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From the New York Times news section:

Biden Received Early Warnings That Immigration and Inflation Could Erode His Support

Confidential polling data obtained by The New York Times underscores the biggest challenges for President Biden and his party as they face the prospect of losing power to Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Despite the warnings, President Biden and his top advisers have struggled to move aggressively to confront immigration or inflation.

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns
May 1, 2022, 5:11 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — President Biden enjoyed high approval among Americans in the early months of his presidency. … But privately Mr. Biden’s lead pollster was already sounding the alarm that even with the early successes, certain gathering threats could sink support for the president and his party.

“Immigration is a growing vulnerability for the president,” John Anzalone and his team warned in a package of confidential polling, voter surveys and recommendations compiled for the White House. “Voters do not feel he has a plan to address the situation on the border, and it is starting to take a toll.”

Within a month, there was another stark warning. “Nearly nine in 10 registered voters are also concerned about increasing inflation,” said another memo obtained by The New York Times.

The series of confidential polling data and weekly memos presented to Mr. Biden’s inner circle from April of last year to January of this year provides a road map of the declining support of a president whose initial legislative proposals spurred comparisons to the New Deal or the Great Society.

Despite the early warnings from his pollster, Mr. Biden and his top advisers have struggled to prevent either issue from becoming a major political liability. His economic team said inflation was temporary. Turmoil among his immigration aides delayed any serious action to address the border.

… The Homeland Security Department released a plan last week for how the administration would approach the border after lifting a Trump-era public health rule that empowered border agents to turn away migrants.

… When Mr. Anzalone sent the warning last spring that “immigration is the only issue where the president’s ratings are worse with our targets than with voters overall,” the Biden administration was struggling to move thousands of migrant children out of border facilities and into shelters.

His administration had a plan to address the root causes of migration in Central America and establish an orderly, compassionate system at the border, the president said. “But it’s going to take time,” Mr. Biden said during his first news conference as president.

Behind closed doors, his top aides debated throughout the spring and summer how fast to unwind Trump-era policies and what kind of system to replace them with. In July, even as the administration made progress in moving minors from the border facilities, Mr. Anzalone’s research showed the issue was causing anxiety among voters.

A memo on July 9 pointed to immigration and crime as two major weaknesses for Mr. Biden.

“President Biden continues to hold weaker, negative ratings on two hot-button issues that have been recently bubbling up,” Mr. Anzalone said.

Three days later, the president held a meeting on policing with Eric Adams, who would win the New York City mayoral election months later by making public safety a focus of his campaign. Mr. Biden has also encouraged localities to invest millions of dollars of coronavirus stimulus funds into police departments — an initiative that was unlikely to have an immediate impact on violent crime.

Unlike addressing the root causes of migration from Central America, which should turn Honduras into Norway real soon now.

But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong, “violent crime has edged out the coronavirus pandemic as the top crisis.”

 
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  1. He needs some kind of a miracle. Hey, doesn’t a president’s popularity pretty much automatically go up when the country goes to war?

    • Agree: J.Ross
    • Replies: @Corn
    @JimDandy

    The Lord giveth Biden two miracles:

    “Mail-in ballots” and “ballot harvesting”

    , @ScarletNumber
    @JimDandy


    He needs some kind of a miracle
     
    His election is 30 months away

    Replies: @JimDandy, @James B. Shearer

  2. What difference does it make, they’ve found the secret sauce to permanent power–mail-in voting and thugs in the polling stations changing votes.

  3. I’m pretty sure the NY Times WANTS us to miss the point here. Nobody, not even a half-century in “public service” doddering old man like Joe Biden would be this stupid. He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump.

    About inflation, well, go talk to the Federal Reserve bank over the last century. Anyone, named Ron Paul or not named Ron Paul, should have seen this coming a mile away. Create more currency – it’s worth less. Duh!

    • Disagree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Thanks: JimDandy, J.Ross
    • Replies: @Matthew Kelly
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Agreed.

    As I need to increase my comment count to be able to use the reaction buttons again, I'll just add that I find it amazing that he was ever polling high--indicating a significant portion of the population is completely blind to what, to my eyes at least, are a bunch of giant elephants in the room.

    Replies: @Stan Adams

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Chevron reported a 400% increase in first quarter earnings over last year. Something to do with, oh, higher oil prices.

    The people driving the bus are not hurt by the massive transfer of wealth going on and the impoverishment of everyone but them. They will remain fat and happy and uncaring unless someone brings out the guillotines.

    , @clifford brown
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Right, Biden's handler's are not stupid. Uncontrolled immigration and inflation reduce living standards which is the long term goal of all Western governments. America provides its citizens with the extra spice of out of control violence and street crime.

    , @TG
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump." KUDOS! Absolutely dead-on accurate.

    "Create more currency – it’s worth less. Duh!" Yes, and no. Certainly printing money like crazy is a bad idea, but don't underestimate the effects of supply and demand for real things. I mean, in California the rich quadrupled the population in an historically short period of time, and housing costs shot up to ridiculous levels. In Alabama, the population grew more slowly, more in line with the ability to build new housing, and housing costs remained moderate. And yet: both states have the same federal reserve, yes?

    We are flooding the country with third-world refugees, increasing demand for everything but not increasing supply. I mean, if you fire an American worker and replace them with an illegal who can be forced to work for less, the rich make more money, but production is NOT increased and there are more mouths to feed.

    I think the real issue is that printing money cannot solve a supply shortage - but - not printing money cannot solve a supply shortage either! In Bnagladesh people are so poor they are barely above subsistence. If the government printed money to fix this, all they would do would be inflate the price of food. However: if the government didn't print money to fix this, yes prices would be stable, BUT people would still be hungry. Maybe the real issue is supply?

    I think perhaps one of the worst things about printing money was that it allowed corporations to stop investing in new productive capacity, and just borrow money at zero percent interest and buy back their stock. Also the increasing refusal to enforce antitrust laws: remember, it is not private profit that creates productivity, but competition. yes?

    Replies: @Herbert R. Tarlek, Jr.

  4. Despite the warnings, President Biden and his top advisers have struggled to move aggressively to confront immigration or inflation.

    His party can’t “confront” immigration or inflation.

    Immigrants are future Democrat voters and stanching the flow of immigration is racist, at least to Democrats.

    Likewise, inflation can’t be confronted because they have to keep sending checks to his primary constituents (See Build Back Better).

  5. Despite the warnings, President Biden and his top advisers have struggled to move aggressively to confront immigration or inflation.

    They have?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Corn

    Right, Corn. They've purposefully worked to get the Border Patrol to end Title 42 expulsions (sending them back based on health concerns), with a partial probably temporary fix in place thanks to a District Judge, as VDare's A.W. Morgan explains.

    On immigration, nobody has been "confronting" Jack Squat. It's all been purposeful, from the day Trump left office, because almost nothing he accomplished had any permanence to it.

  6. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm pretty sure the NY Times WANTS us to miss the point here. Nobody, not even a half-century in "public service" doddering old man like Joe Biden would be this stupid. He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump.

    About inflation, well, go talk to the Federal Reserve bank over the last century. Anyone, named Ron Paul or not named Ron Paul, should have seen this coming a mile away. Create more currency - it's worth less. Duh!

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @Buzz Mohawk, @clifford brown, @TG

    Agreed.

    As I need to increase my comment count to be able to use the reaction buttons again, I’ll just add that I find it amazing that he was ever polling high–indicating a significant portion of the population is completely blind to what, to my eyes at least, are a bunch of giant elephants in the room.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
    @Matthew Kelly

    We’ve always known that MPAI, so it’s possible that the polls indicating widespread public support for Biden were accurate. But the media lie about everything, so why should we believe any of the numbers they’ve been putting out?

    Maybe the polls are rigged; maybe they aren’t. If they are, then Biden might be even more unpopular now than his dismal numbers would suggest. Perhaps they gave him an artificial boost after his inauguration to make the election seem legitimate, then allowed the numbers to fall to a more accurate level.

    The “good” news (if you can call it that) is that the situation in this country is so bad now that even the sluttiest of media whores can no longer pretend that Biden has a popular mandate.

    Was the election rigged? I believe it was. But if you showed me incontrovertible proof that Biden really beat Trump fair and square, I suppose I could accept it. Certainly there’s no shortage of morons in this country.

    Either way, we’re still screwed.

