Democratic governors and mayors in blue states are keeping their economies locked down to wreck the economy under President Donald Trump. But they are only frustrating and angering their own citizens. Breakdowns in the rule of law with mob rule and skyrocketing crime by Marxist revolutionaries like Black Lives Matter and Antifa are only adding to the doom for Democrat governors and mayors.
Instead of lockdown, unemployment, and government checks, voters want their jobs back, booming economic growth, freedom, and prosperity. Not to mention safety and security under the rule of law. What is becoming clear across America is that voters can only get that by voting Republican.
Stephen Moore and Erwin Antoni report at the Committee to Unleash Prosperity that the 10 states with the highest unemployment all suffer under Democrat governors. They include (reporting May numbers) Nevada (25.3%), Hawaii (22.6%), Michigan (21.2%), California (16.3%), Rhode Island (16.3%), Massachusetts (16.3%), Delaware (15.8%), Illinois (15.2%), New Jersey (15.2%) and Washington (15.1%).
The states with the lowest unemployment all have Republican governors (with one exception). These are Nebraska (5.2%), Utah (8.5%), Wyoming (8.8%), Arizona (8.9%), Idaho (8.9%), Montana (9%), and North Dakota (9.1%).
President Trump has shown the way, with his blue-collar boom before the rise of the coronavirus lockdowns, when governors and mayors shut down the economy by force of law. Public health is a state and local power under the Constitution.
Trump created 7 million new jobs after the 2016 election, with the lowest unemployment in 50 years. That included the lowest unemployment in American history for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and single women. Wages for lower-income workers were growing faster than at the top. Middle-class median income hit an all-time high over $65,000.
Trump created that not with a magic wand as former President Barack Obama taunted, but first by cutting tax rates through tax reform, in the Jobs and Tax Cuts Act of 2017. That cut taxes for all workers: middle class, blue collar, and the least educated and lowest income. For the first time in memory, lower income workers saw their wages rise faster than their bosses.
That tax reform also cut corporate taxes from a high of almost 40%, counting state corporate rates, down to 21%. Tax reform cut taxes for small businesses as well, with a 20% deduction for small business and professional income.
Secondly, Trump pursued massive deregulation, especially in energy. He reversed precisely those restrictions on production of oil, natural gas and coal, that the Obama/Biden administration had imposed. U.S. oil and natural gas production consequently skyrocketed to the highest in the world, more than either Russia or Saudi Arabia. Trump’s deregulation also preempted prohibitions of fracking, which yielded oil and natural gas out of shale rock in mountains from the Rockies eastward.
That low cost reliable energy sparked more manufacturing jobs in America, which Obama thought would be gone for good. That is why manufacturing states from Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, and Wisconsin flipped from reliable Democrat states in presidential elections to Trump in 2016. Democratic governors in those states can expect to be gone soon as well.
Twenty-six states have Democratic governors today. Expect a political earthquake in those states this year. Blue collar working people gave up on Democrats in 2016. 2018 was a midterm election, where the party of whoever is President always loses ground. But 2020 is not a midterm. So goodbye Nancy Pelosi too.
Four times in the last 100 years the same policies as Trump adopted worked to bring booming prosperity to America. From the Roaring 20s (birth of America’s middle class), the 1960s under President Kennedy, the 1980s under President Reagan, and under President Trump (pre-coronavirus).
Black Live Matter? Then why vote for Democrats? Democrats literally started the Civil War 150 years ago to defend slavery. The Republican Party was started in 1854 expressly to abolish slavery, which it did after Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860.
Then it was Democrats who imposed Jim Crow segregation on blacks for another 100 years. The Klu Klux Klan was started as a Democrat militia to terrorize blacks. This is why Martin Luther King arose in the 1950s as a Republican, as were most blacks until the 1960s.
Black Lives Matter and Antifa are Marxist revolutionary organizations, who want to bring mass poverty and mass hunger to America, which they hate with an unforgiving passion. After the next election, they will be the ones locked down.
Dave Wallace operates his own small business in suburban Maryland. He was the Republican nominee for the 8th Congressional District in 2014.
Peter Ferrara is a Senior Fellow at the National Tax Limitation Foundation and at the FAIR Energy Foundation. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under President George H.W. Bush.