Day: January 29, 2018

Using Nullification To Destroy Federalism


Animosity reigns supreme among Democrats who now are anything but “the loyal opposition.” The intention to disrupt, undermine, insult, reject, and vilify anything and everything about President Donald Trump’s person, his programs, and his policies is there for all to see. Character assassination is but one dimension of the attack on this administration. Ridicule on late night talk/comedy shows is standard and has been standard throughout the President’s first year in office. Incessant conversations about the investigation into the bogus “Russia collusion” has been allotted more than 80% of news and discussion time on major media outlets.

But lately, with the failure to make collusion stick, the failure to make Trump’s mental health disqualification stick, the failure to make his breaking of the emoluments clause of the Constitution stick, and the failure to make his supposed womanizing and #metoo wrongdoings stick, the disloyal opposition is now clinging to the charge of racism for his having reversed President Obama’s executive order regarding DACA for a class of persons living within our borders. That has also been linked to his intense beefing up of federal law enforcement Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to find, arrest, and deport criminals who are in this country illegally.

In other words, the so-called “Dreamers,” who are here illegally are being defended along with other illegals who, in addition to being illegals, are also criminals. And this is all under the name of diversity. Trump is being characterized as a pathological xenophobe. This enforcement is presumably motivated by his hate and the hate of his supporters for non-white peoples, especially Hispanics. And this pervasive and obsessive anti-Latino tendency is reinforced by an additional dimension of his mindset, and that of his Christian, conservative, dumb, working-class mindsets, by Islamophobia.

All we dumb deplorables tend to see the USA as not the land of the free, home of the brave, as we like to claim. Rather, we have dark motives of trying to maintain white Christian superiority and this ethnic hegemony has existed in a mean way for a long time. This rejection is always appended with the suffix “phobia.” Phobias are fears, but not merely fears. They are irrational fears. The irrationality thus dovetails nicely with the narrative of a mental health imbalance and threat from both the President and his supporters throughout the culture.

Various governors and big city mayors have recently taken the step of declaring themselves to be sanctuary cities or sanctuary states. California has passed laws forbidding citizens from cooperating with federal law enforcement in finding and capturing illegal persons. The state has two new laws that took effect in 2018, AB 450 and SB 54, that protect illegal aliens. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, addressing rumors of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, [stated] “It’s important, given these rumors out there, to let people and more specifically employers know that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws [they will be prosecuted].”

This radical step of nullification of federal law by the Democrats is part of a long history of nullification that has been embraced by Democrats, and before them by the Democratic-Republicans at the end of the 18th century. In 1798 and 1799, the Virginia Resolution, written by James Madison, and the Kentucky Resolution written by Thomas Jefferson were passed and claimed the right of those states to nullify (not obey) various provisions of the federal Alien and Sedition Acts. They believed the Alien Act was a political power play by the Federalists to delay voting for immigrants who would probably vote Democratic-Republican.

(Do I need to point out parallel motives by the Democrats today in their “protection” of the illegals, even the criminals? They are maneuvering for illegals to be able to vote even though they are not citizens, and of course this would add to the entrenchment of Democratic Party power in California and elsewhere.)

In 1832, there was another nullification crisis whereby South Carolina, under the leadership of Sen. John C. Calhoun, a Democrat, claimed it had the right to nullify and would nullify the federal tariff act passed under Andrew Jackson. Jackson was enraged by South Carolina’s nerve in challenging the tariff because the Constitution clearly gives the federal government the authority to impose tariffs (just as it gives our federal government the authority to control immigration policy and to enforce that policy). Nullification seemed just a breath away from secession. However, the “great compromiser,” Henry Clay, stepped into the issue, and a new bill was passed which provided for a gradual reduction of the tariff over a ten-year period. Both President Jackson and Calhoun got on board with the compromise and further strife was averted.

Then, of course, the cataclysmic nullification came after the election of President Abraham Lincoln. The South with its feverish and unreasonable expectation regarding the rights of the governed in our republic, did not seek merely to nullify a law but sought to nullify the results of a federal election for President. The slaveholders were typically Democrats. No law had been passed to either abolish or restrict slavery, but Lincoln’s victory in 1860 was perceived as such a dire threat by Southern leaders that they took the step of firing on Fort Sumter, a federal facility located in South Carolina. This act of nullification led directly to our Civil War.

