the Obama Administration for President Trump’s economic success.
In August 2018, Larry Summers claimed “The President has taken credit for far more economic success than he deserves.”
Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden, said “there’s not a shred of evidence” President Trump has contributed to strong economic trends.
The Washington Post’s Nicole Lewis, “One year into the presidency, we are probably still feeling the effects of policies laid out by the previous administration.”
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump claimed “economic trends largely continued” following President Trump taking office.
The New York Times reporters wrote that “most if not all of the positive indicators continue trends that began during the Obama Administration.”
According to Christopher Rugaber from the Associated Press, “the economy remains essentially the same sturdy one [President Trump] inherited from Barack Obama.”