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Actually, 2018 Was a Pretty Good Year

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The year 2018 will be deplored by pundits as a bad year of more unpredictable Donald Trump, headlined by wild stock market gyrations, the melodramas of the Robert Mueller investigation and the musical-chair tenures of officials in the Trump administration.

The government is still shut down. Talk of impeachment by the newly Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is in the air. Seemingly every day there are sensational breakthroughs, scandals and bombshells that race through social media and the Internet — only to be forgotten by the next day.

In truth, aside from the Washington hysterias, 2018 was a most successful year for Americans.

In December, the United States reached a staggering level of oil production, pumping some 11.6 million barrels per day. For the first time since 1973, America is now the world’s largest oil producer

Since Trump took office, the U.S. has increased its oil production by nearly 3 million barrels per day, largely as the result of fewer regulations, more federal leasing, and the continuing brilliance of American frackers and horizontal drillers.

It appears that there is still far more oil beneath U.S. soil than has ever been taken out. American production could even soar higher in the months ahead.

In addition, the United States remains the largest producer of natural gas and the second-greatest producer of coal. The scary old energy-related phraseology of the last half-century — “energy crisis,” “peak oil,” “oil embargo” — no longer exists.

Near-total energy self-sufficiency means the U.S. is no longer strategically leveraged by the Middle East, forced to pay exorbitant political prices to guarantee access to imported oil, or threatened by gasoline prices of $4 to $5 a gallon.

The American economy grew by 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, and by 3.4 percent in the third quarter. American GDP is nearly $1.7 trillion larger than in January 2017, and nearly $8 trillion larger than the GDP of China. For all the talk of the Chinese juggernaut, three Chinese workers produce about 60 percent of the goods and services produced by one American worker.

In 2018, unemployment fell to a near-record peacetime low of 3.7 percent. That’s the lowest U.S. unemployment rate since 1969. Black unemployment hit an all-time low in 2018. For the first time in memory, employers are seeking out entry-level workers rather than vice versa.

The poverty rate is also near a historic low, and household income increased. There are about 8 million fewer Americans living below the poverty line than there were eight years ago. Since January 2017, more than 3 million Americans have gone off so-called food stamps.

Abroad, lots of bad things that were supposed to happen simply did not.

After withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, the U.S. exceeded the annual percentage of carbon reductions of most countries that are part of the agreement.

North Korea and the U.S. did not go to war. Instead, North Korea has stopped its provocative nuclear testing and its launching of ballistic missiles over the territory of its neighbors.

Despite all the Trump bluster, NATO and NAFTA did not quite implode. Rather, allies and partners agreed to renegotiate past commitments and agreements on terms more favorable to the U.S.

The United States — and increasingly most of the world — is at last addressing the systematic commercial cheating, technological appropriation, overt espionage, intellectual-property theft, cyber intrusions and mercantilism of the Chinese government.

The Middle East is still chaotic, but it is a mess that is now far less important to the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Energy-wise, America is not dependent on oil imports from corrupt Gulf monarchies or hostile Islamic states. Strategy-wise, the new fault lines are not Arab and Islamic cultures versus Israel or the United States. Instead, it is internecine strife within the Islamic world, mostly with Iran and its Shiite satellites opposing the Sunni Arab monarchies and more moderate Middle Eastern regimes.

For all the pro- and anti-Trump invective and media hysteria, the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus, and the bitter midterm elections, the U.S. was relatively calm in 2018 compared with the rest of the world. There was none of the mass rioting, demonstrations and street violence that occurred recently in France, and none of the existential and unsolvable divides over globalization and Brexit that we saw in Europe

Europe’s three most powerful leaders — Angela Merkel or Germany, Emmanuel Macron of France and Theresa May of the United Kingdom — have worse approval ratings than the embattled Donald Trump.

In sum, the more media pundits claimed that America was on the brink of disaster in 2018, the more Americans became prosperous and secure.

 

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45 Comments on "Actually, 2018 Was a Pretty Good Year"

  1. Cloggie on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 12:28 pm 

    If you see the list of Dems harpies lining up for 2020, it is difficult to see how Trump could lose the elections.

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/donald-trump-diese-politiker-koennten-es-2020-mit-ihm-aufnehmen-a-1246016.html

    https://tinyurl.com/y8wrow33

  2. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 12:59 pm 

    it is difficult to see how Trump could lose the elections.

