It has been just shy of two months since Donald J Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States and already he is getting credit, as President Obama was blamed, for economic numbers. Last night I met with Clark Clifford a good friend and former colleague over drinks and dinner at Vulca. My expectation was a serious even a dour Clifford who was once called the Washington Monument in America’s capitol. The man who showed up was upbeat, jovial and smiling like the cat that ate the canary.

He sat down at the bar next to me and ordered a gin martini and still smiling said, “Hi Fred, how about those Dow numbers?”

I blinked and said, “So is this a Trump bounce?”


“No,” Clifford responded, “it is the goose that laid the golden egg.” Now I was totally dumbfounded. Clark Clifford was a moderate drinker both in his first life and here in the Afterlife but after this brief conversation I was beginning to wonder if he had strayed into the use of hard drugs.

“I can see you are confused Freddie old boy. Let me explain.” He tipped the bartender handsomely and took a small sip of the clear liquid in his martini glass. “You do recall how conservatives used the declining labor force participation rate on the Obama administration and Progressive economic policy?” I nodded sipping a bullshot hoping it would impart some Kennedyesque wisdom to my brain. “The labor force participation rate has been declining since the first wave of Baby Boomers began retiring at a rate of a thousand or so a day. There is a metric that the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an agency conservatives have long said were ‘cooking the books in favor of Obama’, uses to measure why people aren’t in the labor force. That metric shows roughly 740,000 people who were discouraged with the current job market for a variety of reasons. Of course, conservatives have said that the full number of people who do not have jobs is an indicator of a failed presidency forgetting how close America was to an economic abyss in September 2008.”

He returned to his martini and drank deeper this time. “The point I am making is every statistical metric that showed even a slight economic decline was Obama’s fault to conservatives, well we can call them Trumpists now, and every success was called flawed data. You and I know that isn’t true but now Trump owns the economy. I would suggest you focus on the labor force participation rate in your first articles in the Terran summer. I guarantee you no Trump supporter is going to say the labor force particiaption rate is going to rise above 68 in the four years of a Trump administration because it simply is impossible.”

Good advice from a good old friend.

Pax Terra!

Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.]
Managing Editor—Research
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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  1. neocon01 Says:

    • Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.] Says:

      Bill you might want to keep in mind that elections have consequences part. Winning an election and being able to govern effectively are two completely different animals. President Obama is a master at finding the middle path. We’re yet to see just what Mr Trump’s skill set is. May you live in interesting times . . .

      • neocon01 Says:

        sorry fred,
        obama was the most inept, unqualified, community organizer (leftist agitator) who ever sat in the big seat. He pushed radical black racism, radical homosexuality, radical marxism, draconian environmental rules, corrupted the DOJ, the FBI, the IRS, EPA, and filled positions with radical muslim brotherhood moles, his hatred for America and white middle class was disgusting…..he is done, and Donald will remove this stain from America by undoing as much of the harm as possible.


  2. neocon01 Says:

    Baaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha……..

  3. neocon01 Says:

    OCT. 11, 1998
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    Clark M. Clifford, the silver-haired Brahmin of the nation’s political establishment who advised Presidents across half a century of American history, died yesterday morning at the age of 91 at his home in Bethesda, Md.

    next up, freddy and the dreamers drinks with the tooth fairy

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