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The Global Lane - December 6, 2018

2018 robust year for U.S. economy. More to come in 2019? How a Catholic nun is combating cholera in Haiti & winning; Best days ahead, or is America headed for disaster? Final farewell. Why America will miss the experience & character of Bush 41. Read Transcript

- Today from the Global Lane,

2018 was a robust yearfor the U.S. economy.

Is more to come in the new year

and what about another tax cut?

Combating cholera, this Catholic nun

is fighting the deadlydisease in Haiti and winning.

We'll explain how she's doing it.

Are America's best days ahead

or are we headed for disaster?

And a final farewell, I'llshare some personal thoughts

on why America will miss the experience

and character of President Bush, 41.

And it's all right here, right now

from the Global Lane.

President Trump announced he'll hold off

on imposing 200 billion dollars

in new trade tariffs against China.

In return, Chinese President Xi

has pledged to buy a substantialamount of U.S. products

and roll back tariffs on U.S. automobiles.

Last September, Mr. Trumpannounced tariffs against China

would rise from 10 to 25%by the end of this year.

But now he says they'll be delayed

as trade negotiations continue.

Well here to give ussome perspective on this

is economic consultant, Senior Fellow

of the Heritage Foundation, Stephen Moore.

He's co-author of the book, Trumponomics.

What are your thoughts on this ceasefire

and this trade war with China.

- Big victory for Trump, I think.

I think this is a big victory

for the U.S. economy, for American farmers

and automakers and our auto companies.

China has been cheating and stealing

in the trade negotiations.

Trump is the firstpresident in a long time

to stand toe-to-toe with Beijing

and say this can't stand andso I'm very relieved by this.

I think it means thatthis is the first step

in a real new relationship with China

where they start playing by the rules

and reduce their tariffs.

We've opened our markets to them,

they have not openedup their markets to us

and Trump is right that, he says that

I didn't trade, startthis trade war with China,

they started it 10 years ago

and there's a lot of truth to that.

- Yeah I've heard that from

a lot of people--- Yes.

- That are defendingTrump and his policies.

So tell me, I know Wall Street is,

or has expressed, they'vebeen a little nervous--

- [Stephen] Yeah.

- About the whole Chinatrade tariff situation,

also the Fed?- Yep.

- Continually increasingthe interest rate level

so what do you think, are theirfears now calmed a bit or?

- Mm hmm, well I think Trump was right

about the Fed.

You know, the Fed twomonths ago raised rates

and they also announcedthey were gonna keep

raising 'em and raising 'em

and that did spook the financial markets

and we saw a big declinein the stock market

and then when the Fed backed off of that

a week or two ago, we'veseen a nice increase.

So I think he's right that the,

as the old saying goes, theFed was taking the punchbowl

away from the party justwhen it was getting boring.

In terms of this China deal, look,

I don't want to make too much of this.

One thing about China, it'slike the old Soviet Union,

you can't always trust what the say,

that Beijing will say one thingand do exactly the opposite,

just as the old Soviets used to do.

- [Gary] And Reagan alwayssaid trust but verify, right?

- Exactly and I think that's where Trump

is gonna have to makesure there's enforcement

and validation, that China'sliving by their agreements

because in the past, theyhaven't always done that

but I think it's a good start.

I think Trump is cominghome now from Argentina

with a victory in his pocket.

And if he, but look,this is just the start.

I want to be clear about that.

There's still huge abusesthat are happening in China

against American companiesand American workers

that need to be resolved.

- And they may continue for a while.

- They could be.

- That's not a quick fix, is it?

- But you know, Trumpis using these tariffs.

I mean he said this a few weeks ago

at the Rose Garden ceremony.

He said, I use these tariffsas a negotiating tactic

to get these other countries to behave.

He's always said, look, I justwant a level playing field.

If we cut our tariffs 10%,you cut your tariffs to 10%.

China hasn't done that.

- Well it worked with Europe.

That strategy worked with the E.U.

- [Stephen] And also with Mexico

and Canada.- And so with Canada.

- So so far, so good butthis is the big battle,

really is the battle of our time.