    Some truth to the statement.
    In late stage capitalism, the proletariat looks to simple solutions, and an enemy to blame things on.
    That is why we have idiots in power in Brazil, PI, USA, etc.
    Over the falls—-

  3. Davy on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 1:58 pm 

    “Late stage capitalism” like that is the problem or there could be something else that wouldn’t be less late stage or maybe if we were all smart just plain utopian steady-state-ism and outposts on Mars . It is more like late stage globalism that is the climax for our late stage civilization. A segment being late stage capitalism. We are the problem not capitalism. Dysfunctional capitalism is a result of dysfunctional human society that is constructed poorly. There is no real alternative to what we have in regards to population levels, consumption, and the resulting affluence. Imagine all of us agreeing to something less? We got here by goosing it not reason.

  4. bob on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 2:49 pm 

    A pretty good year? In the US our drug deaths were 72000 in 2017, almost twice the number of auto deaths which were 40000. Most of the drug deaths struck the young so they won’t be having children. Our fertility rate just dropped to 1.80 births per woman, way below the replacement rate of 2.1. So our population is headed down fast. Our government has stopped functioning. We can’t come up with any responses to our pressing problems. I can’t see where pumping a little oil makes this a good year.

  5. makati1 on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 5:11 pm 

    Real Clear Politics: “Most of the news content on Real Clear Politics is aggregated from other sources such as: Washington Post, New York Post, Salon, Fox News, The Federalist and National Review. Several of the sources used by Real Clear Politics are listed as Mixed factual due to failed fact checks. In reviewing original Real Clear Politics articles, there is a right leaning bias in wording and story selection such as this: Gov. Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown’s Warning to Fellow Democrats. Although this is an opinion piece, it completely lacks sourcing of any kind. In general, the majority of stories from Real Clear Politics comes from a right leaning perspective.”

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/real-clear-politics/

    “These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.”

    Always know your source and who writes the paycheck.

  6. makati1 on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 5:14 pm 

    bob, in the US, $$$ is the ONLY thing that matters. Greed is killing the country. All of the government numbers are lies.

    The life expectancy of Americans is actually falling and has been for at least three years. Not even 3rd world countries have that problem.

    The USS Debt is sinking. Time to jump ship, if you can. Thousands are doing so every year.

  7. DerHundistLos on Thu, 3rd Jan 2019 7:27 pm 

    Clogged:

    Try something new. You have now posted the same article several times already. Funny, though, normally you are complaining over the content of Der Spiegel. I guess you’re making an exception this time-LOL.

  8. Cloggie on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:25 am 

    There is more common sense in the British population than in Westminster:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6555849/Majority-Tory-voters-want-MPs-Theresa-Mays-deal.html

    “Majority of Tory voters want their MPs to back Theresa May’s deal because an alternative leader would do ‘just as badly’, with 53 per cent thinking she failed to get a good agreement”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6555911/Police-trained-deployment-Northern-Ireland-case-no-deal-Brexit-violence.html

    “Brexit ‘Troubles’ fears: Nearly 1,000 police are being trained up for deployment to Northern Ireland in case of No-Deal violence”

  9. Cloggie on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:28 am 

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6555271/Muslim-Congresswoman-Ilhan-Omar-makes-history-wearing-hijab.html

    “Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar makes history by wearing hijab on the floor of the House of Representatives as rules are changed to allow religious head coverings – then is sworn in on the Koran

    It didn’t work in Yugoslavia, it won’t work in the US.

  10. Cloggie on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:33 am 

    Clogged:

    Try something new. You have now posted the same article several times already. Funny, though, normally you are complaining over the content of Der Spiegel. I guess you’re making an exception this time-LOL.

    I have posted the article only once and only to show the mug shots of your beloved Dems candidates for 2020. I regularly post from German MSM #1 der Spiegel, because mostly the information is German-solid.

    I do complain about the AGENDA of der Spiegel, which boils down to that they want us to give up European lands to third worlders.

    This is not going to end well, not for der Spiegel that is.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/22/hillary-clinton-europe-must-curb-immigration-stop-populists-trump-brexit

  11. Davy on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:34 am 

    “It didn’t work in Yugoslavia, it won’t work in the US.”

