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Saturday, March 09, 2019

Under Trump, workers are doing the best in 50 years

Amid all the white noise about investigations and conspiracies in the press, the Washington Post published today, "Workers suddenly have more power to demand higher pay and better jobs."

Those jobs are coming back. Wages are rising. People without a college degree can get work if they have a skill. Unemployment is at 3.8%, which is the lowest in 50 years. The unemployment rate was 4.9% on the day we elected Donald John Trump president.

Of course the Washington Post did not credit The Donald.

Writer Heather Long did not want to risk the wrath of Jeff Bezos, a globalist billionaire who sees a sturdy U.S. economy as a barrier to world domination in the online retail business.

The Oregonian ran her story under the headline, "Workers getting fattest wage increases since Great Recession, economists say."

Her story began, "Wages grew 3.4 percent in the past year, the government reported Friday, the fastest pace in nearly a decade and well above inflation, suggesting employers are hustling to lure and retain workers. Many are slashing requirements for jobs and hiring workers quickly to prevent them from being scooped up by a competitor, a far cry from the days when job seekers felt lucky to even get a callback."

Ah the free market: it is not just for oligarchs anymore.

Under Obama, worker raises were small while the gap between the rich and the poor reached a near all-time high.

Food stamp participation set a record.

Under President Trump, 4 million people have gained financial independence and left food stamps because they can feed themselves.

But her 39-paragraph story did not mention President Trump until Paragraph 24, and then only as a reference to Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics at the University of Tennessee and a member of President Trump's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

She finally wrote about him in Paragraphs 27 and 28, "Trump has been under pressure from business owners and some Republicans in Congress to expand programs for temporary workers from abroad.

"Despite his hardline immigration position, Trump has spoken, on occasion, about recognizing the need for foreign labor in a tight job market."

So the Washington Post did not credit Donald Trump for the return of manufacturing, but complained that employers must pay more to workers. Maybe if Obama had not discouraged people to learn a trade (those jobs are not coming back) we would have the trained work force we need.

Buried in the story was this: "The United States has had more job openings than unemployed people since June, forcing employers to get more creative in their searches."

Those jobs came back. Unfortunately, the generation that should fill those jobs went to college, racked up $100,000 in personal debt, and don't know a wrench from a screwdriver.

Oh well, that is more money for those who do.


  1. I spoke to our county council about establishing a tech school in our county and in my position in our TEA Party helped rally support. An election changed the council members and we achieved that goal.
    My training the the US Navy made my rise in position and earnings possible in the civilian world; all with little college and almost no college debt. Reportedly 6 million jobs requiring a skill go unfilled. I am glad to read that employers are trying to train workers to fill these positions.

    1. Jobs in the skilled trades don't get outsourced to China or India.

  2. We have a businessman as our President.

    That has thrown so many uniparty hog factions for a loop that they are all kicking and stepping on each other to try to get back up on their feet.

    Which results in them knocking each other back down on their hog asses, over and over and over again.

    The uniparty is a fucking circus of pathetic, desperate clowns.

    Even semi skilled jobs require the fundemental skills of wanting to work, wanting to learn and wanting to not be a moocher.

    The three pillars of any career are:

    1. What can you do well?

    2. What do you find satisfaction doing?

    3. What will another pay you to do?

    What you like doing you are more likely to do what it takes to do it well.

    What you can be paid to do well, you will be motivated to do well.

    What you can do well you must at least not dislike doing.

    The idiots who piled mucho debt upon their lives because they chose to not think about the above pillars, let alone value the wisdom of them, can live the next few decades sucking up to the roomates they'll need to rent even the shittiest hovel in some crappy neighborhood in some shithole city. They've earned this.

  3. This is an interesting contrast to a couple of stories I saw at B'bart during the week. Trump was reportedly calling for a lift in migration. I was surprised,obviously he's looking for legal immigrants and not border-hoppers, but I would have thought you had enough unemployed to fill the jobs.

    1. Qualified, capable and availible to start working unemployed are not the same as merely unemployed.

      Sure, the greedy employers exploit this distinction by exagerations, only interested in lowest cost for quality employees, but it still exists, if primarily as a result of geographical distance between capable unemployed and employer location.

