American Elephants


Why Are We In These Strange Times? by The Elephant's Child

This is a fairly long video, but very worth your while. Dr. Hansen explains the Obama Administration, the election, and why we seem to have entered such a surreal period.

Democrats have lost elections before, but never so completely or thoroughly. They have never before reacted so badly, nor hated so viciously, nor demonstrated their hatred so tastelessly.

Who could ever have dreamed of a Kathy Griffin and her pretend ISIS decapitation, and now she’s back, apologizing for her apology. Undoubtedly her audience would not accept her regret and she is emboldened. Pity. One assumed she could not get more disgusting.

Advertisements


Did FDR End the Great Depression? Nope! by The Elephant's Child

It has long been accepted knowledge that Franklin Delano Roosevelt saved America from the Great Depression, which lasted and lasted and lasted. But is that true? A few years previously, Calvin Coolidge faced another depression. He essentially did nothing, and the economy recovered quickly. FDR embarked on a series of endless experimentation to see just what would work to end the hard times, and managed to make it last and last. Really hard times.

Here’s Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA, who decided to take another careful look. Listen carefully.



Democrats Are So Predictable by The Elephant's Child

Leftists are so predictable. President Trump announced that he wanted to cut the corporate income tax, and the sky immediately started to fall. “Tax cuts for the Rich” Charles Schumer cried. And so the battle was formed. Republicans insisted that the tax cut would more than pay for itself by increased economic activity. Democrats countered with the claim that Republicans were just trying to give taxpayer money to their richest friends.

The Leftist Tax Policy Center which mainstream-media outlets refer to as “nonpartisan” is full of former Obama economists.

Kevin Hassett, newly appointed to head the Trump Administration’s Council of Economic Advisers was having none of it. In his first official speech he accused the Tax Policy Center’ of using false assumptions on tax details that have never been published and “manufacturing income-redistribution  and deficit numbers that don’t even exist.

Kevin Hassett is the new face at the highest economic level of the Trump administration. But he’s no neophyte. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent time on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. He taught at Columbia Business School. He was a long-time economic-policy director at AEI.  …

“Economists who have studied the effects of taxes over time have discovered a consensus,” he said. “Lower marginal tax rates and a broader base increase the rate of economic growth and well-being.” …

During his TPC speech, Hassett noted that “for the median household in the U.S., the top corporate marginal rate cut from 35 percent to 20 percent would boost wage growth almost four-fold.

Democrats don’t like corporations, with the exception of those who donate to Democrats, and they don’t like corporate leaders, with the same exception. And they plan to continue permanently their particular need to claim that any tax cuts will benefit only the wealthy.

President Trump’s tax proposals are intended to end the Obama administration’s war on business, and get the economy back to work.It is clearly picking up steam, the stock market is way up, and Democrats are warning that a massive recession is imminent. Of course.

A tax on a business goes on the corporate ledger as a cost of doing business. If business taxes go up — so does the cost of the products they make. If the cost of doing business goes down, they can invest that money in new machinery, new products and new innovation. Those expenditures create more business, which is a direct benefit to the wage-earning middle class.



Turning to My Favorite Author for Guidance by The Elephant's Child

I frequently say that Leftists don’t understand the free market — that’s why they are Leftists.

Kathy Shaidle remarked a while back: “None of this should surprise anyone. Contrary to what they tell you (and tell you and tell you) Progressives don’t have principles. Rather they have faddish opinions that are highly unstable and often contradictory.”

Here’s John Steele Gordon from An Empire of Wealth:

The willingness to accept present discomfort and risk for the hope of future riches that so characterized these immigrants and the millions who would follow over the next two centuries has had a profound and immeasurable effect on the history of the American economy. Just as those who saw no conflict between worshiping God and seeking earthly success in the seventeenth century, those who sought economic independence in the eighteenth had a powerful impact on the emerging American culture.