  7. “confronting immigration”

    Their response to their own raising of gas prices (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy) was to place unanswered phone calls to hostile foreigners who owe us nothing, thereby doing nothing. This is like a bank robber “confronting” the bank robbery by re-counting his money.
    ————–
    We are reaching levels of madlad which cannot be evaluated by relative comparison, because they are absolute.
    Tucker Carlson on Libs of Tiktok doxer Taylor Lorenz: “Stop hurting me, she says, as she punches you in the face.”
    Carlson has not yet confirmed the gradual beginning of hatred or whether his patience has its limits, but the based department has been informed.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    Trump loved high oil prices, just like virtue signaling Brandon donors.

    https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/column-trumps-push-for-higher-gas-prices-is-misguided/

    He certainly won't be getting my vote.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @J.Ross, @GeologyAnonMk5, @Abolish_public_education

    , @Rosie
    @J.Ross


    (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy)
     
    Hmmm. It sounds like you think cars and personal autonomy are somehow related. Personally, I feel a lot more autonomous while reading a book of my own choosing during a train ride than while driving a car through two hours of rush hour traffic. Of course, we're not Japan, so I understand why most people aren't that sanguine about mass transit. But then, where there's a will there's a way.

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Pop Warner, @TWS

  8. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm pretty sure the NY Times WANTS us to miss the point here. Nobody, not even a half-century in "public service" doddering old man like Joe Biden would be this stupid. He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump.

    About inflation, well, go talk to the Federal Reserve bank over the last century. Anyone, named Ron Paul or not named Ron Paul, should have seen this coming a mile away. Create more currency - it's worth less. Duh!

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @Buzz Mohawk, @clifford brown, @TG

    Chevron reported a 400% increase in first quarter earnings over last year. Something to do with, oh, higher oil prices.

    The people driving the bus are not hurt by the massive transfer of wealth going on and the impoverishment of everyone but them. They will remain fat and happy and uncaring unless someone brings out the guillotines.

  9. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm pretty sure the NY Times WANTS us to miss the point here. Nobody, not even a half-century in "public service" doddering old man like Joe Biden would be this stupid. He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump.

    About inflation, well, go talk to the Federal Reserve bank over the last century. Anyone, named Ron Paul or not named Ron Paul, should have seen this coming a mile away. Create more currency - it's worth less. Duh!

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @Buzz Mohawk, @clifford brown, @TG

    Right, Biden’s handler’s are not stupid. Uncontrolled immigration and inflation reduce living standards which is the long term goal of all Western governments. America provides its citizens with the extra spice of out of control violence and street crime.

  10. The GOP has been gifted multiple pitches right across the plate. They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
    @Arclight

    DeSantis seems to be the only GOP officeholder with even a smidge of feisty trolling ability. Congress is entirely out to lunch save a bland occasional statement by Rand Paul about natural immunity

    Replies: @Mark G., @Arclight

    , @Rosie
    @Arclight


    They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.
     
    Because that's what they get paid for.
    , @Justvisiting
    @Arclight


    The GOP has been gifted multiple pitches right across the plate. They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.
     
    This reminds me of a recent baseball game where every player was wearing #42 (to honor Jackie Robinson, of course).

    A relatively obscure relief pitcher came into the game in the middle innings, and the scoreboard got the wrong name (since a couple of the relief pitchers looked sorta alike and everybody was wearing #42).

    That is the two party system these days.

    They are both wearing #42 and ^%$#ing over white people.
  11. [Sleepy] has also encouraged localities to invest millions of dollars of coronavirus [bailouts] into [PERS]

    Many of you are still waiting to receive your “stimulus” checks, as your eligibility is determined by whether you filed a 1040, filled out the forms correctly, etc. Meanwhile, localities received their money as though it were in a package marked “next-day delivery” in Santa Claus’s rocket-fueled sleigh. No questions asked.

    They should have been required to fill out IRS forms, have their claims scrutinized, etc.

  12. @Arclight
    The GOP has been gifted multiple pitches right across the plate. They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Rosie, @Justvisiting

    DeSantis seems to be the only GOP officeholder with even a smidge of feisty trolling ability. Congress is entirely out to lunch save a bland occasional statement by Rand Paul about natural immunity

    • Replies: @Mark G.
    @Known Fact


    DeSantis seems to be the only GOP officeholder with even a smidge of feisty trolling ability. Congress is entirely out to lunch save a bland occasional statement by Rand Paul about natural immunity.
     
    DeSantis as president and Paul as Senate majority leader would be an effective combination. The Covid lockdowns were used as an excuse to print up and pass out a lot of money and to change voting procedures to make it easier to cheat. The result was high inflation and Biden as president. Both DeSantis and Paul say it was a mistake to have had those lockdowns. This, along with the mask wearing and mandatory vaccines that were later found to be ineffective in preventing disease transmission while causing negative side effects, demonstrate the malign intentions of the Democrats who were the primary supporters of those policies. Their other policies on things like crime, immigration, and dragging us into the Ukraine-Russia conflict also have the same goal of actually making things worse for the average American.
    , @Arclight
    @Known Fact

    Agree - I am always wary of obvious frontrunners because they tend not to go the distance to the actual nomination, but I cannot think of anyone else with the necessary cajones. A lot of the other GOP governors have gone soft on DIE and standing up to the trans mob.

  13. Zolan Kanno-Youngs:

    From Zolan’s article:

    “But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong,…”

    HAAAAAAA, H-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Mike Tre


    “But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong,…”
     
    Yeah, it remained strong among that fraction of the population who cheer for creepy, dystopian totalitarianism.
    , @J.Ross
    @Mike Tre

    The last time someone so basic tried so hard to be so exotic it was Sean Connery squinting to look Japanese.

    , @Anon
    @Mike Tre

    The woke remake of Eraserhead.

  14. This is a particularly tortured and painful Times thumbsucker. What are they trying to accomplish here?

  15. @JimDandy
    He needs some kind of a miracle. Hey, doesn't a president's popularity pretty much automatically go up when the country goes to war?

    Replies: @Corn, @ScarletNumber

    The Lord giveth Biden two miracles:

    “Mail-in ballots” and “ballot harvesting”

    • Agree: JimDandy
  16. The problem on inflation as well as immigration is that Biden’s donors like the status quo. E.g.,

    • Replies: @Barnard
    @Dave Pinsen

    A lot of it is managing public expectations. They expect people to be grateful for a small correction in prices. There is also a fair amount of stupidity and ignorance among the elites regarding energy. Ask a member of the Biden Administration what solar panels are made out of and how long the average one lasts and the most likely response will be a blank stare.

  17. Only problem is, is low-blow-Joe’s (et fils) big issues are \$, \$, and \$.

    Hookers and crank, in addition to making one’s pupils grow large, can be tres expensive.

  18. Unlimited third world immigration is a fundamental policy of the elites. The only downside for the Democrats is that it may hurt the party in the short run like the 2022 mid-terms, but they are thinking long term, not short term. They are willing to take temporary setbacks in exchange for the future of a borderless world, rule by a global Davos elite, the destruction of the middle class, and marginalization/replacement of the bourgeois White peoples.
    The movie Elysium, except maybe not with the cool orbital gated community.

    • Replies: @IHTG
    @Alfa158


    marginalization/replacement of the bourgeois
     
    If only.
  19. Anonymous[314] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross
    "confronting immigration"

    Their response to their own raising of gas prices (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy) was to place unanswered phone calls to hostile foreigners who owe us nothing, thereby doing nothing. This is like a bank robber "confronting" the bank robbery by re-counting his money.
    --------------
    We are reaching levels of madlad which cannot be evaluated by relative comparison, because they are absolute.
    Tucker Carlson on Libs of Tiktok doxer Taylor Lorenz: "Stop hurting me, she says, as she punches you in the face."
    Carlson has not yet confirmed the gradual beginning of hatred or whether his patience has its limits, but the based department has been informed.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Rosie

    Trump loved high oil prices, just like virtue signaling Brandon donors.

    https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/column-trumps-push-for-higher-gas-prices-is-misguided/

    He certainly won’t be getting my vote.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
    @Anonymous

    Both Trump and Biden are lazy thinkers.

    In their minds gas should go up so Americans will choose more efficient vehicles.

    Nevermind that the poor can't just change vehicles at whim and have to pay more regardless.

    Both have never been poor and can't conceive of the better populist solution which is to tax the wealthy and fund research directly.

    , @J.Ross
    @Anonymous

    Trump increased supply.

    , @GeologyAnonMk5
    @Anonymous

    Look where the Anadarko, Midland, Maverick, Delaware, Big Horn, Bakken, Green River basins are. Cross reference with political affiliation. Then look up where retail gas prices are highest.

    Ironically, Republicans always try to help American Oil, and end up screwing us by jacking up supply. Dems try to kill us, chop supply, and give us huge returns. It'd asinine how poorly both understand the market.

