economy

Dem Front Runner Warren Agrees With Trump On Trade And Middle East Wars

One of the more bizarre elements of last night’s Democratic presidential “debate” was how much the leading Democrat – Senator Elizabeth Warren – agrees with President Trump, especially on endless Middle East wars and the effects of trade on American workers.

In debate, Democrats steer clear of economy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

At the Democratic Party's first one-night presidential debate, what role did the nation's widespread economic anxieties play? Almost none. The word "recession" was uttered just once in the entire debate. (By Julian Castro, who noted the poll's finding of recession fears.) Nor was the word "unemployment" ever spoken. Nor was there a discussion of job creation. Nor was there much of a discussion of wages. On the government side, no one, moderator or candidate, said the word "deficit." No one discussed the mismatch between the federal government's revenues and its spending. No one talked about the national debt.

Democrats Are Rooting for Recession

Stephen Moore, CNS News

Can the media and the pundits talk America into a recession? They want to, but probably not. Sustainable growth depends on business formation and expansion, not consumer shopping. We know what's holding that back: the trade war with China, a Fed that's too tight and the headwinds of an economic stall-out in Germany, the rest of the European Union and Japan. Most countries in the world would love to have America's economic conditions. I will stick with my prediction that if and when Trump gets a deal with Beijing that ends the tariff wars, the economy will soar and the recession rooters will look mighty foolish — again.

What Could Sink Trump’s Chances in 2020?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Elections are not popularity contests. If they were, Trump might well lose handily, given that his approval ratings are consistently below 50 percent. Instead, they are choices between good and better — or bad and worse — candidates. Trump's near-animal energy belies his age. Some of his potential opponents — Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren — are in their 70s and seem to show their age more than Trump does. Add up all these factors, and a currently unpopular Trump will still likely be harder to beat than his confident media detractors and enraged progressive critics can imagine.

Democrats: Prisoners of the past on the economy

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Democrats remember the 1992 Bill Clinton mantra, “It’s the economy, stupid,” and how Clinton won despite a macroeconomic upswing. So, why not describe the economy as it used to be, and as they’d like voters to see it, rather than as it actually is? This has another benefit for Democratic partisans. They are increasingly upscale white college graduates who care mostly about cultural issues, but they like to think their policies help the less fortunate. Their party has already lost the blue-collar whites who were once its base, and erosion of its supermajorities from blue-collar blacks and majorities from blue-collar Hispanics could destroy its dreams of long-term majorities. Hope they remain prisoners of the past.

Dem 2020 task: Convince voters to overlook economy

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The president's Democratic 2020 challengers face a daunting problem: Unless there is a serious economic downturn, the answer to the are-you-better-off question will work in the president's favor, not his opponent's. Democrats hope educated voters will be susceptible to anti-Trump social pressures, to being shamed out of voting for the president. The idea is that those voters will focus on their objections to the way Trump has conducted himself in office — the tweets! — and not on the economic results of his presidency. Indeed, a number of polls have shown that a significant group of voters who are happy about the economy still plan to vote against Trump.

Democrats’ Plan to Destroy the Jobs Boom

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

Democrats running for president are pitching plans that will destroy millions of jobs, doubling the number of people out of work. No matter how Democrats badmouth capitalism, the truth is wage hikes and job opportunities are moral victories. They enable people to become self-sufficient, raise a family, and aspire to more. Presidential contender Joe Biden is campaigning to “Make America Moral Again.” Are you listening, Joe? The Bureau of Labor Statistics says one-third of all future new jobs will be in healthcare. That’s unless Democrats win big in 2020 and push through Medicare for All. A jobs boom is a good thing. Don’t let Democrats destroy it.

Are Single-Family Homes Racist?

Americans who have grown up experiencing private home ownership as the route to personal prosperity must quickly learn of the threat of "sustainability" mandates warns Tom DeWeese, President of The American Policy Center. The ultimate government game is to reorganize our cities into massive urban areas where single-family neighborhoods are replaced by the Sustainable/Smart Growth model of wall-to-wall apartment buildings.

But is it still 'the economy, Stupid'?

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

If Trump had been content to do what previous conservative presidents did, to talk about what a great thing it would be if he could do all these good things and one day he surely would, the Democrats would have been pleased to give him a nice (figurative) pat on the head and everyone could have got on with civility, the rage this year. But he actually set out to do these things, and that’s not the way the Washington game is meant to be played. If the Democrats take the House, we can expect the game to get meaner. Chuck and Nancy and Maxine promise an impeachment party, and it will be an exercise in ultimate futility. But we’ll have fun breaking some furniture.

