The Nation’s Top Two Problems per Gallup over the last 10 years

There are a lot of ways you can grade the 1st year of the Trump presidency USA today ran a piece giving him grades from A+ to F, but for my money the best way to see how the public grades this presidency is not a poll concerning this president’s approval but chart above showing Gallup’s polling of the nation’s top two problems over the least decade.

As you can see from these numbers over the last ten years the economy has been the #1 or #2 issue in the country every single year.

Not anymore.

According to Gallup after one year of Trump in the White House not only the Economy dropped to sixth (Jobs is 7th) but according to them you have to go back to 1999 to find a time when less people mentioned the economy as the country’s #1 problem.

And this is BEFORE the full effect of the Trump tax cuts that not a single democrat in either house voted for takes effect.

There are some people who think the GOP in general and Trump in particular are in trouble come November 2018.

After looking at those numbers I don’t.


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Mack: Agan What? You didn’t hear what Daniel said?

Judson: If Daniel said it I’m agan it!

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A few days ago Stacy McCain talked about making common cause with Radical Feminists in the battle against the Transgender cult:

This brings us back to Magdalen Berns, who holds a physics degree from the University of Edinburgh and describes herself as “a critic of religion, capitalism, identity politics, conservatism, neoliberalism and socially imposed gender norms.” She’s no right-winger, in other words, yet she is fighting the same “social justice warrior” (SJW) mentality that was exposed in 2014 by the #GamerGate activists. And what a pugnacious fighter she is! It would seem that SJWs have reached their Stalingrad, so to speak, and radical feminists like Magdalen Berns are the Red Army, ferociously defending the embattled city against the onslaught.

Give me such fighters as allies, I say, and I will not quibble with them over ideological differences, so long as the war continues.

Apparently the MSM has taken the same line when it comes to the Iranian Mullahs and Donald Trump.

Over the last few days protests have erupted in Iran and unlike 2009 when Barack Obama (back in the days when we didn’t know what side he was on in the war on terror). The Trump administration spoke up quickly.

as did the Trump state department:

Now given how the “resistance™” the professional left and the media have been crying about facism for the last year you would think the MSM whose customer base supposedly consists of anti-fascists who hate thoracic anti-gay clerics would be all over the protests, and they, at least the staged pro-government ones

You see it’s all about economics pay no attention to the “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Rouhani.” and all that. As Ace puts it:

CNN and the New York Times (and the AP, and all the rest) are eager conspirators in Obama’s Echo Chamber, and they will not let our “Partner in Peace,” the rabid terrorist Ayatollahs of Iran, go down without giving their level best to prop them up.

And the Business Pac review is not much kinder:

It is time for journalists to rise above the shopworn fray and take up the mantle of another people’s freedom. There are lives on the line; not merely the corporeal heartbeats that drive these people ever on under brutally oppressive conditions, but the lives that may have been, should they have been afforded the basic human dignity to pursue their own dreams.

While standard bearers of the US media like the Washington Post arrogantly proclaim “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” an affront against the faux-dictatorship of President Trump that smacks even more risible in relief to the Iranian mullahs, here is the front page as of this early afternoon.

Why? Well the answer is very simple. The MSM is so completely invested in the defeat of Donald Trump that if he gives speeches against the evil Mullahs like this

and this

or even this from Mike Pence

It just can’t be allowed to stand. Can you imagine Donald Trump getting credit for the fall of the #1 non superpower enemy of the United States over the last 37 years not to mention the side effects of such a win:

Overseeing the fall of an oppressive, hardline Iranian regime that sponsors terror all around the globe – followed by the rise of a democratic Iran not interested in aggression against its neighbors – would be a foreign policy victory for President Trump, one of the biggest for a president since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If the Iranian regime is ousted, the move would neuter Hezbollah’s primary source of funding. It would diminish Hamas at a time when the United States rightfully is moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in defiance of the United Nations.

Replacement of the Iranian government could signal that Assad’s days in Syria are finally coming to an end, without powerful bullies to back him up. A new Iranian government would also no doubt give Russia pause about meddling in Middle East affairs – a hesitancy it did not have when the Obama administration gave Russian President Vladimir Putin “flexibility.”

As far as the MSM is concerned Donald Trump is the focus of evil in the world, he simply can’t be allowed a success like this and like Stacy McCain making common cause with radical feminists if the MSM and the left has to throw in with a murderous theocrats terrorists well that’s a small price to pay to obtain allies in such a holy crusade.