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @Anonymous

    Remember when GW Bush described low oil prices as a cause of problems? He didn't just mean in the Texas oil patch. He really believed that high prices for commodities like gasoline were good news for the general economy.

    @#22: You sound like one of Bush's economic advisors.

    @#11: Individual stimulus funds were just allowing some taxpayers to keep more of their own money. Bailouts to state govs/bureaucracies were giving them more of your money.

  20. Rosie says:
    @J.Ross
    "confronting immigration"

    Their response to their own raising of gas prices (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy) was to place unanswered phone calls to hostile foreigners who owe us nothing, thereby doing nothing. This is like a bank robber "confronting" the bank robbery by re-counting his money.
    --------------
    We are reaching levels of madlad which cannot be evaluated by relative comparison, because they are absolute.
    Tucker Carlson on Libs of Tiktok doxer Taylor Lorenz: "Stop hurting me, she says, as she punches you in the face."
    Carlson has not yet confirmed the gradual beginning of hatred or whether his patience has its limits, but the based department has been informed.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Rosie

    (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy)

    Hmmm. It sounds like you think cars and personal autonomy are somehow related. Personally, I feel a lot more autonomous while reading a book of my own choosing during a train ride than while driving a car through two hours of rush hour traffic. Of course, we’re not Japan, so I understand why most people aren’t that sanguine about mass transit. But then, where there’s a will there’s a way.

    • Replies: @clifford brown
    @Rosie

    Where do you live that you commute on a train that is not overrun with homeless and criminals?


    But then, where there’s a will there’s a way.
     
    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?

    Replies: @Rosie, @Hibernian

    , @Pop Warner
    @Rosie

    Well the only way you'll get that is through segregation, repatriation, or something even more brutal. Personally, I'm an all of the above type

    , @TWS
    @Rosie

    A bus passes fifteen miles from my house one time three days a week.

  21. @Arclight
    The GOP has been gifted multiple pitches right across the plate. They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Rosie, @Justvisiting

    They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.

    Because that’s what they get paid for.

  22. @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    Trump loved high oil prices, just like virtue signaling Brandon donors.

    https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/column-trumps-push-for-higher-gas-prices-is-misguided/

    He certainly won't be getting my vote.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @J.Ross, @GeologyAnonMk5, @Abolish_public_education

    Both Trump and Biden are lazy thinkers.

    In their minds gas should go up so Americans will choose more efficient vehicles.

    Nevermind that the poor can’t just change vehicles at whim and have to pay more regardless.

    Both have never been poor and can’t conceive of the better populist solution which is to tax the wealthy and fund research directly.

  23. Despite the warnings, President Biden and his top advisers have struggled to move aggressively to confront immigration or inflation.

    As if they ever would! The Democrats have no desire to curb immigration (nor does the Republican Party, for the most part). Massive immigration and inflation are all part of the plan for the globalist elite who are really calling the shots.

    I wonder if this pollster asked people about Trans-mania. The FJB administration has been pushing the LGBT agenda hard, especially the T part. Does Sally Soccermom realize she was signing on for that too?

  24. @Corn

    Despite the warnings, President Biden and his top advisers have struggled to move aggressively to confront immigration or inflation.
     
    They have?

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Right, Corn. They’ve purposefully worked to get the Border Patrol to end Title 42 expulsions (sending them back based on health concerns), with a partial probably temporary fix in place thanks to a District Judge, as VDare’s A.W. Morgan explains.

    On immigration, nobody has been “confronting” Jack Squat. It’s all been purposeful, from the day Trump left office, because almost nothing he accomplished had any permanence to it.

  25. @Mike Tre
    Zolan Kanno-Youngs:

    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/12/13/reader-center/author-zolan-kanno-youngs/author-zolan-kanno-youngs-videoSixteenByNineJumbo1600.png



    From Zolan's article:

    "But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong,..."


    HAAAAAAA, H-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @J.Ross, @Anon

    “But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong,…”

    Yeah, it remained strong among that fraction of the population who cheer for creepy, dystopian totalitarianism.

  26. Biden’s voter base is “worried” about inflation? I went shopping today at HEB with my wife and I was astonished, staggered, PETRIFIED by what I saw. \$2.58 for a single small canteloupe?!? \$3.58 per dozen for EGGS?!? No, not organic, hand-laid, bespoke ovum. But common, ordinary, pedestrian, deplorable, low-life, size large chicken eggs!

    I want to root out every one of those 81 million “Biden voters” and shove their virtue-signaling, smug, BLM-suckling, anti-Trump, anti-White faces into the mile-deep shite pile they have buried this country in. And make them eat bugs and wear 3 masks while offering up their tender vittles to the perverted creeps they’ve sworn allegiance to. Joe Biden is an incontinent blow-up doll with hair plugs and false teeth, but is still the best that the liberal left can come up with in peak clown world.

    Jeez, this just makes me sad. Most of my own family is leftist retards. I disown them all.

    • Thanks: Inquiring Mind
  27. @Rosie
    @J.Ross


    (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy)
     
    Hmmm. It sounds like you think cars and personal autonomy are somehow related. Personally, I feel a lot more autonomous while reading a book of my own choosing during a train ride than while driving a car through two hours of rush hour traffic. Of course, we're not Japan, so I understand why most people aren't that sanguine about mass transit. But then, where there's a will there's a way.

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Pop Warner, @TWS

    Where do you live that you commute on a train that is not overrun with homeless and criminals?

    But then, where there’s a will there’s a way.

    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?

    • Replies: @Rosie
    @clifford brown


    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?
     
    Dealing with precisely the homeless and criminals you mentioned.

    Replies: @clifford brown

    , @Hibernian
    @clifford brown

    Suburban heavy rail commuter trains are generally not as bad as Chicago "L" and NYC subway trains.

  28. Violent crime is my number one concern! You have no idea how bad life is in the SF Bay Area!

  29. @clifford brown
    @Rosie

    Where do you live that you commute on a train that is not overrun with homeless and criminals?


    But then, where there’s a will there’s a way.
     
    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?

    Replies: @Rosie, @Hibernian

    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?

    Dealing with precisely the homeless and criminals you mentioned.

    • Replies: @clifford brown
    @Rosie

    Citizens can have the Will, but the federal, state and local governments do not. Improvement is not possible under the current political system.

    Replies: @Rosie

  30. @JimDandy
    He needs some kind of a miracle. Hey, doesn't a president's popularity pretty much automatically go up when the country goes to war?

    Replies: @Corn, @ScarletNumber

    He needs some kind of a miracle

    His election is 30 months away

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @ScarletNumber

    Wasn't Milley doing a mincing little song and dance about how this war would probably last for years?

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    , @James B. Shearer
    @ScarletNumber

    "His election is 30 months away"

    The primary is sooner. PredictIt thinks Biden has only about a 38% chance to get the Democratic nomination. Trump is about a 39% chance to get the Republican nomination.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

  31. TG says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    I'm pretty sure the NY Times WANTS us to miss the point here. Nobody, not even a half-century in "public service" doddering old man like Joe Biden would be this stupid. He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump.

    About inflation, well, go talk to the Federal Reserve bank over the last century. Anyone, named Ron Paul or not named Ron Paul, should have seen this coming a mile away. Create more currency - it's worth less. Duh!

    Replies: @Matthew Kelly, @Buzz Mohawk, @clifford brown, @TG

    “He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump.” KUDOS! Absolutely dead-on accurate.

    “Create more currency – it’s worth less. Duh!” Yes, and no. Certainly printing money like crazy is a bad idea, but don’t underestimate the effects of supply and demand for real things. I mean, in California the rich quadrupled the population in an historically short period of time, and housing costs shot up to ridiculous levels. In Alabama, the population grew more slowly, more in line with the ability to build new housing, and housing costs remained moderate. And yet: both states have the same federal reserve, yes?

    We are flooding the country with third-world refugees, increasing demand for everything but not increasing supply. I mean, if you fire an American worker and replace them with an illegal who can be forced to work for less, the rich make more money, but production is NOT increased and there are more mouths to feed.

    I think the real issue is that printing money cannot solve a supply shortage – but – not printing money cannot solve a supply shortage either! In Bnagladesh people are so poor they are barely above subsistence. If the government printed money to fix this, all they would do would be inflate the price of food. However: if the government didn’t print money to fix this, yes prices would be stable, BUT people would still be hungry. Maybe the real issue is supply?

    I think perhaps one of the worst things about printing money was that it allowed corporations to stop investing in new productive capacity, and just borrow money at zero percent interest and buy back their stock. Also the increasing refusal to enforce antitrust laws: remember, it is not private profit that creates productivity, but competition. yes?

