Former President Barack Obama is green with envy at Donald Trump's economic success.
I'll tell you a personal story that explains everything. But first, a look at Trump's remarkable success:
I've previously written that Trump had accomplished the rare feat of higher GDP (4.2 percent) than unemployment (3.9 percent).
Compare that to Obama, who is the only president in the history of the United States to never produce a single year of 3 percent or higher GDP.
I also reported that Trump had the second-highest rating in the history of the Small Business Optimism Index, a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. I predicted on my national radio and TV shows that because Trump was second to Reagan by only a smidge, he wouldn't be second for long.
I was right. The August numbers are out. Trump has surpassed Reagan, 109 to 108. No president in history has ever made America's small-business owners happier.
Why do small-business owners love Trump so much?
Here's the personal story. I was honored to have been recently chosen to debate one-on-one with The New York Times' "Never Trumper" columnist Ross Douthat at the 2018 FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas. We debated in front of several thousand attendees.
I made the case that Trump is the best president in history for small business, for the economy and for jobs. Obama was the worst ever. I used my real-life story as Exhibit A. I bared my soul.
I told the audience that when Obama became president, I was worth just under $10 million. By the time Obama left office, I was worth close to zero.
Do you think that's a coincidence? It just so happened that for my entire life, I was always able to snap my fingers, earn a large income and build successful businesses? With Obama as president, I suddenly forgot how to make money?
And it must be pure coincidence that the same thing happened to almost every small-business owner I know. I guess we all forgot how to make money under Obama. We all got dumb.
And now that Trump is president, we're suddenly all smart again! I guess it's a coincidence we all suddenly remembered how to make money.
The answer is simple. Obama was a socialist. He believed government was the answer to every problem. He believed in income redistribution (i.e., theft). He struck us with massive taxes, massive regulations, massive health care cost increases with Obamacare, nonstop IRS attacks, open borders and, of course, "You didn't build that."
He made business owners feel greedy, insignificant, unwanted, unloved. He threw so many roadblocks in front of us that we couldn't succeed, no matter how hard we tried. We were running in quicksand. That's how I went from almost $10 million to zero.
Then, along came Trump. A businessman. A fan of capitalism. A man who celebrates small-business owners. He treats us like heroes. He has dramatically cut taxes, cut regulations, killed the Obamacare mandate and made us feel valuable and wanted again. Trump has taken away the roadblocks. He's greased the wheels. Suddenly, we're making money again. We aren't running in quicksand anymore.
It's not just "America First." With Trump, it's entrepreneurs and small businesses first. Trump has made us great again. And we're making America great again.
What a change. Even The New York Times and Washington Post praised the Trump economy this week. They both reported on the remarkable increase in blue-collar jobs under Trump.
Back at FreedomFest, Douthat listened to my opening speech. He walked to the podium and told the audience, "I concede." The audience roared. They all got it. I'm one of them. We've all lived Obama versus Trump. We know what's happening. And we never want to go back to Obama.
The audience voted at the end of the debate. I won.
Thank you, President Trump. We're all winners because of you.
Wayne Allyn Root is a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, nationally syndicated talk show host on USA Radio Network and the host of "The Wayne Allyn Root Show" on Newsmax TV nightly at 8 p.m. ET. To find out more about Wayne Allyn Root and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com