The Democrats have been masters of nullification. The judicial system has been bombarded with cases that challenged states rights regarding abortion, homosexual marriage, prayer in the public schools, and police practices by state and local governments. In the past 50-60 years, the federal courts have been used to nullify states rights.

A few years ago, when Arizona tried to execute strict enforcement laws against illegals, the Democrats were up in arms. This was taken to court, and it was determined that some of the measures taken by the Republicans and by Gov. Jan Brewer were outside the purview of state authority because immigration enforcement was strictly under federal supervision. By trying to provide a safer and more lawful environment, she was lambasted as a vile nullifier of federal authority. One of my colleagues at the time literally compared Arizona to North Korea, asserting that it was acting ruthlessly and unlawfully. Also in Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was persecuted for his supposed overstepping of his authority.

Now we have the Democrats in California and elsewhere with their “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” movement on the search and destroy path of nullification of legitimate federal authority. They are shaking their fists in Jeff Sessions’ face more defiantly than Jan Brewer or Joe Arpaio ever did against the laxity of the feds under Obama. The Democrats are at war with the very system of federalism that is our system of governance. They are nullifying federal rights when they should be supporting them, as required by the U.S. Constitution. This is surely a despicable attack on our legal system and the foundations of our republic. Nullification has been going on for a long time, but it has been weaponized by the Democrats to destroy the institutions we love.

Animosity reigns supreme among Democrats who now are anything but “the loyal opposition.” The intention to disrupt, undermine, insult, reject, and vilify anything and everything about President Donald Trump’s person, his programs, and his policies is there for all to see. Character assassination is but one dimension of the attack on this administration. Ridicule on late night talk/comedy shows is standard and has been standard throughout the President’s first year in office. Incessant conversations about the investigation into the bogus “Russia collusion” has been allotted more than 80% of news and discussion time on major media outlets.

But lately, with the failure to make collusion stick, the failure to make Trump’s mental health disqualification stick, the failure to make his breaking of the emoluments clause of the Constitution stick, and the failure to make his supposed womanizing and #metoo wrongdoings stick, the disloyal opposition is now clinging to the charge of racism for his having reversed President Obama’s executive order regarding DACA for a class of persons living within our borders. That has also been linked to his intense beefing up of federal law enforcement Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to find, arrest, and deport criminals who are in this country illegally.

In other words, the so-called “Dreamers,” who are here illegally are being defended along with other illegals who, in addition to being illegals, are also criminals. And this is all under the name of diversity. Trump is being characterized as a pathological xenophobe. This enforcement is presumably motivated by his hate and the hate of his supporters for non-white peoples, especially Hispanics. And this pervasive and obsessive anti-Latino tendency is reinforced by an additional dimension of his mindset, and that of his Christian, conservative, dumb, working-class mindsets, by Islamophobia.

All we dumb deplorables tend to see the USA as not the land of the free, home of the brave, as we like to claim. Rather, we have dark motives of trying to maintain white Christian superiority and this ethnic hegemony has existed in a mean way for a long time. This rejection is always appended with the suffix “phobia.” Phobias are fears, but not merely fears. They are irrational fears. The irrationality thus dovetails nicely with the narrative of a mental health imbalance and threat from both the President and his supporters throughout the culture.

Various governors and big city mayors have recently taken the step of declaring themselves to be sanctuary cities or sanctuary states. California has passed laws forbidding citizens from cooperating with federal law enforcement in finding and capturing illegal persons. The state has two new laws that took effect in 2018, AB 450 and SB 54, that protect illegal aliens. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, addressing rumors of raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, [stated] “It’s important, given these rumors out there, to let people and more specifically employers know that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws [they will be prosecuted].”

This radical step of nullification of federal law by the Democrats is part of a long history of nullification that has been embraced by Democrats, and before them by the Democratic-Republicans at the end of the 18th century. In 1798 and 1799, the Virginia Resolution, written by James Madison, and the Kentucky Resolution written by Thomas Jefferson were passed and claimed the right of those states to nullify (not obey) various provisions of the federal Alien and Sedition Acts. They believed the Alien Act was a political power play by the Federalists to delay voting for immigrants who would probably vote Democratic-Republican.

(Do I need to point out parallel motives by the Democrats today in their “protection” of the illegals, even the criminals? They are maneuvering for illegals to be able to vote even though they are not citizens, and of course this would add to the entrenchment of Democratic Party power in California and elsewhere.)

