The Biden administration's happy talk about the economy clashes with reality.
Here's the cognitive dissonance that's giving me cognitive confusion:
The Dems and the increasingly demented inmates of the Blue Bubble are running around with hair on fire screaming about FASCISM! and the evil Orange Man who is always on the verge of morphing into Hitler and ending Our Democracy™;
and for this reprise of Our Most Important Election Ever (2024 edition) they have cleared away every possible challenger, canceled their primaries, and are lining up behind their supposed savior, who is ancient, feeble, can barely walk or talk, who needs to be surrounded by staff terrified of his next faux pas, who has no real accomplishments except not being Trump and being an obedient puppet who makes sure to read his cue cards before ice cream and bedtime...
Am I crazy or are the Dems insane? How can they think this doddering senile octogenarian is going to remain upright till next Nov?
Why the hell are they sticking with Biden?!?!?
Has any American political party ever won an election by telling people they are insufficiently grateful for their marvelous leader? That they are too stupid to understand how really good the economy is? Or, if the economy isn’t good, it’s the public’s fault? While running an obviously incapacitated candidate who can barely walk and talk?
This is so blatantly egregious that one suspects they have no real concern about losing the election. Who behaves this way? They seem to have deliberately painted themselves into an inescapable corner. Even the Democrats can’t be this inept. I fear they have an escape hatch, one that will shock the country to its core. Time will tell.
It's one thing for Krugman et al. to lie and say that the economy is good for the middle class and below when it plainly isn't. That's standard politics. But going so far as to indirectly call Americans who point out their lies stupid for NOT GETTING that the economy is healthy is enough to make me genuinely hate them. It hearkens to the insensitivity and even contempt you always knew was in the minds of these elitists but that they used to at least try to conceal.
There is a lot of commentary going around about how the progressives and neoliberals are going to do this and win, or the media is going to manipulate this, or this trick will be pulled and no one will notice. Just stop for a second and look at these people. People like the Biden Administration, Chris Wray, the New York Times editorial board, MSNBC, and neocon hacks at The Bulwark and National Review are not smug and in control. They are terrified. Things are getting to the point where enough of the population and enough demographics are turning against them for any legitimacy they pretend to have to be threatened.
agree with everything in this argument. They are all in on the assumption that time itself will stop in its tracks, and we won’t be dealing with a Joe Biden who just turned 85, Joe will just stay trapped in amber and keep doing his little fake jog to AF1 and maybe they will get him more comfortable shoes that make him seem young and vigorous.
I think this dates back to 2008 when it was Her Turn. But someone skipped the line and she missed Her Turn. So she sat down and made a list of every democratic office holder in America and then scored them from 1-7 on a scale of “how personally loyal are they to me”. And the house was cleared on that basis (Source: “Shattered” the inside story of Hillary’s campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes).
But 2016 didn’t go as planned either. Instead of eight years of Her Turn followed by an anointed successor, we had a democrat party with its head chopped off. Only the senile old joke who everyone wanted to keep out of the spotlight because of his little sticky fingers problem with foreign dignitaries was available. And then on top of that Kamala turned out to not be quite as bright as her MSNBC bio made her out to be.
They have no feasible alternative who is young enough to not remember the McCarthy hearings. They set the trap and walked right into it.
Might I be so bold to ask, what makes any of you think anyone other than a dumbocrap (any dumbocrap) will win the presidential, and probably any other, election next November?
Tyler Childers popular song Whitehouse Road has noticed the price of food & uses this in his chorus “Get me drinkin’ that moonshine
Get me higher than the grocery bill”. This is a visible tip of a very large iceberg. Titanics beware.
Food has gotten very expensive & drive away from the larger cities a bit & you see plenty of truly hungry faces with their skin drawn tight against their bones. Families like that & plenty of them. They are always hungry & they know others do not suffer as they do. When sufficient skinned skeletons shopping at the Rural King see their dieting counterparts leaving with many full grocery bags from the Krogers, Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods, there will be hard howling. If you believe that is not a political force then maybe you need to review how the Russians & Chinese upper classes, who pretended no one really was hungry, eventually faired. Or go back further in history & ask Marie Antonette how that “let them eat cake” remark later affected her hair style.
A digression: survival experts will instruct that in an emergency situation the first priority should always be shelter. A safe shelter. A human body can survive approximately 30 days without food. But protection from the elements or predators are a much more consequential immediate need.
Which brings us to your other point Brad, that housing has gotten far more expensive & less attainable for increasing numbers of people. In our country, rents are increased yearly by a computer algorithm that is only intended to produce increased profits. Housing stock is said to be insufficient, but it is because 2/3 of all homes are sold to either ‘flippers’, people & now increasingly corporations that purchase a home with a view of improving mostly its cosmetics in order to resell it at a considerable premium over its original market value. The greater factor in the reduced housing equation is investment purchasing. Homes are purchased by corporations as investments. They will sit unused to be sold later at what is calculated to be sufficient profit or they are placed on the rental market with the algorithm driven rents.
High rents hurt the economy of everything else. A high rent means fewer & eventuality no restaurant outings, no films or other entertainment. Your purchase become restricted to survival items only & eventuality at whatever the cheapest price available. Churches & food pantries across the country report running out of food because so many people can’t afford to buy groceries. Not just homeless, but vast numbers of housed who can not afford rent & food. Walmart loses business to stores like Dollar Stores & their competitors. Further down the economic chain, GOODWILL & KARMs & their competitors offer a lifeline. The homeless are far more numerous that any count will reveal. To be homeless is a matter of deep shame for many people. People who live in their cars & have a gym membership to manage while they are employed are very common. And they are nearly impossible to count.
Make no mistake about it, this is a worldwide problem that will topple governments. Greedy legislators & their yapping dog media services try to pretend that investment housing is not the issue. A few years back, the Los Angeles Times let briefly slip a story that detailed how there were 1000s more luxury investment homes completely unoccupied than there were homeless people in their city. The story was was quickly pulled. It is the same across the world. Look at China’s ghost cities.
The twin forces of hunger & homelessness will become the driving forces in worldwide politics. The old means of simply disappearing the unwanted will no longer be viable with a rapidly declining population. People will be seen as a commodity. Whatever your position on the Capitalism vs Socialism debate, investment housing & food inflation machinations will create conditions that will demand basic housing & sufficient food as human rights. The connivance between investment corporate commodification of essential human needs & greedy governance will produce a new national socialism. It will be repressive, totalitarian & eventually self destructive with its inability to deal with large changes. All it will take is for a large volcano to erupt & spew sufficient ash to cause another 536 type of extended winter & a new dark ages will emerge.
If this musclehead told me that water is wet I’d have to go check it out. And yet there are people who believe every line of bullshit that comes out of the gaslighter-in-chief’s piehole.
Last year I gained 12 pounds, this year I only gained 4 pounds so in inflationary terms my weight is going down. Why don't I get credit for how well my diet is working?