MAGAnomics – Initial Holiday Sales Growth Estimates Exceed $33 Billion…

Initial 2017 sales growth estimates exceed $33 billion (almost 6%), for a total of $598 billion, according to analysis by Customer Growth Partners.

Consumer spending represents two-thirds of total GDP; and with initial Q4 sales growth estimates coming in much higher than anticipated – this puts even more fuel into fourth quarter GDP growth estimates that have been hovering near 4%.

The stunning retail growth increases have been noted in both on-line and brick-and-mortar stores which reflects a more broad increase, driven by consumer confidence, likely to exceed these initial estimates.


CBS – […] Total retail sales this holiday season added up to a record $598 billion dollars — up $33 billion from last year. “This is literally the best season since before the recession,” business owner Craig Johnson said.

Johnson’s company, Customer Growth Partners, analyzes all things retail. He credits low unemployment and a booming stock market for this humbug-free holiday season.

“The single biggest drive of retail sales is growth in real disposable income,” he said. “And when real income goes up, people have money in their pocket and they’re able to spend it.” (read more)

President Trump’s short-term formula for this result was quite simple.  Drive down the middle-class cost-of-living via immediately lowered energy costs… which creates downward pressure on fuel, food and the price of high consumables.  These household savings then generate increased disposable income.  It was a clear strategy from day one, and all subsequent longer term policy, jobs and trade etc., only enhances and increases the speed of growth in subsequent years.

These Q4 results are initial estimates, and with a significant portion of holiday sales coming after the holiday -as gift card redemption adds to the total- there is a very strong likelihood the size of the fourth quarter gains will pull the total GDP growth for 2017 to the Trumpian goal of 3% for the year.

After the 2016 election almost every ‘economist’ dismissed the projection by President-elect Trump that his MAGAnomic Main Street policy would drive GDP to 3% in his first year in office. Those same economic ‘experts’ find themselves joining the ranks of polling experts in their failure.

However, as seen in the aftermath of the 2016 election – don’t expect any of those leading economic voices to admit the flaws in their views; instead they will likely double-down on their efforts to dismiss the success of the Main Street resurgence.


#MAGA simply works.  It is not a complex issue.  However, President Trump’s short-term, and soon to be long-term success, shows how Main Street economics was intentionally manipulated by multinational interests and their purchased political policy.

In addition, the MSM narrative engineers have been selling the ideological message of the global financial elites, and convincing the U.S. middle-class there was nothing that could ever be done.  The “service-driven-economy” narrative was an intentional effort to consign the U.S. worker to perpetual malaise and status-quo: “You didn’t build that”, “share the wealth”, etc.  Meanwhile, behind the talking points, U.S. wealth was exported.

The underbelly of decades-long economic manipulation is being exposed by Trump’s common sense Main Street economic policy and the undeniable results.  The multinationals and the professional political class hate that exposure.

Ergo, they hate Trump.

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119 Responses to MAGAnomics – Initial Holiday Sales Growth Estimates Exceed $33 Billion…

  1. Nigella says:


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  2. Ono says:

    I wonder how the Dems will try to take credit for this great news???


    Liked by 7 people

    • Pinot Guy says:

      Why POTUS 44 et al. set it all up and now POTUS Trump is reaping the rewards of POTUS 44 et al. hard work and foresight, of course. After all, you don’t think POTUS Trump built that, did you? (snark/).

      Liked by 7 people

    • trapper says:

      They already have been. They are saying that the GDP increase this year resulted from policies put in place by Obama. But when asked specifically what policies have generated this huge payout they just give forth with a lot of fancy footwork and fast dancing.