    • Replies: @Herbert R. Tarlek, Jr.
    @TG

    California the rich quadrupled the population in an historically short period of time, and housing costs shot up to ridiculous levels. In Alabama, the population grew more slowly, more in line with the ability to build new housing, and housing costs remained moderate.

    The are other factors at play. California is riddled with selfish, NIMBY boomers who, through zoning, refuse to allow any housing to be built that ordinary people can afford to live in. This is because their right to live in a house worth 1.1 million dollars instead of one worth only a million dollars is more important than the right of the people that they rely on to clean their toilets, ring up their purchases and wipe grandma's ass in the nursing home to not live in filthy, typhus-infested Hoovervilles.

    And Californians bring this attitude with them when they relocate to other western states. See, the average California transplant, while socially far to the left, has views on economic issues that would make Jay Gould blush. They really have no problem at all with a society like California where a few rich people live in hilltop mansions overlooking slums. The only problem that they have (and the reason why they left California) is that they weren't the ones living in the hilltop mansions. But their dollar goes a lot further in Boise or Mesa and so they intend to live on the hilltops there, with the local peasants living in squalor and if the locals don't like it, the locals can eat cake.

    That attitude worked well for the Bourbons--until it didn't.

  32. Biden’s Private Pollster Warned Him Immigration, Inflation, and Crime Were Voters’ Big Issues

    Oh don’t worry everyone’s private pollsters are telling them that; but there’s no danger of either party actually doing anything about it, so these issues can be safely ignored.

  33. @Mike Tre
    Zolan Kanno-Youngs:

    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/12/13/reader-center/author-zolan-kanno-youngs/author-zolan-kanno-youngs-videoSixteenByNineJumbo1600.png



    From Zolan's article:

    "But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong,..."


    HAAAAAAA, H-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @J.Ross, @Anon

    The last time someone so basic tried so hard to be so exotic it was Sean Connery squinting to look Japanese.

  34. @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    Trump loved high oil prices, just like virtue signaling Brandon donors.

    https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/column-trumps-push-for-higher-gas-prices-is-misguided/

    He certainly won't be getting my vote.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @J.Ross, @GeologyAnonMk5, @Abolish_public_education

    Trump increased supply.

  35. @ScarletNumber
    @JimDandy


    He needs some kind of a miracle
     
    His election is 30 months away

    Replies: @JimDandy, @James B. Shearer

    Wasn’t Milley doing a mincing little song and dance about how this war would probably last for years?

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    Wasn’t Milley doing a mincing little song and dance about how this war would probably last for years?
     
    For the short term the Russkie would have the advantage due to deep stores of military hardware; after that Ukraine would begin to acquire NATO spec stuff, which the Ukrainians want ASAP as in yesterday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEpk_yGjn0E

    Replies: @JimDandy

  36. @clifford brown
    @Rosie

    Where do you live that you commute on a train that is not overrun with homeless and criminals?


    But then, where there’s a will there’s a way.
     
    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?

    Replies: @Rosie, @Hibernian

    Suburban heavy rail commuter trains are generally not as bad as Chicago “L” and NYC subway trains.

  37. @ScarletNumber
    @JimDandy


    He needs some kind of a miracle
     
    His election is 30 months away

    Replies: @JimDandy, @James B. Shearer

    “His election is 30 months away”

    The primary is sooner. PredictIt thinks Biden has only about a 38% chance to get the Democratic nomination. Trump is about a 39% chance to get the Republican nomination.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @James B. Shearer


    PredictIt thinks Biden has only about a 38% chance to get the Democratic nomination.
     
    By extension, this means that PredictIt thinks Biden has a 38% chance of running for reelection, as there is no way he is going to get a primary challenge. His next election is either November 2024 or never.
  38. Rob says:

    I worry that the processes and institutions that keep moderate immigration patriots from stopping the inflow from the clogged toilet that is the Hispanic world, not to mention the building pipeline of Africans through Mexico pretty much guarantee that emigration patriots will take power later.

    Because any random judge can block executive orders by issuing “universal injunctions” there is no way to stop the inflow as long as a single judge thinks it is mean to keep out aliens.

    There’s also the matter of the Constitution being read as giving citizenship to every baby born here. The solution, of course, is re-interpreting the Constitution to remove citizenship from every descendent of illegals.

    The refugee treaties after WWII are the current way we are getting flooded, but those treaties were written for a world that does not exist. The American establishment in the fifties thought that the newly independent colonies would be first-world, functioning countries within a generation. I have an old book around somewhere from maybe the early sixties. It’s about Africa, and the bien-pensants thought Africa had a bright future. It’s heartbreaking to read. In the world they expected, where everyone thought and acted like civilized Europeans, the refugee provisions are reasonable. But NAMs just don’t create societies like that. They are perpetual basket cases.

    [MORE]

    By white American standards, pretty much everyone in the third world is having his human rights violated all the time. But that’s just the sort of society the third-worlders make for themselves. Living in the society your people create is not a human rights violation. Mexico is not at war with Guatemala. No one is fleeing a war that, once it’s over, they can go home and rebuild. Mexican society, Latino ones in general, just produce a lot of criminals and human sacrifice,

    I would make an exception for first-worlders surrounded by third-worlders. White South Africans experience terrible crimes from their third-world co-nationals. WSA are legitimate refugees from crime. Why? Because the WSAs won’t create a ton of criminals wherever they go. Hispanics will. People blame America’s slums for creating the MS13 gang that wreaks such havoc in El Salvador. But they have failed civilization migrants to the US. They came here and re-created failed society problems.

    I’ve read that conflict with Indians, raids, and such was a big encouragement for European immigrants to adopt an “American” identity. Europeans from various places had to cooperate to form militias, make counter-raids, etc. that the shared burden created a shared identity. I wonder if dealing with the black savages today is an impetus for immigrants forging an American identity today. Black criminals prey on immigrants, do the immigrants adopt a pan-ethnic “not like the ninjas” identity?

    I know some people think that IQ and the Wealth of Nations did not engage with developmental economics, but the scientists who destroyed the phlogiston theory of heat did not engage with the weeds of phogistonics. They just discovered a better theory that swept away the silliness of the past. HBD does that to the social sciences in total. I remember the first page of a sociology textbook said that a tenet of sociology is that genetics do not influence society. Well, stop right there. If you’ve ever been in a house for people with severe MRDD, it becomes blindingly obvious that biological (including genetic) factors strongly influence human interaction. All of the sociology is junk. We don’ have to engage deeply with every wrong assertion and interpretation of social interactions. We can just throw out the whole thing.

    All developmental economics and all international relations can be thrown out. The core differences between Japan and Somalia are not that one has a diversified economy and the other parasitizes higher races. The core differences are IQ and personality. You would not expect the same behavior from lions and ants. The core differences between third worlders and first worlders are not institutions and contingent historical happenings.

    I’m sure y’all have seen mentioned that Ghana (or Sierra Leone, or whatever African nation) had a higher per capita income than Korea in 1950. The cause of their divergent trajectories in the seventy years since it’s not that Korea had policy x and Sierra Leone had policy y. The cause is that South Koreans are smart enough to copy whites, but Sierra Leoneans are not. Any model in dev econ that does not include IQ or a proxy is junk. Just like any model of heat that includes phlogiston is junk.

    That said, there are cases where policy x and policy y made a difference. North and South Korea are the prime examples. But, when the Kim family is skinned alive by a mob, HBD people know North Korea will be first world in two generations. Sierra Leone could adopt the same policies in the same year, but 40 years later, Sierra Leone will still be a hellhole.

    This is strongly related to the refugee issue. Ukrainian refugees will either go home and rebuild Ukraine when the war is over, or they will become productive citizens of their new homes. But Latino or Mexican refugees will always be a burden on the host society. Worse than the financial burden is the social burden and “bleeding” of worse cultures into ours. How do we know they have inferior cultures? They produced societies the “refugees” wanted to escape.

    Do you know how the ctrl-left talks about “free speech extremists” or “free speech absolutists”? I have confessions to make. I am not a second amendment absolutist or a birthright citizenship absolutist. Much like children are not allowed to have guns (Rittenhouse excepted) blacks should not be allowed to have guns. We don’t let children have guns because they do not understand the value of life or the permanence of death. They do not have the emotional maturity and self-control to keep from using a gun in anger or in the heat of the moment. Does this apply to every child all the time? No, not at all. But we have to make laws with clear limits. We cannot make exceptions because this child is mature for his age and that one does not get very angry. We set an age limit. All those factors apply to blacks. The average black 18-year-old is only as intelligent as a white 14-year-old. I don’t know that anyone has compared the races on emotional maturity. It seems like that would be incendiary research that would get the investigator canceled. There’s also the real world matter that blacks shoot a lot of people when they have access to firearms. The majority of mass shootings involve a black shooter.

