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What Progressives Should Know About Trump Voters by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson has a particularly interesting column today at CNN, of all places.  It is titled “What progressives should know about Trump Voters.” CNN may just be the perfect place for that.

1. Voters appreciate that the economy is currently experiencing near record-low peacetime unemployment, record-low minority unemployment, and virtual 3% annualized GDP growth. Interest and inflation rates remain low. Workers’ wages increased after years of stagnation. The US is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. And gasoline prices remain affordable. The President continues to redress asymmetrical trade with China, as well as with former NAFTA partners and Europe. He jawbones companies to curb offshoring and outsourcing. The current economic recovery and low consumer prices have uplifted millions of middle-class Americans who appreciate the upswing.

2. Trump does not exist in a vacuum. Many supporters turned off by some of his antics are still far more appalled by an emerging radical neo-socialist Democratic agenda. If the alternative to Trump is a disturbing tolerance among some Democrats for anti-Semitism, the Green New Deal, reparations, a permissive approach to abortion even very late in pregnancy, a wealth tax, a 70-90% top income tax rate, the abolition of ICE, open borders, and Medicare for all, Trump’s record between 2017-20 will seem moderate and preferable. Progressives do not fully appreciate how the hysterics and media coverage of the Kavanaugh hearings, the Covington teenagers and the Jussie Smollett psychodrama turned off half the country. Such incidents and their reportage confirmed suspicions of cultural bias, media distortions, and an absence of fair play and reciprocity.

Do read the whole thing. You’ll be glad you did. Ignore CNN’s cute inserts.



The “Green New Deal” Is a Pack of Lies by The Elephant's Child

Well, the Justice Democrats cooked up quite a conflagration over a weekend with their “Green New Deal”. It got more attention than it deserved, simply because some people belie-e-e-ved, and it frightened the sensible folks. It would, if imposed, destroy the country. Nothing about it would work, but it was cleverly devised so that those who were ill-informed would think it possible, and of course, most people don’t keep up with matters like the efficiency of wind turbines and solar cells. Perhaps even some of your neighbors get some rebates from the power company for the energy they contribute to the grid.

Solar cells do work a little bit, when the sun is shining brightly in a cloudless sky, which, unfortunately, isn’t all that often. The major greenhouse gas is not carbon dioxide, but water vapor in the form of clouds. Did you ever lie on your back on the lawn when you were a kid, and watch the clouds moving across the sky? The clouds here were beautiful here one day last week, big puffy cumulus with occasional holes where the blue sky in the background shone through. The point is, most of the time there are clouds, always moving. Some days it is just clouds, and of course, since this is the Seattle area, some days it rains. A day with a clear blue sky is rare. So where do you get your energy in a cloudy stretch of days? Solar energy requires 24/7 backup from conventional energy sources like fossil fuels,or hydropower. There are hydropower dams in all of our major rivers, and there’s not much of anywhere to put new dams. Wind turbines work when the wind blows at the correct speed, but wind doesn’t do that all the time or even regularly. The idea that you can power America with wind turbines and solar cells is far beyond stupid, and quite impossible. You will find echos in today’s reporting of IPPC General Secretary Christiana Figueres’ statement that the goal of the climate movement was not to change the environment but to end capitalism.  That’s what they’re after.

Canadian Climate Scientist Tim Ball has an excellent history of the climate written up at Anthony Watt’s wattsupwiththat blog:

Most people were taken in by the false story of human-caused global warming. We can include all the students participating in the classroom walkout to demand governments stop climate change, organized by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. Her goal is to keep global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Apparently, she has no idea that the temperature was near or above that level for most of the last 10,000-years in a period known as the Holocene Optimum.

They are taken in by the false claim that a minute amount of human-produced CO2 is effectively controlling the entire atmospheric system since 1950 and causing environmental collapse through global warming. They don’t know that there is an upper limit to the amount that CO2 can increase temperature. They don’t know that the average level of CO2 over the last 250 million years is 1200 ppm. They don’t know that every projection of temperature by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1990 was wrong. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, how did so few, fool so many, to such an extent, for so long?

Similar situations occur throughout history of people fooling the world, although this is undoubtedly the largest in terms of its acceptance, impact, and cost. It is tempting to point the finger at the IPCC, but the speed with which the story took hold, spread, and deceived so many people requires better explanation. It likely won’t stop it occurring in the future because it speaks to the nature of human beings and our inordinate and pandemic fear that the sky might fall. However, we might stop the current insanity.

Do read the whole thing. We are in a dangerous time, and we need a well-informed public.



