According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the American workforce is on the rise.
Throughout the Obama years, the mainstream media deceptively propagated the narrative that unemployment was dropping. Although it’s great to see a low unemployment rate, this metric is actually an incomplete indicator. When the labor force participation goes down like it did during the Obama administration, the unemployment rate doesn’t reflect the millions who have given up looking for work and instead – just started to collect welfare. But it looks like the overall labor participation rate is starting to inch up, which means more people are rejoining the workforce.
Now, after years of stagnation, we’re finally seeing that change we can believe in.
The number of African Americans, in particular, looking for work has spiked by 62.2 percent in June. Four million African-Americans were either working or looking for work in the last month.
This development in rising workforce participation helped drive the unemployment rate down to 4.0% in June. Unemployment rates for African Americans and those who haven’t completed high school also rose in June,” writes The Wall Street Journal.
“You’re really seeing that particularly in this tight labor market, those workers who may have felt that they were missing out on the recovery are starting to see some traction,” said Martha Gimbel, Indeed Hiring Lab director of economic research to WSJ.
In many ways, Donald Trump’s restrictive immigration policy is helping the working class of America. By reducing the massive wave of cheap labor that comes illegally through the border, the American worker is once again able to negotiate with employers on an even playing field. The result has been a huge upturn in workforce participation.
Not to mention, African-Americans are now in their prime working years. The median age for non-Hispanic white workers was 43.5 in 2017 and 34.2 for blacks.
“You would expect the aging of the population to be weighing on white Americans more than it is on black Americans,” said Gimbel.
As employers struggle to find workers, less-educated Americans are getting hired in positions they may not have been hired for in the past.
“When employers run out of workers, that’s when people with the weakest bargaining positions get put in the driver’s seat and can negotiate for better pay and get themselves into roles,” said Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist to the WSJ.
The boom in the e-commerce sector has helped to contribute to the recent decrease in the unemployment rate for the less-educated.
The number of job openings was at a record high in May with 223,000 new jobs added. According to the latest Labor Department report, 213,000 jobs were added in June.
“One broader measure of underemployment, the U-6 rate that includes discouraged and part-time workers, edged up to 7.8% in June from 7.6% a month earlier. Labor force participation rates also remain well below pre-crisis levels, suggesting there’s still more room for people to enter the workforce,” writes the WSJ.
This is the recovery we were told was happening 8 years ago.
Outrageous actions stemming from U.S. Democratic party leaders in the past few weeks show just how upset they are at President Trump’s political wins with the fall midterm elections getting closer and closer. The new message from the left is intolerance for anyone associated with the Trump administration, particularly his Cabinet employees. The liberal message has become quite loud and very clear: Dems have been exhorted to heckle and harass the political opposition wherever and whenever anyone encounters them in public.
Stephanie Wilkinson, who owns the Red Hen restaurant, refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She tweeted about it, President Trump tweeted about it, and now there’s a big uproar and backlash against political bigotry like this.
Egging on the loud-mouthed liberals who are flipping their lids right now, precious months before the midterms, is the astonishingly polarizing Democratic leader Maxine Waters (D-CA), a career politician who knows how to rile up a crowd. She spoke at a Capitol Hill “Keep Families Together” rally on Saturday, June 25, 2018 for about six and a half minutes.
Watching her masterful rhetoric is both mesmerizing and chilling as she yells at her audience. But let’s consider her position and why it is indeed stirring up a negative backlash. Here is a direct quote from Waters’ recent tirade advocating public protest through incivility: “Let’s stay the course. Let’s be sure we show up wherever we have to show up – and if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them! And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”
Trump’s response was quick and incisive, as usual: “Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nacy Pelosi, the Face of the Democratic Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make American Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!”
Since her call to public incivility, Waters has received an increase in death threats and canceled two scheduled events this weekend (in Alabama and Texas), according to CNN. Waters remains unapologetic. Her deplorable behavior has now alienated members of even her own political party. According to Fox News, Senate minority leader Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer (D-NY) said in a public statement: “If you disagree with someone or something, stand up, make your voice heard, explain why you think they are wrong and why you are right. Make the argument. Protest peacefully. If you disagree with a politician, organize your fellow citizens to action and vote them out of office.” But no one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American.”
Incivility is “being uncivil; discourteous behavior or treatment; or an uncivil act” – in other words, being a rude jerk. In contrast, civil disobedience is “the refusal to obey certain laws or governmental demands for the purpose of influencing legislation or government policy, characterized by the employment of such nonviolent techniques as boycotting, picketing, and nonpayment of taxes.” It would appear the DNC has these two concepts a bit mixed up. In an attempt to become heroes of a fictional civil rights movement, many on the left now sink to the level of common street hoods.
The latest Democrat campaign issue appears to be the abolition of the Immigration Control and Enforcement Agency (ICE). How this came about says a lot about the Democratic Party.
While it had been the talk in the back rooms of radical left politicians for some time, it first came to the surface – meaning the liberal media started to report on it – when the radical left-wing candidate for governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon (not related to the former president in any way, shape or form), first called for the crushing of ICE. (This issue is fraught with pun potential).
Nixon is taking on incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democrat primary. With the rise of the radical left in the Democratic Party, and especially in New York, Cuomo cannot assume victory. His Party is traveling to the left at breakneck speed.
Initially, Nixon’s call for the elimination of ICE was largely received as more of the characteristic excess of the far left. But then along came 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley, a key member of the House leadership, a close pal of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – and likely heir to the top job should Pelosi retire.
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign issues were what one would expect from a self-proclaimed socialist: free (meaning taxpayer paid) everything for everyone. Within Ocasio-Cortez’s litany of left-wing lunacy was the call to put ICE on … well … ice.
