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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.



Big Government, And Why It Doesn’t Work. by The Elephant's Child

There is a mindset in politics, everywhere, that if we just had more encompassing governments, not so many small jurisdictions wanting to quarrel with each other, with more enlightened, well educated people in charge, then there would be more peace, fewer wars. Everybody would get along. World Peace.

The enlightened folks in charge would work out the problems in their meetings — but we’ve tried that. There’s the United Nations and the European Union, and all sorts of humanitarian organizations, and unsurprisingly– new scandals reported, the latest with Oxfam. The problem seems to be that non-governmental organizations are, by definition, unaccountable to the public that funds them. Zero Hedge reported on “Humanitarian Aid becoming a Euphemism for Oppression.”

But the drive continues for more government to be managed and controlled by the more qualified folks with more important degrees from more important schools. ( Usually promoted by those with more important degrees from more important schools) Why, in the wake of all the failures of larger and larger organizations would anyone think world government a dandy idea? It really is pretty clear that the best government is the smallest one, closest to the people. At least you can fight it out in person.

Democrats are usually obsessed with the idea that what Republicans do when they attain power is to give big tax cuts to the Rich, who don’t need tax cuts, because they are rich, and it’s just Republicans paying off their undeserving supporters. Democrats believe that you win elections and get power (their only goal) by giving goodies to the people whose votes you want. They simply do not understand that when Republicans give tax cuts, they give them to everybody, because people who pay way less taxes get smaller tax cuts. It is called Capitalism, and is the glory of a free people following their own dreams.

When you cut the taxes of business owners, they have more money to hire, invest, grow and invent—which they do, and as a result the economy grows and more people have jobs, and the nation prospers. Democrats are congenitally unable to understand this simple idea, perhaps because they are so busy hating the captains of industry and “the rich”. You will notice that members of Congress who become very rich do not complain about their tax cuts, but take an important vacation junket to some interesting foreign capitol where they can write off the trip by meeting with some officials.

President Trump may not always explain tax cuts in the most favorable terminology, but he has the right instincts, and knows what he is doing. Just look at the decline in the unemployed, and in the users of food stamps. I’m sure Democrats would be astonished to learn that people really do like to work at an honest job, and earn their keep, and they don’t like to be on food stamps. They appreciate the help when they need it, but the need embarrasses them.



Socialism Is a Bait-and-Switch Scheme by The Elephant's Child

The Federalist has an excellent column: “Socialism’s Bloody History Shows Millennials Should Think Twice Before Supporting It” by Stella Morabito. It’s a political system that puts the reins of Power in the hands of just a few strongmen who end up calling all the shots. It’s a system in which suspicion nd the smell of treason tend to hang in the air.  She says:

Socialism, by the way, is just such a system. This is the case whether you call it by any other name, whether communism, utopianism, or collectivism. Oh, go ahead and slap some lipstick on that pig and call it “democratic” socialism or “progressivism” or “communitarianism.”

Socialism and communism both involve ceding to the state control over the distribution of goods and services for the masses. This involves giving up individual rights, and giving the state a good measure of control over our personal lives. This road always leads to tyranny, no matter what you pave it with, and no matter what you name it.

Do read the whole thing.



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.



Newly Confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr Wastes No Time! by The Elephant's Child

Newly-confirmed Attorney General Bill Barr spoke today to the National Association of Attorneys General. He laid out in no uncertain terms the negative effects of a porous border.

Barr preceded his warning by noting the rising number of opioid deaths in the United States, particularly the effects of Chinese fentanyl, which is used by Mexican drug cartels to augment the effects of their heroin supply. “The DEA has stated publicly that the Mexican trans national criminal organizations are the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States,” Barr declared, adding “the DEA tells us that the majority of the heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl in this country got here across our southern border.”

This is  very big deal indeed, and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are so intent on trying to bring down the duly elected President of the United States, and refuse to help him in any way – that they are responsible for every drug death in the United States, every rape or murder by an illegal alien, every criminal act, and the drain on taxpayer money from their use of federal welfare benefits, and the cost of schooling for their kids.

Democrats want open borders because the upcoming census (so-far) counts only bodies, not citizens, and the numbers of bodies determines the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who has control. The Senate, according to the Constitution, is made up of two Senators for each state, so that each of the states has equal representation. You have perhaps noticed that Democrats want to change the Constitution so that the Senate also is based on the popular vote.

Perhaps it has something to do with having had a  community organizer in charge for 8 years, which gave them the power they crave so deeply. They have always resented and been antagonistic to every Republican president, but this time they seem to have gone fully certifiable.

To hell with the Constitution, the American form of government, and their determination is to find something, anything, to impeach the president for, if they can’t find anything, they will make something up. Is it because  he has got the economy booming, full employment, manufacturing growing, millions no longer needing food stamps, and is a president who is clearly a patriot?

Presidents are someone we hire, believing them capable of managing the country for four years, and then, if he or she has done  good job, we will give them another four. Presidents are neither Kings nor fairy godmothers to perform magic deeds, they’re supposed to use the powers of the presidency to try to fix what’s wrong, and do the best they can in a complicated world run by fallible human beings afflicted with greed and every character flaw known to mankind. That’s why the Founders only gave them four years at a time – they didn’t want them to settle in and get too comfortable. They wanted it to be a temporary job. We don’t, or shouldn’t, fall in love with presidents.

If you care about national borders, drugs and unneeded drug deaths, sex trafficking, child trafficking, taxpayer funding, you should probably make an effort to let your congressperson know that you do care, and will vote accordingly. Call their local office, or go to their Capitol address at House.gov or Senate.gov where you will find directions on how to contact your representative. They do pay attention  to their constituents, because they want to get re-elected. It’s a cushy job.



The Planet Has Been Warming and Cooling for Millions and Millions of Years by The Elephant's Child

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RECENT EARTH CLIMATE HISTORY

600 TO 200 B.C.:Unnamed cold period that preceded the Roman Warming.
200 B.C.to about A.D.600:Roman Warming.
600 to 900:Dark Ages cold period.
900 to 1300:Medieval Warming or Little Climate Optimum.
1300 to 1850:Little Ice Age (two-stage)

MODERN CLIMATE HISTORY

1850 to 1940:Warming, especially between 1920 and 1940.
1940 to 1975:Cooling Trend.
1976 to 1978:Sudden Warming Spurt
1979 to present:large disparity between surface thermometers, which show a fairly strong warming, and the independent temperature readings of satellites and weather balloons, which show little warming trend.

I don’t know in what form Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Governor Inslee received the information that Climate Change was suddenly, after millions and millions of years, becoming an existential threat to life on earth, and with all sorts of scientists studying the problem, that they were personally called upon to notify humanity that we have to do something right now or we are all doomed.

Neither of these two politicians have scientific degrees, nor do they back up their incipient terror with incontrovertible evidence from any scientist of repute. So with no confirmation of any kind, it’s left up to us ordinary citizens, with long experience with politicians trying to make themselves seem important, to call b.s. on the whole thing.

The climate has been warming and cooling long before history recorded any temperatures, but scientists have devised ways of getting at least an inkling of what has gone on in the big ages of the past. I am merely a lay person with no scientific expertise, so I look things up in books at home or from the library. If I don’t understand what I am reading, I study up a little more. I learned  long time ago that it was kind of embarrassing to shoot off one’s mouth and not know what you are talking about.

The above timeline is from a 2007 book called Unstoppable Global Warming



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.




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