Mark Caserta: Trump effect moving the US ‘great-o-meter’

27 Jan


Jan 26, 2018



In what some are calling “The Trump Effect,” our president is rapidly moving the needle on America’s “great-o-meter”! This past weekend marked “a day which will live in infamy” for liberals – the anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

In honor of this day, I’d like to share a few “victorious headlines” from the domestic front in 2017.

Our U.S. “jobless rate is at a 10-year low as hiring grows and wages rise,” per a May 2017 column by Patricia Cohen in The New York Times.

A January 2018 column by Dom Caliccio of Fox News reads, “Food stamp recipients down 2M under Trump, USDA figures show.”

“Border crossing hits 45-year low” was a portion of a headline for a December 2017 column by S.A. Miller of The Washington Times.

The successes of 2017 were delivered by Donald Trump and the American people. Despite ravenous hatred by liberals, Trump’s mystique and total disregard for political correctness resonate with most Americans. Donald Trump is doing exactly what voters hired him to do – “drain the Washington swamp” and “make America great again!”

President Trump also promised Americans he would improve the U.S. business climate and persuade American companies that outsource jobs or manufacture products abroad to bring their manufacturing, jobs and money back home.

Last Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his company would repatriate some $250 billion back to the U.S. As part of their five-year, $30 billion reinvestment plan, Apple will open a new campus and pay $38 million in taxes on its overseas cash.

Per a column by Stephen Nellis of Reuters, Apple’s spending plan includes hiring 20,000 people, broadening their business with U.S.-based suppliers and spend $350 billion in the U.S. over the next five years.

When asked in an interview if President Trump’s tax reform bill prompted Apple’s repatriation of funds and business to the U.S., Tim Cook shared his reasoning.

“Let me be clear: There are large parts of this that are a result of tax reform, and there’s large parts of this we would have done in any situation,” Cook said in the interview with ABC News.

But while this is the largest single return of business to the U.S., Apple is simply joining the ranks of others announcing similar moves in 2017, as detailed in a Fox News Insider column.

General Motors announced a $1 billion investment in U.S. factories, moving some production from Mexico to Michigan. Hyundai announced its subsidiaries, including Hyundai and Kia, have allocated more than $3 billion for supporting their factories in Georgia and Alabama. German chemical giant Bayer AG promised billions of dollars in research and development in the U.S., creating 3,000 new jobs.

And don’t forget Carrier and Ford reversing plans earlier to move some manufacturing overseas.

The political theater has changed. The days of electing a president based on an ability to eloquently pander to Americans and leverage victimization, polarization and division to garner power and influence are forever gone.

And Americans are, once again, winning.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.


Mark Caserta: What’s wrong with returning America to greatness?

1 Dec


Dec 1, 2017




Despite what the mainstream media and liberals would have you believe, there is no anti-Trump “wave” throughout our country from previous supporters. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Rather than a “wave” against the president, the president’s increasing number of wins has gone so far as to solidify and broaden his base of supporters.

And conservatives certainly aren’t dissuaded by the liberal meltdown over their unsettling loss in the 2016 presidential election. It’s sad they keep allowing it to fuel their flames of discontent to the point they can’t seem to rationalize what’s good for America!

In a single year, Donald Trump has successfully negated a large portion of the damage caused by the Obama administration by doing exactly what he promised his constituents – win on behalf of the American people!

America is beginning to win at home with people going back to work. I’m encouraged as I travel through the coalfields of West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania and see coal trucks and barges, once again, filled with coal for transport. And while the labor participation rate is still way too low, we’re well on our way to jobs recovery with the unemployment rate falling to 4.3 percent, a 17-year low, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Remarkably, per an August column in Breitbart by John Carney, the American economy has added more than 1 million jobs since President Donald Trump took office, despite economists predicting a job slump this year. Carney reports that America has added more than 200,000 jobs in four of Trump’s first six months in office!

Even an August column in CNN Money, by Chris Isidore, confirms the economy created an average of 179,000 new jobs in each of the first six months of Trump’s presidency – far better than his predecessor’s first six months, when 3.4 million jobs were lost!

Illegal immigration along the U.S.Mexico border is also declining at an amazing rate. In March, the Border Patrol recorded 12,193 apprehensions at the Southwest border, the lowest in 17 years, per the Border Patrol and confirmed by Politifact. And Trump hasn’t even built the wall yet!

It simply required a decisive, unwavering stance on illegal immigration by a leader who values sovereignty and safety over a voter base dependent upon the hands that feed them. It’s really that simple.

So, why does America returning to greatness annoy liberal Democrats and the GOP establishment? Why would these Trump naysayers be willing to cripple the presidency of Donald Trump when doing so would be harmful to most Americans?

Sadly, for many of these career politicians, politics have become so entrenched in winning for the party, that the needs of the American people don’t seem to factor into the equation. In what world would we hire them to fight against lowering taxes and reducing illegal immigration?

The “swamp” is still very deep and crawling with loathsome varmints. Electing Donald Trump was the first step toward draining it dry. Rest assured, he will be calling on voters to play an integral role in expediting the process.


Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.


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