A few weeks ago, a letter writer inquired about why people voted or will vote for Donald John Trump, the legitimate president of the United States. This response is likely to be representative, so here goes.

Donald Trump, the enigma that some love to hate, was never among my first three choices for the office. In 2016, as a true and serious American, I accepted the man as the duly elected president — unlike so many. He was different; not a professional politician. We knew that one man couldn’t achieve such a grandiose goal (draining the swamp) by himself, but he was a step in the right direction. We knew that he would be battling his own party, as well as leftists, in his efforts; but his election was hoped to be a message to Washington. Business as usual was passé.

We hate that he tweets so much, but he informs us about where he’s coming from. It’s a form of transparency. Sadly, he must cover these bases by himself as no one in the media is giving him credit or cutting him slack. Americans love an underdog, and Trump is an underdog. He wasn’t supposed to win, and leftists and media (but I repeat myself) haven’t let up on him since day one.

Trump is pro-America and pro-American. His actions have given Americans more disposable income. Under his administration, unemployment for virtually every demographic reached new lows — again giving Americans across the board more disposable income. His attitudes have brought the stock market to new highs, which I’m certain will be reversed quickly if he is not re-elected. Many discount those gains by citing reversals created by the pandemic. They should be reminded that the pandemic came from China and not from Trump, and the numbers are once again on the rise.

There are many more reasons to support Donald Trump — too many to be cited here, but perhaps the questioning letter writer will get a peek at the truths others can see.

More recently, another letter writer sought to enlighten readers regarding the “accomplishments” of Joe Biden as he makes his third try for the presidency in 32 years — his first failure was in 1988. The writer cited Biden’s 1969 law degree. She didn’t mention poor performance in law school. She ignored his class rank. Biden was No. 76 in a class of 85. Come on, man. Even Bill Clinton was a Rhodes scholar with a scholarship to Oxford. Worse? Biden has a recorded history of lying repeatedly about alleged but proven to be nonexistent academic achievements.

The third, and largest, paragraph cited more “accomplishments.” The paragraph was filled with various positions and titles Biden has held and stands he took on various issues. I found no “accomplishments” in the entire listing. She ended that paragraph citing three pieces of legislation “the Obama administration passed” but makes no mention of any Biden contribution.

More significant is Biden’s general record on legislation.

“Of the 42 bills [Biden] sponsored that were enacted, none had had an obvious connection to small businesses. And of the 491 bills he sponsored but did not receive approval, just a few have a pro-entrepreneur, pro-small business bent.” INC. Magazine (8/21/20).

The point to take from that statement is that in Biden’s 36 years in Congress, he sponsored 533 bills. Of those, only 42 were passed. That’s less than an 8 percent rate.

Actually, there is a kind of consistency there. Going back to his law school ranking, he graduated in the bottom 10 percent of his class. Folks, it’s hard to ignore facts that reveal low achievers — in college or in Congress.

In closing, I’d like to call attention to those who have nagged President Trump concerning a peaceful transition of power — should he lose. This is demanded by the same people who have made the 2016 transfer of power the least peaceful in modern history. The haranguing hyenas who’ve hounded Trump for four long years want peace (should they win). It seems that they don’t want to be treated in the manner that they’ve dished out for years. Come on, man!

Donald Trump has made one attempt to be president of the United States. The year 2020 will mark Joe Biden’s third attempt to convince the voters. Trump is 1-for-1. Biden is 0-for-2 — two strikeouts (voter rejection), and he has his last time at bat.

A vote influenced by hate is an emotional decision.

Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Contact him at rpblatch4d@comcast.net.

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bosco

We can always count on Rick to fire up the never-Trumpers. Just scroll down though the comments and you'll see the Quid Pro Joe cult in full rant.

They never disappoint and help drive up the FNP click/ad revenues.

Thanks, Rick.

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jerseygrl42

Well stated Rick and if one looks at the accomplishments of the past 3 years by this President. and the absolute lack of any accomplishments of Biden's 47 years ( think about the fact that he NEVER talks about having done anything and what he has done he surely doesn't want to discuss), then there is no doubt who we need to run this country properly....Actions Speak Louder Than Words....!

Greg F

Show me his health care plan. Show me respect for military and not spouting hate at Purple Heart families, calling them losers and suckers, and making up stories about them being out of ammo. Show me any program that is pro science and an agency he hasn’t stacked with unqualified donors, family or former lobbyists and CEOs that have direct conflicts of interest in personal activities related to those agencies. Show me the taxes. Show me proof that an audit keeps them from being shown. Show me some asset Trump has divested of and has not gained on in violation of the emoluments rules. I can show you members of his cabinet and associates who were jailed, a porn star paid off, numerous sex assault cases including rape and child rape. I can show you tapes of culver misogyny and him bragging about peeping at nude teens at pageants. In consideration of that, I can show you an incumbent that has no ethics and that is utterly unfit for office....ant that is Trump. Oh...and show me anything that he has done to help hurricane victims and wildfire victims in the west.

