‘Four Pinocchios’ for President’s Claim of a Turnaround in West Virginia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Even though Trump claims he has “turned West Virginia around,” the trends aren’t expected to last. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University estimated the state’s GDP growth to average 1.0 percent per year over the next five years and employment to grow 0.7 percent — well below national projections.Additionally, the coal industry still has a way to go to recover from its losses. In 2008, the state produced nearly 158 million short tons of coal, and by 2016, that number had plummeted to 80 million, according to a report by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.John Deskins, co-author of the report and director of the bureau, cautioned that while increased coal production is projected to remain stable, the state still has a long road to economic recovery.“West Virginia has no short-term solution for its economic problems,” Deskins said. “We need industrial diversification and investment in human capital. But with the state’s poor education system and really bad drug epidemic, the human capital gains are a major challenge.”Trump takes credit for West Virginia’s economic gains, but it’s undeserved. For one, when the first quarter ended on March 31, 2017, Trump was just two months into his presidency. While he was quick to do away with several regulations on energy production, many of the new policies have yet to take effect. The state’s recent growth is due to increased mining production and a rise in prices for coal and natural gas.Taking credit for economic advances where no credit is due seems to be a habit for Trump. He should be more careful not to overstate the effect of his administration’s policies when praising economic gains across the country. For trying to capitalize on the hard work of West Virginians, Trump earns Four Pinocchios.More: President Trump’s claim that he ‘turned West Virginia around’ by cutting regulations on mining
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— Ashley Tisdale— Carly Rae Jepsen— Derek Hough He turned 33 in 2010. That year, Brady was in his 11th NFL season, and he passed for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he set a league record by finishing the regular season with 335 consecutive passes without a pick. He was also the first player in NFL history to become a unanimous selection for MVP.MORE: Super Bowl 53: Odds, picks for Rams vs. PatriotsBill BelichickThe 66-year-old is in his 44th season as an NFL coach and is in his 20th season as head coach of the Patriots. He’s won five Super Bowls as a head coach and two more as a coordinator.He turned 33 in 1985 and was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He stayed with the team for 12 seasons, working under head coach Bill Parcells.Tony RomoThe 38-year-old won’t be on the field for Super Bowl 53, but he’ll certainly be one of the biggest attractions during the game. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback will be in the broadcast booth for CBS, likely impressing fans with his ability to predict plays before they happen .He turned 33 in 2013 and was in his 11th season in the NFL. He threw for 31 touchdowns and led the Cowboys to an 8-7 record with the league’s worst defense. That season, Romo suffered a herniated disk against Washington on Dec. 22, but stayed in and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to keep Dallas’ playoff hopes alive:Tiger WoodsTiger Woods enjoyed many successes during his Age 33 year, but he also suffered the most devastating blow to his reputation. Though he won several tournaments and was the leading money-winner on the PGA Tour, a sex scandal in November 2009 rocked his personal life and made him the world’s No. 1 gossip item.Michael JordanThe 55-year-old NBA legend turned 33 in 1996. In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4–2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time, surpassing Magic Johnson’s three Finals MVP awards.The title win was extremely emotional for Jordan. It was his first championship since his father’s murder and came on Father’s Day.The day included a memorable interview and scene of him crying on the locker room floor:Jordan also starred in the sports comedy “Space Jam,” which was released in 1996:Donald TrumpThe 72-year-old U.S. president turned 33 in 1980. At the time he was a real-estate developer and not yet a national celebrity.In the video below, a young Trump sat down with Tom Brokaw to talk real estate in New York City:Michael JacksonThe King of Pop turned 33 in 1991. He released “Dangerous,” his eighth studio album. It featured several hit songs, including:Black or WhiteWill You Be ThereRemember The TimeElvis PresleyThe King of Rock ‘n’ Roll turned 33 in 1968.Presley stepped away from music to star in several movies, until his 1968 television special, known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” which relaunched his music career. Oprah WinfreyThe 64-year-old turned 33 in 1987. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was in its infancy. She hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards and won her first Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. During that year, she tackled the tough subject of race, when she interviewed residents from an all-white county in Georgia.Warning: Video contains offensive language33-year-old Athletes and Celebrities:— Cristiano Ronaldo— Wayne Rooney— Luka Modric— Michael Phelps— Chris Paul— Alex Ovechkin— JR Smith— Roman Reigns— Dwight Howard— Ciara— Bruno Mars— J. Cole— Anna Kendrick— Keira Knightley— Raven-Symoné— Kaley Cuoco— Chrissy Teigen— Gale Gadot— Lana Del Rey— Amanda Seyfried When the Rams take the field for Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3, 33-year-old Sean McVay will become the youngest coach in football history to lead his team into the big game. It is no doubt an incredible accomplishment — and it got us thinking: Where were other major sports stars and celebrities at age 33?Tom BradyThe 41-year-old quarterback has won the Super Bowl five times. Super Bowl 53 marks his ninth return to the big game in 19 seasons with the Patriots.