Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer a much stronger than expected April unemployment report, showing the addition of 263,000 jobs and the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969.  They also react to a New York Times report detailing how a second person tried to get George Papadopoulos to admit the Trump campaign was conspiring with the Russians during the 2016 campaign – a revelation that sure sounds a lot like spying.  They get a kick out of the media deciding it’s time to break up with Beto O’Rourke, and they pay tribute to Peter Mayhew, the actor who brought Star Wars favorite Chewbacca to life.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb

    MTV hasn’t done many good things…But giving Chewbacca the Lifetime Achievement Award was one of those things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXIz8C3028

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  2. Taras Coolidge

    If you get a government check, regardless of what kind, then all of this economic growth in the private economy is meaningless to you.  Indeed, it may be annoying:  more traffic on the streets and highways, harder to get a reservation at your favorite restaurant, crowded airports, etc. 

    I am not sure that a majority of the population gets a government check — yet — but it’s not that far off. 

    Democrats see people who get government checks as their natural constituency.  Note that their highest priority in the VA scandals was, at all costs, to protect government jobs, to keep out competition.  Similarly their highest priority in education is to protect the jobs of public school teachers (and, secondarily, maintain liberal indoctrination).

    The bottom line is that a great many voters may be invulnerable to Trump’s economic pitch.   The old rules about a strong economy guaranteeing reelection may no longer apply. 

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