C.D.Reid

Doctor Fed Up Greggy, do I take it you haven't read my latest reply to your comments in the truck accident story, or that you just can't come up with a logical response that won't make you look the fool again?

veritas

Spoiler Alert: The politics of personal destruction is on full display in most of the responses herein, in many cases authored by individuals who somehow pride themselves on their reasoned and civil discourse.

NewMarketParent

@veritas

Let me know when you start telling the truth and then we can talk civility.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

You know you will never have to worry about having a civil talk with V right? Veritas means seeker of truth, such an odd screen name for a

Trump supporter, then again truth is subjective in Trump world.

Greg F

Truth doesn’t exist for trump.

jsklinelga

veritas

I am surprised you still read the comments. For a long while I had wished this section would have become a civil, informative discussion and debate medium. A positive community asset, But as you well know it is dominated by the same handful of people daily. A group that loves to hate. That is a shame. And it is reflective of the papers diminishing standing in the community. I read very few articles printed anymore. And I am sure I am not alone. It is simply a source for obituaries and local sports.

shiftless88

jsk and veritas; if you ignore the rabble rousers there are some valid points made here that are not personal. You know whom to skip and whom to read. If you are actually interested, in any case.

Greg F

Yes...a group that follows a hateful racist Trump...on here daily.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@JSK

You know full well you read our comments everyday, probably several times a day. You also know your comments are read by many, what you don’t like is when the many respond back to you with the truth and aren’t afraid to call out your lies. But see when you say the quiet parts out loud and in public, you better suck it buttercup because the many will always respond back to you whether you like it or not.

public-redux

jsk, I don’t know if this will come as a surprise or not, but you never seemed interested in civil and informative discussions. You seemed interested in having others affirm the correctness of your opinions and took umbrage when that did not happen.

I feel sincerely sad for you. Your comments often remind me of the story of the talking donkey in your bible.

awteam2000

“personal destruction is on full display“, wow 😯 Veritas, is Trump commenting on this thread 🧵? Checkout his tweets over the last four years, or just today. I’ve had enough of his “civil discourse” and his ugly cult defenders.

Like Biden said to Trump, “shut up!”

Greg F

☝️AW

threecents

Veri, Be worthy of civil discourse.😎

Greg F

Whatevs, Ver

JerryR

Great column Rick. Joe Biden says "Elect me, and I'll make a plan" - seriously??? That dog don't hunt. He is mentally losing it - he again the other day said he is Kamala's running mate! You can't make that stuff up. He has literally done nothing in his 47 years and the facts support that - ok, the emergency management stuff the Chip wrote about, is about it. I'll put up with Trumps rhetoric any day as he gets results and he is America first! We've been pandering to the world for too long. We need to take care of our own for a change. If you think your taxes are bad now, just wait if Joe gets elected, they will go up significantly. He's going to support the green new deal - that will truly bankrupt us. The left just doesn't want to hear it and will try to cancel anyone who opposes their view - cancel culture at it's best!! The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds!!

shiftless88

Hey JerryR; can you please point to the great health plan that Trump keeps saying he has? Thank you.

JerryR

I never said he delivered everything he wanted to,

Hayduke2

That is the greatest understatement of the year.

shiftless88

The point I was making is why are you upset about the supposed lack of Biden's plan but support someone who has promised non-existent plans for years?

Hayduke2

It’s right next to his great infrastructure plan shift. All can be found filed under fiction in the library.

Greg F

Fiction...like trumps virus miracle and turning the corner.

Greg F

Any plan...it’s always just a day or two away for 4 years now.

Piedmontgardener

Put simply, any person who choses to label other American citizens who disagree with his/her politics as "leftists" is uniquely unfit to offer general commentary on politics. Or much else for that matter. Leading with a perjorative shreds any credibility of your arguments.

matts853

Rick’s first word was probably “leftist”.

But you’re absolutely right, PG. Whether on a conscious or a subconscious level, people who throw this term around have an innate contempt toward a majority of Americans. They reject out of hand any democrat policy as heresy, or any democrat person as part of a grand leftist/commie/liberal/socialist

conspiracy that’s up to no good. Merit and character are non factors, science is taboo. There is no attempt at objective reasoning or consideration for the needs of others that don’t think like they do. It’s all about taking sides, and often they use God to claim a moral high ground.

I’ve been a registered Republican my entire life, but I wholly reject Trumpism and any politician that associates with it. Today’s Republican Party is simply out of touch with modern America and frankly, most of them are down right nasty people. There seems to be a collective deficit of empathy and kindness within the R party these days. It’s sad.

NewMarketParent

@matts853

I don't think you could have possibly hit the nail more squarely on the head.

