The tax cut passed by Republicans has the U.S. economy growing in high gear. President Trump eliminated Obama regulations obstructing energy production. The U.S. became the worlds biggest and cleanest energy producer. The effect is lower energy prices, and green house emissions reduced more than any other country in the world.

The Commerce Department says every cent of lower energy prices saves consumers billions. Saving as much as the Republican tax cut does. Lower gas and utility prices in November/December saved consumers over a $100 billion. Contributing to the record $850 billion holiday spending of 2018, and paychecks for 312,000 new jobs.

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Jarvis Buckley

Thank you Mr. Miller. Your article is like a breath of fresh air in a dust storm. The democrat party of no,
have now reached an all time low with their politicians & msm reading the same talking points. "Manufactured Crisis". I wonder if they honestly don't see that most educated folks see through their
Charade of untruth's . The Peloci ,
Schumer rebuke after our Presidents
Oval Office talk to the nation honestly
reminded me of a SNL skit. They are tearing down our country , trying to
embarrass our President.
When in fact the only embarrass meant is them.

Gary Miller

Thank you Jarvis. Have you noticed the Stock market has been up all but two days since the partial shutdown started 20 days ago?

Jim Forsythe

Per the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the U.S. has been the world's largest oil producer since 2014 (primarily because BP counts natural gas liquids as oil).
According to this year's BP Statistical Review of World Energy, in 2017 the U.S. ranked:
#1 in total energy production
#1 in oil production
#1 in natural gas production
#1 in nuclear power
#1 in geothermal power
#1 in biofuels
#2 in wind power
#2 in solar power
#2 in coal production
#4 in hydropower
January 8,,2019 The Rhodium Group
After three years of decline, US carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose sharply last year. Based on preliminary power generation, natural gas, and oil consumption data, we estimate emissions increased by 3.4% in 2018. This marks the second largest annual gain in more than two decades — surpassed only by 2010 when the economy bounced back from the Great Recession. While a record number of coal-fired power plants were retired last year, natural gas not only beat out renewables to replace most of this lost generation but also fed most of the growth in electricity demand. As a result, power sector emissions overall rose by 1.9%. The transportation sector held its title as the largest source of US emissions for the third year running, as robust growth in demand for diesel and jet fuel offset a modest decline in gasoline consumption. The buildings and industrial sectors also both posted big year-on-year emissions gains. Some of this was due to unusually cold weather at the start of the year. But it also highlights the limited progress made in developing decarbonization strategies for these sectors. The gap is even wider headed into 2019.

Gary Miller

Jim! Even with a slight increase the U.S. is listed among the world as having reduced emissions more than any other country. A fast growing economy is likely to add a little to our emissions. A lot of good with a little bad?

Michael Jozwiak

Mr. Miller, you're drinking the Trump Kool-Aid! Many of his lifting of regulations have increased pollution in our rivers and national parks. Fracking expansion has created threats of further pollution. Monumental drops in stock markets over the last several weeks has damaged retirements of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Trump's tariffs shut down dozens of plants across the nation causing thousands of job losses. To cover his soybean tariff, we now must give 'welfare' to soybean farmers who have forever lost their booming market in China. Job growth is a fantasy when wages are so low that people have to work 2 or 3 jobs to keep their home or apartment, make car payments, and feed their family. The current government shutdown, for which Trump has accepted full responsibility (on national TV and then denied doing it and blaming the Democrats) has demonstrated the corrupt morality of his administration. People work for no pay; contractors face no possibility of have retroactive wages; and many are leaving to seek a job in private industry. The economy is so bad for the middle class and lower, that they cannot afford a major car repair and have very little, if any, savings accounts. You are living in Trump's fantasy and ignore the reality of the US falling behind and becoming a world-wide embarrassment with a self-centered narcissists throwing temper tantrums when he cannot have it his way.

Gary Miller

Michael! You only get your news from the "lying" media. Otherwise you would know China has agreed to buy a lot more Soy beans than they were buying before Trump's trade talks on top of reducing tarifs on US exported autos.

George Croix

The markets are down about 3000 points from a year ago, yet still up about 4000 points from 2 years ago.....
Hmmmmm.......
Unemployment at decades long lows......
Minorities unemployment at all time lows....
More GOOD jobs available than in years....
Employers actually decrying a lack of skilled workers to fill jobs.
Major business and capital returning from overseas.
SOME exceptions, but, so far, not proving the new rule wrong.
Glass well more than half full.

Energy production going great guns.
Excellent.
Useless regulations scrapped that cost more than they save, and accomplished nothing but create paperwork.
Blaming this country for the ills of the world no longer in vogue.

