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The Democrats Insist This Election Is About Trump by The Elephant's Child

Everything in the “news” today seems to be speculation about the mid-term elections. Nobody knows anything, including the polls. (recall last election)
The most interesting comment I have seen came from Mark Levin, who asked: “Aren’t you getting tired of being called Nazis?” Yes I am. See the previous post on the degradation and politicization of language.

No, Donald Trump is not a Nazi. To the extent to which he is “authoritarian,” that’s why we have presidents – to get things done. And he’s done a pretty impressive bunch of things: When President Trump was elected, Nov. 8th 2016, the DOW stood at 18,332 and has moved up to 26,964. During President Trump’s first year in office, 2017, the DOW has closed at new record all-time highs – 103 times.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 250,000 new jobs were created in October. More people are working in the US than ever before and unemployment is at 50 year lows. In Trump’s first two years, the economy has gained over 4.3 million jobs. If you recall, President Obama said that the economy could not grow at a rate greater than 2% – It was a new era and we just had to get used to it.

The Washington Examiner lists 289 accomplishments in just 20 months. All of which the Democrats hate. But the tax cuts and relief from burdensome regulations have left businesses free to expand, build, improve and hire. People get the courage to act on their ideas and dreams, and introduce new products. I guess that since these were done by the hated Trump, all are derided as evil or wrong, and would be instantly eliminated by the Democrats.

African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have reached record lows. Women’s unemployment is at the lowest rate in nearly 65 years.

For all that, President Trump has been called a Fascist, Nazi, Racist, Anti-Semite (his daughter, son in law, and their children are all Jewish), and until he was elected President – nobody ever called him a racist. It’s not just that the insults are misplaced, but that they are so dumb. There are true-believers in the horrors of Climate Change (think nutty Tom Steyer) who are sure that getting us out of the Paris Climate Accords means that the planet will die next month or something, but President Trump was right. It was simply a plan to transfer as much American money to Africa as possible, and the goal of “climate change” is not to keep the planet from warming, but to destroy Capitalism.

Do look at the long accomplishment list.  As they said, It’s 20 months of promise-keeping. Oddly, the Democrats, always right on top of things, have insisted that this mid-term election should be a referendum on Trump, even though he is not on the ballot.

ADDENDUM: I should add that the reason the Democrats have insisted that this election should be about Trump, is because they are sure that hating Trump and all his accomplishments is a universal belief amongst all  but the stupidest Deplorables, and because as David Gerlernter said “Have you noticed that the Democrats have no issues?” And they don’t – other than raising taxes promptly and eliminating all the other useful things Trump has done. They really and truly just don’t understand basic economics.

VOTE NO on Initiative 1631. Here’s Why. by The Elephant's Child
November 3, 2018, 2:23 am
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Here in Washington State, we have two initiatives on the ballot. They get identified by number because there is no short snappy name for rather complicated issues.

Initiative 1631, as the voters pamphlet describes it “is a measure that would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board.”
In reality, the measure would charge pollution fees on something that is not a pollutant – carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide or CO² is not only not a pollutant, it is what each of us exhale each time we breathe. It is a natural fertilizer for plants, and the slight increase in CO² in the atmosphere is greening the world, and helping to feed hungry people. Here is celebrated climatologist Richard Lindzen:

Now here is the currently popular narrative concerning this system The climate, a complex multifactor system, can be summarized in just one variable, the globally averaged temperature change, and it is primarily controlled by the 1-2% perturbation in the energy budget due to a single variable – carbon dioxide – among many variables of comparable importance.
This is an extraordinary pair of claims based on reasoning that borders on magical thinking. It is, however, the narrative that has been widely accepted, even among many skeptics.
Many politicians and learned societies go even further. They endorse carbon dioxide as the controlling variable and although mankind’s CO² contributions are small compared to the much larger but uncertain natural exchanges with both the oceans and the biosphere, they are confident that they know precisely what policies to implement in order to control carbon dioxide levels.

“Clean energy sources” refers to wind and solar energy, which does not work to provide the energy a state or community requires. Wind is too intermittent, and creates power only in the rare times that the wind blows at the right speed. It does not blow steadily even in the windiest spots. Solar energy is too diffuse to be depended on, and when there are clouds, there isn’t any, nor is there any at night. Our own governor, Jay Inslee has been trying to get a carbon tax passed, but the legislature has not obliged. The tax would sharply raise the price of energy steadily until 2035 when it would be a 59¢ extra tax per gallon on gasoline, aside from federal taxes. It would cost the average household $440 more per year in 2020, and $990 per year in 2035, and because of the energy tax would raise the cost of everything.  Governors and politicians are always tempted by the potential of new taxes, because having the money to do things that the people might like helps to get reelected. Noble causes like “reducing pollution” also help, but CO² is not a pollutant, however this is a test case for installing a carbon tax across the country.

Iniative 1634 prohibits new or increased local taxes, fees, or assessments on raw or processed foods or beverages (with exceptions) or ingredients thereof, unless effective by January 15, 2018 or generally applicable.

We do not need new taxes on our food. Bad idea.

Governors and Legislators would attract more voters by showing us how they can cut the cost of government while improving governance, but that never seems to occur to them as a possibility.

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