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‘So Began the Black Years’: America’s Markeyev Administration
Three score and eleven years ago, Victor Serge’s writings on the now-budding Biden-Harris economy (and society) was published:
“So began the black years. First, expropriated, then deported, some seven per cent of the farmers left the region in cattle cars amid the cries, tears, and curses of urchins and disheveled women and old men mad wit rage. Fields lay fallow, cattle disappeared, people ate the oil cake intended for the stock, there was no more sugar or gasoline, leather or shoes, cloth or clothes, everywhere there was hunger or impenetrable white faces, everywhere pilfering, collusion, sickness; in vain did Security decimate the bureaus of animal husbandry, agriculture, transport, food control, sugar production, distribution . . . The C.C. recommended raising rabbits. Markeyev had placards posted: “The rabbit shall be the cornerstone of proletarian diet.” And the local government rabbits — his own — were the only ones in the district which did not die at the outset, because they were the only ones which were fed. “Even rabbits have to eat before they are eaten,” Markeyev observed ironically.…” Victor Serge, The Case of Comrade Tulayev (1950), Page 111
In line with the script, the current Doofus-in-Chief (who, by the way, is significantly smarter than his second in command – thank Heaven for low…and I mean very low…bars) mocks the hard-working business owners who continue to suffer under his rule: “Pay them more…“:
Poor fella thinks he’s in a library again. Call Jill! pic.twitter.com/qgbrViIizm
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) June 24, 2021
Also, don’t miss the “brag” about dumping another $1.9 trillion of your money into the corruption pipeline. All of this is truly disgusting. But, at some level, at least we may get a chuckle or two on our way into the abyss:
It is actually rather entertaining to watch the Democratic Party press pretend that we have a functioning president.
Speaking of pretending:
Kamala’s ‘Border Visit’ Was Smoke and Mirrors, as Protesters Greet Her With Fitting Nickname
Just to be clear how much of a photo op this really is, she’s not even going to the actual physical border in El Paso, even in the less problematic area there — as opposed to the Rio Grande Valley — so there wouldn’t be any shot of her by any wall. That apparently might appear to be endorsing it. She’s just flying into the airport, going to a border patrol station miles from the physical border, and then going back to the airport to talk to some NGOs…
But the real story of the Vice-Doofus-in-Chief is slowly seeping out from behind the scenes:
Just as the border trip beckons, two more staffers flee Kamala Harris
…the Biden administration apparently can’t find anyone to take the fleeing staffers’ places. They’re calling for volunteers now and pleading with previous staff to step up because it appears they can’t get people. Worse still, they’re demanding that these people work for free, despite the fact that Harris, to put it delicately, is challenging as a boss. She is well known for flying off the handle at reporters and blaming others for her own shortcomings. That’s her history with pretty much everyone, and her staff turnover shows it. …
Crazier still, Harris already has at least 100 paid vice presidential staff members with a $1.6-million budget. The Wikipedia entry, which is noted as in need of updating, doesn’t list these two “top” staffers who are exiting at all on the roster, nor does it list anyone in charge of travel. That means it may be more, or else she’s got another staff somewhere not listed. … What do these people do, given that none of them has a job managing Harris’s high-visibility trips, and Harris can’t find anyone to do it?
…Kamala Harris can’t keep staff, she has a record of hiring lousy top people who make things miserable for the lower-level ones (such as a sex-harasser back when she was in Sacramento that she claimed to know nothing about). She also treats staff badly, with sudden pay cuts and layoffs and demands for volunteers, which has got to be bad for morale. Worst of all, she has a chaotic management style, blaming staffers for her own shortcomings, and not allowing staff to do their jobs because the only staffer who matters is apparently her sister Maya, who appears nowhere in the hierarchy. …
Obviously, her problem is a failure of leadership even at the staff level, a bad thing in a supposed leader of the U.S. She’s created her career by sucking up to powerful men, such as Willie Brown, her former “boyfriend,” and campaigning on her looks — her Instagrams, her selfies, her Vogue photoshoots, as well as some suspicious flattery from President Obama. None of those things is useful at this point for keeping staff on board and running a well-maintained Office of the Vice President.
