The great Lou Dobbs recently said that Donald Trump is probably the greatest president in his lifetime. He later amended that statement to say no, he is the greatest president in our nation's history.

As a businessman I concur. We put up with eight years of anemic economic numbers from Obama but apparently our representative in Congress, Tom O'Halleran, wants to return us to those dismal days.

Readers may or may not know he voted to impeach President Trump. So remember this when he asks for your vote to re-elect him. He is putting the good of the country aside for the good of his political party.

Bill Alexander,

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(Editor's note: No vote on the actual impeachment of the president has yet occurred. On Oct. 31, The US House of Representatives approved a resolution to establishing the procedures for the impeachment inquiry's next phase.)

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Snownews

Thank you Bill, Well said.

RFranklin

I agree with you! Good observations.

sensible

Yeah right!!! just like the planet is flat.. Wake up...we are losing America to the draft dodger and his pals in Russia and darkness.

vampire954

I couldn't disagree more. Whoever it is, I support our President during his term.

ronzim

I am surprised to learn that Bill is a businessman, given his poor understanding of Economics. Here are the data concerning the real growth rates in GDP for both the Obama and the Trump administrations. As we see, Obama inherited a deep recession upon taking office. What is also shown is the fact that GDP began growing again in 2010 and that Trump inherited a steady procession of real growth which was then interrupted by the deficit-funded tax cut and followed by massive deficits which produced minimal real growth and big debt increases. Overall, Obama yield an average real growth rate of 2.17%(2010-2016) while Trump has an average of 2.5% for his three years in office. What is more, Obama raised the GDP 5.1% in just one year to lead the nation out of the Great Recession. To be fair, that must also be counted and results in economic performances which look just about the same; however, Trump's polices have been deficit funded and benefitted on the few at the top.

2007 1.9% Republican bank crisis.

2008 -0.1% Republican financial crisis.

2009 -2.5% Stimulus Act.

2010 2.6% ACA. Dodd-Frank.

2011 1.6% Japan earthquake.

2012 2.2% Fiscal cliff.

2013 1.8% Sequestration.

2014 2.5% QE ends.

2015 2.9% TPP. Iran deal.

2016 1.6% Presidential race.

2017 2.4% Trump Tax Act.

Sources: BEA, National Income and Product Accounts Tables: Table 1.1.5. Nominal GDP, Table 1.1.1. GDP Growth Rate. Table 1.1.6 Real Gross Domestic Product, Adjusted for inflation using 2012 dollars.

Russ_in_WML

President Trump has rolled back rising regulatory costs that stifled economic growth.

In 2018, Federal agencies issued 12 deregulatory actions for every new significant regulatory action, saving $23 billion in regulatory costs.

The President’s deregulation has unleashed the power of American energy, enabling more access to minerals on Federal lands and lowering costs that discouraged energy production.

Under President Trump, oil and natural gas production have both hit all-time highs.

The Trump Administration has taken a measured approach to financial regulation to preserve stability while addressing the failures of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Last year, President Trump signed legislation providing regulatory relief to small banks.

The Trump Administration has enhanced choice and price competition in the biopharmaceutical markets, resulting in a record number of generic drug approvals that saved Americans $26 billion during the first year and half of the Administration.

The economy outperformed expectations for the second year in a row in 2018.

Gross Domestic Product grew 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018, the fastest such growth in 13 years.

More than 2.6 million jobs were created in 2018 and the number of job openings surpassed the number of unemployed workers for the first time on record.

The unemployment rate remained at or below 4 percent for the past 12 months, the longest streak in nearly five decades.

The unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in September 2018, a near 50-year low.

The booming economy paid off for American workers last year – with nominal hourly wage growth exceeding 3 percent for the first time in almost a decade.

Nominal wages grew 3.4 percent over the last 12 months, the fastest pace since 2009.

The Trump economy has helped raise people out of poverty and increased self-sufficiency.

Since the election, more than 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps.

At 121 months, this is the longest bull market in American history.

The University of Michigan’s consumer-sentiment index, which peaked at 112 in 1999, has hovered above 90 for more than four years, something that hasn’t happened since the 1990s.

Latino unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate on record.

Black unemployment, too, has fallen to its lowest rate on record, and, as the investor and Bloomberg columnist Conor Sen points out, the unemployment rate for black teenagers, which peaked at 48.9 percent in 2010, has plunged to yet another record low in 2019.

The tax cuts are allowing American families to keep more of their hard earned money.

Real disposable personal income increased by $2,300 from the end of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018.

Business investment and productivity are on the rise thanks to the tax cuts.

Capital Expenditures are up $300 billion from 2017.

Private nonresidential fixed investment by nonfinancial businesses is up 9.2 percent.

Business sector productivity grew at an annual rate of 1.9 percent, nearly twice the rate of the expansion prior to the tax cuts.

Trump = Best President Ever!

T R U M P 2 0 2 0

Keep America Great and out of the hands of America hating Democrat Libtards!

vampire954

Thank you. That was refreshing and encouraging.

