By Tom Quiner
Donald Trump can and will find common ground with Republicans on tax reform.
I believe even some Democrats will fall in line. Nothing will give a quicker boost to the economy and jobs than tax reform.
Even more, Mr. Trump and Republicans will begin the process of undoing the web of job-killing regulations imposed by President Obama and Democrats which, by some metrics, increased by 79% in the manufacturing sector alone.
Is it any wonder jobs and corporations have fled our shores for friendlier environs during the Obama years?
If Trump and Republicans tend to these two issues immediately, our country’s economic fortunes and Republicans’ political fortunes will rise.
But no matter how successful the economic turnaround of America, Mr. Trump cannot succeed in the eyes of American liberalism. Do you remember how the poverty rate plummeted in the 80s after Reaganomics lifted us out of the recession he inherited? Liberals lashed back by calling the 80s the ‘decade of greed.’
It didn’t matter that fewer people were poor.
Under Trump, I expect the same: the rich will get richer, much richer, but so will working class Americans whose wages have stagnated during the Obama years. Once unshackled from oppressive, counter-productive regulations and taxation, the manufacturing sector will be poised to rebound.
I expect the poverty rate, which has relentlessly risen during the Obama years, to finally reverse course and decline.
I expect the labor participation rate, which is at its lowest level since the Carter presidency, to finally begin to climb as jobs begin to be created faster than businesses close.
None of this matter to American liberalism, which is based on feelings not fact. Michelle Obama made this clear in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. Oprah asked if Michelle thought Barack produced the “hope” that is presidency was “all about.” Michelle said yes:
“Yes, I do. Because we FEEL the difference now … See, now we are FEELING what not having hope FEELS like, you know. Hope is necessary. It is a necessary concept . . . What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?” [Emphasis mine].
Feelings are what count, not facts.
Notice that there was no reference to the ‘change’ part of Mr. Obama’s mantra. An honest analysis of the nation’s economic metrics, a few of which I touched upon above, reveal that Obama’s change has been a lower standard of living for American’s middle class.
Even more, the federal bureaucracy is more intrusive and adversarial than ever before, especially to people of faith who have been repulsed by Obama’s idea of ‘change.’
Donald Trump can never, ever succeed in the eyes of liberal elite. You know what’s great about Trump? He doesn’t care what they think.