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April 7, 2018

 

Results of a tax plan that’s working, regulatory rollbacks that are working, a confirmed Supreme Court Justice who is voting conservative, challenging the illegitimacy of sanctuary cities, improved trade deals with other countries, and bringing brutal dictators to the diplomatic table for discussions are all positive developments.  Rhetoric against all of these positive developments is all negative.  The positives are winning but most people do not know the truth.  A lot of people do not know the truth because the liberal media is blatantly biased toward reporting the negatives, or simply omitting reporting the facts or all of the truth.  The good news is that a lot of people are seeing through the deceptive veil of the media.  The deceptive media are empowered by the deceptive and dishonest elected political voices, because the media do not challenge the garbage that rolls from their lips:

·    “Trump is a racist!”- No he’s not, you can take that from me, a black man who knows him.

·    “The tax cuts only benefit the rich!” - Really! Ask the working people who received unexpected non-government-mandated cash bonuses that Pelosi called “crumbs”.

The negative attacks on positive results are not going to stop, because the negative crowd has no options to offer the public except hatred for President Trump.  It’s not a winning strategy.  Just as love ultimately wins over evil, positives ultimately win over negatives.  Keep fighting for positive results, and negative news will lose.

(“Keep fighting for positive results” by Herman Cain dated April 2, 2018 published by Canada Free Press at https://canadafreepress.com/article/keep-fighting-for-positive-results )

New polling from CNN and other outlets indicates that President Donald Trump's job approval has improved since mid-December, and that the Democrats' advantage over Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections has shrunk.  The reasons are obvious: the Republicans cut taxes, the economy is good, and people largely approve of Trump's moves to break the logjam with North Korea.  Basically, people like peace and prosperity.  The danger for Republicans, of course, is that peace and prosperity won't be enough to overcome the head winds they face.  History is not on their side, as the party in power almost always loses seats in a president's first midterm.  Trump, despite the polling improvement, still carries a job approval well below what any GOP strategist would tell you is necessary to overcome history.  So even as Trump improves, Democrats should feel good that he has not improved enough to reach a level that would help his party overcome history.  There are structural problems in the surveys (chiefly the gender gap) that might hold down Trump's ceiling as he continues to struggle mightily to gain the support of non-Republican women.  What Democrats should be more concerned about is the generic ballot, where their advantage shrunk to just 6% in March, according to CNN's poll, a massive 10% shift from their 16% lead in February.  It is entirely possible for the Democrats to win more overall votes for the US House and not win the chamber.  They could even win it by 6% nationally and still not win a majority of seats, according to my favorite House handicapper, Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.  While some people reflexively argue that gerrymandering is the culprit, Wasserman points out that other factors such as the urban cloistering of the most partisan Democrat voters, incumbency and uncontested races are also to blame for this possibility.  So why are Democrats struggling to grow their generic ballot advantage?  Because they continue to ignore three political realities: Most Americans aren't as liberal as their outraged base voters (especially in urban areas); most voters want their taxes to go down instead of up; and most voters want the parties to work together when it makes sense.  This week, Democrats were in a full-scale meltdown because the Trump administration decided to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form.  Meanwhile, most of America said: "What's the big deal?"  There is nothing remotely illogical or illegal about the United States figuring out how many citizens it has, as it seems like a common-sense thing to know.  What a crock, and the associated outrage reminded me of Nancy Pelosi's unhinged claim of a looming "apocalypse" should the Republicans cut taxes.  Democrats overreached on the tax cuts and squandered credibility when discussing the economy.  Now, not satisfied with the damage they did themselves by block voting against the Republican tax cuts in December, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has rolled out a plan to repeal the Trump tax cuts.  They are calling it an "infrastructure plan," but I know what it will be called in campaign ads this fall: Chuck and Nancy's plan to raise your taxes.  Republican strategists are chuckling about this boneheaded move.  Finally, the liberal resistance to all things Trump doesn't square with recent polling conducted for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee.  New internal polling suggests that Democrat candidates running in swing districts must express a willingness to work with the President when his agenda might help the district.  Squaring that strategy with the huge number of "nasty" Democrat primaries will be impossible as candidates seek to outdo each other with increasingly strident anti-Trump rhetoric.  The "resistance" may nominate a bunch of candidates who can't connect with average voters who like their lower taxes, job security and life in a world at relative peace, all thanks to Donald Trump and his Republican Party.  The Democrat enthusiasm advantage is real, and the historical trends are no joke.  Like the 2016 presidential campaign, there are things in the water making this a choppier ride than it ought to be for the party out of power. 

