The biggest economic threat in 2018 is a power-hungry, Democrat-loving mainstream media

by JD Rucker | December 31st, 2017

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The biggest economic threat in 2018 is a power-hungry, Democrat-loving mainstream media

Jobs are com­ing back. Wages are going up. Taxes are going down. Con­sumer spend­ing is at a pre-​2007 level. The econ­omy is look­ing poised to have a strong con­tin­u­a­tion in 2018 from the progress made in 2017. There are still many things that can derail it quickly, but the biggest risk is born from a hatred of Don­ald Trump and the Repub­li­can Party.

Main­stream media knows a very impor­tant real­ity, as I detailed in my 2018 pre­dic­tions. Per­cep­tions play an impor­tant role in the strength or weak­ness of the econ­omy. When the gen­eral sen­ti­ment among Amer­i­cans is strong, the econ­omy is strong as a result. When peo­ple are fear­ful, cer­tain eco­nomic indi­ca­tors stum­ble from the con­cern. That has been the nature of the econ­omy for a few decades since mass media made news travel quickly and broadly. It’s a nature that works through or against self-​fulfilling prophecies.

The other real­ity that main­stream media under­stands is most Amer­i­cans make vot­ing deci­sion based upon per­sonal pros­per­ity. In the vot­ing booth, they aren’t as con­cerned about Israel’s embassy, net neu­tral­ity, or obnox­ious Tweets as they are the rest of the year. Their biggest con­cern is which can­di­date or party is going to make things bet­ter, eas­ier, or both for the voter and their family.

Jimmy Carter didn’t just lose to Ronald Rea­gan. He lost to the poor eco­nomic con­di­tions that rav­aged the nation through his term. Bill Clin­ton didn’t beat Bob Dole just because the Repub­li­can was bor­ing while the Demo­c­rat played the sax­o­phone. He beat Dole because the econ­omy was doing very well at the time.

It’s eas­ier to see dur­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion years, but it’s still preva­lent in midterm elec­tions. We vote based upon how much is in our wallets.

Some may be balk­ing right about now. If you’re read­ing this, you’re prob­a­bly the excep­tion. In fact, you’ve prob­a­bly rarely if ever voted for a Demo­c­rat since this is a con­ser­v­a­tive blog with a gen­er­ally con­ser­v­a­tive audi­ence. Those on the ide­o­log­i­cal left and right don’t look at fis­cal indi­ca­tors. Then again, many of us don’t look at any­thing other than the let­ter next to the name of the can­di­date. We’re not the peo­ple who decide elec­tions. The swing vot­ers are, and they’re the ones who vote with their wal­lets. They’re also the tar­get audi­ence for main­stream media when it comes to sway­ing elections.

We can expect the media to con­tinue their attacks on Pres­i­dent Trump. It’s almost as nat­ural for them as cov­er­ing up for Pres­i­dent Obama. The dif­fer­ence is in how they spin every­thing that hap­pens with the econ­omy. We’re already see­ing this in the way they’re spin­ning reac­tions from cor­po­rate Amer­ica to the tax cuts. As dozens of major com­pa­nies started instantly giv­ing extra money to their employ­ees fol­low­ing pas­sage of the tax cuts, main­stream media tried des­per­ately to under-​report the moves, or worse, to call them tricks by Trump-​loving cor­po­rate America.

It’s only going to get more aggres­sive from here. In 2018, you will be hard-​pressed to find any major and pos­i­tive eco­nomic news on main­stream media out­side of Fox News and WSJ that isn’t spun to some­how be a neg­a­tive. When bad eco­nomic news comes along, the prob­lem will be mag­ni­fied and the mes­sage will be amplified.

This midterm elec­tion is vin­di­ca­tion for the media… at least that’s what they hope. They can either prove they still have sway over elec­tions or they will be proven pow­er­less. The eas­i­est way they can cheat their way into power is with Demo­c­ra­tic vic­to­ries. The eas­i­est way for Democ­rats to win is for the media to declare doom and gloom over the econ­omy. How the econ­omy responds will be based upon whether or not peo­ple believe what they hear from the media or what they see in their bank accounts. Unfor­tu­nately, many will ignore the obvi­ous for the sake of the left’s inces­sant narrative.

Jobs are coming back. Wages are going up. Taxes are going down. Consumer spending is at a pre-2007 level. The economy is looking poised to have a strong continuation in 2018 from the progress made in 2017. There are still many things that can derail it quickly, but the biggest risk is born from a hatred of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

Mainstream media knows a very important reality, as I detailed in my 2018 predictions. Perceptions play an important role in the strength or weakness of the economy. When the general sentiment among Americans is strong, the economy is strong as a result. When people are fearful, certain economic indicators stumble from the concern. That has been the nature of the economy for a few decades since mass media made news travel quickly and broadly. It’s a nature that works through or against self-fulfilling prophecies.

The other reality that mainstream media understands is most Americans make voting decision based upon personal prosperity. In the voting booth, they aren’t as concerned about Israel’s embassy, net neutrality, or obnoxious Tweets as they are the rest of the year. Their biggest concern is which candidate or party is going to make things better, easier, or both for the voter and their family.

Jimmy Carter didn’t just lose to Ronald Reagan. He lost to the poor economic conditions that ravaged the nation through his term. Bill Clinton didn’t beat Bob Dole just because the Republican was boring while the Democrat played the saxophone. He beat Dole because the economy was doing very well at the time.

It’s easier to see during presidential election years, but it’s still prevalent in midterm elections. We vote based upon how much is in our wallets.

Some may be balking right about now. If you’re reading this, you’re probably the exception. In fact, you’ve probably rarely if ever voted for a Democrat since this is a conservative blog with a generally conservative audience. Those on the ideological left and right don’t look at fiscal indicators. Then again, many of us don’t look at anything other than the letter next to the name of the candidate. We’re not the people who decide elections. The swing voters are, and they’re the ones who vote with their wallets. They’re also the target audience for mainstream media when it comes to swaying elections.

We can expect the media to continue their attacks on President Trump. It’s almost as natural for them as covering up for President Obama. The difference is in how they spin everything that happens with the economy. We’re already seeing this in the way they’re spinning reactions from corporate America to the tax cuts. As dozens of major companies started instantly giving extra money to their employees following passage of the tax cuts, mainstream media tried desperately to under-report the moves, or worse, to call them tricks by Trump-loving corporate America.

It’s only going to get more aggressive from here. In 2018, you will be hard-pressed to find any major and positive economic news on mainstream media outside of Fox News and WSJ that isn’t spun to somehow be a negative. When bad economic news comes along, the problem will be magnified and the message will be amplified.

This midterm election is vindication for the media… at least that’s what they hope. They can either prove they still have sway over elections or they will be proven powerless. The easiest way they can cheat their way into power is with Democratic victories. The easiest way for Democrats to win is for the media to declare doom and gloom over the economy. How the economy responds will be based upon whether or not people believe what they hear from the media or what they see in their bank accounts. Unfortunately, many will ignore the obvious for the sake of the left’s incessant narrative.

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