Will China or the United Statesbe the economic super power

over the next 25 or 50 years

and China is engaged in,

look at what they'redoing with their military.

They're building it up in avery aggressive, dangerous way.

They've stolen 300 billion dollars a year

of our technologies.

When companies, Americancompanies try to do business

over there in China, theyoften steal your patents,

your trade secrets.

They often times, theyeven takeover ownership

of the company so that'snot, that's not free trade.

- Stephen, let's look ahead to 2019.

18 was a pretty good year economically.

- You better believe it (laughing), yeah.

- Yeah, yeah.

- Yeah we're gonna endup with economic growth

about 3 1/2% which is, in eight years,

Obama never got us anywhere near that.

- So what's the good word for Americans,

how will this affect Americans?

- [Stephen] Well this is a great question

because there's been a lottalk, chatter on Wall Street

and amongst some likeGoldman Sachs saying,

oh we may see a recession on the horizon.

I don't see it, I just don't see it.

I think the tax cuts arestill just kicking in.

Trump has really gotten government

off the back of our businesses.

You talk to business men and women now,

they say things are reallygood for the economy.

Now I'll tell you one areaI'm a little worried about

with the economy and thatis the housing market,

it's cooled off.

- [Gary] It sure has been.

- And that's partly because of the Fed.

When they raised rates,

when mortgage interest rates goes up,

that means housing is more expensive, so--

- What about GM laying off 14,000 workers?

- [Stephen] Well I'm nottoo concerned about that.

I mean look, my heartgoes out to the people

and family that are affected by that.

I hate to ever see a plantclose but my goodness,

we've created one million construction

and manufacturing jobs since Donald Trump

was elected president so every time

you see a plant closein the United States,

now we're seeing five or10 new plants opening up.

Manufacturers andconstruction companies today

say their biggest problemis finding enough workers

to do the jobs.

- [Gary] Another tax cut coming in 2019?

- [Stephen] I'd like tosee it but I'm doubtful

and I've got a two word reason.

- [Gary] Democratic House?

- (laughing) I was gonna say Nancy Pelosi

but that's right and they are opposed

to any kind of relief for families.

Pelosi has said we're partof a resistance movement

so even if something's good for America,

they are, there's an old saying that

liberals hate Trump morethan they love America.

- Okay, Stephen Moore, Senior Fellow

at the Heritage Foundationand author of Trumponomics.

Thanks for being here.

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Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever

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called Orphan's Promise.

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- Cholera is a diseaseyou don't hear much about

in industrialized nations.

It mostly strikes the impoverishedin third-world countries.

Last year more than one million cases

were reported worldwide.

More than 5,000 people diedfrom fecal bacterial disease.

Some of the worst hit places are in Africa

but according to theWorld Health Organization,

during the past eight years,

more than 800,000 people have suffered

from the disease in Haiti.

Nearly 10,000 Haitianshave died from cholera

but that's changing thanks to the work

of one nun from Kentucky.

Sister Larraine Lauter is a missionary

with Water with Blessings.

She's worked hard toeradicate cholera in Haiti

and as a result, one of the country's

largest cholera clinicshas closed its doors.

Sister Larraine, thanksfor joining us today.

So how did you end up in Haiti

and how did you decide totackle cholera head on?

- Well Water withBlessings has been in Haiti

since about 2012, just because our focus

is always clean water forGod's thirsty children

wherever they're in need

and Haiti is a major placewhere children suffer and die

because of dirty water.

- Well tell us about thecommunity of Verrettes

and what happened there.

- Well Verrettes housesone of the major clinics

which is in the AlbertSchweitzer Hospital there.

It is actually down riverform the original source

of where cholera broke outafter the 2010 earthquake

and so it's been persistently a place

where cholera returnsbecause cholera is an issue

between kind of a dance betweensanitation issues and water.

So we realized that while we were working

all over the country there in dozens

and dozens of communitiesand doing very well,

that that was really kind ofa scattershot kind of approach

and that to really addressthe issue of cholera,

we were going to have to bevery intentionally strategic.

So we chose Verrettes as a placewhere cholera has persisted

on a pretty large scale

and yet we felt that we were,

would be able to find local coordination

and collaboration to workwith us in the church there.

