We are at a strange crossroads in American history these days, as the nation prospers immensely under the leadership of President Donald Trump, yet the Constitution is completely under attack at the same time.
As Americans, many of us are fairly familiar with what the media has dubbed “The Trump Effect” – a series of financial windfalls that we’ve experienced on account of electing a wealthy businessman to the highest office in the land. Consumer confidence in the President is touching all-time records, and that bodes extremely well for the nation as a whole.
Consumer confidence surged in February, the first month Americans started to benefit from the Trump tax cuts, to the highest level since November 2000. Evidently the recent selloff in U.S. stock markets did little to dampen their optimism.
The index rose to 130.8 this month from a revised 124.3 in January, the Conference Board said Tuesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast the index to read 127.3.
It’s the first time the index has surpassed 130 since Bill Clinton was president.
Things are so good under Trump that, even amid unprecedented attacks on the Second Amendment, a firearms manufacturer has needed to build a new manufacturing plant right here in the south.
Gun maker Taurus USA announced Thursday an agreement with the state of Georgia to open a manufacturing facility in the Peach State. The $22.5 million investment will create 300 jobs in Bainbridge, a town located near the Florida border and about 40 miles from Tallahassee.
State officials celebrated the agreement and state Gov. Nathan Deal praised the “business-friendly climate” they created for attracting the company.
“With this investment, Taurus USA is highlighting some of the economic development assets available in the Bainbridge area, while also creating meaningful employment opportunities for the community,” Deal said. “We welcome Taurus USA to Georgia, and we look forward to seeing how our highly skilled workforce will help the company grow and maintain its competitive edge.”
Pat Wilson, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, called the move “not only a win for the community, but for the region.” He added that in addition to the “thriving pro-business environment,” that Taurus will benefit from the “unmatched logistics network.”
Atlanta, Georgia, often called the “Capital of The South”, was once named “Terminus”, alluding to the fact that nearly every railroad in the country would end in the Peach State during the antebellum days. This hub of transportation has been cooking with fire ever since, having the busiest airport in the world 20 years running, as well a being home to enormous corporations such as Coca Cola, The Home Depot, NAPA, and Bank of America.