Nobody asked me but… (September 22, 2021)
By DR. LARRY MOSE
Nobody asked me but … Coming out of the personalities, let’s look at the things accomplished in the country between 2016 and the beginning of 2020. The unemployment rate has fallen below 4%. The unemployment rate for African Americans fell to 5.9%, the lowest rate on record. Asian and Hispanic unemployment rates have also reached record highs. The unemployment rate for women is at its lowest rate in 65 years.
Yes, I am aware that these numbers have exploded because of COVID. The point is, if the current programs offered are accepted, can the gains of 2016 and before COVID be restored?
Americans have seen an increase in money in their pockets thanks to the booming economy. African-American and Spanish-American poverty rates hit record highs in 2017.
Over 6 million workers have benefited from tax cuts and benefits.
Legislation was signed that re-authorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, making more than $ 1 billion available for career education programs.
Deregulation efforts have brought $ 23 billion in profits to American families and business owners.
A new trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico replaced the old North American Free Trade Agreement.
The US-Korea Free Trade Agreement has been renegotiated to preserve and develop jobs in the US auto industry.
Market access for US agricultural producers has been expanded. Argentina was opened to American pork and beef, Brazil to American beef, Japan to Idaho lamb and potatoes, and South Korea to American poultry.
China is held accountable for its unfair trade practices, such as the theft of intellectual property, by imposing tariffs on $ 250 billion on Chinese products.
The administration authorized $ 12 billion to help farmers affected by retaliatory tariffs.
The United States became a net exporter of natural gas for the first time in 60 years.
US coal exports have increased by more than 60 percent.
The Authority has approved the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the cross-border license for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Permits have been issued for the New Burgos pipeline to export US oil to Mexico.
Americans have enjoyed greater freedom in health care thanks to legislation that ended the penalty imposed by the Affordable Care Act.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a record number of generic drugs.
Reforms have been implemented to the amount Medicare will reimburse hospitals for drugs purchased under the 340B program, saving seniors $ 320 million.
The “right to try” legislation has expanded access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.
America has funded a United Nations (UN) agency for colluding with China’s brutal forced abortion and sterilization program.
The federal government has removed constraints on the ability of the individual state to exclude family planning service providers from abortion services from the Medicaid program.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crime declined every year after the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department announced nearly $ 100 million in grants to hire hundreds of law enforcement officers.
The DOJ worked with international partners to arrest and indict around 4,000 members of the infamous Mexican MS-13 gang.
The Ministry of Justice announced the creation of the National Partnership for Public Safety by launching a cooperation initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.
Legislation was passed to improve the federal gun background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.
Customs and border protection apprehended 17,256 criminals and 1,019 gang members in 2018 and 6,000 known or suspected gang members were deported from the country.
A law has been signed providing for $ 700 billion for defense in 2018 and $ 716 billion in 2019.
American men and women in uniform earned the largest military salary increase in nearly a decade.
Due to the new national security strategy to protect America from all threats, our military commanders have been given broad authority to lead the fight against ISIS. ISIS’s territorial caliphate has been defeated. Three of the world’s main terrorists have been eliminated: Osama Bin Laden, General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi-al-Mohandas.
The remains of the Korean War POW / MIA service members were returned to the United States.
Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel and the American Embassy was moved there.
The United States has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council because of its bias against Israel.
The United States has made it clear that it will not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans and will continue to protect United States sovereignty.
The United States urged NATO members to increase defense spending and realign Alliance priorities.
America has stepped up its support for Ukraine’s defense by stepping up arms sales to its military.
The release of many US citizens detained abroad has been accomplished, including Pastor Andrew Brunson of Turkey and Josh Holt of Venezuela.
A record $ 73.1 billion has been set aside to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs. This funding included $ 8.6 billion for mental health services, $ 400 million for opioid abuse prevention and $ 206 million for suicide prevention.
The VA Mission Act allowed eligible veterans to use community walk-in clinics. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act has streamlined the process used by veterans when appealing for benefits.
The Forever GI Bill provides veterans, military personnel and their families with enhanced educational benefits.
I will not compare the actions of America’s current leaders during their first year in office. I’m just going to ask you to make a comparison and decide for yourself if what happened this year with inflation, Afghanistan, southern border issues and the lack of control over crime in the centers -American cities was a step forward.
Yes, I am aware that COVID has reversed some of the gains made between 2016-2020. However, I also realize that a lot of things that could be considered a gain have been abandoned by the political decisions of the current administration. I would just ask you to assess for yourself and determine if the administrative changes are good or bad.
As Ronald Reagan said when he ran for President, the heart of the matter is “Are you better off than four years ago?” That’s the question the American people will have to answer a year from now, in the midterm election, as well as in the 2024 presidential election.
Thought for the week… “The natural progress of things is that freedom gives way and government gains ground.
– Thomas Jefferson