Republicans must fight to reclaim House majority

The Democratic-led House is now being run by a pack of depraved opportunists who don’t care that Americans are enjoying a period of undisturbed peace and prosperity.

 The U.S. is in the midst of the longest economic expansion in history and there is no current forecast supporting a downturn, certainly not before the election in 2020.

Their campaign, with the help of the media, to push the economy into recession and destroy consumer confidence has failed.

 At the party’s first one-night presidential debate on Thursday, featuring their 10 leading candidates, everyone, including the biased moderators, carefully avoided talking about the economy.

 The Commerce Department released a report Friday showing U.S. retail sales increasing more than expected in August, evidence of solid consumer spending that should support a moderate pace of economic growth.

The market is predicting the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again next Wednesday to offset any economic effects from the ongoing trade war with China. Both countries have been making concessions, hoping to strike a deal.

China agreed this week to exempt U.S. pork and soybeans from additional trade war duties. It was a gesture of goodwill in response to the U.S.’ decision to postpone an increase in the tariff rate on $250 billion of Chinese goods from October 1 to October 15. China has signaled they could soon make significant purchases of agricultural products.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that prices for U.S. imports fell 0.5 percent in August following a 0.1-percent increase in July and a 1.1-percent decline in June, defying predictions of price increases that would greatly impact consumers.

Trump boosted the spirits of House Republicans attending an annual retreat in Baltimore Thursday.

“Since our election in 2016, we created more than 6 million new jobs, including over 1 million manufacturing, energy, and construction jobs. Remember when President Obama said no, no, forget the manufacturing. Not going to happen. Well, we have almost 600,000 just in terms of manufacturing jobs. And nobody thought that was possible. And frankly, as soon as we get the trade stuff perfect, just the way we want it, we’ll only sign it when it’s good, really good, wait till you see what happens with this economy. We are ready to really rock it even more. We’ve done very well,” said the president.

While the economy booms, the big agenda item for House Democrats is impeachment. They want to create the perception of forward movement in their bid to unseat Trump, when in reality they have been virtually standing still.

They have been ‘moving toward impeachment’ for months, engaged in a futile search for crimes to pin on the president. The latest stunt by the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Thursday, ‘approving procedures for an impeachment investigation,’ only fools their fetid base.

Nadler rambled incoherently: “Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.”

Ranking Republican on the committee Doug Collins said Thursday, “These rules are not new. I’ve heard many reporters say ‘these new rules.’ There’s nothing new about what we just saw. These rules were already in our rules. The Chairman could have done this at any time he wants. This is not new.”

The bottom line is they have not advanced a credible case for impeachment and are now stuck making virtually meaningless legal maneuvers around the congressional rules, which require a full House vote.

Instead of fighting to regain the House back, a slew of Republicans have already given up in response to gloomy predictions from hateful political operatives. In this election cycle 13 lawmakers have announced their retirements and there are still 14 months to go.

 Their low morale is confounding in the wake of two big wins in North Carolina’s special elections. Democrats pumped close to seven million dollars into the races and circled like prey. Pundits predicted a close race, a bellwether for the president’s chances in 2020.

Republican state Rep. Greg Murphy won in North Carolina’s 3rd District for a seat vacated following the death of Republican Rep. Walter Jones Jr. earlier this year. In the Ninth District, Republican Dan Bishop finished substantially better than the last Republican who ran during the midterms just 10 months ago.

House Republicans are now 3-0 in special elections this cycle and, in all three races, the GOP nominee outperformed the 2018 result. In Pennsylvania’s 12th and North Carolina’s 3rd districts, Republicans even outperformed the president’s 2016 numbers.

Naysayers view the special election results as unimpressive and are scouring political tea leaves, pointing to historic data proving the party is in big trouble, but these ‘experts’ are as reliable as political polls.

 Instead of navel gazing Republicans need to dig in and fight to wrest control of the House from the most extreme majority in generations. Americans deserve lawmakers who will put their concerns first, not their party. Voters are tired of impeachment talk. They want action on issues that matter to them, not the DNC.