If you turned on the television in December the week before Christmas, you would have thought the U.S. was heading towards economic apocalypse. The legacy media seemed jubilant in reporting record one-day losses on Wall Street and bemoaned President Trump’s America First trade policies.
But a strange thing happened. In record numbers, Americans let their feet and their pocketbook do the talking. They spent, and they traveled.
As the U.S. economy continues to hum under President Trump’s leadership, a record number of Americans are expected to have traveled this holiday season.
AAA forecasts that about 112.5 million people will travel by train, car, or airplane between Dec. 22 and Jan. 7, an all-time record that represents an impressive 4.4 percent increase over last year.
There’s a very good reason so many people have hit the trail this Christmas: thanks to President Trump’s middle class tax cuts, the typical American family is saving more than $2,000 per year.
For many people, those tax savings alone are enough to cover gas and airfare, with plenty left over for some extra Christmas shopping — which is exactly what Americans did during this year’s record-breaking Black Friday.
According to Fortune, consumers spent a record $6.22 billion in online shopping on Black Friday, a 23.6 percent increase over 2017. Days later, Americans set another record by spending $7.9 billion online during Cyber Monday, a 19.3 percent jump from the previous year.
The return of America’s prosperity is undeniable and is now clearly evident in almost every sector of the economy.
President Trump’s insistence on slashing burdensome regulations and cutting taxes has led to the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, and the economy is on pace to exceed 3 percent growth for the year — the first time it has hit that milestone since 2005.
The President’s aggressive stance on international trade is also having a positive economic impact by ending unfair trade arrangements that gave foreign workers an advantage over Americans.
Trump’s critics call it a trade-war with our allies. Trump says we’re done with letting working Americans get screwed on bad trade deals, regardless of the geo-political alliance at hand. A bad deal is a bad deal.
While the uni-party political establishment did nothing to address the challenges posed by the outdated NAFTA treaty, President Trump wasted no time in scrapping that agreement and replacing it with an updated trade deal, the USMCA, that finally gives American workers a level playing field.
The President also made stunning progress in the decades-old trade dispute with China, sticking to a hard-line policy that recently forced Beijing to lower its tariffs on American-made cars by 25 percent.
Sadly, the Democrats, Never-Trumpers and the mainstream media are obsessed with portraying our economy in a negative light because they don’t want President Trump to get the credit he deserves for salvaging our economy from the mess of the prior decade.
Instead of supporting the President’s job-creating tax cuts, for instance, Democrat lawmakers blatantly misrepresented the broad-based tax reform to falsely accuse Donald Trump of giving handouts to the rich and abandoning the poor. Then, after the Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Nancy Pelosi arrogantly sneered that the $1,000 bonuses many workers received were just “crumbs.”
When President Trump slapped much-needed tariffs on certain foreign products, the out of touch elites in Washington and their pressroom lackeys were quick to label the strategy “reckless,” inaccurately predicting it would lead to a “trade war” and economic devastation. Instead, we have record jobs, a burgeoning GDP and rising wages.
Even when the President signed an executive order aimed at rebuilding some 8,000 economically distressed communities across America, the talking heads were quick to imply that the initiative was designed to somehow benefit the Trump family.
The legacy media may distort the truth to advance a naked political agenda, but the prosperity created by President Trump’s policies speaks for itself.
The more than 112 million Americans who spent money to travel to see family and friends this holiday season equal the record-setting number of Americans who now have jobs in this thriving economy. President Trump’s policies are clearly having a profound impact.
Come April 15, the great lie of the Left and the legacy media-that Trump’s tax cuts will not benefit lower income and middle class Americans—is about to be exposed when lower taxes are due and bigger refunds are filed.
Average Americans, however, know this already. That’s why they purchased-and traveled, in record numbers this holiday season.
Read the full report online from The Roanoke Times.
Sources close to the President confirmed to JFRS that former Trump for President deputy campaign manager David N. Bossie has moved near the top of President Trump’s choice for White House chief of staff.
Bossie, who joined the Trump campaign during the general election and reported to campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, is also the co-author, with Corey Lewandowski, of two recent New York Times bestseller books on Trump: “Let Trump Be Trump,” chronicling the campaign, and the recently released “Trump’s Enemies,” detailing what the authors view as deep state conspirators undermining the President’s agenda.
