Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Black Friday

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Obama is a few weeks away from leaving office and Donald Trump is helping him leave on a high point.

When Obama departs the White House on January 20th, he is likely going to leave after one of the strongest economic quarters during his eight years as president, but who is causing the boom?

After the stock market started the worst year in its history, it came roaring back only to lose the momentum and start to fall again starting in August. The troubles continued through the election.

Then something happened. Donald Trump was elected, and the stock markets responded in epic fashion by reaching its highest levels ever. Things turned around very quickly.

Black Friday shopping was up and people are spending again and a lot of it has to do with Trump and not Obama.

A Trump spending euphoria is spreading, as working class adults feel more comfortable with their financial future with the new president elect.

The incoming Trump administration isn’t just making America feel better about spending money; they are actually making a difference with jobs already, and that is fueling some of the euphoria.

Thursday, Trump and Mike Pence are heading to a Carrier facility in Indianapolis to announce that the heating and air conditioning manufacturer is going to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana and not move them to Mexico as previously announced.

After Trump was elected, Ford also decided to keep the production of an SUV in Kentucky instead of moving it to Mexico.

As far as impact on the economy, the jobs are rather minimal. To the people that work in the factories saved by Trump, the jobs are very important.

The message that our economy is set to rise is resonating around the country and in the stock market.

If the Trump spending euphoria continues through the holiday season to wrap up the fourth quarter, Obama could have his best economic quarter in eight years. Something he can thank the president-elect for before ObamaCare is repealed in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency.

Do you think Obama or Trump is fueling the “boom” in the economy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Cyber Monday for Patriots

The numbers for 2016’s Black Friday are already out and the result is clear. While there were more shoppers risking life and limb for great holiday deals, there was a drop in spending.

How does that work?

The big box retailers made a decision this year to ride the Black Friday hype and offer few, truly great deals, leading to, for instance a “Doorbuster” from Target of $9.99 throws . . . pathetic we know.

Spending is a progressive game with shoppers. To fill a cart and capture the “yes” mentality, good deals must be presented frequently for the brave holiday shoppers.

In that spirit and for Cyber Monday, here are a few actually good deals for the gun loving, red-meat eating American:

ShootingTargets7: Up to 40% off AR500 steel targets. Be sure to pick up a zombie target along with the magnetic stencil.

Knife Center: Get 20% off already discounted items. No code necessary.

Sportsman’s Guide: Online shop, Sportsman’s Guide, has strong deals on ammo and hunting gear including $142 pump shotguns and 500 rounds of 9mm for only $100.69 (not bad).

Kansas City Steaks: For a good steak at 10% off with free shipping, try Kansas City Steaks with the code “Cyber5” when you hit the checkout button.

Know of some other great deals today? Comment below.

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A video has gone viral showing a burly Target employee rallying workers before the door open for the Black Friday melee.

Nearly 2.3 million people have watched the video since its publication on YouTube.

Given that this eager worker is part of the dwindling American workforce, it’s refreshing to see a blue-collar worker who takes his job seriously while finding humor in the coming stress of the holiday shopping onslaught.

Go big red suspender guy! THIS IS TARGET!

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Black Friday was put on hold in Ferguson this week thanks to protesters gathers in support of Michael Brown and his family.

Brown, who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after the 290 pound, 18 year-old rushed the officer, Darren Wilson.

Wilson was acquitted of wrongdoing in the case, setting off riots and protests that continued through Thanksgiving weekend.

For Black Friday shoppers in Ferguson, their hope to get on with holiday preparations were dashed by angry crowds blocking stores.

For retailers in the area, Black Friday could have been a welcome break from the rioting, looting and violence that had effected many businesses in the area.

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