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President Trump CRUSHES Obama in First Four Months Comparison

It’s now six months since the Presidential election which was held on November 8th, 2016 and almost four months since President Trump’s Inauguration on January 20th. 

How is President Trump doing?  The main stream media (MSM) and Democrat Party insist that  President Trump should be impeached.  But is this reasonable?  Perhaps the best measurement of President Trump’s first few months in office is to compare President Trump with President Obama, the MSM’s ideal and perceived greatest President.

So here it is – a comparison between Presidents Trump and Obama in their first six months since their respective election wins and in their first nearly four months in their Presidencies.     

The Economy – US Stock Market

In President Trump’s first few months since the election and since his inauguration the US Stock Markets are at record highs and millions of Americans are benefitting in their retirement savings accounts. 

In President Trump’s first few months since the election and since his inauguration the US Stock Markets are at record highs and millions of Americans are benefitting in their retirement savings accounts. 

* The DOW daily closing stock market average has risen 14% since the election on November 8th.  (On November 9th the DOW closed at 18,332 – on May 12th the DOW closed at 20,896).
* Since the Inauguration on January 20th the DOW is up more than 5%.  (It was at 19,827 at January 20th for an increase of more than 1,000 points.)
* The DOW took just 66 days to climb from 19,000 to above 21,000, the fastest 2,000 point run ever.  The DOW closed above 19,000 for the first time on November 22nd and closed above 21,000 on March 1st.
* The DOW closed above 20,000 on January 25th and the March 1st rally matched the fastest-ever 1,000 point increase in the DOW at 24 days.
* The US Stock Market gained $2 trillion in wealth since Trump was elected!
* The S&P 500 broke $20 Trillion for the first time in its history.
* In the history of the DOW, going back to January 1901, the DOW record for most continuous closing high trading days was set in January of 1987 when Ronald Reagan was President. The DOW set closing highs an amazing 12 times in a row that month.  On February 28th President Trump matched President Reagan when the DOW reached a new high for its 12th day in a row!

The stock markets under President Obama moved in the exact opposite direction in the first few months after President Obama’s election win over Republican Senator John McCain. 

 

* The DOW daily closing stock market average tanked (went down) -14% between Obama’s election win on November 4th, 2008 and May 13, 2009.  (On November 4th the DOW closed at 9,625 – on May 13th the DOW closed at 8,284.  It went down more than 1,300 points).  This is the opposite direction of President Trump’s rally.

The Economy – US Debt

As of today, President Trump decreased the US Debt since his inauguration by $100 Billion.  

President Obama on the other hand increased the US debt in his first four months by $629 Billion.

The difference between Presidents Trump and Obama here is nearly three quarters of a trillion dollars!

The Economy – Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics President Trump added a projected 738,000 jobs in his first four months (January through April 2017.)   President Obama on the other hand lost more than 3 million jobs in his first four months.  (President Obama was so bad at creating jobs that by the end of his second term he said that jobs were not coming back.)

The Economy – Unemployment

Also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics President Trump decreased unemployment every month since his inauguration (January through April 2017.)   The unemployment rate in January 2017 was 4.8% and by April it was down to 4.4%.

President Obama on the other hand again moved in the opposite direction.  In his first four months as President the US unemployment rate increased each month from 7.8% in January 2009 to 9% by April of 2009.

The Economy – Economic Outlook

The US Manufacturing Index soared to a 33 year high in February 2017 shortly after President Trump was sworn into office.  The index reached 43 in February which was the best outlook since 1983 under President Reagan.

In Obama’s first four months in office (January through April of 2009) the best manufacturing index activity rating was a negative -25.   

The difference here is greater than 50% with Obama again going in the wrong direction.

The Economy – Housing Sales

Housing sales are red-hot in the US right now.  In 2011, houses for sale were on the market an average 84 days. This year, it’s just 45 days. 

According to the US Census Bureau, there were nearly twice as many US housing sales in the past couple of months as there were in 2009 during the same time period.  (The annualized housing sales for March 2017 is reported at 621,000 where in 2009 this amount was only 339,000.)

