DETROIT — As the media pool and members of the Detroit Economic Club waited for Vice President Mike Pence (and, unbeknownst to us…..a surprise guest), at MotorCity Casino’s Sound Board, Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson tunes warmed up the crowd.
I quipped to a few people, including Mr. Vice President’s press liaison, I thought Mike was going to come on stage doing The Moonwalk….(drum roll)…. I made him grin like The Cheshire Cat.
The V. P. kept his remarks largely focused on the economy, but did venture a bit into foreign affairs, as well. Pence spoke of opening “a new chapter of American prosperity.” “The American economy is booming!” Two big reasons, he explained, were “across-the-board tax cuts” and cutting “red tape.”
Pence knew what buttons to push to give a good pep rally-type speech. It left everybody feeling good – like seeing a good movie with a happy ending.
“More Americans are working today than ever before in this country.”
“The American Dream is working again for every American!”
“The automotive industry is roaring back!”
The V. P. urged the D. E. C. members in attendance to urge Congress to pass the USMCA, saying it was a “huge improvement” over NAFTA in that it “levels the playing field.”
And, Mike cautioned, should he and President Trump lose the election next year, “the gains of two and a half years would be wiped out.”
V.P. Pence also spoke of the dangers of The Green New Deal. He joked the hard left the Democrats have made was in full force two weeks ago during the Detroit Debates, saying he “thought the debate stage was gonna flip over.” The audience laughed appreciatively at his humorous image. I admit it brought a smile to my face, to boot. I may’ve even chuckled a little inside. Maybe even outside.
Pence never mentioned Russia, or the school shootings, or Epstein; but, he did speak at some length about China, saying “just last week we labeled China as a currency manipulator.” Gee, I’ve had girlfriends that were that….(one more drum roll, please…) Mikey also said China should honor the 1984 turnover terms and “respect Hong Kong.” Good luck with that….
We have a 500 billion dollar trade deficit with China. Pence said, “We put China on notice that the era of economic surrender is over!” About time, yeah, baby, lol.
Mr. Michael Motorcycle boasted we’re now the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world – and next year we’ll set new export records in such! Just don’t mess with ANWR, please. More polar bears are born there than anywhere in the USA. And, it is a refuge. A national refuge. Of wildlife. American wildlife!!!!! It’s also part of an ancient caribou crossing. Like reindeer. Like Rudolph. Like Christmas. You know, the birthday of Jesus…. I wanted to ask him about it; but there was no Q & A for the media at the function.
China, Mikey said, wants to make a deal, and we may use the USMCA (if passed) as a “template” for it and other trade deals; but China must first “live by the rules of international commerce.” Dang, he almost had something there….
The surprise guest was Detroit’s native son Dr. Ben Carson, who once separated conjoined twins. The never-yet-fired-by-Trump H. U. D. Secretary spoke glowingly of Mike as he introduced him, saying he “thinks logically” (as opposed to whom????)(LOL!!!!), and has “great foresight,” not just “simple foresight.” Dr. Carson emphasized that that make all the difference.
Dr. Carson ended his introduction on a philosophical and challenging note, urging the entire audience to use “our sphere of influence to tamp down the hatred.” This is very true. Everything we do can either amplify the power of Love, or the toxicity of hate. So, next time you’re tempted to flip the bird at a lousy driver (and I know there’s a plethora of them, believe me), think twice, maybe even thrice…
Oh, and unfortunately, the V.P. did not do the Moonwalk, maybe next time….
Oh, oh, and, lastly, to the President, Detroit and its lovely burbs say, “Hi back!!!” Please make America great again for polar bears, too! Tell Shell Oil to get out of ANWR now!!!! Pretty please with Arctic brown sugar on it!!!!