The whirlwind of candidates emerging to replace outgoing chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, who President Trump announced would leave his post at the end of the year, reached a fever pitch this week when perceived successor Nick Ayres, of Pence world, reportedly withdrew himself from consideration.
Bossie, a confidant of Trump, has emerged as an overwhelming favorite of the President’s base supporters, many of whom believe the West Wing has been infiltrated with Republican operatives who don’t believe in Trump’s America First agenda and are not loyal to the President.
Trump’s Base Fired Up For Bossie
The Bossie boom-let has been met with a social media explosion of support and enthusiasm from Trump’s most ardent backers.
The choice of Bossie would be seen as a huge nod to Trump’s core supporters, who he needs to hyper-motivate in 2020 for his re-election campaign to be successful.
Many told me for two years they’ve felt betrayed or “punched in the teeth” as one Trump campaign director put it, by professional Washington Republicans who took over the Trump Administration. “Some of them didn’t even vote for Trump, and got key jobs and influence,” said a battleground state director who got “kicked to the curb because I’m a true believer.” Both asked for anonymity to speak candidly.
Others told me if they were an early Trump supporter they were “blacklisted” by the RNC who wrestled control of the White House PPO [personnel office] early on and booted out agency applications from Trump campaign workers.
Bossie told us he would be “honored to be offered the position,” and confirmed that he has a luncheon with President Trump on Friday to discuss the matter.
Lewandowski Weighs In
In an interview on my radio show on Tuesday, former Trump for President campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who serves as an informal adviser to President Trump, and who was a Kelly antagonist, gave a full-throated endorsement for Bossie.
“Number one, you need a person who understands Donald Trump. And what I mean by that is not somebody who thinks that Donald Trump should be behind a desk, not talking to people. You have to let Trump be Trump. Dave Bossie knows something about that,” Lewandowski said.
“Number two, you need someone who’s looking at the 2020 election cycle and knows what’s at stake—and how every decision that the White House is making now may or may not impact the 2020 election,”Trump’s former campaign manager added.
“Number three, you must have an experienced leader who understands the investigative unit of Congress now that the Democrats have taken over. And who better than the former chief investigator for Congress, Dave Bossie?”
“Number four, this job requires a person who is unselfishly willing to give up everything that they’re doing to put their career on hold, their family on hold, and go and put their time in to help this President be successful. I know Dave would do that,” Lewandowski said.
On motivating Trump’s base:
“There’s no question, Dave Bossie is a loyal Trump supporter, and he was before Donald Trump was ever a candidate, and he’s continued to be. And I do think there is a frustration amongst people from the outside who helped get Donald Trump elected, that saw the swamp take over, that saw individuals coming in making decisions that excluded those people from getting jobs in the administration. Look, there were plenty of jobs to go around, but what we’ve seen is people who’ve been loyal to the president at some level have not been given those opportunities, and I think it’s very disappointing. And I do think if you want to keep that group of people engaged, the people who were there early, you have to give them one of their own. That’s Dave.”
“I’m okay with people who came to the campaign after it started and after their candidate dropped off. That’s perfectly fine, and that’s normal. But you shouldn’t overlook the people who were there from the beginning, and Dave is a person who understands that group of people. He’s one of the people who I relied on when I was running the campaign on a regular basis to ask advice and counsel for. He’d be a great choice,” Lewandowski concluded.”
Trump Focused on Meadows, Bossie
For his part, as reported by Reuters, President Trump said on Tuesday, “I have at least 10-12 that want it badly. I’m making a decision. Great people. I could do it immediately. I’m in no rush. A lot of people want it. [Mark] Meadows is a great guy. Dave Bossie’s a great guy. Friend of mine.”
Bossie Vs. Dem’s Subpoena Cannon
Many observers say Bossie is the one choice who could marry the President’s legislative agenda with his re-election message in a seamless fashion. Having served as a chief congressional investigator in the Clinton impeachment fiasco, he is potentially the only candidate who can navigate around the Democratic House subpoena cannon, which is loading up.
