Trump’s brand new America First party

In the view of many, Donald Trump’s phenomenal presidential election victory — that shook America and the world — came to pass in the nick of time to change the outlook for America from dismal to great.

And come January 20, the way will be clear for Trump to start the process of instituting — through congress, not executive action — the policy promises that got him elected.

If there are losers in this new era, it won’t be conservatives. It will be the ruling class of political operatives who want to rush for the exits. And good riddance. They are the ones who gave us 15 years of malaise.

Conservatives shouldn’t fret too much over Trump’s deviations from Reagan policies. So far the Cabinet appointments and the policy priorities of his incoming administration have been nearly impeccable.

He’s also showing a willingness to reach out to the other side to score policy victories and avoid paralysis. That is right out of the Reagan playbook. The Gipper was a master political strategist, perhaps even more than he was an orthodox conservative. That’s how you rack up victories that are durable, a lesson Barack Obama never learned.

Trump’s party is an America First party. He is likely ‎to end the left’s unpatriotic policies that always apologize to the rest of the world for our nation’s faults.   It’s about time we put American workers first, just as Trump did when he negotiated to save 1,000 Carrier jobs that were headed to Mexico. That’s leadership.

I’m not cheerleading here. A lot can go wrong with this experiment. But it is simply a reality that the Republican Party has moved in a new direction, with a new voting bloc behind it.

Voters seem to know something big is on the way. Look at how investor and consumer confidence has soared since Election Day.

Trump election sparks surge in optimism over economy

The election of Donald Trump has brought about a surge in optimism over the economy not seen in years

CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey for the fourth quarter shows an unprecedented jump — compared to before the election — in the percentage of Americans who expect the economy to improve in the year ahead.

The surge was powered by Republicans and independents reversing their outlooks. Republicans swung from deeply pessimistic, with just 15 percent saying the economy would improve in the next year, to strongly optimistic, with 74 percent believing in an economic upswing. Optimism among independents doubled but it fell by more than half for Democrats. Just 16 percent think the economy will improve.

“We’re looking at America moving into a more positive era with regard to economic expectations,” said Micah Roberts, vice president at Public Opinion Strategies, which serves as the Republican pollster for the CNBC survey. “No doubt the election of Donald Trump has ushered that in.”

US Steel wants to increase investments and bring back jobs

United States Steel would like to accelerate its investments and hire back laid-off employees now that Donald Trump will be occupying the Oval Office, CEO Mario Longhi told CNBC on Wednesday.

Longhi contends that corporate America is upbeat about Trump’s promises of less regulation.

“When you get into some situations where we’re being asked to control some substances in water that are far lower than what nature naturally offers, that’s irrational,” he said.

“There was a point in time in the past couple years that I was having to hire more lawyers to try to interpret these new regulations than I was hiring . . . engineers. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Indeed, it doesn’t.

Judge Goldsmith stops the recount and seals Trump’s Michigan win

The “federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount effectively ended it on Wednesday, tying his decision to a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request another look at ballots.”

The ruling seals Republican Donald Trump’s narrow victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton for Michigan’s16 electoral votes.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith agreed with Republicans who argued that the three-day recount must end a day after the state appeals court dealt a blow to the effort. The court said Stein, who finished fourth in Michigan on Nov. 8, didn’t have a chance of winning even after a recount and therefore isn’t an “aggrieved” candidate.

The Trump effect: Dow, S&P and transports close at all-time highs as stocks surge

From CNBC:

U.S. equities closed sharply higher on Wednesday as the Dow and S&P hit new record highs, while investors awaited a monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank.

The S&P 500 erased earlier losses to gain around 1.3 percent, with telecoms rallying around 2.4 percent to lead advancers.

“This 2,219 level [on the S&P] was on where a lot of people were expecting to see some resistance, and we went through it like a hot knife through butter,” said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, adding stocks were also boosted by some short covering. “A lot of people have been saying ‘this is the end’ and have ended up with very little money in their hands.”

The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 300 points, with Home Depot, IBM and Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains. The Dow Transports, meanwhile, hit their first intraday high since 2014 and closed at an all-time high. Since Nov. 8, transports have risen more than 12 percent.

“I think this is more momentum from the Trump rally,” said Adam Sarhan, CEO at 50 Park Investments. “You’ve got the financials, transports, steel stocks, small and mid-cap stocks all trading higher. The areas that have worked [since the election] continue to work.”

“While all this is happening, you’ve seen virtually no selling. That’s very good for stocks moving forward,” he said.

And:

As of Wednesday’s close, the Dow has posted gains in 18 of the past 22 sessions and 12 record closes since the election. The S&P and the Nasdaq, meanwhile, have risen 4.8 percent and 3.9 percent since Nov. 8, respectively.

