On “Fox & Friends,” Charles Payne had effusive praise for President Donald J. Trump’s economic record. https://bit.ly/2GchEtt

Thanks, Obama. &n http://goo.gl/ahSucN
—– 6059 “How Does Trump Stack
Up Against the Best — and Worst — Presidents?” (NYT, 2/19/2018): http://goo.gl/o8HFjn > Obama 6 v. Birther 44

Given much, the Birther still stinks it up: BOOn. http://goo.gl/ahSucN
——- $$Z32 BIRTHER 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW 5829 http://goo.gl/74g8Eu
——- $Z32A: “Birther 2018 Year in Progress” 6275 http://bit.ly/2J4ZKe9

The Cult added $22T (¥A)+ $5.6T (¥B) $1.2T (¥C) to the Deficit. http://bit.ly/2FfAZcZ
—– ¥A 2424. “Financial Crisis Cost Tops $22 Trillion, GAO Says” (HP, 3/30/2017): http://goo.gl/TWVSGa
—– ¥B 5504 “U.S. Spent $5.6 Trillion on Wars in Middle East and Asia: Study.” (WSJ, 11/8/2017): http://goo.gl/7A5F2S
—– ¥C 6151 “Tax Law Doesn’t Pay for Itself, Harvard Economists Find.” (WSJ, 3/8/2018): http://goo.gl/rUqJTK

BOO1: 5818 “Fox News Research: Trump’s First Year in Office Worst For Job Growth Since 2010” (Mediate, 1/5/2018): http://goo.gl/YqjZth

BOO2: Con 15 “This Tax Plan is a Christmas Gift”: http://bit.ly/2renDsX
——- “A Bloomberg analysis found that about 60 percent of tax cut gains will go to shareholders, compared to 15 percent for employees.”
——- “According to Gallup, just over half of Americans own stocks at all. What’s more, the richest 10 percent of Americans own 80 percent of all stock shares. The bottom 80 percent of earners own just 8 percent.”
——- 6331 “Opinion | The Great Snake Oil Slump” by P. Krugman (NYT, 4/19/2018): https://nyti.ms/2HO3fWF

&1 THE INHERITANCE ($Z0 OBAMA’S LEGACY 4992. http://bit.ly/2qD88ul )
——- 2925. “How Barack Obama rescued the US economy. Given the starting point, and congressional opposition, recovery has been remarkable” by Martin Wolf (Financial Times, 1/10/2017): http://goo.gl/ahSucN > Gifted.
——- 5020. “Donald Trump’s economic inheritance in 7 charts. Only recent president to take office during a stronger economy is George HW Bush” (FT, 12/29/2016): http://goo.gl/5WuJJL > Gifted
——- 5021. “Fed sees three rate rises in 2017 > Central bank lifts short term rates for only second time since financial crisis” (FT, 12/14/2016): http://goo.gl/GRhRQc > Gifted.
——- 5022. “Data show Trump to inherit strengthening US recovery. Economy grew more than thought in third quarter at 3.2% annualised rate” (Financial Times, 11/29/2016): http://goo.gl/rV8Clw > Gifted.
——- Under Obama, the US is the #1 Competitive Country. http://goo.gl/LHAU3U His favorability is 55%. Globally it’s 70%. http://goo.gl/15WJ83
———— a) 5030. “The Global Competitiveness Report 2016–2017” (World Economic Forum, 9/28/2016): http://goo.gl/LHAU3U
———— b) 5032. “As Obama Years Draw to Close, President and U.S. Seen Favorably in Europe and Asia > Few overseas confident that Trump can handle foreign policy” (Pew, 6/2016): http://goo.gl/15WJ83
———— c) 5031. PolitiFact’s Obama Meter: http://goo.gl/zh6RCh
———— d) 5033. “Obama’s Numbers October 2016 Update.” (FactCheck.Org, 11/21/2016): http://goo.gl/cB2eUL
———— e) 5034. “Data show Trump to inherit strengthening US recovery. Economy grew more than thought in third quarter at 3.2% annualised rate” (Financial Times, 11/29/2016): http://goo.gl/rV8Clw > Gifted.
——- 5035. According to FactCheckDotOrg http://goo.gl/cB2eUL, under President Obama’s leadership:
———— The economy has added nearly 10.7 million jobs.
———— Median household income has gone up $1,140, or 2 percent.
————The buying power of the average worker’s weekly paycheck is up 4.2 percent.
———— Median sales prices of existing single-family homes are up 23 percent.
———— The unemployment rate has dropped well below the historical norm; job openings are at a 15-year high.
———— Corporate profits and stock prices have both soared to record highs.
———— The number of people lacking health insurance has gone down by 16.5 million.

