The economy is revving. Will Trump get credit?

Published on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:26
Written by Ed Rogers

The Washington Post

As real data and anecdotal accounts of a growing economy begin to pile up, it will be interesting to see whether the media gives President Donald Trump even partial credit for the building momentum. And it isn’t just a question of whether the media will treat Trump fairly, but also a question of whether giving credit where credit is due will have a positive effect on his approval ratings and lift the Republican Party’s prospects for the November 2018 midterm elections. It is important that Trump and Republicans be associated with the robust economy.

Throughout President Barack Obama’s reign, the media rarely if ever blamed him for subjecting the American people to years of historically weak economic performance. There was little criticism of his high-tax, job-killing policies, and practically no one dared to question the thousands of burdensome regulations produced by Obama’s imperial presidency.

Indeed, Obama was the only president who never had a single full year with 3 percent GDP growth in the post-war period despite adding more than $9 trillion in debt. Yet there was never much analysis by Democrats and their allies in the liberal media of the damage wrought by the hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity that didn’t happen. Fast-forward to 2017, however, and there is no shortage of stories suggesting that people will - wait for it - die as a result of the Trump tax cuts. Death by tax cuts? Hmm.

Unfortunately, the dishonesty and sanctimony of the mainstream media don’t end there. The prospects of a robust economy have made the Democrats come unhinged. In typical Vox fashion, liberals are running stories with hyperbolic headlines such as “We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America.” And comically, liberals have suddenly become fixated with the nearly $1.5 trillion that Republican tax cuts might add to the nation’s debt.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:26. Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 21:28.