(“Why Trump and the GOP are gaining” by Scott Jennings dated March 30, 2018 published by MSN at https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/why-trump-and-the-gop-are-gaining/ar-AAvi3xg )

If in November 2020 we are looking back on how Donald J. Trump came to be re-elected as President of the United States, those undergoing a second round of horror and dismay will find themselves reflecting on how seriously, and how often, they underestimated their foe.  The left has history when it comes to looking down on, and therefore underrating, its opponents.  Ronald Reagan was derided as a genial but bumbling movie actor but was elected twice to govern both his state and his country.  As was George W. Bush, who seemed to inspire a kind of hysterical contempt in his adversaries, he’s beaten us, again.  Donald Trump, by the same token, was surely too erratic and offensive and vulgar and narcissistic and unqualified to get his party’s nomination, let alone run an effective campaign, let alone win.  You might think that the anti-Trumpists would have begun to learn from this long series of events, but apparently not.  Their opinion of Trump as a man need not have changed from the one they formed two years ago in the primaries, but neither does their view of his capabilities seem to have evolved.  Inevitably, then, their underestimations continue.  This error takes two forms.  The first is to deny his achievements, and therefore miss how they galvanize his support.  One of the things Trump voters most often say they like about his presidency is the economy: new jobs, higher take-home wages and, of course, the booming stock market.  His opponents naturally refuse him the credit for these things.  The invitation for Trump to hold face-to-face talks with Kim Jung Un provides another instance.  Trump, his critics suggest, is merely reaping the reward of painstaking South Korean diplomacy, or, worse, is being played by the Pyongyang regime.  Many of the voters we spoke to earlier this month were apprehensive about what might happen, but saw the prospect of talks as a vindication of Trump’s robust approach.  North Korea liked to act tough, “and if we don’t push back, they get their way a little bit more,” another observed. “But when we pushed back, he kind of fell back down and said, hey, I’ll talk to you.”  North Korea is also an example of the second way in which Trump’s opponents underestimate him: to see everything he does as a mistake that will finally expose his unfitness for office, rather than to reflect that there might be method in his apparent madness.  Where critics see a volatile individual embarrassing America on the world stage, many voters see a shrewd player showing that he, and therefore his country, can no longer be taken for granted.  For them, his “Muslim ban” was not an act of bigotry but a long overdue measure to protect national security; his threatened steel tariffs are not an irresponsible overture to a trade war but an opening move in a plan to reorganize NAFTA and bring jobs back to America; his wading into the controversy over NFL players “taking a knee” during the national anthem was not a racial provocation but an endorsement of public patriotism.  Whether any of these things are right in principle, and whether the policies will work in practice, is a different question. The point is that while his rivals scoff, most of the people who put Donald Trump in the White House see a president standing up for America and standing up for them.  That is not to say his supporters like everything about him.  Many wish he would calm down with the tweeting, the boasting, the undignified lashing out at detractors.  They tolerate these things because they see a president doing what they want done, just as they are prepared to overlook stories like the Stormy Daniels saga: you wouldn’t want to be married to him, they say, but “we didn’t elect him to be a saint, we elected him to be a leader.”  All of this leaves Trump’s opponents with a bad case of cognitive dissonance.  How to resolve this contradiction?  The only available answer is that the people who put him there must have been a collection of the deplorable and the dim.  The cynics don’t just underestimate the president, they underestimate his voters.  Not a good look, and one that repels the part of his coalition, chiefly those who previously backed Obama and picked Trump only as the lesser of two evils, who are open to an alternative.  Meanwhile, most of those who chose him see President Trump doing his best to keep his promises with precious little help from the professional political class.  His actions may be worthy or wicked, and might lead to triumph or disaster, but anyone who thinks he doesn’t know what he’s doing is 180 degrees wrong. 

