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Making the Most of the ‘Biden Boom’
The last two years have not gone well. Devastating inflation (reducing the wealth of absolutely everybody, rich and especially poor), urban collapse, high interest rates, increasing racial tensions, a European war that threatens WWIII, increasing energy costs, huge drops in the stock market, China invading our airspace (& Taiwan’s airspace) with no consequences, a humanitarian crisis at our southern border, shipping problems, rising crime rates, explosions in suicides and drug overdoses, prominent leaders openly discussing secession, the FBI, CIA, and our military becoming prominent partisan actors in our political sphere, and so on and so on and so on and so on and so on…
Republicans are displeased, but this is not surprising. They didn’t vote for all this to begin with.
It’s the Democrats I wonder about. Paul Krugman won a Nobel Prize for Economics. He is not stupid. When he wrote the above article when Biden was elected, did Mr. Krugman believe it? Did he really believe that leftism would make America a better place, like it did Venezuela, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, etc? Regardless of whether he believed what he was writing then, what does he think now? Now that he has seen how this turned out, if he were given the chance, would he go back in time and vote for Trump instead of Biden? If not, why not? How many people voted for Biden? How many of them would vote the same way today? Why?
I’ve heard that there is a growing movement among Democrats who hope that Biden does not run for re-election. Why, I cannot imagine, since he has been the most productive Democrat president since at least FDR, and probably ever. He has gotten more Democrat policies enacted in just two years than any other Democrat president has in their entire term. But still, some Democrats apparently want someone new.
But despite that, and despite all that has happened, I really believe that a huge majority of Democrat voters would not change their vote in 2020, given the chance. Despite all that has happened.
I just don’t understand.
Conservatives have long said that no one could be a leftist unless they were unaware of the events of the 20th century, and unless they had never traveled to a leftist country like Cuba or Venezuela. But now here we are — all of us up to our necks in the results of leftism. And most leftists seem to stick with leftism.
There’s no way they believe that leftism works — the last two years prove that it does not, just as the 20th century did.
There’s no way they’re simply unaware of the results of applied leftism – they’re living it right now.
So why do they continue to support leftism? The only possible answer I can think of is so horrifying that I refuse to consider it.
Is this what they want for their children? Of course not. But they continue to vote for it?
I just don’t understand.Published in General
Paul Krugman on 11/9/2016: “Trump Will Bring Global Recession”
Paul Krugman: Trump will bring global recession – POLITICO
DJIA on 11/9/16: 18,332
DJIA on 1/6/21: 30,831 +68%
The Left/Democrats/progressives aren’t exactly known for their intellectual and moral coherence. . .
Once you’ve given up on objective truth and accountability to a Higher Power, everything is fair game, up to and including the murder and mutilation of children, because you’re just so much smarter and more caring than everyone who reasons differently.
I’ve said it before — leftism is a psycho-spiritual sickness. It’s belief in Satan’s lies — “you will not die,” followed closely by, “you will be as gods.”
We drove through Hardee’s after my concert to pick up an easy, to-go meal. Two burgers and one order large fries. $17.00. There was no line at the drive-through.
Re: “Paul Krugman won a Nobel Prize for Economics. He is not stupid.”
Actually, the two things aren’t mutually exclusive. Krugman’s 2008 Nobel was more for his 8 years of continuous anti-Bush screeds than for anything he did in economics. Recall, in 2009 Obama got awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for …..
Well, technically it’s a plus for me that my mortgage payment is fixed while my income goes up each year due to Biden Inflation, even if it’s not as much as the inflation on everything else. So in a way, my mortgage is costing me less – as a percentage of my income – each year.
Many voters hate Trump more than they like comfort, safety, and solvency.
Not naturally, they were “programmed” to. The result is the same, at least to start with, but it might not last if it wasn’t natural.
Many of us have not gotten a meaningful raise in years.
And I have no sympathy for them. How can we stay a free country with so much low hanging fruit for the left to pick.
There is a persistent rumor that Krugman’s wife (not a Nobel prize winning economist) writes the columns. But maybe he just writes what his fans like.
His columns do not have much connection with reality, however they are created.
I think he and his wife should get a chatbot to write columns. Save them time and get a less unhinged product.
I suppose KrugmanGPT might be more coherent in some ways, but we already have evidence that ChatGPT is apparently on the left, and also knows how to and does lie.
