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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.