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matts853

Hammer time!

threecents

So Biden now famously was not near the top of his class when he graduated from Law School in the 1960s. When did Trump go to Law School or any post-college school? Never. When did he not have a silver spoon in his mouth or sacrifice for anything or anyone? Never. The only things he has worked hard at is being a con man and an entertainer.

public-redux

He attended Wharton Business School.

public-redux

But not for grad school. You are correct, three, and I am wrong.

threecents

According to Google, Trump spent two years at Wharton after two years at Fordham. While Wharton is now a prestigious school, at the time they were accepting about half of those who applied. I don't know how well he did, but he never made the Dean's List.

public-redux

A friend is a graduate of Fordham. She is so happy that Trump didn’t graduate from there.

matts853

So, Rick is informed by Trump’s Tweets, eh? That explains why he has such a warped view of this president. Trump tweets on the level of a 5th grade class clown. And on the days he’s not, he tweets on the level of a 5th grade class bully.

I mean seriously, his tweets are full of lies, full of vitriol, full of childish name-calling and utterly bereft of anything that comes close to resembling policy. And his rallies are just like his tweets: substanceless political theatre that’s part stand up comedy but mostly an American tragedy. Oh, he gets plenty of media coverage (maybe not on Fox) because of all the idiotic stuff he says. No pundits are required to understand how fundamentally stupid Trump is. All you have to do is listen to him.

Trump is a mendacious demagogue. He’s not leading the nation, but rather fomenting a cult of predominantly white people that are on opposite ends of the economic and social scale: the lower class uneducated who fill his rallies, and the upper class wealthy who lavish in his tax policies. There’s not many Americans left in the middle that he’s even bothering to attract because he’s turned them off and he knows it. His consistently high unfavorable approval rating puts Rick and the cult deep into the minority of public opinion. Misery loves company.

Rick apparently doesn’t understand that in life, success and satisfaction aren’t measured by where you start, but rather where you end. Trump inherited a booming economic recovery that began under Obama/Biden and he’s collapsed it all because of his callous disregard for Covid - even after he got it and became very sick. He had the luxury of receiving treatments that tens of thousands of lost souls didn’t have access to. And yet, he keeps on lying to America about the severity of the virus, even though he’s on tape acknowledging how bad it is!!! He even has the audacity to declare victory over it, despite its resurgence that he’s responsible for in no small part because of his traveling super spreader clown shows.

From the start, Trump was unwilling and unable to get control of the pandemic in the US because he treated it like it was a political rival to be dominated. He selfishly prioritized his re-election prospects over public health, which has needlessly caused a massive loss of life and a massive loss of jobs. It is because of his hubris that he will end up in disgrace as a one-term, impeached President. I can’t think of a more fitting end to his life’s work.

nancypace

Oh wow Matts53, I wish you had published that in a letter to the editor. Brilliantly honest and astute, not small-minded or mean-spirited. I admire thoughtfulness. And I don't see anything I disagree with! Good on ya! Elevating the conversation... 👍

Hayduke2

Matt👍👍

DickD

That is great, Matt [thumbup]

nancypace

And may I add that our questionably-capable pool of potential national leaders is (✻-poor) (as written into the constitution.) Also, please check out that our incredibly powerful two-party political system (that runs our elections and governance) not only is NOT mentioned in the constitution, but Geo Wash sternly warned against such outrageously polarizing and unrepresentative partisanship (i.e. a two-party system) in his farewell address. Namaste friends 🌈 - Nancy

NewMarketParent

One of the large problems here is that one party specifically has a propaganda network that has normalized the demonization of the other party. Never underestimate how caustic that can be.

awteam2000

This election is not about whether you’re conservative or liberal, not whether you’re for or against women’s bodies, not about second amendment rights, not about capitalism verses socialism, not about taxation, not about pitting “Blue Lives” versus “Black Lives Matter” - it’s about decency, morality, competency, honesty - characteristics that Trump, on a daily bases illustrates he doesn’t have.

Trump’s self-centered incompetence, poor management of the Coronavirus crisis , costing close to a quarter of 1 million ( over 225,000 since saying it was a hoax) American lives and counting. He can’t even protect his own administration. 🤷‍♂️ His failure to address the pandemic is ‘number one‘ in the world.

My ‘god’, over 20 women have accused him of sexual assault, he’s banned from sitting on the board or having a non-profit organization, he paid 25 million in damages for a fake college and is waiting a plethora of criminal offenses once leaving office. Not to mention he’s a racist in a country that will shortly be a majority minority country. Good play as the leader of the Republican Party 🎉.

nancypace

Excellent analysis and summary of Trump's many ... um ... failings, awteam2000.Thank you! ✌️