    One member out of 435?? What a joke you are neder.

  12. Davy on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:44 am 

    “I have posted the article only once and only to show the mug shots of your beloved Dems candidates for 2020. I regularly post from German MSM #1 der Spiegel, because mostly the information is German-solid.”

    You and others regularly post drug overdose articles like it makes you without the same issues. Drug overdoses are rising rapidly in Europe. The US has 64,000 deaths out of a population of 326MIL in 2018 it is forecast to go to 329MIL in 2019. This problem is hardly going to ruin the country. It is a big localized problem that impacts people at the personal level using it to bash the US is low IQ sensationalism and typical of your intellectually lameness.

  13. Davy on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:46 am 

    “I do complain about the AGENDA of der Spiegel, which boils down to that they want us to give up European lands to third worlders.”

    More like serious anti-American fake news site you reference often.

  14. Sum on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 6:37 am 

    As longtime member of Mojahedin-e Khaliq our goals and desirable endings align most perfectly with friend and closest ally Mr. Davy.

    I must urge you to support the American gentleman with authority and utmost respect. If you do not, you are hurting the USA.

    Thank you my friends.

  15. Cloggie on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 7:08 am 

    Davy talking to himself again.lol

  16. Cloggie sock puppet on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 7:29 am 

    Sum on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 6:37 am

  17. Wounded Animal on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 7:30 am 

    Cloggie on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 7:08 am
    Davy talking to himself again.lol

  18. Anonymouse on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 9:48 am 

    ROFL, it’s sumDavyturd everyone. He just flew in from ‘Tehran’ by way of Missouri.

  19. Cloggie on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 2:57 pm 

    https://www.dw.com/en/germany-logs-lowest-unemployment-rate-since-reunification/av-46090012

    Lowest German unemployment since 1989.

    #GoldenDecade

  20. Canadian crud on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:21 pm 

    Anonymouse on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 9:48 am

  21. Ugly American Dumbass on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:54 pm 

    Canadian crud on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 3:21 pm

  22. makati1 on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 5:39 pm 

    Cloggie, Davy is an expert on everything. He knows all, sees all, and hears all. He knows everyone in the world personally. Has lived in ever one of the 185 countries. Has up-to-date facts on everything. And is so full of bullshit, his eyes are dark brown and it is flowing out of every orifice.

    Nothing more than an arrogant backwoods goat farmer with an immature potty mouth. A zero with delusions of grandeur. Laughable.

  23. Whining makati1 on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 6:04 pm 

    “Cloggie, Davy is an expert on everything.”

    More like I appear to be an expert compared to you low IQ extremist. Not hard to put you in your place when you talk out your ass.

  24. Whining davy on Fri, 4th Jan 2019 6:17 pm 

    “Cloggie, Davy is an expert on everything.”

    I’m to much of a dumbass to be an expert at anything. If I had half the IQ you do makati1 I’d be even more dangerous to myself then I already am.

  25. Davy on Sat, 5th Jan 2019 5:08 am 

    “Seven Chinese Charts Of Doom Following Apple’s Warning”
    https://tinyurl.com/ycrwo9m3

    “A less-certain economic outlook, the trade fight with the U.S., rising living costs and expectations of slower income growth are weighing on household spending. Meanwhile, slowing sales, rising costs and trade-related uncertainties are squeezing businesses’ profit margins, from retailers to manufacturers. –WSJ”

    “To that end, here are seven China charts that should keep investors up at night.
    Retail-sales growth cratered to its lowest level in 15 years in November, as Beijing’s efforts to slash personal income tax failed to lift spending.
    Property Sales have also moderated significantly in the last three years, which may lead local governments to ease restrictions on home purchases in 2019 according to analysts.
    Chinese auto makers have also been feeling the heat from sagging sales, seeing their largest drop in almost seven years during November – marking the fifth straight monthly decline. The industry is on track for its first annual sales drop in nearly 30 years.
    Consumption tax revenue cratered in October to the tune of 61.6% year-over-year, only to drop 71.2% in November. The indicator of consumer spending is a tax imposed on luxury goods such as jewelry and high-end cosmetics, or items deemed to be environmentally unfriendly such as cars and gasoline.
    Industrial profits have been cooling since May of last year after hitting double-digit growth in 2017, as subdued factory price gains and slower sales took their toll.
    The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) contracted in December following nearly two years of expansion. “The downbeat PMI readings suggest China’s economic growth likely decelerated further in the final quarter of 2018 and the slowdown is expected to continue this year,” according to the Journal.
    Lastly, China’s GDP has slowed to its weakest pace in almost 10 years during the third quarter, and is expected to slow further over 2019. GDP is expected to fall to 6.4% in the fourth quarter, down a smidge from third quarter growth of 6.5%.”