I don’t want to in any way appear to wish the top Doofus any ill-will regarding his health and already severely diminished brain activity but it would serve the “2020 voters” right to experience at least a year and a half of “President Harris news cycles” before the 2024 election. But, in reality, given that less than six months into this dark comedy, it is already impossible to hide just what a complete joke both of them are. The 1,285 more news cycles of their enactment of the Markayev Doctrine will be increasingly more painful for their supports to spin and watch. I strongly suspect that whichever one is in the big office after the mid-terms will find very little usable spin-coverage from their wholly-owned and completely discredited national media apparatus. You just cannot hide this much stupid.
At least that may provide bits of interesting entertainment for the rest of us. For us, the pain is here and growing daily. Serge wrote about that too:
Published in General
… The shelves in the shops were full of boxes, but, to avoid any misunderstanding, the clerks had put labels on them: Empty Boxes. Nevertheless, graphs showed the rising curves of weekly sales. … – Page 10
I can’t watch it.
And the hits just keep coming:
If God has mercy on us, inflation will be 8 percent, and not 18% or 88%:
Originating Post on Twitter today
We just got quoted $20K for a shipping container. We usually pay $3K
11:35 AM · Jun 25, 2021·Twitter Web App
I seriously don’t even know what to do. The math is impossible. This is gonna be a 100% gut call where it sucks either way.
Reply made by Stephen Punwasi Volcano Rocket
I’ve been told it’s fine, because the 500% markup is transitory, and won’t trickle down to consumers. (Face with rolling eyes)
Dave Lorens replies to Stephen Punwasi
Ha. I know you’re joking but seriously, this [REDACTED] is about to trickle straight up the consumer’s butthole. And the trickle at our stage just gets worse with each layer. The raw material shipping costs are up, the raw material commodity costs are up, and then you get to us……
They also told us ships are waiting 15 days with the meter running at the port (usually 2 days)
I’m old enough to remember “stagflation”. This will be worse.
This was one of those (more and more frequent lately!) times when I quickly clicked the like button, but wished that I might have had other options, such as nightmarish, horrible, depressing, etc., but I must tell you I appreciated this post very much and have added the book to my list of books to read … but, only when I am in a very healthy frame of mind so as not to head for the nearest tall bridge! Thanks for the excellent post, Jim
Thank you, sir.
The novel I quoted from does stand on its own but, if you know much about the history, it doesn’t take much to read between the lines. I would, however, highly recommend Serge’s Memoirs of a Revolutionary.
Serge himself is an interesting character. I must give credit to Christopher Hitchens for turning me on to him. In Hitchens’ telling, Serge was habitually cross with the corrupt powers that be, “before he was thirty, he served hard time behind bars and behind wire” and “was sentenced to a five-year stretch in solitary confinement…for his connection to the then-celebrated Bonnet gang…he drew this harsh penalty for refusing to testify against his former comrades.” And then there was this:
A character with character. How novel.
From the latter:
Then again, her real marketable talents never really did involve standing, (Prove me wrong…)
No one should be surprised. There were plenty of reports from her days at California Attorney General about her inability to lead the staff or to manage the office. And of course her presidential campaign, brief though it was, was notable for its chaos and mismanagement.
Funny that Ezra Klein thinks she will be the nominee in 2024 and 2028. Is that boy not aware of how she did in the primaries?
I thought she’d be president no later than this September, but Mark Levin says that Slow Joe will not be either impeached or removed via the 25th, so we’re stuck with him while he is alive even though everyone knows that his tray table is not in the fully upright and locked position. Or that his antenna doesn’t bring in that many stations these days, or …
I think the impossible tasks she is being handed, especially the southern border, are signs that very powerful people (not Joe) are trying to sabotage any path Harris might have to the presidency.
If the tasks really are impossible, they — whoever “they” are — can’t hand them to Joe because failure is the only real possibility. They can’t hand them to a lower-level person because the GOP, if they had brains and balls, would capitalize on that action to prove the Biden/Harris administration doesn’t take the issues seriously. Heels-Up is the only option. Too bad for her.
You mean sabotage or facilitate self-destruction?
I get the feeling that Joe stretches out on the Oval Office floor and pisses himself every morning while a “The Death of Stalin” type farce plays out all about his mostly lifeless body:
More and more I hope that comes to pass. Her own side already knows how bad it is (and will be):