By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) Election 2020:Â President Donald J. Trump had a good day Friday.
The Labor Department released the latest job figures and they were nothing short of spectacular â€” for the country, of course, but certainly for him and his administration as well.
The U.S. economy crushed expectations in February, adding 313,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs as unemployment remained at 4.1 percent.
The unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 2000, and while wage growth was muted â€” â€œwith average hourly earnings up 2.6 percent on an annualized basis, 0.2 percentage points below expectationsâ€ â€” if job growth continues, economists say wages will have to grow as employers compete for a shrinking pool of workers.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up. The NASDAQ was up. The S&P 500 was up.
And Trumpâ€™s approval ratings are up. In fact, theyâ€™ve been trending that way now for weeks. And to top all of this off, he may sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and agree to denuclearize the peninsula in a couple months.
Not bad for a guy from Queens, New York, with no prior political experience.
But itâ€™s not good enough for former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently, because heâ€™s decided already that Trumpâ€™s got to go. And he wants to be the guy who replaces him (though I thought the Democratic Party was done with old white guys â€” was I wrong?).
As reported by Politico, former U.S. senator and serial Democratic presidential contender Biden is going to throw his hat into the ring once more. But as the news site noted, even he understands itâ€™s a longer-than-average-long shot:
Joe Biden knows that winning in 2020 would require a shoot-the-moon set of circumstances and luck. So his team is on the hunt for a moon shot.
Between stops on his book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people whoâ€™ve been part of the discussions or told about them. Politico reports that Bidenâ€™s aides and staffers are now running scenarios for 2020 as he prepares to throw his hat into the Democrat Party primary process, according to theÂ Hill.
President Obamaâ€™s former VP is â€œthinking through a million unconventional options because there is an acknowledgment that this could be an unconventional campaign,â€ according to an inside source, who went onto claim that Bidenâ€™s been upset with the Trump administration (you know, like every other Democrat).
â€œLooking at the environment, itâ€™s hard for someone whoâ€™s spent his life in public service to say, â€˜I donâ€™t think I can play any role in fixing this,â€™â€ the source said.
But can he? Would he? Seriously?
Biden, the King of Gaffeland? Biden, the guy who dropped out of his first presidential campaign in 1988 after he was hit with plagiarism charges, both in his campaign speeches and when he was in law school?
That Joe Biden?
â€œBiden has floated himself as a candidate for president or actually started a campaign in nearly every presidential election since 1988,â€ writes Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart News. â€œBut he launched a serious second bid in 2008, facing down then-Sen. Barack Obama. He bowed out early when he was not able to win enough primary votes to knock Obama out of the race.â€
And though heâ€™s never come close to winning the Democratic primaries, he doesnâ€™t appear to be giving up.
Proving that some things never change, while campaigning for Conor Lamb, the Democrat running for a House seat in the Pennsylvania special election, Biden outright lied about the Trump-GOP tax cuts.
As reported by Politico, he claimed Trumpâ€™s tax bill was really just about the rich stealing money that â€œthey didnâ€™t earnâ€ from working people, while of course portraying himself as a champion of national unity.
Some 85-98 percent of Americans â€” including average Americans, Joe â€” will get tax relief under the Trump-GOP tax cuts.
Come on, Joe. You can’t lie your way to the presidency, especially with this whopper.
After four years of economic recovery, the reassertion of America’s greatness abroad, better trade deals and more money in our pockets thanks to Trump and Republicans, Joe Biden has about as much chance of being president as I do.
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