Economic Hope in Trump’s America

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In my last post, we discussed Trump’s progress on the wall and how public perception of his job performance based on legislative accomplishments, at least as portrayed by progressive media mouthpieces, is simply not reality based. Today we will look at how his economic policies are working, despite the fact that he has been unable to get tax reform legislation passed.

All things come to those who wait. Do not despair; tax relief is coming. Like Kennedy and Reagan before him, Trump will implement tax reform to get the country moving again. Tax cuts work to stimulate a stagnate economy, just as the Kennedy model proved. Twenty years later, President Reagan followed Kennedy’s lead to avoid high inflation and unemployment. But tax reform legislation is not the only way that Trump can use his office and prestige to jump-start the economy and encourage long-term economic growth, as well as job creation. In fact, the less that government gets involved in the private sector, the better off we will all be in the long run. We don’t need socialized medicine or another government jobs program. We need choice, competition, and real jobs—as opposed to job killing initiatives. What we need are free market solutions.

Critics of Trump are often unable to recognize his leadership strengths because they are blinded by his personality quirks, narcissistic behavior, and his obsession with self-promotion.One rather eloquent description of Trump’s temperament and its effect on his ability to govern pretty much sums up the Left’s view of the president’s first 150 days in office:

Trump has been ruled by compulsions, obsessions and vindictiveness, expressed nearly daily on Twitter. He has demonstrated an egotism that borders on solipsism. His political skills as president have been close to nonexistent…  His White House is divided, incompetent and chaotic… [And] his legislative agenda has gone nowhere. He is dead to the poetry of language and to the nobility of the political enterprise, viewing politics as conquest rather than as service.

There is no question that Trump has an inflated ego (It’s yuge!), and he can come off as rather brash at times, but we need a fighter in the Oval Office. Would you rather have someone who projects confidence or indecisiveness? Remember, whether we are talking about foreign policy, domestic affairs, or the economy, perception matters. In all three arenas, the line of contrast between Trump and Obama is clear. As for the economy, if Americans have faith that the economy is sound, or on the way to recovery, conditions improve and the economy becomes fluid. This is why Trump bragged about an increase in jobs and record highs in the stock market at last week’s Cedar Rapids rally: to show that his economic policies work. We don’t have time for any more losing. The time for failure and half measures is over. We need Trump to win.

While the president’s oratory may not be as polished as his predecessor, his charisma, coupled with his uncanny ability to persuade and connect with people, is unprecedented. His approach to governing may be unconventional; it may even seem chaotic at times, but there is method to his madness. A strategic thinker, Trump understands the big picture and how all the pieces fit together in an intricately complex political puzzle with global ramifications. True, as a non-politician, he is figuring things out as he goes along, but minor setbacks will not keep him from achieving his goals, and he is a fast learner. It’s all a chess match to him. Trump will be judged by his endgame. He will rely on his instincts, and if his instincts happen to fail him, he will adjust his dope and try again. Ultimately, his aim will be true.

In terms of political skills, Trump has proven to be quite adept. He is building coalitions and changing minds on Capitol Hill. Even Never Trumpers will have to reconsider their strategies to defeat Trump at all costs and begin to realize that it is in their best interest to work with him. If we take a look at what he has actually accomplished in his first five months in office (and the list grows longer each day), Trump is actually one of the most effective political leaders we have had in recent memory.

Compared to Obama’s record of accomplishment in his first 150 days, Trumps track record is amazing. We have job growth, the stock markets are up, debt is down, as is the unemployment rate. If you want to sell your house, you’re in luck; it’s a seller’s market right now. According to the U.S. Manufacturing Index, our economic outlook is good. Even gas prices are expected to be low this summer as a result of his efforts to increasing U.S. drilling and wean us off reliance on foreign oil.

This brings us to one of his most important decisions, one often overlooked but essential to economic growth: deregulation. According to his January mandate, for every new federal regulation, two have to be eliminated. This is exactly the type of forward thinking we need to scale back on big government and put the power back into the hands of the people directly affected by overbearing legislature and growth retarding policies that restrict investment opportunities.

In every way that matters, Trump is getting it done. One of my favorite pictures of Trump was snapped shortly after taking the oath of office. He is shown sitting at his desk in the Oval with stacks of papers on it, talking on the phone and surrounded by advisors. Was it a little messy? Perhaps. Unorganized? Maybe. But, it was the depiction of a man who came to the office to roll up his sleeves and get to work.

Trumps policies are working, actually. Rather than hopelessness, I see an ever growing excitement out there in the heartland based on tangible results, not the kind of pie in the sky hope offered by the Left. Confidence is being restored, and these economic upturns are all just precursors of amazing things still to come. Imagine, America prosperous again. It’s about time.