More Open Jobs Than People to Fill Them by The Elephant's Child

American employers posted nearly 7.6 million job openings in January — one million more job openings than there were unemployed people looking for a job.

Granted, that doesn’t mean that the unemployed had the right skills for the jobs where they live, nor that the open jobs were where the unemployed live, but as a general report on how the economy is doing, it’s very encouraging.

Not, of course, to the Left. They’re busy blaming President Trump for the mosque attack in New Zealand. But then the Democrats have always hated all Republican presidents. With Donald Trump, they’re just somewhat more extreme than usual. Democrats don’t understand capitalism. They are sure that Republican tax cuts just go to the rich, as a payoff to their friends. Freedom is an alien concept.



This Is Our Moment! (didn’t someone else say that?) by The Elephant's Child

Our very own Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has finally finished his big announcement video and published it, so he can now hopefully get the attention to the fact that he is running, that he didn’t get when he just said he was running, and nobody paid any attention at all while they slobbered all over the previous 20 or 30 who are also running.

He is running on CLIMATE, in case you didn’t grasp that subtle moment in his brand new campaign video, above. Most of the others in this vast bunch of Leftist losers have already signed on to AO-C’s Green New Deal. Somehow, saving us from the ravages of  changing climate will create a more ‘Just’ world. Not sure how that works, but I guess they think that means that either everybody will get hurricanes like Florida’s or Florida won’t get them any more, like the folks here in Washington State, and the folks in New York won’t have to suffer devastating wildfires like northern California did. Is that what he has in mind for climate justice? No idea.

Let’s start with the fact that the climate scientists who measure the temperatures of the earth with satellites and weather balloons to give us the official measurements of earthly warming and cooling, say that over the last 40 years of measuring, the climate of the lower troposphere has warmed by approximately 6/100ths of one degree Centigrade. A one or two degree warming is roughly equivalent to the warming seen most Spring days between 10 a.m. and noon.

Lefties don’t seem to study anything, but just regurgitate what somebody else of the right political persuasion told them. Inslee went down to see the Northern California area devastated by wildfire that Jerry Brown said was caused by global warming–except that all the scientists said it wasn’t, and the Forest Service said it was mismanagement of the forest and too much uncleared dry undergrowth, and the power company has gone bankrupt after it was learned that sparking of some connection was what initially started it all off, and they’re going to get sued by everyone. But, you see, it was all because of climate change, and by golly, that’s what Jay Inslee is going to run for the office of the Presidency of the United States on.

He did try to get a carbon tax passed, but neither the people nor the legislature wanted any part of it. I should also mention that the carbon in the atmosphere is CO² — the same stuff we exhale every time we breathe. It it not a pollutant but a benign gas that is a natural fertilizer for plants, from the smallest blade of grass, to the world’s forests, and is greening the earth, feeding the hungry. Surely you remember photosynthesis from high school biology?

Neither wind nor solar energy can produce enough energy to even begin to power the United States economy. Wind is intermittent and seldom blows at the right speed to make those huge turbines turn, and much of the time it just doesn’t blow at all. The sunlight is too diffuse. It produces small amounts of energy, but powering an economy isn’t going to happen. Ivanpah, the great project in California’s Mojave Desert ended up as a total flop, producing only 40% of the promoter’s promises. Write Ivanpah in the blank over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar if you want more information. The only climate neutral source of energy at present is nuclear energy, and everyone seems to be afraid of nuclear energy, so there you are.

Climate change does not cause hurricanes, floods, forest fires, tornadoes, or any other disasters. It’s a matter of temperature. The Medieval Warm Period 900 to 1300  was the finest weather known to man, and produced a bounty of food, wine grapes grew in England, wheat grew in Sweden, and the Vikings named Newfoundand “Vinland,” and the Norse settled Greenland.

Beyond all the climate misunderstandings, Governor Inslee has another small problem. The Cato Institute, the Libertarian think tank, does an annual Fiscal Policy Report Card on the Nation’s governors to judge how they did at managing the fiscal policy of their states: spending, taxes, responsible mangement using statistical data to grade the governors on their taxing and spending records. The governors who cut taxes and spending the most, get the highest grades, whereas those who increased them the most receive the lowest grades, The report is here. Governor Jay Inslee has the distinct honor of coming in dead last with a resounding F, the worst governor in the country at fiscal management of his state. I don’t know Gov. Inslee, never met him, but as you can see, don’t agree with him on much of anything.



John McWhorter Sums Up the Jussie Smolett Planned Hate Crime by The Elephant's Child

John McWhorter is an American academic and linguist, who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy, and music history. He is the author of  number of books on language and race relations, and appears frequently in major American publications.