Well, it's undeniable that two people looking at the same thing may see it differently.

Gary Miller

George! We could point out the 30% government shutdown is in it's 20th day and the stock market has gone up all but two days.

George Croix

You can point, Gary, but the usual susoects won't see.
Just like the blindness to the fact that building a BIG border wall from the Pacific to the Gulf would cost us less than about 2 years of illegal aliens payouts/support.
AND finally do justice to the legal immigrants who have followed the law and the rules, and to the USA taxpayers paying for Central America to relocate here and make the same big mess of this country eventually, too.
It's there, easy to see, but not through 'resisting' eyes......[beam]

George Croix

ps:
After the refinery shutdown some units for as long as 3 YEARS post-Rita one big lesson learned during that time was getting rid of long standing inefficiencies where possible and replacing OK with Good.
One man's essential is another's waste.
About time to make some decisions in both directions....what's the downside for the President? Impeach him??? [beam][beam][beam]
The usual suspects already plan to try that with ZERO legitimate reason, other than hurt feelings and that post-2016 election hollow feeling.
Not as easy to intimidate a non-politician as one who has always depended on government for a living.....

Gary Miller

A Stock market investor was just asked why the market is increasing while the partial government shutdown is continuing. His answer was because Trumps wall would greatly help the economy by cutting the cost of illegal immigration and drug deaths.

Gary Miller

***Update Jan. 11. After three weeks of partial shutdown the stock market has increased 561 points. When investors are asked why they say the trump wall would be good for the U.S. economy by reducing illegal immigration and drug deaths.

Gary Miller

George! I see you get some or all your news from other than the Lying MSM.

George Croix

Gary, if I liked the President as a person, I'd be happier, but the job of a President isn't to make me happier, it's to run a country.
And, as anyone looking objectively can see, that works a LOT better when leading from the front, than from one's behind......
[wink]
If a whole buncha folks on the other political side had their way, we'd be going for the 'Green New Deal'. It's like DEMANDING an end to any hope for prosperity, for any effort to practice personal responsibility, and any incentive to try to better oneself...proving, yet again, that you can't fix stupid........

IMO, as always......

George Croix

ps:
I figure that 'green new deal' would likely get scrapped pretty quick when the 18 wheelers could no longer run because there's no fossil fuel diesel, and the usual suspects then got pretty hungry when the grocery stores were empty. Maybe even before that, when the crops rot in the fields because there'd be no fuel to harvest them.
The amazing thing is the people who fall for such ignorant crap, which happens to include Cory and Kamala and Bernie and the 1024th Central-American Indian...you know them, the defacto LEADERS of the Democrat Party, and the top runners for the 2020 nomination.....
[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]
Simply amazing.
Lincoln was certainly right about fooling some of the people all of the time....

Gary Miller

I failed to mention the energy savings we got from the biggest energy industry of all. Food producing and distribution uses more energy and produces more energy than any other. So big changes happen slowly. Savings will be recognized year over year instead of month over month. $ billion savings will be shared by farmers, truckers and food retailers. Each representing millions of individuals. Every person on earth will get their share of the savings caused by Trump eliminating Obama regulations that interfered with energy production having no purpose other than higher energy prices. $7 a gallon gasoline Obama wanted is not likely.

Emile Pope

The economy definitely isnt soaring but something is definitely flying. I'll stay inside until it's over...

Carlos Ponce

"The economy definitely isn't soaring" Can you prove that statement, Emile? I know you can't because it's nothing but bullstuff.

George Croix

The people not sitting around on their donkeys 'resisting' think differently about the post-lead from behind era. That would be the ones not waiting for Uncle Sugar to tell them what to do, or give them stuff.

Jarvis Buckley

I think George , Carlos & Gary have a clear understanding of the positive moves our Hardest working President
ever is doing to improve the quality of living for all . Some Democrats understand also just a little hesitant to admit it. I believe Jim is coming around a little bit at a time. He is a reasonable person.

George Croix

Jarvis the 'Opposers' know EXACTLY the critical value of physical barriers to prevent unwanted intrusion into an area or place.
In fact, every single one of them live BEHIND walls at work and at home.
It's all....ALL....Trump hate....or, abject dishonesty with an equal part of unfixability. imo
I just listened to an ex aid to Sen. Schumer claiming on TV that 'technology' and drones would save a lot of money in manpower costs and be an effective deterrent as opposed to' ineffective walls'.
When asked immediately after that how 'technology' or a drone would stop illegal trespass unless there was an agent there to apprehend the illegal, AND what good it does to claim to want to save money yet allow illegals to set foot on our soil, where they THEN get care and feeding and usually turned loose here to go get more of it, he said the interviewer misunderstood him.
When asked then to explain WHAT had been misunderstood that he'd said, the ex-aid said, quote" I mean a drone would be every bit as good as a wall to deter border crossings".
?????? Gotta love that. [beam][beam][beam]
The interviewer was trying his best not to laugh, then he told the Schumer ex-aid "But, YOU just said walls are ineffective, and now you say that the drones would be as effective as a wall, so you are REALLY saying drones would not be effective.?

