TV ratings for this year’s Eagles-Falcons NFL season opener plunged to the lowest level since 2009. Cheer up, NFL: You still have all those residuals from the sale of team gear made by Nike. Oh, wait…
I keep hearing football fans say they’re so turned off by leftist politics and anti-Anthem protests that they’re watching college football instead. That’s how bad the NFL has gotten: it makes today’s universities look patriotic by comparison!
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The economy isn’t just heated up, it’s burning down all previous records. The new jobs report for August shows that the US added over 201,000 new jobs, far more than expected. Unemployment remained at 3.9%, with near-record lows across almost all categories (black unemployment hit 6.3%, the second-lowest ever recorded. The lowest was 5.9% in May.) More good news: lower-paid workers are finally seeing some read wage increases. Average wages rose by 10 cents an hour in one month, the highest rate of growth since 2009 (they’re up by 77 cents an hour since a year ago, or as Nancy Pelosi might call that, crumbs of crumbs.)
Obama takes credit
Naturally, the President stepped up to pat himself on the back and take credit for the great economic news. I’m referring, of course, to ex-President Barack Obama. Obama has finally emerged to break yet another American tradition, the one of Presidents not criticizing their successors. In a speech this week at the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana, Obama blasted President Trump and tried to credit his own policies for the recent burst of job creation and economic growth, mocking his Republican critics by citing the good news and saying, “Thanks, Obama.”
I’ve written before about the terrible luck Democrat Presidents have with the economy. According to the Democrats, Jimmy Carter suffered the same lousy fortune: he set up the policies that created the so-called Reagan boom, but was voted out before he could reap the benefits. The fact that it took a couple more years to get rolling, and only after Reagan ushered in massive changes to Carter’s policies, just made the unfairness more bitter.
And now, poor Barack Obama gets the same raw deal: he had only eight years, not nearly enough time for his policies to really kick the economy into overdrive. Then along comes that lucky duck Trump, and despite him reversing every Obama policy, the Obama recovery still takes flight, and who gets the credit? Trump! Oh, unjust and fickle fate! Democratic policies always result in great economies, just never until a year or so after they leave office.
Does anyone seriously swallow these bull leavings? It’s like an anchor taking credit for keeping a boat afloat. One of Obama’s boasts in that speech was that he insured that wealthier Americans paid their “fair share” in taxes to “help folks coming up behind them.” Yes, of course, that’s what makes the economy boom and jobs flourish: the government sucking money out of the private sector and "redistributing" it.
Obama also based his claim on the fact that we’ve had a years-long streak of job creation. Except that under him, we were creating low-paying service and part time jobs that didn’t replace the good jobs we’d lost from the recession and outsourcing. And naturally, lots and lots of government jobs! It’s also true the economy grew under Obama, but only because America’s economy is such a strong ship that not even the heaviest anchor can hold it back completely. In the last quarter, GDP growth hit 4.1%. In the last two quarters of 2016, after two terms of Obama’s policies, GDP growth averaged around 1.5%. Thanks, Anchor!
Of course, Trump will also take credit for the latest good numbers, when the fact is that the government doesn’t create jobs with its policies. Jobs are created by the private sector when the government gets out of the way. However, Trump does deserve much credit simply because his policies of cutting regulations, mandates and taxes and taking the shackles off of energy producers and entrepreneurs are evidence that he understands the importance of getting the government out of the way.
I can’t imagine what’s going through the heads of anybody who’s actually considering voting back into power the very people whose policies kept them working three part-time jobs just to put food on the table. The Democrats’ slogan should be “The economy is on fire – and we’re the fire extinguisher!”
There are more details at this link, along with President Trump’s pretty hilarious response to Obama’s speech.
One side topic worth mentioning: one of the ways in which Obama slammed Trump was by saying, “The privileged…want to keep us divided...because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege.” He added that Trump is “a symptom, not the cause,” and that the dividing of Americans to promote a political agenda “did not start with Donald Trump.”
Does this mean he’s finally taking credit for something he actually did?
Another benefit to a hot economy
Another great benefit for workers of the hot economy and low unemployment (initial jobless claims haven’t been this low since 1969) is that layoffs are at record lows because employers are desperate to keep good workers and to hire new ones. When you have ten employers competing for one worker instead of ten workers competing for one job, the worker is in the catbird seat.
For liberals who claim that conservative policies that boost business don’t help the workers, which would you rather have: ten employers fighting for your services or a slightly larger unemployment check?
North Korea Update
About that snickering by elites that President Trump got snookered by Kim Jong-Un, who has no intention of destroying his nukes: that’s not what Kim told the President of South Korea. After a meeting with Kim this past week, President Moon Jae-in said that despite the recent verbal jousting over negotiations, Kim’s trust in Trump is unchanged, and he wants to keep his word to denuclearize while Trump is President.
That’s good news, indeed, for everyone except the professional Hate Trump industry. And as I’ve pointed out before, even if Trump’s attempt to try something different falls to pieces, leaving us with a North Korea that’s building nukes and testing missiles, how would that be the slightest bit different from the situation he inherited from all the Ivy League diplomacy savants who are currenty sneering that he doesn’t know what he’s going?
Corey Booker's grandstanding
Sen. Corey Booker seems to think that grandstanding at the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings will launch his presidential campaign into the stratosphere, but it might help if he’d quit aiming his rocket at his own foot. Aside from his over-the-top badgering of Judge Kavanaugh, he compared himself to Kirk Douglas declaring “I am Spartacus!” for defying Republicans by releasing a confidential White House email written by Kavanaugh, only to have it revealed that it wasn’t confidential and the email only proved that Kavanaugh opposes racism. And that makes him Spartacus? I am Dubious!
Now, the latest Booker bloviation blunder: Wall Street Journal reporter Bryon Tau asked him if his actions were a stunt as Booker was heading toward the hearings, and Tau claims Booker warned him he was violating the Constitution by being in his way.
It will take greater Constitutional scholars than I (or better amateur psychiatrists) to ferret out what in the heck Sen. Booker was talking about. I always thought one of the main reasons for the First Amendment to the Constitution was to give reporters the right to ask politicians a question without being threatened with federal charges. The best anyone can figure is that he was referring to the clause which says that Congress members can’t be arrested on their way to session or "in going to and from [session]…shall not be questioned in any other Place.” Most scholars always assumed that meant they couldn’t be blocked from entering Congress and questioned by the police, not by reporters. That expansion of the meaning of "questioning" must be what liberals mean by “a living Constitution.”
Judging from the way Democratic politicians defend reporters who yell rude questions at President Trump even when he’s in the middle of a completely unrelated international summit, I guess they think the “no questions” interpretation of the Constitution applies only to Congress members. Tell you what, here’s a compromise: let reporters ask Congress members anything they want, and we’ll ask law enforcement officers to hold off on interrogating them until after they’re finished with their Congressional work day.