The sky isn't falling on Trump's America

Editors, Washington Examiner

Take a mental health break from social media and talk to real people, and you’re likely to realize that most of them don’t think the country is in trouble or that Trump’s presidency is a disaster. A month from now, voters are expected to follow the historic norm and repudiate the party in power. If they reprimand Republicans more gently than the Beltway media expect, we will not be surprised.

A trillion-dollar blunder

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

Mr. Trump’s tax cut in only 9 months old so it is too early to say it is paying for itself. But already well over half the projected cost has evaporated because of higher growth. If we stay on this 3 percent to 4 percent path for another couple of years, the flood of added revenues will mean smaller deficits and much smaller debt levels relative to GDP. What makes this all the more remarkable is that most Democrats are running for Congress this year promising to repeal or rollback the Trump tax cut even though it has helped get us to 4 percent growth in a mere 18 months.

The evidence is clear: America is back

Vice President Mike Pence, Des Moines Register

The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more. But for all that we’ve accomplished, there’s still more work to do. With Iowa’s continued support, with the support of your conservative leaders in the Congress, with President Trump in the White House, and with God’s help, we’ll finish what we’ve started, and we will Make America Great Again.

Are Liberals and Progressives Sabotaging the Economy?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The cries of economic disaster will only grow more intense as we approach the mid-terms. Every little statistical waver will blown way out of a proportion. Schumer and Pelosi will say that bread lines are imminent. Bernie Sanders and his new leftwing friend Ocasio-Cortez will proclaim conditions for the working class are worse than the 1930s when they have never been better. The good news is -- if they fail at this, they will end up with nothing and be flailing for a long time.

Could Democrat James Carville save the GOP?

Michael Graham, CBS News

If Republicans can convince voters that keeping the economy moving means keeping Republicans governing, they may have a chance. If all the talk of "socialism" and far-Left progressive economics sparks fears that the Obama-era economy might return on the Democrats' watch, even Trump-averse voters might back their local Congressman—or at least stay home.

The State of the American Worker — Never Better

Stephen Moore, Investor's Business Daily

For American workers, the job market has never — or at least seldom — been better. If you don't have a job, go out and get one, because jobs are out there for the taking. President Donald Trump boasts about the job market almost daily, and deservedly so. Several of the Democrats on the committee kept disparaging the Trump tax reform as the "tax scam" for the rich. That was a good sound bite a year ago, but do they still want to stick with that message today when about two-thirds of Americans rate the economy as "good" or "great"? This is called leading with your chin.

The Federal Reserve’s War On Jobs

A year and a half into the Trump presidency the American economy has seen solid growth, more people in jobs and Wall Street has broken records on a regular basis. However, in the alternative universe where Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe and the mandarins who control America’s Federal Reserve Bank live, good news for America’s middle-income families is apparently bad news.

Will The Fed Raise Interest Rates Helping Wall Street And Hurting Main Street?

President Trump campaigned on policies that would boot the economy to 4 percent – or greater – growth. Now, just when America’s hard-pressed middle-income families are beginning to see the benefits of Trump’s policies, is not the time for the Fed to cool the economy.

Desperation Time As Democrats Seek to Stop Trump From Succeeding

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The simple fact is that Donald Trump’s unlikely presidency has become an unlikely success. The economy is booming. He’s doing what he promised with foreign policy and regulations. He’s outmaneuvered the Democrats again and again on illegal aliens. He’s got the momentum. And the liberals are desperate to stop him – no matter how much doing so will hurt Normal Americans.

The Coming Economic Disaster, and the Last Chance to Avert It

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

The attitude of the Establishment has shifted from contempt to panic, rather like the British facing a Japanese army advancing on Singapore in 1942. The Establishment is now defeatist. It is one thing to concede more power to China in the South China Sea, for example, and quite another to accept Chinese dominance in high-tech trade. That would be a disaster. Unfortunately, we are now headed for such a disaster.

Should Trump Receive Credit for Surging Stock Prices?

Daniel Mitchell, CNS News

In my humble opinion, politicians (at least the ones who support good policy on net, and I still don’t know whether Trump is in this category) should argue for good policy because that will lead to higher per-capita income over time. And they also should say, in the interests of accuracy, that it generally takes time to see good results. Consider the lesson of the Reagan years.