Other than PDT they are almost entirely a pack of rapacious swindlers

This is said so well that I have to repeat it here, taken from THE IRONY OF TRUMP’S APPEAL.

Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7 percent unemployment rate and 4.7 percent wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10 percent rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90 percent of earners rose for the first time in a decade.

Other than PDT, virtually everyone you vote for today is in it for themselves. Trump is from the same era I am, the 1960s, where these really were the outcomes we all wanted. Now we get Daniel Andrews and their useless “globalist” socialist swindlers instead. Biden and Clinton are rapacious thieves who could not care less who knows it. If some political “leader” is for “green energy” then you know whose side they are really on. Their own and not yours.

Coincidentally, this was the liberty quote at the top of the page as I put up the post.

Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.

— Ayn Rand

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34 Responses to Other than PDT they are almost entirely a pack of rapacious swindlers

  1. covid ate my homework

    Welcome to the new bizarro clown world. A people of the Government by the Government.

  2. Well said. The shadowy rich own the Democrat Party. The old “country club Republicans” are now Democrats. The Republicans have been small business people for 50 years and the working class is now starting to realize where their interests lie.

  3. Gerry

    Trump has done more than anger Democrats and the murky swamp creatures of Washington DC…..he’s raised expectations of what people can expect from politicians. When we look at what he was able to do and able to withstand as President, people in the US especially, aren’t satisfied with more of the same corrupt politics.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    I think Trump stood for office for exactly these reasons. He had a great time in business and in entertainment. But the system which gave him those opportunities was disappearing rapidly, especially under Obama. No more American dream. So he decided to do something about it. He is trying to give back to the people who gave to him – the ordinary Americans who watched his shows and stayed in his hotels.

    Unfortunately the toxic mix of corruption, elites and leftist ideology is now so pervasive and deep seated that he couldn’t succeed, except around the edges. But he did get them out of the shadows and into the light. Half of Americans now are red pilled.

  5. Dot

    Green energy and no nukes almost certainly means graft to swindlers like Solyndra.

  6. flyingduk

    Unfortunately the toxic mix of corruption, elites and leftist ideology is now so pervasive and deep seated that he couldn’t succeed, except around the edges.

    The depth of the corruption is indeed profound – I fear they will win simply because there are too many people on BOTH sides of politics who bought their seats using Dominion, and that includes the judges who are supposed to fix this. It was ‘fixed’ alright, and it probably has been for a decade or more. Looking back, I wonder if the conservative side of politics has been more popular all along, yet fail to win more elections because the system is biased against them.

    I hope PJT continues his ‘crash through or crash’ resistance.

  7. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Michael K at 4:04 am:

    “… the working class is now starting to realize where their interests lie.”

    and from Gerry at 4:20 am:

    “… people … aren’t satisfied with more of the same corrupt politics.”

    Saying it doesn’t make it so. If Americans were so minded they would have laughed the magic negro¹ out of office a decade ago. There is no evidence of what Michael K and Gerry assert.

    From what I can see Americans generally are doing nothing to reject their comedic aspiring new president, degenerate that he is. They appear either delighted or oblivious that their country is going down the gurgler.

    ¹ Spike Lee ® 2001. He said it, not me, don’t know why he is famous but it is officially attributed to him and he appears to me to have the appropriate social licence to call people whatever he feels like calling them.

  8. Mother Lode

    virtually everyone you vote for today is in it for themselves.

    True enough.

    And one of the ways they pursue their self-interest is to serve the interest of players that have money and influence – forming the basis for an insidious compact.

    They are not devoted to each other as to themselves, but it is an ongoing alliance of convenience that both think they are in control of.

    Mind you, the businesses and operators they climb into bed with are far smarter and ingenious than the politicians, but politicians control the laws and law enforcement.

  9. EllenG

    Kates purports to be an economist. Can he explain exactly how trump personally engineered a wage rise for the lowest quartile of incomes? By reducing his own tax rate and that of the others in the higher brackets? Possibly not. And by the way: is it that people who are so aligned with trump are also critics of rich elites? Trump is the gold standard in greed, graft and elite networking – right down to the Epstein nexus.
    These persist efforts at propaganda amount to nothing more than snake oil. Poorly sold.

