Amongst many other common pretenses of the Republican brain is that of thinking it’s an economist. It’s not that I’m singling out that nebulous congregation of “conservatives” for ridicule.
The commonly described alternate group of brains is well known for assuming knowledge of genetics, biochemistry and other disciplines in a superstitious fashion, but so much of the support for the Republican’s usually failing policies are founded upon unquestioned and unassailable faith in cultic economic ideas. Trumpism is truly no less than a cult.
“But he’s done marvelous things…”
…says the gnome-like little man sitting on a weight machine at my gym. He’s talking to a large woman sitting on another machine (and using a great deal more weight) but who seems to be giving less metaphorical weight to arguments for Donald Trump and his alleged achievements. Five of the six TV screens are tuned to Fox News. Nearly everyone here today is at least 70. “The economy is booming” he adds.
I had to make this observation:
“And it has been for eight years” I had to add although I never before have engaged in political discussions in such an inappropriate place. “and pretty much worldwide at that.”
He ignores me and well he should since I’m indisputably correct. Of course to the Fox flock, the Obama years were an economic disaster although to real economists they were not.
A graph of any market index easily shows that to be true as well as does a graph of job growth. Yes, income inequality may recently have lessened a tiny amount but that’s typical of any late-stage recovery. Any influence on markets or the economy is the only speculation about future corporate profits resulting from that same old, same old Republican promise.
And of course, there’s the fact that none of his changes have yet taken effect.
But marvelous things indeed, a government headed toward one-party control of all branches of government; a government packing all institutions with crooks and incompetents and some dedicated to crippling or eliminating science and education or separation of Church and Government power. A government succeeding in eliminating all checks and balances. It’s a government determined to spend like there’s no tomorrow and all at the public’s expense.
We’ve got a marvelous leader who’s been a life-long money launderer for criminals, who has sold the foreign policy in exchange for stolen goods, who has staffed himself with agents for adversarial governments, bungled into massive security breaches and has spent his first year trying to illegally block criminal investigations of his nefarious deeds.
Marvelous things: ethnic cleansing of a heartless kind, the creation of massively distracting conspiracies and investigations that have come to nothing but to convince the gnomes and damaged wits of America that he’s wonderful, he’s marvelous, he’s our president – while the world mocks and groans and shivers in fear.