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2/13/2018 7:30:00 AM
Are liberals rooting against America?
Stephen Moore

The unseemly sight of nearly the entire Democratic congressional delegation sitting on their hands and clinging to their chairs throughout Donald Trump's State of the Union speech is further evidence that they want America to fail on Trump's watch.

Hundreds of American companies are bringing jobs to America and paying American workers bonuses: Democrats sat stone-faced. The lowest black unemployment rate in 40 years: Democrats smirked. We are defeating ISIS in the Middle East: Ho-hum.

Many on the left are suffering from a severe case of anti-Trump derangement syndrome. ATDS sufferers crave bad news. In a bright, sunny economic sky, they point to the single cloud.

The other day I was on CNN and was sparring with April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks - who is, to say the least, not friendly to Trump. When I mentioned all of the companies that are hiring more workers and paying bonuses or raises to their employees, including as many as 1 million Walmart employees, I thought this might elicit some positive reaction. Instead, she complained that Walmart is closing many of its Sam's Club stores, resulting in employees' being laid off. Yes, the Sam's Club closures impact around 9,000 workers, though many of them have been reassigned to other Walmart stores. Meanwhile, about 100 times that number will get raises and/or bonuses.

Liberals have been protesting Walmart pay scales for years. Now Walmart is raising their minimum wage by $2 an hour, but the left is angrier than ever.

For at least two weeks the TV networks on the left praised Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury." They obsessed over the charge of whether Trump was mentally competent to hold office and even called for his ousting under the 25th Amendment - all based purely on unsubstantiated charges in a book that has now been exposed as largely a work of fiction. Many members of the ATDS crowd don't even care whether the information is true or false. They are the "birthers" on the left.

One year in, and Trump's successes are dismissed as a result of Barack Obama's policies - which is rich, since Trump has one-by-one reversed Obama-era policies. If the economy and stock market had tanked in 2017, liberals would have seized upon the bad news as evidence that Trump's policies were abject failures. Now that the policies are working, Obama gets the credit. They are so blinded by ATDS, they can't even acknowledge the double standard.

I remember at a Wall Street Journal editorial meeting when Barack Obama was first elected president and he was rolling out Obamacare, the stimulus plan, tax increases, a regulatory assault and a litany of other dimwitted economic policies, one of the writers said what we were all thinking: If this program works, everything we believe on the economy is wrong.

We opposed the policies, not the man, and in the end the Keynesian big-government policies were indeed a failure. We ended up with our weakest economic recovery since World War II.

It is true that opposition to Obama on the right prompted some conservatives to root against American success on his watch. When the International Olympics Committee snubbed Obama's hometown of Chicago, there were videos of conservatives celebrating the bad news. The cascade of disappointing economic data on Obama's watch was too often cheered by Republicans.

"Some of these (Republicans) are starting to put politics first and country second," observed then-Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who is now a senator. "The American people are starting to wonder if they are rooting against America," he charged. He had a point back in 2009. But, senator, look in the mirror.

Most Americans are not especially ideological. We are for what works. The United States is on a roll right now, and the good economic news transcends political spin. Tens of millions of Americans are starting to see the benefits in their paychecks. If Trump-haters continue to sit on their hands and oppose America's comeback, voters will see they are putting political ideology over patriotism. That's no winning ticket, and it means they are in for a miserable next seven years.

Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with Freedom Works. To find out more about Stephen Moore and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018
Article comment by: Nate Petreman

Maybe I am unlike others, but I see the vast majority of Americans are rooting for America regardless of political affiliation, age, gender, race, income. It's the media that drive that wedge.

It seems that creator dot com is syndicated to further divides between good people, good Americans, friends, family and neighbors.

Please quit printing creator dot com content, it is low quality.

Look at productivity vs wages and you will see that there is something happening. It's called capitalism.

Go have a chat with your neighbors, people of different backgrounds, different career paths, different education levels, different races, different political leanings and LISTEN. We are Americans and most of what we want is incredibly similar. It's junk content like creators dot com and other mainstream media that is further dividing our country.