“We’ve obviously had a pretty significant run over the past few weeks, but with hardly any down days,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities. “The market is trying to price in a paradigm of fiscal stimulus and deregulation.”

President-elect Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election with optimism for greater infrastructure spending and deregulation of certain sectors propelling the sharp increase in stocks since Nov. 8.

Anti-Trumpers’ last-ditch attempt in the Electoral College to thwart the will of the voter

Donald Trump won the presidential election. As president-elect he is busy picking his Cabinet preparatory to taking office after the inauguration ceremony on January 20.

It’s a done deal. Right? Well, not quite.

Some, implacably opposed to The Donald, are resorting to desperate measures, with scant regard for the will of the voters, in a last-ditch bid to prevent him from officially becoming the 45th president of the United States:

Amid a rowdy recount push in battleground states, anti-Donald Trump forces are escalating efforts to invalidate his election on another front: the Electoral College.

The people who technically choose the next president will gather on Dec. 19 to, presumably, make the results of the Nov. 8 presidential election official. Trump won 306 electoral votes in the election, well above the 270 needed to defeat Hillary Clinton and claim the White House.

But even as Clinton herself has conceded and joined President Obama in urging a smooth transition of power, a group of electors from Colorado and Washington known as the “Hamilton Electors” is trying to persuade other electors to unite behind a Republican alternative to Trump.

On Monday, they peeled off one Republican. Chris Suprun, from Texas, said he won’t cast one of his state’s 38 electoral votes for Trump because “I am here to elect a president, not a king.”

Suprun previously indicated he would support Trump. But he now says the president-elect’s postelection attacks on the First Amendment, as well as the billionaire businessman’s continued promotion of his brand and business interests overseas, changed his mind.

The anti-Trump electors, however, face a very steep climb. In total, they would need to persuade 37 electors to either abstain from voting or switch their vote from Trump to someone else. This would throw the vote for president to the House of Representatives.

Suprun, by the way, is urging the electors to vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead of Trump.

Kasich, to his credit, wants nothing to do with Suprun’s treachery:

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich dealt a blow to at least one rogue electoral college member Tuesday, asking him not to vote for Kasich in the presidential election when the electors convene Dec. 19.

“Kasich made the announcement on his Twitter account.”:

I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month. Our country had an election and Donald Trump won. The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election. But this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation, when unity is what we need. The election is over. Now is the time for all of us to come together as Americans.

—Gov. John Kasich

 

 

Do illegal votes decide elections in the United States?

There is indeed evidence that “significant numbers of noncitizens cast ballots.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

Donald Trump’s claim that illegal voting may have cost him a popular-vote majority has touched off outrage. Widespread voter fraud, the media consensus suggests, isn’t possible. But there is a real chance that significant numbers of noncitizens and others are indeed voting illegally, perhaps enough to make up the margin in some elections.

There’s no way of knowing for sure. The voter-registration process in almost all states runs on the honor system. The Obama administration has done everything it can to keep the status quo in place. The Obama Justice Department has refused to file a single lawsuit to enforce the requirement of the National Voter Registration Act that states maintain the accuracy of their voter-registration lists. This despite a 2012 study from the Pew Center on the States estimating that one out of every eight voter registrations is inaccurate, out-of-date or duplicate. About 2.8 million people are registered in more than one state, according to the study, and 1.8 million registered voters are dead. In most places it’s easy to vote under the names of such people with little risk of detection.

An undercover video released in October by the citizen-journalist group Project Veritas shows a Democratic election commissioner in New York City saying at a party, “I think there is a lot of voter fraud.” A second video shows two Democratic operatives mulling how it would be possible to get away with voter fraud.

The Justice Department has opposed every effort by states—such as Kansas, Arizona, Alabama and Georgia—to verify the citizenship of those registering to vote. This despite evidence that noncitizens are indeed registering and casting ballots. In 2015 one Kansas county began offering voter registration at naturalization ceremonies. Election officials soon discovered about a dozen new Americans who were already registered—and who had voted as noncitizens in multiple elections.

How common is this? If only we knew. Political correctness has squelched probes of noncitizen voting, so most cases are discovered accidentally instead of through a systematic review of election records.

The danger looms large in states such as California, which provides driver’s licenses to noncitizens, including those here illegally, and which also does nothing to verify citizenship during voter registration. In a 1996 House race, then-challenger Loretta Sanchez defeated incumbent Rep. Bob Dornan by under 1,000 votes. An investigation by a House committee found 624 invalid votes by noncitizens, nearly enough to overturn the result.

California, by the way, provided Hillary Clinton with “all of her winning margin of 2 million popular votes, and then some, in her losing campaign for president.”