Our economy has roared to life and continues to gain traction with each passing day. The latest boost comes in the form of a newly agreed-upon trade deal between the U.S. and Mexico.

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to address the trade imbalance inherent in the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump has long argued that American workers, jobs, businesses and industries were being unfairly taken advantage of and the result was factory closures, lost jobs and a steadily ballooning goods trade deficit.

The deficit has grown from $115 billion in 1993 to a staggering $800 billion in 2017. This massive imbalance, up to the time of Trump’s inauguration, was considered by the Obama administration as just and fair. This went along with Obama’s premise that the United States deserved to suffer because it was unfair that we should prosper while other countries lagged behind.

President Trump has a far different take on the matter. “America first,” has become his mantra and instead of just talking about facilitating change for the better, Trump has acted upon it. Up until now, renegotiating NAFTA was unheard of. But indeed, the great negotiator has turned this sacred cow to hamburger and now, all American workers will see the lift from this rising economic tide. And though the left call the president a “nativist,” common working people call him their economic savior.

Specifically, “rules of origin” requirements will usher in a new age of American manufacturing and also, American agriculture. And while the left-wing news media did their best to portray American farmers as opposing the president’s policies, the opposite is true. Farmers have stood behind the president and as a result of their steadfast support, American agriculture of all stripes will benefit. So in exchange for some slight, short-lived pain, our farmers are at the threshold of great gain.

In more good news, America’s auto industry will, Phoenix-like, spring from the ashes of disused factories and rise again to become the hallmark of motor vehicle production. This extends to the auto parts industry as well. Soon, the majority of auto parts will originate in the United States. Gone are the days when new vehicles were a conglomeration of imported parts. From now on, “Made in USA” will again ring loud and clear across America.

The president’s new deal with Mexico appears to appeal to Canada and plans for a similar working relationship with our northern neighbor are already in the works. It appears that in the near future the U.S. and Canada will work out their trade differences and NAFTA will truly become a fair agreement among the three North American countries. And that is as it should be.

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The Obama administration’s war on energy has officially ended. The Trump administration has announced that its new Affordable Clean Energy Plan will replace the Draconian Clean Power Plan. No longer will American taxpayers be compelled to subsidize doomed-to-fail solar power schemes. And while solar power will still contribute some small share of the energy pie, innovations and startup programs will, as they should, be privately funded.

The use of clean coal, another of Trump’s campaign promises, will now fuel America’s power plants. The technology for clean coal has existed for a long time, but the Obama administration’s adversarial position (“You can build new coal-fired plants, but you won’t be able to pay the taxes”) had stymied its adoption.

But now, coal-burning power plants will emit vapor, not carbon-laden smoke. Miners and all associated components of energy production will soon gear up to make energy more abundant and cheaper for all Americans.

Another new policy, one that was a long time in coming, greets us in the form of the president’s “Space Force.”

Americans have, for some time, heard from scientists that disruption of our satellite system could have the nasty effect of shutting down the power grid. An enemy attack, rather than coming in the form of a military strike, would instead target our power grid, leaving us in the dark. And authorities have long stated that without proper precautions, this sort of attack is inevitable.

And make no mistake about it, we have become so dependent upon technology that in the event of a grid failure, we would be instantly thrust back into a pre-industrial time, which few, other than rural residents and outdoor folks who know how to fish, hunt and forage, would survive.

But the new Space Force would see to it that that never happens. Once again, our visionary president has seen to it that America is protected from foreign threats, not only for the present, but also in the future. So take heart, America, we are given a reprieve. Let’s make the most of it.

Tom Seymour is a freelance magazine and newspaper writer, book author, naturalist and forager. He lives in Waldo.