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018
Article comment by: Maria Zayas

Decrying the "unseemly" silence by Democrats at Trump's State of the Union as a double-standard by "'birthers' on the left" either evidences Moore's intentional obfuscation, or his blind acceptance of false equivalencies. His conceding instances of Republicans rooting against "American success" on Obama's watch might have conciliatory value if coupled with a disavowal of political tribalism for its own sake. Rather, his claim that opposition to all things Obama went instead to "policies, not the man" is a tenuous half-truth belied by birtherism for which no equivalency exists. Instead, the lack of applause so offensive to Moore conjures up acronyms far more appropos to his attribution of an "anti-Trump derangement syndrome" ("ATDS") to those on the "left." What seems beyond Moore's ken is that presidencies are defined by "policies" AND "the man." Having experienced a mere year of the divisive and destructive disaster that Trump, the man, is proving to be, I have no doubt there was more than disapproving silence from the majority of citizens watching his "speech." Lest we forget, that from day one, Trump "the man" lacked the basic humility to concede a substantial majority of votes cast for his "woman" opponent. Maybe Moore should ponder acronyms of a different sort applicable to Trump "the man." There's an "LLC", invoking that Delaware corporation Trump's lawyer created for a single day to cut a single check to a porn star blackmailing the President. Then, there are all those "NDA's" -
"non disclosure agreements" lasting lifetimes for anyone in Trump's orbit tempted to reveal even more of what we already know about this "man." "OPM" also comes to mind given his crowed use of "other people's money" - yeah, to the detriment of many guileless persons and businesses having to settle for pennies on the dollar, if anything at all. Finally, since Moore's an "economist", surely he must know that "Keynesian" stimuli are a lamentable albeit necessary remedy to what we faced in 2008. How does that square with a Tax "reform" benefiting our wealthiest exponentially more than Walmart workers - reform on the government credit card to the tune of a trillion dollars annually, when, as Moore puts it, our economy is on a "roll?" To that, add Trump's "yuge" wall, more bloat for the military, and his promised grand plan for our infrastructure. Or, perhaps I'm wrong - perhaps Trump's self-proclaimed genius and experience in leveraging debt will be the new dynamism in making us "great" again. But then, what matter if this reckless gamble fails as it surely will? Trump and his corrupt cronies (i.e., Whitefish, MT) will have leveraged the White House as a personal ATM with no consequences, leaving those Walmart workers, their children, even grandchildren, to pay down "Uncle Sam's club" credit card ad infinitim. Wittingly, or nor, it was those who were applauding Trump who were "rooting against America."

Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018
Article comment by: JEFF LAADT

I want to address Stephen Moore's opening sentence. which says that Democrats who disagree with the President want to "see America fail."

Of course, this is nonsense. Failing to stand and cheer this, or any other, president, means nothing of the sort. It simply means they don't agree and are willing to express that disagreement in a manner they find appropriate.

Moore is a pretty reasonable sort, and should know better. We can all debate the relative manner of economics between Obama and Trump but a statement like this is totally uncalled for.

Jeff Laadt
Eagle River

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2018
Article comment by: David Groh

Let's talk Walmart for a bit. One million workers are getting bonuses or raises. Walmart is the biggest employer in the country after the US government. One million employees could all be managers. Go to your local Walmart and ask people working on the floor how big their bonus is. Increasing wages is a necessity because of a decreasing supply for employees.
I fall right in the ranks of those accused of giving Obama credit for an improving stock market. That is not to say that the accelerated increase since Trump's win is not Trump's success. And if this years long great market had tanked in 2017 OF COURSE I would have blamed it on Trump policies.
The writer of this article goes from talking about a ATDS group of poeple to claiming his right to be a AODS -Anti Obama derangement syndrom- person as he gives Obama policies no credit for turning a 800,000 a month job loss economy into a steady years long job creating economy.
A few of my personal thoughts are that economic inequality is a major problem in this country and a tax law that gives something like 80% of it's benefits to the top 10% richest people is not a good thing. But even worse is the fact that this tax bill will increase the national deficit and add to the national debt. We are basically at full employment why are we wanting to spur the economy with deficit creating tax cuts as we insist that foreign workers should not enter the country. It seems to me that there are a few contradictions in play here.

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