nancypace

I met Rick Blatchford only once, for a few minutes. Somewhat to my surprise, I found him to be courteous, humble, gentle. (We share a love of horses!) I have read his column over lo these many years, with rare agreement, and considerable wonder at his lack of sophistication--and at what seemed like, well ... continuous rage. He's changed, and grown. He continues to conscientiously offer his personal experience and honestly-held conservative perspectives--on deadline--a hard thing to do. Columnists, like political leaders, are mere fallible human beings (like all their morning critics, especially including me!) Political leaders, like columnists and all us morning critics, get up in the morning (even those older than I am! 😱, put on their suits (or overalls) and work hard doing whatever they do, for whatever reasons. I wish people would remember that all of us think we're "right"--right? And no two of us are alike, so that can't be ... um ... right. They/we go to work--just as Obama did, just as Trump does, just as Biden will do. And yes, some of us are much less capable and admirable than others. That's human bean stuff. Yet, whatever the outcome of our billion $$$ four-year contests, nearly all of us will be so spurred by biased, hate-filled political abracadabra (via enthusiastically outraged hypocritical popular media, particularly cable tv) to enthusiastically continue to spew hate-filled political rage at our poor families and each other and the internet world, even as we fail to notice the constitutional crises currently occurring in all three branches of our government. BOTH parties are all about divide-and-conquer--perhaps you have noticed? BOTH parties loyally work for the money interests that insure their power--by insuring that we citizens will continue to scream well-funded ideological demagoguery at each other so loudly for four more years that we won't notice (!!!) that our house is burning down. And BTW, I voted for the guy I hope can be trusted to work for non-zero-sum goals. We'll see. (Apologies for all the parentheses....) 😜✌️🙄

awteam2000

I like horses too. But I hope it doesn’t make me an ‘ass’.

gabrielshorn2013

Agreed Nancy [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] The friction between the two major parties is manufactured by both of them because it benefits both of them. The hyper-partisanship has become ridiculous...and dangerous. It's no longer about ideas, it's about tribalism. Us v them. Fer us, or agin' us. My tribe good, your tribe bad, and must be annihilated. Look at the incivility in these comments alone.

public-redux

The tribalism has always been there. An anthropologist even wrote a book about it. He did his field work on Capitol Hill. “Tribes on the Hill”

https://www.amazon.com/Tribes-Hill-Congress-Rituals-Realities/dp/0897890728

gabrielshorn2013

Oh, understood and agreed public. The tribalism I am talking about is not what is happening on the Hill, it's how much it has been pushed out to the populace. It has progressed to ridiculous proportions to where it infects family gatherings, etc. to a point where it fractures families. Is someone's political beliefs so important that it should cause a permanent rift? It does with increasing frequency. How absurd.

public-redux

Ah, I misunderstood. Thanks for correcting me.

Greg F

Another stable genius...not. I love horses too, not horse’s azzes.

LAR1

“His actions have given Americans more disposable income.” Not true. My taxes have not gone down. I do not gamble in the stock market and I do not borrow money. I have a few funds in money market accounts and certificates of deposit. Under trumpie, interest rates are near zero. So I have less income. Everything Trumpie does is for himself and his rich highly leveraged buddies. He does not do things for the average American.

Dwasserba

That quote made me sad, because I thought of people who've lost lifelong partners, one I spoke to two days ago, trying to get their (now, her) business back up without him. He was without her in the ICU for weeks. I'll have to ask if she has "more disposable income" now.

JerryR

Then you are not investing wisely, but more on a risk averse agenda. My 401K is through the roof because of Trump's policies. And now are GDP is on fire again because Trump is opening the country. You pay more taxes because you're probably not doing the right things to decrease your tax liability. Go see a good financial planner!

Hayduke2

Then you haven’t looked at your 401k recently. Still not back to previous level. Also, the stock market is not the economy as most folks don’t have accounts. See my earlier reply to des about the mythical gdp or look at public’s comments. Nice try at spinning though

gabrielshorn2013

Hay, the stock market is a reflection of the economy. When it was realized that CoViD would crash the economy back in March, the stock market reflected that, especially in the hospitality, entertainment, and transportation sectors. Whose stocks cratered, and have not recovered? Those sectors. Those sectors also had the highest loss of jobs. Why? Because nobody was flying, staying in hotels, eating out, going to bars, etc. However, people were ordering more online (Amazon up 65% since immediately before the pandemic). Nobody going to movie theaters? Netflix up 33% in that same period. Who is hiring despite the pandemic? Check out Amazon, Netflix, Target, etc. If your money manager was doing their job, they would have moved their clients money out of those sectors that cratered. Individuals also have the ability to move their money around in a 401k (do not be foolish and take it out of the market on a downturn!). If they don't have retirement accounts, well, it is easy to set one up outside of a company-sponsored 401k. Think Roth IRAs, "Slices" (you've seen their ads on tv?), etc. Not planning and saving for one's own future is foolish and Social Security won't cut it. We teach our kids about "opportunity costs", and delayed gratification. Maybe adults should relearn that lesson.

Hayduke2

Gabe - I'm well aware of the 401 K or other connections. However, that represents about 52% of the US population. Therefore, the stock market does not equal the true economy of the US. Interesting article at https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/25/more-than-half-of-u-s-households-have-some-investment-in-the-stock-market/

gabrielshorn2013

Hay, you missed my point entirely. Whether someone is invested or not is irrelevant. The market is a direct reflection of the economy. Why are hotel staff, waiters, bartenders, bellhops, etc. Unemployed? Nobody is staying in hotels, so revenues are decimated, resulting in their staff being terminated. The fact that revenues are decimated is reflected in the stock price. The opposite is true for Amazon. All of these companies and their staff, as well as their spending is the economy. Another thing about the markets is that they always recover because wealth is always being built. The fact that the 52% that you keep mentioning do not invest in that growth and build their own wealth makes no sense. If they refuse to do something to build their wealth, well they're just being foolish. Like I said in another post, we teach our kids about "opportunity cost" and delayed gratification. Getting older is something that nobody can avoid. Planning for that inevitably is a personal responsibility. Nobody owes us a comfortable retirement. It is up to us to provide that for ourselves.