End of interview.......

They got nothing...NOTHING...but double talk and hate for Trump and eyes on ultimate amnesty and millions more voting for 'stuff'...

Emile Pope

Isn’t the stock market lower than it was last year? Isn’t the government shut down? Aren’t we involved in trade wars with Europe and Asia? Aren’t farmers having to apply for welfare because of the trade wars? How’s donald’s Healthcare plan coming along? Aren’t kids dying at the border? Too much winning...

Carlos Ponce

Stock Market: The Dow Jones is UP 2.89% since the end of last year. Dow Jones is UP 4197.20 pts. since Obama left office.
There is a PARTIAL government shutdown - not a factor in the economy since it involves government, not business, nor the majority of Americans.
“Trade wars” is pure hyperbole. The US is engaged in trade TALKS. Punitive tariffs are on hold pending the outcome of those talks. Farmers are happy that foreign markets will open up since the talks show fruition.
Healthcare is under the auspices of the Democrat led House. Trump’s plan failed for one vote in the Senate. May that voter rest in peace.
The death of children at the border was tragic. The young girl died of malnutrition and dehydration as a result of her trek through Mexico. The father spoke no English and only some Spanish and could not read Spanish forms he signed indicating the child was in good health. Help was provided when it became evident the young girl was ill. May she rest in peace.
The young man was immediately hospitalized in El Paso upon entry into the United States. Again, problems arose during the journey.
Children can get ill on long journeys Emile. I often became ill when traveling in Mexico in my youth and in adulthood. It happens.

Emile Pope

Blathering and more excuses for failure. Where’s the check from Mexico? The 800,000 people not receiving checks would disagree? That farmers are happy is simply garbage. They’re on welfare. The market went up from Obama’s momentum but then flatlined a year after he left. More and more excuses for a failure as a president...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, no one ever thought Mexico would write a check. This was explained during the campaign. It is a false meme put out by the Left and anti-Trumps. Did you see Donald Trump's visit to McAllen, Texas? He nicely explained how Mexico would pay for the check. Chances are you didn't even bother to watch.
"The market went up from Obama’s momentum but then flatlined a year after he left." No, that does not correspond with the facts. The Dow Jones has gone up over 4000 points since Obama left office according to CNN. That's not flat line at all. That's a climb. Go talk to your 5th grade sensai, Emilechan.

Jim Forsythe

President Trump launched his campaign in 2015 promising, "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
Before long, supporters were chanting, "Build the wall!" and Trump was leading them in a call and response. Who will pay for the wall? Mexico.
He told rally-goers that a lot of politicians said it wouldn't be possible to get Mexico to pay for it. "It's going to be so easy; it's going to be so easy," Trump insisted at the time.

Jim Forsythe

That proposal, titled “COMPELLING MEXICO TO PAY FOR THE WALL,” was the stuff of MAGA fan fiction. Rolled out in a two-page memo in April 2016, the plan, was a surprisingly detailed strategy—by Trump campaign standards—for forcing Mexico to cut an 11-figure check to the United States.
First, Trump would issue a threat to change a rule under the USA PATRIOT Act to halt money transfers from undocumented Mexican nationals inside the United States back to Mexico. That money, known as remittances, amounts to roughly $25 billion annually and makes up nearly 3 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product, according to the World Bank.
“It’s an easy decision for Mexico,” Trump wrote in the memo, “Make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.”
Upon issuing the threat, Trump would then respond to a (presumably panicking) Mexican government with a promise not to enact the proposed rule change—“if the Mexican government will contribute the funds needed to the United States to pay for the wall.” “We have the moral high ground here, and all the leverage,” Trump concluded. “It is time we use it in order to Make America Great Again.”

Carlos Ponce

Once Congress passes the USMCA the money for the wall will be in the coffers and Mexico will pay for it. I have difficulty understanding why Liberals have difficulty with the concept of how the wall will be paid for by Mexico. It is basic.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, if the USMCA passes, any money it generates will not be available for funding of the wall . It would have to be released by the Congress after a vote requiring 60 votes in the Senate. USMCA money would not be Trumps to do with what he wants..
The only concept is that a vote is required. If no vote required, give derails.


