Citizens of the United States ask their government a simple task — provide safety, justice, and proper regulation.
In the past 8 years under President Barack Obama, it seems we’ve gotten none of that. And because of these failures, everyday Americans are dying.
A courageous statesman recently told Congress that rules written by unelected bureaucrats in the Obama administration are literally killing Americans in droves – and the president couldn’t care less.
Federal regulations drain out $1.89 trillion of the economy and, with it, an untold number of jobs. It’s leaving middle class Americans jobless, bankrupt, and hopeless.
“The effects are dire,” said Rep. Tom Menino, R-PA, during a special hearing last month. “A September 2015 study by a Princeton Nobel laureate shows shocking rising mortality among blue collar segments of society.”
“Economic stress is leading to drug and alcohol dependency and death, and to health problems and even suicide. The administration is dismissive,” he said.
The Energy Department forecast that just seven major environmental regulations Obama’s paper-pushers proposed in 2015 destroyed 8,000 manufacturing jobs.
The U.S. has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000, and more than one-third of industrial jobs since the peak year of 1979, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and it’s killing average Americans.
These disastrous economic policies have filled the rusted-out shells of once great cities with addiction and suicide.
The unemployed turn to opioids for some kind of emotional relief. There were 18,893 deaths due to overdoses from painkillers in 2014, nearly twice as many as there were 10 years earlier according to the CDC.
When their drug addition isn’t enough, more and more Americans are giving up and killing themselves. The suicide rate for white, middle-aged men increased 80 percent during the Bush and Obama years. There were 42,773 suicides in 2014 alone.
Obama’s economic policies aren’t just shredding jobs, they’re killing people. And he doesn’t seem to give one second’s thought to the people in flyover country.
Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump couldn’t be more different. Last month, he went on television and promised millions of Americans he is “going to deal with the issue of regulation, one of the greatest job-killers of them all,” in his presidential acceptance speech in Cleveland. “Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it.”
Trump also said he would “lift the restrictions on the production of American energy.”
“This will produce more than $20 trillion in job creating economic activity over the next four decades,” he said. “This new wealth will improve the quality of life for all Americans.”
It’s proof that Trump gets it. The war on coal and fossil fuels isn’t a game for academics and mathematicians to play in Washington, D.C. There’s no room for experimenting to see how far they can go toward fundamentally transforming America.
Letting them do so is a death sentence to hard hat workers, truck drivers, oil riggers, and all the rest of the people who make America work.
Even across the aisle, lawmakers are getting sick of it. At the July Congressional hearing, one Democrat diagnosed another cause of America’s decline –and his words could have come straight from Trump.
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-GA, said the rising death rate of working class Americans comes from “moving jobs offshore – production jobs, blue collar jobs, those jobs that left under trade deals that have not worked for the American worker.”
The Donald couldn’t have said it better.
– The Horn News editorial team