(“Do Not Doubt Donald Trump.  He Could Easily Be Reelected” by Michael Ashcroft dated March 29, 2018 published by https://www.yahoo.com/news/not-doubt-donald-trump-could-160759435.html )

The Democrats, RINO Republicans, MSM and the rest of the inhabitants of the Washington Cesspool no longer try to hide their open disdain for patriotic working Americans.  I first noticed this beginning to happen when Obama began his first campaign for the Presidency.  During his two terms in office this open disdain for Middle America steadily became more obvious. When Donald Trump announced his campaign for the Presidency the Washington Cesspool’s efforts to display their arrogance became an open obsession.  During President Trump’s first fourteen months in office this arrogance morphed into an open hatred for everyone that did not mindlessly agree with the Washington Cesspool’s beliefs.  Hillary is a perfect example of the Washington Cesspool’s arrogance morphing into open hatred for patriotic working Americans.  She went from calling Trump supporters “deplorable”, while she was running for President, to openly denigrating them in a recent speech in India.  Hillary’s hatred for everyone who did not vote for her has gotten so bad that some Democrats that are up for reelection this November, are now going on record saying that she should not be so negative about Trump supporters. But we know what they are saying now against Hillary will change on November 7, regardless of whether or not they win reelection.  Hillary is a perfect example of the Washing Cesspool’s arrogance.  However, she is only one of an abundance of loud visible people who are obsessed with sharing the media spotlight to denigrate anyone who appears to be a threat to their obsession with shredding our Constitution and forever “fundamentally changing America”.   Our 1st Amendment rights have been under attack for a long time now with the Left’s Politically Correct (PC) speech movement.  Our 2nd Amendment has also been under attack for years but now it is under the most aggressive attack in our history!  It is obvious that the “One World Order” people see the current effort to ban guns as the first real opportunity to actually disarm America, and there is no limit to how much money they will spend or what they will do to accomplish this now.  Does anyone really believe that all these high school kids have the knowledge and money necessary to organize the recent “spontaneous” antigun rallies?  I also wonder who actually wrote the emotional speeches delivered by the ones “chosen” to step up to the microphones and deliver them.  The vast majority of these “kids”, and the “adults” supporting them, do not even know what the definition of an “assault” rifle is!  In fact most of the “hunting rifles” currently owned by many Americans would be banned by the “assault” rifle descriptions that are currently being used by the “self-appointed gun control experts”.  And now we have an instant “media storm” over the Trump Administration’s decision to put the question, “Are you a U.S. citizen”, back on the 2020 census form!  Obama had this question removed from the 2010 census form, without being questioned by anyone!  The potential effects on American politics of this question being on or off the 2020 form is huge.  Even though President Trump has what appears to be an army of people obsessed with destroying his Presidency, he is still accomplishing great things for America on a regular basis.  This week his Administration and the South Korean government announced that they had reached agreement on a new free trade agreement between our two countries. This agreement is much more favorable to the U.S. than the one the Obama Administration agreed to in 2012!  With our support President Trump will continue to make America great again.  November 6, 2018 is the next “battle ground” for America’s future.  We cannot sit down and be quiet.  If we do we will lose America, as we have known it. If the Washington Cesspool gets control of our government again they will never give it up again, and America will become one big “cesspool” like they have in Chicago, Baltimore and the rapidly growing homeless camps in every major city in California. 

(“The Washington Cesspool’s Arrogance has Become Incomprehensible!” by Hardworking1 dated March 30, 2018 published by https://ipatriot.com/washington-cesspools-arrogance-become-incomprehensible/ )

 

President Donald Trump is facing a revolt from his base for having signed the bloated omnibus spending bill that torpedoes his “drain the swamp” pledges.  The president has an opportunity to achieve a small measure of redemption: he should offer unequivocal and loud support to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is being hammered for reportedly having rejected identity politics in favor of meritocracy.  Zinke is facing a storm of media criticism from liberals for allegedly saying that diversity is “not important,” though his office denies that he said this.  The same sources that reported Zinke’s comments say that he followed up by stating that what he cared about was excellence and that by hiring the best people, he would in fact put together the most diverse group anyone has ever had.  Sometimes meritocracy will yield diversity; sometimes it won’t.  The point is that it doesn’t matter.  Diversity should not be an end in itself; excellence is the goal.  Rejecting the primacy of diversity constitutes a head-on assault on the received wisdom of Washington and elite American culture.  Gender and racial quotas have been the order of business for the last three decades.  The #MeToo movement has only intensified pressures on public and private organizations to hire based on sex and skin color.  The result: wasted resources, the sidelining of merit, and ever more virulent and irrational identity politics. The rule of the diversity regime is that you’re required to be obsessed with race and gender until you aren’t, because at that unpredictable moment, whenever it comes, noticing race and sex becomes racist and sexist.  What’s fantastic about the Zinke story, which appears to be gaining momentum, is that the Interior Secretary is being condemned for allegedly saying that he discounts racial categories in hiring, and prefers “having the right person for the right job.”  This position, uncontroversial for decades, was the essence of Martin Luther King’s vision of a colorblind, merit-based society.  Treating people the same way regardless of their race or sex used to be considered the definition of fairness; now it is understood to be vicious and intolerable.  The most distinctive moment during the 2016 presidential campaign was Trump’s insistence that he did not have time for political correctness, in response to then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s feminist naggings.  Here is a moment for the president to make good on that pledge by rejecting the relevance of race and gender to any job within his administration, and as for Zinke, even if he didn’t reject diversity explicitly, he ought to do so now. 