In 1832, there was another nullification crisis whereby South Carolina, under the leadership of Sen. John C. Calhoun, a Democrat, claimed it had the right to nullify and would nullify the federal tariff act passed under Andrew Jackson. Jackson was enraged by South Carolina’s nerve in challenging the tariff because the Constitution clearly gives the federal government the authority to impose tariffs (just as it gives our federal government the authority to control immigration policy and to enforce that policy). Nullification seemed just a breath away from secession. However, the “great compromiser,” Henry Clay, stepped into the issue, and a new bill was passed which provided for a gradual reduction of the tariff over a ten-year period. Both President Jackson and Calhoun got on board with the compromise and further strife was averted.

Then, of course, the cataclysmic nullification came after the election of President Abraham Lincoln. The South with its feverish and unreasonable expectation regarding the rights of the governed in our republic, did not seek merely to nullify a law but sought to nullify the results of a federal election for President. The slaveholders were typically Democrats. No law had been passed to either abolish or restrict slavery, but Lincoln’s victory in 1860 was perceived as such a dire threat by Southern leaders that they took the step of firing on Fort Sumter, a federal facility located in South Carolina. This act of nullification led directly to our Civil War.

The Democrats have been masters of nullification. The judicial system has been bombarded with cases that challenged states rights regarding abortion, homosexual marriage, prayer in the public schools, and police practices by state and local governments. In the past 50-60 years, the federal courts have been used to nullify states rights.

A few years ago, when Arizona tried to execute strict enforcement laws against illegals, the Democrats were up in arms. This was taken to court, and it was determined that some of the measures taken by the Republicans and by Gov. Jan Brewer were outside the purview of state authority because immigration enforcement was strictly under federal supervision. By trying to provide a safer and more lawful environment, she was lambasted as a vile nullifier of federal authority. One of my colleagues at the time literally compared Arizona to North Korea, asserting that it was acting ruthlessly and unlawfully. Also in Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was persecuted for his supposed overstepping of his authority.

Now we have the Democrats in California and elsewhere with their “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” movement on the search and destroy path of nullification of legitimate federal authority. They are shaking their fists in Jeff Sessions’ face more defiantly than Jan Brewer or Joe Arpaio ever did against the laxity of the feds under Obama. The Democrats are at war with the very system of federalism that is our system of governance. They are nullifying federal rights when they should be supporting them, as required by the U.S. Constitution. This is surely a despicable attack on our legal system and the foundations of our republic. Nullification has been going on for a long time, but it has been weaponized by the Democrats to destroy the institutions we love.



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DACA: What is Trump doing?


Last Thursday afternoon, President Trump presented the outlines of his proposed “deal” on DACA. It offers full amnesty with a path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA eligible illegal aliens. In so doing he demoralized the huge base of support that carried him into office specifically because he promised to swiftly end DACA, and simultaneously cut off at the knees ongoing efforts to push back against amnesty for illegal aliens. On Saturday Neil Munro authored an article based on a pre-release copy of the full Trump plan obtained by Breitbart News, which has provoked an outraged uproar. It details numerous other proposals that make a mockery of Trump’s promise to secure the border. As Ted Cruz so accurately said, the president is betraying the greatest single promise he made to voters.

Democrats, meanwhile, flatly rejected the entire package. Senator Dick Durbin said “Dreamers should not be held hostage to President Trump’s crusade to tear families apart and waste billions of American tax dollars on an ineffective wall.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer improbably called it a ” wish list that anti-immigration hard-liners have advocated for years.”

Really, Dick? Really, Chuck? Really? So what is going on here?

The Democrats have pocketed Trump’s offer of 1.8 million DACA as a negotiating starting point, but rejected everything else. They really just want to pillory Trump and the GOP over this issue from now until election day, and their hands-down rejection of Trump’s offer proves it. They believe it is a winning strategy, especially in the U.S. House, where the GOP must defend 24 seats to maintain a majority. Many of those seats are in marginally Republican districts, where a solution to DACA would play well for the GOP, especially among liberal Republicans. The Senate is safer but not out of reach, according to some GOP strategists.

Schumer is currently being savaged by the Left for caving on the Schumer Shutdown, but that is simply theatrics that give him the pretext to stonewall — something he intended to do all along. Never take this kind of leftwing cannibalism seriously. It is all tactics.