Bossie remembers how U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, a ranking Democrat insulated President Clinton from Republican fire. “He was relentless,” Bossie said.
It will be an experience worth its weight in gold –- and a 2020 re-election.
REPOST from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he’s headed to Virginia this weekend to help campaign for pro-Trump candidates in tough races that could determine control of the U.S. House.
Bannon said in an interview with radio show host John Fredericks that it’s crucial for President Donald Trump to maintain GOP control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Read the full report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
IT’S COMMON KNOWLEDGE that the Chinese play the long game.
It’s also becoming common knowledge that President Donald Trump plays to win — or doesn’t get in the game.
Just ask Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Experts on China believe their long-ball strategy gives the communist regime a perennial upper hand when competing with western governments, whose financial houses and political backers are petrified of any short-term market fluctuations.
Enter Trump, the world’s great disruptor, daring to challenge the biggest ruse of our lifetime expounded by the elitist ownership class: “open borders and open trade are good for you.”
Trump took a seat at the China trade table, surveyed the game, sized up his adversary and determined that he had $375 billion more chips than his Chinese counterparts.
China has been bluffing the United States on bad trade deals and product dumping since President Richard Nixon paid the country a visit in 1972.
Upon entering the World Trade Organization, the Chinese made stealing U.S. intellectual property a business rite of passage. The WTO is nothing but another globalist fantasy concoction designed to permanently commoditize U.S. workers while telling them it’s the road to world peace.
When Trump first threatened China’s President Xi Jinping with tariffs to level the playing field, Xi probably assumed it was an empty threat. He didn’t understand who he was dealing with.
After months of Trump telling Beijing, he was serious, Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs graduate Steve Mnuchin, in cahoots with his lower Manhattan and fellow Sachs alum economic adviser Gary Cohn, told Trump not to worry.
The West Wing saboteurs told Trump they got a trade concession: The Chinese would buy more soybeans at some future date.
The next day, the usual Republican open-trade orthodoxy apologists claimed victory and said: “move along now, there’s nothing to see here.”
But then a strange thing happened: Trump disputed Mnuchin’s Chamberlain-style peace-in-our-time victory and doubled down. He called China’s bluff, and the whole world was caught by surprise.
The Bejing stock market tumbled 32 percent. Chinese investors knew their gig was up.
The dire calls of gloom and doom from the typical Wall Street exploiters was the next step in stopping the permanent take-down of the globalist cheap labor hoax. We heard cries of impending financial consumer pain, such as: “You’ll pay 1 cent more per can for a six-pack of PBR” and “Your iPhone will cost $10 more!”
When that fell flat, the bankers and hedge-fund managers, whose average Wall Street salary last year was $422,500, bemoaned the coming economic Armageddon of all time.
Instead, the U.S economy is booming while setting new highs every month in virtually every category: 4.2 percent GDP growth, record numbers in job creation and higher wages. All these results have led to soaring consumer and business confidence.
Trump has maintained that he’s tired of the United States being taken advantage of. “The U.S. is no longer the piggy bank of the world,” Trump triumphantly declared in September.
The U.S. trade deficit with China in 2017 was $375 billion. That’s $375 billion more U.S. cash going to China than flows into the United States.
China’s economy is now dependent on U.S. hard currency, and the Chinese covet the buying power of the American consumer. China desperately needs the United States to buy its exports. The U.S. economy can function just fine without Chinese trade, as it did for 200 years.
For Americans, Trump’s China tariffs mean more manufacturing, more factories and better-paying jobs available for more U.S workers.
Trump has maintained that the United States is being ripped off by everybody — and that bad trade deals have proved disastrous for American workers, resulting in lost jobs and lower wages.
Even worse, the Chinese central government, through domestic subsidies, dumps futuristic products into the U.S. market at below-market prices in order to drive American companies out of business, with a long-term goal of cornering high-growth markets.
This is a trade dispute Trump can’t lose, and he knows it. He’s willing to impose another $276 billion in tariffs on China, approaching 50 percent of China’s total exports to the United States. China, on the other hand, has already run out of products they can put tariffs on.
President Xi thought Trump’s rhetoric was toothless. But Trump won’t blink on trade with China.
That means better salaries for American workers, not Wall Street elites.