By Tank Murdoch

(TNS) President Donald Trump has accomplished quite a bit during his three short years in office, and he make sure to mention them during his nationally televised State of the Union Address Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol.

Among the many 2016 campaign promises made and kept is the president’s rehabilitation of the U.S. economy from a moribund, slow-growth state of being under President Obama’s big government, highly regulated approach to a juggernaut producing more jobs than people to fill them.

Providing Americans with more opportunities for a better living shouldn’t be partisan, but in the age of Donald Trump, everything is, including raising the country’s standard of living.

This was on full display Tuesday evening as most Democrats remained seated, stern-faced, as the president ticked off a litany of economic accomplishments:

The unemployment rate for African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian-Americans has reached the lowest levels in history. African-American youth unemployment has reached an all-time low. African-American poverty has declined to the lowest rate ever recorded. 

The unemployment rate for women reached the lowest level in almost 70 years. And, last year, women filled 72 percent of all new jobs added. 

The veterans unemployment rate dropped to a record low. The unemployment rate for disabled Americans has reached an all-time low. 

Workers without a high school diploma have achieved the lowest unemployment rate recorded in U.S. history. A record number of young Americans are now employed.

Trump also noted that he (along with Congress) has delivered on a pledge to renegotiate the NAFTA agreement implemented and then ignored by previous administrations starting with Bill Clinton, though it was a vehicle for outsourcing American factories, jobs, and wealth.

“Six days ago, I replaced NAFTA and signed the brand-new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement into law. The U.S.M.C.A. will create nearly 100,000 new high-paying American auto jobs, and massively boost exports for our farmers, ranchers, and factory workers. It will also bring trade with Mexico and Canada to a much higher level, but also to be a much greater degree of fairness and reciprocity. We will have that: fairness and reciprocity. And I say that, finally, because it’s been many, many years that we were treated fairly on trade,” the president said.

“This is the first major trade deal in many years to earn the strong backing of America’s labor unions,” he added.

Most Democrats appeared uninterested, uninspired, and unable to acknowledge the benefits to all Americans that better economic conditions provide, regardless of whose policies are responsible.

Interestingly, Democrats used to claim they wanted “blue-collar workers” and minorities succeed, but that sentiment appears to have changed now that Trump has actually delivered on that pledge.

There were additional moments where one would think should be universally praiseworthy that Democrats wouldn’t acknowledge.

“Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — the first black fighter pilots — and he also happens to be Iain’s great-grandfather. Incredible story,” Trump noted at another point in his address.

“After more than 130 combat missions in World War II, he came back home to a country still struggling for civil rights and went on to serve America in Korea and Vietnam. On Dec. 7th, Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today, I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you, sir,” he added.

One of the men who helped defeat the Nazis was not even worthy of praise by two of the House Democrats’ most brazen anti-Semites, Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).


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