      Liked by 7 people

      • NJF says:

        Yea cause “his policies” only kicked in for “year 9”


        Liked by 1 person

      • fleporeblog says:

        Kill them with the facts! In Obama’s last year in office, he reached a MISERABLE 1.5% GDP for 2016. The two previous years saw some of his best percentages (2.9% in 2015 & 2.5% in 2014). That means the Economy was picking up but actually collapsing. Also remind them that the 1st Quarter of 2017 which Barry was still in office for 20 days, our GDP was a MISERABLE 1.4%. It wasn’t until our President’s policies of killing many regulations and unleashing our Energy Sector that we saw the Economy finally begin to take off (3.1% in the 2nd Quarter and 3.2% in the 3rd Quarter)

        This tweet below gets them to begin to speak in different languages as they scream!

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      • Fancy footwork and fast dancing…. I just love that description. Getting a lot democrat psychobabble instead of a real answer. I’ve always called that the “James Brown/Michael Jackson Footwork”…. Trapper called it right.

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  3. H.R. says:

    Have Wallet
    Will Spend


    Liked by 3 people

  4. Sandy says:

    I could see the huge difference this year compared with Obummers last EIGHT years!
    Yuk the years under Obummer was sickening!
    Thank You Awesome President Trump!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. How long will these media fools sell out their integrity and dignity in the name of the Democratic narrative? Surely the GPS Fusion and Middle East money is starting to dry up. Let’s give them a bigger shovel and see how deep they dig themselves into the wrong side of history.

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  6. FL_GUY says:

    President Trump is a money making genius. Everything he touches turns to gold.

    President Trump decided to take a job that is costing him a lot of money to do. In the process, President Trump is making money for We the People in the form of jobs, raises, tax cuts and lower prices of energy, etc.

    Have we ever had a President work for free and make We the People money in the process? I don’t think so. MAGA!

    Liked by 13 people

  7. Blaze says:

    MAGA = confidence spending your hard earned dollar. You know your future can pay for it.


  8. scott467 says:

    “In addition, the MSM narrative engineers have been selling the ideological message of the global financial elites, and convincing the U.S. middle-class there was nothing that could ever be done.”


    And in the process, they stole the best years of TENS of millions of American’s lives. People who turned to self-medication to escape the misery; Americans who committed suicide because of their inability to provide for their family; people who barely scraped by, and never had children because they couldn’t afford to provide them a life and upbringing as stable as their own, much less provide them a BETTER life.

    Who do all of these tens of millions of Americans see about getting the last 30+ years of their LIVES back?!?


    “The “service-driven-economy” narrative was an intentional effort to consign the U.S. worker to perpetual malaise and status-quo: “You didn’t build that”, “share the wealth”, etc. Meanwhile, behind the talking points, U.S. wealth was exported.

    The underbelly of decades-long economic manipulation is being exposed by Trump’s common sense Main Street economic policy and the undeniable results. The multinationals and the professional political class hate that exposure.”


    Boo freakin’ hoo. Real sorry that they’re being inconvenienced by having their treason and corruption exposed.

    They are going to hate swinging upside down from lamp posts like Mussolini a lot more than the ‘exposure’.

    Liked by 10 people

    • eagledriver50 says:

      Scott…These morons think they are the smartest ones in the room…But they forget…WE HAVE VERY LONG MEMORIES and the companies that have caused this pain are beginning to find out “The Big Ugly” is coming and they are in the way. Also, when PDJT leaves office and returns to the Private Sector…his companies will be worth more BECAUSE HE DID THE RIGHT THING WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE… and HIS BRAND WILL RISE EVEN HIGHER…The Trump Brand will stand for something and people AND businesses will flock to him because it stands HE STANDS BY HIS WORD AND IT MEANS SOMETHING. This is WHAT we have been missing…Happy New Year!!!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Lurker says:

      Isn’t Obama on video telling people during the campaign (after Hillary “won” the primary) that there isn’t any reasonable way Trump is going to improve the economy or bring jobs back? I need to find that. It’s pretty hilarious. Just because he doesn’t understand how businesses or the economy works he thinks Trump doesn’t.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Excellent point about the “service-driven economy” being used as COVER for the theft of industry. It might be an excellent exercise for the MAGA crew amongst our Three-Letter historians to go back in time and find out exactly who, how and when that idea was seeded. I will bet that it leads straight out of the media and straight back into their own buildings, to people whose DUBIOUS PROTEGES are right now figuring out how to GET OUT or COVER THEIR TRACKS as McCabe, Brennan, Comey, and host of other enablers of “them” approach justice.