Do watch this short video, because it’s important to understand the current phenomenon of “hate crimes.” What is a hate crime? Why is it worse if you murder someone because you hate them – than if you just brutally stab them to death for no apparent reason? I’m not sure when the idea of “hate crimes” first appeared, but it was somewhere in the Sixties.

At the Hoover Institution, another black scholar, Shelby Steele, has written on “A Sick Hunger for Racism,” a pointed essay subtitled: “Why can’t leftists let go of the whole idea of all-powerful, permanent white bigotry? Because it empowers them.”

Today Americans know that active racism is no longer the greatest barrier to black and minority advancement. Since the 1960s other pathologies, even if originally generated by racism, have supplanted it. White racism did not shoot more than four thousand people last year in Chicago. To the contrary, America for decades now—with much genuine remorse—has been recoiling from the practice of racism and has gained a firm intolerance for what it once indulged. …

Suddenly America was in moral trouble. The open acknowledgment of the nation’s racist past had destroyed its moral authority, and affirming democratic principles and the rule of law was not a sufficient response. Only a strict moral accounting could restore legitimacy.

Thus, redemption—paying off the nation’s sins—became the moral imperative of a new political and cultural liberalism. President Lyndon Johnson turned redemption into a kind of activism: the Great Society, the War on Poverty, school busing, liberalized welfare policies, affirmative action, and so on.  …

Here we see redemptive liberalism’s great ingenuity: it seized proprietorship over innocence itself. It took on the power to grant or deny moral legitimacy across society. Liberals were free of the past while conservatives longed to resurrect it, bigotry and all. What else could “Make America Great Again” mean? In this way redemptive liberalism reshaped the moral culture of the entire Western world with sweeping idealisms like “diversity,” which are as common today in Europe as in America.

Well, that all sounds familiar. Donald J. Trump, who was never accused of being racist until he became president, is accused of being “racist” dozens, if not hundreds, of times every day. His remark about “s–t hole countries” was immediately seized upon as proof of his racism. Substituting the ‘S’-word for the “Hell-hole” that many people had been using for years, could only refer to skin color in the African, Asian or Middle Eastern countries that were suffering from bad or evil governance, poverty, starvation and brutality – and simply was
more evidence of racism. Thus we celebrate diversity, genderism, sexism, gender fluidity, women (but not men), open borders, want ICE eliminated. Americans with all the opportunity envied all over the world want to celebrate black victimhood instead

You see, Leftists are the good people who are trying to redeem us from the evils of racism, sexiism, homophobism and bigotry — because America is not the freest nation in the world, where you are offerred the chance to make of yourself whatever you strive for, but a biggoted, cruel nation that slaughtered the indigenous peoples, stole their lands, practiced slavery, and where we all live under a cloud of continuing injustice. Surely you have read how awful we are – the Leftist media tells us so every day.

Our colleges and universities turn out students convinced of that vision, and unfamiliar with our Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and what that means, insists that it is not our actions that matter, but what we say. They are there to redeem us from our past, by removing our history. They just tried to demonstrate their opposition to Confederate monuments in North Carolina by damaging a statue of General Lee, only it was General William E. Lee, a World War II hero, not their intended Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Dummies couldn’t even tell the difference in uniform. In their drive for American redemption the Left is trying to rob us of our history as well.

You have probably seen the hilarious videos of Democrats all using exactly the same words at the same time, proving that they were told which words to use. They do have a propaganda shop that chooses the proper words for Democrats to use, chosen for their effectiveness and adherence to the party line. “Little children ripped from their mother’s arms” is the one that comes most readily to mind, but they are myriad. When one of the leaders errs, and uses an unfortunate word, you will never hear it again. Democrats are the good people trying to redeem America, and the rest of us are bigots, Hitler, racists, racists, and racists.

There are actually more Conservatives in the country than Liberals, but Democrats’ most important voting groups are Blacks and Hispanics. Oddly enough, many of Hispanic heritage came here legally, and oppose illegal immigration as much as the rest of us.  When Obama created his highly illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program)  those with Hispanic surnames were polled for their reactions, and most said the kids should be sent back home. 

So that’s where we are. Republicans are delighted with the booming economy, plentiful jobs, the lowest Black unemployment ever, growing opportunity, expanding oil supplies, and growing manufacturing. The evidence of racism, whether it is Jussie Smolett or overpaid NFL players kneeling to protest the national anthem, or finding anyone in the past who, like Al Jolson, once wore blackface and sang Southern songs, or spoke about fried chicken or watermelon inappropritely, seems staged and a celebration of Black victimhood.  Democrats cannot allow Blacks to notice that  a Republican president is doing for American Blacks what the first Black American president could not manage to do.