Other Comparisons Between Presidents Trump and Obama

Illegal immigration is down 67% since President Trump’s Inauguration.  President Obama opened up the US borders and Trump has drastically shut down illegal immigration.

NATO announced Allied spending is up $10 Billion because of President Trump.  (According to a top general, Obama viewed NATO as a threat rather than a peace alliance.)

Foreign Policy

President Obama’s foreign policy left President Trump with a mess.

When President Obama took over the Presidency in 2009 Iraq was as safe as it had ever been.  Within a few short years it became a mess and ISIS was formedLibya is also a mess today with it being ISIS’s strongest branch outside Iraq/Syria.  Iran, the world’s leader in terrorism, recently reportedly forwarded millions in cold hard cash to terrorist group Hezbollah.

To date President Trump has had little time to address all the foreign policy mess emanating from the Obama Administration but if he handles these as well as he has the economy Americans will be in a much safer place.

Overall based on the above data it is clear that President Trump is doing a solid, if not excellent job.

The mainstream liberal media won’t report this, but when looking at the numbers, President Trump the businessman crushes the former community organizer Barack Obama.

House Votes On Whether Or Not To Allow Sharia Law In America….Here Is The HUGE Decision

Former president Barack Obama and his Democrats wanted us to believe that Muslims are good and kind, that they’re just a bunch of unfortunate people forced to leave their homelands.

Obama wanted you to think that these poor people are just here to assimilate and leave the American dream. No, they don’t want to live the American dream, but take it. Most Muslims come to this country to shoot and run over innocent people just because they want.

America went through hell during Obama’s presidency, because the former president didn’t fight against terrorists. Moreover, he armed them. Have you ever seen Obama do anything to blast terrorists? No, he supported Muslims and gave them more rights than Americans will ever have.

Now Muslims are trying to plant their Sharia law in every institution across the country. Is this what Obama referred to when he said that “Muslims are here to assimilate?”

This law is the most terrible of them all. According to this law, you can get killed for being a gay, and rape victims can’t do anything to punish rapists. Can you believe this? President Donald Trump will never allow anything like this, and he was clear about this during his presidential campaign.

The good news is that the House passed a new bill that bans “the application of foreign law.” Democrats and Muslims aren’t quite happy about it, and they complain that the new bill only targets Muslims, and approves xenophobia and racism. Really?

“We’ve heard a lot of discussions about this being a religious law and specifically directed at preventing Sharia law and I just don’t read it that way,” explained Republican Theresa Hamilton.

Sandy Montgomery had a similar opinion. “We have allowed legal immigrants, illegal immigrants and now refugees to take advantage of our law and culture to take up their own agendas. They have no intention to abide by our laws, nor are they interested in assimilating to our culture,” she said.

 

Bill O’Reilly Gives EXCLUSIVE First Interview Since Being Fired By Fox. Says This Shocking Thing About Liberals

Bill O’Reilly was the face of Fox News for decades and is widely considered the king of cable news.

That fell apart recently when he was forced out from Fox News due to allegations of sexual harassment.

Nothing has been proven. But, he did end up settling out of court.

He spoke out for the first time today. Here you go.

Young Conservatives reports:

From Breitbart:

O’Reilly said, “This was a hit. In the weeks to come, we’re going to be able to explain some of it. It has to do with destroying voices that the far left and the organized left-wing cabal doesn’t like. That’s the general tone. I can’t get specific. There’s a lot of legality here.”

He said soon he will expose, “this crew that goes in and terrorizes sponsors, that threatens people behind the scenes, that pays people to say things, we are going to name them, and it’s going to be a big big story.”

He added “I’ll point you to an article that was very very seldom seen this week about nine corporations, big corporations that are now being targeted by organized left-wing groups funded by George Soros because they allegedly are profiting from President Trump’s immigration stance. You can Google the article. That gives you your roadmap.”

Sounds like he isn’t going to fade away quietly into the night.

These allegations need to be taken seriously, but it’s important to note that nothing has been proven. Allegations, at this point, are just that. Allegations.

At the same time, innocent people settling seems strange to most observers.

It’s a mess. However, one thing is for sure, the story isn’t over.

