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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Schumer goes Jimmy Carter on Trump

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dusted off Jimmy Carter's line from the 1976 presidential debate and asked on Twitter, "Are you better off today than the day @realDonaldTrump became president?"

Knocking nearly a point off the unemployment rate would indicate that people are better off. (4.8% then, 3.9% now.)

But this is the line Democrats may pursue anyway.

His argument read as if an intern took hold of his Twitter account. I'm not really sure whom Schumer or the intern wants to convince, but after a year-and-a-half of obstruction, Schumer wants someone to blame Trump for not completing his four-year agenda in a single year.

Schuner tweeted: "Millions of Americans voted for @realDonaldTrump because they expected him to deliver, and millions who didn’t vote for him need him to deliver – when is he going to come through for them? Think about it:

"@realDonaldTrump promised the American people a better health care system -- better quality at lower prices. As premiums jump double digits in state after state, it’s clear he hasn’t delivered on that promise.

"@realDonaldTrump promised to protect Medicaid and Medicare from cuts and then proposed cutting both of those programs. Just recently, the President backed off a commitment to let Medicare negotiate lower prices for prescriptions drugs."

I will pause there. Obamacare was supposed to be the answer to all our woes. Eight years later, the woes are there despite raising premiums, co-payments, and deductions.

His next tweet: "@realDonaldTrump promised his tax bill would be a middle-class miracle – instead, the #GOPTaxScam was mostly a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy. Already, we’re seeing higher premiums and rising gas prices eat away at any meager tax benefit middle-class families received."

I thank him for making Nancy Pelosi's crumb argument.

He continued: "How about #infrastructure? @realDonaldTrump promised a $3 trillion infrastructure bill to build gleaming new roads, bridges & tunnels. It took him over a year to propose a detailed infrastructure plan & when he did, it wasn’t even close to a trillion. And it’s gone nowhere."


His next tweet: "Even on trade, where @realDonaldTrump & I mostly agree on policy, he hasn’t delivered. After talking a big game on China, promising to be very tough, this weekend the president completely backed off."

Really? This charge is based on the latest hair-on-fire report from the Democrats with bylines in the press.

His next tweet: "Did he #DraintheSwamp? Nope. @realDonaldTrump filled the federal govt with industry lobbyists & rich execs with sprawling conflicts of interest. His cabinet secretaries have enjoyed luxuries on the taxpayers’ dime. And his Administration hardly even vets its candidates.

"What else? There has been no “bill of love” for the #Dreamers. The President never stood up to the NRA. There is no check from Mexico for a border wall."

A wall Schumer opposes. And Schumer was supposed to write that bill. We still are waiting for it.

His final tweet: "So I'm asking: Are you better off today than the day @realDonaldTrump became president? Most people aren't. Costs are going up and so many of his promises just aren't being fulfilled."

So who is his audience?

I don't see any Trump supporter throwing up his hands and enlisting in Chuck Schumer's army.

The counter argument is that none of what Schumer said would happen has happened. Bombing Syria did not start World War 3. Tweeting Kim Jong Un did not start World War 3. Tariffs did not ignite a trade war. The economy did not implode. Employment rises. Wages finally do too.

I hope this is Schumer's closing argument in November because I like having a Republican Congress.

And I hope Trump uses the better off line in 2020 because I would like to have Trump as president for four more years.

By the way, Reagan used the Carter line on Carter in 1980, and won.


  1. Keep it up Chuckie and your party will be schlonged again. Liberalism is the cause of rising prices.

  2. Yes, yes I am. Felonia von Pantsuit is not president and that right there is about 80% of the win for me. Everything else is just rounding errors.

    -Mikey NTH

  3. No wonder President Dennison didn't support Don Blankenship. Don didn't like Cocaine Mitch sending jobs to "China people" Turns out President Dennison just appointed Cocaine Mitch's brother-in-law to lead an agency in which he has zero experience. I guess Blankenship's pledge to drain the swamp included Trump's swamp critters as well and the Orange One wasn't happy about that.

  4. Hey Nony, were you in favor of moving Israel’s capital to Jerusalem?

    1. Israel's capital has always been Jerusalem. Dumb question. Still bitter that President Dennison undermined your candidate, Don Blankenship?

    2. No, I’m actually bitter that Blankenship made such an ass of himself after the primary.

  5. "If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom." - Rex Tillerson at VMI commencement

    1. Bassett hounds have floppy ears.

  6. If Chuck Schumer is going to invoke Jimmy, that’s no army he’s got, it’s a peanut gallery.

  7. The verbal equivalent of playing in traffic.

  8. You'll have to forgive old Chucky for not understanding anything about the tax cuts. Democrats struggle with who exactly pays taxes, and how much, and how tax cuts would effect each taxing unit separately. He's probably absolutely confounded as to why people who don't pay taxes aren't getting more back.

  9. "Are you better off today than the day @realDonaldTrump became president?" There isn't a single sane, law-abiding American citizen who could honestly answer 'no' to that question, except for someone who makes a living exploiting the misery of others.