Never forget, when Donald Trump announced his candidacy and his policy positions on trade, deregulation, tax cuts, economic growth, tariffs, and everything else relating to employers and employment in America, everybody entangled in the swamp – members of the GOP and DNC alike – stood against him. They mocked his rhetoric when he called out American companies for outsourcing jobs for cheap labor, dismissed it when he pointed out the results of it (loss of jobs for American workers), said he was unhinged when he ripped China – and several other countries – for unfair trade practices, for lop-sided tariffs set against us, for stealing the intellectual property from us, and for devaluing their currency to maintain their artificial edge.
They ridiculed, dismissed, and derided all of it, and they did the same to all the millions of Americans who heard what he was saying and agreed. As they say though, money talks and bullshit walks. You could also say results trump rhetoric, and after two years of watching Trump perform as President, enacting many of the policies he proposed as a candidate and fighting to keep the promises he made, we don’t have to rely on empty words like the Democrats. Thanks to him we have tangible results and an indisputable track record of winning to campaign on.
…via The Hill:
The September jobs report released today shows a continuation of the booming labor market, with the unemployment rate falling to 3.7 percent, the lowest in 49 years. Average weekly wages rose at an impressive 3.4 percent over last year. These are the pocketbook issues that actually make a difference in the lives of voters. If Republicans can make the case that their policies are largely responsible for this increased pay and improved job prospects, they can maintain control of Congress in midterms.
So far this year, the average number of jobs created each month is 16 percent higher than last year, suggesting that the tax cuts that took effect this year are boosting the labor market. This is the sixth straight month the unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent, the best in a half century. Black and hispanic unemployment rates hover near record lows. In addition to the unprecedented number of job opportunities, wages are increasing at their quickest pace in a decade, rising about 50 percent faster than during the second term of President Obama. But the legacy media continues to stick to its “stagnating wages” talking point.
What makes this wage growth even more impressive is that it has coincided with a significant influx of less skilled workers into the job market. Since the 2016 election, the unemployment rate has fallen by 20 percent. Hundreds of thousands of people, who had quit looking for work altogether, have returned to the workforce to take advantage of this historic opportunity. Over the last couple years, the labor market has grown far faster than the long running trend would have suggested.
This top line wage growth figure only takes into account wages before taxes. Wages after taxes are growing even faster as tax cuts have reduced the amount of federal withholding taken from paychecks. Americans are receiving higher take home wages because of a doubled standard deduction, doubled child tax credit, and lower tax rates that took effect this year. The new 20 percent small business tax deduction is contributing to this historic labor market. This is strengthening the economic backbone of the country by allowing them to protect a fifth of their earnings from taxes and reinvest it in their operations and employees.
Consider how countless small business owners across the country, such as Guy Berkebile, a silicone producer in Pennsylvania, and Dina Rubio, a restaurant owner in Florida, are using their tax savings to raise wages and hire more workers. No wonder business and consumer sentiment are at record highs. September marked the end of the third quarter. Economic growth for this period, which will be released next month, should be boosted by this wage and job growth. In the second quarter, the economy grew by more than 4 percent. It is currently on track to grow by more than 3 percent for the first time since 2005. Given these trends, some estimates suggest annual growth will be closer to 4 percent.
So to recap, unemployment hit a nearly 50 year low, an absolutely monstrous amount of jobs are being created, black and hispanic unemployment remain at historic lows, wages are rising 50% faster than they did in Obama’s 2nd term, hundreds of thousands who had previously given up looking for work are now returning to the labor force, GDP growth is rising faster than anyone (except Trump) believed possible, and we’re just getting started. The good news doesn’t stop there either, it keeps going, across all available economic metrics and measurements.
September included hurricane Florence, which hit North Carolina and South Carolina hard. It’s likely that took a toll on jobs for the month.
Past months were revised upward, adding 80,000 jobs. August’s report went from 201,000 to 270,000. July’s jobs rose from an initial report of 147,000 to 165,000. The twelve-month average rose to 201,000 jobs from 190,000 before today’s report.
Bringing the total number of jobs created since Donald Trump was sworn in to nearly 4 million, and that’s even better than it sounds. Some of these jobs are in industries that President Obama claimed were outdated, the jobs were never coming back according to him, and they were in industries Hillary Clinton said she was going to “put out of business” if she won her bid to become the next President of the United States
Manufacturing jobs are experiencing the best year on year growth since 1995.