Yoo Hoo! New Congressperson Ocasio-Cortez! by The Elephant's Child

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“Polar Vortex” New term for many people. I did a  brief search, and all the major media sources were talking about the “polar vortex.” NBC News “2019 polar vortex. Here’s how the brutal cold impacted the U.S.” HuffPost “How to Help Homeless People Amid the Freezing Cold Polar Vortex” Washington Post “Making sense of the polar vortex and record cold on a feverish planet” Bing.com/ “Videos of Polar Vortex” where, how long, how cold.  There’s lots more, but you get the idea.

Back in the nation’s capitol, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was making speeches about the horrors of global warming, and how we were all going to die in just 15 years, or was it 12? Others mentioned an estimated $94 trillion cost, and Kamala Harris said we’d just have to pay it, which may have eliminated her as a candidate. Voters are interested in the subject of climate change only as long as it doesn’t cost them anything, according to the large polling companies, like Rasmussen. Seems to be  bit of a disconnect here. Disastrous warming and Polar Vortex don’t exactly go together. But then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s solution of vastly more wind turbines doesn’t work either, because it would take an acreage the size of the state of California to produce enough wind to power the United States.

To top that off, we just learned that “Wind Didn’t Work During Polar Vortex“– from the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO) who just released a report stating the wind didn’t work during the polar vortex that swept Minnesota on January 29 and 30. Electricity output from wind plummeted due to low wind speeds and because it was “too cold” for the wind turbines to operate.”

Well, AOC.  Back to the drawing board.  How about some nice modern nuclear reactors instead?



“Sorry For The Good News!” by The Elephant's Child

The Wall Street Journal, yesterday. headed the column on the Opinion page “Sorry for the Good News.”

Friday was a bad day in certain media and political precincts as the labor market turned in another gangbuster performance in January. The recession may not be imminent after all, and more people are working and making more money. Apologies to Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and the writers at Bloomberg for the good news.

To be fair to the gloomsters, some economic signals have been negative. Consumer and business confidence has been lower following the stock market’s plunge in the autumn, especially December. The government shutdown suggested a political class that can’t shoot straight. Home prices and auto production are down, and growth in Europe and China is notably slowing.

Yet there was little bad news in the Labor Department’s sunny results for the first month of the year, despite the government shutdown. The economy produced 304,000 net new jobs in the month, 296,000 in the private economy where wealth is created.

Job growth was healthy across most industries, with a notable bump in construction (52,000) and durable-goods manufacturing (20,000). Manufacturing jobs have climbed 261,000 over the last year, 80% of them in durable goods. This is what happens when the political class takes its boot off the neck of private business, as the GOP Congress and Trump Administration did for two years.

The Journal apologized for publishing good news, when the fashion is to bash Trump ever more grievously for his faults and everything else about him. No one is supposed to praise Trump. Unthinkable! But President Trump has been blithely improving the economy, raising salaries, cutting regulations, and putting the unemployed to work. January produced 304,000 net new jobs – 296.000 in the private economy where wealth is created. I thought January was the month when all those folks hired for the Christmas rush lost their jobs and went back on unemployment. Over the past 12 months job growth has averaged 234,000 and 241,000 in the last three months. And some Democrat candidates are promising the raise taxes back to where they should be, and raise them even higher on the filthy rich. Please try to remember that Democrats just don’t understand free-market economics at all, and are always trying to fix it. That’s how we get recessions.

The Institute for Supply Management has a monthly survey of purchasing managers at some 300 manufacturing firms nationwide, had weakened in December and was expected to continue weakening. The unexpected turnaround is another signal that the economy has strengthened. Critics of tariffs expected upward pressure on the price of materials for manufacturers, but instead January saw the first monthly drop in material prices in three years.

Construction spending soared by 0.8 percent in November, but new home sales were higher than expected, residential construction rose 3.5 percent in November, and Highway construction spending is up 5.8 percent for the year.

For the first time in more than 20 years, the number of people who are out of the Labor force – those who are without jobs and not looking for a job – shrank by 647,000 over the Past 12 months. This is happening at a time when baby boomers are retiring en masse. Under Obama, the number of dropouts in the labor force exploded by 14.4 million.

I don’t know if all the “NeverTrumpers” can handle so much good news. Theoretically, they expected any good news to come from someone else, certainly not from a New York Real Estate Developer with orange hair and a tan from a bottle. Do you suppose that the “Deplorables”,”the toothless illiterates” from flyover country, “the racist bigots”, “the uneducated” –  actually knew what they were doing?




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