Life follows art – how is this a surprise?

*How can anyone be surprised at the shooting of House Majority Whip Steven Scalise by a crazed Bernie Sanders follower with images like these circulating?*

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Rapper Snoop Dogg shoots the President in the head. 

New York city’s Shakespeare in the Park shows Julius Caesar in the  form of  President Trump being assassinated on stage. The New York Times, CNN and New York City sponsor this ‘art.’14029.jpg

 

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In the name of comedy Griffin holds up the severed head of President Trump

Both Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi have condemned the shootings in the park of the Republicans and others.

For some reason the left wing idealogues feel that they need to commit violence against people who follow Donald Trump or who disagree with them. Somehow individuals on the right side of the political spectrum forfeit their rights by their beliefs according to left wing extremists.

Tony

A lesson in media distortion of facts …

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and apparently, according to the mainstream media, so is economic growth.

*In Friday’s New York Times, Nelson D. Schwartz wrote a piece headed “LIttle sign of a Trump Bump in the Economic Forecast.” He says that consumers are more confident, but doesn’t say why. Nor does he go into the detail that consumer confidence reported two days ago hit their highest levels in 16 years. No, in the Times, consumers are just “more confident.” That’s what I call damning with faint praise. AND giving a very distorted picture of the situation.*

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This is the closest chart I could find and it indicates at 6.6% rise from just before the election till the second week in December. It closed at 2368 today, a further 6+% gain.

Schwartz continues in his opening paragraph that “stocks are up five percent since the start of the year.” That’s factual, but, again a distortion. Why start at the beginning of the year? President Trump was elected November 8, 2016. Since then, stocks have risen something like 12 percent. Not quite the same picture, but the same result. Somehow five percent doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as 12 percent. Additionally, this stock market gain has put something like $3.0 trillion into the accounts of investors. A lot of people are a whole lot better off in their IRA accounts since the election.

Elsewhere, I saw news stories on the fact that stocks had declined for eight straight days as signs of the President’s failure. But, in that recent selloff prices only declined less than two percent. Remember, this followed a run up or around 12 percent. Clearly, a two percent decline after a 12 percent gain is not unwarranted.

The Trump presidency is 70 days old. I think the economy has already benefitted greatly and his policies are still in the process of being implemented.

Tony