“We’re gonna win so much you may even get tired of winning.” These were the words of then-candidate Donald J. Trump in April of 2016.
If you paid attention to nothing but the mainstream news media today, you’d swear America is full to the brim with white supremacists and that World War III is eminent, our military’s a shambles, everyone hates us — and the whole thing is going to hell in a hand basket.
Somehow, news that the number of manufacturing jobs in America is up by 155,000, that we’re at record lows in illegal border crossings, that consumer confidence is at its highest level in 20 years, etc., gets relegated to page 16 (beneath the fold) — while page 1 screams something akin to “he’s killing us all!!”
Another report on Brietbart News (via Politico) reveals yet more winning for the American worker. One of Trump’s first initiatives was his suite of “Hire American” policies. Apparently they’re working:
President Donald Trump’s “Hire American” policy forced companies to raise wages and recruit sidelined Americans for lower-skilled jobs during the summer season, says an article in Politico.
Trump’s success was highlighted by the H-2B program, which allows companies to import low-wage workers for seasonal jobs in the United States, and which also helps cut wages for full-time American workers. The annual inflow is formally limited to 66,000, and the resident population is roughly 115,000, but House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed loophole laws in December 2015 and in May 2017 to sharply raise the limit.
The combined pressure of the companies and Congress pushed Trump’s Department of Homeland Security to issue an extra 15,000 H-2B visas late in the summer, which kept the H-2B program roughly level with temporarily raised 2016 inflow. But the extra visas were too late in the season for most seasonal employers — especially landscapers and hospitality companies — many of whom responded to the labor shortage by raising wages to attract American workers, include students, former criminals and elder Americans.
Trump’s policies also forced large companies to search for Americans sidelined since the 2008 crash.
There’s lots of winning going on, much to the apparent chagrin of most of the American media, who’ll focus in on a few dozen white supremacists but ignore a few million who’ve gone back to work, are earning a paycheck and feeling pretty good about the future.
Gary Varvel’s Labor Day cartoon sums it up, perfectly: