Walmart just announced they are raising starting wages to $11 per hour, starting in February. Cash bonuses of up to $1,000 will be paid to qualified associates.

This follows announcements by AT&T, Boeing and others to hand out bonuses. Some, such as Fifth Third Bank, are raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour (isn’t this the bar the left set a couple of years ago?).

All this has been attributed to the recent tax cut.

CNBC has reported that the African-American unemployment rate has fallen to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest recorded since separate statistics started to be kept 45 years ago.

The Gross Domestic Product has grown by more than 3 percent two quarters in the row. Democrats told us 2 percent was the new norm.

President Trump has cut 67 regulations and only added three new ones (USA Today, Dec. 21, 2017).

The stock market is on a tear. The Dow Jones is around 25,600; it has hit over 70 record closes since Trump took office.

Trump worked out a trade deal with China, Vietnam and South Korea. North Korea has asked South Korea for diplomatic talks and may send athletes to the Winter Olympic Games.

The Obamacare individual mandate is gone – a burden that was drowning low-income, uninsured working families.

US News reported on Dec. 21, 2017: “Trump has the opportunity to solidify his position as the most successful president ever in his first year.”

This was before he signed the tax policy – the item they seemed to be waiting for him to do to cement their statement.

When it comes to the UN, Trump has called a spade a spade and called them out for their hypocrisy.

If you want to talk about Trump’s so-called collusion, you have to bring up Hillary Clinton’s uranium deal.

If you want to talk about Trump’s treatment of women, you have to bring up Bill Clinton and all the men (over half from the left) who disrespected women and that have been outed in the last few months.

Last January, I could not have imagined such a great year. But here we are, a year later.

The Democrats – it is rumored – are now going to stage some sort of protest at the State of the Union message.

It figures. They have not given this president any sign of respect, why should they start now? Trash the hallowed halls of Congress, par for the course.

One must have drunk the Kool-Aid to be buying the left’s and the Democrats' lines at this time.

Tell me again, what is the problem with President Trump? Has he not accomplished all the things the Democrats have promised for years in terms of unemployment improvement, treating people fairly and making this a better country? 

Just about the time I finished this column, President Trump made some inappropriate comments about some countries, in this hemisphere and in Africa. Probably not a smooth move. 

I think it is important that he used the word “countries” and not “people.” Further, I don’t see people lining up to move to the places he described. In fact, for years I have been saying that if the UN was sincere in wanting to help the downtrodden of the world, they would move their headquarters from New York to Port au Prince.

The kind of money they spend would fix Haiti in a year. Of course, the shopping, theatre and other joys of New York would not be available for them to enjoy. The UN has no place to talk, no cover to be indignant, when they comment on President Trump.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.