TRUMP’S ECONOMY TRIUMPH
Political attacks on President Trump and his administration continue, amplified by media coverage that is often melodramatic, negative and manipulative — long on speculation and short on facts. Jittery voters are continually distracted by conflicting or shifting news accounts, along with anonymously sourced reporting and an emphasis on a select narratives that incorporate partisan opinion.
But this is the landscape Mr. Trump faces — along with obstruction by Senate Democrats. So far, only a quarter of the president’s nominations for administration posts have been confirmed, according to both the Republican National Committee and the White House itself. By this point in his presidency, 69 percent of former President Obama’s nominations had been confirmed.
Despite all of this, Mr. Trump has signed 37 bills into law six months into his presidency, more than all four of his predecessors — besting Mr. Obama, who had signed 24 bills by that time in office. At this point in their terms, George W. Bush had signed 15 bills, Bill Clinton 33 bills, and George H.W. Bush 35, according to a report from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Meanwhile, economic indicators released in the last four weeks remain positive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded its 23rd all-time high of 2017 last week; since the Nov. 8 election, it has reached record highs 40 times, says a close analysis by Gateway Pundit. The market is up 9 percent since Mr. Trump’s inauguration, and 17 percent since the election.
There’s more. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in 38 nations found that the U.S. is still considered the world’s leading economy, with China in second place. Meanwhile, 60 percent of U.S. employers plan to hire permanent, full-time workers in the “second half of the year,” according to a Harris Poll while a Harvard University survey found that 55 percent of voters approve of the way Mr. Trump is handling both job creation and the economy.
On Friday, Rasmussen Reports noted that “confidence in personal finances hits a four-year high,” citing their own daily consumer confidence index, up five percentage points this month to 157.3.“Immediately following the 2016 presidential election, enthusiasm about the economy started to grow and has been on the upswing for six of the last eight months. In President Obama’s final year in office, economic ratings ranged from 112.7 to 122.9,” the pollster noted. takeover. Their problem is they’re carrying far more vulnerable incumbents in the cycle than Republicans are, including 10 in states carried by President Trump last year,” says Mr. Catanese, who adds that the GOP candidates appear to be keeping their powder dry as Mr. Trump dukes it out with a hostile news media and partisan critics.
“Democrats meanwhile, are trying to seize the moment early in order to defy the difficult odds later,” the analyst reasons.
Here are the four important Senate races cranking up: In Nevada, it’s Sen. Dean Heller, Republican, vs. Rep. Jacky Rosen, Democrat. In Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican, is being challenged by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Democrat. West Virginia will pit Sen. Joe Manchin, Democrat, against one of two Republicans: Rep. Evan Jenkins or state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. Then there’s Ohio, which will feature Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat, against either state treasurer John Mandel or prominent businessman Mike Gibbons.
Despite continued turmoil in politics, the economy and the nation’s productivity are thriving. The market is up 9 percent since Jan. 20.