Curt Smith’s guest essay in the Sept. 28 edition of The Post for Farmington-Victor is a mashup of right-wing distortions and outright lies.
For the economy under Trump vs. Obama, one need only use Google to look up charts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and job growth from 2008 to date. Trump did not create our current growth in the economy and job numbers; he inherited positive trends from Obama and has maintained them — at least, until his trade wars and enormous increases in the deficit start to be felt.
Smith says that “not once did Obama hit 2 percent annual economic growth — the ‘new normal,’ he said of America on autopilot. Already this year Trump reached 4.2 percent.” That’s both an outright lie and a gross misrepresentation. It’s a lie, because Obama had over 2 percent annual growth in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. It’s a gross distortion, because it compares annual growth under Obama with growth in a single quarter under Trump. Economic growth to date in 2018 was 2.2 percent for the first quarter and 4.2 percent only for the second quarter. Obama had four quarters of higher growth: 4.5 percent, 4.7 percent, 5.1 percent and 4.9 percent. Also, Trump’s one quarter of 4.2 percent growth was stimulated by tax cuts and spending increases that will double the federal deficit next year.
Wages have not started to increase in terms of actual buying power. As many studies have shown, real wages remain flat for the middle class; only the already wealthy are better off.
Obama did not give $150 billion to Iran; he returned their own money to them as part of the deal where they agreed to stop pursuing nuclear weapons and to allow verification through inspection. Thanks to Trump breaking the deal even though Iran was complying, Iran now got that $150 billion back in exchange for nothing — and can use the money to start pursuing nuclear weapons again.
And yes, there are polls showing race relations worsened under Obama. As we’ve found out under Trump, America is far more racist than we’d thought, so it’s hardly surprising that a lot of the population reacted badly to a black president.
If Smith is so concerned about America, he could do it the service of not spreading lies. But as has become so clear lately, there are many who place service to party over service to country.
James Cairns
Victor