(“Reject the Diversity Mandate” by Healther Mac Donald dated March 27, 2018 published by City Journal at https://www.city-journal.org/html/reject-diversity-mandate-15792.html )

 

Follow the volatile ups and downs of the stock market or President Trump’s Twitter feed too closely and you’re bound to think the economy is booming one minute and heading for collapse amid a global trade war the next.  Thank God the men and women who run small to mid-sized businesses aren’t so obsessed.  They’re methodically hiring new workers and seeing plenty of green in their future, no matter how intemperate the markets or even the current White House occupant have become.  When a dozen CEOs and CFOs were asked what keeps them up at night.  They’re optimistic about their businesses and the future of the US economy.  Their companies have market values of between $1 billion and $3 billion, so they’re big enough to play in the global economy.  Any economist will tell you that these are the businesses that account for much of the new hiring.  They run diverse businesses, from e-commerce to telecommunication to manufacturing.  Because of their size, they must obsessively watch costs and monitor foreign competition.  Indeed, trade wars scare the hell out of them, because they almost always spark retaliation and many of their companies sell goods overseas or rely on imported raw materials.  Yet for all Trump’s trade saber-rattling (and the markets’ sour reaction), these execs are upbeat about the president.  Not about everything the tweet-happy commander-in-chief does. But they like the economy he created.  They feel he doesn’t look at businessmen and women as enemies to be taxed, regulated or jailed but as people who deserve to prosper.  They’re hiring more and, for the first time in years, facing some wage pressure.  The opposite is happening: Relaxed regulations, a tax cut and signs that DC is actively trying to spur growth rather than penalize businesses are sparking a rush to find new workers, even at higher wages.  How and when this shows up in official growth and employment statistics is difficult to know, but at least anecdotally the business execs I spoke to couldn’t be happier with what’s happening in the Oval Office and Congress, and they say the benefits are starting to trickle down to their employees.  That doesn’t mean they agree with everything the president is doing, even on just the economic front.  They do worry about tariffs and a trade war and their impact on the economy.  So if most of those jobs aren’t coming back even with tariffs, why trigger a war over it?  Better to focus on the businesses of the future.  While automation killed many manufacturing jobs, as these folks explained, the technology revolution created many more jobs and people with skills are needed to fill these posts at higher wages.  That’s why they’re upbeat.  They hope Trump’s trade tantrums are just a negotiating ploy to get concessions from places like South Korea (which he apparently has done) and then hopefully China.  Sure, investors are skittish about the economy, trade and the markets, the head of a small investment firm pointed out, but they’ve been that way for the past five years.  At least now, the economy is being fueled by deregulation and tax cuts.  A handful of business executives don’t representative the entire economy, but these are the kinds of people on the front line of the Trump economy, and I’ll trust them more than the daily gyrations of the stock market. 

(“Why the regular business leaders are bullish on the US economy” by Charles Gasparino dated March 30, 2018 published by New York Post at https://nypost.com/2018/03/30/why-the-regular-business-leaders-are-bullish-on-the-us-economy/ )

 

There is so much published each week that unless you search for it, you will miss important breaking news.  I try to package the best of this information into my “Views on the News” each Saturday morning.  Updates have been made this week to the following sections:

·    Homeland Security at http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/dp/homelandsecurity.php

 

David Coughlin

Hawthorne, NY

http://www.returntocommonsensesite.com/