And this:

People with an economic advantage, however “unfair” that advantage may be, will always fight politicians as hard as they can to maintain it. Whether the advantage is the right to another person’s labor, or an unneeded tariff protection, or an exemption from taxation makes no difference. And because the advantage for the few is specific and considerable while the cost to the disadvantaged many is often hidden and small, the few regularly prevail over the many in such political contests.

and one more:

Masterpieces created by a committee are notably few in number, but the United States Constitution is certainly one of them. Amended only twenty-seven times in 215 years, it came into being just as the world was about to undergo the most profound – and continuing– period of economic change the human race has known. The locus of power in the American economy had shifted from sector to sector as that economy has developed. Whole sections of the country have risen and fallen in economic importance. New methods of doing business and economic institutions undreamed of by the Founding Fathers have come into existence in that time, while others have vanished. Fortunes beyond the imagination of anyone living in the pre-industrial world have been built and destroyed. And yet the Constitution endures and the country continues to flourish under it.



Secretary Price Has Resigned From Health and Human Services by The Elephant's Child

Secretary Tom Price has resigned from Health and Human Services, and his resignation has been accepted by President Trump.

One of the most important notions of the Trump campaign was that of ‘draining the swamp.’ The nation’s capitol has become too expensive, too self-important, too unresponsive to the people. The Democrats in general, and the media in particular, have become consumed with hatred for the man who, in winning the election, has taken away their control in numbers, ideas, and power across the nation.

The Democrats not only confidently expected Hillary to win and continue their power in government, and to have their own way, but they were astonished to see the Trump victory echoing through the states down to the local level. They lost 13 seats in the Senate, 69 House seats, 910 State Legislative seats and 30 Legislatures. The Media no longer had powerful people in government eager for their attention.  From remarks from the media, it seems that the Obama administration was in constant contact trying (mostly successfully) to manage the news.

So you have probably not noticed that President Trump’s goal of making America great again involves cutting the cost of government. Cabinet officers and Congressmen who direct the work of the government have been excused for far too long for their carelessness with the taxpayers’ money. Secretary Price, who is also a wealthy man, may have thought nothing of chartering private jets for his travel, and billing it to the government, but the department’s inspector general did. It is unfortunate because Dr. Price is a good man, and was a good appointment as a physician,with long Congressional experience to Health and Human Services.

The media recently attacked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who was flying on a private jet to her meetings all over the country, only to be terminally embarrassed to find that it was her own plane, and she was paying for it. So much will be made of the Price scandal. Other Cabinet members are looking closely at their own travel.

You will find that most of President Trump’s actions are based on ordinary common sense. Which is why he won the votes of a great many Americans who were fed up with “the swamp.” You will hear plenty about this ‘scandal’ and its reverberations.



Tucker Carlson on DACA: ” A Rare Voice of Honesty” by The Elephant's Child


Since posted, this video has been determined to be “private” and only available to those who have permission. It was a marvelous compilation of Democrats who had been issued talking points, one after another referring to any questioning of the DACA petitioners to be cruel and so they did, obediently. Cruel, cruel, cruel. Sorry we missed it. It was the most obvious presentation of Democrat “talking points” I’ve seen.

The whole immigration problem can be summed up by a video. The Left has learned their propaganda skills well, and understands that if you keep repeating something often enough, pretty soon people will start to believe it. And it works. The progressive leadership sends out “talking points” or in other words the word or words to be repeated endlessly. Republicans (or at least some Republicans) understand this and capture them in action. But they capture them as a sort of joke—”Look, they’re doing it again, the stupid fools” but then they don’t fight back beyond that. So the folks who don’t follow the news that closely, or watch the right videos are swayed by the repeated words.

I’m delighted that Republicans seem to understand the propaganda tricks, but could they possibly stand together and denounce them? Or beat them at their own game?

Leftists want to fix, or at least improve, human nature. “We are the World”, open borders, global government, can’t we all get along, no more wars, love and kindness, fight to save the world from global warming, end disease, help the poor, make everybody equal, and so on and so on.

Human beings are by nature tribal. It used to be just those who were blood related, or lived in  tribal territory, but as we have grown and spread out, we simply form our own little tribes. Tribes of those we went to school with, or work with, or who root for the same football team, or share a love of chess or gardening, belong to the same clubs, or who live in the same neighborhood. We want to be with people who share our same interests or history. Doesn’t mean we don’t like or want to associate with others. Many are temporary—people we used to work with, or those who have plainly left our tribe. Being human, we don’t like everybody we meet. It’s not prejudice, it’s just being human, and you can’t “fix” it.

