Trump’s good works

IT IS WELL established that my former field, the news media, has abandoned its primary purpose of providing news in a balanced, fair manner. Sad.

With the occasional exception, and it’s just occasional, of Fox News, about the only reliable source of information about the accomplishments of the Trump Adminstration is the White House newsletter. You can subscribe on the White House website.

To lift your spirits, I have compiled some of Trump’s good works.

Strong jobs market. This from MarketWatch: “Americans still think plenty of jobs are available and companies are offering better pay as they compete for a shrinking pool of available labor, new study by the New York Federal Reserve shows. The Fed study is the latest proof the jobs market continues to sizzle.”

New ImageThe Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the economy has added over 5.5 million jobs since President Trump was elected.

Prison reform. In December 2018, President Trump signed the First Step Act which brings “commonsense criminal justice reform that is helping prisoners get a new lease on life and is making America safer.” Even former Obama staffer Van Jones praised Trump’s “great work” on the issue. If you want details, do an internet search.

Helping women. On April 17, Ivanka Trump, representing the president, spoke at the Women Entrepreneurs Financial Initiative in the Ivory Coast, her last stop of a four-day tour of Africa. The goal of the trip was promoting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a $50 million project launched by President Trump in February to encourage women’s economic empowerment in developing countries.

Opportunity Zones. On April 18, President Trump brought state and local leaders from both parties together at the White House for a conference on “Opportunity Zones” — a signature piece of his 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rather than spending more money on yet another government program or Washington bureaucracy, Opportunity Zones offer tax incentives for long-term investment in more than 8,760 low-income communities throughout America.

Opportunity Zones are a powerful vehicle for bringing economic growth and job creation to the American communities that need them the most. The census tracts eligible for the program were chosen by governors, then certified by the U.S. Treasury Department. All told, the program is anticipated to spur $100 billion in private capital investment.

Economic boost for Latinos. According to a story in the Washington Examiner, American Latinos have enjoyed their third consecutive year of income growth, and their workplace participation rare has increased. More details available here.

And, of course, black Americans are enjoying their lowest jobless rate in decades.

This is just a small sampling of positive work coming from the Trump Administration, news that is ignored by the news media. Again: Sad.

10 thoughts on “Trump’s good works

  1. Yes, indeed, sad is a kind description. Our local substandard rag was bought by USA Today. Guess what happened next? Never mind, you know how it goes.
    What will it take to get back to the news as it really is?

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  2. The economy has been covered pretty well in the MSM, I’d say. The First Step Act has gotten some coverage, including the fact that the President’s Budget didn’t include any money for implementing it. And sending the First Daughter to speak at a women’s economic forum? Ho hum. I suspect Latino income and black employment have been increasing since 2010 at least. Credit where credit is due, Trump didn’t screw that up.

    Sr. Z, you were in the news business. You know bad news sells, good news doesn’t. And news businesses, like any businesses, push what sells. Even Fox spends a miniscule amount of time talking about Trump’s accomplishments vs. the amount of time they spend talking about all of Hillary Clinton’s dastardly deeds.

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    1. Creigh: The media’s coverage of Obama and its coverage of Trump is a perfect example of contrasts. There was plenty of “good news” during the Obama Era. You’re right about Fox, which is daily slipping — at least the hard-news department — into the leftist camp. That’s due to its relatively new ownership. As for Hillary’s dastardly deeds, Lord knows they were dastardly.

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      1. Believe me, I hear the same complaint from the left: “Why does the media spend all its time reporting on the dumbass President’s latest tweets?”

        But this is all just another of many reasons why you need a mixed economy. If all you have is capitalism, all you get is profit-driven journalism. And in journalism, as in so many things, Gresham’s Law applies: bad journalism drives out good journalism.

        I can’t help asking, though. As a former newspaperman, in what universe would a story about Ivanka Trump addressing a women’s conference in Africa be a ratings juggernaut?

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        1. Creigh: Beauty is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. While the Blond Bomber does have a very thin skin and does push the proverbial envelope with his Tweets, or so I hear because I have no Twitter account, his endless smacks across the face to all things and people PC is a wonder to behold. Just one of many reasons to love him.

          Mixed economy is good (and preferable) as long as it leans mostly in the direction of freedom and capitalism. That’s my opinion.

          Bad journalism has mostly driven out good journalism in your country. Sad.

          No one said that Ivanka’s address was up there with the Gettysburg Address. As Trump’s spokeswoman at the event, it demonstrated the Oval Office’s dedication to “women’s economic development in developing countries,” which flies directly in the face of the left’s constant howling that Trump oppresses women, gays, blacks, etc. That was the point of including that item. I think you knew that.

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        1. No, Felipe , Obama didn’t do it. The Federal Reserve got it started with their ZIRP. Then, Trump kicked it into high gear with his economic policies and tax cut. All Obama managed to due was pass out free things like food, “disability” payments, and cell phones.

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          1. Troy: I didn’t really think Obama did it. I was being humorous. I’m not sure Obama did anything of value.

            But thanks for the details. It’s good to have smart readers here.

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