SHOCK – Muslim Refugee Kids Threaten To BEHEAD Their 5th Grade Teacher

How many stories of how Middle Eastern Muslim refugees are failing to integrate with Western society are needed before we WAKE UP?

And it’s not only the adults. As solid proof that our two civilizations just aren’t compatible, even refugee children are threatening JIHAD.

From Conservative Post

An elementary school teacher in Australia could not believe what was happening when 5th and 6th grade students, all of them Muslim refugees from Syria, threatened to BEHEAD her.

The students were angry about not being able to hang a Syrian flag in the school and over the fact that other students weren’t reading the Quran as demanded.

The teacher later quit her job rather than face such gruesome death threats.

A number of other teachers took leaves of absence after being bullied by Muslim students.

We are talking about kids that are only 11 and 12-years-old.

How far are we going to let this go?!

The Exponential Age

Did you think back in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again? In 1998 Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85 % of the photo paper used worldwide. Within just a few years their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years and most people won’t see it coming.   

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels but followed Moore’s law.  So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen  again with Artificial Intelligence, Health, Electric Cars, Education, 3D Printing, Agriculture and Jobs.  Welcome to the  4th Industrial Revolution.  Welcome to the Exponential Age.             

Software: Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. For example Uber is just a software tool (they don’t own any cars) and is now the biggest taxi company in the  world. And Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world although they don’t own any properties.                     

Artificial  Intelligence:  Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world 10 years  earlier than expected. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. It is forecast that by 2030 computers will become more intelligent than humans. In the US young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds with 90% accuracy compared to 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law stop immediately. There will be 90 % less lawyers in the future. Only specialists will remain. Watson also helps diagnose cancer and is 4 times more accurate than human nurses.

Autonomous cars: In 2018  the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020 the complete industry will  start to be disrupted. You won’t want to own a car anymore.  You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while being driven. Our kids will never need to get a  driver’s license and will never own a car. It will change the cities because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car while tech companies like Tesla, Apple and Google will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on  wheels.                    

Insurance: 1.2  million people die each  year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000  km). With autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save  a   million  lives each  year.  Insurance  companies  will have massive trouble because without accidents insurance will become 100x cheaper. The car insurance business model will disappear. Real Estate will also change because if you can work while you commute people  will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.                 

Electricity: Electric cars will become  mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. And electricity will become  incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been  on an exponential curve for 30 years but you can now see the burgeoning impact. Last year more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.                

Water: With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water.  Desalination of salt water now only needs 2k Wh per cubic meter at 0.25 cents. We don’t have  scarce water in most places we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as they want for nearly no cost.                

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the ” Tricorder ” from Star Trek) that works  with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you simply breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers  that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap so in a  few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis nearly for free. Goodbye medical  establishments.

3D Printing: The price of the cheapest 3D  printer came down from  $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing  shoes. Some spare airplane parts  are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the  need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year new  smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print  your perfect shoe at home. In China they have already 3D printed and built a complete 6 storey office building.  By 2027 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.                       

Work:  70-80 % of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. If you think of a niche you want to go in, first ask yourself, “In the future, do I think we will have that?” If the answer is yes how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone forget the idea.  And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century. There will be a lot  of new jobs but it is not clear if there will be enough new  jobs in such a short time.  This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.

Agriculture: There will be a $100  agricultural robot in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their  fields.

Aeroponics: Will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now 30 % of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don’t need that space  anymore.

The Times They Are A Changing!

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” ~ Ben Hogan

103,000 Entitled Muslims In Michigan Just Woke Up To Nasty Surprise From Pissed Off Citizens

by Amanda Shea

Michigan has become a hotbed of hate as Muslims have been allowed to take over much of the state and impose their “religious rights” on everyone who was there before them. After years of this infiltration, fueled in large part by Barack Obama’s refugee program and the town of Dearborn becoming the Middle East of Michigan, citizens have had enough. The entitled ride of thinking they can take over has just come to an abrupt end with the rude awakening they just faced by one brave individual leading the charge of making the state American again.