We have a team of young Haitians

who go all over thecountry and train women

almost every day to be water women

and I use this great filter

and create clean waterfor their own families

and other families and around them.

- It's just a small filter

about the size of a toilet paper roll?

- Yeah, that's a common comparison.

- Yeah.

- Whole filter right here,

you can see it is very small

and it's very easy to use it.

So you just turn on the gravity

by turning it, putting down, Idon't know if you can see it.

I think I'm gonna have to--

- [Gary] If you raise it alittle higher, we can see it.

There we go.

- [Larraine] Well work because

it has to have gravity to work, see.

- [Gary] Yeah, so that's clean water now.

- [Larraine] Yeah, it's actuallyfiltering water right there

and this water that I'mfiltering, can you see in there?

- [Gary] Yes.

- Okay, so this water that we're filtering

out of this bucket up here,

that came from a local creekhere in Jefferson County

called Floyds Fork, kind ofa local name for nastiness,

and this water is now cleaner

than U.S. bottled water standards.

We've actually had waterwomen in 47 countries.

We just passed the mark ofhaving trained 85,000 women

so all of those womenhave one of these filters.

They have our training that'sdone according to our protocol

which takes three to four hours.

They have follow-up programming

and they're all filteringaccording to their covenant

that they made with God.

They promised God, signed their names,

that they will filter for threeother families around them.

- Finally I want to know,what role has faith played

in motivating you to do this?

- Well it's been everything,it sustains me day to day.

We start off every day here with prayer

and that prayer is foreveryone whose involved,

especially the women,

and for all of us that wewill be able to recognize

when God is opening a door for us

and for this mission.

I just have a very strongconviction in my heart

that God means for all peopleto have access to clean water,

that that's God's will,

and that our task isto fulfill God's will.

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- A Gallup Poll taken earlier this year

found that 60% of Americansbelieve our young people

will have a better lifethan their parents did.

That was the highestpercentage since the last year

of George W. Bush's presidencywhen it reached 66%.

So are the countriesbest times still ahead

as most people believe or are we headed

for an economic socialand political decline?

Our next guest believes America

is on the brink of disasterbut there are steps

that can be taken to save us.

David Barton is founder andpresident of WallBuilders.

He's co-authored the newbook, This Precarious Moment,

Six Urgent Steps thatwill Save Your Family

and Our Country.

Interesting book, sodisaster may be ahead?

Why, what do you see happening?

- Well there's a lotof choices to be made.

We're at the brink of several areas

where no nation has made thatchoice and come back from it.

For example, even though we think things

will be better for our kids,

our kids want something totally different.

Right now in college, 75%of students in college

want socialism instead ofthe free market economy.

No nation has ever become socialistic

and remained a free and prosperous nation.

So if we get what the kids now want,

we won't have the same America.

So we want them to have better

but they don't understand what's at stake

so they have, and that'sthe interesting thing.

The polling is 75% of students want that

but when you ask them what socialism is,

they can't define it,they've just been taught

that that's what they need,that that's what they want.

- And some even like communism.

- Well communism,socialism, all rank higher

than free market economics.

And another concerning areais 53% of students in college

right now think that freespeech should be limited.

They don't agree with free speech

and 19% of students actually believe

that you should have theright to use violence

against free speech you disagree with.

So things that we considerfundamental tenants of freedom,

they're not into and so that'swhy it's a precarious moment

is we want the best forour kids but at this point,

they don't have the experience to know

that what they want has never worked

in the history of the world.

- [Gary] David, how didit get to that point?

- It get to that point through education.

Our education system right nowis so far skewed to the left.

We think we send kidsfor a great education

of math and science and what we call STEM,

the basic core elements.

Right now, if you look atHarvard University Catalog,

on Course Catalog, search for sexuality.

You'll find 295 listingsin the current Harvard--

- [Gary] Wow.

- Wait a minute, I thought wewere doing math and science

and intellectual and readingand history and government,

no no no, we're doing other things.

So education is no longerwhat it used to be.

As a matter fact, theU.S. government now says

that the age of adolescenceends, not at 18,

which where it was for, itnow ends at the age of 35.