      Changing people’s minds – changing the culture – all sides knew that was what to do. The trick was making the other side do your own work. And “they” were good at it.

      A lot of it was painting pictures of impossibility – of inevitability. The commies LOVE their little myths. The trick was making the other side accept those myths subconsciously, to then propagate them as premises to their “solutions”.

      Sell the fake solution, and you sell the fake problem with it.

      This has made a lot of people a lot of money. THAT is part of selling the approach.

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      • I lay it at the feet of NAFTA which to me has always been associated with all things Clinton.

        Liked by 2 people

      • scott467 says:

        “Excellent point about the “service-driven economy” being used as COVER for the theft of industry. ”


        They were propagating that BS when I was in college. We LAUGHED at the idiocy of it, even then. When even people my own age (other students) started blithering this stupidity, I jumped down their throat.

        We can’t just all provide ‘services’ to each other, that’s just another type of Ponzi scheme. SOMEBODY has to actually MAKE SOMETHING.

        Liked by 4 people

        • G. Combs says:

          “…SOMEBODY has to actually MAKE SOMETHING.”

          Correct that is REAL wealth. The treasonous SOBs exported out factories and know how while shutting down our mines and energy production. With the Food Safety Modernization Act,designed to regulate farm families out of business, they were going after our last bit of wealth, our very LAND!

          After the economic crash in 2008, farmers were suspicious that when Hillary went to China as Sec of State, she was trading US debt held by China for American farmland. Seems we were correct.

          Feb 22, 2016 China Is Making a Major Play for American Farms and Farmland:
          Companies backed by the Chinese government are making Big Ag acquisitions in the U.S.

          “…In an effort to cut out the middleman, foreign buyers are trying to circumvent the American farmer. Instead of buying food from farmers who work their own land, some foreign buyers want to own and operate these American farms themselves—as well as the livestock barns and slaughterhouses. Between the 2013 purchase of pork processor Smithfield by a Chinese holding company and ChemChina’s pending $43 billion offer for the agrichemical company Syngenta, the world’s most populous country is making a major play to buy the proverbial American farm—and U.S. politicians are lending a helping hand….”

          And yes Hillary was 100% behind the Food Safety Modernization Act.

          Liked by 4 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Yup. The trouble is, the other side has learned to endure a few years of laughter, until enough sheep have become parrots, and lodged into the system as TAs, then instructors, then junior profs, and on and on. We let the idiocy lodge in the system, because we think we can tolerate just a little bit. But it spreads like an infection.

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      • G. Combs says:

        Never forget The Rockefeller File by Gary Allen
        Published June 28th 1976

        “The master planners devised the strategy of a merger – a Great Merger – among nations.

        But before such a merger can be consummated, and the United States becomes just another province in a New World Order, there must at least be the semblance of parity among the senior partners in the deal. How does one make the nations of the world more nearly equal?

        The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country.

        Here is the PROOF that is what was wanted and is/was happening direct from The International Monetary Fund.
        Convergence, Interdependence, and Divergence – Finance & Development, September 2012

        “[…]New convergence and strengthened interdependence coincide with a third trend, relating to income distribution. In many countries the distribution of income has become more unequal, and the top earners’ share of income in particular has risen dramatically. In the United States the share of the top 1 percent has close to tripled over the past three decades, now accounting for about 20 percent of total U.S. income (Alvaredo and others, 2012). At the same time, while the new convergence mentioned above has reduced the distance between advanced and developing economies when they are taken as two aggregates, there are still millions of people in some of the poorest countries whose incomes have remained almost stagnant for more than a century. These two facts have resulted in increased divergence between the richest people in the world and the very poorest, despite the broad convergence of average incomes.[…]”

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Wow. Thanks for that!!!

