Sunday, July 24, 2016

Barack Obama's Grim America

 The Albany Times Union opines that Donald Trump's America is grim and divisive.  It was Barack Obama, though, who created the divisiveness.  Trump is the bigoted antithesis to Obama's bigoted thesis.  Both sides reject the liberalism that was characteristic of laissez-faire America.

Trump's critics might ask why so many lower-income whites feel disenfranchised.  One cause is a stagnant real hourly wage that contrasts with America's economic performance until the 1960s, a period which covered laissez faire, Progressive, and New Deal eras when there was less government and harder money.

The Obama administration has tended to marginalize working class and poor whites.  Two examples are the remark Obama made in 2008 about rural Pennsylvanians clinging to religion, guns,and xenophobia while, at the same time, defending his own participation in Jeremiah Wright's church. What religion does Obama cling to?

Through his massive subsidization of Wall Street, in no small part through what has euphemistically been called quantitative easing, Obama has served elite interests well, and unlike Trump, the media, which reflects elite biases, has given Obama a free pass.   

Trump is a reaction by poor whites, the reaction of an interest group that Obama created by default through his forging of an alliance of elite and minority interests that excluded Trump's supporters. Unsurprisingly, America's elite-focused media continue to appraise the Obama administration based on his pandering to their interests, and they claim that groups that threaten those interests are divisive 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Trump Is the White Obama

Donald Trump is the first candidate to grasp shifts in the nature of press, and he has capitalized on Twitter, brief sound bites, and Facebook memes. He is a reality television star who has brilliantly played the new media system. At the same time, he has benefited personally from the Fed's monetary system that is the root cause of the wage stagnation that angers his supporters. It is healthy that political elites have been given a wake-up call, but the issues that Trump emphasizes are sideshows in comparison with the Fed, so the true American elite has little to fear from Trump, who will keep the corrupt system in place and use immigration to rechannel working class frustration just as Obama picked at racial scars to do so.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Emmett Kelly Jr. to Be Groomed for GOP Presidential Role

Following reality television star Donald Trump's presidential nomination, GOP insiders are considering Emmett Kelly Jr., America's greatest clown, for a future presidential run.  GOP insiders want to step up from an amateur clown like Trump to a professional clown. Why not groom the best to fill in Trump's footsteps?