By Jon Dougherty
President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser fired up the crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C., on Thursday by imploring the country â€œto put socialism on trial and convict it.â€
After making the case that the president’s free-market, capitalist ideas are working, as evidenced by the growing economy, low unemployment, and dramatically improved job market, Kudlow said blue-collar employment for all demographics is at its highest level since the 1980s under President Ronald Reagan.
He also praised the annual growth rate of about 3 percent, which is nearly 1 full point higher than President Obama’s average of about 2.1 percent.
In fact, heÂ said, the 3-percent figure is nearly double the rate during the last year of Obamaâ€™s presidency. â€œItâ€™s the hottest economy in the world,â€ Kudlow said.
The president’s economist ticked off the keys to the current boom: Lowering taxes on businesses and individuals; cutting red tape and regulations; setting the energy sector free; and adopting significant new trade policies.
Meanwhile, â€œOur opponents are proposing to overturn Americaâ€™s success and its greatness,â€ Kudlow said. â€œItâ€™s crazy stuff â€¦ high taxes, health care take over, impoverished poverty traps â€¦ socialism.â€
â€œSo Iâ€™m going to come to you today, really with a plea. Stay with me on this; I need your help,â€ said Kudlow, a former Reagan administration economist. â€œI want you, everybody in this room and your friends and your neighbors, I want you to put socialism on trial.
â€œThatâ€™s what Iâ€™m asking you to do today. I donâ€™t want us to stand idly by. I donâ€™t want to let this stuff fester; I want it challenged; I want it debated; I want it rebutted, and I want to convict socialism.â€
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The economist then pulled a quote from the president’s State of the Union Address last month:
â€œHere, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence â€” not government coercion, or domination, or control.
â€œWe are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.â€
He also recited words from aÂ speechÂ Trump gave to Venezuelan-Americans in Miami not long after: â€œSocialism promises prosperity, but it delivers poverty. Socialism promises unity, but it delivers hatred and it delivers division. Socialism promises a better future but it always returns to the darkest chapters of the past. It never fails; it always happens.â€
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