George Croix

Dow still higher than when barack left by 4000 plus points.
Gov't is 70 to 80% shutdown, with all employees to be fully compensated once Democrats decide to fund what they themselves voted for years ago.
We're involved in not getting the bend-over-and-smile treatment from Europe and Asia like under the Apologizer in Chief.
Millions are now NOT on welfare thanks to no more of the 'new normal' we had.
Ask Schumer why he and his minority have for 2 years refused to vote for improvements to what was most definitely not an affordable care act...at least the individual mandate forcing me to pay for lactation services and pregnancy counseling and my wife to be covered for prostate exams has been scrapped....
Kids of American citizens are dying after being killed by illegal aliens.

Too much 'resisting'....

Gary Miller

USMCA is already paying for the wall. Not yet confirmed by the Senate but both sides are conforming with the agreement.

Jim Forsythe

You can not say it is already paying for the wall. It must be passed before any money that might come from it that would not have came from NAFTA can be used. If that is not true, why is Trump not using NAFTA money, as it is the same type of income. This is after a vote from congress.

After USMCA passes, if it does, any money that is produced can not be used for the wall without the OK from congress. 60 Senates votes required.
The new agreement may not go into effect until 2020 because leaders from the three countries must sign it and then Congress and the legislatures of Canada and Mexico must approve it – a process that will take months.

Gary Miller

Jim! USMCA is already putting money into the US treasury. The same treasury that will provide the funding for the wall. Spending earnings is what you do with a paycheck. Your employer doesn't buy you a car when you use your paycheck to buy one. I'm not surprised you and the MSM can;t get that straight.

George Croix

Jim, if any of multiple sources can be believed, this country spends right at 3.5 to 4 BILLION dollars YEARLY just on maternity care and delivery for illegal aliens. That's ONLY maternity. Doesn't even count school costs and medical care costs and etc.
It's not a very good argument that less money than we spend to care for them inside is too much to spend to keep them outside where they should be.
It's even sillier when the past history of the Left is noted...as in not CARING where money came form or how much as long as it got spent on a pet project....not a Left Wing Complaint One about the 800 BILLION BUCKS for 'shovels' tossed down nameless rat holes and into nameless supporters pockets.......
That 800 billion would likely build a wall around the entire circumference of the country.
And that was just one of the times, and just .08% of the 10 TRILLION in additional debt run up under that one Pres.
That's about the percentage of the current federal budget that the 5.7 billion for a section of wall is - about .09%.
Al this angst and whining and handwringing and badmouthing the only guy trying to keep US citizen's from being victimized by illegals is PURE leftists political BS, ESPECIALLY since the biggest players voted FOR, ON VIDEO, the same thing(s) just a few short years ago.

Jim Forsythe

George , in the past Trump was against the wall. Remember Trump was not always a Republican and may not be in the future.
He has changed parties several times, and said many things.
I know you are for the wall, and the wall is at the bottom of my list on ways to take care of the problem we have with immigration.
Trump is saying he might take action on his his own. If he does, look for a larger divided America.
Senators, House members and the President will start getting heat from the American people. Already some people have said things like , I'm for the wall, but I need the pay.

Once the reality of what it means for each family that is not getting paid sinks in, we will start hearing more vocal discussions from people.
Look for marches, picket lines and other types of activities.
This is different than a strike, as they have no say so, in it.
Depends on what state they live in, if they will get unemployment.


Carlos Ponce

It is projected that once he finishes with the Conservative wish list he'll start on items on the Liberal wish list. Whatever it takes to "Make and Keep America Great!"

Jim Forsythe

Conservative wish list is?

Carlos Ponce

"Conservative wish list is?"
Let the Generals and Admirals run military engagements.
Give military pay raises.
Bring America's military equipment into the 21st Century.
Remove Obama era rules of engagement.
Tax reform.
Remove regulations over-burdensome to businesses.
Renegotiate trade agreements.
Get control of the border.
Select judges and justices who understand the Constitution.
etc. etc. etc.

George Croix

Jim, old friend, that is PURE deflection, because in the past, Trump was NOT an elected official of any kind, much less President, which is NOT the case with the newly against it after for it folks who WERE then elected members of Congress...

Heck, many long years ago I was a Democrat, until they left and went, well, left.......
Jim, the article subject was going without pay, and empathy...unless it was actually just another shot at Pres. trump......
Hmmmm.....
Thinking on that, well............

