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Opinion/Column: Trump’s still winning on the economy – The Daily Progress


Some people can’t handle success. The latest jobs report shows that, despite the pandemic, President Trump’s policies of lower taxes and reducing regulations continue to work.

Raising taxes and imposing regulations, as Joe Biden has pledged to do, has historically had the opposite effect; but there are people who continue to deny the history, believe lies and appear ignorant of sound economic theory.

Yes, some businesses are struggling, or have closed, thanks to arbitrary orders from politicians, some of whom ignore their own directives. But employers added 245,000 jobs in November, down from 638,000 jobs the previous month. Overall, future signs remain positive; additions are better than subtractions.

The November jobs and economic numbers were released on Dec. 4. According to a tweet by the Council of Economic Advisers, a U.S. agency within the Executive Office of the President, which advises the president on economic policy: “Despite newly imposed lockdowns by States and local governments, the unemployment rate has dropped by 8.0 percentage points since April. As of November, there were 4 million MORE Americans with a job than what the CBO in July estimated would occur at years-end.”

This recovery is phenomenal by any objective standard — if objective standards exist anymore, since we are so polarized and no longer seem to listen to each other.

November also posted strong gains for minorities, the CEA reported: “…as nearly 70 percent of job losses by Hispanic Americans and over half of job losses by Black Americans have recovered.” It makes one wonder why so many African Americans continue to vote for Democrats when under this president they have done better with jobs, wage increases, prison reform — and, in some states, school choice —— than they did under the Obama-Biden administration and previous Democratic presidents.

CEA also reported: “The construction industry has recovered 74.2 percent of all pandemic job losses as of November. Nearly two-thirds of all job gains over the past seven months occurred in relatively low-wage sectors vulnerable to shutdowns, including retail, leisure & hospitality, and education and health services.”

That record alone should have ensured Donald Trump’s re-election.

It does not take a prophet to accurately predict what will happen after President-elect Biden takes office (assuming all challenges to the Nov. 3 election are unsuccessful). Especially if there is a downturn in the economic and jobs numbers in a new administration, the Democrats and many in the media will blame Trump.

All anyone needs is a rudimentary recall of history. When taxes have been cut, going back to those proposed by President John F. Kennedy and extending through the Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump administrations, the economy soared. No one doubts what the economy would have looked like had there not been a pandemic. If Congress would cut unnecessary spending and reform entitlement programs, which is unlikely, the economy and the jobs that go with it would likely soar as never before, reducing, or even eliminating, the $27 trillion debt.

During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump predicted people would get tired of winning. His policies kept the economy going, and he received more than 74 million votes in the election. If Biden succeeds in raising taxes and re-imposing unnecessary regulations, while radically increasing spending on dubious programs to combat climate change, Americans may have to get used to losing again.

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Cal Thomas is a columnist syndicated by the Tribune Content Agency. Email him at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.

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