WASHINGTON, December 1, 2016 — Our hearts go out to the lame duck in the White House. The Electoral College has yet to convene and officially declare Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States, yet the real estate tycoon is already doing a better job at, well, saving American jobs.
Wednesday, air-conditioner manufacturer Carrier announced it will keep 1,100 jobs from leaving Indiana and heading down Mexico way. “We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-Elect Trump & VP-Elect Pence,” read a company’s statement.
Trump accomplished this modest feat without leaving his glittering Manhattan penthouse for the fever swamp of our nation’s capital. It proves that Washington is not the proper venue for conducting the business of America, which – according to the wise and quiescent economic philosopher Calvin Coolidge – is business.
President Obama, with a Democratically-controlled Congress serving as his get-away driver, spent nearly one trillion taxpayer dollars in 2009 on what the American people were told was an “economic stimulus plan.” It turned out to be nothing more than a giveaway to Democratic Party constituencies.
In swing-state Wisconsin, for instance, 80 percent of those stimulus dollars flowed into the coffers of public-sector unions. As the Christian Post reported at the time, “Right-to-work states got $266 less per person in stimulus money than heavily unionized states. Where Democrats had a vast majority of representatives, their states got $460 per person more.”
And if memory serves, a portion of those dollars went toward the purchased of cocaine, which eventually found its way up the nose of several Wake Forest University primates. Researchers there wanted to see how monkeys reacted under the influence of the stimulating white powder.
This exercise in futility cost taxpayers $144,541.
That slush fund went a long way toward stimulating President Obama’s successful 2012 re-election bid, but did little to stimulate the U.S. economy, which continues to limp along, chained as it is to Obamacare – an added drag on job creation.
Last election day, the eyes of more than a few network anchors welled up with tears as Republican Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in blue-collar Wisconsin.
“I think with a lot of middle-class families, we feel that the last 15 or 20 years that slowly and slowly and slowly everything’s being taken away from us, almost eliminating the middle class altogether,” Ed Tulius of Whitehall, Wisconsin, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
And the Competitive Enterprise Institute says the Obama administration has burdened the nation with 324,552 pages of federal regulations since 2015, breaking an all-time record in this year with 81,640 pages.
On November 17, 572 pages of regulatory pulp entered the federal registry in a single day.
This Mount Everest of regulations requires an army of federal and state overseers to insure we obey Washington’s edicts. Combined, these government employees number 22,213,000.
U.S. manufacturing workers, like Ed Tulius, account for a mere 12,281,000 souls.
The same blue-collar workers who voted for Obama twice. The same blue-collar souls who ditched Hillary Clinton in favor of Donald Trump.
You know, that “Make America Great Again” guy living in the glass and gold tower who just saved 1,100 Indiana jobs as a foretaste of things to come.