    Sure, Chicago can ban guns for all its residents, but criminals can go to the burbs or rural areas and buy guns to bring home. If blacks were not allowed to have guns, they could not do that. Giving/selling guns to blacks would have to carry a serious sanction.

    Likewise birthright citizenship. Like guns and free speech, technology has altered the landscape from the pre-industrial days when the constitutional amendments were adopted. It no longer takes months to travel from El Salvador to America. Una mujer embarazada can hop on a plane and give birth in America hours later. I am a reasonable man, so I recognize that speech, guns, and conditions granting citizenship must be adjusted to account for Twitter, blacks, and jumó jets.

    The Democrats have a problem in that immigrants cannot legally vote (yet) so the national immune system can reject the foreign implants. That’s why they talk about “comprehensive immigration reform.” Why do we need to change immigration laws for all the aliens at the same time? There’s no reason we can’t expel the illegals this year, then allow zero new visas to be granted next year, and two years from that require foreign students to attend legitimate colleges in person. With attendance to be taken and legal status subject to revocation if coursework is not satisfactory. Then, three years from now take count of visa holders exiting the country so that overstayers can be rounded up quickly.

    On emigration candidates being elected. If legal status can be granted following illegal presence, why can’t legal status be revoked after being granted? Next time an R is Prez (lol) he should grant legal status to all Russians, whether they are actually here or not. Then the next D will overturn that, setting the precedent that legal status can be revoked. The legal process for immigrants is riduckulous. Treating illegals as individuals is not appropriate. If there were ten illegals in the country, going through a full court case might be reasonable. There are 20-30 million illegals in the country. Likely more, as those were old estimates. If an obviously foreign person cannot prove his legal. Status, he should be on a plane to the country of his choice the next day. Like, if I’m trespassing somewhere, the cops drag my ass away that day. I don’t get to hang out on someone else’s property for ten years until my trial and all my appeals are used up.

    It seems a very short-sighted and callous thing to make genocide the only way to fix the immigrant problem. They have to go back. A regular process would mean there wouldn’t have to be a hundred or thousand trails of tears as militias force the aliens to go home. A lot of legitimate (sort of( citizens would get swept up in that,

    Perhaps, though, we can make a junior citizenship for the illegals as part of a return to a federalist system. Junior citizenship would entitle the citizen jr to reside in whichever state wants them, but they would not have the right to live in states whose citizens want to stay American. So Cali could have its maids, wherever could have its Greek yogurt factory workers, but nice places could stay nice. A great sorting would be a soft version of separate nations, and milder than the reservation system I think we should have for blacks.

    Ok, enough fedposting. Off to bed.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Rob

    Jury nullification ("the rightful remedy"). Blacks can't have jury nullification. As it is, in the bastardized legal system we have (which does everything it can to deny the existence of jury nullification!), the reliability of black juror nullifying behavior has already been a Chapelle show sketch.
    Rob, you are so bright, and then you write this:
    If blacks were not allowed to have guns, they could not do that.
    The blacks we're specifically concerned about here -- felons, gang members, known criminals -- are already forbidden to possess a firearm. They get prison if they leave it out on an assault night stand and a cop sees it. The mechanism you propose is the same which doesn't work now. You add to this the punishment of non-criminal blacks. Everything is wrong with your idea.

  39. @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    Trump loved high oil prices, just like virtue signaling Brandon donors.

    https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/column-trumps-push-for-higher-gas-prices-is-misguided/

    He certainly won't be getting my vote.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @J.Ross, @GeologyAnonMk5, @Abolish_public_education

    Look where the Anadarko, Midland, Maverick, Delaware, Big Horn, Bakken, Green River basins are. Cross reference with political affiliation. Then look up where retail gas prices are highest.

    Ironically, Republicans always try to help American Oil, and end up screwing us by jacking up supply. Dems try to kill us, chop supply, and give us huge returns. It’d asinine how poorly both understand the market.

  40. @Rob
    I worry that the processes and institutions that keep moderate immigration patriots from stopping the inflow from the clogged toilet that is the Hispanic world, not to mention the building pipeline of Africans through Mexico pretty much guarantee that emigration patriots will take power later.

    Because any random judge can block executive orders by issuing “universal injunctions” there is no way to stop the inflow as long as a single judge thinks it is mean to keep out aliens.

    There’s also the matter of the Constitution being read as giving citizenship to every baby born here. The solution, of course, is re-interpreting the Constitution to remove citizenship from every descendent of illegals.

    The refugee treaties after WWII are the current way we are getting flooded, but those treaties were written for a world that does not exist. The American establishment in the fifties thought that the newly independent colonies would be first-world, functioning countries within a generation. I have an old book around somewhere from maybe the early sixties. It’s about Africa, and the bien-pensants thought Africa had a bright future. It’s heartbreaking to read. In the world they expected, where everyone thought and acted like civilized Europeans, the refugee provisions are reasonable. But NAMs just don’t create societies like that. They are perpetual basket cases.

    By white American standards, pretty much everyone in the third world is having his human rights violated all the time. But that’s just the sort of society the third-worlders make for themselves. Living in the society your people create is not a human rights violation. Mexico is not at war with Guatemala. No one is fleeing a war that, once it’s over, they can go home and rebuild. Mexican society, Latino ones in general, just produce a lot of criminals and human sacrifice,

    I would make an exception for first-worlders surrounded by third-worlders. White South Africans experience terrible crimes from their third-world co-nationals. WSA are legitimate refugees from crime. Why? Because the WSAs won’t create a ton of criminals wherever they go. Hispanics will. People blame America’s slums for creating the MS13 gang that wreaks such havoc in El Salvador. But they have failed civilization migrants to the US. They came here and re-created failed society problems.

    I’ve read that conflict with Indians, raids, and such was a big encouragement for European immigrants to adopt an “American” identity. Europeans from various places had to cooperate to form militias, make counter-raids, etc. that the shared burden created a shared identity. I wonder if dealing with the black savages today is an impetus for immigrants forging an American identity today. Black criminals prey on immigrants, do the immigrants adopt a pan-ethnic “not like the ninjas” identity?

    I know some people think that IQ and the Wealth of Nations did not engage with developmental economics, but the scientists who destroyed the phlogiston theory of heat did not engage with the weeds of phogistonics. They just discovered a better theory that swept away the silliness of the past. HBD does that to the social sciences in total. I remember the first page of a sociology textbook said that a tenet of sociology is that genetics do not influence society. Well, stop right there. If you’ve ever been in a house for people with severe MRDD, it becomes blindingly obvious that biological (including genetic) factors strongly influence human interaction. All of the sociology is junk. We don’ have to engage deeply with every wrong assertion and interpretation of social interactions. We can just throw out the whole thing.

    All developmental economics and all international relations can be thrown out. The core differences between Japan and Somalia are not that one has a diversified economy and the other parasitizes higher races. The core differences are IQ and personality. You would not expect the same behavior from lions and ants. The core differences between third worlders and first worlders are not institutions and contingent historical happenings.

    I’m sure y’all have seen mentioned that Ghana (or Sierra Leone, or whatever African nation) had a higher per capita income than Korea in 1950. The cause of their divergent trajectories in the seventy years since it's not that Korea had policy x and Sierra Leone had policy y. The cause is that South Koreans are smart enough to copy whites, but Sierra Leoneans are not. Any model in dev econ that does not include IQ or a proxy is junk. Just like any model of heat that includes phlogiston is junk.

    That said, there are cases where policy x and policy y made a difference. North and South Korea are the prime examples. But, when the Kim family is skinned alive by a mob, HBD people know North Korea will be first world in two generations. Sierra Leone could adopt the same policies in the same year, but 40 years later, Sierra Leone will still be a hellhole.

    This is strongly related to the refugee issue. Ukrainian refugees will either go home and rebuild Ukraine when the war is over, or they will become productive citizens of their new homes. But Latino or Mexican refugees will always be a burden on the host society. Worse than the financial burden is the social burden and “bleeding” of worse cultures into ours. How do we know they have inferior cultures? They produced societies the “refugees” wanted to escape.

