The Great American Recovery: Third Quarter GDP Blows Past Expectations

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From The White House  – October 29, 2020
“After releasing his plan to reopen America safely in April, President Trump remarked that prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, the United States had ‘built the greatest economy anywhere in the world . . .  and we’re going to build it again,'” the White House Council of Economic Advisers writes.
 
“This morning’s release of U.S. GDP for the third quarter of 2020 from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) affirms President Trump’s statement . . . GDP grew 7.4 percent (33.1 percent at an annual rate) in the third quarter, the largest single quarter of economic growth on record and roughly twice the prior record of 3.9 percent.”
 
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“However implemented, the public option, like its close cousin Medicare-for All, poses a grave threat to America’s beleaguered health care workers,” writes Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “In light of the pandemic, that’s the last thing health care workers need . . . America owes them a debt of gratitude–not a pay cut.” Read more in RealClearHealth.

“Under the Trump administration, our country’s air is the cleanest ever recorded, our water has never been safer to drink, and we lead the world in overall GHG-emissions reductions . . . When it comes to intelligent environmental regulation, instead of blaming the Trump administration for their problems, perhaps [California] should look to it for guidance,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler writes in National Review.

“Last week, President Trump announced his promise to Indian Country–a collaborative policy agenda titled ‘Putting America’s First Peoples First: Forgotten No More.’ The plan reflects the President’s commitment to partnering with Native American communities to build a brighter future, while at the same time honoring their past,” write Acting Domestic Policy Council Director Brooke Rollins and Assistant Interior Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney in Indian Country Today.

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Donald Trump fought the establishment—and won

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The White House – October 28, 2020

Donald J. Trump won the presidency by challenging both the Republican and Democrat Party establishments. For too long, the political class—including party leaders, paid consultants, lobbyists, donor-funded think tanks, partisan media, and more—ignored the concerns of millions of working- and middle-class American families.
 
These families didn’t see themselves as Democrat or Republican. They saw themselves as Americans. And they wanted change.
 
Career politicians didn’t get the message. Rather than listen to the American people, the establishment chose to lecture them instead. Democrats in Congress could’ve joined with President Trump and Republicans to work on infrastructure, immigration, healthcare, the economy, our military, and more. 
 
Instead, Democrats spent four years obstructing that agenda, wasting time—and tens of millions in taxpayer dollars—on political and media stunts.
 
While the left resisted the American people’s will, President Trump went to work.
 
He replaced NAFTA, something both Republican and Democrat politicians promised to do for years. His United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement rebalances trade, protects American labor, and levels the playing field for U.S. manufacturers and automakers.
 
He cut taxes for over 80 percent of Americans by lowering rates for middle-income families, doubling the child tax credit, and nearly doubling the standard deduction.
 
He ended the Obama-era War on Energy. Rather than relying on foreign oil, today America is the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world. Last year, for the first time in 67 years, America exported more energy than it imported.
 
He stood up to Big Pharma, including taking executive action to permit the safe, legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada and elsewhere. In 2018, Americans saw the biggest drop in prescription drug prices in more than half a century.
 
He slashed income inequality as wages grew faster for workers than for managers and fastest for Americans without a college degree.
 
He paused immigration to ensure that Americans are first in line for jobs as the country safely reopens from the pandemic. He also closed visa loopholes that allowed companies to replace American workers with low-cost foreign labor.
 
He fixed our justice system, reforming the Clinton-era crime bill that sent too many young Black men to jail. Today, America has its lowest Black prison rate in 31 years.
 
He rebuilt our military, secured the largest raise for our troops in a decade, and became the first American President since Ronald Reagan not to start a war.
 
He held the VA accountable for failing our veterans, signing the VA Accountability Act and removing more than 2,500 employees for misconduct and other issues.
 
He used bold diplomacy to secure peace deals across the Middle East, supporting our allies instead of starting wars or giving cash to terrorists in Iran.
 
He protected Medicare and Social Security—including from socialist “Medicare-for-All” schemes, which would kick 180 million Americans off their health plans.
 
He made the single-largest investment in our national parks and public lands in history, signing the Great American Outdoors Act to protect our natural heritage.
 
He defended American patriotism from those who want to tear it down, literally, by increasing penalties on those who vandalize or destroy monuments and memorials.
 
He grew the strongest economy in history, with record-high incomes and record-low unemployment and poverty rates for Americans once left behind—including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and others.
 
And today, as America reopens from the global Coronavirus pandemic, our country is witnessing its fastest economic recovery in history.
 
Americans outside of our nation’s political class see these results. A majority of our citizens now say they are better off today than they were 4 years ago. In fact, more Americans say they are better off after President Trump’s first term than said so after the first terms of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, or even Ronald Reagan.
 
The American people wanted change. The establishment didn’t listen. Fortunately for families all across our country, President Trump did—and he’s just getting started.

