U.S. economy

V-Shaped Economic Recovery Requires Freer Trade, Not Tariffs

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

It seems obvious that President Trump is going to need a blockbuster economic revival if he hopes to win reelection in November. Part of the equation to achieve that springback is to resist trade protectionist temptations. But will he? Protectionism against our friendly trading partners has started to rear its ugly head. In this time of hopefully swift economic recovery, the Trump administration would be wise to resist special-interest trade protection rackets and concentrate on rebuilding American jobs through tax cuts and deregulation—which worked before and will work again.

Can Trump Save The Economy Without Reviving The Virus?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The American people and nation are aware, fully engaged in the fight and gaining the whip hand over the pandemic. Hence, understandably, consideration is being given to resuscitating the U.S. economy before this nationwide shutdown plunges America into a full-blown depression that exacts its own toll. Upon this question the Trump presidency appears to hang: Will Trump’s actions flatten the curve and put the pandemic on an irreversible downward course in daily cases and deaths, as he produces a U-turn, if not a V-turn, dramatically driving the economy upward from depression and toward national prosperity? Can he revive the economy without reviving the virus?

Coronavirus Consequences Coming into View

Conrad Black, American Greatness

President Trump's administration is taking fiscal and social advantage of the crisis in the national interest with desirable tax reductions and, finally, an infrastructure renovation program. This president is emulating the tactic of Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II in styling any legislation that involved official expense as a bill to assist members and veterans of the armed forces. If something of durable value can be legislated along with the measures necessary to strangle the public health crisis and rescue the economically vulnerable, it will be a commendable nugget in a rocky field. Pelosi’s investigation will not get far off the ground.

Coronavirus and the Danger Zones

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Those of us outside danger zones have a role to play. If you’re not sick, follow the federal guidelines about “social distancing” and other preventive measures to make sure you stay healthy. Limiting the spread of the Wuhan virus in the “safe” parts of America will free up medical personnel from across the country to help where the pandemic is already at crisis levels. New York and other hard-hit cities will need many more nurses and doctors to deal with this emergency, which means the rest of us in the safe zones of rural America need to stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home. And, of course, keep praying for our fellow citizens in the danger zones.

We’re Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression

Ben Domench, The Federalist

Our leaders — elected and unelected — need to offer citizens clarity on what to expect. Putting up graphs of expected curves isn’t enough. The importance of building a pathway to a target date cannot be understated. That is the solution-oriented framework our economy needs, one which recognizes we are not a one-size-fits-all country for public health, economic concerns, or risk factors, but 50 states bound together, facing distinct and different challenges. We must give citizens confidence that as we get past the worst of this pandemic, the economy will reopen and rise toward a level that allows Americans to continue to work and thrive as a nation of free people.

Must We Kill the Economy to Kill the Virus?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators

The U.S. is rightly using extreme measures to meet the threat and control the virus, with the elderly sick foremost among the threatened. And we need to do so without killing the economy upon which scores of millions depend. Clearly, America was unprepared for this pandemic. How long can the shutdown be sustained if the necessities of life for the unemployed and unpaid begin to run out? Is it necessary to create an economic and social crisis to solve the medical crisis? If the medical crisis is allowed to induce an economic crisis that leads to a social crisis, the American political system, our democratic system, may itself be severely tested.

Democrats, Trump is giving America the economy you claim to want – Be honest and say thanks

Deroy Murdock, Fox News

President Trump’s and the GOP’s $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, two regulations deleted for every new one imposed, energy independence, and an overall pro-business tone have liberated overlooked Americans from Obama’s economic dungeon. The rich are getting richer, but the poor, forgotten, and neglected are progressing — and more swiftly than the advantaged. Honest liberals should stop slamming President Trump and thank him for delivering what they claim to want: a boost for those with the least to thrive in the mainstream and savor the American Dream. Democrats sat on their hands and pouted over their economic model, which is more shredded than Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s copy of President Trump’s address.

Booming economy gives Trump strongest argument for reelection

Matt Mackowiak, Washington Times

If Mr. Trump can focus his messaging on the economy every week of 2020, his job approval rating will increase and it will force Democrats to debate the economy, which they do not want to do. He should be traveling every week to tour factories that have expanded and manufacturing facilities that have come back online. Mr. Trump’s base has been with him for three years, through thick and thin. And it may be just enough to win reelection. But for Republicans to win back the majority in the House of Representatives, he needs a sweeping victory. That can be achieved only by winning over independent voters. Do this and Mr. Trump can win a sweeping reelection with Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

Beware the miserable, regressive, leftist government central planners

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Perhaps even more impressive are the advancements that allow all these better-off humans to accomplish more while consuming less — meaning that all these wild predictions about humans gobbling up the planet are a bit far-fetched. As industry and ingenuity lead to greater energy efficiency, humans not only are capable of doing so much more, they also are managing to use less total energy. Similarly, humans are learning to produce more and more food on increasingly smaller and smaller plots of land. By any sane reckoning, this is good news. Unless, of course, you just simply hate humans. Which is precisely where you get doomsday charlatans of every generation. They don’t see people are families or children.

ICYMI: April’s Great Economic News

Not that we believe in or promote “conspiracy theories,” you know, like the one that the Trump campaign was spied upon by a corrupt Obama-era FBI and intelligence apparatus. But there is one conspiracy we are convinced exits, and that is that the establishment media refuses to report good economic news.

The one issue that could reelect Trump

Monica Crowley, Washington Times

President Bill Clinton survived the Monica Lewinsky scandal in large part because he rode a robust economy courtesy of the internet bubble (which later burst). Mr. Trump knows these lessons of history — as do the Democrats. A dynamic economy creates electoral momentum for a president responsible for the new prosperity. Mr. Trump’s success has already made it far more difficult for his opponents to advance their existential war against him and their leftist agenda. The extraordinary economic boom is the reelection. If it continues apace, one by one the Democratic candidates will float into irrelevancy, and Mr. Trump will astonish the world all over again.

US economy proves it is robust and thriving, liberal 'sugar high' predictions are wrong again

Andy Puzder, Fox News

Liberals have been predicting an impending recession for months. With each successive quarter that their predictions have failed to materialize, they’ve only become more frustrated with the economy’s long-term prospects. This isn’t a “sugar high,” no matter how much liberals wish it were as they nervously look ahead to the 2020 presidential election. This is a robust economy that is thriving on a red meat-and-potatoes pro-growth diet of tax cuts, deregulation, fair trade policies, and a focus on domestic energy. The most recent GDP growth merely confirms what should have been obvious long ago to anyone without a partisan ax to grind: the U.S. economy is finally healthy again. This is a Trump Boom, period.

Story of the Year -- Jobs

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

In 2019, the idea that tax reductions, public-sector deregulation and growth are no longer relevant to the needs of the middle class is provably and demonstrably false. It requires a remarkable degree of obtuseness to stare at the policy success of the past two years and pretend it hasn’t happened. Democrats are doing exactly that. Conservatives should pocket the Trump presidency’s Reaganesque policies for massively matching job producers with job seekers. There is plenty left for them to do without trying to reinvent the wheel.