I’d say mostly the fault of the voters. It’s not difficult to find contrary opinions, ideas, and facts, if you want to.
As someone said – probably Sowell, for all I know – success in one field leads many to think they have the brainpower to apprehend how everything works, or should. It’s nothing new. Henry Ford sailed to Europe to end WW1, and we all know how that turned out.
Equal misery for others.
Yes, in a way, but as I’ve posited earlier/on other threads, if they basically destroy modern civilization for the “rabble” it won’t really be there for them either. They won’t have private jets any more, for example. I wonder if they think they’ll still have stuff like that just for themselves, despite all logic, or if they figure that as long as their Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria are bigger than everyone else’s, that’s what matters. Even if it does take months instead of hours to get from the US to Europe, and they might die of scurvy along the way. Or that it’s okay to not have an Internet any more, because they’ll still be able to afford Pony Express when nobody else can.
Maybe too many of them thought Game Of Thrones could be real, and THEY would be on top at the end.
How many people think being at the top of Game Of Thrones would actually be better than their life now? Maybe too many. It wouldn’t surprise me, considering my usual mantra that most people have an IQ of 100 or less, by definition. They only think about having naked women around, not what would happen if they get an infected tooth or something in that world.
Zefram Cochrane didn’t think about that either, when he decided to stay with the Companion.
Natural selection favors those who reproduce more than those who don’t get toothaches.
But children also have to survive long enough to reproduce themselves. And they need to be supported, which may not happen if you die of a tooth infection.
It’s a numbers game. It doesn’t have to be a sure thing. You may also die if you don’t get a tooth infection. It’s the effect on reproduction that matters.
But in practical terms it would be nice to reproduce, AND not suffer from horrible pain that primitive technology can’t deal with.
Everyone wants nice things, but that’s not what natural selection prioritizes. It’s good to understand where people’s priorities come from.
I swear every time I see this title I read it as Biden Make Boom-Boom.
Frumpy middle-aged modern guys, even if they manage to live that long, aren’t going to get the hot babes in Game Of Thrones World any more than they do now. Meanwhile, there will be nothing to do with bad teeth except pull them out, probably with iron tools and no anesthetics. Also no antibiotics, no eyeglasses and CERTAINLY no contact lenses…
One of my relatives once told me, “You don’t vote for a candidate. You vote against a candidate.”
I think this explains the behavior of many voters, Democrats, Republicans and independents.
If I had a nickel for every time I heard this one guy call Trump “the tangerine tyrant” I’d be rich.
As we have seen in the elections in the San Francisco area, many voters from “progressive” enclaves do have a line they draw somewhere.
In the case of San Francisco they hinted at where this line is when they booted out members of the school board who were busy renaming high schools while these high schools were locked down. Then they booted out the “progressive” district attorney.
It’s worth remembering, however, that these voters were able to punish the school board members and the DA without endorsing many items on the conservative agenda (examples: pro-gun, pro-life, tax cuts, spending cuts, etc.)
They might be “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore,” but then one wonders what is the it that they are rejecting and what will they accept in its place?
The tech tycoons are, definitionally, in the protected class. They can afford to believe their neo-pagan, neo-Marxist fantasies. The Left’s destruction of our institutions and culture doesn’t ruin their lives. It ruins everyone else, whether by “welfare” that disincentivizes work and responsibility (but keeps the underclass voting Democrat), or by punishing the working class with taxes and regulations.
I assume there’s money in it, in the short run.
Or the data had been shown to the them (particularly the tax data), and they batted it away, because it shows that half the country pays no net income taxes and the bulk of personal income taxes paid are by the top percentages of income earners. A tax cut would benefit people who actually pay taxes, and that can’t be right. They make money, we can’t give them a break, even if it benefits everyone.
Commies are stupid.
The SOP for the left is as follows:
STEP 1: the new leftist government is the ideal form of government (e.g., USSR in 1920s, Cuba in 1960s, Venezuela in 2000s) and a model to follow.
STEP 2: that government fails.
STEP 3: the left will declare “real socialism has never been tried.
rinse and repeat.
Looks to me that it’s down from the peak, after Biden’s policies had a chance to sink into the economy a bit.
Or maybe I’m misreading the chart. 3 major indices all track the same way. I wonder why?