Donald Trump ran on the theme “Make America Great Again” (MAGA).
It’s still 55 days before his inauguration as President of the United States of America. Amazingly, MAGA is already happening.
Beginning on the day after the Election, the dark shadows clouding America started to dissipate, like Orcs scattering as Sauron and his Dark Tower fell after the evil One Ring had been destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom.
(1) DefCon lowered to 5
The Defense Readiness Condition or DEFCON is an alert system used by the U.S. Armed Forces, which prescribes five graduated levels of military readiness to match five military situations from most to least severe.
The Defcon Warning System is a private organization, made up of experts claiming to have contacts within the US security industry, which monitors world events and estimates the level of nuclear threat against America.
On October 15, 2016, DEFCON was at level 3, the highest level since 9/11, which means U.S. troops could be mobilized in as little as 15 minutes. Tensions between the US and Russia reached an all-time high due to Obama and Hillary Clinton’s saber-rattling at Russia. Level 3 means US troops could be mobilized in as little as 15 minutes. (Source: Morning Ledger)
After Trump was elected, DEFCON immediately decreased to Level 5 – its lowest possible state. The UK’s Express reports on Nov. 15, 2016 that Defcon Warning System wrote on its website:
“The United States took a tentative step toward a more isolationist policy with its recent presidential election.
While it will take several months to see how the US reforms its foreign policy, already some world leaders have expressed hope that relations could improve, including Russia and Syria.
If the new US President keeps to his previous statements, look for the United States to withdraw somewhat from military confrontations in the Middle East and possibly European theatre . . . . “
(2) TPP is dead
On November 14, 2016, Business Insider Australia reports that the “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has fallen over after the Obama administration suspended trying to legislate it before president-elect Donald Trump takes office.”
A new study found that TPP would have cost 448,000 American jobs. In fact, an Obama administration trade official, Michael Wessel, admitted that TPP would damage America. Wessel is a commissioner on the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission, as well as the international trade co-chair for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign. In an article for Politico Magazine, May 19, 2015, Micheal Wessel wrote:
“The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you . . . . We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade deal—and particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.“
(3) Ford keeps production in U.S.
Bloomberg reports on Nov. 17, 2016 that Trump tweeted that he convinced Ford Motor Co. to keep production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle in the U.S. instead of moving it to Mexico.
Ford confirmed Trump’s tweet, that it had told Trump the Lincoln SUV will stay in Kentucky, saying “We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the U.S.”
Ford builds the Lincoln MKC small SUV at its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky alongside the Ford Escape SUV. Ford had said it was “likely” to move the work to Mexico in 2019 when its current contract with the United Auto Workers union expires. Ford spokeswoman Christin Baker said in an e-mail, “We had planned to move the Lincoln MKC out of Louisville Assembly Plant.”
Trump has criticized Ford for planning to move all its North American small-car production to Mexico, where wages are 80% lower. Ford already builds the Lincoln MKZ sedan at a factory in Hermosillo, Mexico. During the campaign, Trump threatened to slap Ford’s Mexican-built cars with a 35% tariff. He also said he would terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which lets goods flow between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada without tariffs.
(4) Apple to make iPhones in America
In January 2016, Donald Trump vowed that “we’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.” (ZeroHedge)
On November 18, 2016, Nikkei Asian Review reports that “iPhones might one day soon carry ‘Made in America’ labels.” A key Apple assembler, Foxconn Technology Group in Taiwan, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to America. A source said: “Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S. Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.” Together, Foxconn and Pegatron churn out more than 200 million iPhones annually from their massive Chinese campuses.
(5) Trump’s critics losE
- The stridently anti-Trump New York Daily News (NYDN), owned by Mort Zuckerman, experienced a steep, double-digit decline in its circulation, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. While the entire newspaper industry has been hammered by print circulation declines in recent years, NYDN‘s drop-off is much steeper (11.2% to 207,680) than the declines at the New York Post (6.8% to 230,634) and the New York Times (5.5% to 551,579). (New York Post)
- Univision, the vocally anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Spanish language media conglomerate, had a Q3 loss of $30 million, 8% drop in revenues to $735 million, and is laying off 200-250 workers. (Money)
- Pro-Hillary AOL, owner of Huffington Post, which has been blocking my emailed posts to friends with AOL e-mail addresses, announced it’s laying off 500 workers or 5% of its total staff. CEO Tim Armstrong said that most of the cuts will come in its corporate units. (Source:ReCode)
- The left-leaning, anti-Trump ESPN lost 2 million subscribers in its 2016 fiscal year that ended on October, from 100 million just 5 years ago to 90 million. (See DCG’s post this morning for details.)
(6) Hispanic Consumer Confidence Soars
During the campaign, Trump was especially savaged for his call to to stem the invasion of illegals across our southern border. What the MSM or Fake Media didn’t tell you is that an election-eve poll found that most Hispanics actually agree with Trump on illegal immigration.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise, although it still is, that the consumer confidence of Hispanics has soared, higher even than those supposedly “racist” whites who’d voted for Trump. (ZeroHedge)