Democrats Always Took These Votes For Granted
Donald Trump is appealing to people’s pocketbooks, and to their sense of order and tradition — something that US Democrats are disregarding.
Unemployment in America is at the lowest level in nearly 50 years. For African-Americans, for Hispanic-Americans, for Asian-Americans, for people with disabilities and for veterans, unemployment hit the lowest level ever recorded for each category during Mr. Trump’s tenure in office.
Overall, more than 6 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election. The economy achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record. And there are more job openings — nearly 7.4 million job openings for American workers — than there are people looking for work. __ https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/oct/17/common-sense-conservative-reforms-work/
As the US population grows more heterogeneous, candidates must be able to attract multi-ethnic support in order to win a nation-wide office.
Amid a strong US economy and record numbers of jobs for black and hispanic workers, minority voters in the US are beginning to look approvingly toward the businessman-president. Over 30% of black voters are seeing Trump with approving eyes. The number of those among Hispanics who approve of Trump is roughly 30%, or perhaps a little higher.
Criminal Justice Reform
The topic of criminal justice reform is dear to the hearts of many members of minority communities. President Trump has scored a big win there.
Most people are not aware of the First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump in December of 2018. It is a major achievement in improving the criminal justice system, long overdue.
This law seeks to incentivize prison inmates to participate in training programs targeted at increasing opportunities once released. Participation can earn as many as 47 days per year knocked off their sentences. Inmates also earn lighter sentences while ensuring, after release, they will become a productive member of society.
We all want to see criminals pay their debts for committing crimes, particularly violent felonies. No argument there. But imposing extreme sentences on people who will spend 20 to 50 years behind bars does nothing to rehabilitate. Rather, it further reduces opportunities for ex-inmates to become productive citizens.
Some want to see criminals enter prison for decades. But we forget that most of those inmates will be coming out one day, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Not everyone has family members or friends. Not all have support systems. Many are released without any source of income. __ https://eu.floridatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/06/21/donald-trumps-criminal-justice-reform-shows-results/1525081001/
Government Red Tape Needed Slashing
Trump has taken the road less traveled when it comes to government regulation. In government, laws and regulations tend to be passed and left in place long past any justifiable need for them. President Trump seems to be one of the few people in Washington DC to be aware of that corrupt travesty of government business as usual.
The Trump administration on Wednesday reported $23 billion in savings from 176 deregulatory actions in fiscal year 2018. Even more consequential, the administration has issued 65 percent fewer “significant” rules—those with costs that exceed $100 million a year—than the Obama administration, and 51 percent fewer than the Bush administration, after 22 months in office.
The regulatory accounting coincides with the release of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which outlines the rulemaking plans for federal agencies in the coming fiscal year.
In her introduction to the new agenda, Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said, “[I]n modern times, the expansion of the administrative state has placed undue burdens on the public, impeding economic growth, technological innovation, and consumer choice. … Our reform efforts emphasize the rule of law, respect for the Constitution’s separation of powers, and the limits of agency authority.”
The administration in fiscal year 2018 took 57 significant deregulatory actions compared to 14 significant regulatory actions, according to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs data.
Trump has pledged to “massively” reduce regulation, and he has so far significantly slowed regulatory output.
Ten days after taking office, he issued Executive Order 13771, which requires agencies to offset the cost of any new significant regulation (or guidance) with at least two deregulatory actions. The executive order also established a regulatory budgeting system under which the Office of Management and Budget assigns to agencies a cap on the amount of “incremental costs” that will be allowed for the fiscal year.
Moving the Bureaucracy Out of Washington DC
One of the most startling and striking actions of President Trump is the displacement of a number of federal agency offices out of the nation’s capital, into the nation’s heartland. This dispersal is a thoughtful attempt to reduce the concentration — and thus the corruption — of government powers and government culture.
The article excerpted below looks at the case of the Bureau of Land Management, due to move to Grand Junction, Colorado, from Washington. Several other federal offices have been assigned to move to other locations, far from the DC swampland.
“While we hope all affected employees will be able to follow their positions to the new locations, we understand that the decision for most people has many factors,” the agency added. “We are committed to making sure that all employees have the information and resources they need to make the best decision and will continue to work with employees to ease the transition.”
… “An employee reassigned to a relocated position will remain at the grade and pay of his or her current position; however the respective locality pay will vary based on the location of the position,” the website says.
Locality pay in Washington boosts base salaries by nearly 30 percent. Locality pay in many other parts of the country increases pay by about 15 percent.
A question about whether employees can keep the locality pay that contributes to their current salary, the answer is a simple, “No, this is not an option.” __ https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/472074-relocated-blm-staff-face-salary-cuts
This is a good start toward draining the swamp. But more is needed.
US Democrats, on the other hand, seem only able to grow the size and corruption of government — and the deep state swamp.
So Who Will Win?
Donald Trump is giving minority voters better reasons to vote for him rather than for his opponents — and gives voters of all stripes reasons to avoid the hidebound insanity of the post-modern leftist political-academic-media industrial complex. And so the calculations for winners and losers in 2020 become clouded in mist for most forecasters.
… poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached the lowest levels on record during this term. The policies of the Trump administration are working.
This year will be the first time that people will see a decrease in their health care premiums since Obamacare caused them to rise. Mr. Trump signed the “Right to Try” legislation into law that expands experimental treatments for people facing a terminal illness. And prescription drug prices have fallen for the first time in 46 years — saving Americans more than $26 billion.
Now, some want to turn over operations of our healthcare system to the federal government. That would likely lead to longer wait times, poor service, higher costs and other problems. And taxes will go up on the middle class under their plan. __ https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/oct/17/common-sense-conservative-reforms-work/
Extremists who run the US Democratic Party want to turn everything over to the federal government — which they hope to control for the indefinite future. The deep state would benefit from such a turn of events, and the elitists behind the deep state would profit enormously. But the common people would suffer out of sight and largely unremarked by media and activist voices. Because, well, follow the money.