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Jerry Bowyer: Economic Numbers Look Solid

Despite the ever-present media hysteria, it’s become clear that on the issue that really matters, Trump finished 2019 strong. I’m speaking, of course, about the economy. 2019 started with some economic turmoil and uncertainty. The trade war with China created a stock market whiplash and business anxiety.

But the data shows things have finally turned around. Economic confidence has been rising for months. 52 percent of investors approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, compared to just 32 percent who do not approve.

It’s no wonder that stocks have been hitting record highs. After the tax reform bill, the fundamentals of the economy were strong, and market performance reflected that.

That is, until the trade war killed Trump’s would-be boom in the cradle. Now that Trump is again on solid footing, he could be well on his way to victory in 2020 … as long as he steers clear of another trade war.

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Jerry Bowyer: What to Do for a Slowing Economy

The Trump tax cuts have done great things for our economy, but—as I’ve warned—the economy is slowing down somewhat. The new GDP report shows the growth rate last quarter dropped from an above average 3.4 to a below average 2.6 percent. Overall, 2018 was a good year for the economy, but at the end it lost some steam, but we can get it back.

First, get out of the trade war. It’s made trade deficits higher and hitting farmers particularly hard. We’ve already created the conditions for American economic preeminence with the tax cuts, let them do their thing and let’s not seize defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Second, stabilize the dollar. America became the envy of the world when the dollar was stable in terms of gold and the currencies of other trading partners.

With just a few changes, we can unleash the American economy.

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Hugh Hewitt: The North Korean Nuclear Crisis and China Trade

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There isn’t going to be a trade war with China. The risks of a real war with North Korea are now simply too high.

General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has said—and I quote—“It is not unimaginable to have a military option to respond to the North Korean nuclear capability. What’s unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that will allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado.”

Hisense Electric, a Chinese state-owned tech manufacturer, is now being sued in California courts by Sharp, a Japanese company now owned by Taiwanese company Foxconn. Sharp claims shoddy workmanship by Hisense has done deep damage to the Sharp brand.

Even though President Trump campaigned on an aggressive trade agenda with China, the reality is that the United States needs China right now more than we need fair trade.

Sharp and the state of California might have to fight for their own interests any legal way they can. But the federal cavalry isn’t coming over the hill in the China trade battle anytime soon.

The Trump administration needs to tell its grass-roots supporters why.

 

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