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Economic Boom or Bust?

Updated: May 17

The question for voters in November

 In between legal floggings at the pillar of the corrupt Democratic machine, Trump managed to slip in two rallies in battleground states on Wednesday.

At a gathering in Waukesha, Wisconsin, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, the former president blasted Biden's dehumanizing, debilitating economic policies. Welcoming Trump as "the next president of the United States," the massive crowd cheered and chanted his name over and over.

Trump lamented that "73% of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck. That's the highest number ever recorded. … Yet Crooked Joe Biden wants to raise taxes on top of that."

But, he promised, "When I'm in the White House, the Biden economic bust will quickly be replaced with the Trump economic boom. We're going to replace it."

The 45th president lambasted Biden's recent claims of historic low unemployment numbers:

"The Biden job numbers are fake. He's counting people coming back from work. Remember when we had the pandemic — people left and they said come back in two months, three months when this thing goes away ... He got those numbers, and he tries to add them on. ... do you know what they call them? Part-time. They call them fake numbers. They call them bounce-back numbers."

Trump also pointed out that illegal immigrants comprised the majority of Biden's unemployment figures.

"Almost all of the numbers were from illegal immigrants. Isn't that great? Isn't that great? The illegal immigrants are being taken care of better than the people in the country that are desperate for jobs."

He reminded his audience of the robust economy during his administration, detailing statistics that ordinary Americans can remember, but the Marxist media ignores:

"When I left office, we handed Crooked Joe the fastest economic recovery — it was the fastest recovery ... ever recorded. The stock market was at a record high. The price of gasoline was $2.00 and even less than that ... We had periods of time where it was a $1.57, $1.87. ... The 30-year mortgage rate was at a record low, the lowest ever recorded. Think of this. 2.65% — that's what your mortgage rates were. Now you can't get a mortgage. If you want to pay 8 or 9%, you still can't get them and we had no inflation."

"We had the greatest economy in history," he summed up.

In Freeland, Michigan, about 80 miles northeast of the Democrat-controlled capitol of Lansing, Trump addressed another massive crowd who had lined up early to hear their candidate.

"It's great to be back in this beautiful state with thousands of proud, hardworking, God-fearing American Patriots," he began.

As he did in Wisconsin, Trump reminded Michiganders of the financial devastation they have suffered under the Biden regime.

"In the past three years the average Michigan family has lost twenty- or thirty-thousand dollars … thanks to [Biden's inflation]. ... Chicken is up 24%. Baby food is up 30%. Eggs are up 50%. Gasoline is up 54%. Airfares are up 33% and the 30-year mortgage rate just hit 7.6%. When I left it was 2.6%.
If Joe Biden wins this election, the middle class loses. But if Trump wins, the middle class wins. People of low income will start their journey toward the American dream. Michigan wins and America wins — that's what's going to happen."

After three years of Biden rule, the American middle class is withering — the result of purposeful plundering by Democrats, Trump told his mostly working-class audience:

"Crooked Joe Biden launched the greatest confiscation of middle class wealth in the history of our country. ... Biden and his party stole trillions of dollars from hardworking Americans and gave it to political cronies in Washington."

The former president also took the opportunity to castigate Biden's recent unauthorized revamping of Title IX.

"Days ago Crooked Joe Biden finalized a radical rewrite of Title IX education rules that will impose the most extreme left-wing gender ideology on every school in America.
I know you'll be extremely happy to know that the new Biden policy is to let men into every girl's bathroom. That sounds reasonable — every bathroom, every locker room, [every] ladies room. Ladies, get ready because the men are coming in.
[I]n Wisconsin, I just came out and I said the Republican Party really is the party of common sense. You know we're conservative or all that, but whether you're conservative or you're liberal, it's about common sense."

Trump also urged the crowd in Freeland to vote for former US Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) over leftist US Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), who are vying to represent Michigan in the US Senate.  

“Mike Rogers will vote to secure our borders, crackdown on sanctuary cities, support our police and stop the crime that is ravaging your communities and ravaging our country. He’ll vote to block the Biden tax hikes, he’ll allow nothing to happen bad to our country,” Trump said. 

'For You'

Finally, reflecting on the Left's barrage of legal actions against him, President Trump said, "Every time the radical-Left Democrats, Marxists, communists and fascists indict me, I consider it a great badge of honor ... because I'm being indicted for you."

The Wisconsin and Michigan rallies occurred on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, which was established by Pope Pius XII to serve as a Catholic corrective to the communist "fervor of May Day."

Whatever his other faults, Trump's readiness to suffer calumnies and fight alongside the common man serves as a corrective to the disdain the Marxist elites holds for ordinary Americans.

In a way, it also exemplifies the sacrificial example of St. Joseph who, as earthly father to Jesus and husband to Mary, fought heroically, day in and day out, to preserve and protect his family.

Dr. Barbara Toth has a doctorate in rhetoric and composition from Bowling Green State University. She has taught at universities in the US, China and Saudi Arabia. Her work in setting up a writing center at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahmen University, an all-women's university in Riyadh, has been cited in American journals. Toth has published academic and non-academic articles and poems internationally.

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