American Elephants


The Democrat Debate. Sad. by The Elephant's Child

I watched and listened to the Democrats’ debate for a while, and couldn’t take any more. Perhaps after a bit of a rest, I can stand a little more without getting too annoyed.

What is wrong with today’s world, the enormous troubles of the world, all that is wrong anywhere — is Trump. The horrors of the border, the American health care situation, drug addiction, the American economy, the rest of the world which now hates us because of Trump, He has turned all of our allies into enemies. They’re not going to call them “concentration camps” at the border, (that didn’t go over too well) But the children at the border, the poor pitiful little children must be saved, not clear exactly how, but everybody gets to make their application for amnesty because they are escaping from countries that we have to turn our attention and wealth to fixing, so they can stay home once we have fixed their home countries for them.

Their loathing for Trump is enormous, and he is to blame for everything. What I have found really interesting is Democrats’ lack of interest in Hillary. They are most furious about being out of power, about losing the election and every detail of what caused them to lose (electoral college), Constitution, white supremacy etc. etc.

They are all signing on to “Medicare for All” which will clearly be a major campaign issue. That and some form of children in cages being mistreated at the border. Make voters care with an appeal to stop Trump from mistreating innocent little children. Little children dying in evil Border Patrol custody will be big. Evil pharmaceutical companies to blame for drug addiction, the cost of health care, and just the usual Democrat focus on big business as evil. You don’t even need to watch any of this to know what is being said and urged. You’ve heard it all before.

Time to insert Thomas Sowell quotation:
“There are no solutions, only trade-offs”

America has the best health care in the world because kids who like science work their tails off to get good grades so they can get into good medical schools so they can become doctors, save lives, become prosperous and live good lives themselves. One of the Democrat debaters (I didn’t recognize him) said he asked  several hospital management people what they would do if everybody was on Medicare. The answer was uniformly – close down. Did you ever ask how much one of those complicated hospital beds costs? Let alone the big scanners and the complex new drugs that are saving lives. That’s why in the big cities the hospitals have auxiliaries and society balls for their supporters where it is important to be seen. Trade-offs. Democrats don’t like Tom Sowell. They call him an “Uncle Tom.”

 



“In the Absence of Support from the U.S. Congress” by The Elephant's Child

Democrats want the extra bodies for the upcoming census next year to give them more representation in Congress. That’s why there’s the battle about ICE and Sanctuary cities, why Trump can’t get money for a wall from Congress, and why Democrats seem to want amnesty for all illegals. The Chamber of Congress wants more workers to do the scut work cheaply, to line their pockets. Somalia is one of those ‘s’-holes that President Trump mentioned, to outrage from the media.

When you want information about illegal immigration and the borders, turn to the Center for Immigration Studies, a think-tank devoted to studying immigration. (cis.org) They favor and encourage legal immigration, and work to stop the illegal kind. The Left likes to claim that the President or Conservatives oppose illegal immigration because they are “racist”. But then that’s their blanket charge when “Hitler”or “Nazi”does not suffice.

Democrats never worry about high taxes, they worry that “the rich” are not paying enough. They have never understood why cutting taxes for everyone brings economic prosperity, because obviously, the rich are not paying enough. That if we took all the money the rich have, to spread around the rest of us, wouldn’t make much difference. It’s giving the economic engine a jump start, and then keeping it running smoothly that matters. There’s a reason why Democrat-run cities and states are such a mess. Lumping all the problems together under the “homeless” label isn’t helpful either, but doing something about addiction isn’t on the schedule. Democrats want to be in control so they can tax the rich so they can buy more votes to keep themselves in control. That’s my take.



Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Meaning of “Click-bait” by The Elephant's Child

Perhaps we should increase the age when one is eligible to run for Congress. AOC was apparently an excellent student. She graduated cum laude with a double major in international affairs and (snort) economics. But she was the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. She announced Friday that an explosion at a Philadelphia oil refinery was due to climate change, arguing that the incident underscores the urgency of her Green New Deal.  (A vat of butane ignited and eventually exploded at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex, followed by a series of smaller explosions through the pipes moving fuel around the complex. It injured five workers and took 120 firefighters to bring under control.)