University of Connecticut came out

with what they call negative learning.

They said, right now theyfollow kids going into college,

coming out and afterfour years in college,

they know less than whenthey went in as a freshman.

So they're paying 100,000bucks, losing, losing knowledge,

coming out with great debtand unable to get a job.

Only 27.4% of college graduates right now

can get a job in their degree field

so our education systemhas failed miserably.

- In your book, you talk about

restoring relations with Israel,

we're falling short in thearea of race relations.

You also talk about immigration,

embracing Biblical thinking,explain some of those.

- Yeah in Israel, I mean,

we've got the best relations we've had

since Israel became a new nation in 48,

President Trump's done great

except it's not necessarilytranslating back here.

Last year there were1,600 anti-Israel events

on collage campuses across the country.

Hate crimes against Jews havedoubled in the last year.

The antisemitism is at aall-time high in America.

When you look at the next generation,

66% of millennials don'tknow what Auschwitz is,

22% have never heard of the Holocaust

so our relationshipwith Israel internally,

from the citizens standpointis not near strong as it is

on the internationalside with President Trump

and that's what we focus on in the book

is we're not worried aboutfederal solutions or state,

we're, what can each individualdo to make a difference

in these areas and you gethealthy from the bottom up so...

The church is another area.

The church has made itself irrelevant.

- How about race relations--- Race relations.

- [Gary] I know there'sa problem in the church.

- There's a problem in thechurch with race relations

and there's some really goodsolutions on race relations.

I mean, you take Senator Tim Scott,

black senator from South Carolina,

James Lankford, a whitesenator from Oklahoma

and these two guys have got a great plan

of how the, as individual people,

we invite the other race into our house,

come let's eat meal together,let's break bread together,

let's talk.

You know, I'm not black, tellme what it's like to be black

and white guys say, oh man, race,

slavery's over 150 years ago,you guys gotta get over it.

No, that's not the way itworks in the real world

if you're actually a black person.

And so we don't know howto think like they do,

they don't know think like,you gotta spend time together

and right now the churchis very segregated.

So many schools are still segregated

so individual things thatwe can do, very, very easy.

- And we're living in atime with a very polarized,

divided society--- We are.

- Fractured America.- We are.

- How did it get to that point?

Again, is it education ordoes it go beyond that?

- It's education, we're at a point now,

where the two out of three Americans say

there is no absolute moral truth,

that there's nothing thatis absolutely morally wrong.

Rape is, no, depends...

Murder is, no.

So we no longer have consensus of belief

on what is right and wrong.

Among young people, it is at this point,

three out of four young people.

Young people believe thereis no right and wrong

and when there is no right and wrong,

then you're polarized.

The thing we had at the Great Depression

was you didn't have crime outbreaks

even though there was depression poverty

because everyone stillbelieved the 10 Commandments,

you believed the Golden Rule

and you believed the Good Samaritan.

We don't have that moral foundation today.

- We're running out of time but quickly,

I know with the passing of H.W. Bush, George H. W. Bush,

there's been a lot of talkabout returning to civility,

that he was a kind man who talked about

thousand points of light,kinder and gentler nation.

What do you think, canwe get back to that?

- Well he was a kind manbecause of his faith.

He was very outspoken about his faith.

People don't remember thatone of the platform planks

he had when he ran for president

was restoring school prayer.

And so you look at his speeches

and we just posted anumber of his speeches

where he quotes Bible verse after Bible,

he was very open in his faith.

- [Gary] Pro-life too.

- Pro-life, very pro-life, he was,

his wife was not but he was.

And so from that standpoint,

that's where a lot of civility comes from

is the teachings of Jesus,the teachings of the Bible.

So the more secular become,the more polarized you become.

If you want to get back to civility,

you need to get back toreligious foundations.

- Wonderful book, This PrecariousMoment, we appreciate it.

Thank you, David Barton.- Thanks, Gary.

- For being here.- Appreciate it, brother.

- God bless you.- Good to be with you.

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- Hello, I'm Terry Meeuwsen.

Did you know there are morethan 148 million orphans

in the world today?

148 million.

But it was three little girls

that taught me aboutthe plight of orphans.