The Left uses the idea of tribes as a pejorative. Same for “the Rich,’ or corporations, or Wall Street, or Banking, or Guns — the list is quite long. Making everybody equal, of course, doesn’t include themselves, because someone has to have the power and run things. Doesn’t hold up well under  close examination.

We change over time as we learn and grow, responding to events in our lives. You undoubtedly have friends or relatives who have strikingly different political opinions, and in trying to avoid a fight, you don’t spend as much time with them as you did in another time.

On the other hand, the latest pejorative for the Left is “white supremacists,” which is supposed to be the underlying cause for any opposition to open borders or wanting a wall, or opposing sanctuary cities, or opposing ObamaCare. The fact of “white supremacists” is clearly demonstrated by the fact that there are more white people in this country than any other particular skin color, though it is expected that the total of those who are not “white supremacists” will be greater than the number who are “white supremacists” sometime in the near future, and that will be ever so much better?



Fed Up, Annoyed, And Just Plain Had It Up to Here! by The Elephant's Child

I am fed up. The excesses of the media are becoming just too much. There are too many would-be reporters chasing too little news with a portfolio of too little knowledge. This celebrity said that about President Trump—a notice that brings out other celebrities to say something, because celebrities’ lives depend on publicity, and members of the media are hungry for a new and interesting comment.  One rude comment brings on a “Can you top this” reaction.

It is an age of hysteria. We now have “Antifa”— supposedly “anti-fascist” but they seem to be the same anarchists and Black Bloc people who keep showing up with clubs and black clothes and masks whenever there is an opportunity for a good lively protest — at least here in Seattle and in Portland. I don’t know if they are that active elsewhere in the country, but they have apparently found that not too many get dragged off to jail here, the opposition is unorganized, as is the police force. Mayors don’t want melees in their streets—bad publicity. It’s always appeared to me that the anarchists are just interested in breaking windows, setting fires and especially destroying police cars. Higher aims or philosophy, if any, have not been worked out.

It’s clear that excesses on one college campus infect many others, like a plague. Even abroad. And it grows a little with each new venue. I don’t think the kids consciously think, oh let’s go imitate Old Ivey — that would be embarrassing, but that’s of course what they’re doing. In their enthusiasm for eliminating the Civil War, the Trojans called for changing the name of the white horse the Trojan cheerleader rode out on the field after each touchdown, because he was named Traveler, which was the name of Robert E. Lee’s horse. An Asian-American sportscaster named Robert Lee was yanked by ESPN from broadcasting a University of Virginia football game. Virtue-signalling carried to an extreme. And so it goes.  A plague of idiocy, highly contagious.

Kathy Griffin is still complaining that she was roundly condemned for holding up a bloody-looking head of a supposed Donald Trump as if he had been decapitated, and people didn’t get the joke. Or she doesn’t understand why it wasn’t a joke, or she doesn’t understand why everyone made such a big fuss about it. Her entire career as a comedian is in the toilet, and the punishment is just too much for her to bear. The fact that she did it to herself seems not to have penetrated.

There was a time when the press was supposed to be the watchdog of government, keeping the three branches of government honest and responsible. Truth tellers in the face of possible corruption and greed. That’s almost laughable these days.

And Trump accomplishments? Never mentioned. The Trump administration has blocked Obama regulations that would have burdened employers with hundreds of millions of dollars in compliance costs and increased paperwork loads by millions of hours each year. The OMB instructed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to shelve a rule change that would have required employers to submit twenty times as much data to the agency as previously required. It would have affected 61,000 workers.

American companies with more than 100 workers and federal contractors with more than 50 workers were required ,to demonstrate their commitment to closing the nebulous “gender wage gap.” Obama’s big idea was for businesses to provide 3,660 different data points about each employee and their pay structure, up from just 188 points. Lessening the burden of regulation on employers may just have something to do with the economy’s growth the last quarter at an annual rate of 3 percent. This was much better than the  2.7 percent rate that was expected. The 3 percent figure was the first time the GDP growth rate has hit 3 percent in over 2 years. Broadcast news, of course, chose not to cover that interesting bit of information.




%d bloggers like this: