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Excellent and thought provoking piece
Some of this might be repetitive to some readers
Full disclosure on my R side choices temporally: Walker, Carly, Trump, no one, still no one, NOT HILLARY, and not Cruz under any circumstances.
Who I am: UVa 71, spent much of professional life in cardiovascular research, Genl Mgr of a research corp with heavy export proportion, now retired. Spent 12 years talking nearly every day with Muslims in the gulf.
Thesis: At this point in terms of actual governance there is scant OBJECTIVE difference ON THE GROUND between corporate republicans, and wall street democrats (IF ANY), big big business, and CERTAIN academic institutions
Where Trump is right: Border Security, and the objective failure of free trade as a benefit to the USA (I still like the idea but the results are INARGUABLE and WAAAAAY beyond automation compared to other nations)
BORDER: We have listened since the 80′s to politicians telling us on one way or the other that controlling the border is impossible. We can’t do it. Of course NOT controlling the border has been a benefit to large corporations, agribusiness, etc. and created a moral hazard for entities even as eclectic as a glatt kosher meat processing factory in the center of the nation.
Now there is someone telling the nation that what our intuitive sense was telling us along is correct. A border CAN BE SECURED.
Note that the MESSAGE carried by this conflates nicely (and maybe correctly as a principle) with terrorism and Islamism
TRADE: Free trade sounds great. But if you are a large corporation it means you sold off your human costs of labor to the cheapest labor cost in the world for the promise of cheaper goods for the consumer. But we did not get that. To the public we got a slower rate of increase in the panoply of LITERALLY third world products.
There are plenty of these but they all say the same thing. This is BLS data.
When I quiz free trade aficionados on their unlimited support for free trade today, I get smarmy answers about their children being safely ensconced in STEM.
HERE’S YOUR SIGN
There are PLENTY of these kinds warnings.
We have seen the march of not job loss, but CAREER LOSS, progress from labor, manufacturing, engineering, product design and now finally to R&D.
The single most important number in the economy is the disposable income in the pockets of the American middle class.
Is there ANYONE who thinks (now that real estate can’t be used to bolster that in the form of SOME kind of loan) that number has increased?
That number is the potential energy of demand, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and R&D risk taking. If there is no potential energy, the rest fails.
That number also represents the economic power that galvanizes military security. They are INSEPARABLE. Today though we have more and more demands chasing fewer and fewer resources.
THESE TWO REASONS, are why people are ready to take big chance on Trump.
What are the reservations? … well I have mine
Trump has no doubt that HIS view which is nearly the reverse of this, is correct. HE IS WRONG, and DANGEROUSLY SO.
LIBEL: He seems to like the Erdoganish idea that if you attack him because you don’t like him, or have SUBSTANTIVE factual reasons to oppose his ideas, taking you out with soft power (hello Mr Obama) is not enough, and it’s time for litigation to silence you, and the object of the suit is not to win, but shut you up and ‘pour encourager les autres.’
CHARACTER: ???? Who are you Trump? Are you an achiever? Poker player? Charlatan? All three? Are you as Machiavellian as FDR inside the offices, pitting everyone against everyone? I have no idea, but I have a REAL GOOD IDEA about someone else…
HILLARY: a better lie detector test taker than Richard Nixon. Capable of self deception for self interest and blind to OBVIOUS corruption. Obama III on too much policy, and a CLEAR INARGUABLE representative of not just the ‘rigged’ financial system now (including free trade and it’s awful results) but the PAID representative of TBTF entities.
I can’t tell myself I support Trump, but it’s very easy to work very hard to oppose HRC.
Cruz… just google ‘Cruz Bickle’ and it’s easy to find the basic immovable reason why it’s impossible for an American who happens to be Jewish to vote for Cruz, and also then comprehend the ideas behind his support for Israel.
This nation has been going in a dangerous direction under BOTH parties for LONG TIME.
This is the perception of too much of the public, and the objective reality.
That’s why Trump (and almost Bernie).
Trump may turn out be a disaster, but since we have the modern version of James Buchanan, who also hates the word PROPERTY himself (you know, that FLAWED document?), the nation is simply READY to take that chance.