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Trump Supporters Can Say to Distracters: “Hit the Road Jack!”

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What is now happening in the United States has happened before, but it is a relief to find that most rank and file; all walks of life care about one thing in the bigger political picture of things, jobs.

The economy is the best it's been in a long time. There are a lot of jobs now. They can be especially found in transportation, and if you want to make money, just go and get yourself a CDL and drive a truck. There is a nationwide shortage. These are high salary jobs too.

So they can point all the fingers that they want but at the end of the day it is the number of people working that matters the most. The vast majority of people care less about high values. And especially if they think they are getting ahead.

That's why Trump was elected in the first place. There are some interesting candidates declared so far. Wish 2016 would have had choices are the Democrat side. That party has completely turned its back on its base. It's now about labels and being PC. Elizabeth Warren is even playing the Native American card.

Trump has been promising to bring back jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector since the get go in his first election campaign, something that has not been fully realized. However, job numbers are up and that means his political tide has risen, and according to a recent Gallop poll, with 54 percent approving of his handling of the economy. His highest ratings are based on his handling of unemployment, at 56 percent.

It is more interesting just how the media, especially the Washington Post has managed to attack each claim of bringing jobs back to the USA. At the same time failing to report on real jobs and the overall prosperity in many sectors.  I can give my own case example, from a trusted source, my son.

“I have an average net income close to 3000 a month now. Job is a lot harder, they have high expectations of their workers but I’m living well on that salary. And now that there is overtime, I'm going real well. All the hours are during week so I have every weekend off now.”

As the Washington Post so correctly described, all the job announcements in the world will mean little if actual hiring does not turn up in the monthly reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of March 2019, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. . Employment in professional and business services, health care, and wholesale trade continued to trend up, while construction employment decreased. The headlines, even by CNN are most revealing: CNN Poll: 7 in 10 say economy in good shape - and Trump may reap the benefits. Overall, 71% say the nation's economy is in good shape, the highest share to say so since February 2001, and the best rating during Trump's presidency by two points. A majority give the President positive reviews for his handling of the nation's economy (51% approve), and his overall approval rating has ticked up to 42% in the new poll. The 51% who say they disapprove of the President's job performance overall represent the lowest share to do so in CNN polling since the start of his presidency.

So who is not being honest?

It is still an open debate, as trump has been caught more than once exaggerating the number and stretching the truth, at least according to the Fact Checkers. So basically most of those who lost their jobs in recent years have managed to find new ones, and those who were out of work for bouts of down-on-their-luck have found their way back to the camp of the employed.  Real wages are still stagnate for most, unless you are a CEO or upper management, but at least now most folks will be able to make their mortgage and car payments.  But still wages are barely keeping up with inflation and are just a nose ahead.

Trump now is forgiven for all his claims, jumping the gun with predication. This has the political elites – and even in his own party reconsidering their opposition to one of their own, as he does not follow the party line but makes up his own as he goes.

In spite of political rhetoric whatever is happening seem real, and the putting "America First” in Trade Policy has yielded both economic and political payoffs.  Economists reeled at the talk of reverses in trade policy and the believers in the myth of free trade were very uneasy at the prospects of standing up to the Chinese with subsidized exchange rates that placed Chinese goods at the head of the line in terms of being competitive.  Yes, Trump's trade policy is mostly based on economic nationalism but this fits well with political realities.

He is even able to connect his Build the Wall claims to higher wages, much to the dismay of some in the agricultural sector, who think the only way to maintain high profits is to use dirt cheap, often illegal migrant workers. The logic is direct, by reducing the number of low-wage illegal employees working on US soil, Trump hopes to increase the number of jobs available to Americans and legal seasonal workers—and at higher wages.

So you have in, in the wake of the failings of the Russian gate investigation and all the recriminations made against Trump, mostly justified, people simply don’t care, as long as they are gainfully employed and have hope for the future.

What you say!

That is something the political class needs to learn and will learn the hard way, as the next presidential election is likely already decided, it is all about jobs and hopes for the future.

Ray Charles sums it up well, “hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more no more no more!”

The president's greatest strength in the views of Americans remains his handling of the economy, although his overall approval rating lags far behind it. Americans' ratings of his handling of the economy and unemployment outpace 12 other issues tested in the latest (previously mentioned) Gallup poll, and at 56%, his rating on the economy is the highest of his presidency, up four percentage points from earlier this month.

So Trump, in spite of himself, and a BIG mouth to boot, is on a roll!

Author: Jeffrey Silverman