Hayduke2

Gabe- so please tell all those laid off workers how great the economy is because of stock market gains. You preach a false narrative And yes, I do believe it is up to the individual to plan for retirement but worshiping the stock market isn’t the total solution.

gabrielshorn2013

Hay, where are you getting that from? Did you even read my post? I said the market is a reflection of the economy. You cannot deny that fact. Those unemployed are reflected in the price of their employer's stocks. The fact that they are uncomfortable is beside the point. Their employers are in financial trouble. Look at the price of hotel stocks, airline stocks, other hodputality stocks. Nowhere did I claim that the entire market was rosy. Far from it. The market is a mirror of how <,i> segments of the market are performing, and in investor's confidence in those companies futures. If you doubt the strength and resilience of the markets, read the following. The S&P has given an average 10% annual return. Try getting that with a savings account or CD. Other indexes have similar returns. Not being a slave to the markets at all. It's just reality. A fact. BTW, your pension as a teacher is funded by the market, as are most public sector union retirement funds. Why? Because market returns keep the fund growing faster than member contributions.

https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/042415/what-average-annual-return-sp-500.asp#:~:text=The%20S%26P%20500%20index%20is,since%20its%20inception%20through%202019.

https://www.wealthsimple.com/en-us/learn/average-stock-market-return#:~:text=20%2Dyear%20returns-,Looking%20at%20the%20annualized%20average%20returns%20of%20these%20benchmark%20indexes,Russell%202000%3A%207.70%25

Hayduke2

Gabe - I think we are arguing the different sides of the same coin. Yes, many indirect functions of the economy are driven by what happens with the stock market and related but it is not the sole indicator or way to judge the overall economy. The assumption that those who don't or can't invest in the various funds overlooks those who are on the lower end of the middle class ( if there is such a thing ) may not be able to because of costs associated with basic needs such as health insurance, lodging, vehicles etc. It is unfair to put them in a group that fails to provide for their future when they are fully involed in navigating the present.

gabrielshorn2013

Hay, I never said it was the sole indicator. I said it was a reflection. If you call up a report on a sector, you can see if that sector is growing or retracting. Then you must do further analysis and ask "why is that happening?" and "what are the effects". Agreed that there are some that are just scraping by, but that is hardly true for all of the 52% who fail to invest in their future. There is an opportunity cost for not investing for retirement, and the payback of that cost will be struggling to survive in their old age.

NewMarketParent

@JerryR

Which specific policies have benefited your 401K? Be very specific.

gabrielshorn2013

LAR1, Interest rates are a partial function of inflation. Higher inflation rates yield higher interest rates. The prime rate peaked around 1980, which is when we had high inflation. The prime interest rate has been near zero since around 2008, and has come up a bit since 2016. Savings interest rates are a reflection of the prime rate, as are loan rates. Loans are incredibly cheap, and have been for a while. Were you unable to participate in a company-sponsored 401k with company match? You could put your money in whichever category of risk you were comfortable with, including (safe) government securities. Savings accounts will never give you a livable return, and never have.

https://www.gobankingrates.com/banking/interest-rates/see-interest-rates-last-100-years/

NewMarketParent

@LAR1

45 racisms the best. If the average American is racist, then 45 is their guy.

matts853

Come on, Man!

Rick is back with another tripe filled Trump testament. Ridiculous.

Greg F

" he informs us about where he’s coming from. It’s a form of transparency".....no, he doesn't inform. He bull$$$hits. I have a plan, a beautiful plan....and it ever appears in 4 years. No healthcare plan....after multiple times saying it will be out next week...and then next month...next week, next 2 days..and still not there. Author is a nutjob that ignores all facts regarding Trump, period. He covers everything up he can...including porn star payoffs.

shiftless88

You have to admit, the twitter stream does inform us that he is a liar for sure.

DickD

Rick, I could say a lot about your disgusting column, bI threw up after reading it.

Rick Blatchford

Gotta love it. [rolleyes] Thanks for the info.

des21

Q3 growth up 33%- to coin a phrase, that's "winning."

But be advised as some woman on MSNBC cackled the other day- "there can be no economic expansion without a cure to the corona virus." Why she asserted this I am not sure but she sounded very strident about it like it was an obvious truth. 2 realities like I said.

