My 30th Anniversary Atlanta/Alabama trip with DaWife a few months ago was a real revelation.
Before Robert Stacy McCain first urged me to go to CPAC in 2010 and I became a bit known I did little or no traveling. Post CPAC I traveled for pretty much the first time in my life but always chasing the next story or interview never really having the time to see much other than the various people I would meet.
This year’s Atlanta Trip was the first time I’ve actually traveled for the sake of leisure (The KC trip was do to a weird set of accidents and coincidences that I won’t get into here) without the work dynamic. It’s true I scheduled an interview in Alabama with an elderly lady named Lucy who EWTN viewers will recognize from daily mass, wrote my daily posts, and interviewed a young lady working at the local waffle house who has recorded her first single that I happened upon but work was not the priority or even on the agenda on a trip for the 1st time since the Bush era.
You see the day Barack Obama was elected I had a very good professional job working from home with benefits , money in a 401k plan and was on track to heading into a comfortable time in my late forties.
By the time he left office my 401k was gone, I was working a 3rd shift warehouse as a temp with no benefits at less than half the pay I had before, my debts had increased and my prospects looked dim and the ability of the blog to provide income was my best prospect to contribute to supporting my household beyond that wage.
Then came Donald Trump.
Within 13 months of his election my employer hired me full time by the time of the Atlanta trip I had actual paid vacation time for the first time in a decade. My benefits are good enough that next year my wife will be on my insurance instead of me on hers. I again can build up a 401k and yesterday, the day before Thanksgiving, came the bombshell that my employer is increasing pay across the board effective Dec 1st
I’m still nowhere near where I was, in fact I’m still making less now than I did on unemployment for those two years after the layoff but there is also now the prospect for further promotion to the point where within a short period of time I might find that sweet spot where even if I’m not where I was, I’ll at least have no debts beyond my mortgage and maybe even get ahead of that.
Now I understand that economies are fickle, that the Democrat house push for socialism combined with the foolish move by Gov Baker to progress to a $15 minimum wage has the potential to undermine the Trump economy and I’ll be working hard to prepare for that eventuality.
But for now, at this moment I’m in the best position I’ve been in for years and have the best chance to re-climb the ladder of success in the physical economy of actual production & delivery of goods and services vs the virtual world of the blogosphere and opinion.
The media can make excuses, the left might call him names and President Obama might do his best to take credit but I know who the hell deserves the credit for the environment that made it possible for all my hard work to be rewarded.
So on this most American of Holidays I give thanks for President Donald Trump and his efforts on the behalf of working class Americans. May God continue to bless him and these United States of America.