Democrats PERPLEXED: Comparing Trump vs Obama Year One
If you like seeing Leftists’ heads spin, ask them about what Obama really accomplished.
They will give you lots of talking points. However they will be short on results.
Check out how The Guardian spins Obama’s horrid first year:
There are countless ways that one could measure Obama’s first year in office to try to define whether he was a success or failure. His poll numbers, if that is a worthy measure, certainly seem to argue failure more than success. His approval ratings are in the mid-40 percent mark a year after they had hovered comfortably in the mid-60s range. The support he had enjoyed among some Republicans when he took office has almost entirely evaporated, and he has haemorrhaged support among independent voters, although some polls are showing a turnaround on that front.
Clearly, his first year took its toll.
But if we remind ourselves of the state of the country when he took office, and the distance we have come since that moment, in terms of policy achievements alone, it’s almost impossible to argue that Obama’s first year wasn’t an extraordinary success.
Let’s start in the only reasonable place to start: the economy. When Obama entered the White House, the potential for a second Great Depression was very real. The start of his falling poll numbers came from the state of the economy forcing the president to do things that were wildly unpopular, like bailing out the banks and auto industry, and advocating for and passing a nearly $800bn economic stimulus package.
A year later, the economy didn’t collapse. According to president’s Council of Economic Advisers, the stimulus has already saved or created two million jobs, meaning that, without action, unemployment would be closer to 11.2%.
So the economy hadn’t collapsed, and unemployment “would be closer to 11.2%”?
Talk about looking for the silver lining when clearly none existed.
However, things have been dramatically different for President Trump. And although Obama and his minions want to take credit for the Trump economy, that’s difficult when you are forced to recall what Obama said about Trump’s ability to get it done.
Obama can’t walk back those comments!
But as the anti-Trump American Spectator admits, things are very different under President Trump.
The economy is booming. Stephen Moore details all the ways it’s booming and all the ways the media was wrong:
But so far the Trump haters have missed the call on the trajectory of the economy. Their lousy track record is relevant to the debate over the tax bill, because Mr. Trump’s critics are still accusing the White House of predicting wild-eyed rates of growth — egads, 3 percent — over the next decade to camouflage the fiscal effects of the tax cut.
Doubly ironic is that the same Obama-era economists — Mr. Summers, Mr. Kruger and Mr. Furman — who are trashing Mr. Trump’s increasingly realistic forecast of 3 percent growth — are the ones who predicted 4 percent plus growth from the Obama budgets. Mr. Obama never came anywhere near 4 percent growth and at the end of his term growth was trickling down at a pitiful 1.6 percent.
So the same people who accused Mr. Trump’s team of “low standards of integrity” for predicting 3 percent growth were the ones who forecast much faster growth from Mr. Obama — while he was raising taxes. Amazing.
The sharp-penned Paul Krugman of The New York Times declared the 3 percent Trump growth forecast as an act of “economic arrogance.” He mocked the Trump forecast saying that the productivity improvement necessary for faster growth was as likely as “driverless flying cars arriving en masse.”
An L.A. Times business article from earlier this year was titled: “If Trump thinks he can get more than 3 percent economic growth, he’s dreaming.”
But Trump is presiding over 3-plus percentage growth.
Now we get news that the NY Fed believes next quarter America will hit 4% GDP.
As Reuters noted,
The New York Federal Reserve on Friday raised its estimate of U.S. gross domestic product growth for the fourth quarter of 2017 closer to 4 percent, based on revisions of prior data that suggested stronger economic activities.
In other words, the Fed is optimistic about the economy like they had not been in the entire presidency of Barack Obama.
President Trump is also presiding over the demise of ISIS. Even Trump critics like NRO’s David French are noting the victory:
This is one of the best stories of the young Trump administration. While many of the battles were fought under Obama, Trump pursued the enemy relentlessly. He delegated decision-making to commanders in the field, they fought within the laws of war, and they prevailed. Trump promised to defeat ISIS, and he has delivered a tremendous victory.
Then there’s North Korea. China disrespected President Obama personally and through policy. North Korea was allowed to act with impunity. China moved aggressively in the South China Sea. President Trump has chosen to deal with North Korea directly and he’s asked China, finally, to pressure North Korea and they have.
Meanwhile, President Trump recognized that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and will be moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Every anti-Semitic government in the world is revealing itself and the UN is calling a vote on a resolution demanding that President Trump to reverse himself on the decision. That’s not going to happen.
And while Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller looks for collusion with Russia, President Trump’s foreign policy has the Russian acting uncharacteristically in Syria.
As Moore continues,
While no one was looking, and the media covered very important things like pies, Russian President Vladamir Putin surprise visited Syria and told the troops that it was time to move out:
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered “a significant part” of Moscow’s military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.
Putin, who polls show will be re-elected comfortably in March, made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria — his first since Russia intervened in the conflict. He held talks with President Bashar Assad and addressed Russian forces.
That’s an interesting development. Remember President Obama’s red line? Yeah. President Trump has managed to vanquish ISIS and get Russian troops out of Syria. What’s going on? The President has been tight-lipped about military developments all over the world. This is in sharp contrast with the Obama administration telegraphing every dumb move that rattled around their brains when they weren’t outright lying to the American people about Benghazi and Iran.
So the person the Left depicted as a mad man actually presents and executes a winning strategy.
He fights a surgical war against ISIS, where they run for the hills. Then Trump uses our strong economy and other pressures to get China and Russia to bend to his will.
Moore now focuses on Europe:
What about Europe? Currently, the bureaucratic morass that is the European Union is concerned about America becoming appealing to businesses again. Being economically competitive makes taking businesses to Asia or South America or Europe less inviting. American companies are going to move back home. Europe may have to reckon with their self-indulgent environmental rules and social welfare state. Or not. But there’s more than one way to find leverage in the world and being competitive economically is a good way. From Spiegel:
The tax reform could turn out to be an expensive but perhaps effective way to boost the United States as a place to do business. The already existing benefits for international investors will now be enhanced by an extremely attractive tax system. One doesn’t need to be a prophet to predict that the United States is about to be flooded with foreign direct investment. American companies, meanwhile, are likely to invest more at home and to repatriate money that has been stashed away abroad.
So while the Democrats claim the sky is falling–the 323rd time since the election of Trump–the president just keeps on disappointing them.
As I watched MSNBC (not by choice) the other day, I noted one of their reporter’s attempt at optimism for Democrats. She referenced polls regarding President Trump’s tax plan, as an indicator of its failure. I chuckled.
On CNBC the panel of guests discussed how the passage of the tax plan actually bolstered the markets overseas. One panelist opined that Trump’s optimism for America infused in the European markets, most of which were up 1.5%, a massive number in comparison to growth during the Era of Obama.
The Left have learned nothing. They lobby against everything Trump does, then believe their hype. But these economic numbers don’t lie.