I will take Election 2016 for $19 trillion Alex: the Jeopardy answer is: Economics and Home Economics.
Correct Jeopardy question: What are two subjects about which Hilliary Clinton knows absolutely nothing?
Conclusion: We may be well and truly screwed.
Two seminal events took place in 1776. The Declaration of Independence was authored, chiefly by Thomas Jefferson, and signed by 56 men (was this the start of the war on women?) The first signature was John Hancock and he wrote his name very large because he wanted to make sure King George could read it. It is one of the greatest political documents in world history. The second event took place in Scotland where Adam Smith authored The Wealth of Nations…the first and most effective exposition of capitalism. The two events merged in the infant US republic and the result is the long history of freedom and prosperity that is (was?) America.
Alexander Hamilton laid the groundwork for a free enterprise, capitalist system in the United States. As Milton Friedman made clear in his many defenses of free trade and capitalism the system works best when there is little or no active participation by the government. The economic growth of the US was unparalleled and the country became the most prosperous country in the world beginning in the 19th century. During that unprecedented period of growth and prosperity the Federal government was a non-player and the economy was truly unbridled.
Sadly the misnamed Progressive movement in the early 20th century wasted little time in making manifest their total and complete ignorance of: (1) basic economics and (2) the basic purpose of the US Constitution, i.e. to minimize the gravitation of power from the various states to the Federal government. The Roosevelts seemed to take pride in their economic ignorance and LBJ and Jimmy Carter doubled down on economic stupidity. The reversal of our evolution will be complete if the country commits ritual seppuku and elevates Hilliary to the Presidency. She will skillfully build on the disaster that has been the Obama economy. This crowd is determined to demonstrate the foolishness of dirigisme.
The 2016 deficit came in at more than $500 Billion which fact has been largely ignored by the fawning pro-Clinton main stream media. Clearly there is not enough lipstick to make this pig look good. Please note that this analogy was not used by Donald Trump. In response to this depressing news Hilliary proposes to increase Federal spending by more than $1.4 trillion. The source of the revenues to cover this additional spending has yet to be identified but it requires an unquestioning belief in the tooth fairy…note to Hilliary: check under your pillow in the morning.
A recent ad touting her campaign suggested she would provide college educations without personal debt and jobs when the students graduate. One wonders why she hasn’t taken a few minutes to let Obama in on the secret. She is the Willie Wonka of politics (apologies to Wilder and Depp)…”Who can take tomorrow, Dip it in a dream, Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream.” An apt description of Hilliary’s grasp of reality.
Perhaps she also has a master plan to grow wages for the average American. Although based on one of the Team Clinton emails made available by the patriotic Wikileaks we can safely conclude that she actually holds the average American in utter contempt. Based thereon I think we can conclude that she may not be truly focused on reversing the decline in wages driven by Obama’s economic policies, especially Obamacare. Let’s check the math…Hilliary makes about $500,000 per hour based on her speaking fee rate card so maybe she will establish that as the new minimum wage. So the good news is that McDonalds’ employees would see a wage increase of $499,992 per hour ($499,985 in Seattle). The bad news is that a Big Mac would cost about $350,000.
Remember that the left is mathematically challenged and addition, subtraction and multiplication are as clear to the average liberal as sub-atomic physics. Division however they comprehend and embrace. Let us explore two of their most divisive arguments: the mythical war on women being conducted, they would have you believe, by all men and the equally mythical institutional racism to which all Blacks are subjected by the white majority.
We are told that there is an embarrassing discrepancy between wages paid to men and women. Based on the salaries paid by the Clinton Foundation and by the Department of State under Hilliary Clinton this is, indeed, true. We are told of the “rape culture” on today’s college campuses. Ask the Duke Lacrosse team or the man accused of rape at the University of Virginia in The Rolling Stone. Both allegations were proven to be false. The accusations did have the intended effect…college women truly (naively?) believe that all men are potential rapists. At the University of Maryland several female art students listed all male freshmen and identified them as potential rapists. This is Joseph Goebbels at his very best but if you repeat the lie enough the students at Emory University will accept it without the slightest hesitation. Maybe there is a war on men by women such as Hilliary.
Obama and his woefully over-matched former Attorney General Eric Holder devoted a lot of effort to maintain the illusion that the system is rigged against Blacks and that they have no chance to succeed. If you repeat this falsehood enough Blacks will give up and there will be a self-fulfilling prophesy. Then Obama and HR Manager Loretta Lynch gave tacit approval to (Some) Black Lives Matter as they took to the streets to protest a non-existent war on Blacks by the police. From Hilliary we get conspiratorial silence comfortable in the knowledge that she will get 90% of the Black vote even if she, like Obama, will do nothing to solve the issues that afflict American Blacks…unemployment among teen aged Blacks, fatherless homes, failing schools and lawless streets in the inner city. We, on the other hand, must be comfortable in the knowledge that no matter what whites do they will always be racists.
And Hilliary is constantly calling Trump divisive…that is pure chutzpah.
One of the truly troubling economic statistics, about which you will hear crickets, is the loss of income mobility in the US. Historically individuals would at some point during their lives spend time in several income quintiles…starting in the bottom 20% and many rising to the second or third highest 20%. Today after the ministrations of Senor Obama the US ranks 13th in income mobility among Western nations. This helps explain why so many believe that our best days are behind us. Polls show that many now believe that, for first time in our history, our children will not do as well as their parents. If you think Hilliary can reverse this trend then I have a solar panel manufacturing facility I can sell you. The top one percent will not be threatened. Ronald Reagan did not accept this pessimistic outlook and believed until his death that America’s best days were ahead of us…he is probably openly weeping watching the Clinton campaign.
The Wikileaks dumps have been largely ignored by the main stream media, a wholly owned subsidiary of the DNC. If you have been paying attention you will find that Team Clinton holds Catholics and Jews in contempt, is inextricably intertwined with the media, has been fed debate questions from the media, plays fast and loose with the truth as it applies to the famous Hilliary private server and managed to secure a $12 million donation to the Clinton Foundation by agreeing to have Hilliary meet with a Moroccan delegation.
If you want to be entertained and depressed at the same time watch Donna Brazile try to respond to the very simple question: Did you, as a leaked email suggests, provide a debate question to Team Clinton? Apparently Ms. Brazile resides in her very own portable fog bank which precludes clear, concise and truthful responses to simple questions. First she claims that even asking the question constitutes persecution. Then we get the riff about the Russians being the source of all the Wikileaks material (Assange himself has said the Russians have NOT been involved but what would he know?) But she saves the best for last…the emails were stolen so she does not have to respond as to the veracity of the contents. Please run a Google search to check the hue and cry on the left when several pages of a Trump tax returns managed to find their way into the NY Times. I can save you the trouble because that story was not only embraced by the media but led to demands for an explanation from Team Trump. By the way…it is a crime to publish an individual’s tax return.
Today it was revealed that Obama, in order to secure the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, has made concessions to Malaysia which, in case you missed it, has moved seamlessly into the militant Islamist orbit and embraced Sharia law. Is it possible there was a more democratic state available for him to play footsie with? After all the effort invested to put the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt didn’t work out all that well for the good people of that country, especially the Coptic Christians. If you look closely there is a very interesting pattern to Obama’s foreign policy. Hilliary has not made even the merest suggestion that she will not maintain, without amendment, the Obama foreign policy catastrophe.
First Obama and now possibly Hilliary…isn’t that double jeopardy? Maybe we have a constitutional issue here!