Trump knew this would happen, and told us today in a tweet why he put forth such a proposal:  to reveal to the world the Democrats’ bad faith intentions:

 

Trump is betting the Democrats are overplaying their hand as they did with the shutdown. He defied all the polls to win the election, and may well prove the Democrats wrong again come this November as well.

Consider the optics. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who takes anti-Alzheimer’s pills by the handful just to put two coherent sentences together, calls Trump’s offer an effort “to make America White again.” It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic — coming from a leading Democrat. Her comments and those of Durbin and Schumer have been magnified in the media echo chamber, accompanied by belligerent, insulting protests from illegal alien “DREAMers.” One group even went so far as to occupy pro-amnesty GOP Senator Thom Tillis’s office on Capitol Hill, screaming “F*ck this conservative! F*ck this person!”

But Trump is taking an enormous risk. He also has to consider what the House and Senate might do now that he has laid out his plan. Many want amnesty to please their big business donors. They could turn this proposal into legislation or come up with something even worse. The Democrats might decide to accept it. They could then go forward toward the midterms with an electrified base against a demoralized and dispirited GOP.

This cannot be overemphasized: a loss of either House will spell the end for the Trump agenda, Consider:

  • The Trump plan provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens under an expanded definition of DACA, — more than double the 690,000 actual DACA recipients. This alone could flip entire states to Democrats.
  • The Trump plan sets no upward limit on amnesty  — DHS leadership can raise the number any time. There are another 1.8 million “DREAMers,” an obvious negotiating point, and opportunity for further amnesty agitation.
  • The $25 billion for “tactical infrastructure,” including the Wall, could  easily be reprogrammed to other things, avoiding Wall construction and opening the door to pork-barrel spending by members of Congress.
  • The Trump plan does not end chain migration for the next 10-15 years. Diversity Visas will be directed to 4 million chain migrants already “in the pipeline.”
  • The Trump proposal is silent on E-Verify. If strictly enforced, E-Verify would dry up many job opportunities for illegals. Many would self-deport.

Even if 1.8 million illegal aliens gain amnesty, the huge remaining 10-30 million illegal alien population is a festering sore. Democrats will lobby for their amnesty as long as they remain. And if Democrats succeed we are finished as a nation.

Continued unrestrained immigration policies spell political, cultural and societal suicide. They guarantee demographic changes that — short of a miracle — will eventually allow the Democrats to seize absolute power, successfully capping their decades-long effort to steal our nation. Welcome Venezuela!

This cannot continue. There is no need for any mass roundup and deportation. While the Left screams “civil rights” for “immigrants,” illegal aliens are not immigrants by legal definition; they have no rights. Illegals can be threatened with welfare denial, job denial, asset seizure, prosecution and deportation. They will self-deport if faced with such threats. All we need to do is enforce current law.

This is an opportunity for Donald Trump, the Great Negotiator, who won on a promise to end illegal immigration in all its forms and finally get our borders secured, to say, “We tried, we really tried, but you can’t negotiate with people who don’t want a solution.”

Trump could even expand the GOP base among minorities by doing so. Minority businesses that have survived decades of taxes and regulations in Democrat-ruled cities are being destroyed by illegal alien-owned businesses – which the Democrats welcome with open arms.

For example, Black views on immigration:

  • 68 percent believe immigration level is too high
  • 70 percent favor stronger enforcement against illegals
  • 81 percent believe there are plenty of domestic workers, immigrants not needed
  • 70 percent oppose legalization for illegal aliens

Perhaps Democrat intransigence will convince Mitch McConnell to man up and acknowledge that since Democrats are unwilling to do anything but obstruct, the filibuster rule needs to be reconsidered, in all or part. Limiting Democrat ability to filibuster would allow the GOP, which controls both houses of Congress and the presidency, to actually push its agenda, rather than be held hostage to Democrat stonewalling on every issue.

Then perhaps we could pass a real border security bill, which would not only deny amnesty and begin the process of removing illegals, but would put in place other needed measures such as:

  • Immediate end to chain migration. Forget the 4 million.
  • Mandated E-Verify for all employers.
  • Promote and provide funds to S&L governments for ICE’s 287(g) program.
  • Enforce laws governing welfare eligibility. Deny any and all welfare benefits to illegals.
  • Prosecute illegal aliens using stolen social security numbers to file taxes.
  • Prosecute any federal official who enables identity theft for illegal aliens for any reason.
  • Deny entry to nationals from countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens.
  • Complete biometric entry/exit system.

