‘This will be remembered’
President Donald J. Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a bilateral visit at the White House yesterday. The two leaders discussed the imminent move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its capital city of Jerusalem, as well as the path to peace for the Middle East.
“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “We remember 70 years ago, President Harry S. Truman was the first leader to recognize the Jewish state. And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” he continued.
“Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages. And as you just said, others talked about it. You did it.”
‘Needed attention’ on infrastructure
Two top officials in Oklahoma—the state’s Governor, Mary Fallin, along with Secretary of Transportation Mike Patterson—write that “infrastructure improvement is a priority issue because of its direct impact on economic growth and stability as well as the safety and well-being of our citizens.”
The two state leaders make a convincing case:
- In 2011, 706 of Oklahoma’s 6,800 highway bridges were structurally deficient. That number is coming down to 187 under Gov. Fallin, and the President’s “plan will allow Oklahoma to continue to prioritize infrastructure projects.”
- President Trump’s proposal includes traditional transportation such as roads and transit, but it also supports broadband internet, water and power systems, and other indispensable pieces for a modern infrastructure system.
- The Administration’s plan will benefit states such as Oklahoma by directing 25 percent of Federal funding—about $50 billion—for rural projects.
The bottom line? “We support the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal for starting the dialogue about the need for these improvements,” the pair write.
America to overtake Russia on oil
The United States will eclipse Russia to become the largest oil producer in the world by 2023, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
This latest headline is yet more evidence that President Trump’s plan to achieve American energy dominance is paying off just 13 months into his term. “Together, we are going to start a new energy revolution—one that celebrates American production on American soil,” the President said last year.
According to the Journal, “U.S. crude production is expected to reach a record of 12.1 million barrels a day in 2023, up about 2 million barrels a day from this year.” What will that mean for America? “Once heavily dependent on imports from the Middle East, the U.S. is getting closer to achieving its goal of producing enough crude to meet domestic demand for refined products like gasoline,” the Journal says.
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Vice President Mike Pence at AIPAC 2018 | March 5, 2018
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President Trump participated in an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden. Later, the President met with Swedish business representatives before holding a joint press conference with Prime Minister Löfven.
The Vice President Pence M participated in a phone call with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. The Vice President then travelled to Omaha, Nebraska, to deliver keynote remarks at an America First Policies “Tax Cuts to Put America First” event.
Vice President Pence: Tax cuts are working in Iowa
In the Des Moines Register, Vice President Mike Pence writes, “When I visit Iowa on Tuesday, I’ll bring a message to the good people of the Hawkeye State: The American economy is booming — and we’re just getting started.”
The Vice President continues, “Since Day 1 of our administration, President Trump has been fighting to rev the engine of our national prosperity and restore hope to the forgotten men and women of America.” Vice President Pence notes that “since our election, businesses large and small have created 2.5 million new jobs, including nearly 12,000 new good-paying jobs in manufacturing in Iowa alone.”
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) writes in Tulsa World that “it’s only been two months, but tax reform is already working for Oklahomans.” Sen. Lankford notes that “many companies across the nation and across Oklahoma are using their tax savings to reinvest in their employees and add new equipment. It feels like almost every day there are new stories of employee bonuses and increased wages announced for workers.”
Critics of the recently signed tax reform law are using flawed logic to make their case, tax expert Alan Viard of the American Enterprise Institute argues. The real benefits of tax reform will be felt in the long run, Viard says. “Additional capital in the United States makes workers more productive and therefore more valuable to employers,” leading to higher wages.
In The Hill, Jay Timmons and Stephen Sandherr write that “whether large or small, companies across both the manufacturing and construction industries have expressed positive views about their future and poised to expand this year, according to recent surveys from our organizations.” Timmons and Sandherr add that “this includes optimism on the ability to hire more workers and compensate them better and the growth of the American economy as a whole.”
“Many businesses, from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart and Apple, have outlined plans to invest in expansion while boosting salaries for their lowest-paid workers,” James Langford reports for the Washington Examiner. “That has the potential to increase consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the nearly $20 trillion U.S. economy.”
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