You have noticed, I ‘m sure that AOC has become what is called “click bait”– that is, articles about her will be clicked on and partly read, which means that the advertisers’ ads will be seen, which pays the newsmen’s salaries for their stories. (Heck of a way to run an economy). Democrats pay attention because she is one of theirs who gets attention, those suffering from “climate panic” because of her “green new deal”, and Republicans, because everything she says is so remarkably stupid. She also had some remark about Trump not allowing toothpaste to the children in the concentration camps at the southern border. She has never been to the southern border, and has turned down innumerable offers to be enlightened a little about concentration camps.

ADDENDUM: I saw an article which showed AOC at the border, so I was mistaken about her never having been. I cannot find it again, but as I recall, she was staring at a chain link fence, which she apparently confused with a concentration camp. I apologize for misleading anyone.



Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez’s Big Mistake by The Elephant's Child

The big news of the day seems to have been  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s  embarrassing mistake, which she seems not to grasp – was a mistake. Democrats, who want open borders, are anxious to capitalize on any evidence that the federal government might be misbehaving at the southern border.  Perhaps you noticed that when the Border Patrol rescued sick children who died in the hospital from dehydration, Democrats tried to blame the deaths on the Border Patrol rather than the parent who failed to keep them hydrated. Democrats came up with photos of children in cages from the Obama administration, and tried to pass them off as current prisoners of the Border Patrol. They haven’t missed a chance to attack the Border Patrol, the very force designed to protect Americans from criminal illegal aliens and drugs coming across the border.

The congresswoman, during an Instagram Live broadcast on Monday, accused the U.S. of operating “concentration camps” on the southern border. “That is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the video.

Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on her comments on Wednesday, refusing to apologize and invoking the Japanese internment camps of World War II, even including the ringing Jewish phrase “Never again,” which has a deep meaning  for Jews. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has received all sorts of attention from the media. She is very young for a member of congress with unusual, rather striking looks,  and because of what she says she has become click-bait for the media. Unfortunately, what she has to say is clearly the result of the contemporary American collegiate system. (They don’t seem to be doing history these days). Democrats are interested because she is one of theirs, and properly anti-Trump. Republicans, on the other hand, are appalled by her ignorance, and wonder what dumb remark she will come up with next. The media assume that people are really interested, and so seek her out for her latest comments. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a sign of popularity.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Holocaust, you might read Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz, and add to that The Black Book of Communism. There is an appalling ignorance of history today, and many attempts to rewrite that history which is not suitably ‘nice.’ Unfortunately you cannot make what happened go away by tearing down offending statues, relegating the paintings to an attic, or renaming the buildings.  History is how we progress. We learn from our mistakes, but we cannot learn when we don’t know anything at all, and destroyed the evidence. Historians have a hard enough time getting it right, because so many notes and papers and pictures have been discarded.



Joe Biden Told Us a Little About his Plans by The Elephant's Child

Joe Biden has told us what he has in mind. He starts with a “Clean Energy Revolution” (read Green New Deal) for a measly $1.7 trillion by 2050, 100% clean energy. (Why doesn’t anyone do a little studying up before they start making big impossible plans?) Unless you want to depend on nuclear power plants, you cannot have “clean energy.”

The sun sinks beneath the horizon in the evening, just when everyone needs to turn on the lights. Some days are cloudy or rainy. Sunlight is too diffuse to be a serious power source. Solar energy needs 24/7 backup from a regular power source, for all the times when it is not shining in a clear sky. So what about that “regular power source”?

Even in the windiest places, wind turbines need backup from a regular power source. Turbines need the wind to blow steadily at about 35 mph. Doesn’t happen. The wind blows in puffs and wafts and sometimes gales and often not at all. But “Climate” has become something of a religion for the left, and they just be-leeeve, they don’t investigate.