And on March 5, the U.S. government could begin deporting all those wonderful “DREAMers” and the parents who brought them here, because unlike what Tricky Dick says, we really don’t want to “tear families apart.”

Let’s hope. But in the meantime, call the president and the House and Senate leadership, and tell them no amnesty

Last Thursday afternoon, President Trump presented the outlines of his proposed “deal” on DACA. It offers full amnesty with a path to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA eligible illegal aliens. In so doing he demoralized the huge base of support that carried him into office specifically because he promised to swiftly end DACA, and simultaneously cut off at the knees ongoing efforts to push back against amnesty for illegal aliens. On Saturday Neil Munro authored an article based on a pre-release copy of the full Trump plan obtained by Breitbart News, which has provoked an outraged uproar. It details numerous other proposals that make a mockery of Trump’s promise to secure the border. As Ted Cruz so accurately said, the president is betraying the greatest single promise he made to voters.

Democrats, meanwhile, flatly rejected the entire package. Senator Dick Durbin said “Dreamers should not be held hostage to President Trump’s crusade to tear families apart and waste billions of American tax dollars on an ineffective wall.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer improbably called it a ” wish list that anti-immigration hard-liners have advocated for years.”

Really, Dick? Really, Chuck? Really? So what is going on here?

The Democrats have pocketed Trump’s offer of 1.8 million DACA as a negotiating starting point, but rejected everything else. They really just want to pillory Trump and the GOP over this issue from now until election day, and their hands-down rejection of Trump’s offer proves it. They believe it is a winning strategy, especially in the U.S. House, where the GOP must defend 24 seats to maintain a majority. Many of those seats are in marginally Republican districts, where a solution to DACA would play well for the GOP, especially among liberal Republicans. The Senate is safer but not out of reach, according to some GOP strategists.

Schumer is currently being savaged by the Left for caving on the Schumer Shutdown, but that is simply theatrics that give him the pretext to stonewall — something he intended to do all along. Never take this kind of leftwing cannibalism seriously. It is all tactics.

Trump knew this would happen, and told us today in a tweet why he put forth such a proposal:  to reveal to the world the Democrats’ bad faith intentions:

 

Trump is betting the Democrats are overplaying their hand as they did with the shutdown. He defied all the polls to win the election, and may well prove the Democrats wrong again come this November as well.

Consider the optics. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who takes anti-Alzheimer’s pills by the handful just to put two coherent sentences together, calls Trump’s offer an effort “to make America White again.” It would be funny if it weren’t so pathetic — coming from a leading Democrat. Her comments and those of Durbin and Schumer have been magnified in the media echo chamber, accompanied by belligerent, insulting protests from illegal alien “DREAMers.” One group even went so far as to occupy pro-amnesty GOP Senator Thom Tillis’s office on Capitol Hill, screaming “F*ck this conservative! F*ck this person!”

But Trump is taking an enormous risk. He also has to consider what the House and Senate might do now that he has laid out his plan. Many want amnesty to please their big business donors. They could turn this proposal into legislation or come up with something even worse. The Democrats might decide to accept it. They could then go forward toward the midterms with an electrified base against a demoralized and dispirited GOP.

This cannot be overemphasized: a loss of either House will spell the end for the Trump agenda, Consider:

  • The Trump plan provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliens under an expanded definition of DACA, — more than double the 690,000 actual DACA recipients. This alone could flip entire states to Democrats.
  • The Trump plan sets no upward limit on amnesty  — DHS leadership can raise the number any time. There are another 1.8 million “DREAMers,” an obvious negotiating point, and opportunity for further amnesty agitation.
  • The $25 billion for “tactical infrastructure,” including the Wall, could  easily be reprogrammed to other things, avoiding Wall construction and opening the door to pork-barrel spending by members of Congress.
  • The Trump plan does not end chain migration for the next 10-15 years. Diversity Visas will be directed to 4 million chain migrants already “in the pipeline.”
  • The Trump proposal is silent on E-Verify. If strictly enforced, E-Verify would dry up many job opportunities for illegals. Many would self-deport.