  26. Cloggie on Sat, 5th Jan 2019 7:29 pm 

    Pat Buchanan: “How the War Party Lost the Middle East”

    http://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/how-the-war-party-lost-the-middle-east/

    “Assad must go, Obama says.”

    So read the headline in The Washington Post, Aug. 18, 2011.

    The story quoted President Barack Obama directly:

    “The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. … the time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

    France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain’s David Cameron signed on to the Obama ultimatum: Assad must go!

    Seven years and 500,000 dead Syrians later, it is Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron who are gone. Assad still rules in Damascus, and the 2,000 Americans in Syria are coming home. Soon, says President Donald Trump…

    After Trump flew into Iraq over Christmas but failed to meet with its president, the Iraqi Parliament, calling this a “U.S. disregard for other nations’ sovereignty” and a national insult, began debating whether to expel the 5,000 U.S. troops still in their country.

  27. Boat on Sat, 5th Jan 2019 9:34 pm 

    Clog

    N America is energy independent now. Let Europe, China and Japan worry about that oil. Need drones to protect your energy supply? We have everything you need. Better whip that EU military into shape.

  28. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 3:19 am 

    Now here is some news to brighten up a European breakfast! Deep stater and one of the most prominent faces of the global media empire, I mean (((Paul Krugman))), has given an interview to the German propaganda outlet of said empire, der Spiegel, and has expressed the bleakest possible outlook for the West:

    http://www.spiegel.de/plus/paul-krugman-ueber-donald-trump-und-eine-drohende-finanzkrise-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000161665880

    The full article is behind a paywall and since I do not give money to commies if I don’t have to, I’m satisfied with the headline and picture:

    “Sehr pessimistisch, was die Zukunft der westlichen Welt angeht”
    (“Very pessimistic regarding the future of the western world”).

    Note, this is the same Paul Krugman, who as recently as 4 years ago gloated about the demise of white America in some shabby Norwegian hotel to a local television crew:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/paul-krugman-white-americans-are-losing-their-country/

    Paul Krugman: “White Americans Are Losing Their Country”

    A lot of the craziness comes from cultural/ethnic issues—rural White Americans who feel they are losing their country, and they are right. They are losing their country. In the end, the power they now have will go away, but it’s a very difficult and dangerous time until then. The future is represented by Mayor Bill DeBlasio of New York, “but Ted Cruz of Texas is still out there.”

    Really Paul? Krugman was smart enough in 2014 to anticipate a possible “whitelash” and he thought that “the danger” would come from Ted Cruz. It didn’t. It would be Donald Trump.

    When Krugman expresses his pessimism regarding the future of “the West”, what he really means is the future of his beloved ZOG empire.

    For reactionary Europeans like yours faithfully, this sounds like music to my ears. Because the death of ZOG means a chance of European rebirth, including Russia, and the definitive end of the Marxist 20th century, run by Krugman types.

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/5e/5f/1f/5e5f1f06a767e946bc6f532e05f916f8.jpg

    Bring back the czar!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYpj3r1Wrck

  29. Mick on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 3:41 am 

    I’m not sure about anyone else but all of clogged post are so mind numbingly boring I just don’t bother reading past the first word

  30. Cloggie on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 3:51 am 

    I’m not sure about anyone else but all of clogged post are so mind numbingly boring I just don’t bother reading past the first word

    Come on Mickey, admit that what you really want to say is that you don’t like the content of my posts. Because they describe a future you don’t like. Fair enough. Mind the step on your way out.

    This forum is full of boring content, but you simply skip those and go for the real meat. What you are not going to do is waste your time writing posts, stating how bored you are with boring posts. That would be boring.

    Capiche?

