President Donald J. Trump spoke glowingly about “the great American comeback” in his February 4 State of the Union address. Those relishing this renaissance’s biggest gains tend to be those who need them most.
“Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting,” President Trump said. “The years of economic decay are over.”
“Gone too are the broken promises, jobless recoveries, tired platitudes, and constant excuses for the depletion of American wealth, power, and prestige,” the president continued. “In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline, and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny.”
“Under the last administration, more than 10 million people were added to the food stamp rolls,” Trump specified. “Under my administration, 7 million Americans have come off food stamps, and 10 million people have been lifted off of welfare.”
“In eight years under the last administration, over 300,000 working-age people dropped out of the workforce,” Trump added. “In just three years of my administration, 3.5 million people — working-age people — have joined the workforce.”
Recent figures from the White House Council of Economic Advisers confirm that these and other benefits accrue mainly to the less prosperous.
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