          Liked by 2 people

        • scott467 says:

          “The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country.”


          Sounds like REPARATIONS are in order.

          Let them see how they like it.

          Seize the assets of Soros, Rothschild and all the rest of the so-called illuminati, and distribute it to American families based on actuarial table analysis of what they would have earned over the last 40 years.

          Plus interest.

          Plus stock market returns over the past 40 years.

          Plus damages.

          If they turn themselves in, they get life in prison.

          If we have to hunt them down, they die where we find them.

          That’s the deal.


    • decisiontime16 says:

      Thank you, Sundance, “U.S. wealth was exported”. Yes it was, our wealth by the trillions and trillions.

      So grateful for our President and his team who put economic policies in place that almost instantly reaped tremendous results. America First and not the global village for a change with our hard earned money.

      Great economic news MAGA!

      Liked by 3 people

    • abstain says:

      “They stole the best years of TENS of millions of American’s lives.”
      This is the part that really turns my eyes to slits.

      The younger generations don’t realize this has happened. They’ll find out when those of us whose bodies are too beat up to work at the factory and the job site start mentoring them. These young Americans are strong and smart. Throw them the ball and they run with it. It’s great!

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    • Coldeadhands says:

      You’re on a roll, Scott! And it wasn’t bad enough that they exported manufacturing jobs and factories, mining jobs etc. then pushed the “service-driven-economy” on this nation but then they brought in immigrants to steal those jobs from Americans as well! There’s a special place in hell for the Globalists and our Lion 🦁 is seeing to it that they’re exposed.

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    • CC says:

      From my nest in the tree…the service economy was created to keep us serfs working while about 25 years ago we were told that the idea of a job for every American…and a job for every American would no longer exist….anyone remember?

      The service economy was for two purposes…provide some low paying jobs to make life easier while those who still had jobs, would not have to spend time worrying about other aspects of life…and could afford the luxury of indulging in services in the markets…

      Or how in the 1980’s, we were told benefits would likely not be offered in future jobs…as we have seen them slowly disappear? Anyone remember? We were told health care and pensions would go away.

      The globalist commerce makes it very hard to ‘resist’ those who have raped our financial budgets and lifestyles…and that of our children, as the system ensures their financial survival. And we are beholden to who?

      Are we on a comeback? MAGA for me? Not so much, my hours just got cut, taxes will increase….for others, sure, but for how long?
      I have the ‘wait and see’ attitude…

      I am skeptical about all those bonuses from the big companies….I presume there was something in it for them? Who knows….


    • TreeClimber says:

      Both, of course, because they’re hoping everyone’s too stupid to get it. xD

      Liked by 1 person

      • piper567 says:

        a gif which has had much play on The_Donald is a poster of a snowflake saying,
        I can’t even figure out what gender I am.

        Liked by 2 people

        • TreeClimber says:

          One of my coworkers who started right before I left is in college studying economics. We discussed the current economy briefly – turns out I follow it more closely than she did, and understand it slightly better – and that calculus is required for an economics degree. I barely passed my math GED test – but as a student of Sundance University, I think I’ve got a better handle on the economy than 80% of the country!

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          • kroesus says:

            unless they are modeling which typically will use Differential Equations there is no need for calculus to understand economics…..I am a Computer Engineer and took macro and micro economics as lower division courses and neither were very difficult or math intensive…..the old saying is that an economist is just a failed stack trader usually holds true


            • Rip Tide says:

              With Trumps policies, none of the old “traditional” economic models work. The FED still can’t figure out why we don’t have inflation. Banks are just starting to lend a little more frequently, but still slow. Velocity of money did not increase for many years even with ultra low rates. Only now is it startin* to tick up. Our GDP is heading higher, and because of pro growth policies could hit the nitrous button any minute. We are on our way Treepers, all systems go, economically anyway…politically still unfolding.
              Pass the popcorn will ya?


