Weekly unemployment claims released this morning were better than expected – 1.18 million actual claims versus expectations of 1.42 million. Continuing claims, representing those who have collected unemployment benefits for at least two straight weeks, also fell more than expected to 16.1 million.
Meanwhile, the manufacturing index rose in July, hitting its highest level since March of 2019.
Tomorrow's job creation and unemployment figures are expected to show 1.5 million new jobs were created in July. That will be dramatically lower than the astonishing figures from the previous two months, which were the result of the economy beginning to reopen after the unprecedented shutdown.
These figures are incredibly important because they not only represent real people, but they also set the mood for the country going into November about whether we are making real progress.
Fortunately, the economy is making progress in spite of the Democrats' best efforts. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are refusing to compromise on their outrageous demands in exchange for additional emergency stimulus measures. The economy could be doing even better, but Democrats don't want that.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows expressed his frustration, saying:
"At the president's direction, we have made no less than four different offers to Democrats on Capitol Hill. Those four different offers have been actually rejected. But more importantly than that, they've not even been countered."
Here's one example: President Trump and Senate Republicans offered Democrats a temporary extension of the $600 unemployment benefits while talks on a more comprehensive package continued. But Democrats rejected it.
Republicans tried to help unemployed Americans, but Pelosi and Schumer want to increase the pain people are experiencing, just like liberal governors have done with the shutdowns in their states. They believe more suffering is their key to success this November.
That's disgusting. But that's today's Democrat Party.
We must defeat the radical left!
Stand with me as we stand with President Trump!
Big Tech Strikes Again
Facebook and Twitter yesterday blocked comments from President Trump that children are "virtually immune" from Covid-19. The president was simply expressing what Dr. Birx and others have long said about the coronavirus's negligible effects on children, which is that the death rate among those under 18 is virtually zero.
But the "doctors" at Facebook and Twitter said they were banning the president's remarks claiming they constituted "a violation of our policies around harmful Covid misinformation."
To be clear, the president was trying to offer some encouraging news. But left doesn't want to hear it. Once again, Big Tech is setting itself up as the "Ministry of Truth & Information," and censoring whatever speech it doesn't like.
Progressive politicians have let an extraordinary number of convicted criminals out of jail in the name of the coronavirus. At the same time, they are setting up checkpoints and inspecting cars from other states, telling these Americans that they are required to jail themselves for two weeks. If they are caught, they risk significant fines.
So they are letting criminals out of jail while threatening to put vacationers in jail.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is begging rich people who fled his state to return. Why would anyone do that? He should have just said, "I don't care if you return, but I want your money to come back."
And to top it all off, Pastor John MacArthur is now being threatened by California liberals with fines of $1,000 a day and even arrest if his congregation continues to exercise its constitutional right to religious freedom.
Is this the America you want to live in? Is this the kind of country you want your children and grandchildren to inherit?
If not, then please stand with me as we stand with President Trump!
Trump/Pence Stand For Life
Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence visited A Woman's Place Medical Clinic in Florida. It's dedicated to helping women in crisis pregnancies. While there, he met Kia, a 40 year-old single mother who found herself pregnant sometime ago.
She had an appointment with Planned Parenthood, but decided to go to A Woman's Place, which showed her an ultrasound of her son. She told Pence, "If I hadn't found A Woman's Place, and the wonderful women there, I probably would have made a different choice."
Many liberal states have tried to shut down or regulate pregnancy centers like A Woman's Place out of existence. It's not enough that we have to tolerate abortion on demand. The left can't stand anyone talking to women and giving them pro-life information.
In his remarks, Pence reiterated how fortunate we are to have a pro-life president. I would add how fortunate we are to have a pro-life vice president. There are many differences between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but none bigger than the sanctity of life.
Democrats claim to be the party of science, minorities and empathy. But they ignore the science that tells us life begins at conception. They won't say a word about the thousands of minority babies aborted every year. And they show no empathy for taxpayers who they demand pay for abortions, even overseas.
If Joe Biden prevails this November, I guarantee his first executive orders issued on inauguration day will be pushing his extreme agenda of abortion on demand.
Pence vs. Roberts
During an interview with CBN News today, Vice President Pence blasted Chief Justice John Roberts as "a disappointment to conservatives." He ripped Roberts for upholding Obamacare, ruling against churches and commonsense abortion restrictions.
Pence warned conservative voters that "the destiny of the Supreme Court is on the ballot in 2020."
Betraying Black America
Kudos to football legend Hershel Walker! He recently took on the radical left and professional sports for betraying America and many in the black community. Here's what he said:
"For the first time in a long time I stopped in the middle of my workout because last night I saw something that really, really disturbed me. I saw a bunch of people holding a BLM sign burning the Holy Bible. Burning the flag of the United States of America, also burning a cross.
"And I started thinking that NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB: is this the people you're supporting right now? Is it the movement? Is it the organization? Because I don't think that's right. . . People, are we being fooled?"
Here's something else that a lot of black Americans don't think is right – defunding the police. A new Gallup survey finds that the overwhelming majority of black Americans want nothing to do with the left's radical anti-police agenda.
The poll found that 81% of blacks want police to either maintain or increase their current presence in their communities. That's 81% of black Americans saying they support the police.
In spite of the left's insane rhetoric about cops being "the enemy" and slashing their budgets, black Americans know that the Thin Blue Line is the only thing standing between them and the death and destruction of violent gangs and criminals.
Anyone who truly believes that black lives matter should reject the extremist Black Lives Matter organizations and their Democrat political allies.
Anyone who truly believes that black lives matter should back the Blue!