      Plus, freshly minted graduates are not the same as even mildly seasoned veterans. Experience has always had, tentative until proven, value.

      Our simple minded fellow citizens prefer to swallow simple explanations, and their simple and simply half assed conclusions, rather than ponder the ever changing complexities of the economic powerhouse of America.

      The unparty hogs adore the simple minded. They can be used.

    2. It's always been a major challenge to campaign against the Democrats' sales pitch, which is "Come get your free stuff. You've suffered long enough at the hands of the greedy rich bastards. Time for revenge!"

      Their target market is lazy thinkers with a liberal dose of mental defectives tossed in. They are easily sold with an emotional campaign of slogans.

      The principles of the free market, on the other hand, require a minimal understanding of economic incentive, personal responsibility, self-made financial security, wrapped in morality. That's a tougher sell. You're asking them to think. Unfortunately, there is no time for thinking; it must be done with opposing slogans.

      Trump's improving economy has helped a lot. Trump's tweeting has helped a lot, as he is a master of one-liners. Memes posted online by creative individuals help, too.

      It's a tough, uphill situation, especially against a backdrop of voter fraud.

      Since long speeches reach limited audiences and are not easily tolerated by impatient people, it comes down to the Battle of the Slogans.

      - Gary B

    3. The principles of the free market are the human creature's version of the Laws of Nature.

      Humans, believe it or not, have cooperated sufficiently to harness some of the realities that the Laws of Nature impose and, thus, the opportunities to be lazy emerged as an undesirable side effect.

      Idle hands.

      Idle minds.

      Idle spirits.

      Were masturbations, limited to the flesh, the only result of this idleness indulgence opportunity, provided by the recurring feeding of the lazy, via several different means, the uniparty hog, democrat division, would decay into non existence.

      Alas, they do much more with their idle hands, minds and spirits than mere masturbation of flesh.

      If only they would stick to the sure thing.

  4. I can guarantee you none of this would be happening if the rug muncher had been elected.

  5. I own an auto repair shop and cannot find the help I desperately need. I was paying $20-$25/hr with vacation, sick days and IRA, but no health insurance. My lawn mower guy just told me he pays his mow foreman $20/hr. Now I know why I can't get help, the labor market has changed and I will need to pay $25-$30/hr now which is about what I make. So to get the help I need and for me to make the appropriate income as a physical participant in the business plus administering it I will need to raise my rates. Even though we have a lot of contractors and tradesmen around here, many of them leave little shops like mine for the pay and benefits at the Navy Yard or the nearby Pratt & Whitney plant. Of course living in Southern Maine 55 miles from Boston gives us a never ending supply of useless hipsters and wealthy retirees, not exactly my ideal candidate. Still though, I am optimistic MAGA!

    1. There's the fly in the ointment.

      There's the silver lining in the cloud.

      The fly is the idiots.

      The silver lining is when the idiots think the enginr oil warning light going on means that they should get their oil changed soon. (Yep. More than once I got an engine replacement job from one of these.)

      So, hold the course, as MAGA rolls on and the idiots have to choose: hop aboard or get left to eat each other.

  6. This is a dangerous game you are playing, Mr. Surber. You keep posting stories alleging that the economy is booming with wages up and unemployment down. And according to you this all happened just because Donald Trump cut taxes and eliminated some regulations.

    Before long people will start thinking that we don't need government and then where would we be? Letting the free market determine wages and salaries is irresponsible. That's a bureaucrat's job.

  7. Fake News 1) blame Trump for things he didn't do.
    Fake News 2) fail to credit Trump for things he did do.

    There are 4 kinds of political truths:
    R-good) Help Reps; R-bad) Hurt Reps.
    D-good) Help Dems; D-bad) Hurt Dems.
    Dem media only want R-bad and D-good news, the other half (or 3/5?) of the news is unwanted. Minimal coverage for R-good and D-bad news.

    Trump should be getting lots and lots of R-good news coverage, like this.

    But Dem media prefer Fake News 2, rather than R-good, Trump's getting great results.

  8. Shortly after the election, I seem to recall some #NeverTrump folks aheming and pshawing and harumphing about just how much does a President affect an economy, anyway.

    I say it's a question of timing.

    If, at the time, the government's foot is on business' neck, then the President can make a difference just by removing that foot.