Zoom scoop reveals why Democrats love the lockdown

 
IT’S the big political story of the day in the US: Harvard professor Jason Furman, former top economic adviser to Barack Obama, says the US economy will roar back to life in a manner and at a pace never seen before: “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,” he told a Zoom conference of influential policy-makers in April. This is why the Democrat Party is stridently opposed to the re-opening of the economy. They want it to remain shuttered until Joe Biden – or his medically necessitated replacement – wins office, whereupon a Democrat administration will be associated with the economic surge.

It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

– An unnamed former Obama administration official describes the level of concern amongst the former president’s entourage about the upcoming, post-lockdown economic Trumpacle.

 
Pavs and Pav nots

The left’s love of lockdowns is not all driven by the politics of the 2020 presidential election, of course. Voodoo zealots for an indefinite suspension of business have different psychological predispositions. Some are just lily-livered hypochondriacs; others, like the NHS-clappers in Britain are converts to a cause – they don’t want this period of secularist piety and phony togetherness to end. But it’s fair to say that leftists, generally – including, by definition, the Karens and Brads of the Liberal Party – see lockdowns as a political weapon against everyman (the deplorables) whose ‘freedoms’ they regard with contempt. For them, this is a chance to entrench reflexive docility, à la Pavlov: the state declares a ‘crisis’ and proposes liberty-suspending ‘measures’ to ‘combat’ it. The ploy can be used over and over again, chiefly in relation to ‘climate change.’

If the bullish economy revivalists succeed – most especially in America under Donald Trump’s auspices – they would regard it as a missed opportunity. What the lockdown left wants, then, is the permanent suspension of normal, accountable democracy. For reasons that transcend one nation’s election, the re-opening of America ASAP matters to the broader Western world – matters world-historically.

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12 Responses to Zoom scoop reveals why Democrats love the lockdown

  1. Rohan

    V-shaped curve is for Victory. #MAGA

  2. IainC

    Surely it couldn’t be possible that the NY mayor/governor let CCPVID explode in order to cramp Pres. Trump’s reelection chances? Could it?

  3. C.L.

    Thanks for link, Hero.
    Have added as further reading.

  4. John Bayley

    “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country,”

    Yeah, I’m sure that’s just what buying $2.4 billion an hour worth of financial assets using money from thin air by the central banks will achieve.

    After all, it’s got the stockmarkets off, despite 30% unemployment in some US states, so they are now again at valuations multiple times those Trump called ‘a big, ugly bubble’ before he got elected.

    Alas, that’s not the same as producing a ‘booming economy’, even if it may have helped add Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg another $50 billion or so to their wealth in the last month.

    I can see similar blindness from many here that you accuse the leftists of.

    The fact is, Trump wants zero or even negative rates – he berated the Fed over just that many times.

    He loves deficit spending.

    He’s a big government guy, plain and simple.

    Yes, the political options wherever one cares to look these days are uniformly awful, but let’s try to be at least slightly objective, shall we?

  5. C.L.

    He’s a big government guy, plain and simple.

    Yeah, deficit spending and its accumulated costs are all Trump’s fault.

    I’m not sure why you’re directing those boilerplate observations at Trump.
    It’s Obama’s economic adviser who predicts the roaring comeback.

    Trump’s approach prior to c-v was to facilitate cracking economic growth. At that he succeeded wildly. Without such an approach, doing anything about deficits is a silly political pipe dream.

  6. Crazyoldranga

    It’s the Democratic Party. You always sound stupid when you say the Democrat Party.

  7. Boambee John

    No, it’s the DemoRAT party.

  8. Squirrel

    Those sneaky Dems must be mightily relieved that there’s no risk of Uncle Sam winning back the America’s Cup before the first Tuesday in November.

  9. Sam Duncan

    “Some are just lily-livered hypochondriacs;”

    Hey, I’m a lily-livered hypochondriac. Two months ago I was scared out of my wits. In the last ten weeks, I’ve crossed my front doorstep maybe four or five times. But now I’m just sick of the whole damned thing. I saw Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish “First Minister” droning on yesterday about how we Scots are still to Stay At Home despite the loosening of restrictions in England, and thought, “Fuck it, I’m going out”. Regardless of the bizarre polling support for her administration’s handling of the situation (worst death rate in the UK, lowest testing rate in the UK, 82% approval), a lot of other people seem to have had the same idea.

    “others, like the NHS-clappers in Britain are converts to a cause – they don’t want this period of secularist piety and phony togetherness to end.

    Oh, that’s true. Sturgeon’s in that camp for sure.

    “For them, this is a chance to entrench reflexive docility, à la Pavlov: the state declares a ‘crisis’ and proposes liberty-suspending ‘measures’ to ‘combat’ it. The ploy can be used over and over again, chiefly in relation to ‘climate change.’”

    And that one.

  10. BorisG

    Arguing against lockdowns in states where documented deaths are close to or exceed 1000 people per million of population is incitement to murder. NY, NJ, MA etc.

  11. The first and second quarters will be negative growth by some margin, say -5-10%
    If then, next years first and second quarters were even zero nett growth, they will show up as +5-10%
    as GDP is measured current quarter over last years quarter.

    The frightening thing for the Dems is that at least some restructuring of supply lines will take place. The US trade deficit with China will reduce significantly during Trumps 2nd term. Each 1% drop in trade deficit equals 0.3% growth in GDP (The US economy is 70% consumption and 30% trade).
    Growth rates of 4% and more is not out of the question in 2021 and 2022, which means another Republican will take the house in 2020 and 2022 and 2024 and the White House in 2024 for 8 more years.
    Hence the strict lockdowns until well into late summer or early autumn.

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