The MSM is trying to make the Mueller Report exoneration old news, but it’s not, and even Chicago “justice” for Jussie Smollett won’t wipe that issue away.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to do away with air travel (for the unwashed masses at least, and almost assuredly not for the proggie nomenklatura and their cronies). So are buses and trains a viable substitute for air travel today?
I recently had to travel cross country from near Atlanta, Ga. to Los Angeles, Calif., though I was in no great rush to get there. I looked at routes by air, bus and train. I was surprised to find that cross country travel is, if you buy the ticket two weeks out, as cheap or cheaper by air than it is by bus, train, or some combination of the two. Moreover, the flight takes only 5 hours to 8 hours to complete, while the bus or train take at least 48 hours — or so it was advertised. So flying cross country is more efficient in terms of travel time by a minimum factor of eight.
I have flown across country often, but I had never taken a bus or a train to do so. The opportunity to actually see “fly-over country” sounded interesting, so I booked the “express” bus from Greyhound, the one taking only forty seven hours to reach LA. The route led through Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico. and Arizona before finally reaching California, promising only two short stops to change buses along the route. [Read more…]
Today’s new Leftists like to promise us Swedish style socialism. They make these promises ignoring the fact that Sweden long-ago stopped socialism and became a market-based economy although one with a large social welfare infrastructure. They also like to ignore the fact that, as Sweden has morphed from a small, homogeneous country into a larger country flooded with immigrants, the social welfare infrastructure is struggling.
Alternatively, today’s new Leftists like to promise us European style socialism. They make these promises ignoring the fact that Europeans managed to have this socialism because, for decades, America paid all their defense costs. In other words, it wasn’t socialized medicine, it was American medicine. They also ignore the fact that the medical care provided gave people access to doctors, but not access to actual health care. As Scott Atlas long ago explained, you have to look behind the praise and rankings to the actual outcomes. And of course, the new Leftists ignore the fact that, as American monies dried up and immigrants changed the social structure in European countries, all that nice welfare became all flipsy-wopsy.
To sum things up, the new Leftist’s first tier big lie is that the Europeans actually had a loving, all-supporting, high-functioning soft true socialism, which they did not. Alexandria-Ocasio’s Cortez’s Green New Deal, however, exposes the really big lie, which is that the new Leftists didn’t intend to go full communist. As her plan, which most of the front-running Democrat primary lemmings have endorsed, is full-bore communism.
If you haven’t seen the amazing FAQ Cortez prepared and then hid, you have to read it. It demands a mind-boggling takeover of the entire economy using technology that doesn’t exist and almost certainly cannot exist. Perhaps it’s the imaginary technology that led Ocasio-Cortez to propose a ten year time-line, rather than the standard communist Five Year Plan. It’s easier to kill all the farmers and demand that peasants produce impossible farm output than it is to retrofit every building in America, turn all cars electric (never mind the fossil fuel needed to make those cars run), and regulate car farts. The first just involves killing people; the second, as I said, requires actual magic.
I have derived great pleasure during my travels listening to podcasts of people having a laugh at Ocasio-Cortez’s mad plans. The retreat from reality is perfectly emblematic of the direction in which the entire Democrat Party is headed.
What I haven’t seen many people speak about is the full horror of the command and control economy Ocasio-Cortez envisions. Her plans are silly, but the real plan is the complete takeover of the American economy. This isn’t the soft corporate crony fascism the Lefties have previously been pushing (plans remarkably similar to both German and Italian economic plans in the late 20s and early 1930s). This is full-out communism. It is a Green Leap Forward —- and Mao would be proud.
Even the funny line about jobs for everyone, including those who don’t want to work was scarily ambiguous. It really wasn’t clear if she was promising free money for slackers or forced conscription for slackers. Either is a bad idea but the second interpretation has the reek of gulags in America.
The Dems are essentially doing Mao backwards. He started with the Great Leap Forward, which saw 50-75 million deaths, and then, when the population was sufficiently softened up, he went for the murderous Cultural Revolution. That entailed intellectual purges, thought crimes, forced confessions, and re-education camps —- all of which the Democrats have already implemented at institutions across America.
Hard to blog well on an iPhone but I’m just trying to say that, while Ocasio-Cortez’s plan is being deservedly ridiculed, we would do well to be afraid that Kamala Harris, who is thought to be the front runner, thinks this coercive, true communist Green Leap Forward is a great idea.
(A friend commented that this was probably a revamp of someone’s high school paper . . . which got an A. In academia, you don’t have to defend ideas, you just advance the politically correct ideas, no matter how ludicrous, and happiness ensues.)
The late Michael Crichton figured out 15 years ago that the climate change juggernaut is a Leftist faith, intended to rework the economy, not true science.
With virtually unlimited money and power at stake, the watermelons (green outside, red inside) are pushing harder than ever to put the U.S. on a path to green Nirvana, where ostensible mitigation of anthropogenic climate change justifies every conceivable regulation, law, and tax, as well as the reordering of our economy and Constitution.
Before starting up this post, some facts many of you might not know. The US has been reducing carbon emissions for years, more so than any other country. In 2017, we produced less carbon than we did in 2005. Indeed, we produced 40,000,000 metric tonnes of CO2 less than we did even in 2016. We accomplished that without regulation — for all those Obama regs were rolled back by 2017 — and without implementing authoritarian government. Yet you will hear no progressive acknowledge those facts in any of the numerous links below. Those are inconvenient facts, and the climate change push is faith based.
The average American is not very concerned with the climate change issue. According to NBC, climate change did not even register as a concern among voters in 2018. But understand that the climate change movement is a juggernaut. It is the single most important issue for progressive left politicians, both foreign and domestic, and their cronies in the private sector, public sector, and academia, all of whom stand to benefit beyond the imagining from the most lucrative scam in history.
Within the past two weeks, once and future Speaker of the House, Crazy Nancy, announced that House Democrats will establish a “Select Committee on the Climate Crisis” as soon as they are seated as the majority. The NYT is running near daily editorials on climate change as the world’s most pressing issue, claiming Trump is evil and everyone who does not embrace the Paris Accords, a carbon tax, and every other thing the left demands to save us from climate-ageddon is mentally and morally defective. On his latest edition of Meet The Press, NBC’s Chuck Todd devoted the entire hour-long show to anthropogenic climate change, though the panel ONLY included those pushing the canard and demanding government action. As justification for the completely stacked panel, Todd stated: [Read more…]