Days of merry and bright.

The National Christmas Tree is lit following a ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Economists say that this Christmas season promises to be one of the best on record. Yes, of course, Christmas is first and foremost a religious observance. But there’s no escaping that it’s also an important economic indicator.

On that front, the indications are great. Retailers are seeing brisk sales, with most retail sector watchers saying that this season is going to be the best ever. Holiday season travel is set to break records. Across the country the mood is indeed merry and bright.

More people are working. Wages are up. Taxes are down. There’s more money left at the end of the month for more families and that means fuller stockings and more presents under the tree.

It’s worth reminding ourselves that this is what prosperity looks like. For most of a decade we as a nation became, by increments, inured to a flatline economy. We came to expect, and thus increasingly accept, stagnant incomes even in the face of rising prices for lunch, a new dress, a new pair of shoes, a fresh set of tires and all the other things we have to pay for no matter what.

We were lectured by the previous administration to the effect that flaccid, lackluster, economic growth constituted America’s new normal. We were admonished to get used to a shrinking middle class. The Ghost of Christmas Future, we were encouraged to believe, should be properly expected to be a bit thinner and bit more pale than the Ghost of Christmas Past.

All of that went out the window with a change of administration. With alacrity we never expect from politicians of any stripe, the Trump administration began unshackling the American economy. Using the same pen that Barack Obama used to push policy and regulation that was choking American business, Donald Trump began signing executive orders to remove regulation. He promised the elimination of two regulations for every new one put in place. The actual ratio has turned out to be closer to seven or eight to one.

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Add to that deregulatory Christmas tree the star on top in the form of tax rate cuts for companies and individuals, and you arrive at the very brisk Christmas season in which we now find ourselves. Christmas is the season of miracles and we should thus remember that the American economy is capable of miracles if left unimpeded by taxes, regulation and the incessant meddling of power hungry, vote pandering politicians.

As we lay President Bush to rest this week the media has been waxing eloquent on his “decency” and “gentle good humor.” The implied unfavorable comparisons to the current president have been hard to miss.

But this much is true like it or not. Given the institutional opposition he faced in the form of the media and the Washington establishment, only a guy with a personality like that of Donald Trump could have gotten these results this fast. Nobody named Bush could have done it. Nobody named Clinton would have even tried.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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8 Responses

  1. Buddy Saunders says:

    Absolutely right, nobody named Bush or Clinton could have done what President Trump has done for the people of this country. More to the point, neither Bush nor Clinton even tried.The establishment elites liked the way things were. They were fat and happy and running things, while everyone else suffered. The fat cats in both parties and in the media and on college campuses want to return to their “good old days.” During this Christmas season, we have much to be thankful for, and much of our thanks should go to Donald Trump–and switches and bags of coal to his legion of detractors.

  2. Richard Anderson says:

    Well said Mr. Gleiser, excellent column.

    President Trump has gotten it right as a matter of sound policy and by having an AMERICAN nationalist worldview– meaning, putting each and every American citizen, front and center in regards to his primary focus as President, NOT the globalist who don’t give a flying hoot about our great country, The United States of America. Land of Free and the Home of the Brave!

    One closing thought, President Trump is not a hater, for he has demonstrated he is a lover, a lover of AMERICA in regards to his faithfulness to our Constitution, respect for The Flag, and cherishing our Republic as founded. To note, referencing this time of year, he believes in saying Merry Christmas without reservation and knows, we as a nation, truly are, one nation under God, as our Founding Fathers so wisely knew.

  3. Holland Cooke says:

    HERE’S HOPING that someone/anyone can muzzle Trump’s reckless China trade war ad lib before this week’s Wall Street tailspin gets worse.


    • Holland Cooke says:

      Too late.

      Glass-half-full, Warren Buffet-style: BUY when everyone else is selling.

    • Richard Anderson says:

      The time to address the unlevel playing field in trade with communist China is now. They are getting stronger and the United States under the executive leadership of President Trump, the U.S.A., is the world’s strongest economy, has its best window of opportunity to square the trade field so that trade is not just free, but most importantly “fair & free trade.” Such a policy as this is the only policy which is in our national security and economic interest as we cannot continue to allow red China to steal U.S. intellectual property* [*the crown jewel of America business] at will and at the same time allow China to stonewall our exports to them. Trump is RIGHT on the mark.

  4. L Miles says:

    I am really getting tired of the “hate Trump at any cost” while missing the good that he has accomplished so far while being demonized by 95% of the FAKE, Socialist, Democrat propaganda machine (media) and the trolls that dominate the web 24 hours a day. I am going to suffer brain damage if I continue to read/listen to this hysteria. Surely, the cook can find another recipe to enlighten us about. NO, on second thought, I’m not that foolish.

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