Trade: During President Trump´s trip to China, the U.S. scored some $250 billion in deals for such major companies as Boeing, General Electric and Qualcomm. It´s a nice haul, but Trump´s time in China would better be spent reducing barriers to trade overall. China´s commerce minister, Zhong Shan, perhaps engaging in a bit of political hyperbole, hailed the deals as "truly a miracle." Of course, we´re always happy to see an American firm win orders overseas, but not if the orders are part of a political arrangement — rather than part of the free flow of goods and capital between nations. The
I totally agree with the article. We should have more free trade. Not Bernie Sanders style trade embargos. And we desperately need to reduce the size of government to reel in our deficit. But we are apparently dealing with 2 democrat partys now. A progressive democrat light party (aka republican) and a commie democrat thugocracy.
We are fortunately cutting regulations but spending caps are off, tax reduction is a myth and we seem to be facing a form unlimited government rather than limited government at the moment.
Shhhh . . . .don´t tell the Trumpkins, those same lost souls the Democrats fooled for years. They continue to believe that we get "more jobs" by insulting people and imposing huge tariffs. They are aided in their determinedly incorrect understanding by not knowing a thing about history. The best way to have a booming economy benefiting all is to abandon business taxes and tariffs entirely. In the end, we pay them all as consumers.
Jobs: With 228,000 jobs created in November, joblessness at a 17-year low of 4.1% and wages rising, it can no longer really be doubted: Donald Trump´s relentless focus on tax cuts, deregulation and draining the swamp is great for job growth. Even some normally critical media now admit the economy´s underlying shift: "The American job market is the strongest it´s been in a decade, and arguably the strongest since 2000," wrote The New York Times on Friday. The Times is right. And the change is noteworthy, especially when viewed year-over-year. Even though the workforce expanded by just under 1.1 million workers in the
Global Warming: We keep hearing how climate change is "settled science," even though science is never settled. But if it were, why are scientists going to court to intimidate those who would dare challenge the global warming dogma? Back in June, the National Academy of Sciences published a paper with a typically bland title: "Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar." The paper, which had 21 authors, was a robust critique of work done by Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, whose widely cited research claimed that the U.S. could easily switch to 100% renewable energy
Coastal cities and towns across the United States are now facing significant pressure from Moody´s Investors Service, one of the world´s most important credit agencies, to battle climate change. Failing to do so, Moody´s warns, could result in downgraded credit ratings. In a recent report to clients, Moody´s outlined several indicators its analysts use to assess "the exposure and overall susceptibility of U.S. states to the physical effects of climate change" while crafting credit ratings for state, city, and regional government bonds. Among the indicators Moody´s listed is the share of a community´s economy that´s linked to the coast. Moody´s says cities
Climate Change: The green movement has found many things in modern life that cause global warming, but the latest really left us scratching our heads: Trading Bitcoins. At this point it might be easier to ask, is there anything that doesn´t cause global warming? No, it´s not a joke. Just about anything these days (Hat tip: The Daily Caller) even remotely connected to civilization, human flourishing and comfort is, we´re told, a "cause" of global warming. It´s a crucial element of the Global Warming religion, which has only waxed even as real religion has waned. Both Vox and The New Republic point
The number of people filing for unemployment benefits last week came in "unexpectedly" low. Instead of 240,000 claims, there were 236,000, which marked the third week in a row this number has dropped. That´s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. It´s just one measure, after all, and the differences aren´t huge. Except it adds to a pile of "unexpectedly" good economic reports that have been coming out these days. ADP reported that payrolls "unexpectedly" climbed 190,000 in November, while analysts had predicted 185,000. Consumer confidence "unexpectedly" hit a 17-year high in November. Labor costs "unexpectedly" fell in the third quarter while
Scandals: Among the many troubling revelations to have emerged regarding the FBI these days, one of the worst is finding out that an avowed Trump-hater softened language in a memo to exonerate Hillary Clinton. Let´s rewind the tape a bit. Until August 31, 2016, with the presidential election in full swing, former FBI director James Comey gave the impression that he hadn´t arrived at his decision to let Clinton off the hook until after he had all the facts. But in late August we learned that, in fact, Comey and his team began drafting his get-out-of-jail-free statement for Clinton in April —
Mideast: Despite a firestorm of protests, President Trump says he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and eventually move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. Consider it another Trump promise kept. Presidents of both parties have promised for years to recognize Jerusalem as Israel´s capital. Yet, somehow complications inevitably arose — "Europe" claimed it would "complicate" peace talks, or the Palestinians said it would make peace impossible, or radical Islamists threatened unrest and terrorism by the "Arab Street" in response to the provocation. So no president, Democrat or Republican, ever truly, officially recognized Israel´s capital for what it plainly was: the
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Frank Luntz, a GOP establishment messaging consultant, was visibly flabbergasted as every single one of his focus group participants in a Birmingham area Vice News-produced panel backed Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. Titled “Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore,” Luntz’s Vice News focus group aired on Vice News Tonight on Dec. 8 on HBO. “Are you all Christians here?” Luntz opens the seven-and-a-half-minute long segment. “Yes,” all of the focus group participants, who joined Luntz in a Birmingham area restaurant, replied. “Is Roy Moore a good Christian?” he followed up. “Yes,” one woman replied. “Absolutely,” another said. “Absolutely?”
California´s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ´the new normal´, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend. Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Ventura County neighborhoods ravaged by a weeklong wildfire that killed at least one person and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. At a news conference, the Democrat said drought and climate change mean California faces a ´new reality´ where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars. He added that gusty winds and
An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world. Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work,
There are times in life when the institutional ground underneath you begins to crumble — and with it, longstanding attachments. Such is the case for me when it comes to the Republican Party and evangelicalism. I’ve been a part of both for my entire adult life. These days, though, in many important ways they are having harmful effects on our society. The latest example is in Alabama, where Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate, stands accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by nine women, including one who was 14 years old at the time. Mr. Moore leads in most
The NFL protests have been lucrative for social justice charities — they´ll receive a whopping $89 million in "settlement" money, redirected from veterans and breast cancer charity funds — but they´re also becoming a boon for cash-strapped football fans. It turns out, if you can still stomach a professional football game, you can now get tickets for about the same price as a couple of Starbucks lattes. According to Vivid Seats, an NFL ticket reselling site, seat prices at most NFL stadiums have bottomed out, leaving fans able to snag a lower level seat for a Buffalo Bills game for
Sen. Richard Shelby says he wants a Republican elected to the Senate on Tuesday to represent Alabama, but that he didn’t vote for GOP candidate Roy Moore in the special election. The Alabama Republican said he’s already cast his ballot, and that he chose a write-in candidate. “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I’d rather see a Republican write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore,” Shelby told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. In some
In 1990, when liberal journalists still had some sense of obligation to the truth, Michael Kelly wrote the following for GQ: As [Carla] Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound [Sen. Ted] Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on [Sen. Chris] Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. (snip) Here is what McCaskill had to say about Kennedy´s behavior upon his death