December 09, 2019

New Op-ed: Trump blue-collar economic miracle vs. Democrats’ dangerous fantasyland

Trump blue-collar economic miracle vs. Democrats’ dangerous fantasyland

Originally published by WND

The choice could not be clearer.

The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in November. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, the lowest level in half a century.

The number of Americans working rose to 158.6 million, a record high and the sixth consecutive record.

Wages keep increasing. Hourly earnings for private-sector workers are 3.1% higher over the year. Wages are growing at a faster rate for production workers than for managers.

While the Trump economy works for working Americans, the Democrats plan an economy that satisfies feel-good fantasies of the billionaire class.

Consider the newly minted 2020 candidate and long-time climate change alarmist Michael Bloomberg.

President Trump's policies have brought manufacturing jobs back, but Bloomberg would undo all the progress, and then some.

Long before launching his bid for the White House, Bloomberg sent tens of millions of dollars to the Sierra Club and other radical environmentalists.

These organizations are working full time to kill jobs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, states key to winning the White House.

Union workers who helped elect President Trump are now targets of the radical protesters Bloomberg is paying.

The Bloomberg Family Foundation-funded The Energy Foundation which works like a Green New Deal pass-through for groups such as Honor the Earth and MN350 that have vandalized pipelines.

These are not your grandmother’s environmental organizations.

MN350 says it is part of a global movement to end the use of fossil fuels and "guarantee that benefits flow first to marginalized communities that are historically excluded from economic gain."

MN350 tells us it is committed to the "uprooting of the systems of racism, gender oppression, the dispossession of indigenous people, and predatory capitalism." It wants "to change the rules of government and corporate behavior."

This is Newspeak for a dictatorship of the proletariat.

The proletariat has other ideas, though.

Carl Claremboux, a 50-year-old laborer working on the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Wisconsin, tells the Star Tribune: "Something like this does not come along very often. It extends out to where a guy can actually bank a bit of money."

Local 49 of the International Union of Operating Engineers has explicitly condemned attempts by the would-be green guerrillas to sabotage the pipeline.

"While we strongly support debate and the right to peacefully protest – tenets of the labor movement – we strongly oppose the promotion of hostile rhetoric and the celebration of violent protests," the union says.

Meanwhile, over in Michigan, the head of the United Association of Union Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVACR Service Techs says 25,000 union members are depending on opportunities to service and maintain another pipeline that would run from Superior, Wis., to oil refineries in Detroit, Toledo and Sarnia, Ontario.

"Our members also work in the refineries and industrial manufacturing plants that rely on Line 5 to provide fuel to continue their operations," said Mark McManus, general president of the 355,000-member national union.

That's quite a chunk of the proletariat.

The plumbers have joined with the operating engineers union and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to lobby Michigan's Democratic governor for the project.

The governor wants to shut down the existing pipeline three years before its privately funded $500 million pipeline-and-tunnel replacement is completed

That would put more than jobs at risk. It threatens to starve Michiganders on the Upper Peninsula of the energy they need to heat their homes. Fuel price spikes would be "catastrophic" to working families and the region's economy.

Of course, Democratic presidential candidates and fossil fuel opponents Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer don't have the same concerns as working families.

They made their billions in the financial industry that is largely responsible for gutting U.S. manufacturing.

Adding hypocritical insult to material injury, climate evangelist Tom Steyer earned his money investing in coal mines around the world. Now that he's hit the jackpot, he insists on shutting them down in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg tells us the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Xinping is not a dictator.

As we said at the beginning, the choice between President Trump and the Democrats could not be clearer.

-Curtis Ellis is Senior Policy Director for America First Policies.

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