BOO3: 6271 “”Trump’s Volatility Has Lost Him the Confidence of Investors” (Bloomberg, 4/9/2018): http://bit.ly/2qzpHLd
——- US companies are now valued less than before the Birther was elected.
——- The cost to borrow has soared.
——- The dollar’s share of global currency reserves has dropped by the most since 2002.

BOO4: Con 11 Drain the Swamp (30): http://bit.ly/2reqIZf
—– 5815 “Foreign governments are finding ways to do favors for Trump’s business” (McClatchyDC, 1/2/2018): http://goo.gl/byDZVT

BOO5: CON 09 Trade Con: 5835: http://bit.ly/2HQbCRQ
——- 6155 “The threat to world trade. The rules-based system is in grave danger” (The Economist, 3/8/2018): http://goo.gl/Jd6uFr
——- 6077 “Trade Deficit Disorder” (CATO, 2/6/2018): http://goo.gl/mn5jg9

BOO6: 5522 “Countries agree on Pacific trade pact that excludes U.S.” (Politico, 11/10/2017): http://goo.gl/p6q2ai
——- 6274 “Trade war backfire: Steel tariff shrapnel hits U.S. farmers” (Reuters, 4/13/2018): https://reut.rs/2IYfdfX

&2 THE HEADWINDS ( from: $Z10 DOES THE CULT HAVE A NORTH STAR? 6380 http://bit.ly/2vUbiix ):
——- 2206. “Democrats condemn GOP’s plot to obstruct Obama as ‘appalling and sad’” (The Guardian, 4/26/2012): http://goo.gl/AZYBZM
——- 3217. “Ben Bernanke attacks Congress for failing to foster US rebound.” (Financial Times, 10/5/2015): http://goo.gl/QCxmhk
——- “Republican-caused Great Depression And Great Recession Explained” 3825. http://goo.gl/P5fV4x

BOO7: 5810 “Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up” (NPR, 12/27/2017): http://goo.gl/4V8K6h > Mediocre

BOO8: Con 29: Infrastructure VaporWare: http://bit.ly/2rjJfDJ

BOO9: 6198 “The Real Reason Jeff Bezos Grinds Trump’s Gears” (BView, 8/18/2017): https://bloom.bg/2Im7NCO

BOO10: Con 04: “I am a Successful Businessman” (“I am not a Crook”) Con: http://bit.ly/2rhtayp

&3 THE HEADWINDS ( from $$Z6 THE BIRTHER’S ILLEGITIMACY 5909 http://bit.ly/2J2clyy )
Reason 5. McConnell:
——- 4240. “Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America” (Washington Post, 4/7/2017): http://goo.gl/4Jpgt9
——- 2526. “Mitch McConnell’s Nuclear Trigger Finger” (NYT, 4/3/2017): http://goo.gl/OWzIL2

$$Z32 BIRTHER 2017 YEAR IN REVIEW 5829 http://goo.gl/74g8Eu
——- $Z32A: “Birther 2018 Year in Progress” 6275 http://bit.ly/2J4ZKe9

—– 1007. “How Russia sold its oil jewel: without saying who bought it” (Reuters, 1/25/2017): http://goo.gl/Y8q8Vx
—– 3989. “Russia Could Buy Back Stake It Sold in Rosneft ” (WSJ, 6/7/2017): http://goo.gl/BuWDzZ
—– 2888. “Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy’s dossier on Donald Trump” (The Telegraph, 1/27/2017): http://goo.gl/Ypndax
—– 2894. “156 Paths to Putin” (Medium, 3/2017): http://bit.ly/2qFCo7m
——– “After the election, a 19.5% deal went through, Oleg Orovkin was found dead in his car and the guy behind the Russian Hacking was arrested for treason in Russia.” (Item 24)
——– “The Rosneft deal is linked to Trump through a vast network of holding companies. …” (Item 28)

PLOT: 2298. “The plot to sell America’s foreign policy for foreign oil _and_ steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel.” Seth Abramson (Twitter, 3/25/2017): https://t.co/ZAV5g6x2uJ


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6341 http://bit.ly/2HjrcIJ