  10. Dot

    Because he let the market work.

    Shut up, sit down añd read a textbook you stupid fucking bitch.

  11. Roger

    Trump is the gold standard in greed, graft and elite networking – right down to the Epstein nexus.

    Careful, your long bow is about to snap.

  12. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From EllenG at 10:51 am:

    “Kates purports to be an economist. Can he explain exactly how trump …”

    I got that far and was reminded you are illiterate. Why are you here?

  13. Boambee John

    Mick

    Do you mean innumerate?

  14. EllenG

    Dot: how exactly did Trump let the market work? (I mean, really, for a bunch of people pretending to like market based policy you folk above have an enormous faith in the immediate effect of one politician.)
    Quite amused by abuse, given the obvious limitations of those abusing.

  15. max

    Gary North
    Salvation by Politics: A Liberal Heresy
    The mainstream media, because they are intensely liberal, are intensely committed to politics. They are committed to the doctrine of salvation by politics. This is the doctrine of salvation by legislation, which always becomes salvation by executive regulation: the Federal Register. In short, this is salvation by law — not ethical, personal salvation — liberals do not believe in this, not believing in heaven or hell — but political law for corporate salvation.
    When men look to the state to supply them with safety nets for life’s expensive problems, they rest on a weak reed. The state must come up with the money to provide and maintain an ever-more complex web of safety nets. There is strong demand for safety nets. The first law of scarcity is this: “At zero price, there is greater demand than supply.” The state supplies the safety nets. It then must pay for them.
    The Roman state supplied safety nets, the famous bread of bread and circuses. This was a mark of its asserted power to save. As the highest court of appeal, the state was the agency of healing.

    The savior state always becomes the inflating state. It promises more healing than it can deliver. It taxes. Then it inflates. Then it defaults.

  16. EllenG

    Here’s some Theodore Dalrymple for your edification: https://www.city-journal.org/the-age-of-cant

  17. Dot

    You’re not even interested in the evidence.

    You’re like monty. Incapable of passing 1st year uni economics then passing yourself off as a critic.

    Fuck off you useless bint.

  18. Joanna Smythe

    I can’t understand why people respond to people like EllenG. Their comments are inane and are only made because they know they will get a response from someone.

  19. RJH

    The Useful Idiots in the Media are to blame for their complicity & willful ignorance in perpetuating the lies & deceit peddled by their Davos ReSetter masters whose stated 1984 style objectives will see the ultimate demise of our Western Civilisation & Democratic way of life. Unlike the corrupt Bidens of this world, they knew that they could not control Trump & acted accordingly? Peter Schweitzer’s “Profiles in Corruption” spell out in forensic detail the widespread corruption that inhabits the US Democratic Party Leaders. Also, History will not judge the conduct/complicity of the corrupted present-day Academia practitioners all that kindly?

  20. Gavin R Putland

    The Presumption of Trumpocence: The burden of proof is on the other guy.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-biden-illegally-obtained-white-house

  21. EllenG

    Dot: bonus data point. What state of the US now has the highest incidence of mortality due to pandemic of any in the world? Would it that where trump had a Rushmore rally and promoted denialism? Are the dakotas now the shining example of Trump’s care and diligence?

  22. Terry

    ‘History will not judge the conduct/complicity of the corrupted present-day Academia practitioners all that kindly?’
    They don’t mean to be judged at all, they mean to have their complicity memory-holed, and then run off with the spoils of corruption under a pretty banner of virtue and sanctimony.

  23. FelixKruell

    All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom, the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different.

    Nice to finally see an acknowledgement that the economy turned under Obama, not Trump.

    As for the distribution being different under Trump, what’s missing is a theory or evidence that this was due to something Trump did, as opposed to a natural change to the upswing that started under Obama.

  24. Boambee John

    the upswing that started under Obama.

    Paying off his cronies and donors? Solyndra?

  25. bruce

    Are Ellen and Felix really people, or just programmed bots to infect this site.
    Puzzling because their posts make no sense.