Update: Once again Jake Tapper is the exception that proves the rule. I have mixed feelings on that. I’m very pleased that Jake is confirming my high opinion of him, but it would be nice SO nice for the MSM to do the same, just once!

Romney in Illinois, 2012

I’m not a big Mitt fan but if there was ever a time for the National GOP and Donald Trump to run a play out of the Mitt Romney playbook it’s this week.

The DESTROY US ALL caucus is already screaming about how this tax bill means we’re all going to die (which was true, no matter the result) and I’ve already noted that there is a provision for people to donate money to reduce the public debt.

But that’s not the same as paying a legal tax rate so I think the GOP and Trump should give the left a chance to really put their money where their mouths are by doing what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts concerning taxes back in 2000.

When he reduced out tax rate from 5.85% to 5% the law allowed companies and individuals to pay the old tax rate and every year a few tax payers choose to do so. As the state puts it:

Taxpayers have the option to pay a higher tax rate on certain types of income. Taxpayers may pay 5.85% as opposed to 5.1% on the following types of income:

Form 1 or 1-NR/PY income after exemptions:
Form 1, Line 19 or

1-NR/PY, Line 23.
Schedule B interest and dividend income:
Form 1, Line 20 or

1-NR/PY, Line 24.
Schedule D net long-term capital gains: –
Schedule D, Line 20.

Since so many liberals are so upset over this tax bill I’d give them a similar out.

I would introduce a bill in the house allowing the old 35% tax rate to apply any corporation that wishes to pay it. Such a bill should fly though the house and the senate and would likely arrive on President Trump’s desk in time to sign with the 1st tax bill.

Such a law would be a great chance for Microsoft or Ben and Jerry’s or Amazon or any California and/or Hollywood corporation in terms of virtue signaling. With the check of a single box on their corporate tax returns they can make sure everyone knows just how much they really love america as opposed to those nasty conservatives. It’s virtue signaling at the absolute highest level possible.

And If I’m Donald Trump I’d make sure every single one of those corporations get a chance to do so every year or be called out every year if they don’t.

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I interviewed Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager during the Primaries Corey Lewandowski after he spoke at the 2017 Red Summit held at the Institute for Politics at St. Anselm College

His speech went over so well that it was impossible to approach him so the only way to get the interview was a walking interview as he headed to his car to go to his kid’s game.

I’d like to thank Corey’s Wife for allowing me to conduct said interview when his time was so limited

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As I reported from CPAC the GOP activist class has two big things that they have their hearts set on when it comes to the Trump’s Administration, The repeal of Obamacare and the building of the wall.

As we all know the US senate in general and John McCain in particular have thrown a monkey wrench into the first (although I still have hopes that we will see something come of it) but there is good news on the 2nd.

Though Homeland Security announced the move Tuesday morning, the full waiver wasn’t to be available until later in the day.

The waiver comes as Customs and Border Protection, one of Homeland Security’s agencies, is preparing to name finalists to build prototypes of Mr. Trump’s new border wall. Designs will be built in San Diego, then subjected to testing.

Contracting documents said the agency was hoping for designs that could reach 50 feet in height, and could withstand breaching attempts for up to four hours.

To be sure this is only the first in a series of moves that are going to be necessary and the left will no doubt go wild at each one of said steps but as long as President Trump can change the entire media landscape with a single tweet, I suspect the wall will continue to proceed and the left will be in no position to stop him.

Update:  Don Surber tells of other things the Trump administration is achieving while nobody is looking. 

Update 2:  Missed a link, fixed


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Many things about the presidency of Donald Trump defy the normal conventional wisdom concerning elected officials and politics. His relationship with the media, his public tweets, his extensive business dealings all over the world and of course his dynamic personality are all things that can and have thrown professional prognosticator for a loop when deciding exactly where he stands or what direction he will go on an issue.

A great practical example of this dynamic is the issue of online gambling.

To both the causal gambler who occasionally enjoys the occasional casino visit or likes a hand of online blackjack or the serious player who hopes to hone his poker skills online to become the next Scott Blumstein, the administration’s decision on online gambling might be of casual interest.

But for a professional pundit, congress watcher or lobbyist knowing where an administration is going directly affects their livelihood.