  9. chojun says:

    It’s easy to see the disconnect between reality and the economic academics who “predict” GDP shortfalls. They refuse to admit that government spending isn’t the only category tracked in the GDP metric. GDP couldn’t possibly top 3%, in their estimates, if the Government isn’t heavily involved in spending in the economy. I think this is the root of their cynicism and source of their blindness.

    Via the Fed, Obama participated in the worst kind of debunked “trickle down” economics where the Fed expanded the US money supply by lending freely to major US Wall St. banks. This trickle down strategy led to “trickle out” effects when the money appeared to either find its way overseas (via investment into emerging markets) or wind up locked up into ever-expanding stock market indices.

    Liberals and the media will happily explain that the venerable stock market has been growing since 2009 and that it has continued to grow under Trump. However, the important difference is that 2009-2016 the market has grown under Quantitative Easing – government “investment” (the expansion of the money supply – making more soup by adding water). The moment Trump was elected (for emphasis – he had not even assumed office yet) the Stock Market began to expand via private sector investment. And not only expand – but shatter record after record because the value of the dollar was no-longer being looted to effect economic “growth”.

    This is the most major reason why the economy grew at an anemic rate under Obama’s Kenesian economics instead of the roaring 4% we’re seeing with Trump. I’m not very good at explaining things like Sundance and others, but when the analogy is used of tax cuts being rocket fuel, that is as close as it comes to being literally true as possible. I believe we will see growth at 6-7% before too long. If deregulation continues then I think growth up to 9% is possible.

    The cynical academics can begin writing papers on the effects of “too fast growth” because Trump is dumping racing fuel into America’s engine and we’re entering uncharted economic territory.

    Liked by 5 people

    • G. Combs says:

      “…Liberals and the media will happily explain that the venerable stock market has been growing since 2009 ….”

      Oh, Boy did I ever have a knockdown drag out fight over that one with an author at Forbes. FINALLY he grudgingly admitted a lot of people in their 50s ‘retired early’ because they were FORCED TO and they are NOT counted in the unemployment stats.

      There was more to the fight but at least I one that concession.

      Liked by 3 people

      • G. Combs says:

        one that concession. = won that concession.

        The rest of what you said is also true. We really do need to start training people in basic economics as well as civics. I learned most of it post 40 years and that is NOT when you should learn it.

        That is some good information to volunteer to teach to homeschoolers BTW

        This is the association for homeschoolers in NC.
        Check and see if there is something similar in your own states.


        • H.R. says:

          Mental note to self:
          Never argue with Gail. Concede gracefully before she rips your heart out and displays it to you as your consciousness slowly fades away.

          Experience and research with links always beats, “Well I think that…”


      • Coldeadhands says:

        Thanks for driving the point of reluctant early retirement removing many from the unemployment stats. There’s a lot of pain inherent to that point. Kudos for taking the “cognoscenti” to the woodshed over that bit of obliviousness.


      • CC says:

        We also had a stock market correction back then…and when again, it will be a doozey.
        I am playing devils advocate here…in IL, a lot of state employees retired due to losing lucrative pension benefits with impending changes if my memory serves me correctly. They got out while the ‘gettin’ was good’.

        that said…does no one remember Mr. Trump selling many millions of dollars worth of his holdings…I read an article and it listed the holdings he sold…all DOW principle stocks….he then said “the market is rigged”….so back to my posting a while ago….benefits are disappearing…and that means many have to find safe investments…a share of a Johnson and Johnson is at 140.00…what middle class family can afford that…? The risk in the market is still present. Johnson and Johnson won’t do stock splits because its easier for the investor to have access to the markets…or that is their logic.


  10. Monadnock says:

    It’s been a lovely Christmas season – flew a couple of times just before the 25th, and found pilots, flight attendants and gate agents all receptive to “Merry Christmas!”