Kahuna

The writer needs to turn off the Fox propaganda machine and examine some real facts. The Dow Jones stock market increased 150% under Obama. Is that his definition of "anemic"?

With the last month published numbers on the deficit, the first month of the 2020 fiscal year, America is on track for a $1.6 trillion deficit. The highest deficit ever. This, courtesy of the Trump disastrous tax cuts and his "business acumen".

Yes, Trump is running the country exactly like his companies. Reckless and irresponsible.

vampire954

Real facts? Mixed with opinions and ....

pioneerfamily

You lost me at "the great Lou Dobbs".

longtimeresident

Yuppers!

cakeman

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ronzim

Russ demonstrates the prevalence, particularly among Trump supporters, of those who are too intellectually deficient, too intellectually lazy or simply too deeply invested in the Trump fantasies to look any further than the most superficial information and explore the fundamentals. Here are a few examples:

1. DEREGULATION: Trump's deregulation policies are dystopian at the very least. They line the pockets of the corporate officers and wealthy stockholders of those corporations, while permitting full-bore poisoning of our environment by the most egregious polluters with no effective constrains and no penalties. In the financial sector, deregulation promotes returns to the very practices which resulted in the Great Recession.

2. CARBON BASED FUELS PRODUCTION: The increases in fossil fuel production are not attributable to Trump. It is the natural and catastrophic result of many years of research and innovation by the fossil fuels industry to find more efficient ways to pollute the environment and exacerbate global warming, in pursuit of profit.

3. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Here, Russ, once again, resorts to selective data citing. The short-term increase in the availability of generic drugs has more to do with the expirations of patents then anything Trump has done. Prices are continuing to rise and the component of annual health spending comprised of drugs is forecasted to remain at 10%.

4. ECONOMY: The Pew Research Center data show that real purchasing power of Americans' paychecks has not budged in the half century ending in 2018. GDP growth has only increased the size of the pie and nearly all of that increase has gone to the top 10%. Moreover, that growth continues to be dangerously fossil-fueled and debt-funded; hence, mostly chimeric. The decline in SNAP enrollments is not because anyone was lifted off food stamps, but because they were thrown off by arbitrary eligibility changes and restricted funding. The massive and dangerous inequalities of income and wealth continue unabated under Trump. American productivity in is chronic, long-term decline with no relief in sight. Most of the employment increases have been comprised of temporary, part-time, contract and low wage jobs with few if any benefits. According to recent data from the Federal Reserve Board, four in ten Americans are unable to come up with $400 in an unexpected emergency.

Over 20% of American adults are unable to pay all of their current month’s bills in full, and 25% of American adults skipped necessary medical care in 2017 because they were unable to afford the cost. Approximately 14.3 million households had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Although there was a very slight decrease in the overall poverty rate from 2014-2017, nearly 40 millions still live in poverty and 100 millions more are near that threshold.

vampire954

How insulting. If one disagrees with you they're just lazy or dumb? Your condescending diatribe doesn't help.

fishinguy

Over 20% of American adults are unable to pay all of their current month’s bills in full, and 25% of American adults skipped necessary medical care in 2017 because they were unable to afford the cost. Approximately 14.3 million households had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Although there was a very slight decrease in the overall poverty rate from 2014-2017, nearly 40 millions still live in poverty and 100 millions more are near that threshold.

As RonZim said above; yet we still send gobs of our yours and mine tax dollars to other countries. I just do not get it. Lets keep all of the money here.

ArizAl

Thanks to Trump and his republican administration, Iran is once again on track to making nuclear bombs; Noth Korea is once again on track on deveoping missiles that can deliver nuclear bombs to the shores of the United States. Thanks to Trump the Soviet Union and other foreign countries are encouraged to interfere in our American elections. If the corportations and the wealthy can buy elections and the Russians can take a financial part in electing a candidate of their choice, then what good is it for the average american citizen taxpayer to even vote? What good is it to even have a United States Constitution?

ronzim

Fishinguy has a point and one which I support as follows: For federal FY2020 the budget contains just under one percent for direct foreign aid(about $15bln in military aid and $35bln in humanitarian aid). Another $174bln is for overseas contingency operations for DOD to fight the Islamic State group. The State Department spends another $43bln. This combined overseas spending comes to $267bln which does not include spending on intelligence operations abroad. The largest recipient of direct foreign aid is, of course Israel, by far.

Most of this spending arises from one perception of threat or another, but is also predicated on an American self-image as the essential nation in the world and the world's de facto policeman as well. I have repeatedly called for an independent evaluation the Nation Defense Strategy(replaced the former DOD Quadrennial Review in 2018) with a view toward significant reforms in how we define threats and respond to them. We have thrown away about $6trln in a futile and doomed military exertion in the Middle East and are far the worse for the effort.

I suggest that there are significant savings to be had from a more valid determination of our security-essential spending around the world

2linden

Bill A - what flavor of the “cool-aid” did you get?

ronzim

Vampire954: Not at all. This is not a matter if disagreement but one of fact. Simply blurting out political propaganda with no effort to research those things were are represented as facts does not speak well of any writer.

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