In 1984, President Ronald Reagan told us “It’s morning again in America.” Those words did not come directly from his mouth; they were spoken by advertising executive Hal Riney, who wrote and narrated Reagan’s now famous re-election campaign ad, considered one of the most powerful and effective political ads ever made. The message of the ad was hope, optimism, pride, and prosperity. It was about more Americans going to work and buying homes. It was about going forward, together, into a brighter future….
Well, today, the Democrats are having none of that nonsense.
It has been said that misery loves company and, much like the mid-1980s, the most miserable bunch of people in America today are Democratic politicians. Like a man who discovers he has lost the television remote, just as the channel he was watching begins a 12-hour Friends watch-a-thon, Democrats are experiencing the kind of mental and physical pain that cannot be erased by mere sleeping pills. Their life-blood is discontent, division, misery and the prospect of a bleak economic future. While the opposition party is doing a pretty good job of fomenting division – largely thanks to the efforts of their own last president – the bleak economic outlook, the misery, and the discontent are all in recession.
Media Chokes on Good Economic News
Not everything in the U.S. is rainbows and puppies, of course, but even the sad little men and women of The New York Times and CNN are having an increasingly harder time painting the Trump economy as all doom and gloom. Wages are actually rising and unemployment is actually falling – now at an 18-year low of 3.8%. On June 1, The New York Times ran a story with the headline “We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.” The lede read “The economy is in a sweet spot, with steady growth and broad improvement in the labor market.”
On the same day, CNN Money ran a story touting the robust labor market, noting – among other things – that “Black unemployment fell to a record low, and the gap between black and white unemployment shrank to the narrowest ever measured.”
Pelosi Becomes Literally Hitler After Jobs Report
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is beside herself. In fact, she will soon be the only person willing to stand beside herself. As if the tax cuts didn’t infuriate her enough, the new low in the unemployment rate has driven her to fits of rage. Anonymous sources have reported that, just as Adolf Hitler was said to have done, Pelosi got so mad at the thought of so many Americans finding jobs that she threw herself onto the floor of her office and began chewing the carpet.
In response to the latest jobs report, Pelosi sent out a statement to supporters which said: “May’s jobs report shows that strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch.” How, exactly, the jobs report shows this was not clarified. As for “soaring costs,” Pelosi, a wealthy California Democrat, might want to consider the 12 cents-a-gallon increase in the gas tax with which her fellow Democrats recently burdened the residents of her own state.
With the 2018 midterm elections looming large, Democrats continue to flail around in their own river of despair. Close to drowning, they know how desperately they need a platform – a hook for the voters. They have settled, it seems, on a campaign of complete denial. Maybe that’s the name of their river. In any case, they have decided to convince voters that economic growth, is, in fact, crushing hard-working Americans.
The Anti-Poverty Tour?
According to a report in The Hill, House Democrats have launched an ‘anti-poverty tour’ which aims to disabuse Americans of the crazy notion that economic growth is a good thing. It is a familiar strategy from the party that believes people are simply not capable of providing for their own needs. Government welfare programs need to be expanded and anyone who works for a living should pay more taxes to pay for said programs. “We’re trying to elevate this whole issue of poverty, in Congress,” says Democrat Barbara Lee, “and bring communities living really shamefully, below the poverty line because of wage and economic inequality to the forefront of our policies.”
Lee, who is head of her party’s ironically-named ‘anti-poverty task force’, seems the appropriate person to spearhead such a campaign. Like Pelosi, she hails from California, where Democrats have apparently decided that it would be better for all concerned if people live in tents, rather than in houses. No more of those irksome mortgage payments.
After decades of successfully spreading poverty throughout the largest American cities, it would seem odd that the Democratic Party now claims it will focus on reducing poverty. This would be tantamount to rolling back many years of hard work by the party faithful. In reality, of course, the Democrats rely on economic hardship to drive those who don’t know any better to vote for their empty promises. With fewer people out of work – and with those who are employed seeing more money in their paychecks – the party of misery is beginning to feel awfully lonely.