The U.S. economy added 18,000 manufacturing jobs in September, according to Labor Department data released Friday. Job growth was particularly good in durables manufacturing, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
In total there are 278,000 more jobs in manufacturing than there were a year ago.
That marks the fifth month in a row in which manufacturing employment was more than 2 percent higher than the year-earlier period. The last time the U.S. saw 2 percent year-over-year growth in manufacturing jobs was April of 1995, according to Labor Department data.
We’re talking about jobs that mainstream media pundits, Democrats, and all manner of snobby, rich DC elites said were gone forever. Obama ridiculed Trump several times during the 2016 campaigning for promising to bring these jobs back. In reply to candidate Trump’s assertions and promises, he said Trump’s promises were a con, a lie, a trick to dupe us into voting for the impossible, the unachievable. And yet here we are.
The impossible has been made possible, the un-achievable has been achieved.
I’ve spent quite a lot of time lately highlighting everything wrong with the Democrat Party but the 2018 mid-terms aren’t just about how bad the Democrats have become; it’s also about how great a job Donald trump is doing, how many promises he’s kept, how many he’s working to keep, and how right he was about the effect his ideas would have if implemented by a sitting President. Even with obstructionism on all fronts from congressional Democrats and obstruction on a few fronts – healthcare, spending cuts, securing our borders, etc. – from the establishment Republicans, we’ve achieved more than anyone really thought was possible. We hoped, and I was optimistic, but…
I never guessed that in the face of so much stonewalling, obstruction, and illegitimate witch hunts against Trump and anyone associated with him, that he would be able to succeed on so many fronts through sheer relentlessness and force of will. I had unfairly high expectations of him and not only has he delivered, he blew my fucking mind.
What little I’m covering in this one article on Trump’s economic accomplishments isn’t even the half of it. Against all odds, against DC elites on both sides of the aisle, we’re gaining ground and the President is, in fact, making America great again. In addition to all the rest of the doomsday declarations Trump haters have made about his policies, they said the tariffs would hurt the American consumer and cost us American jobs.
When the Trump administration announced its tariffs on steel and aluminum, critics said the policy would result in job losses in metals using businesses.
That has not happened yet. Four months after the tariffs kicked-in, jobs data shows that metals using businesses have continued to add jobs.
Overall, manufacturing jobs grew by 18,000 jobs in September, 5,000 in August, and 22,000 in July. Jobs growth in durable manufacturing has been particularly strong, adding 17,000 jobs in September.
Fabricated metal goods manufacturing added 3,700 jobs in September, 4,200 in August, and 2,900 in July. Machinery manufacturing grew by 1,700 in September. Transportation equipment, which includes cars and trucks, grew by 1,200 jobs.
Those are the sectors that were predicted to shed jobs because of tariffs. Instead, they have grown month after month.
As you can clearly see, the critics were full of shit; they weren’t just a little wrong or a little off in their analysis of Trump’s policies, they were as wrong as possible. They have been on every front, every time. He can’t destroy ISIS they said, yet they’ve been virtually eradicated, their caliphate no longer exists. He can’t get North Korea to back down from the aggressive antics, and yet they backed down, relations with them are improving, and denuclearization – thought to be impossible to achieve – is now on the table.
He was also accused of being a Russian stooge who supposedly colluded with them to subvert our presidential election and cheat Clinton out of her ‘turn’ at the helm. But at this point not only have those accusations turned out to be a house of cards constructed by the Clinton campaign – and used against Trump in by various corrupted federal agencies in an illegal and treasonous effort to derail and destroy his campaign – we’ve been cutting the legs out from under Russia on energy trade in the European and Asian markets, imposing sanctions on Russia itself as well as several of their allies for attempts at election interference and for their being a general pain in our ass. And we’ve kept both Putin and Assad from further use of chemical weapons on the people of Syria.
We’re also gaining traction in the seemingly endless war going on in Afghanistan, as several recent journalists have had to conceded, albeit a bit begrudgingly.
