Trump said that when he was president we might get tired of winning. Are we tired of winning yet? I don’t think so. Not long ago we were tired of losing, though. We were tired of being told that GDP growth of 1-2% was the ‘new normal.” We were told by our betters, make that Barack Obama, that Donald Trump was blowing smoke when he said he would implement economic policies that would boost growth to 4% or more. Obama asked how was Trump going to do it, does he have a magic wand? Obama said Trump was making reckless claims and giving false hope to Americans.
Has it been two quarters in a row now, with GDP growth over 4 per cent? I think so, but if not soon.
The “hope and change” president knew or should have known something about false hope since his 8-year reign of error was filled with it. As to Trump’s promise to make America great again, Democrats like NY Governor Andrew “Fredo” Quomo never tires of telling us that America has never been great and never will be unless we all become socialists, or better yet, communists.
Easy for him to say, his $5 million net worth would enable him to afford socialism while ordinary working stiffs would have their future reduced to wreckage and despair. Fredo’s brother Chris has a net worth of about $9 million so he too can afford to take America down the sewer.
What the last three generations of post-baby-boomers, generation X and now millennials have lost or never had is the sense to understand that rich politicians on the Left care about their own interests and couldn’t care less about the less fortunate who would like a chance to prosper.It’s hard to understand why so many don’t see the truth in all this when such a glaring example to prove it — Venezuela — once a rich country now reduced to people eating their pets and wiping their butts with sticks because their socialist utopia can’t even produce toilet paper any more.
Will Millennials who pine for a socialist America wake up and smell the stench? Probably not, they’ve been too poorly schooled by the American education system. Beat poet Alan Ginsburg told us back in the 1960s, “We’ll get you through your children.” That’s the one time a maggot-infested dope-smoking plastic-banana good-time rock-and-roller hippie has been right about anything.
The good news that Leftist “intellectuals” cannot accept is how wrong they were and still remain about Donald Trump. Trump is richer than most of them so he could survive socialism even better than they could. But he’s different. He actually does care about the average working stiff. He wants to see America made great again not so much for him, he’s already made his fortune. He wants Joe six-pack and family to have a chance to flourish like the post-World War II generation did. The only way that will occur is if the fetid swamp in Washington DC is drained and new life allowed to flourish there again, as it once so magnificantly did.
From the great and brilliant Matthew Continetti:
Can we pause for a moment to consider what has transpired in the last seven days?
TRADE: Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced it had reached an agreement with both Mexico and Canada to revise and rebrand the North America Free Trade Agreement as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. This announcement fulfills one of President Trump’s key pledges on the campaign trail while benefiting constituencies in important states such as Michigan (autos) and Wisconsin and Minnesota (dairy). Trump also renegotiated the Korea Free Trade Agreement and has made progress with the Europeans as well as the Japanese.
ECONOMY: The Trump Bump continues, with Friday bringing news that unemployment has reached its lowest level since 1969. Consumer confidence is high, and data from the manufacturing and service sectors indicate continued growth. No president is responsible for the state of the American economy. But fiscal and regulatory policy help. And presidents take credit or receive blame in any event.
JUDGES: Susan Collins’s announcement that she will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh practically guarantees he will be seated on the Supreme Court in the coming days. Kavanaugh’s elevation will secure a five-vote majority of originalist and textualist judges on the high court for the first time in modern memory. Such a transformation of the federal judiciary has been a goal of Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan. The fact that it will be Donald J. Trump who will cement this victory is no small feat. On the contrary, it may turn out to be his greatest and longest-lasting achievement.
FOREIGN POLICY: President Trump is slowly and steadily re-orienting U.S. foreign policy to face the central challenge of the twenty-first century: the rise of China to great power status. Beginning with the national security strategy released at the end of 2017, and continuing through today’s announcement of a landmark review of the defense industrial base, Trump has accomplished the “pivot to Asia” that the Obama administration so often talked about. What the pivot looks like is a policy of containment—one that should have been pursued decades ago. Trump has made this move while sanctioning Russia, getting tough on Iran, ending the farcical Middle East “peace process,” and attempting to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula. Yes, his belief in personal diplomacy has led to missteps such as the Helsinki press conference and his overly florid treatment of Chairman Kim. These lapses should not disguise the fact that Trump is establishing facts on the ground that constrain the despots’ freedom of action.
Trump has achieved all of these gains, in such disparate areas of policy, through totally unorthodox means. He brags, he intimidates, he pouts, he jokes, he insults, he is purposefully ambiguous, and he leaves no criticism unanswered. He is unlike any postwar American president, though he shares some qualities with LBJ and Reagan. He is frenetic and polarizing, a showboat and a salesman. His methods are over-the-top, combative, and divisive. In place of the politics of consensus he adopts the politics of confrontation. Where others mindlessly repeat politically correct clichés, Trump unequivocally challenges them. He has ushered in a new era of American politics by dissolving the varnish that for so long obscured fundamental cultural divisions between and within the parties. He is president of a country that is wilder, zanier, and more unpredictable than before. It is also stronger.
Donald Trump is putting the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable weeks of his presidency. For Republicans, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, #NeverTrumpers. Bill Kristol on suicide watch yet?