  26. grazza

    It’s not how I wanted to go out’: Chris Krebs, the election security official fired by Trump, opens up in new interview and dismisses ‘farcical’ claims of voter fraud
    ‘It’s not how I wanted to go out’: Chris Krebs, the election security official fired by Trump,…
    Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told CBS “the American people should have 100% confidence in their vote.”
    msn.com

    As exemplified by the dismissal of Chris Krebs, one of the few officials of integrity in the miasmal mists of Trump aka the swamp, speaking the truth takes courage when the boss is schizoid with a tenuous connection with reality and the republicans are morally gutless and gormless. Four disastrous years for Americans and good government earning the respect of the rest of the western world. EllenG you are on the ball when all your critics attack you with 4 letter words (about the length of their IQ) and wildly irrational crap! Stay strong for the truth about Trump and his fellow scumbags, e.g. Flynn..

  27. EllenG

    Noticeable to me that EllenG makes points while others respond with bile. This is the world of Trump.
    As for Mr Kates, I’ve no idea what he did in the 60s but I think we know what Trump was up to. Lots of bone spur treatments.

  28. Lee

    Stay strong for the truth about Trump and his fellow scumbags, e.g. Flynn..

    Says a supporter of a corrupt, little girl-groping scumbag – Biden.

  29. bruce

    “Respond with bile”
    I wish I could swat that bot with bile.

  30. J.H.

    BREAKING NEWS:….. Pennsylvanian Judge rules Pennsylvanian election was unconstitutional. Trump will win it… Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona will probably follow because their cases are similar.

  31. Kneel

    “Can he explain exactly how trump personally engineered a wage rise for the lowest quartile of incomes?”

    Because he is focused on “Main Street”, not “Wall Street”. That is to say, he realises that the big engine of the US economy is SME’s. By reducing red and green tape, SME’s can compete more easily against the multi-nationals.

    And also because he realises that the “big guys” (Apple et al) will only keep their head office and taxes in the US if the US is competitive, tax wise, with other countries. So cut tax rates, and ensure “fair trade” not “free trade”.

    Together, this caused enough economic growth to make the labour market “tight” (ie, low unemployment), so business needs to pay more to get and keep the labour they need to supply their growing consumer demand, and further buoys the local economy.

    By insisting on what was previously a fully bi-partisan attitude of “America First” and reduced government regulation and control, he’s succeeded in regenerating the US economy and given back the chance of the “American Dream” to all and sundry – which is all most of them actually want, a chance to succeed through hard work and innovation.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Henry Ford’s greatest contribution was NOT the production line, it was the idea that those who worked in his factories could afford to buy the product they helped manufacture, which drives the companies growth and profits. This concept doesn’t just apply to companies, it also applies to countries.

    You might even say it is putting Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules for Life” into practice inside GovCo – “Clean up your room” is what he wanted and what he got, and the result was predictable to even a cursory student of history – better consumer confidence, better business confidence –> greater demand for labour –> wages growth –> greater demand for products and services –> better consumer confidence… You know classical capitalism, where all boats get higher on a rising tide.

    Add to the above that he actually kept, or had a damn good try at trying to keep, his election promises, and it’s no wonder he polled as well as he did despite the MSM and Big Tech determination to make him out as actually being Hitler. Get rid of the election cheating, he would have won a well deserved landslide. He may have already started a new era where politicians can no longer talk about “non-core promises” and similar excuses for their failures. We can hope that it is so and that it spreads around the globe.

  32. EllenG

    Bruce: nice.
    JH: penn Supreme Court ruled against trump with prejudice, noting that no evidence of any vote fraud was even offered.
    Kneel: so it’s all down to tax cuts and a few regulations? And you’ve no concern at all that his budget was already a trillion in red before covid? Ok. Good luck with that.

  33. Kneel

    “And you’ve no concern at all…”

    You asked how he “engineered” a wage rise for the lowest income earners, which is what I explained.
    I didn’t suggest that he was perfect, nor that there were no concerns with the US Gov budget, debt or anything else, I just answered your question on how such wage rises came about.

    Do you have no concern at all that Biden has promised over $10T in additional spending?

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