…via Military Times:
Despite renewed violence and few measurable gains in territorial security, the South Asia Strategy is working and has finally given coalition and Afghan forces the support they need to get to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, the departing top U.S. general in charge of Afghanistan operations said Wednesday.
Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan held his final press conference Wednesday on the state of operations in Afghanistan before his replacement, Army Lt. Gen. Scott Miller, takes over through a change-of-command ceremony in the next few weeks.
What the strategy needs, Nicholson said, is more time to realize gains from new offers for cease fires by the Afghan government and take advantage of a desire by some elements of the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity for peace now,” Nicholson said.
Seth Jones, a former plans officer and adviser to the commanding general, U.S. Special Operations Forces Afghanistan who now focuses on that country’s security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, acknowledged that the Taliban have been prevented from holding major urban areas in the last year.
And for anyone worrying that some of this equates to Trump becoming a war mongerer all the sudden, there’s no cause for worry. You’ve gotta remember, he’s the one and only candidate who questioned – and still questions – the costs of war. He doesn’t like the United States being caught in these middle eastern quagmires, but he also demonstrates a clear understanding of the reality where we’re already involved we can’t just pull out.
We went to these places for a reason, a kind of stuck there for several reasons, and those reasons keeping us their need to be resolved, otherwise it’ll be just like Iraq was under Obama. We pulled out because we wanted to be done with it, but when President Obama decided to leave out of frustration with his own inability to address the issues remaining – and new issues arising, like ISIS – we hadn’t actually resolved the issues at play over there and we ended up having to go back to retake territory we’d already won and fight battles American solidiers had already fought under President George W. Bush.
…also via Military Times:
Before the new authorities and South Asia Strategy were announced by President Donald Trump’s administration in August 2017, “we were on a glide path to reduce our forces, and eventually to close down the mission,” said Nicholson, who was the final Afghan general appointed by former President Barack Obama. “At that time, the enemy had no incentive to negotiate, because we were leaving …. the enemy believed we had lost our will to win. And all they needed to do was wait us out.”
What makes the South Asia Strategy different is that it is conditions-based, Miller said. Previous strategies were also conditions based, however Miller said the knowledge that U.S. forces were leaving hurt that approach.
The U.S. has increased its troop presence from 8,400 in the final months of Obama’s term to about 16,000 now, according to Congressional officials. The Pentagon no longer makes the numbers of actual troops on the ground available, instead provides it last reported figure of 14,000.
It is also unclear whether the gains Nicholson was highlighting will be enough for President Trump, who has repeatedly questioned the cost of the war. To date, military operations and stabilization efforts have cost more than $900 billion in Afghanistan, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fiscal year 2019 budget request for U.S. operations in Afghanistan is $46.3 billion, a total which includes $5.2 billion to train Afghan security forces.
Twenty-eight U.S. service members have died in Afghanistan during Nicholson’s command, many of them during operations to rid Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan from recurring cells of Islamic State fighters, and in the southwest, where despite 17 years of U.S. military presence and billions of dollars in training and equipment, Afghan security forces have been unable to eliminate persistent Taliban attacks.
More than 2,400 military and civilian personnel have been killed since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001, and more than 20,000 wounded, according to DoD casualty data.
Translation: in a strategic bid to bring existing problems and un-achieved objectives to a resolution favorable to U.S. interests in the region sooner rather than later, we’ve removed the timetable and made it abundantly clear that while we want out as soon as possible, we’re determining the “when” by whether or not we’ve achieved our objectives there, not by an arbitrary deadline set because we’re frustrated at having failed to achieve them. Counter-intuitive though it might first seem, it’s actually a genius bid to cut the time we’re stuck their by signaling our willingness to stay involved indefinitely.
Enemy forces in the region can no longer rest easy in the knowledge that all they have to do to defeat the greatest fighting force on earth is sit, hunker down, and wait us out.
President Trump is winning on economic policy, on stimulating various industries thought to be dead, has been responsible for America becoming the biggest energy producer in the world (we’ve even surpassed Saudi Arabia on oil production), and is enacting policies that help individuals and small businesses as much as anyone else; he’s winning on all fronts with foreign policy, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, in Syria, with North Korea, and even with nations like Iran. That’s not even to mention his success so far with renegotiating so many of the shit trade deals our government has made over the years.
Honestly, the only real question this raises: is there anything he’s not winning at?