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Ocasio-Cortez Has Made a Delusional Little “Green New Deal” Film by The Elephant's Child

Oh my word. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a little movie. It’s seven minutes long, and animated with quick watercolor sketches. The Federalist has posted it and I’ll introduce it with David Marcus’ comment:

In a new, seven minute animated video from The Intercept, narrated by and starring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) we are transported, via an NYC to DC bullet train, into the future. It is 2028, and what a world it is. On the downside, Hurricane Sheldon at some point left significant portions of Miami underwater, but on the bright side, former oil workers are planting mangroves under the direction of Native American elders. No, I’m not making this up.

Well, how nice of this young woman to save us all from a free and prosperous future, if we just reject all that in favor of a new form of Communism called the “Green New Deal.” Named supposedly in honor of the Old New Deal that was such a dreadful time for America. FDR won the election in 1932, but when he was inaugurated in 1933, he had no clue what to do about it, and embarked on an extensive era of experimentation that extended the misery of the Great Depression for at least seven years longer than it needed to be,  according to UCLA economists Lee Ohanian and Harold Cole. But then, as I keep reminding, Democrats just don’t understand free market economics.

The little video is mostly a celebration of the supposed brilliance and forethought of the very new congresswoman herself. You can forgive careless errors, but attempting to impose such extensive stupidity on the rest of the country is a bit much. But then the twenty or so Democrat candidates so far (with another ten or so waiting in the wings) are doing a marvelous job of opening their mouths and disqualifying themselves from consideration.

Do watch the whole thing, it’s only 7 minutes long, and necessary to understand what the whole bunch of Democrats are willing to sign up for.  What totally unbelievable ignorance. There is a long, long history of panics and delusions, many of the early ones caused by diseases that were not understood as catching an infection from another person , but as the act of some demon, or often as the work of a witch, some poor innocent woman who was burned at the stake in an effort to make the illness go away.



Illegal Immigration Is All About Power for the Left by The Elephant's Child

This seems to be Tucker Carlson Day at American Elephants, (I have two others on Free Speech waiting in the shadows). Of course illegal immigration is about power.  But how did they come to the conclusion that everything is about their power? They were thrilled with Obama as president, yet he did  a miserable job. Real good talker though.

What shifted? Was it that when Donald Trump made his campaign promises they sneered, and thought thank goodness we’re electing Hillary? And then when he was elected, it was a horrible shock Then, he began to fulfill his campaign promises, cutting taxes. That is unacceptable for Democrats. They need lots of taxes, big taxes, so they have the funds to dole out benefits to convince the deplorables to vote for them.

Is all the venom and hate because Donald Trump has cut taxes and the economy is booming as a result? Donald Trump has nominated outstanding Judges to the Supreme Court and successfully gotten them installed after all  the work Democrats did to fight the nomination? Is it because he got out of the useless Paris Climate Accords, and celebrates it? Is it because right in the middle of the Craziness of the Left every day, President Trump (You’ll notice that they never call him President Trump — it’s just Trump.) is inclined to brag a little about his accomplishments?  I think I may be onto something here.



Conflict, Delusions, Visions, Madness by The Elephant's Child

In Charlottesville, Virginia, a college town, protesters were attempting to tear down a confederate memorial and counter protesters variously described as neo-Nazis, KKK members, white nationalists, with Antifa, and Black Lives Matter.

Leftist news sources immediately  began referring to “white supremacists” to make the whole thing about race. The left has made a great effort to describe President Trump as “a racist president” (he isn’t) though that is simply their defensive cover, always calling any republicans “racist” to disguise their own long history as southern slave holders, Confederates,  opponents of reconstruction, opponents of full citizenship for blacks, and desegregation.

One of the curious things about political opinions is how often the same people line up on opposite sided of different issues. The issues themselves may have no intrinsic connection with each other.They may range from military spending to drug laws to monetary policy to education. Yet the same familiar faces can be found glaring at each other from opposite sides of the political fence, again and again. It happens too often to be coincidence and it is too uncontrolled to be a plot. A closer look at the arguments on both sides often shows that they are reasoning from fundamentally different premises. These different premises—often implicit—are what provide the consistency behind the repeated opposition of individuals and groups on numerous, unrelated issues. They have different visions of how the world works.  (emphasis added)

That’s Thomas Sowell: A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, 1987.

He goes on to explain that”the ever-changing kaleidoscope of raw reality would defeat the human mind by its complexity, except for the mind’s ability to abstract, to pick out parts and think of them as a whole. This is nowhere more necessary than in social visions and social theory, dealing with the complex and often subconscious interactions of millions of human beings.

We talk of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” to try to explain what is going on, but the thing is better described in a book by Charles Mackay written in 1841: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds  still available at Amazon. He writes about economic bubbles, the crusades, witch mania, alchemists, the tulip mania, fortune-telling and haunted houses. The book can be downloaded from the Library of Economics and Liberty for free.

