While Sohrab Ahmari says Americans prefer divided government, this midterm is different and that Republicans have earned the right to retain their majority. “The GOP has navigated the nation through the Trumpian minefield, while Dems spent the time chasing after Russian pee-pee tapes.” The GOP’s governance has led to the news last Wed. that US wages and salaries had risen 3.1%. Instead of going back to the drawing board after 2016, Dems chose to undo the outcome of a legitimate election.
- Did the Democrats try to portray Trump’s election as illegitimate?
- Did Democrats fall into ‘every cultural trap Trump set for them?’
- Is there any result from the elections that will make American less divided?
Republicans have delivered as Democrats went off the deep end
Americans prefer divided to unified government, and voters have historically punished the incumbent party in midterm elections. To these historical trends we can add Donald Trump’s relentless antics and his rude defiance of presidential norms, which have rankled nerves and generated bad blood.
So all told, the president’s party deserves to lose one or both chambers next week, right? Wrong.
At stake Tuesday is legislative power, and on that count congressional Republicans have earned the right to retain their majority, while Democrats have proved themselves unprepared for governance. The GOP has navigated the nation through the Trumpian minefield, while Democrats spent the time chasing after Russian pee-pee tapes and lionizing porn stars.
Start with the GOP side of the ledger. Thanks to unthanked House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump has two major legislative accomplishments under his belt: The individual mandate — the least popular element of ObamaCare — is gone. And Ryan’s tax overhaul slashed the corporate rate to 21 percent from an eye-watering 35 percent, which had long discouraged investment and hiring.
The tax cut, combined with Trump’s war on regulatory bloat, has yielded strong growth. Lefty economists who predicted prolonged stagnation look not a little foolish these days. Consumer spending, capital investment and exports are all up. Unemployment has plummeted below 4 percent, and according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, for the first time on record, job openings outstrip the number of the unemployed seeking a job.