This would be an easier call in the old days with a regular pol.  In a normal situation one would expect that a pol who had heavy backing from supporters like Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate would reflexively oppose online gambling in deference to such a big donor who has made restricting it his cause with some success. Likewise as the winds of opinion begin to shift on sports betting you would expect to see a politician’s ear very close to the shifting ground to keep the various sports leagues, a large potential source of campaign revenue happy.

In such a situation the professional pundit, congress watcher, much like an experienced gambler, could confidently predict the chances of any such legislation passing and a lobbyist for either side of these issues would be able to inform their clients where an if their efforts should be concentrated to make their goals.

In a Trump administration it’s a little more tricky.

First of all there is President Trump’s own vast wealth and name recognition. The combination of millions of his own dollars available to invest in his campaign with a name and a persona that was already well known to the public not only is his dependency on individual big donors considerably smaller, but his relationships with such men, as they previously existed, means he approaches them as an equal rather than a supplicant. Furthermore he won his first election despite being outspent both in the primaries and in the general election

Second of all there is his own history and experience with the gaming industry. Starting with no experience but understanding that a casino with a hotel can produce more profit than even the grandest lodgings without one, he studied the industry when he was ready dived in making a name for himself in the industry even being named to the World Gaming Congress Hall of Fame. This gives him a perspective on the issue that most pols would not have.

Finally added to this is the politics of the matter, according to a recent Washington Post report two allies that President Trump has clashed with in his first six months have made contrary moves. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to reexamine the rulings authorizing online gaming while Governor Christie on behalf of his state which has benefited from such gaming publicly urging the president to avoid such a ban. (It certainly doesn’t hurt the timing of Christie’s argument that Poker’s newest champion World Champion Scott Blumstein credits his experience in online casinos for his victory.)

For us amateurs this uncertainly of the President’s position is a source of mild amusement no different than playing a few dollars on the slots of an online casino, a bit of fun, maybe some profit but not life and death.

But for the political class seeking power and lobbyists with millions at stake for themselves and their clients, the inability to predict with certainty where President Trump stands on online gambling or any issue is a spin of the wheel that they wish they could avoid and is one of the reasons why they long for the days of business as usual.

All this week at DaTechGuyblog while I’ve been in Chicago covering the Catholic Marketing Network and promoting my book our writers have been evaluating the Presidency of Donald Trump at the Six Month Mark. This is because I made an optional request to my writers to do so this week a while back.

Most writers choose to do so via posts

RH’s is here
Zilla’s is here
Fausta’s is here
Ellen Kolb is here:
Tech Knight’s is here:
Jon Fournier’s is here:
Michigan Mick’s is here

One writer (Christopher Harper) sent me answers to the Questions I posed rather than a post which I’ll leave here in full to show up what I had been looking for My questions are in bold:

How you think he’s done vs how you expected him to do

President Trump has made good on most of his promises, including immigration and the U.S. Supreme Court, which was my main reason to vote for him. I hope he gets two or three more appointments.

Your biggest disappointment

The slow pace of judicial and executive branch appointments

Your biggest cheer

Taking on the media

What you’d like to see

A new tax policy

What you expect to see

A new tax policy

What you think GOP prospects are after six months

It’s too soon to tell. The midterms are a long way off. But the Democrats are engaged in such self-destruction, I see the prospects getting better.

Current Dem prospects after six months (presuming that the current hysteria hasn’t lead them to mass suicide by then)

The Trump administration may have made some errors, but the Dems are a disaster.

So what are my answers to my questions? Where did I expect him to be?

I expected him to be farther along in terms of appointments and policies, a big part of this failure is due to the 24/7 continual opposition where no honeymoon period is allowed which I hadn’t (but perhaps should have) expected, part of it is due to his settling into the office and learning the ropes, but a huge chunk of it in my opinion is the GOP majorities which neither prepared for his victory nor in many cases wanted the responsibilities that such a victory brought with them.

What’s my biggest disappointment? I’ve had several but you will be surprised to learn that my biggest was the failure to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem on day 1. I understand the plan to offer the carrot first but my thought was do it right away and lay down the marker to the Arabs saying: This is how things are.

As for my biggest cheer while I also love his fights with the media for me it was a specific moment when asked about the so called “woman’s” march during an interview with Jonathan Karl he brought up the right to life march and the media’s failure to cover it. This forced the MSM to cover the event properly for the first time ever. I’ll never forget it.

