President Trump sent out a special holiday greeting on Twitter on Thursday, with the kind of restrained self-congratulations we’re used to from his account.
“HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years….!”
This would be mildly annoying under other circumstances, but we actually don’t blame him one bit. For one thing, this is just Trump’s way – he plays his own horn like nothing else, so we’re used to it and actually find it strangely amusing. And maybe more importantly, what else can he do? No one else is saying it. The press won’t admit the truth. Hell, the New York Times ran a positive story on Trump the other day for reversing the elephant trophy decision and we nearly fell out of our seats in shock! Trump has to literally intervene and save endangered species from sport killings before the liberal press will give him any credit. So to hell with it – if he wants to use his Thanksgiving Twitter message to brag about his administration’s accomplishments, we’re all for it.
And there is plenty for him to brag about. According to the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, new unemployment insurance claims fell to 239,000, extending a record streak of low levels and confirming the rebound of the labor market. Even with the rash of hurricanes that disrupted the employment sector in later summer, the economy is roaring back to life thanks to Trump’s confidence-inspiring presidency, his regulatory cuts, and the promises of a Republican-led Congress. And he’s proven to be an effective steward of an already-recovering jobs market, keeping alive the streak of jobless claims falling below 300,000, which has been in progress for three years now – the longest streak since 1970.
Does Obama deserve any credit for this economy, as some of Trump’s Twitter critics were quick to claim? Sure. It was undoubtedly on the rise during his final couple of years, but that’s not exactly something for him to hang his legacy on, considering he’d been in office for six years before that and considering the recovery possibilities that he let slip through his fingers during that time span. Slip through his fingers? We should amend that to “handcuffed to the radiator,” because that’s closer to the mark.
So yeah, we’ll give him the credit due, but we’re far more interested in seeing Trump take the economy to new heights. Not by imposing government’s will on the market…but by getting government the hell out of the way.