Even if 1.8 million illegal aliens gain amnesty, the huge remaining 10-30 million illegal alien population is a festering sore. Democrats will lobby for their amnesty as long as they remain. And if Democrats succeed we are finished as a nation.

Continued unrestrained immigration policies spell political, cultural and societal suicide. They guarantee demographic changes that — short of a miracle — will eventually allow the Democrats to seize absolute power, successfully capping their decades-long effort to steal our nation. Welcome Venezuela!

This cannot continue. There is no need for any mass roundup and deportation. While the Left screams “civil rights” for “immigrants,” illegal aliens are not immigrants by legal definition; they have no rights. Illegals can be threatened with welfare denial, job denial, asset seizure, prosecution and deportation. They will self-deport if faced with such threats. All we need to do is enforce current law.

This is an opportunity for Donald Trump, the Great Negotiator, who won on a promise to end illegal immigration in all its forms and finally get our borders secured, to say, “We tried, we really tried, but you can’t negotiate with people who don’t want a solution.”

Trump could even expand the GOP base among minorities by doing so. Minority businesses that have survived decades of taxes and regulations in Democrat-ruled cities are being destroyed by illegal alien-owned businesses – which the Democrats welcome with open arms.

For example, Black views on immigration:

  • 68 percent believe immigration level is too high
  • 70 percent favor stronger enforcement against illegals
  • 81 percent believe there are plenty of domestic workers, immigrants not needed
  • 70 percent oppose legalization for illegal aliens

Perhaps Democrat intransigence will convince Mitch McConnell to man up and acknowledge that since Democrats are unwilling to do anything but obstruct, the filibuster rule needs to be reconsidered, in all or part. Limiting Democrat ability to filibuster would allow the GOP, which controls both houses of Congress and the presidency, to actually push its agenda, rather than be held hostage to Democrat stonewalling on every issue.

Then perhaps we could pass a real border security bill, which would not only deny amnesty and begin the process of removing illegals, but would put in place other needed measures such as:

  • Immediate end to chain migration. Forget the 4 million.
  • Mandated E-Verify for all employers.
  • Promote and provide funds to S&L governments for ICE’s 287(g) program.
  • Enforce laws governing welfare eligibility. Deny any and all welfare benefits to illegals.
  • Prosecute illegal aliens using stolen social security numbers to file taxes.
  • Prosecute any federal official who enables identity theft for illegal aliens for any reason.
  • Deny entry to nationals from countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens.
  • Complete biometric entry/exit system.

And on March 5, the U.S. government could begin deporting all those wonderful “DREAMers” and the parents who brought them here, because unlike what Tricky Dick says, we really don’t want to “tear families apart.”

Let’s hope. But in the meantime, call the president and the House and Senate leadership, and tell them no amnesty



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A Smashing Success at Davos


Another overseas trip by the president this one to Davos, and another fantastic success. In his speech at Davos the president emphasized that America is back and is open for business. He also highlighted the fact that “it’s the economy, stupid”. In this case, the U.S. economy which is going great guns since he became president.

The president took a lot of criticism because he chose to go to Davos. His critics contend it was hypocritical to go because he has built his agenda around an America-first populist nationalist message which does not comport with the thinking of the Davos globalist mavens. That is extremely narrow-minded criticism. President Trump went to Davos as a businessman-politician to push an American agenda. And to put on display American boosterism and national pride. He succeeded in doing just that.

To deny the Trump economic success is to deny reality. For eight years we suffered under a sluggish Obama economy.  How bad was the Obama economy?  Very bad.  President Obama’s economic growth over his eight years in office puts him in last place among all post-World War II presidents. Obama had eight years to enact a growth policy, while many of his predecessors never had two complete terms. When averaged across all post-World War II presidents economic growth was 3.2%. President Obama’s growth over his eight years in office was 1.5%, the lowest of them all. Obama’s best year for economic growth was 2.6% in 2015. That is lower than the post-WWII best year growth average of 2.9%. Obama’s best year of economic growth would have been a below-average year across the past 70 years. There are other economic statistics to buttress the fact that President Obama was a failure on the economy. But you get the picture. The data shows even the most ardent Obama, supporters despite their spin, should admit that on the economy, Obama was not a success.  

