BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: David Asman, host of Fox Business Network’s ‘Bulls & Bears’

By POLITICO Staff

How/where are you celebrating your birthday and with whom? “My wife and I were married on my birthday in 1989, so naturally I’m celebrating with her. We usually celebrate by focusing on the anniversary, unless it’s a milestone birthday … my 50th was a knockout! It also helps that my birthday is the day AFTER Valentine’s Day, so it makes it easier to get a reservation!”

How did you get your start in journalism? “I was teaching in Chicago while going for my master’s in education at Northwestern U. I had been planning to write while teaching, but I soon realized I couldn’t do both and had to choose. I took out a small ad in National Review (thanks to the generosity of the late editor Bill Buckley), and a magazine in Princeton, N.J., answered. Worked there as editor for two years; next two years at Manhattan Institute; then freelancing for two years, which led to a call from the Wall Street Journal editorial page. Twelve years at the WSJ covering Latin America (where I met my Nicaraguan wife!) and final two years there as op-ed editor. Then moved to Fox News, where I’ve been ever since.”

What’s an interesting book/article you’re reading now or you’ve recently finished? And why? “I’m in the middle of reading three books right now. ‘The Pioneers,’ by David McCullough, a magnificent history of the extraordinary men and women who left the comfort of their homes in the east to move out west, against all odds, after the revolution … truly inspirational. Next book is ‘Profiles in Corruption’ by Peter Schweizer, reported as only Peter can, about the many conflicts of interest by politicians who’ve made a fortune for their families through their political connections. Finally, ‘Light over the Scaffold: The Prison Letters of Jacques Fesch’ … letters from a no-good thief and murderer who had a magnificent conversion in prison, just before he was executed. Again an inspiration for your spirit … something greatly needed in our profession.”

What’s a trend going on in the U.S. or abroad that doesn’t get enough attention? “Jumping off from the last point, there is a wonderful movement among a segment of the population (particularly young people) to devote themselves to something far deeper than the social media world of ‘friends,’ who get all the attention but amount to an unfulfilling and often bitter fruit. A recent study found a big increase of loneliness among the young, felt most often by heavy social media users. The search for something more often leads to faith and fulfilling extracurricular work with those in need. The numbers may not be big enough to move any needles yet, but I’ve seen more and more of these folks who are making a difference. Of course, this positive trend parallels the dangers that accompany those getting sucked deeper into the social media vortex. Only time will tell which movement is the real game-changer.”

How’s the Trump presidency going? “The Trump presidency accompanies an economic boom that is elevating all levels of the economy. Simple reason why: Tax cuts and deregulation have made it easier and cheaper to start and grow businesses. Therefore, you get more businesses and more jobs. The tax cuts and deregulations have also led to tax-exile businesses moving back to the U.S., now that our tax rates are more competitive. All this has led [to] a record number of jobs, and, most importantly, wage earners at the lower end are making the biggest percentage gains in incomes and household wealth. In addition, the world is recognizing this administration as one that cannot be taken for granted. Allies are finding it more difficult to make deals than it used to be, but they are valuing our relationship more than they did because we are the only economy that’s booming. We also possess a military might that is more formidable than it was. That puts enemies more on edge, which makes many more nervous. However, we’re better prepared to deal with what comes our way.”

What’s a fun fact that people in Washington might not know about you? “The morning my Nicaraguan-born stepson went off to boot camp at Parris Island, he told me: ‘I want to earn my citizenship.’ He became a U.S. citizen while serving with the Marines in Afghanistan, more than fulfilling his pledge.”