More Winning: Trump Nominates Barrage of New Judges, Divided Dems Bow to McConnell

Guy Benson, October 11, 2018

This is quite the conclusion to our the Senate's first post-Kavanaugh week in the Senate: On the heels of an unprecedented, pitched battleover the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has unveiled a fresh roster of nominees to the federal judiciary.  Things may be looking up for the GOP's Senate prospects, but the White House and Mitch McConnell aren't taking anything for granted.  With the midterm election approaching, they're keeping the parade of confirmations flowing at an impressive clip.  The latest:

President Donald Trump announced his eighteenth wave of judicial nominees Wednesday night, just four days after the Senate confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Wednesday’s nominees include two candidates for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and three for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 2nd Circuit is based in New York City and has jurisdiction over New York, Connecticut and Vermont. The 9th Circuit is based in San Francisco, and hears appeals arising from nine western states as well as the outlying Pacific territories...Trump has struggled to secure confirmations to both courts...The package also includes eight nominees for trial courts in California, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Tennessee.

The Senate may move on further judicial confirmations before the November elections. 
The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to forward nine nominations to the full Senate for final confirmation on Thursday, and a confirmation hearing for lower court nominees is scheduled for Oct. 17. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will seek terms with Democrats to confirm a package of judges before the chamber adjourns for the midterms.

After going to the mat on Kavanaugh, and failing, are Democrats now resigned to capitulation, and eager to go home? It looks like that may be the case:

On Thursday, McConnell is expected to begin setting up votes on judges and executive branch nominees for next week, according to two GOP sources familiar with the leader's plans. And by calling up the judicial nominations now, McConnell will force Democrats to swallow more confirmations before their imperiled incumbents can leave Washington to campaign...[Democrats are] settling for a middle ground, with few committing to a full-on fight...Another Democratic senator said that "I think we will” take a deal on judges. “I think probably next week.” The Senate currently has 42 judicial nominees in the queue for floor votes, with nine more slated for Thursday consideration by the Judiciary panel. While it's unclear how many of those picks McConnell plans to seek a pre-election deal on with Schumer, the Kentucky Republican has underscored that he intends to follow his victory on Kavanaugh with more judicial confirmations before the midterms.

The piece quotes red state incumbents grousing about wanting to be home, with some attacking McConnell for keeping them in session during an election year summer. But their beef should be with their own party's deliberate obstructionism, for which McConnell is retaliating. Mess with McConnell, and he'll play hardball.  Trump and McConnell have already achieved historic numbers as they exploit Democrats' previous power grabs to remake the federal courts.  I'll leave you with an observation about Senate Democrats' abrupt heel turn on messaging and priorities:


The Trump Economic Miracle

Jeff Crouere, October 11, 2018

The U.S. economy is the strongest in the world and it shows no signs of slowing down. On Friday, another incredible economic report was released as the September unemployment rate dropped to 3.7%, the lowest since 1969. Among Hispanics and Latinos, the unemployment rate was only 4.5%, the all-time lowest level in history, while among African Americans, the unemployment rate was 6.0%, near the record low. 

Not only are people finding work, but Americans are earning more. Compared to September of 2017, wages increased 2.8%, while the typical work week remained steady at 34.5 hours. While only 134,000 new jobs were created in September, the employment numbers for August were revised upward to 270,000. Thus, over the last year, an average of 201,000 new jobs were created each month.  

With more jobs being created, fewer people need food stamps. Currently, over 39 million Americans are on food stamps, a decrease of 4 million since the beginning of the Trump presidency.

Americans are feeling good about the economy at exactly the right time with the holiday season approaching. In August, the consumer confidence index hit an 18-year high. With consumer spending accounting for 70% of the overall economic activity, this is an important factor in why the economy is doing so well. 

These positive indicators are not just happening by coincidence. Instead, they are the result of the President’s economic policies. Fueled by tax cuts and the lifting of onerous regulations, businesses are hiring Americans in record numbers. The National Federation of Independent Business association reported that the Optimism Index in August soared to an all-time high, eclipsing a record set in 1983 during the Reagan economic boom. 

The nation’s gross domestic product soared 4.2% in the last quarter, averaging more than 3% for the year, surpassing the highest total in any year of the Obama presidency. 

During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump denounced onerous trade agreements as being unfair to the United States. He promptly withdrew our country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This week, after months of negotiations, President Trump announced a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, updating the flawed NAFTA agreement. In response, the stock market hit record highs. 

The new trade deal will also be a major boon for U.S. manufacturers. According to a new survey from the National Association of Manufacturers, 93% of members predict additional growth and over 91% are optimistic about the future. These results are among the very best the organization has recorded in its 20-year history. 

Fortunately, the growth has been focused on the private sector. In the federal workforce, the Trump administration has trimmed 16,000 jobs since the beginning of the President’s term in January of 2017. While this is not a major decrease in a federal workforce of almost 3 million, it is certainly a step in the right direction. 

Usually, Americans vote their pocketbook during election time. With strong economic growth, it is not surprising that the latest Rasmussen poll showed the President with an approval rating of 51%, his highest level since March of last year. 

It is hard to discount these economic success stories, even though the media that is 95% opposed to President Trump, tries to regularly ignore this good news. If the liberal media were objective and would publicize the positive economic reports, the President’s approval rating would be much higher. Instead, the media are constantly reporting on negative stories designed to harm the President’s political standing and his agenda. 

With additional tax cuts, stronger trade deals and an enhanced effort to limit illegal immigration, the nation’s economy should continue to grow under President Trump’s policies over the next two years. The outlook through 2020 is amazingly strong according to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome H. Powell. In a speech this week to the National Association of Business Economics, Powell said “This historically rare pairing of steady, low inflation and very low unemployment is a testament to the fact we remain in extraordinary times.” 

The key to maintaining such “extraordinary times” will be for these positive economic policies to continue. Hopefully, American voters will recognize what is happening and reward the President by keeping the U.S. Congress under the control of the Republican Party in the mid-term elections. 

Otherwise, America can get ready for the ugly prospect of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, impeachment hearings, an end to the “Deep State” investigations and an attempt to roll back the historic tax cuts. Sadly, Democrats have embraced socialism and this big government agenda is anathema to financial markets and will sidetrack our economic growth.  

The stakes for our country and our economy could not be higher as we countdown the final few weeks until the mid-term elections. With the economy going so well, let’s hope American voters do not shift gears and empower politicians who espouse policies that have failed miserably both here and throughout the world.  

  The sooner the voters remove the radical Democrats from the landscape of the United States the better off this country will be!  Democrats wash the pond scum off and join the "WalkAway" movement.  Who said that?  I said, that.

Editors Corner

Well after Florence came through I spent one whole day cleaning up the mess I get to do it again after Michael came through yesterday. I lost count on how many trees came down yesterday in Stanly County, but ever fire department in the county was called numerous times to clear trees off the roads and houses. If there was a silver lining to Michael it brought in Fall. On another note I'm already tired of the political ads on TV. If you want to continue to see the economy grow, more jobs, higher pay just vote straight Republican. The Democrats are dragging out the same old arguments abouth giving corperations tax breaks and raising your taxes, taking away Social Securtiy, medical benefits and the list goes on with their BS. Just do our country a favor and vote Republican.