President Trump did not go to Davos to hobnob with the world’s elites simply for the sake of hobnobbing. He went to talk business, American business. And who better to do that then a successful businessman and entrepreneur like President Trump? President Obama once quipped in the run-up to the 2012 election when referring to business owners who had built their own businesses that “you didn’t build that — someone else did.” The “someone else” he was referring to was the government. That was a huge gaffe and faux pas which he had to walk back. The distressing thing about the Obama comment, despite his attempted spin trying to extricate himself from this candid moment of slip of tongue collectivism is that in reality, he believed, and still believes, what he uttered out loud to a campaign event audience of likeminded liberals. President Obama came into office with little to no business experience.  He probably had the least private-sector free-market-enterprise experience of any American president. And it showed in the way he guided the economy for eight years.

Conversely, President Trump probably has the most private-sector free-market-enterprise experience of any American president. And it shows in his first year in office. The economy has taken off after eight years of malaise under Obama.  But there is more to this then simply business acumen and experience. President Trump has the  experience, but what sets him apart and what makes the people in his movement so ardent in their unwavering support for him is that he parlays that experience into an empathy for the common working-class man and woman.  That resonated throughout his Davos speech. In so many words, he separated himself from the globalist elites and made it known that if he has to pick sides it is with the American working class. If you are a working-class American it is hard not to find that appealing.

In defiance of his most severe critics, it is undeniable that after only one year in office the American economy is rebounding from eight years of stagnation during Obamanomics. It is the economy, stupid. President Trump went to Davos to emphasize that and he succeeded magnificently.

Another overseas trip by the president this one to Davos, and another fantastic success. In his speech at Davos the president emphasized that America is back and is open for business. He also highlighted the fact that “it’s the economy, stupid”. In this case, the U.S. economy which is going great guns since he became president.

The president took a lot of criticism because he chose to go to Davos. His critics contend it was hypocritical to go because he has built his agenda around an America-first populist nationalist message which does not comport with the thinking of the Davos globalist mavens. That is extremely narrow-minded criticism. President Trump went to Davos as a businessman-politician to push an American agenda. And to put on display American boosterism and national pride. He succeeded in doing just that.

To deny the Trump economic success is to deny reality. For eight years we suffered under a sluggish Obama economy.  How bad was the Obama economy?  Very bad.  President Obama’s economic growth over his eight years in office puts him in last place among all post-World War II presidents. Obama had eight years to enact a growth policy, while many of his predecessors never had two complete terms. When averaged across all post-World War II presidents economic growth was 3.2%. President Obama’s growth over his eight years in office was 1.5%, the lowest of them all. Obama’s best year for economic growth was 2.6% in 2015. That is lower than the post-WWII best year growth average of 2.9%. Obama’s best year of economic growth would have been a below-average year across the past 70 years. There are other economic statistics to buttress the fact that President Obama was a failure on the economy. But you get the picture. The data shows even the most ardent Obama, supporters despite their spin, should admit that on the economy, Obama was not a success.  

President Trump did not go to Davos to hobnob with the world’s elites simply for the sake of hobnobbing. He went to talk business, American business. And who better to do that then a successful businessman and entrepreneur like President Trump? President Obama once quipped in the run-up to the 2012 election when referring to business owners who had built their own businesses that “you didn’t build that — someone else did.” The “someone else” he was referring to was the government. That was a huge gaffe and faux pas which he had to walk back. The distressing thing about the Obama comment, despite his attempted spin trying to extricate himself from this candid moment of slip of tongue collectivism is that in reality, he believed, and still believes, what he uttered out loud to a campaign event audience of likeminded liberals. President Obama came into office with little to no business experience.  He probably had the least private-sector free-market-enterprise experience of any American president. And it showed in the way he guided the economy for eight years.

Conversely, President Trump probably has the most private-sector free-market-enterprise experience of any American president. And it shows in his first year in office. The economy has taken off after eight years of malaise under Obama.  But there is more to this then simply business acumen and experience. President Trump has the  experience, but what sets him apart and what makes the people in his movement so ardent in their unwavering support for him is that he parlays that experience into an empathy for the common working-class man and woman.  That resonated throughout his Davos speech. In so many words, he separated himself from the globalist elites and made it known that if he has to pick sides it is with the American working class. If you are a working-class American it is hard not to find that appealing.

In defiance of his most severe critics, it is undeniable that after only one year in office the American economy is rebounding from eight years of stagnation during Obamanomics. It is the economy, stupid. President Trump went to Davos to emphasize that and he succeeded magnificently.



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