As I understand it, the level of CO² in the atmosphere at the present is exceptionally high. The planet, however, seems to be cooling. Glaciers are growing, not melting, in Glacier National Park, in Iceland, and in Antarctica — which would seem to suggest that increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does not cause global warming, or in current terminology “climate change.” If that is the case, perhaps you don’t have to trade in your gas guzzler on a self-driving electric car, but then I was an English major, and learned to read a lot, not how to do atmospheric science.

Joe Biden also wants a new transcontinental high-speed rail. From what I read, that hasn’t worked out too well in California, but I’m not a mechanical engineer either.  I read that there are 1.1 million jobs currently in the fossil fuel industry. So maybe they won’t lose their jobs, but all the new jobs in the clean energy sector won’t materialize either. Biden says that Trump poses a fundamental threat to America, a threat to democracy and a threat to the Constitution. His strategy is that it’s all about Trump, and personal. He’s apparently going to run on returning to the slow. low-growth Obama economy. Will that work? Eight years and never over 2% growth, not once.

All of the 24 (?) 25 (?) Democrat candidates who we will be hearing from in their first upcoming debate, are undoubtedly all running precisely because Trump is so absolutely horrible, terrible, very bad, and a “fundamental threat.” Pity that none of them ever learned to read.



Further Clarification: A Fishing Expedition! by The Elephant's Child

Joe DiGenova is a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, highly respected, and deeply knowledgeable about the nation’s capitol and what goes on there. He is really worth paying attention to, because he has a habit of being absolutely right. Fascinating.



Democrats on the Campaign Trail Now Number 24. I think. by The Elephant's Child

Excellent news today. President Trump has another judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over Democrat objections.  On Wednesday he got another victory with the confirmation of Kenneth Lee. He is slowly remaking the hard Left Ninth Circuit.

Trade tensions between the U.S. and China have escalated, but the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits has dropped even further. This suggests that rising tariffs and retaliation by China have not hurt American workers.  Claims were expected to decline to 219,000 but declined by 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 212.000 instead.

Attorney General William Barr has made it clear that he intends to restore his department’s credibility.  He has appointed seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. If the Justice Department had done this two years ago the country would be in a better place. He gets credit for not calling him a “special counsel”. Mr. Durham is known not only as an experienced prosecutor, but as a straight arrow. He doesn’t bring prosecutions lightly, but is not afraid to hold the powerful to
account. Which is clearly what Democrats are worried about.

Special counsels are only supposed to be appointed when the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate a matter. We had a Justice Department that for two years used the Mueller probe as an excuse to not comply with Congressional oversight. Americans expect accountability and transparency from their government. We’re finally getting them.

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio entered the presidential race today, after imposing the “Green New Deal” on the city, to the outraged laughter of New Yorkers. He announced that he wanted to improve the job situation for American workers. Huh? Been there, done that. I guess Mr. DeBlasio hasn’t noticed. Obama apparently favors Beto O’Rourke, because he reminds him of himself. Still absorbed with number one. From Conrad Black, who knows a thing or two about journalism:

The last fact that the Democrats have not begun to deal with in the effort to unseat the president is his extraordinary success. The economic performance is phenomenal, and the pathetic attempts of President Obama to claim credit for the economic recovery, like his fatuities about “the magic wand,” will be mocked with vicious hilarity. The success of this president in proclaiming a border emergency and doing something about it will be noted.

So far, President Trump has built over 500 miles of border wall. The Democrats don’t understand that a majority of the American people want immigration controlled. The candidates vying for the Democrat nomination are uniformly anxious to not only eliminate the tax cuts which they see as giving money to the rich, but to raise taxes as well. Good luck with that one.

One never knows what to expect. Beto O’Rourke invited us along on his hair cut today, along with his camera crew. But then he posted the video of his teeth-cleaning as well. Is this an effort to show us that he’s just like us ? Like Elizabeth Warren’s “I think I’ll have me a beer?” Poking fun is way more enjoyable than serious criticism.  More richly deserved as well.

 




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