    Haven’t tired of seeing the Left, MSM and GOPe trying to beat up our president by smashing their faces on PDJT’s fists… definitely not tired of winning! Looking expectantly for that 3%+ GDP for 2017.

    Just MAGA, baby.

    Liked by 7 people

  11. Donna in Oregon says:

    Have been waiting since President Reagan left for days like these.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. fleporeblog says:

    The Democrats, MSM, RINOs, Globalist, CoC, Big Club, Barry from Kenya etc. literally have another 5 weeks left before the reality of the Tax Reform Bill hits home. If you listened to the video that SD shared, the woman states that employees will see anywhere from a 0.5% to 2% raise in their checks starting in February. All those people that have been convinced that this bill was for the rich will be pleasantly surprised. If someone earns $700 a week after taxes, he or she will earn ($703.50 at the low end {0.5%} or $714 at the high end {2%} every week). It may not seem as much but for folks that haven’t seen any increase in their wages for 17+ years, they will be happy.

    The beauty of the example I showed above is that it will repeat itself every single week.

    One of the tracking polls I like to watch is the Rasmussen Right Direction or Wrong Track Poll.

    As of Dec 17 – 21, 38% of Americans see the country going in the Right Direction! When compared to this time last year (Dec 18 – 22), only 33% of the country saw us going in the Right Direction. At this time in 2015 (Dec 20 – 23), only 26% of Americans saw the country going in the Right Direction. That is a 12% increase from December 2015.

    From the article linked above:

    The Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey showed regional factory activity grew at the strongest pace in more than a decade, indicating rapid growth over the month of December.

    The production index soared 18 points to 32.8 this month, the highest its been in 11 years. The general business activity index and the company outlook index posted double-digit increases, coming in at 29.7 and 31.5, respectively. Both the latter components are also the highest they’ve been since 2006.

    Labor market indicators also suggest much more rapid employment growth and longer workweeks in December. The employment index came in at 20.4, an increase in 14 points from November. More than 30% of firms reported net hiring, compared with 11% reporting net layoffs.

    The hours worked index shot up to 23.3, a 12-year high.

    Upward pressure on prices (inflation) continued in the month of December, while upward wage pressures not only continued but intensified. The raw materials prices index remained unchanged at 32.5 and the finished goods prices index ticked up to 17.9. The wages and benefits index shot up 11 points to 25.1.

    Our country is on the cusp of an Economic Explosion that we haven’t seen since the mid 1980s. I agree with SD’s assessment that 3% GDP may very well be where we end up for 2017.

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  13. Donn Schimp says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Throw in 9 years of pent up demand and there’s nowhere to go but UP! 3-4-5-6% GDP coming to a town near you. All aboard The Trump Train! Choo Choo!!! MAGA!!!

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  14. RedHatty says:

    The only thing that leaves me hesitant to accept this at face value is that Consumer Growth Partners – the company the numbers come from – hasn’t has a published survey on their own site since 2015.


  15. itswoot says:

    “The stunning retail growth increases have been noted in both on-line and brick-and-mortar stores which reflects a more broad increase…”

    It’s heartening to hear of brick-and-mortar stores doing well, especially if it involves smaller shops. I was part of the trend to do much of my buying either online or in larger stores where bulk buying drove down prices. Personally, I’ve been slowly reversing that trend in the last couple of years and am more into ‘shop local, buy local’.

    Yes, it is costing more, but having an increased sense of doing what is right (more centered) is making it worthwhile.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. SharkDiver says:

    You know that when a party runs against middle class tax cuts, the jig is just about up. Here is to 7 more years of MAGA!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Bob Thoms says:

    I am not surprised by this whopper of a number !

    You could feel the bouyant and joyous buzz of shopppers this Christmas season !

    MAGA – America First economy, borders, jobs, and culture.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Rip Tide says:

      The misses certainly did her part this Christmas season…damages come in the mail in a few weeks. I will cautiously open the envelopes with eyes half-shut😳😳


  18. Minnie says:

    Hang on tight as we round the bend!


