Stupid Leftists — whether they are being stupid on micro or macro levels — are the gifts that never stop giving for my illustrated edition posts.
As we give thanks this Veteran’s Day for our vets both past and present, please remember too that we on the home front must preserve what they fought for.
Trying to convince myself that, while a Democrat-majority House will be very, very bad, Trump will not abandon the American people and may still win 2020.
1. We kept the Senate, which matters when it comes to the judiciary (phew!) and Trump’s ability to get his people appointed.
2. Trump can continue to dismantled the regulatory state, which is huge.
3. Trump still has a free hand with foreign policy and I like his approach to foreign policy.
4. The Democrats will use their hold on the House to escalate their open border policy, but I think (hope) Trump as the executive still has the stronger hand on this. I also hope (think) that the American people will not appreciate an open border, especially minorities who are always on the front line when it comes to illegal immigrants taking jobs and introducing new crime into a region.
5. What’s going to come out of the House in the upcoming years will be, literally, insane. Sarah Hoyt is very worried that Trump, who is committed to deal-making, will cave or, to use a Bill Clintonesque term from 1994, “triangulate”:
Trump is by nature a deal maker. After the first two government shut downs, he’ll meet them halfway. This will wreck our economy and yep his presidency with it. As they did with Bush in 2006, they now have a chance to wreck the economy and have it blamed on the sitting president.
Hoyt’s legitimately worried about a lot of other things. If you want the pessimist’s view of the next two years, be sure to read what she has to say.
Even Don Surber, the man who has been my compass for optimism for the past three years, is not happy. He bats aside attempts at optimism from his readers and from Glenn Reynolds, who’s hoping for a Reagan-era “coming together.” With a Democrat-majority House — or rather, with this 21st Century style Democrat-majority House — that’s not going to happen says Surber:
He just doesn’t get it. These Democrats don’t care. Infrastructure?
These Democrats let people poop in the streets of Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco. These Democrats let the homeless line pup tents along the boulevards of Maxine Waters’s Los Angeles. These Democrats let gangbangers turn Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago into a shooting gallery.
All they care about is power. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Imagine now what happens when you give power to the already corrupted.
Links from around the ‘net.
Anyone getting the impression that perhaps the people teaching our young minds full of mush are making it up as they go along? This from a Meagan McArdle tweet: (h/t Instapundit)
Wrote a column on Venezuela and socialism [Venezuela’s Inflation Rate To Hit 1,000,000 Percent. Thanks, socialism]. Being assailed by people who say that I obviously have no idea what socialism is, since socialism doesn’t involve state control of the economy.
Venezuelan money is now worth less than the paper on which it is printed. Note the top-rated comment at Wapo with 243 likes:
Venezuela is not suffering from socialism. It is suffering from a corrupt, incompetent, protectionist, centrally planned, kleptocratic, undemocratic, repressive regime.
I get the felling that you really don’t know what “socialism” means, but you like to throw it out there to get the MAGA crowd (who also don’t know what it means) riled up. Maybe you should read a good economics text some day.
As always, it is not that socialism is a failure, it is just that centrally planned economics have never been properly applied. Oh, and giving government such extensive power so that they can implement socialism at the end of a gun has nothing to do with all the rest of those things, like repressive, corrupt, incompetent, etc. Note also that, for some reason, imposing socialism almost always requires disarming the populace first. My question, who erased the 20th century in all of our colleges’ history and economics books?
The commenters seem a product of our finest educational institutions in the economic field. That said, at least Coleman Hughes seems to be paying attention in his courses that involve economics and the racial wealth gap.
After 2 years of big nothings, reasonable Leftists should abandon the Russia theory, but the Putin-Trump confab recharged the Left’s conspiracy mania.