My God but have liberals have become unglued this past year!
Look, 2017 hasn't exactly been the year we'd all like it to be, but if you ask your basic liberal how things are going, you'd likely expect them to be leaving the U.S. for any country but ours.
Not that liberals ever follow through on their proclamations to leave if (fill in the blank) is elected anyway.
But you know, from an American perspective, 2017 wasn't too bad.
There are lots of things that play into economics, but one of the most important ones is consumer confidence. If people think things are going to get better, people start buying more stuff. Based on early numbers just released, this holiday season was a big winner for the retail and online shopper. Sales are up, because people's economic outlook is on the rise. Personality-wise, President Trump is pretty much a loud mouthed jerk, but you can't deny he is all into making people think things are great again. Let's give credit where credit is due - Trump is boosting the economy with policies and attitude.
Tax reform is in the bag. While many (myself included) would have preferred something with even less deductions and tax breaks for an even simpler tax code, when leftist news organizations like CNN start admitting that the recent changes passed help just about everybody, you know it was a pretty good bill. If the Senate wasn't so hidebound in it's rules and processes, this could have been even better. But beginning in 2019, those tax returns are going to look pretty nice to many Americans.
ISIS has been thoroughly marginalized and almost wiped out completely largely due to a Trump-inspired offensive partnership between America and Iraq. Anything that can contribute to the destruction of a 12th century-thinking organization in the 21st century is a very, very good thing.
I'm constantly amazed at the level of Jewish support for the Democrat party, given that there are really very few friends of Israel in elected office. That being said, there is apparently no better friend of Israel than Donald Trump, whose recent decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has liberals in general, and the world specifically spinning their heads. Even after a moronic non-binding vote in the U.N condemning the move, where ally after ally abandoned the U.S. for purely propaganda points, the administration took the once-unthought of move to PUBLICLY threaten those countries with cuts or downright elimination of U.S. foreign aid. And they they cut a quarter billion U.S. dollars out of our payments to the U.N. The U.N. has never been a friend to the U.S, and anything that weakens that organization and it's effect on the world is a good thing.
The "science" of man-made global warming continues to crumble, as the correlation between solar output (which was highest during warmer years) and temperature increases slowing to a virtual standstill are becoming more apparent. This will never stop government-funded "scientists" (usually people who can't make it as TV weather-people, let alone hold gainful employment outside of grant-filled academia) from crying about "the warmest year on record", even as temperature levels continue to be lower than their dire predictions of just a few years ago.
The last vestiges of Obamacare had a stake thrust through it's heart as the individual mandate was killed when tax reform passed. Now, if the Congress can just put through a bill which keeps the two really good things in Obamacare intact (no limits on coverage and no denial for pre-existing conditions) combined with individual choice, access across state lines and tort reform, coupled with free-market principles, we'd have us a pretty good health care opportunity in the U.S.
Yes, 2017 could have been worse. Let's hope we see an even better 2018.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.