    Do you know how the ctrl-left talks about “free speech extremists” or “free speech absolutists”? I have confessions to make. I am not a second amendment absolutist or a birthright citizenship absolutist. Much like children are not allowed to have guns (Rittenhouse excepted) blacks should not be allowed to have guns. We don’t let children have guns because they do not understand the value of life or the permanence of death. They do not have the emotional maturity and self-control to keep from using a gun in anger or in the heat of the moment. Does this apply to every child all the time? No, not at all. But we have to make laws with clear limits. We cannot make exceptions because this child is mature for his age and that one does not get very angry. We set an age limit. All those factors apply to blacks. The average black 18-year-old is only as intelligent as a white 14-year-old. I don’t know that anyone has compared the races on emotional maturity. It seems like that would be incendiary research that would get the investigator canceled. There’s also the real world matter that blacks shoot a lot of people when they have access to firearms. The majority of mass shootings involve a black shooter.

    Sure, Chicago can ban guns for all its residents, but criminals can go to the burbs or rural areas and buy guns to bring home. If blacks were not allowed to have guns, they could not do that. Giving/selling guns to blacks would have to carry a serious sanction.

    Likewise birthright citizenship. Like guns and free speech, technology has altered the landscape from the pre-industrial days when the constitutional amendments were adopted. It no longer takes months to travel from El Salvador to America. Una mujer embarazada can hop on a plane and give birth in America hours later. I am a reasonable man, so I recognize that speech, guns, and conditions granting citizenship must be adjusted to account for Twitter, blacks, and jumó jets.

    The Democrats have a problem in that immigrants cannot legally vote (yet) so the national immune system can reject the foreign implants. That’s why they talk about “comprehensive immigration reform.” Why do we need to change immigration laws for all the aliens at the same time? There’s no reason we can’t expel the illegals this year, then allow zero new visas to be granted next year, and two years from that require foreign students to attend legitimate colleges in person. With attendance to be taken and legal status subject to revocation if coursework is not satisfactory. Then, three years from now take count of visa holders exiting the country so that overstayers can be rounded up quickly.

    On emigration candidates being elected. If legal status can be granted following illegal presence, why can’t legal status be revoked after being granted? Next time an R is Prez (lol) he should grant legal status to all Russians, whether they are actually here or not. Then the next D will overturn that, setting the precedent that legal status can be revoked. The legal process for immigrants is riduckulous. Treating illegals as individuals is not appropriate. If there were ten illegals in the country, going through a full court case might be reasonable. There are 20-30 million illegals in the country. Likely more, as those were old estimates. If an obviously foreign person cannot prove his legal. Status, he should be on a plane to the country of his choice the next day. Like, if I’m trespassing somewhere, the cops drag my ass away that day. I don’t get to hang out on someone else’s property for ten years until my trial and all my appeals are used up.

    It seems a very short-sighted and callous thing to make genocide the only way to fix the immigrant problem. They have to go back. A regular process would mean there wouldn’t have to be a hundred or thousand trails of tears as militias force the aliens to go home. A lot of legitimate (sort of( citizens would get swept up in that,

    Perhaps, though, we can make a junior citizenship for the illegals as part of a return to a federalist system. Junior citizenship would entitle the citizen jr to reside in whichever state wants them, but they would not have the right to live in states whose citizens want to stay American. So Cali could have its maids, wherever could have its Greek yogurt factory workers, but nice places could stay nice. A great sorting would be a soft version of separate nations, and milder than the reservation system I think we should have for blacks.

    Ok, enough fedposting. Off to bed.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Jury nullification (“the rightful remedy”). Blacks can’t have jury nullification. As it is, in the bastardized legal system we have (which does everything it can to deny the existence of jury nullification!), the reliability of black juror nullifying behavior has already been a Chapelle show sketch.
    Rob, you are so bright, and then you write this:
    If blacks were not allowed to have guns, they could not do that.
    The blacks we’re specifically concerned about here — felons, gang members, known criminals — are already forbidden to possess a firearm. They get prison if they leave it out on an assault night stand and a cop sees it. The mechanism you propose is the same which doesn’t work now. You add to this the punishment of non-criminal blacks. Everything is wrong with your idea.

  41. @Rosie
    @clifford brown


    What does this mean when it comes to public transit?
     
    Dealing with precisely the homeless and criminals you mentioned.

    Replies: @clifford brown

    Citizens can have the Will, but the federal, state and local governments do not. Improvement is not possible under the current political system.

    • Replies: @Rosie
    @clifford brown


    Citizens can have the Will, but the federal, state and local governments do not. Improvement is not possible under the current political system.
     
    But then to that extent, bitching about gas prices really misses the point, doesn't it?
  42. @clifford brown
    @Rosie

    Citizens can have the Will, but the federal, state and local governments do not. Improvement is not possible under the current political system.

    Replies: @Rosie

    Citizens can have the Will, but the federal, state and local governments do not. Improvement is not possible under the current political system.

    But then to that extent, bitching about gas prices really misses the point, doesn’t it?

  43. @Anonymous
    @J.Ross

    Trump loved high oil prices, just like virtue signaling Brandon donors.

    https://epic.uchicago.edu/news/column-trumps-push-for-higher-gas-prices-is-misguided/

    He certainly won't be getting my vote.

    Replies: @John Johnson, @J.Ross, @GeologyAnonMk5, @Abolish_public_education

    Remember when GW Bush described low oil prices as a cause of problems? He didn’t just mean in the Texas oil patch. He really believed that high prices for commodities like gasoline were good news for the general economy.

    @#22: You sound like one of Bush’s economic advisors.

    @#11: Individual stimulus funds were just allowing some taxpayers to keep more of their own money. Bailouts to state govs/bureaucracies were giving them more of your money.

  44. @James B. Shearer
    @ScarletNumber

    "His election is 30 months away"

    The primary is sooner. PredictIt thinks Biden has only about a 38% chance to get the Democratic nomination. Trump is about a 39% chance to get the Republican nomination.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    PredictIt thinks Biden has only about a 38% chance to get the Democratic nomination.

    By extension, this means that PredictIt thinks Biden has a 38% chance of running for reelection, as there is no way he is going to get a primary challenge. His next election is either November 2024 or never.

  45. Hey, at least high gas prices keeps keep blacks off the road and thus makes our streets safer. Sort of.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    @Anon

    I'm not seeing that effect, are you?

    I still see tons of speeding and reckless driving everywhere. Whatever the color of the drivers, you'd never know gas is so expensive and that speed limits are technically enforceable.

    The speed cameras are coming, folks. I don't like it, but I know it's inevitable.

    America's sobriety moment is coming too. Again, I don't like it, but we've let the drunk and stoned set the limits of behavior for far too long.

  46. Whiskey says: • Website

    is not very smart, that’s typical of a woman. Our entire social system post WWII is based on:

    A. Desegregation allowing blacks to run wild with criminal behavior.
    B. The private auto allowing Whites to avoid A by not sharing any physical space with them.

    Now imagine private vehicles belonging only to important people, oligarchs like Bezos or Soros, big shot bureaucrats, and the the like. Like Mao’s China or the Soviet Union. OK. Now imagine black attacks on the wives, daughters, sons of policemen, lower and mid tier FBI agents, lower level CIA operatives, and “CIA Contractors.” If all they have is a food ration, well that ration will be stolen the moment the wives, daughters, sons step on a train or a bus. By blacks who are now quite literally above the law because they are the law. Thus the cops, lower level FBI agents, lower tier CIA operatives, and “contractors” themselves go hungry as they can not be everywhere to protect their families. And which besides blacks rank higher than even THEM.

    You can’t just switch the basics of society — blacks run riot but not anywhere near “important” Whites and not get revolution.

    This is particularly true of the demographic age. There is a big shortage of White guys. You know the only people actually capable of running our highly complex society in general and within specific skill sets: welding, piloting, new software that works, electronic circuitry design, etc. They walk off the job whole sectors start to collapse. That panopticon does not work without power. Without electricity flowing everywhere the Minister of Truth is just another crazy idiot White woman made insane by social media, meds, useless degrees, and anonymous urban sluttery. Imagine her in her office 20 flights up when the power goes off and stays off for weeks.

    The WEF thinks it can push the population as far as it wants, by clever messaging and buyouts of various people. Not realizing that this is the demographic age. Meaning Elon Musk by actually doing things White men approve of: space satellites, reusable rockets, electric cars on the road, smoking dope, banging pop sluts, appearing on Rogan, can mobilize THEM far more than the HATED Joe (or his son on blow) or whatever powerslut the regime fancies that gets cool Wine moms excited but have the appeal of Bill Gates next to the Apple pregnant man emoji.

    In a time of rapidly plummeting available skilled labor (White men) charisma, leadership, loyalty, and results matter more than a predictable betrayer with cash. What White man of ambition would sign on with the Regime, knowing his place would be not be the diner at the banquet but the servant bringing food? [This is why likely Musk has revolted against the Regime — he has ambition that because of his sex and skin color can never be achieved with the Regime existing.]