The nature of the Islamic religion does not allow Muslims to assimilate into Western culture — they want to dominate it since everything America stands for is counter to their beliefs. Michigan has systematically been forced to bow down to Islam under the pressure of our previous president who herded thousands of refugees into their state and allowed one town, in particular, to become unrecognizable as an American city — Dearborn — which looks more like the Middle East with its predominately Muslim population of approximately 103,000, according to WXYZ.

Muslims’ plan is world domination as that’s what their holy book preached for them to achieve. Key to that plan is the implementation of Sharia Law which they try to slowly establish under the radar here in America, without anyone realizing it before it’s too late. Wise to their disguise is Michigan Representative Michele Hoitenga who isn’t taking a backseat to political correctness and just got proactive about stopping Muslims in their tracks with a nasty surprise she just slapped them with.

With a new president in charge, states are starting to feel empowered to take assertive action against Islam in America, as was seen this week by what Hoitenga who just proposed a bill to ban Sharia Law.

Michigan Representative Michele Hoitenga

MLive reports:

“Michigan residents would be banned from using other countries’ laws in court under a bill proposed by Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, according to an email obtained by MLive.

In an email sent to state lawmakers seeking co-sponsors on Monday, Hoitenga said her bill doesn’t specifically mention Sharia Law, but wrote that it would include the religious law association with Islam.

“If you have not heard by now, a doctor in Detroit is being charged with operating an underground clinic that actively engaged in genital mutilation on young girls, essentially practicing a fundamentalist version of Sharia Law,” Hoitenga wrote in the email.”

Hoitega’s timing couldn’t have been more important as she saw first-hand the horrific results of Islam and Sharia Law in her own state last week when a female doctor was arrested for what she had been doing to Michigan girls who were not Muslim. Federal prosecutors accused 44-year-old Muslim Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of performing female genital mutilation on unsuspecting little girls in her Detroit-area E.R.

As expected, Hoitega faces an uphill battle with this bill in getting it past state Democrats who must not see a problem in disturbing crimes like Dr. Nagarwala’s who was forcing the sickest part of her religion on little girls. Hoitega wants to prevent more of this from being acceptable by law, which shouldn’t be up for debate since it’s completely contradictory to the U.S. Constitution, which liberals love to ignore.

Had this been a measure to prevent any other religion from gaining dominance over people, Democrats would be demanding that it pass and wreaking havoc on city streets if they were denied.

This Map Shows the Hourly Wage You Need to Afford an Apartment in Your State

by Tom Cahill

A new report shows that skyrocketing rent prices have put basic living arrangements out of reach in nearly every state for most low-income workers.

In order to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., workers on average need to earn at least $20.30 an hour, according to 2016 data from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). That’s roughly $13 more per hour than the federal minimum wage, and roughly $5 per hour more than the average national $15.42 hourly wage earned by renters last year.

Even a one-bedroom apartment is out of reach for minimum wage earners today at Fair Market Rent (FMR) levels. FMR is the metric that the Department of Housing and Urban Development uses to determine standard payments for housing choice vouchers, rent ceilings for the HOME rental assistance program, and rents at Section 8 housing developments when contracts are up for renewal.

The NLIHC estimates that a worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour needed to work an average of 90 hours per week to afford even just a one-bedroom apartment in 2016. The number of hours needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment jumps to 112 hours of minimum wage work.

Fair market rent varies by state. But after looking at the average cost of rents throughout the U.S., and comparing that side-by-side with the Area Median Income (AMI) of each state, the NLIHC estimated that the average rental wage needed to afford rent for a two-bedroom apartment hovered over a little over $20.30 an hour.

However, because the average renter’s wage is actually just $15.42 an hour, this means that rent needs to be, on average, $802 a month or less in order to qualify as affordable. This means each worker would need 1.3 minimum wage jobs in order to make rent for a modest two-bedroom unit.

The NLIHC’s 2016″Out of Reach” report estimated the wages needed for rent in each state by classifying “affordable” rent as being no more than 30 percent of a worker’s monthly take-home pay.

Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Ohio ranked as the most affordable places to live, while Hawaii, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and New York ranked among the most expensive places for renters.