Hayduke2

Hey des. Smoke and mirrors and with your background you should know that. Here's the logic from the Brookings.edu. " One reason 30 percent growth doesn’t mean the economy is healed stems from how percentage changes work when going down and then up. If you own a stock priced at $100 and it drops 30 percent, it is now worth $70. If it gains back 30 percent, it is then worth $91 (the gain is just $21 because 30 percent of 70 is 21). In the same manner, the large drop in output in the second quarter followed by similar sized increases in the third quarter will still leave a large hole. Even if GDP growth is 30 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter, output will still be more than 4 percent below its level at the end of 2019, which is more than the farthest the economy ever was from its prior peak in the Great Recession." Another empty talking point - you should know better.

olefool

Yeah,,, and when the government is giving away "stimulus" money at about a $6000 clip per month per family it's not hard to see why the economy was so good. The question is, what will the next quarter look like with no stimulus??

Greg F

You’re gonna just confuse them with fact like these 😳

matts853

Hay - you make a valiant effort at rationalizing something Dave probably didn’t understand. However, he’s impervious to anything logical or factual that contradicts his rigid political ideology. I guarantee he’ll regurgitate this at another place and time.

Greg F

Don't forget, that's after a crash worse than any in history...so it's a very, very low bar.

Dwasserba

? We need a cure because a certain segment of our population will continue to go about undistanced and unmasked, fall victim, survive or become impaired or die, and no longer contibute or contribute less economically, at least for a time during recovery. A cure is the best hope for those who can't learn and adapt. PS Not "cackling."

threecents

Certain people need to stop watching cable news - whether Fox and/or MSNBC. Those are all about division, and they are obviously very good at it.

NewMarketParent

@threecents

I have never gotten division from MSNBC. I will admit that they can be a bit hyperbolic, but I've never gotten divisive.

Now Faux.... If outhouses could talk...

threecents

Sorry if I misrepresented. I prefer to stay away from cable news channels that appear to have an agenda toward the left or right.

matts853

Come on, Des! You should be able to figure out the connection, being as politically erudite as you claim to be. I’m beginning to think you’re a hoax.

Greg F

Cackled...typical misogynist term.

shiftless88

How many bankruptcies has Biden had? Just wondering for comparison purposes.

public-redux

As far as I can tell, Biden is the only candidate in the race who made money on a real estate deal. Winner!

des21

Your right shift he's gotten quite fat feeding at the public trough- along with his son and brother. That's certainly a quality we should look for in a President. SMH.

I know, I know "Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia." Repeat as necessary.

Apparently Hunter Biden is a Russian plant as he was the one who give the laptop to the Mac repair shop. And the FBI agent who has opened it as a "foreign money laundering" case is too no doubt. Jeez, if Biden wins China is really going to eat our lunch!

Hayduke2

"Your right shift he's gotten quite fat feeding at the public trough- along with his son and brother. That's certainly a quality we should look for in a President. SMH." Prove that statement des. BTW, it is you're, not your... Biden's tax returns detail his income - what do Trump's show?

veritas

Seriously, Hay?? Even Dim Witted Joe Biden is not so dim witted he would include ill-gotten, pay-for-access income on his Federal Income Tax Return. You and your compatriots really should catch up on the Hunter hard drive case. Of course none of you is conversant on the situation since you're research and analysis is strictly limited to the legacy liberal media. Wilful ignorance. Ther are none so blind as those who will not see. You guys are losing all credibility. Why it's all so... so... deplorable.

Hayduke2

Seriously vet it’s- you take a story even the journalist wouldn’t put his name on, play with Rudy’s sources, listen to the noise from Fox and call me out for not looking at factual sources. Too funny! Does QAnon come up a a top pick when you google??

phydeaux994

It’s hard to understand how a PhD can believe this crap.

MRS M

sorry des, but all things "Hunter" were last week's shiny object of diversion for only the most gullible (and we know you're not that), and those greedily fed by FoxStateTV. In fact the opposite is true. You might want to stay far away from any points of argument which force comparisons to the grifting of the current president and his family who remain the truly " Fat" feeding at the public trough". With 5 desperate days left, why waste your valuable time on that bogus argument, anyway? That dog don't hunt. Head scratcher, though. Why would anyone believe it's beneficial to their argument, or to one's professional standing as "an educator", to publically criticize their own work colleagues in the teaching profession as "hateful" and "wholly negative" ? For someone so publicly steeped in self-promotion, prayerful thoughts and promises, and ministerial aspirations which involve support, unification and healing, today's comments against those in your profession instead seem to seek and promote further division, discord and sadly, disrespect. One has to wonder:

why?

olefool

Des... You're a PHD and you write this gobbledegook??? C'mon man, get back under the bed, you're scaring the kids....

threecents

How Joe made his millions is right there in his released tax returns. Joe and his wife made millions from book deals and speaking appearances - not to mention well-paying jobs. Geezely Peezely Des. Stop being a tool.

veritas

Yeah, you're right, three. If Joe was actually taking under the table money from the Ukranians and the Chinese, he would have accounted for the income on his tax returns. Nothing to see here. Case closed. Time to move on to some court-packing, Green New Dealing and oil industry dismantlement.

threecents

Veri, The question was how Biden made millions, and I answered it. He has a relatively lowkey and frugal lifestyle, so why would he use illegal means to get more money and jeopardize his career? It does not make sense, and all the evidence shows this anti-Biden conspiracy theories are nonsense. Do you disagree, or are you just trying to button-pushing tool?

threecents

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2019/08/28/joe-bidens-net-worth-how-the-2020-presidential-candidate-built-a-9-million-fortune/?sh=e95d4d9104dd

awteam2000

Curious...