What would I like to see? I’d like to see the wall started and colleges, cities and even states that provide “sanctuary” status defunded along with planned parenthood of course, as for what I expect I suspect it will eventually involve a deal that includes or effects the wall the same with Planned Parenthood. It all will depend how afraid members of the GOP caucus are afraid of Pro-Trump primary opponent

As far as GOP prospects that will really depend on if they get behind the program, even at the start of the Tea Party Movement the GOP wasn’t trusted and they have done little or nothing to earn said trust. If we don’t see Obamacare repealed and the wall at least started the effect on the base turnout will be painful. Some Pro-Trump primary opponents might have a good effect but I’d not be surprised to see establishment folks work against them in a General. If GOP cowardice prevents the wall, saves Obamacare and defends planned parenthood. there will be only one thing that saves the GOP….

…and that the fact that Current Democrat Prospects are even worse you still have the Bernie Hillary divide and narrative of Senator Harris as the great liberal savior won’t mean squat in the midterms. In fact the only reason Democrat failure, division and the party’s money gap won’t consign them to the ash heap of history is the alternative choice to Democrat crazies are Republican cowards.

The smartest thing the GOP can do is get out there and define Senator Harris. I’d link her to every outrageous act the party does and to every unpopular thing they support from illegal immigration to coddling Iran and Islamic Terror. This must be done NOW.

The good news is I trust President Trump to be smart enough to adapt and will recognize these problems and act.  The bad news is I can’t say the same for the GOP caucus.


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There is a lot of fuss being made concerning the delay of the Senate Health Care bill until after the 4th of July recess, memeorandum today is full of such stories both attacking the bill and celebrating every problem it has.

What’s interesting about this is how familiar it all sounds.

After all wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that the House healthcare bill was pulled from the floor before a vote and the media and the entire never Trump world confidently predicting that it meant the doom of the Trump agenda, only to see a modified version of said bill pass just a few weeks later ending in a decisive victory for the President?

Watching the media confidently celebrating the delay in the Senate version of the bill you would think these things didn’t take place, that none of it was ever written about, that none of the video of every single panel confidently predicting failure for this administration that ended up being wrong ever existed.

There are plenty of reasons why the media is hated, but if they really want to understand why people don’t trust them, it’s because they take us for fools without the memory of what they told us just a few weeks before.

I find it quite insulting myself.

So let me lay it out there, the Senate Healthcare bill is going to pass.  It might take a week, it might take a month but it’s going to pass.

And when it does as the congress goes into conference committee to iron out the differences between the two bills I predict that we will be seeing the very same conversations that we’re seeing today, confidently predicting doom and gloom for their political foes rather than reporting news.

After all it produces better ratings.

We have reached an interesting point in the political life of America, a point where, to the elites of our culture,  actual reality takes a back seat to a desired narrative.

The election of Donald Trump, a man willing to not only speak plainly, but fluent in the tactics of social media and the left has set them in an incredible tizzy and his willingness to embrace religious Americans who are the backbone of those who voted him in and made them even angrier.

Thus not only are the supposed “evils” of Trump the only narrative in town, but basic decency from Assassination chic to physical violence is either ignored or minimized within these circles (at least as long as it doesn’t’ cost them money as Delta Airlines demonstrated).

Given this atmosphere and given the rating and profits available for networks in the Trump obsession with their niche market there are two things I advise the president to do.

  1. Keep working
  2. Keep Tweeting

Piece of Advice #1 is the most important thing.  While there is a lot of noise being generated by the armies of the left the reality is most americans have become deaf to it.  The best example of this came from of all places a screening of Wonder Woman at Alamo theatres.  All over the internet there was outrage over Stephen Green’s buying a ticket to a “woman’s only” showing of Wonder Woman but when he actually showed up nobody in the theatre cared.  People who have real life to live tend to do it and if this administration continues its actions to improve the economy, lesson regulations and create jobs and continue to fight to protect us from our enemies the people who actually work for a living will care less what the media and their pals in academia or Hollywood think.

Piece of Advice #2 might seem counterintuitive but it does three vital things.

a.  It forces the media to react to whatever you choose to say

b.  It allows you to promote stories they want to bury

c.  It gives you a direct conduit outside of the media to the voters

All of these are things that give the left fits and tend to cause them to react in ways that turn off anyone not already drinking the #nevertrump koolaid.

So while there are pitfalls you will still need to avoid I strongly suspect that if you follow these two rules as the basis for your actions I suspect that barring massive voter fraud (which you should also watch out for) Your electoral margin in the 2020 electoral college will be even larger than the last time.

No charge.