GDP Rise: Why We Need a Trump Redux

GDP Rise: Why We Need a Trump Redux

GDP Rise: Why We Need a Trump Redux

Huge news came out of the economic sector on Thursday: the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, rose an astonishing 33.1% over the third quarter. In fact, it beat the previous record for growth from 1950 — that’s 70 years ago — and that number was only half the current rise, at 16.7%. It’s better than the predicted 32% growth, too.

For many Americans, this number may be ho-hum news, but for voters it should be one clear reason to re-elect President Trump.

To be sure, this rebound came after lockdowns caused the massive GDP plummet in the second quarter. But with easing of the lockdowns and reopening of businesses, people went back to work. Consumer spending increased 40.7%, and the unemployment rate contracted from 14.7% in April to a current 7.9%. That unemployment number, in fact, is at the same spot in 2012 when Barack Obama won re-election — and he didn’t even deal with a pandemic.

President Trump, of course, was ecstatic at the GDP numbers.

While Joe Biden predicted more gloom and doom:

Media, of course, reported the good GDP numbers but with reservations, such as CNBC.

CNN also tempered its reporting by warning Americans that “the pandemic remains an enormous threat,” and the Brookings Institute advised not to let the “flashy” GDP numbers fool you. The economy is still “in a big hole.” The New York Times acknowledged that yeah, there’s a “big rebound,” but there’s still a “shortfall,” and things are slowing down, anyway. So don’t get your hopes up.

But no matter what these naysayers state, allowing Americans to go back to work, to shop, to eat at restaurants, and even in some cases attend sports events has made a positive impact on not only the economy, but our collective state of mind. We’re out spending again, and not only does it make us happy, it has also boosted that GDP.

Not everyone is in favor of loosening the reins, however. In fact, there are those who want you to hold yourselves back. There’s a pandemic out there, folks!

Like the NYT, which advised people not to travel for the upcoming holidays.

“As gut-wrenching as this may be, one of the most obvious ways to mitigate further viral spread will be for as many people as possible to stay home this holiday season.”

It’s your duty to sacrifice. It’s for the greater good, you know:

“But skipping or severely curtailing in-person holiday celebrations now is as much a civic duty and an act of solidarity. . .”

So, no spending money on air travel, or gasoline, or food — maybe even gifts. Gotcha.

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O’Hare Airport at Christmas. Credit: Matthew Keefe/flickr/CC BY 2.0.

And in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-of course) just ordered a lockdown on restaurant dining rooms, not only in the city of Chicago, but in suburban Cook County and in surrounding “collar” counties. Not only will Chicago restauranteurs suffer loss of customers yet again, but they’re now in an even deeper hole. They’ve already invested in thousands of dollars of safety equipment so that they could reopen — things like air filtration systems, ultraviolet lights, renting heated tents (with required installed gas lines), and overpriced PPE for employees. Now, with Pritzker’s flick of the hand, all that spending is moot.

It seems like the media and Democrats don’t want America to get better, do they? Not if it means any sort of hope for President Trump’s re-election.

But one restaurant owner in a Chicago suburb put it this way:

“My knee-jerk reaction (to the indoor-dining ban) is, I want to be angry. But that’s not going to keep morale boosted around here. I’ve been through a lot, and I’m not going down like this.”

President Trump has never wanted to go down without a fight, either. That’s because as a businessman, he understands risk, unlike the risk-averse Joe Biden. Trump knows that Americans at heart are risk-takers as well — how many of us are descended from people who boarded ships to start new lives in America? How many Americans have also come here recently and started new business ventures in order to succeed in this the greatest nation of all? How many Americans have grown up in poverty and yet become wealthy?

Yes, we want to protect the vulnerable from COVID. Yes, we hope for a vaccine soon. But we can’t — and won’t — shut our lives down again. President Trump understands this, and the rise in the GDP demonstrates his determination for America to rise from COVID’s destruction. You may hate his bluster, his attitude, his tweets. But if for no other reason, he needs to be re-elected in order to keep our economy on the rise and growing stronger.

 

Featured image: The White House/cropped/public domain. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

1 Comment
  • nomen nescio says:

    Some Americans are risk-takers. Some are coddled suburban Karens who have been running in circles screeching like terrified toddlers ever since “tHe PaNdEmIc” was first announced on CNN and MSNBC.

    It’s bizarre. For context, we live in a country where over two and a half million people die every year. The CDC’s claim is that two hundred thousand Americans have died of the Wubonic Plague so far this year. Leaving aside the fact that this would be expected to result in a 10% overall increase in the amount of deaths this year, which has not materialized, nor has anyone according to the Official Truth died of influenza or any other respiratory virus this year–all such deaths have been labeled as “COVID19 deaths”–nor do we really have a better tool with which to form public policy than the nose swab antibody test which is known to produce 90%+ false positives (actual DNA analysis to determine which of the enormous family of coronavirus species is actually present would take time and money, and, more to the point, wouldn’t produce the big scary numbers the CDC, the Democrats, and the newsmedia love so much), leaving aside the fact that the CDC has already been caught inflating the numbers with people decapitated in automobile accidents as “COVID19 deaths,” leaving aside that the CDC quietly walked the figure back to under ten thousand deaths when they were asked to sort out all the people who’d really died of a bad case of being 94 years old with emphysema and heart disease, a great many Americans are utterly terrified past the point of being able to reason coherently right now.

    The news and entertainment media can take a large part of the blame, and they have been whispering a lot of poison in a lot of ears for generations now. Their lies find fertile soil in the soft heads of coddled suburban Millennial soccer moms who’ve never known a moment’s real hardship nor ever heard the word “no” since the day they were born, who don’t know much about the law or the Constitution but who are absolutely convinced that they have “a right to feel safe.” I call these people “Karens” and there was a time in this country when they didn’t have the vote. I’m just saying.

    But let’s take the CDC’s numbers as gospel for a moment, for the sake of argument. Between two hundred thousand and two hundred and fifty thousand Americans will die this year of the Wu Flu, according to MiniTru. Supposedly. And half the country are screaming and tearing their hair out. It’s mass hysteria. Dogs and cats living together.

    This year three hundred thousand Americans will die as a direct result of obesity. What is Karen’s response to this? She shrugs and tears open another carton of Cinnabons.

    As they say at 4chan, doesn’t that activate your almonds?

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