The two maps below show how many hours in each state a minimum wage earner needs to work in each state in order to pay for a one-bedroom apartment, and the hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment in each state.

EVEN WITH AN ANGELIC SUBJECT LIKE “MADE IN AMERICA,” THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

By John F. Di Leo –

Reflections on government procurement and the Buy American Act

President Donald Trump traveled to southeast Wisconsin to make a speech and issue a proclamation: that he would require that – on the big government spending projects of his administration – everything had better be Made in America.

Hopefully, no one will quarrel with the intent.

A country should be proud of its manufacturing sector, and if tax dollars are to be spent at all, the preference ought to be that they be spent giving business to their own companies, employing their own people, utilizing their own local resources.  It’s important not only for the economy, but for national security as well.  Such an intention is good and honorable.

But we all know what the road to Hell is paved with, don’t we?

The Residency Rule

Before we analyze this rule, let’s spend a moment contemplating a rule with which we’re all familiar: the residency rule that many cities have in place for their employees.

Lots of cities decree that if you want to be a policeman, fireman, school teacher, or other city employee, you have to live in the city that issues your paycheck. The theory is, this keeps fine, upstanding citizens in the neighborhoods (especially important if the city is suffering a loss of fleeing taxpayers), and it keeps rents and home values up for everyone.  Granted, it limits the hiring pool a bit, but the bigger the city, the more manageable that should be. In theory.

So it is that many cities have specific neighborhoods, like Chicago’s northwest side and Milwaukee’s southwest side, for example, that become well-known for being particularly safe because they’re chock full of policemen. Fine, as far as it goes, right?

Until the property taxes, or crime levels, or school system collapses of such a city reach the point at which it becomes unwise to raise children there, or even becomes unaffordable or unsafe to remain at all.  A city may lose good employees when this rule drives them out, to search for other jobs that allow freedom of residency.  But perhaps, sometimes, the cities decide it’s worth the tradeoff.  It’s their choice, after all; that’s what home rule is all about.

And so the cities write rules to manage their residency rule, to deal with a grace period upon time of hiring, or to deal with marriages between city employees and suburbanites, or to deal with employees who own multiple properties, like a couple of small apartment buildings in different towns as their chosen investment method.

The questions get thorny: what if a new employee can’t sell his suburban house within the 30, or 60, or 90 days of his grace period?  Surely we can’t make him sell at a loss just because it’s a slow housing market.  Or what if his child is a junior in a suburban high school; surely we won’t make our new teacher, policeman, or fireman move his kid to a new school at a time like that, just to satisfy this rule, will we?

There are dozens of such questions, and each city writes their rules, and builds in provisions for exceptions.  Every city may handle it differently, and that’s their right.

We all recognize the value in the original goal of a local residency requirement, but we also see the complexity that it causes.  The devil is in the details.

The Buy American Act

Now, in this context, we can address the national issue of a “Buy American” rule.

For the exact same reasons – all good reasons – that cities have residency requirements, nations may want a rule that tax dollars are spent on their own taxpayers.

We want a thriving economy.  We want a strong business sector, full employment, profitable manufacturers.

Because of the scale involved in the national government’s purchases, federal spending can be a huge portion of the GDP.  It shouldn’t be, of course – government is much too big already – but to the extent that we’re stuck with it, it makes sense to at least direct those purchases of asphalt and concrete, steel beams and armaments, toward businesses that keep the most Americans employed.

This is the goal that President Trump reinforced this week, and it’s nothing new; the first major Buy American Act dates all the way back to 1933, and was signed by outgoing President Hoover for the incoming Roosevelt Administration to enforce. There have been plenty of permutations of this well-intentioned concept since.

The Complexity of Manufacturing

As we’ve seen, even a rule as simple as a local residency rule can become complicated in application, as different cities have different levels of affordable real estate for renters, homeowners, parents, and investors.  Cities need to carve out both permanent exceptions and individual waivers all the time, or risk missing out on desirable employees, while mindful of the fact that too many exceptions will infuriate their existing employees who live with the same rule.