Seeing you where a poli-sci professor 👨‍🏫, I have a few questions for you Des21,

What’s your attraction to Trump?

What do you feel are his accomplishments over his presidency, little less then four years? What’s his agenda if he’s re-elected?

Is everyone out to get Trump? And why?

Can he run on accomplishments or only spreading false accusations regarding his opponent?

And - Why did he lie about the seriousness of Covid-19?

matts853

Sea - And Trump has continued to feed his private enterprises while on public time. Not to mention the purported $73 million in income from foreign sources. Isn’t that unconditional?

Greg F

Why not you go out and find that information yourself and post it? Keyboard isn't broken, it seems. Mind maybe, but keyboard seems to work.

Greg F

None.

JerryR

Probably none, why? Because he's been feeding off the trough of the American tax payer for 47 years. He's never so much as run a popsicle stand, just like the great community organizer...Obummer!

shiftless88

Why is it that public servants are "feeding off the trough" but the military is noble and sacrificing for the USA? Aren't they feeding off the trough as well? I would wager that Biden has screwed over far fewer people in his time in office, and helped far more, than POTUS.

NewMarketParent

@shiftless88

I mean 45 is known as the guy who only pays for sex. Anything else, you are never gonna get your money.

des21

People who lived on the dividends of their 401ks for 3.5 years and he's a failure. Being thankful is a rare commodity these days.

Great essay Rick. Check out the 3rd quarter numbers released today. Going to be record setting- but of course, somehow that's a failure. We have 2 realities in America. One is wholly negative and inspired by hate. It's well represented sadly by teachers, the MSM and commentators here.

Ignore the miserabilari Rick. They're miserable!

public-redux

11.5 years, surely.

des21

If you lived on your dividends under Obama with that anemic growth your are a master of frugality public. My compliments

public-redux

You should review the S&P500 historical performance, des. It doesn’t support your argument.

public-redux

But allow me to help. This is from Forbes, pre-Covid: For the first three plus years since Trump’s inauguration the S&P 500 has risen 30% while under Obama it increased 70%..

Now you may think 30% over 3 years is better than 70% over 3 years ... but you would be wrong.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2020/02/29/four-charts-comparing-trumps-vs-obamas-stock-market-returns/#440737263552

public-redux

Forbes also had this to say, also pre-Covid: Obama’s last three years had better [GDP] growth than Trump’s three years.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2020/02/01/trumps-economic-growth-is-slower-than-obamas-last-3-years/#48803d5f4fed

Hayduke2

Come des - you've been given some factual information about the GDP, etc. What is your response to this factual information????

threecents

The markets dropped about 6% this week, as congress failed to print extra money to fill up the deflating economy. The House passed one bill, the Senate is backing another bill, and Menuchin has yet another. We need someone with legislative experience who has shown he can work with both parties. Any ideas who that could be?

public-redux

des?

des21

I should have added - while their portfolios grew rapidly.

shiftless88

A record-setting GDP growth AFTER a record-setting GDP collapse. Still a negative.

awteam2000

Rick, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.” Trump has been an absolute failure and you know it.

Reader1954

how about all the lies told by Biden? Biden is just the "Ed McMan" of politics. Just a follower and to dumb to realize they are setting him up to get replaced by Kamala if he should win

armillary

I suppose you mean Ed McMahon. And why the quotes? Too hard to look his name up?

public-redux

I don’t understand why people think unsuccessful runs before are even worth mentioning. Nixon ran and lost. Reagan ran and lost. Bush ran and lost.

Besides, the campaigns Biden lost were only amongst Dems. Guess he wasn’t liberal enough. Now that we Republicans finally get a chance to vote on him, the outcome might be different.

armillary

Rick, it's hard to be impressed with your resume in banking and home inspection. Do you even have a college degree? And your columns all seem to bark around the same tree, and end up in the same place. Folks, it’s hard to ignore facts that reveal low achievers.

Mixer

Which bank and Home inspection company? Im about to sell my home in WestWinds and I wanna make sure my dollars wont go to any company he owns or is employed by.

armillary

Rick never said. It was mentioned in the tail line at the end of his columns some years ago. Eventually he stopped including it.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@armillary

It's also hard to ignore facts that reveal low information voters. I wonder if Rick's intentions with his columns were to reveal himself as a low achiever low information voter?