An article from the Center for Inquiry contains more recent examples including the Salem Witch Trials, the Orson Welles broadcast of an alien invasion story, and a Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic in 1954.

Thursday, Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) posted an excellent article on his blog “How to Know You’re In a Mass Hysteria Bubble”.

The most visible Mass Hysteria of the moment involves the idea that the United States intentionally elected a racist President. If that statement just triggered you, it might mean you are in the Mass Hysteria bubble. The cool part is that you can’t fact-check my claim you are hallucinating if you are actually hallucinating. But you can read my description of the signs of mass hysteria and see if you check off the boxes.

If you’re in the mass hysteria, recognizing you have all the symptoms of hysteria won’t help you be aware you are in it. That’s not how hallucinations work. Instead, your hallucination will automatically rewrite itself to expel any new data that conflicts with its illusions. …

The reason you can’t easily identify what-the-hell is going on in the country right now is that a powerful mass hysteria is in play. If you see the signs after I point them out, you’re probably not in the hysteria bubble. If you read this and do NOT see the signs, it probably means you’re trapped inside the mass hysteria bubble.

This latter one is probably the most important link, because he is talking about understanding today and today’s bubbles. But Tom Sowell’s A Conflict of Visions belongs in your library.



Obama Took $716 Billion Out of Medicare! by The Elephant's Child

In the beginning, the imperative for ObamaCare was upwardly spiraling health care costs. And what was it that was spiraling upwardly so fast that it needed immediate attention? It was Medicare. Not the overall cost of medicine.

Ideologically, the Democrats have always wanted single-payer health care. Complete government control. The farther left the Democrat, the more passionately they not only wanted it, but were determined that ObamaCare would become single-payer. Why? Got me. I cannot grasp the far left mind. Is it a matter of control? A matter of faith in governmental ability to do good? I’d be glad to listen to anyone’s analysis, but I cannot understand the thinking.

Ruth Marcus, Liberal columnist, parrots the talking point about turning Medicare into a “voucher program”, and asks rhetorically who do responsible Democrats turn to for answers?  She turns to a list of 23 responsible leading Democrat thinkers: (don’t laugh) like John Podesta, Peter Orszag, Neera Tanden, Donald Berwick, Tom Daschle( former health care lobbyist) and Ezekiel Emanuel (Rham’s brother) who have a solution. You just cap costs.

The most far-reaching proposal is to have states, with the encouragement of federal grants, put in place a mechanism to set overall health cost caps, covering public and private spending….

The argument for caps is that otherwise costs are not lowered, just shifted around in a health care version of hot potato. If Medicare squeezes providers, they charge more to private insurers. If large insurers squeeze providers, they hike costs to smaller insurers.

The federal government should give bonus payments to states that ease laws restricting non-physician providers, such as highly skilled nurses, from providing services. Doctors should be shielded from malpractice suits if they adhere to best-practices guidelines. In other words, the authors do not shrink from ox-goring, and of a rather substantial herd: hospitals, doctors, medical manufacturers, trial lawyers.

These admirable Democrats are all exceedingly enthusiastic admirers of the British National Health Service (NHS), and want to imitate it. Theodore Dalrymple, pen name of Anthony Daniels, British  physician, psychiatrist and author, explains in the LA Times the few admirable characteristics in a truly lousy system.

What you should notice is the almost automatic assumption on the part of Liberals that you control costs by cutting back on payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers. Has nobody noticed that doctors are leaving the profession in droves? In 2010 there were over 40 physicians running for office nationally. You probably know doctors who have quit. I know 4 personally, and I don’t know a lot of doctors. The Doctor Patient Medical Association reports that 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting because of ObamaCare. The DPMA reports that “America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020.

The whole reason we had to reform health care was because Medicare costs were spiraling out of control, so Obama took $716 billion out of Medicare to lower the official cost of ObamaCare so that it would pass a solidly Democratic Congress

The dirty secret is that ObamaCare simply won’t work. The 90,000 doctor shortage should convince anyone. Why would the best and brightest continue to go into medicine? The tax on medical device makers is already strangling innovation, and sending companies overseas.

Liberals may think that doctors are rich and we pay them too much so we’ll make medicine cost less by capping payments. This whole stupid mindset can be summed up by Sandra Fluke’s demand that taxpayers pay for her contraceptives. It was quickly proven that the medication was available for $9 a month in some pharmacies, but liberals could not get over the idea that was something taxpayers should do for women. Personally, I would far rather have help with the bill for the $90,000 life-saving surgery.

When there is a shortage of doctors, Doctors refuse medical care to the patients where the reimbursement is not enough to cover their expenses. Medicare and Medicaid patients will be unable to find doctors. Obviously, they will go to the emergency room, and costs will rise.

It won’t work.  We have to get rid of it.




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