By Dr. LARRY MOSES
No one asked me but… I believe as the November election is just around the corner that all Americans should stop listening to campaign ads and think for themselves.
Taking personalities out of it, let’s look at the things accomplished between 2016 and 2020. The unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent. The unemployment rate for Americans of African descent fell to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate on record. Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates also reached record lows. The women’s unemployment rate reached its lowest rate in 65 years.
Americans saw an increase in the money in their pockets thanks to the booming economy. Americans of African descent and Hispanic-American poverty rates reached record lows in 2017. More than 6 million workers received tax cut bonuses and benefits. Legislation was signed that reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, making more than $1 billion available for career education programs.
A new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico replaced the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement. The United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement was renegotiated to preserve and grow jobs in the American auto industry. These deregulation efforts delivered $23 billion in benefits to American families and business owners.
Market access for American agricultural producers was expanded. Argentina was opened to American pork and beef, Brazil to American beef, Japan to lamb and Idaho potatoes, and South Korea to American poultry. By imposing tariffs of $250 billion on Chinese goods, America held China accountable for its unfair trade practices, including the theft of intellectual property. The Administration authorized $12 billion to aid farmers affected by Chinese retaliatory tariffs.
The United States became a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years. American coal exports increased by more than 60 percent. The Administration approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. Permits were issued for the New Burgos Pipeline to export American petroleum to Mexico.
Americans were given more healthcare freedom thanks to legislation that ended the Affordable Health Care Act’s mandated penalty. The Food and Drug Administration approved a record number of generic drugs. Reforms were implemented as to the amount Medicare would reimburse hospitals for drugs that are purchased under the $340 billion program, saving seniors $320 million. The “Right to Try” legislation expanded access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.
America defunded a United Nations (UN) agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization. The federal government withdrew constraints on the individual State’s ability to exclude family-planning providers of abortion services from the Medicaid program.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crime decreased in each year from 2016-2020.
The Department of Justice announced nearly $100 million in grant funding to hire hundreds of additional law enforcement officers. The DOJ worked with international partners to arrest and charge approximately 4,000 members of the notorious Mexican gang MS-13. The DOJ announced the creation of the National Public Safety Partnership launching a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.
Legislation was passed to improve the Federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 17,256 criminals and 1,019 gang members in 2018. Six thousand known or suspected gang members were removed from the country.
Legislation was signed providing $700 billion for defense in 2018, and $716 billion in 2019.
America’s men and women in uniform secured the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
Due to the new National Security Strategy to keep America safe from all threats, our military commanders were given broad authority to take the fight to ISIS. The ISIS’ territorial caliphate was defeated. Three of the world’s leading terrorists were eliminated: Qassim al-Rimi, Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi-al-Mohandas.
A record $73.1 billion was set aside to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs. This funding included $8.6 billion for mental health services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention and $206 million for suicide prevention. The VA Mission Act made it possible for eligible veterans to use walk-in community clinics. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act streamlined the process used by veterans when appealing benefits claims. The Forever GI Bill provides veterans, service members, and their families with enhanced education benefits.
Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel and the American embassy was moved there. The United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council due to its bias against Israel. The United States made it clear that it would not accept the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over Americans and will continue to protect America’s sovereignty. Furthermore, the release of numerous American citizens imprisoned abroad was accomplished.
America encouraged NATO members to increase their defense spending and realign the Alliance’s priorities. America enhanced support for Ukraine’s defense by stepping up sales of weapons to its military.
I will not compare these facts to the actions of the present leadership of America. I will merely ask that you make that comparison and then ask yourself: How are we doing in America?
When you consider runaway inflation, the embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan, the southern border issues and the lack of control over crime in our own inner cities, is that an improvement over the previous four years?
I would merely ask you to evaluate for yourself and determine if the administrative changes that took place as a result of the 2020 election are good or bad.
The question asked by Ronald Reagan when he ran for the presidency in 1980 is still relevant today: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
This is the question the American people will need to answer in this year’s midterm election.
Thought of the week… “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
– Harry S. Truman