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‘New Border Wall Is Getting Results’

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From The White House  – October 31, 2020 
“The border has physically changed as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to fund projects along the 2,000-mile dividing line” between Mexico and the United States, Anna Giaritelli reports for the Washington Examiner.
 
“Years of labor is overwhelmingly evident and compelling. The wall is up, everywhere.”
 
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MORE: There Really Has Been a ‘Trump Effect’ on Immigration

In Philadelphia this week, “rioters threw stones and bricks, and some 30 officers sustained injuries. The agitators looted businesses, and officers arrested 91 people, including three for assaulting police and 76 for burglary . . . After unrest this summer, the [Philadelphia] City Council reduced police funding by more than $33 million,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, [America] achieved energy independence and energy dominance, becoming the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas . . . This achievement has had a profound effect on our economy, in the form of jobs and affordable energy,” Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette writes in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

How does America’s economy today compare to our country under President Obama? “The sluggish first five months of the Obama-Biden recovery led to the slowest recovery in U.S. history,” financial expert Douglas Carr writes. “The Trump administration’s first five months of recovery are the nation’s fastest ever.” Read more in National Review.

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Stories worth sharing

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From The White House – October 31, 2020

President Trump’s accomplishments are unparalleled. But for the past four years, the leftwing media—with help from their allies in Big Tech—has refused to cover this Administration fairly. Recently, some companies are even censoring conservative voices.
 
Here are six stories that explain the historic work of President Trump’s Administration. Please share them with anyone you think should hear them.

  1. The Blue-Collar Presidency: President Trump is fighting for the middle-class Americans once sidelined by our country’s own politicians. Under his Administration, wages are growing faster for workers than for managers and fastest for those without a college degree.
     
  2. America’s Seniors Will Pay for a Democrat-Socialist Agenda: Average Medicare health plan premiums have dropped by 34% under President Trump. The far left’s “Medicare for All” socialist scheme threatens this progress.
     
  3. The Trump Doctrine—Terrorists Lose and Peace Wins: Five years ago, Americans watched in horror as ISIS gained power and terrorists killed on U.S. soil. Today, ISIS is destroyed, terrorist leaders Al-Baghdadi and Soleimani are dead, and instead of fighting endless wars, America is brokering peace deals.
     
  4. Put the American People First, Not China: For years, the left stood by as the Chinese Communist Party hurt American citizens. With COVID-19, they’re doing it again. President Trump’s strategy is clear: Don’t punish Americans for the mistakes and failures of other countries and global organizations.
     
  5. The Fastest Recovery in History: America has added more than 11 million jobs since May—the quickest comeback on record. New GDP data also reveals the American economy is weathering the global pandemic better than Europe.
     
  6. Donald Trump Fought the Establishment—and Won: President Trump took on the far left, the Republican donor class, the corporate media, China, Big Pharma, and the failed ideology of globalization. The American people wanted change, and the political class didn’t listen. Fortunately, President Trump did.

President Trump has fought tirelessly for the American people–and he’s just getting started!

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BREAKING: Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett

From The White House – October 26, 2020

After a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee last week, the Senate just confirmed Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the 115th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

“Having confirmed her to the Circuit Court in 2017 with bipartisan support, the Senate has already undertaken a thorough and rigorous review of her record,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said after President Trump made the nomination last month.

Throughout Justice Barrett’s career, she has faithfully upheld the U.S. Constitution as written. The American Bar Association gave Barrett its highest rating, and she has an impressive track record across the legal profession—as a judge, professor, and litigator.

Most important, she will bring a valuable new perspective to our nation’s High Court:

  • Justice Barrett is the first mother of school-aged children to become a Supreme Court Justice. She is also only the fifth woman ever to serve.
     
  • As the mother of a child with special needs, she understands the issues and concerns confronting our nation’s most vulnerable people.
     
  • Justice Barrett is the only current justice to have a law degree from a school other than Harvard or Yale. She graduated at the top of her class from Notre Dame Law School in Indiana.

Justice Barrett has made her philosophy clear: She will not legislate from the bench. “Courts have a vital responsibility to the rule of law, which is critical to a free society, but courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” she said during her confirmation hearings.

“The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches, elected by and accountable to the people,” she added.

One letter—written by Justice Barrett’s former law clerks—calls her approach principled and independent-minded. “Judge Barrett taught us that a good judge will not always like the results she reaches; a good judge goes wherever the law leads,” it says.

Justice Barrett is the very model of a sympathetic yet impartial judge, according to her colleagues at Notre Dame Law School. She is exactly the type of person whom the American people deserve to have sitting on their Supreme Court.

“If we are to protect our institutions, and protect the freedoms, and protect the rule of law that’s the basis for the society and the freedom that we all enjoy—if we want that for our children and our children’s children—then we need to participate in that work,” Justice Barrett said.
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