They’re All Frauds

My life would probably be easier if I simply disregarded Presidential politics.  Even though I’ve come to believe that Democrats are mostly useless, I haven’t changed my party registration, so my choices in the upcoming primary are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  I don’t like either of them, but pressed to a choice, I’d vote for Sanders: Clinton has demonstrated such disdain for the American people that she has disqualified herself.  But I suspect that’s a lost cause.

And New York has traditionally been a Democratic state, to the point where Presidential candidates haven’t bothered visiting in years, except to attend fund-raisers.  Then again, Trump is a New Yorker.  So unless Trump is the Republican candidate, New York will almost certainly go to Clinton.  And nothing I could do, even if I had ten thousand like-minded friends, would change that.

So if I put this all out of my mind, I can make my life much easier.  I’ll worry about it in November.  And even then, what I think about the candidates won’t matter.

Alas, the temptation to talk about politics is irresistible.  Some brief observations:

  • My opinion of Trump has gone down in the past weeks.  It isn’t so much his past (which I’ve known about) as his attitude.  He’s petulant, and a sore loser.  He also gets demerits for referring to one of his opponents as ‘little Marco.’
  • If Trump becomes President, I’m not sure how he would be able to satisfy people’s expectations that he would ‘make America great again.’  The government cannot create prosperity: the best it can do is create an environment in which people can be prosperous for themselves.
  • Nevertheless, I’d rather have Trump than Clinton.
  • And on the subject of Clinton, many support her on the grounds that she will continue the policy directions of President Obama. That, in itself, makes sense.  What’s strange is that President Obama has been the worst President that I can ever remember, and his policy directions have been, on average, breathtakingly bad.
  • I don’t take seriously this month’s polls about ‘Republican candidate X vs. Democratic candidate Y.’  We’re still learning about the candidates, particularly the Republicans.
  • For all we hear about Rubio’s modest upbringing, he has become curiously rich, not through his own productive effort, but through miraculous real estate transactions.
  • I want to like Cruz and Rubio: it’s encouraging to see young talent.  But both are supporters of more war (why, oh why, did we feel the need to get involved with Syria to begin with?) and enthusiastic supporters of the surveillance state.
  • John Kasich gave the best performance in last Thursday’s debate: he came across as the only adult among the candidates.  But he needs to make a more compelling presentation of himself in order to have a chance.

The essential problem is that all of the candidates are frauds.  Some are more fraudulent than others, but they’re all pretty much useless.

  • The United States is not an exceptional nation because like to think of ourselves as exceptional, or because we were somehow blessed by God.  We are an exceptional nation because we were founded on exceptional ideas.  We have strayed from those ideas, and are suffering the consequences.
  • We were able to field the world’s most powerful military because we had the most powerful productive economy at home to support it.  A productive economy includes things like manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation.  It does not include trading in third-hand, second-rate mortgages, health care as an industry, or consultancies to establish and maintain regulatory compliance.
  • To return to our core values will be difficult and painful.  As we’ve moved away from genuinely productive activities, we’ve filled in the void with non-productive activities that nevertheless transact trillions of dollars and hire millions of people.

The last President to level with us was Jimmy Carter.  He failed, not because he picked bad policy directions, but because he was politically inept.  Every President since then has tried to blow up the American people with happy talk, while the underlying rot continues.

And none of the current candidates are any different.

3 thoughts on “They’re All Frauds”

  1. Trump is dangerous on many levels. Many people only know about what he’s saying now but I’ve been an anti fan for many years and he’s a horrible person. First off, he makes no bones about the fact that he hates those not rich. Long ago he’s stated this in many ways, like rich people are better. He’s used eminent domain to take things away, like from that widow. I remember seeing that on a news magazine and thinking what a jerk. His tax plan is to make the rich richer. He’ll make the poor and middle class poorer. I doubt he cares about social issues but his financial is dangerous.

    People say ” but he’s not a politician, he’ll be better”. Last year we got a governor who was also a billionaire businessman and he’s made the state even worse (and it was bad, which is why he got in). Why people are fooled by Trump just tells me they are uneducated. I’m not saying Republicans are uneducated, I’m saying Trump fans are. There are a few Republicans I’d consider voting for like Rand Paul. Don’t agree with him on everything but do on many issues, like privacy and terrorism.

    Not that the Democrats are better. I used to be a Hillary Clinton fan but Bill Clinton caused a lot of damage by signing NAFTA and 1996 Telecommunications Act. Both of these caused thousands, if not millions of job losses. Then there is the issue of emails. I actually like Bernie Sanders and will vote in the primary but doubt he’ll win. I don’t agree with a lot of his views but he seems like a nice guy. I think he’ll lose though to Hillary.

    I honestly am not sure what I’ll do in the general election. The idea of a Trump presidency scares me because he is not only a novice in politics but is a nasty person. Hillary has more experience but has a lot of issues too. I don’t think Trump will win New York. Yes he’s from there but Clinton was a senator and it seems there are more Democrats. Most people vote on the party they belong to. I doubt he’d win Illinois since Hillary is from here and is still popular here. In fact, Obama for being a crappy president is very popular here where local politicians mention him in ads. They even renamed a school in the district I attended after him. It comes down to the swing states. With the economy appearing to be rebounding (though I question this), I expect the Democrats to win big again this fall. I predict that what will happen is the emails will be declared unimportant and Hillary will be the president. Unless of course the Republicans get together and find a way to run a better candidate then who knows.

  2. It’s not that Trump is such a great candidate: it’s that all the others are so rotten. I’m not particularly worried about what Trump would do if elected: after eight years of the Dear Leader and eight before that of Our Fearless Leader, it can only be an improvement.

    Indeed, a live turnip would be an improvement. For fifty years, we’ve lived the gospel of Better Living Through Government: it has worked out disastrously. We need to recognize that the government trying to help us only, in the long run, makes things worse.

    Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio profess such ideas, but at the same time, they’re for more war (against ISIS, an enemy of our own creation!) and a broader surveillance state. Alas, they’re as much exponents of Better Living Through Government as anyone else.

    1. It wouldn’t be an improvement to have a full blown racist and sexist big mouth who has no political experience. I don’t like any of them but Trump is a nightmare and I’ve followed what he has done for years. He’s made horrible statements against women and blacks and has hurt people with his power. Look at his eminent domain record.

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