I wonder what the conservative member of the GDN Editorial Board thinks about the shutdown.....[wink]..........

Jim Forsythe

Once the reality of what it means for each family that is not getting paid sinks in, we will start hearing more vocal discussions from people.
Look for marches, picket lines and other types of activities.
This is different than a strike, as they have no say so, in it.
Depends on what state they live in, if they will get unemployment.

As far as understanding and sharing the feelings of another, I know very well what they are starting to feel.
Once they start not know where their next meal is coming from, thing may change as to what is important.

As far as Trump not being President, I did not say he was, but he did make that statement.Some people are upset because some in DC has changed the way they think.
One reason people in DC change minds is because the people they represent ask them too.
This is the reason you may see some Senators and House member change how they feel about the wall, because they soon will know what the people back home want from them. This will become clear soon as too how it will play out.


George Croix

"One reason people in DC change minds is because the people they represent ask them too."

Yeah, but not on THIS subject, Jim.....
Remember, they got elected based on what they HAD been doing before, not on what they did today.................

Jim Forsythe

Maybe I see it different than you, as I think the shutdown is part of the economy. Shutdown families will not go out, buy new cars, buy new houses and such until the shutdown is over.

"Remember, they got elected based on what they HAD been doing before, not on what they did today" is the reason I said that some of DC may change their minds if enough pressure comes from home. If this happens, it could lead to a end of the shutdown.

Gary Miller

Jim! 700,000 democrats not getting paid, 100,000 Republicans not getting paid. Republicans are more conservative and likely have enough resources to last a year without pain. Some of those Dems are telling Pelosi to fund the wall and let them go back to work. Others are asking for unemployment or looking for a private sector job where Pelosi's bad judgement has no effect. A good chance when they get a private sector job they'll become conservatives.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, how many jobs have you had that asked you what party you belonged to, before they hired you? Unless Republicans do not do the types of jobs that are part of the shutdown, my guess is that the breakdown of parties is about the same as it is with the American people. I worked 33 years at bp, Amoco and did not know what party most of my co-workers belonged to, except for my friends and they were split as far as party. Did you know what party all that you worked with, belonged too?
"A nationally representative 2010 Gallup survey found that the political leanings of federal employees depended in part on whether they belonged to a union. Among federal union members, 40 percent identified as Democrats, 31 percent said they were independent, and 27 percent identified as Republican. Among federal workers not belonging to a union, 29 percent identified as Democrats, 36 percent said they were independent, and 33 percent identified as Republican. Of the federal employees surveyed, 1,954 were members of a union while 6,607 were not.
A more recent survey by Government Executive of 1,791 federal employees from 25 agencies found that 24 percent of federal workers identified as Democrats, with an identical amount identifying as Republicans. Thirty-seven percent of workers in the 2018 survey said they were politically independent. Because the sample of employees was drawn from subscribers to Government Executive magazines, these numbers are not representative of the entire federal workforce."

Gary Miller

Jim! Not much effect on economy. Stock Market is up with 17,000 fewer layoffs this week.

Jim Forsythe

Shutdown families will not go out, buy new cars, buy new houses and such until the shutdown Is over.
Gary I know from personal experience this is true. You may not see much change on a national scale , but the family are not going to buy anything extra . If the town happens to be one that has a lot of federal employees in it, it will hit the town hard.

Gary Miller

Jim! Half intelligent shutdown families will buy NEED instead of WANT until it's over.

Gary Miller

Jim! A report today is the Congressional switch board is recording 88 to 1 support for the shutdown and for Trump to stand strong. Guess you are right, the people are speaking. But not agreeing with you.

George Croix

Hmmmmmm.....
If we can get the 'resistance' to authorize the money to add on to the EXISTING barriers VOTED FOR by those very same people opposing additions now, we would then have non-essential government employees back at work, with back pay made up, AND the additional benefit of a future for them AND the rest of us with FEWER dollars out of all of our tax pockets paying for people not supposed to be here who then would NOT be because we built more barriers.
OR
We can keep on as we are with 'evolved' oppositions now to border barriers and thus favor illegal aliens OVER American citizens, even more, and guarantee...guarantee....that ALL of us will be ever increasingly hit for more money for more payments for more illegals.
THOSE are the two options at the moment.

Tough choice.....unless you are reasonably sane............

Gary Miller

George! I wish I said it as good as you do. Trouble is; Jim and Emile never see what we say, they just skip us.

George Croix

Naaahhh.
Jim doesn't skip, we just disagree....we've been doing that for over 30 years....[beam]

Pope doesn't skip...he's just disagreeable..........[whistling][rolleyes]

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