Gallup: Are You Better Off Today Than You Were Four Years Ago? Americans: Hell Yes.

Guy Benson, February 13, 2020

It's time for another installment of "polls that would suggest the incumbent president is cruising to re-election," and it's another entry from Gallup.  Last week, the pollster released a blockbuster survey that was so ostentatiously good for Trump that it felt worthy on inclusion in this analysis of the president's best week yet.  And now they're back with more.  Americans are getting a lot of good economic news, and they're feeling it in their lives.

Ronald Reagan famously asked voters, "are you better off today than you were four years ago?"  Faced with that same question in 2020, Americans have responded 'yes' by a dramatic 25-point margin.  And as you can see, they're personally experiencing the effects of the economic boom, with a substantial majority responding that it feels easier for them to buy the items they desire.  When Democrats try to talk down the economy, this is what they're up against.

On the latter point, it's an article of faith on the Left and in most of the media that America's standing in the world is diminished under this president -- and that Barack Obama restored the respect that was lost during the Bush era.  But Americans see things differently.  This question has swung 14 points in a positive direction under Trump, compared to Barack Obama's re-election year of 2012.  Safe/strong sentiments were (+2) that year; they're (+8) today, with a clear majority saying those descriptors now apply, up from a narrow plurality.  As for measurements of 'credit,' Democrats keep trying to convince people that Trump is just coasting on Obama's economic coattails.  Voters aren't buying it, giving the current president significantly more credit than his predecessor for the current age of prosperity.  

They're right to do so.  Because of his anti-growth policies, Obama presided over the slowest recovery the United States has experienced since World War II.  Trump's pro-growth tax and regulatory reforms have helped improve the economy on nearly every conceivable metric, with wage growth disproportionately benefitting working people.  The "one percent" rhetoric is a relic.  It's a weak talking point that Trump's actual results have exposed as weaker than ever.  But -- and with Trump, there's often a 'but' -- the dark lining in this silver cloud of spectacular public opinion data is both obvious and familiar: Trump is running away with the 2020 election.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Labels Trump’s Budget Plan as Racist

      Julio Rosas, February 12, 2020

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) accused President Trump's proposed budget of being racist while invoking the treatment and stereotyping of slaves on Wednesday.

Russ Vought, the acting director for the White House's Office of Management and Budget, was testifying to the House Budget Committee on Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 when Jackson Lee used her time to rip into the proposals because of work requirements.

Jackson Lee compared stereotypes of slaves being lazy and how "laws were put in place that if you were picking cotton, you couldn't get assistance."

"This document is trying to uproot the long belief that poor people, particularly African Americans, and now immigrants and others, are lazy. This budget clearly emphasizes that unfortunately racially charged direction, in cutting Medicaid, in cutting nutrition programs, in cutting housing," she said.

"Congresswoman, that is ridiculous. President Clinton signed into law welfare reform and it included work requirement, Congresswoman," Vought interjected, prompting Jackson Lee to say he was out of order and had not yielded her time yet to him.

"How do you justify a budget like this that is full of the highway of damaged human being and you continue to do so with this destructive domestic cuts budget?" Jackson Lee asked.

Vought again pointed to how Clinton signed welfare reform that saw more people getting off of welfare because of a work requirement.

"It led to historic drops in case load. Why? Because people were getting off of welfare and getting onto the ladder of economic opportunity. The only thing we do is expand it to food stamps, expand it to Medicaid, expand it to housing because we think it is a principle that will lead to more opportunity rather than less," Vought said.

Jackson interjected that she voted against the welfare reform bill because it was wrong.

It has to be pointed out this is the same Bimbo that ask the folks at NASA in Houston to drive the “Mars Rover” over to the Moon Landing sites back in 1969. Excuse me Representative Jackson, the Mars Rover is on the planet Mars and the Moon landings took place on our Moon. There is a difference, if MS Lee would put her brain in gear before opening her mouth she might have some a creditability. Need anymore be said? This is what the Democrats are sending to Washington to run our Government.

Editors Corner 

I was shopping in Food Lion this week when one of our friendly store employees ask me what was coming next in Locust? I laughed and replied “Boats and Oars!” She ask if that was a new restaurant? I said no, just away to get around if this rain continues, I went on to say until the ground dries out we are stuck in a holding pattern. There is a train load of new houses waiting in the wings just waiting on streets and utilities to be installed. There is no slowing down we are just in a lull and Spring is five weeks away and hopefully a stretch of dry weather.