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    @Whiskey

    My neighbor had his roof redone, and are there any persons doing this kind of work who are not recent immigrants from Mexico's lower castes?

    There was one man on the crew who, to me, had this incredibly annoying habit of loudly whistling for no apparent reason. I rather like the kind of music blaring from the work crew's portable radio. but after two days when I think I couldn't stand the whistling anymore, it stopped.

    Do you think that the man's coworkers didn't like the whistling either? My neighbor has a rather steep roof. Just wondering?

  47. @Matthew Kelly
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Agreed.

    As I need to increase my comment count to be able to use the reaction buttons again, I'll just add that I find it amazing that he was ever polling high--indicating a significant portion of the population is completely blind to what, to my eyes at least, are a bunch of giant elephants in the room.

    Replies: @Stan Adams

    We’ve always known that MPAI, so it’s possible that the polls indicating widespread public support for Biden were accurate. But the media lie about everything, so why should we believe any of the numbers they’ve been putting out?

    Maybe the polls are rigged; maybe they aren’t. If they are, then Biden might be even more unpopular now than his dismal numbers would suggest. Perhaps they gave him an artificial boost after his inauguration to make the election seem legitimate, then allowed the numbers to fall to a more accurate level.

    The “good” news (if you can call it that) is that the situation in this country is so bad now that even the sluttiest of media whores can no longer pretend that Biden has a popular mandate.

    Was the election rigged? I believe it was. But if you showed me incontrovertible proof that Biden really beat Trump fair and square, I suppose I could accept it. Certainly there’s no shortage of morons in this country.

    Either way, we’re still screwed.

  48. @Rosie
    @J.Ross


    (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy)
     
    Hmmm. It sounds like you think cars and personal autonomy are somehow related. Personally, I feel a lot more autonomous while reading a book of my own choosing during a train ride than while driving a car through two hours of rush hour traffic. Of course, we're not Japan, so I understand why most people aren't that sanguine about mass transit. But then, where there's a will there's a way.

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Pop Warner, @TWS

    Well the only way you’ll get that is through segregation, repatriation, or something even more brutal. Personally, I’m an all of the above type

  49. I don’t understand why so much emphasis is placed upon “clobbered in the midterms!” The dems would still control immigration, foreign policy, the military, the justice department, the fbi, the spy agencies, the cdc, a zillion other agencies, and the exec-order pen. The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @SafeNow

    Legislative agenda, control over nominees (not that McConnell would exploit that), committee control, a chance to ask questions about 2000 Mules, impeachment (and if Biden is not impeached over the Hunter laptop revelations, then we need to look at the long record of failure and fraud, and jettison impeachment itself. This would be the first time impeachment was ever used properly).

    , @Wilkey
    @SafeNow


    The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?
     
    Quite a bit, actually. They will control the purse strings, they will be able to stop Biden's budgets cold, and they will be able to put a complete halt to any judicial appointments. They will probably add at least four senators and perhaps maybe possibly add as many as eight (though highly unlikely). That gives them enough to override the loss of votes from asshats like Romney and Murkowski.

    If Biden wants to play ball with them he will have to compromise. More likely he will just spend his last two years doing...whatever the hell it is Biden likes to do.
    , @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    @SafeNow

    "The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?"

    They can impeach Joe Diapers four or five times.

  50. @Alfa158
    Unlimited third world immigration is a fundamental policy of the elites. The only downside for the Democrats is that it may hurt the party in the short run like the 2022 mid-terms, but they are thinking long term, not short term. They are willing to take temporary setbacks in exchange for the future of a borderless world, rule by a global Davos elite, the destruction of the middle class, and marginalization/replacement of the bourgeois White peoples.
    The movie Elysium, except maybe not with the cool orbital gated community.

    Replies: @IHTG

    marginalization/replacement of the bourgeois

    If only.

  51. @SafeNow
    I don’t understand why so much emphasis is placed upon “clobbered in the midterms!” The dems would still control immigration, foreign policy, the military, the justice department, the fbi, the spy agencies, the cdc, a zillion other agencies, and the exec-order pen. The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Wilkey, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    Legislative agenda, control over nominees (not that McConnell would exploit that), committee control, a chance to ask questions about 2000 Mules, impeachment (and if Biden is not impeached over the Hunter laptop revelations, then we need to look at the long record of failure and fraud, and jettison impeachment itself. This would be the first time impeachment was ever used properly).

  52. His administration had a plan to address the root causes of migration in Central America and establish an orderly, compassionate system at the border, the president said.

    The compassionate way to stop a rapist is to let him have his way with you. Then it’s no longer considered rape.

    The truth is that there is no “compassionate” way to secure the border – at least not compassion as directed towards the illegal immigrants. If you secure the border, you are being uncompassionate towards them (but very compassionate to the Americans who suffer harm having to share our cities with them). This is especially the case at a time of supply-chain induced housing shortages and dire drought in the American West.

    Addressing the “root causes”? Sure, fine, why not? But securing our border should not be contingent on that.

  53. @SafeNow
    I don’t understand why so much emphasis is placed upon “clobbered in the midterms!” The dems would still control immigration, foreign policy, the military, the justice department, the fbi, the spy agencies, the cdc, a zillion other agencies, and the exec-order pen. The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Wilkey, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?

    Quite a bit, actually. They will control the purse strings, they will be able to stop Biden’s budgets cold, and they will be able to put a complete halt to any judicial appointments. They will probably add at least four senators and perhaps maybe possibly add as many as eight (though highly unlikely). That gives them enough to override the loss of votes from asshats like Romney and Murkowski.

    If Biden wants to play ball with them he will have to compromise. More likely he will just spend his last two years doing…whatever the hell it is Biden likes to do.

  54. @Mike Tre
    Zolan Kanno-Youngs:

    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/12/13/reader-center/author-zolan-kanno-youngs/author-zolan-kanno-youngs-videoSixteenByNineJumbo1600.png



    From Zolan's article:

    "But the pollster warned that while the president’s performance on the coronavirus and the economy remained strong,..."


    HAAAAAAA, H-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @J.Ross, @Anon

    The woke remake of Eraserhead.

  55. Biden is a real idiot if he needed a pollster to tell him that immigration, inflation and crime were important issues to American voters.

  56. @Known Fact
    @Arclight

    DeSantis seems to be the only GOP officeholder with even a smidge of feisty trolling ability. Congress is entirely out to lunch save a bland occasional statement by Rand Paul about natural immunity

    Replies: @Mark G., @Arclight

    DeSantis seems to be the only GOP officeholder with even a smidge of feisty trolling ability. Congress is entirely out to lunch save a bland occasional statement by Rand Paul about natural immunity.

    DeSantis as president and Paul as Senate majority leader would be an effective combination. The Covid lockdowns were used as an excuse to print up and pass out a lot of money and to change voting procedures to make it easier to cheat. The result was high inflation and Biden as president. Both DeSantis and Paul say it was a mistake to have had those lockdowns. This, along with the mask wearing and mandatory vaccines that were later found to be ineffective in preventing disease transmission while causing negative side effects, demonstrate the malign intentions of the Democrats who were the primary supporters of those policies. Their other policies on things like crime, immigration, and dragging us into the Ukraine-Russia conflict also have the same goal of actually making things worse for the average American.

  57. It’s hard to be positive about the future of the nation when the two major political parties are not only pushing policies that make things worse; they refuse to be honest about the nation’s problems and their causes.

    There certainly is a lot of ruin in a nation; and there’s still quite a bit that can be stolen by the grifters and common criminals.

  58. @Dave Pinsen
    The problem on inflation as well as immigration is that Biden's donors like the status quo. E.g.,

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1520821478496903170?s=20&t=ZFil_zO48dzaYPMKRjygeQ

    Replies: @Barnard

    A lot of it is managing public expectations. They expect people to be grateful for a small correction in prices. There is also a fair amount of stupidity and ignorance among the elites regarding energy. Ask a member of the Biden Administration what solar panels are made out of and how long the average one lasts and the most likely response will be a blank stare.

  59. @Anon
    Hey, at least high gas prices keeps keep blacks off the road and thus makes our streets safer. Sort of.

    Replies: @stillCARealist

    I’m not seeing that effect, are you?

    I still see tons of speeding and reckless driving everywhere. Whatever the color of the drivers, you’d never know gas is so expensive and that speed limits are technically enforceable.

    The speed cameras are coming, folks. I don’t like it, but I know it’s inevitable.

    America’s sobriety moment is coming too. Again, I don’t like it, but we’ve let the drunk and stoned set the limits of behavior for far too long.