Get this he also writes for the Baltimore Sun..lol

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/opinion/cc-op-blatchford-102720-20201027-j46p2qqjv5dwpcs5k3gzhy67p4-story.html

fjulia

I will let others address the many false premises and illogical from Rick (as per usual), and simply ask; Do you want to give someone who lied to America about the seriousness of the Coronavirus four more years to lie to America, I would hope not.

bosco

Are you referring to Biden, who has lied about his academic record, where he went to college, being arrested trying to see Nelson Mandela, and most recently about his ties to Russia and China and money funneled through Hunter to "the Big Guy"????

Biden has consistently been a day late and a dollar short on the pandemic and has been plagiarizing the current administration's plans and actions.

https://www.factcheck.org/2020/09/bidens-early-statements-about-the-coronavirus/

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Hayduke2

230,000 people died of covid under Trump's watch thus far. That is almost the same as the number of Americans who died in WW2. Think about that bosco while you cite irrelevant facts, ignore Trump's lies and act as a funnel for Russian propaganda.

bosco

Early predictions were that 2.2 to 2.5 million could die from the virus. In late February Pelosi was ignoring the virus and inviting everyone down to Chinatown for a hug and kiss tour. In early March Dr. Fauci was telling America not to bother with masks and sneeze into your elbow. In mid-March Biden was telling people not to panic because of the virus. Pelosi and Biden were clueless, but now Biden says he had a plan all along

Apples and oranges death tolls from unrelated events are useless and only reflect your desperation to malign the government's response to the virus - including Operation Warp Speed.

Keep a close eye on the Hunter laptop story and see how corrupt the Democrats and the MSM is for not even making a show of investigating the story - just saying it can't be confirmed when they are not even trying to confirm it. Can you say Bubolinski?

Come on, man.

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Hayduke2

Ahh Bosco.. Back to Chinatown which occurred on FEB 24. That's before the full extent of the virus was known and Trump refused to tell the truth. I don't care about Hunter any more than you care about the snarky Trump kids. You really shouldn't waste your time. Reup your QAnon membership. Come on man, get real.

NewMarketParent

@Reek

Is the virus over yet? So before you take your victory lap celebrating that we haven't lost 2 million+ countrymen, remember that this s-show of ain't over by a longshot.

If the ~3% mortality rate holds, and at least 150 million (~50%) of the population get sick, there is a good chance we will hit that number. I realize you are trying to make COVID lemonade, but 235K of your fellow countrymen dead won't ever get sweet.

threecents

Bosco, You seem to have a compulsion to go out of your way to draw wrong conclusions. I know you like to be provocative and challenge conventional thinking, and that is useful, but it gets old. Why not just be on the correct side?

bosco

Yes, hayduke, back to No Mask Fauci and Come On Down Pelosi. I listened to them and in early March embarked on a previously scheduled, what was to be a two month trip internationally. As conditions worsened by late March, and tour operators and airlines stopped flying, we found ourselves stuck in a foreign country on the other side of the globe with no way home.

So when I complain about No Mask Fauci and Come On Down Pelosi, I have good reasons. I'm forever sorry I listened to them.

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bosco

threecents sez...."Why not just be on the correct side"

Which side is that? The side decided by CNN and MSNBC? The side decided by Twitter when they shut down sharing of the NY Post articles? The side already planning to riot in DC if Biden loses (google shutdownDC)? The side that supports burning, looting, and mayhem by bailing the perps out of jail?

Which side, threecents?

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threecents

Bosco, Thanks for asking. Trust science and experts over politics and pundits.To find the correct side of a news story, first avoid those entertainment "news" sources like the ones you mentioned. Use the many relatively unbiased sources available - the ones that double and triple check their news for accuracy before publishing. Don't pay any attention to the fringe stuff because it is most likely not reliable. Think about what makes sense and what doesn't. Don't over-estimate how smart you are, and don't be a con man's tool.

threecents

Bosco, A perfect example of you being played by politics is you saying Fauci was against masks. He was only against random use of N95s early in the pandemic because there were not enough for hospitals and other frontline workers. At that time, nobody came up with the idea of using the cloth reusable masks that most people are using now and that have save us from those initial projections of 2 million plus death, along with distancing, washing, and closing down. You would know all that if you paid attention to reliable news and experts, instead of the unreliable sources you prefer.

bosco

threecents......he's still No Mask Fauci in my book:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/02/17/nih-disease-official-anthony-fauci-risk-of-coronavirus-in-u-s-is-minuscule-skip-mask-and-wash-hands/4787209002

And she is still Come On Down Pelosi.

Try getting stuck in a foreign country with tour operators shutting down, airlines cancelling flights, and with no help from the American Embassy.

It was like an episode of The Amazing Race.

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matts853

Umm, Trump had someone take his SAT for him, and his sham “university” was put out out of business because of fraud, to the tune of a $25 million settlement. It’s up to you, Roscoe, but you might want to drop the academics argument. It makes you look silly.

NewMarketParent

@Reek

Holy crap are you the Stretch Armstrong of commenters. That link says that 45 downplayed the virus while knowing it was bad, while Biden stretched the truth saying that he rang the bell loudly.

One of those is definitely not like the other, but I am sure you know that, you dishonest hack.

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