    Liked by 4 people

  19. thinkthinkthink says:

    In the Fox News video the anchors are looking all concerned because all this spending must mean people are anticipating more money when the Tax Cuts bill kicks in.

    Too bad they didn’t read here on the CTH the real reason people have the cash to spend now (from this blog post):
    “President Trump’s short-term formula for this result was quite simple. Drive down the middle-class cost-of-living via immediately lowered energy costs… which creates downward pressure on fuel, food and the price of high consumables. These household savings then generate increased disposable income. It was a clear strategy from day one, and all subsequent longer term policy, jobs and trade etc., only enhances and increases the speed of growth in subsequent years.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “…Drive down the middle-class cost-of-living via immediately lowered energy costs…”

      BOY does that make a BIG difference!

      At $4.169/gal for diesel (2/18/13) it cost $100 to buy 24 gals and that is not even a full tank for my truck.

      By April 2017, the cost of diesel had gone down to $2.369 at the same station so I was handing them $56.86 instead of $100.00 for that same 24 gallons in the tank. Now it is back up a bit @ $2.689 since it is mid heating season but $64.54 — handing over 3 twenties, does not have nearly the psychological impact of handing over a hundred dollar bill and getting ZIP back!

      That extra 35 to 45 bucks a week makes a heck of a lot of difference between, barely scraping by and putting a little by for a rainy day.

      (And yes I fished the actual receipts out of my ‘tax box’)

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      • thinkthinkthink says:

        Do you think the California gas tax hike was planned to keep their citizens from realizing “Winter is over and Christmas is coming?”

        I think I see a wedge to drive between voters and the status quo in California right there.

        Anyone good at voter education?


  20. alliwantissometruth says:

    We’ll never change the minds of people who’s livelihoods are covered by globalist elite money, nor will we change the minds of democrat / RINO politicians who’s livelihoods are covered by the taxpayers

    No, the revelations will come to those who must produce something tangible in order to secure their livelihoods

    The struggling small business owners, their employees, the average working citizen & such, many which lean democrat, unless they’re lost causes due to too many years of brainwashing & indoctrination, will be forced to admit the economic realities of the MAGA agenda

    Financial success has a way of beating back those ingrained commie fantasies within their minds

    The entire MAGA agenda will bear fruit in every aspect of our society, making life better for all involved, & making peoples lives better is the one way we can change the minds of the stupid people (democrat & RINO voters)

    The more President Trump can accomplish, the easier our mission will be

    Liked by 2 people

  21. moe2004 says:

    Well I sure did my part in helping the stores, and my family appreciates it too. My husband spoiled me rotten so he helped as well.

    Liked by 3 people

  22. TreeClimber says:

    Anyone have any on-the-homefront insights from Iowa? I was arguing with my public-school-teacher friend again a couple nights ago, she was saying that her cost of living – specifically her water bill – has only gone up, and that her school is talking about cutting positions. She also mentioned that her parents would pay about $4500 more in taxes under the new tax bill, although she didn’t respond when I asked how she knew this (and I’m not really sure I believe it.) She also said her engineer brother was unable to find a job and had been looking for months (don’t know what kind of engineer, I thought he was a lawyer.) Anyone have any refutations?


    • G. Combs says:

      I would not be surprised if it is her preconceptions and she is LOOKING for the negatives.

      Note she said ‘her water bill’ went up. Well that is controlled by LOCAL politicians not President Trump.

      State of Iowa tax rates are not exactly low.
      6.48% on taxable income between $23,086 and $30,780.
      6.80% on taxable income between $30,781 and $46,170.
      7.92% on taxable income between $46,171 and $69,255.
      8.98% on taxable income of $69,256 and above.

