Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is determined to knock out Obamacare once and for all — which would allow President Trump to finally realize at least one of the ambitions of the original Tea Party movement.
No wonder, then, that he is the subject of multiple hit pieces within hours of each other Wednesday morning in different left-wing outlets. One Mulvaney hit talks about how he’s allegedly splitting the Trump administration on his anti-Obamacare push. The other hit is just headlined “Is Mick Mulvaney terrible at his job?”
Fortunately, President Trump seems to be in step:
The Republican Party will become “The Party of Healthcare!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2019
Here’s Talking Points Memo explaining the machinations behind Wednesday’s Politico hit on Mulvaney:
“President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is not united behind the decision to go after Obamacare, with HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General William Barr — who now has to lead the charge — staunchly against the abrupt policy move.
According to a Tuesday Politico report, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is one of the primary driving forces behind the push to repeal it.
Azar reportedly thinks that the lack of Republican replacement plan makes the move fruitless, while Mulvaney thinks it will goad Congress into action.
TPM passage ends
Now here’s “The Week” ranting about Mulvaney being “terrible at his job”:
Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney may still be “acting” for a good reason.
Mulvaney started his possibly temporary job on a low note, persuading President Trump to hold out on ending what turned out to be the longest government shutdown of all time. Now, he’s apparently leading Trump’s out-of-the-blue push to repeal ObamaCare — a move that doesn’t look too promising either, Politicoreports.
Mulvaney took over for Chief of Staff John Kelly in mid-December, and just a week later, the government was already in crisis mode. From his first days in office, Mulvaney had reportedly pushed Trump to refuse any budget deal that didn’t include border funding. Yet the subsequent shutdown dragged on, and when Mulvaney finally tried to convince Trump to make amends, Trump reportedly snapped, saying “You just f–ked it all up, Mick.”
Now, it seems Mulvaney is putting himself in another tricky spot. Channeling one of his biggest goals from his days as a South Carolina GOP congressmember, Mulvaney is reportedly behind Trump’s renewed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Attorney General William Barr and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are against the idea, three sources tell Politico.
Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are just confused. They couldn’t repeal the law with a unified Congress in 2017, and now, with a Democratic-held House, it looks even less likely. Still, Mulvaney is reportedly convinced that a “bold stance would force Congress” to take action, Politico says. Read more about Mulvaney’s likely blunder at Politico. Kathryn Krawczyk
The Week’s rant ends
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Democrat Congressman Dismisses Low Black Unemployment under Trump
Even with Black unemployment at its lowest rate in nearly 50 years under the Trump administration’s watch, South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn dismissed these numbers.
Clyburn said these numbers are “not true” because Blacks “were fully employed during slavery.” So, “it all depends on how you measure” it, he asserted.
On Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto, host Neil Cavuto chatted with Clyburn about the Trump economy. Clyburn asked whether the president’s policies are beneficial to Black Americans.
“Let’s leave the words aside,” stated Cavuto. “Whether you like his [Trump’s] style or not, or tweets or not, or comments or not, he’s delivered the goods for a lot of African-Americans has he not? With record-low unemployment levels for one group or another. Among Africa-Americans, you don’t think that’s something constructive?”
Clyburn, who voted to impeach Trump back in December, said, “Come on, Neil. No, no, it’s not true. I’m saying that the African-American unemployment is not the lowest it’s ever been unless you count slavery.”
“We were fully employed during slavery,” claimed Clyburn. “So it all depends on how you measure this up.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national unemployment rate for African American workers, 16 years and older, was 5.4% in August 2019. Michael W. Chapman of CNS New said this was the lowest rate in recorded history.
The BLS data for African American begins in 1972, almost 50 years ago. According to a chart that Chapman posted, the unemployment rate numbers from July through December 2019 were in the 5’s range — 5.9, 5.4, 5.5, 5.5, 5.6 and 5.9. In January 2020, the rate was 6.0 percent.
Clearly Democrat elected officials are in denial about Trump’s economic success.
However, if the Trump administration wants to win black votes, it will need to push immigration restriction given how unskilled labor tends to displace black labor.
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