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Americans Are Getting Dumber! Here’s Proof. by The Elephant's Child

I wrote a couple of days ago a post about people seeming to get dumber. When you read quite a bit of opinion, you become sure of it. Rasmussen, the big polling company, said today that, and I quote, “Democrats really don’t like America and think it’s time to move on from the culture that got us here,”

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 38% of Likely Democratic Voters believe American society is generally fair and decent. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it’s unfair and discriminatory.

By comparison, 74% of Republicans and unaffiliated voters by a 49% to 36% margin view American society as fair and decent.

Look, let’s get back to basics. You should have learned by the time you are five or six, at least,that Life Is Hard. You fall down and get hurt, you don’t like the food your mother made you eat. You can elaborate far beyond that. Bad marriages, people you love die, disappointments, problems, failure, owing money, illness, disease. It’s just not all sweetness and light. With time, you can get the good stuff to outweigh the bad and shrug off the rest of it.

It’s not just Twitter, though they are a problem. How many pictures have you seen of young people seated somewhere, each and every one interacting with their phone, ignoring those around them? ‘Social Media’ but not much is social about it. We’re told that our young people in college think it would be fine to change our form of government to Communism.  They reached 18 years of age and know nothing? Nothing at all. We are deeply in trouble.

Adam Schiff is basking in his moments of fame, and trying desperately to hype up his moment. A Vice President of the United States has used his position to get his kid a job on a foreign country’s Energy Company’s Board of  Directors at an enormous salary of $83,000 a month, for which he has no qualifications whatsoever, and we are supposed to think it’s all about his father (the former Vice President of the United States) being a rival for the 2020 election? Perhaps Mr. Biden had no felonious intent, and just thought it was nice that these people wanted his son on the board because they liked him and…Sorry, there is no way that does not smell to high heaven. Yes, we know that former government officials get big payoffs from the private sector, book deals, fancy estates, from those looking to use the influence of a big name. But that’s not the way it is supposed to be. We honor our past presidents, even the ones we didn’t  like.

George W. went on home and led outdoor trips for wounded vets, and painted their portraits.  After it was discovered that Harry Truman was living off his army pension and little more, and had the integrity to avoid post-presidential money grubbing, Congress increased presidential pay significantly and a pension was provided so that future presidents were protected from any possible penury.

The news from the Trump presidency is pretty outstanding. Did you know that? The increases in median household income under Donald Trump are very large. Based on Census Bureau monthly data, from January 2017 when Donald Trump entered office through August 2019, middle-class household incomes have risen from $61,000 to an all time high of $66,000 — in 2019 dollars, adjusted for inflation.

The left freaked out for understandable reasons. They are especially agitated because median household incomes have risen by $5,000 under Trump, compared to $1,100 in seven years under President Barack Obama. The data also undermines the case against Trump. Elizabeth Warren likes to say in every speech, “The middle class has been left behind by Trump’s policies.” That’s flat-out wrong.

The self-proclaimed “fact-checkers” on the left went to work to try to discredit the numbers. This includes The Washington Post, PolitiFact and others.

As an aside, we have a big problem in America when the “fact-checkers” are all playing for the liberal team. A case in point is the liberal PolitiFact, which used the screaming headline “Trump’s Shaky $5,000 Boast.” The Post gave Trump two Pinocchios for claiming these income gains and said “Trump Inflates His Economic Record.”

A standard complaint is that these numbers are assembled by a private organization called Sentier Research. But the two Sentier statisticians who analyzed this month’s Census Current Population Survey — a gold mine of economic information — are probably the most knowledgeable people in the country on this data.

Stephen Moore, whose commentary this is, goes on to show how the media has tried to spin this news. If you are interested in liberal spin, this is an excellent example. Do they really just want to get Trump out of there before anyone catches on to what an outstanding job he is doing? You might also enjoy The American Mind’s explanation of the Culture War 2.0, and the changing Rules of Engagement. It’s a 12 minute read, they say.  (I told you, they are having to go to great lengths to get unwilling people to read, and we are getting dumber. ) We have to read to get informed, to know what is true and what is not, and how we are being manipulated. We have to fight back.

“Occasio-Cortez Dismisses Fears Democratic Party Moving Too Far Left: “We Are Bringing the Party Home” Yesterday’s headline at Breitbart.

 



The Barr Interview and Why It’s Important by The Elephant's Child

Attorney General William Barr appeared on CBS for an interview, and we  have the transcript available, which is more valuable than seeing the interview, to catch exactly what he had to say. The transcript is here. It is worth your time. We are deep in a disagreeable swamp here with a political party entirely focused on removing a president that they have blown up into a veritable monster, for no viable reason whatsoever. They have called him every nasty name they can think of, and Attorney General William Barr few new ones, a seething rage that seems to make no sense whatsoever.

They have become a party of feelings rather than fact. The booming economy, full employment, lowest unemployment rates for Blacks in history. only serve to enrage them further. They are reduced to claiming that the good economy was really started by Obama, but he just didn’t have enough time to finish it. Sorry, he had eight years, and was utterly clueless. But they are desperate to do Trump in. How we got here and the attempted coup must be exposed thoroughly and completely.



Can Anyone Explain the Loony Left? by The Elephant's Child
April 11, 2018, 6:17 am
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Billionaire Leftist activist Tom Steyer is working in Wisconsin to try to topple Republican Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan. He apparently told the Milwaukee journal Sentinel on Tuesday that Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin “are nervous about the fact that they’ve done such a bad job.”

Mr. Steyer is a resident of the failed state of California, that is probably the worst managed state in the Union, that is broke, cannot pay its pension costs, nor pay for Governor Brown’s high speed train to nowhere. Its failure to manage it’s water resources and forests meant devastating wildfires this past year. They have the most homeless of any state in the union. And working people are crowding into small apartments in big numbers since housing prices are out of sight. People and businesses are fleeing the state for places where housing is more affordable and taxes are more reasonable. but the oligarchs in wealthy communities apparently don’t notice what is going on around them.

Steyer is an environmental activist from California who spent more than $90 million on Democratic and liberal causes in the 2016 campaign. Through his youth organizing group NextGen Rising, Steyer plans to spend $30 million in 10 states, including Wisconsin, to help Democrats win this year.

Mr. Steyer is demanding that Trump be impeached, but it’s not very clear just what he wants him impeached for. Because he doesn’t like him I guess. He talks about the “need to impeach” but President Trump is doing a remarkably good job, in spite of all the harassment and silly Steyer stuff. The Obama administration assured us that the economy could not rise above 2% growth and the forecast is for 3.5% next month.  The economy is booming, employment is way up, manufacturing is way up. Red tape and regulations are way down and business is free to prosper.

The Democrats seem to have collectively lost their minds. It’s not love of Hillary, they clearly want her to shut up and go away. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright just said that”while she isn’t saying he’s a fascist, President Trump is the most undemocratic president I have ever seen in American history.” She’s trying to plug her new book “Fascism: A Warning”, which I certainly wouldn’t recommend based on that analysis. Undemocratic? Clearly they have lost power and power is what they crave. But I really don’t understand this seething hatred for the duly elected President of the United States.

I thought Barack Obama was a pretty poor president, and made a mess of the job. He was a “real good talker” as someone said. But did a remarkably poor job of running the country from TARP on down to pulling precipitously out of Iraq, and wasting all the hard fought work that had set Iraq on a better course. Things seem to be looking up somewhat there.




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