Republican candidates are talking about how Democrats treated Brett Kavanaugh and what will happen if Democrats take control of the House and possibly even the Senate.
But a prominent conservative columnist says GOP candidates should really have one dominant message: the economy is the best it’s been in generations.
“Are you better off now than you were two years ago? It’s a very simple question, and I think for almost every single American, the answer is, ‘Yes, we are better off than we were two years ago,” said syndicate columnist Deroy Murdock, whose latest column makes the economic argument for keeping Republicans in power.
Murdock says a quick comparison between 2018 and 2016 tells the tale. Economic growth in the first half of 2018 is 4.2 percent, compared to 1.9 percent in 2016. Unemployment dropped from 4.9 percent to 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969. Female unemployment fell from 4.4 percent to 3.3 percent, the lowest since 1953.
“The economy is up and running and thriving and robust much more than it was just two years ago, thanks to Republican tax cuts, Republican deregulation, a much more positive pro-business and pro-free market tone coming out of Washington, D.C. That is helping Americans from Beverly Hills all the way down to the barrios,” said Murdock.
The Democrats are not conceding the economy as a Trump success story. Former President Barack Obama believes he deserves a good share of the credit.
“When you hear all this talk about economic miracles right now, remember who started it,” said Obama in Nevada on Monday.
Murdock likened Obama’s claim to the person who an’t open a jar but then takes credit for loosening it when someone else opens it. Murdock admits Obama started his presidency with a stalled economy, but says the difference between Obama and Trump on economic results is staggering.
“Things did pick up some under Obama. But it was a bit like being in a car that was going 35 miles per hour on a big superhighway. Now we’re going about 70-75-80, and the guy that was driving us along at 35 miles per hour is asking for a standing ovation,” said Murdock.
Listen here for the full interview as Murdock predicts where our economy would be if Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and discusses how the GOP should respond to the migrant caravan coming to our southern border.