By the same token, when the national government attempts a Buy American provision, therefore, it encounters plenty of problems that it likely never anticipated, because so few people in government know anything about the world of manufacturing.

Let’s start by assuming that we do manufacture this kind of product in the United States, so domestic sourcing is at least an option.  What is that product made of?  Is it a single item, such as an injection-molded article of plastic or a cast iron product poured in a foundry?

Or is it a complex manufactured product, like a huge water pump to keep a highway underpass clear during rainstorms, or a whole electrical power station for an airport or army base? Such products have Bills of Material – a manufactured product’s “recipe,” if you will – listing hundreds, or even thousands, of materials.  Cast or molded parts, wire and cable, nuts and bolts, sheet steel and brass rods, dials and controls.

No single company manufactures all those parts, so a manufacturer sources them from vendors all over the world.  Perhaps wire and cable made in the USA, nuts and bolts made in South Korea, dials made in Germany, cast steel parts made in the USA, molded plastic parts made in Mexico, gaskets made in China… the possibilities are endless.

If we require the finished product to be made here, that’s an accomplishment.  That does indeed satisfy the first goal of spending money on American companies that put Americans to work.  But then there is always an effort to go further, to the next tier of production, and manage those purchased raw materials and components as well.

When the government implements a Buy American rule, it first has to decide how far down to go in this supply chain.  In recent years, the choices have run the gamut from final manufacture all the way to requirements of 100% American content, right down to the rawest of raw materials.

Imagine requiring, for example, that a steel part be not only formed here, but made of steel that was alloyed here, of iron, chromium and carbon that were pulled out of the earth and processed here too.  Sound easy?  Well, not so much.  We have plenty of iron in the USA, but chromium just can’t be practically sourced here; most of it comes from South Africa, Turkey, India or FSU sources like Russia and Kazakhstan.  So at a certain point, it becomes impossible to mandate domestic sourcing… and that “certain point” varies by product, by material, by industry.

So at some spot in the sourcing process, we have to stop trying to control it.  We just have to.  We don’t make lots of nuts and bolts in the USA anymore; we’d like to, but we just don’t.    And we make lots of wire and cable here, but maybe not the exact kind that the power station contractor or the pump manufacturer needs for this particular finished product.  So we have to allow them some flexibility in sourcing, if we want our finished product to work.

But all these industries – yes, all of them – have lobbyists in Washington, lobbyists (and unions and reporters and donors and businessmen) who will point out that making the bridge or power station or water pump here is nice, but we really need to create jobs for the American steel industry too, and the American fastener industry, and the American wire and cable industry, and the American electrical controller industry…

Every administration, and even more so, every individual agency issuing government contracts, has to make this decision:  Where to draw the line? Where to give up and realize that the goal of making every single government dollar create an American job is just impossible?

Complexity and Practicality

These rules add complexity to the government contracting process, and also often-unmanageable complexity for the contractors and their subcontractors.  The myriad vendors on these government projects have different skill levels, and the farther back you go from the primary contractor, the less the others upstream may understand just what their commitment actually is.

In addition to making a great product at the right price, delivering it on time at the right place, they now have to meet rules of content origin that vary from contract to contract, but that always bear the exact same title: a “Buy American clause.”

What good is a commitment that means something different in every bid, especially when the contractor offering the project for bidding probably doesn’t understand the commitment himself?

If the vendor can’t meet a requirement because the part isn’t made here at all, he can seek a waiver, of course… but seeking, proving, and obtaining such waivers are an added cost, adding to the cost of the project… and if a vendor knows he’ll need such waivers, he may drop out entirely, costing the bid some potentially good vendors.

In most of the government projects authorized in the 2009 ARRA, for example, simple US origin was required – meaning that the product had to be manufactured here, but they didn’t dig deeper into the materials therein.  The following year, the government revised it, and most 2010 contracts from the 2009 ARRA had an almost impossible 100% US content requirement, extending right into raw materials.

This made compliance difficult for many products, and accomplishment often impossible, which meant more products having the total waiver: when it becomes impossible to meet a Buy American clause, you just give up and fill the order with a foreign product.