      Three states were featured on TV and all the couples paid less tax.
      The North Carolina state income tax is currently 5.75% flat tax.
      New York’s state income tax rates range from 4% to 8.82% over 8 income brackets.
      Finally, California has among the highest taxes in the nation. Its base sales tax rate of 7.5% is higher than that of any other state, and its top marginal income tax rate of 13.3% is the highest state income tax rate in the country. Yet even the California couple paid a bit less.

      If her parents are earning above $70K they might have to pay more tax but again THAT IS due to LOCAL politicians not President Trump…. OR a rotten accountant.

      As for the brother— Is he looking all over the country? Will he take any reasonable job?

      Not everyone gets hired. Poor attitude, bad recommendations (He should have someone call his references. He might get an unpleasant surprise.) a felony, bad credit rating… All can keep you from getting a job. Those out of work for over six months have less of a change of getting a job, so that could be his problem too.


      • piper567 says:

        Gail…WA State sales tax is 8.5% base, with 3 Counties being .025% higher…due to Transit taxes, which nobody uses except in the big cities…rail and buses…AND every door you walk through to pay a bill, for example, you pay a fee which is not applicable if you pay by mail or online.
        But we have no income tax…just a correction to your charts.


    • StuckInBlue says:

      Ask if the teacher’s school has to use the union’s insurance provider.


  23. Sylvia Avery says:

    It has been like turning on a light switch in my town. About a month or six weeks ago I noticed a couple of actual business reader boards that said HELP WANTED. Just a few days before Christmas when I was running around doing some last minute shopping, everywhere I looked was a Help Wanted sign.

    I mentioned it at Christmas dinner and my brother, who has to travel around this county and the one next to us daily for work, snorted and said, “Not only that, I’ve never seen so many businesses have signs taped to their doors saying ‘Help Wanted Apply Within.'”

    It is really kind of stunning because it has happened so fast, and it is in stark contrast to nine years ago when every day I’d notice a new business was gone and a For Lease sign was up. And that lasted the whole length of the Obama Administration.

    We also discussed over Christmas dinner how none of us had anyone wish us a Happy Holidays at the stores this year. Not a one. It was all Merry Christmas, and there was a lot more of it with big smiles than I can remember seeing in a long, long time. That kind of happiness is infectious.

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    • H.R. says:

      Sylvia: “It was all Merry Christmas, and there was a lot more of it with big smiles than I can remember seeing in a long, long time.”

      That is what I noticed, too. Particularly the smiles as they said “Merry Christmas!” This wasn’t a typical management directive regarding corporate policy; ‘Don’t offend anybody. Just keep yer mouth shut.’ This year was a stark contrast to Christmases past.

      I sure gave back a lot of “Merry Christmas to you!” My smiles included, gratis.

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  24. Sylvia Avery says:

    Wow, just saw some business dudes talking on Charles Payne’s show. He said WalMart’s sales are up 40% over last year and Macy’s is up 24% and I think the last one was the Gap was up 18%. This was just a part of an overall discussion on the economy. It caught my attention because those are some significant increases.


  25. sunnydaze says:

    “….the MSM narrative engineers have been selling the ideological message of the global financial elites, and convincing the U.S. middle-class there was nothing that could ever be done…..”

    The Democrats I know *absolutely* believe this line. I guess that’s part of, (or the whole?) reason that they are so enamored of the socialist .gov thang.

    Lose faith in the American people and the little guy to “get the job done” and you’ve got nowhere to go but Big Gov.

    Liked by 1 person

    • piper567 says:

      sunnydaze…They are treading water while the rest of the Country is sprinting.
      Its pathetic.
      I ran into a nice couple in my local park, and we got to talking ab the “news”.
      The man said that one recent night, he told his wife the news was what they heard the night before, so they agreed to stop watching it.
      Both said thy are more active, and enjoy themselves more w/o the nightly screed.
      The msm nightly indoctrination will wear thin with those who are waking up.
      I expect the fantasy merchants will find their ratings continue on the downward trajectory.
      Trump has 45M folks following him on Twitter now, so actual news is available in a pain free fashion, and this is far more people than watch the networks combined.


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