  31. Mick on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 4:05 am 

    I saw you posted something but as per usual don’t read past the first word but it’s probably something about you banging on how wind and driverless cars will save the day.
    It’s all good just keep dreaming

  32. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:05 am 

    “Paul Krugman: “White Americans Are Losing Their Country”

    Paul Krugman is an idiot failed economist and currently a nobody. neder bases his ideas on anyone and any source that supports his thinking. Tabloid outlets and outspoken unimportant people work fine for him. The US is a multicultural country with pockets of different cultures and ethnicities. We are not homogeneous multicultural except in certain urban areas. neder does not know this because he has never traveled in the US. He has never gone to different regions and seen how segregated the country is. Besides he is a white racist and thinks only white northern Europeans are human.

  33. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:16 am 

    “This forum is full of boring content, but you simply skip those and go for the real meat.”

    Neder, I think he is referring to your constant off topic spamming. You say the same thing over and over. You copy and paste your carefully constructed WordPress continually. You act like this is your personal forum. You are here because you would be banned in Europe for saying some of the things you can say here. I imagine you could even be prosecuted. You are here 20/7 all the time. Yes I am also here a lot but nobody is here as much as you and spams as much personal topics as you do. I am here from 4am-7pm everyday but only sit down to a laptop 4am-8am, lunch time, and for a short time after dinner. During the day it is lite IPhone duty when I break. This is your blog in your mind. Tone it down and back off a bit. This site does not reach many people. Go somewhere with real challenges and reach. The is an energy site not a PBM Euro empire, arm chair military thinking, racism, Brexit, every topic under the sun anti-American, and holocaust denial personal blog of a bored dutch guy.

  34. Mick on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:27 am 

    Omg I did read some of that Davy and now I see why some here call you dilusional Davy.

  35. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 6:36 am 

    Mich we are all “delusional” not “dilusional” LOL, I spell badly too but you have a spell checker don’t you? I am here to comment in vigorous debate. I have never claimed to be all right and those who hate me all wrong. I am here to grow intellectually. Commenting for me is like a workout. Soon this morning I am going to do my morning workout on my rowing machine and stationary bike. Some days I lift weights. In the spring, summer, and fall I get out and run. I hardly ever like going into a workout but feel good coming out of one. I am religious about working out. I don’t do as much as I should but I always do it. This commenting I do is part of my mind workout. I also read books. I am developing with my permaculture farm and my doom and prep. If all that is delusional let me know how you do it so I can be like you. LOL

  36. Mick on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 2:22 pm 

    You sound troubled Davy. Have you ever thought about counselling?

  37. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 3:33 pm 

    Mick, this is the internet so if you are trying to be clever you are not. People like you drift in, play tough guy, say nothing and then move on. I know nothing much about you other than you are irrelevant. You have done this before is all I remember.

  38. Mick on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 4:02 pm 

    Two sounds Davy.

    The sound of my hand slapping you upside the head, and the sound of your head hitting the ground.

    Loser.

  39. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 4:47 pm 

    LOL, mick is mad. Good, now grow a pair of balls and say something or get out of here. Throwing air punches just shows how stupid you are.

  40. makati1 on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:34 pm 

    Mick, Davy is out “village retard”. You are now on his putdown list.

    To quote my above assertion: “Nothing more than an arrogant backwoods goat farmer with an immature potty mouth. A zero with delusions of grandeur. Laughable.”

  41. makati1 on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:36 pm 

    Correction: … Davy is OUR village retard…

    Sorry, only my first cup of coffee. lol

  42. JuanP on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:52 pm 

    Davy can be safely ignored.

  43. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 5:58 pm 

    “Davy can be safely ignored.”

    Is that why you have lost your shit since july? LOL.

  44. Davy on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 6:01 pm 

    “Mick, Davy is out “village retard”. You are now on his putdown list.”

    LOL, Billy comes out swinging with put downs. billy, such behavior just gives away the fact that I have put you in your place so many times the only thing you can think about first thing in your morning is to get at me.

  45. makati1 on Sun, 6th Jan 2019 6:40 pm 

    JuanP, yes, Davy can be safely ignored. There is absolutely NOTHING he can do from his few weedy acres in backwoods Appalachia. A frustrated loser who thinks his bullying and lies are actually effective. Laughable.

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