Foreign products have no requirement for US content at all, so once you have a waiver on the origin of the “master” finished product, it gets made in Canada or Mexico or Europe instead, and no Americans are hired at all.   This overly-ambitious version of a Buy American clause is truly the textbook example of the old saying, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

So, here is our quandary: Should the government impose a Buy American clause, if it’s so difficult?

Of course we should.  But it’s time to standardize it, and make it reasonable.  If the Trump administration wants to ensure that its projects employ lots of Americans, it needs to abandon the overly-ambitious clauses of the past, and apply a reasonable requirement, based on those used by the Ex-Im Bank or NAFTA in determining US origin.

We can require US manufacture, and set a percentage of minimum US spend on the manufacturer’s purchased materials, such as “50% or 75% must be US-manufactured parts as well. “  Something along those lines.

But we need to put an end to these promises that “Every product will be made of US steel!” that the lobbyists and unionists insist upon. Such pie-in-the-sky promises create more work for lawyers, bean-counters and foreigners than they do for American workers.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based Customs broker, writer, and actor.  A former county chairman of the Milwaukee County Republican Party, he has been a recovering politician for twenty years.

Is Sean Hannity Next On The Murdoch Brothers’ Hit List?

A New York Times reporter suggested Thursday that conservative TV host Sean Hannity could be the next Fox News host to be pressured to leave the network, after Bill O’Reilly’s stunning departure in the wake of sexual harassment claims.

The Washington Examiner reports,

On MSNBC, Times reporter Jeremy Peters noted a 2010 report about Fox that included a quote that said some within the Murdoch family were unhappy with the way the network was being run. Rupert Murdoch and his two sons are the top executives of the corporation that owns Fox.

“I think you have to look at somebody like Sean Hannity,” Peters said, “and question whether or not his almost propaganda-like attitude and programming every night is going to be acceptable in the minds of the family which is clearly trying to shift the network in another direction.”

Hannity is widely viewed as President Trump’s biggest champion in TV news, and rarely has anything critical to say about the White House. He is also now the longest running host in Fox’s prime-time lineup now that O’Reilly was ousted this week.

Before O’Reilly’s departure, Roger Ailes was forced to leave his perch as Fox’s long-running CEO last summer after several women accused him of sexual harassment.

The fallout and reorganizing of Fox is reportedly being led by Lachlan and James Murdoch, who are said to be attempting a repositioning of the highest-rated cable news channel, well known for its conservative bent.

Fox News Has Decided Bill O’Reilly Has to Go

  The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Wednesday morning, according to sources, executives are holding emergency meetings to discuss how they can sever the relationship with the country’s highest-rated cable-news host without causing collateral damage to the network. The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Sources briefed on the discussions say O’Reilly’s exit negotiations are moving quickly. Right now, a key issue on the table is whether he would be allowed to say good-bye to his audience, perhaps the most loyal in all of cable (O’Reilly’s ratings have ticked up during the sexual-harassment allegations). Fox executives are leaning against allowing him to have a sign-off, sources say. The other main issue on the table is money. O’Reilly recently signed a new multiyear contract worth more than $20 million per year. When Roger Ailes left Fox News last summer, the Murdochs paid out $40 million, the remainder of his contract.

According to sources, Fox News wants the transition to be seamless. Executives are currently debating possible replacement hosts. Names that have been discussed include Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, and Tucker Carlson, who would move from his successful 9 p.m. slot and create a need for a new host at that time. One source said Sean Hannity is happy at 10 p.m. and would not want to move. Network executives are hopingto have the new host in place by Monday.

The Murdochs’ decision to dump O’Reilly shocked many Fox News staffers I’ve spoken to in recent days. Late last week, the feeling inside the company was that Rupert Murdoch would prevail over his son James, who lobbied to jettison the embattled host. It’s still unclear exactly how the tide turned. According to one source, Lachlan Murdoch’s wife helped convince her husband that O’Reilly needed to go, which moved Lachlan into James’s corner. The source added that senior executives at other divisions within the Murdoch empire have complained that if O’Reilly’s allegations had happened to anyone else at their companies, that person would be gone already.

Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper.

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