My husband and I spent nearly a month

immersed in the daily activitiesof a Ukrainian orphanage

as we waited to adopt three sisters.

I saw firsthand the utter loneliness,

the pain of rejection

and the overwhelming desire to be loved.

That experience changed me forever

and out of it grew aministry from my heart

called Orphan's Promise.

Today we're helping orphansand vulnerable children

in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Thousands of childrenare now in safe homes.

They're being educated andthey're learning life skills.

I'm asking you to join with me

and become family to these children.

Will you call the numberon your screen right now

because every child deservesa chance to be happy.

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- Americans a bid a final farewell

to their beloved 41st president

and I have some personal thoughts.

I met George H. W. Bush in 1980

as he campaigned forpresident in Michigan.

I was working in local news inFlint at station WJRT-TV 12.

Little did I know then

that eventually I'd cover his presidency

as a CBN News reporter andBureau Chief in Washington, D.C.

As we put our microphoneson before the start

of the interview, we shared some words.

I found Mr. Bush to be a kind man

who shared positive thoughtsabout the people of Michigan

and his prospects forwinning the Michigan primary.

He was friendly, he put me at ease.

I felt he truly cared about people.

He was a kind gentleman.

Mr. Bush defeated RonaldReagan in Michigan,

he went on to serve asReagan's Vice President.

In 1988, I served asSenior Press Secretary

for Pat Robertson's presidential run.

That's when I experiencedBush the political competitor.

Those who fought against Bushand his campaign manager,

Lee Atwater, know that Atwater

was a ruthless political operator.

It seemed he failed toembrace Mr. Bush's kinder

and gentler approachon the campaign trail.

To everyone's amazement,Pat beat Bush in Iowa,

in the Caucus but later helost to him in South Carolina.

Atwater had an extensivepolitical network of volunteers

and others to tap into in hishome state of South Carolina

and that turned the tide in the campaign.

It led to Bush victories againstPat throughout the south.

Now the people in South Carolinasaw Bush as Reagan's man.

They had to support himbecause they believed

he'd carry on with Reagan's policies.

I'm sure many of them were disappointed

after Bush became presidentbecause he didn't.

He purged most of the Reaganitesfrom his administration.

He wanted his own policies to prevail.

So what legacy does GeorgeH. W. Bush leave for America?

Before he became VicePresident and President,

he served as ambassador to Beijing

when Nixon and Kissingeropened the door to China.

He also served as U.S.Ambassador to the U.N.,

C.I.A. Director and R.N.C. Chairman.

But I think he'll mostly be remembered

for managing the fall of the Berlin Wall,

the collapse of communism andthe reunification of Germany.

Ronald Reagan was thearchitect, Bush was the manager.

Here is what German Chancellor,

Angela Merkel said about him.

- He is the father, or one of the fathers

of the German unification andwe will never forget that.

- And remember Operation Desert Storm?

Bush and an unprecedentedcoalition of countries

joined together in the Middle East

to force Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

He used shock and awe tooverwhelm the Iraqi military.

Many people wanted tokeep moving the tanks

all the way to Baghdad but Bush,

he knew there was littlepolitical will, domestically,

and internationally todo that at the time.

The strategy was to pushSaddam Hussein out of Kuwait,

then get out, not occupy.

Domestically, conservativeswill never forget that,

read my lips, no new taxes pledge

at the 1988 Republican Convention.

He later worked with theDemocrats to raise them.

Now how could we forget thetime that he looked at his watch

in the middle of a debate withRoss Perot and Bill Clinton?

Those two things may have contributed

to his re-election loss in 1992.

But as for me, I'll alwaysremember President Bush

as an optimist.

He spoke of a kinder, gentler America

and talked about athousand points of light,

Americans loving one another

and performing selfless acts of kindness.

We sure could use moreof George Bush's humility

and civility, couldn't we?

Those are truly Christ-like attributes.

So farewell Bush 41.

Thank you, Mr. Presidentfor your kindness,

for serving your country honorably.

Our last World War II president.

And no worries, Mr. President,

I doubt they'll serve youany broccoli in Heaven.

Well that's it from the Global Lane,

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