Suddenly, the issue went mainstream among Democrat candidates and leaders – at least on the left bank of the Party’s mainstream. New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took up the call, as did Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, California — infamous for tipping off the crooks of pending ICE roundups. Several Democrat congressional candidates have made it a part of their platform.
As the #AbolishICE movement grew within the Democratic Party, it was not entirely welcomed by the more pragmatic liberal leadership. In an online commentary for New York Magazine, Margaret Hartman wrote:
“Other Democrats have warned that advocating a position as extreme as abolishing ICE entirely might be a gift to Republicans, as it supports their claims that Democrats don’t really want to enforce immigration laws.”
She is spot on. The opponents of abolishing ICE are pressing for unspecified reforms to release some political pressure from the far left. As may be expected, that middle ground is not being well received by the over-heated radical left. A split on this issue could be an existential threat to the future of the Democratic Party as a significant force in American Politics. If that sounds like an exaggeration, consider that the ONLY power they have at the national level is the filibuster in the Senate. That’s it. And they are the minority party in two-thirds of the states.
The only advantage they have is a very partisan press that serves like the title character’s contraption in “The Wizard of Oz” — making the Democratic Party sound and appear much more imposing and powerful than it really is.
I have never liked the term “fake news,” but it is hard to argue that the liberal media is not offering up false impressions and false narratives. On the issue of ICE, Samantha Vinograd, a CNN national security analyst, completely misrepresented a quote by President Trump.
Trump complimented the work of ICE for ridding America of “the worst criminal elements.” Vinograd claimed that Trump was referring to ALL immigrants as criminals – a total lie and a continuation of the false media narrative.
Last year ICE deported about 170,000 illegals. One has to wonder why the left was so silent and passive when President Obama deported more than 400,000 in a single year – and he said so with immense pride.
Contrary to the impression one might get from the anti-ICE rhetoric, they do not go around picking up every illegal alien and deporting them. They concentrate on the criminal class. You would think that Democrats would see that as a good thing, but their opposition to deportation does fit with their open borders philosophy. I know … they claim to want secure borders, but what they do – or do not do – is a lot more telling than what they say.
The campaign to abolish ICE is just another example of the left’s propensity for futility politics. ICE is not going to be disbanded. Most Americans approve of the work they are doing. They are fine men and women who risk their lives to keep us all safe – including those who want to send them to the unemployment line.
I would say that the campaign to ice ICE is on the rocks.
Gov. Henry McMaster’s name appeared on the president’s Twitter feed no fewer than 10 times in the month leading up to his renomination victory in South Carolina Tuesday night, with an 11th tweet late that night to congratulate him on his “BIG election win.”
That high-level endorsement from the president was sent to his more than 50 million Twitter followers – 10 times the population of South Carolina.
It’s no surprise that Trump uses Twitter, his preferred method of unfettered communication, as a megaphone for GOP candidates running in 2018. While the influence of the president’s tweets can’t be measured at the ballot box, the multitude of candidates he’s plugged on Twitter makes clear that he plans on using the platform to broadcast his support in the midterms.
As primary season has kicked into high gear over the last three months, the president has mentioned midterm candidates on Twitter almost 60 times.
The candidates who have come up the most on his feed are also candidates who face tough races, like North Dakota U.S. Senate hopeful and current Rep. Kevin Cramer. Trump tweeted his support for Cramer earlier this month and campaigned for him Wednesday night in Fargo –- rousing the crowd with many of the same lines he so frequently uses to boost chosen GOP candidates on Twitter.
A presidential tweet can be a beacon of hope for GOP candidates: Rep. Dan Donovan of Staten Island won his primary Tuesday on the heels of two tweets from Trump, while California gubernatorial candidate John Cox saw four tweets of presidential support before his primary victory earlier in June – with a fifth congratulatory tweet when he won.
And then there’s Rep. Mark Sanford, who lost the South Carolina House primary to an underdog challenger, State Rep. Katie Arrington. The president stayed quiet about the race on Twitter until mere hours before the polls closed when he tweeted that Sanford was “very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA.” After Sanford’s loss, he said he’d waited to tweet his support for Arrington at the urging of staffers, who thought she wouldn’t win, but that he “had to give it a shot.”
Arrington was in a car accident about 10 days after her win that left her seriously injured. She is expected to recover in the coming weeks.
Her Democratic challenger, Joe Cunningham, said he would also be suspending events “until further notice.”
Trump’s tweets, in 280 characters or less, show both what he looks for in candidates and what he thinks will help them win. Of the almost 60 tweets the president has sent on midterm candidates since April, these are the messages he most repeatedly pushes.
Plugs for support on the tax bill are most popular. Eleven candidates have seen their names on the president’s Twitter feed because they “love” to cut taxes, want to lower taxes or were a “great help” to the president in passing his tax cut bill, according to his tweets.
Nine candidates received a Twitter shoutout for being “strong” and “tough” on crime and the border. Geographically, the candidates he’s tweeted about on border security are spread east to west from New York to California, and as far south as Florida to as far north as North Dakota.
And finally, he hones in on love for the military and veterans — often “our Military” and “our Vets,” in tweets. Over the last three months, he’s tweeted this about six candidates running up and down the ballot in 2018, like Donovan and Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, who’s running for re-election this November.
The president’s support for GOP candidates on Twitter has been matched in recent weeks by his campaign rally appearances. In just over a week, he’s traveled to Minnesota to campaign with Rep. Pete Stauber, to South Carolina to campaign with McMaster and, most recently, to North Dakota to campaign with Cramer, who will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in November.