  60. @Known Fact
    @Arclight

    DeSantis seems to be the only GOP officeholder with even a smidge of feisty trolling ability. Congress is entirely out to lunch save a bland occasional statement by Rand Paul about natural immunity

    Replies: @Mark G., @Arclight

    Agree – I am always wary of obvious frontrunners because they tend not to go the distance to the actual nomination, but I cannot think of anyone else with the necessary cajones. A lot of the other GOP governors have gone soft on DIE and standing up to the trans mob.

  61. @JimDandy
    @ScarletNumber

    Wasn't Milley doing a mincing little song and dance about how this war would probably last for years?

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    Wasn’t Milley doing a mincing little song and dance about how this war would probably last for years?

    For the short term the Russkie would have the advantage due to deep stores of military hardware; after that Ukraine would begin to acquire NATO spec stuff, which the Ukrainians want ASAP as in yesterday.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Joe Stalin

    NATO spec stuff

    Nukes melt those things, too.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

  62. @TG
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "He knows what the his bosses want and that is to wipe out the American White Middle Class via population replacement. The border has been opened upon their command, after they got over that unexpected Trump speed hump." KUDOS! Absolutely dead-on accurate.

    "Create more currency – it’s worth less. Duh!" Yes, and no. Certainly printing money like crazy is a bad idea, but don't underestimate the effects of supply and demand for real things. I mean, in California the rich quadrupled the population in an historically short period of time, and housing costs shot up to ridiculous levels. In Alabama, the population grew more slowly, more in line with the ability to build new housing, and housing costs remained moderate. And yet: both states have the same federal reserve, yes?

    We are flooding the country with third-world refugees, increasing demand for everything but not increasing supply. I mean, if you fire an American worker and replace them with an illegal who can be forced to work for less, the rich make more money, but production is NOT increased and there are more mouths to feed.

    I think the real issue is that printing money cannot solve a supply shortage - but - not printing money cannot solve a supply shortage either! In Bnagladesh people are so poor they are barely above subsistence. If the government printed money to fix this, all they would do would be inflate the price of food. However: if the government didn't print money to fix this, yes prices would be stable, BUT people would still be hungry. Maybe the real issue is supply?

    I think perhaps one of the worst things about printing money was that it allowed corporations to stop investing in new productive capacity, and just borrow money at zero percent interest and buy back their stock. Also the increasing refusal to enforce antitrust laws: remember, it is not private profit that creates productivity, but competition. yes?

    Replies: @Herbert R. Tarlek, Jr.

    California the rich quadrupled the population in an historically short period of time, and housing costs shot up to ridiculous levels. In Alabama, the population grew more slowly, more in line with the ability to build new housing, and housing costs remained moderate.

    The are other factors at play. California is riddled with selfish, NIMBY boomers who, through zoning, refuse to allow any housing to be built that ordinary people can afford to live in. This is because their right to live in a house worth 1.1 million dollars instead of one worth only a million dollars is more important than the right of the people that they rely on to clean their toilets, ring up their purchases and wipe grandma’s ass in the nursing home to not live in filthy, typhus-infested Hoovervilles.

    And Californians bring this attitude with them when they relocate to other western states. See, the average California transplant, while socially far to the left, has views on economic issues that would make Jay Gould blush. They really have no problem at all with a society like California where a few rich people live in hilltop mansions overlooking slums. The only problem that they have (and the reason why they left California) is that they weren’t the ones living in the hilltop mansions. But their dollar goes a lot further in Boise or Mesa and so they intend to live on the hilltops there, with the local peasants living in squalor and if the locals don’t like it, the locals can eat cake.

    That attitude worked well for the Bourbons–until it didn’t.

  63. @Whiskey
    @Rosie is not very smart, that's typical of a woman. Our entire social system post WWII is based on:

    A. Desegregation allowing blacks to run wild with criminal behavior.
    B. The private auto allowing Whites to avoid A by not sharing any physical space with them.

    Now imagine private vehicles belonging only to important people, oligarchs like Bezos or Soros, big shot bureaucrats, and the the like. Like Mao's China or the Soviet Union. OK. Now imagine black attacks on the wives, daughters, sons of policemen, lower and mid tier FBI agents, lower level CIA operatives, and "CIA Contractors." If all they have is a food ration, well that ration will be stolen the moment the wives, daughters, sons step on a train or a bus. By blacks who are now quite literally above the law because they are the law. Thus the cops, lower level FBI agents, lower tier CIA operatives, and "contractors" themselves go hungry as they can not be everywhere to protect their families. And which besides blacks rank higher than even THEM.

    You can't just switch the basics of society -- blacks run riot but not anywhere near "important" Whites and not get revolution.

    This is particularly true of the demographic age. There is a big shortage of White guys. You know the only people actually capable of running our highly complex society in general and within specific skill sets: welding, piloting, new software that works, electronic circuitry design, etc. They walk off the job whole sectors start to collapse. That panopticon does not work without power. Without electricity flowing everywhere the Minister of Truth is just another crazy idiot White woman made insane by social media, meds, useless degrees, and anonymous urban sluttery. Imagine her in her office 20 flights up when the power goes off and stays off for weeks.

    The WEF thinks it can push the population as far as it wants, by clever messaging and buyouts of various people. Not realizing that this is the demographic age. Meaning Elon Musk by actually doing things White men approve of: space satellites, reusable rockets, electric cars on the road, smoking dope, banging pop sluts, appearing on Rogan, can mobilize THEM far more than the HATED Joe (or his son on blow) or whatever powerslut the regime fancies that gets cool Wine moms excited but have the appeal of Bill Gates next to the Apple pregnant man emoji.

    In a time of rapidly plummeting available skilled labor (White men) charisma, leadership, loyalty, and results matter more than a predictable betrayer with cash. What White man of ambition would sign on with the Regime, knowing his place would be not be the diner at the banquet but the servant bringing food? [This is why likely Musk has revolted against the Regime -- he has ambition that because of his sex and skin color can never be achieved with the Regime existing.]

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind

    My neighbor had his roof redone, and are there any persons doing this kind of work who are not recent immigrants from Mexico’s lower castes?

    There was one man on the crew who, to me, had this incredibly annoying habit of loudly whistling for no apparent reason. I rather like the kind of music blaring from the work crew’s portable radio. but after two days when I think I couldn’t stand the whistling anymore, it stopped.

    Do you think that the man’s coworkers didn’t like the whistling either? My neighbor has a rather steep roof. Just wondering?

  64. When you’re running the richest, most powerful nation in the world you can get away with a lot of bad policy.

    But it turns out that the traders and rent-seekers policies:
    — trade and rent-seek
    — immigration! cheap labor, cheap votes, more consuption, more balkanization
    — deregulate finance — there’s all sort of money to be made, “wealth” generation
    — who cares about production? — the Chinese will do it cheaper and the money will flow through us
    — lots of bullshit bureaucracy, soft jobs, money for those who pledge allegiance
    — print money to keep the wheels on

    … does not actually improve the long term prosperity of any nation or its people … and eventually has “issues”.

    Maybe–just think about it–maybe putting the trading and rent-seeking people in charge isn’t a great idea.

  65. President Putin’s invasion of The Ukraine didn’t make the top five? Shocking.

    Inflation is good because it conserves more resources for wealthy people. Anyone blaming Diaper Joe for limiting carbon fuel extraction is ignorant: Diaper Joe et al are saving it for THEIR posterity, not for yours. The same reason the clotshots killed millions of knuckleheads worldwide and were designed to kill billions more – except they weren’t as effective as hoped.

    Anyone here get a giant increase in pay over the last year? Me neither. Today’s inflation is caused by lowered productivity because 500,000 working-age Americans committed suicide by vaxxine and one million working-age Americans were gravely disabled by their knuckleheaded choice. Today’s inflation was NOT created by monetary policy.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    no Ukraine


    from April of last year to January of this year
     
    The most shocking thing about this (and a proof that their plan is just to go for broke as another commenter said) is, this is from 2021. So they have known all along that nobody wants any of these nightmare policies, as they must have known from the beginning anyway.
  66. @SafeNow
    I don’t understand why so much emphasis is placed upon “clobbered in the midterms!” The dems would still control immigration, foreign policy, the military, the justice department, the fbi, the spy agencies, the cdc, a zillion other agencies, and the exec-order pen. The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Wilkey, @Je Suis Omar Mateen

    “The midterm clobbering (IF it happened) would confer, upon the republicans, exactly what?”

    They can impeach Joe Diapers four or five times.

  67. This is why we see the big push from the biden administration to combat “misinformation.” There is no inflation. There is no border crisis. There is just misinformation about these two hot button issues.

  68. So the Times is turning on Biden? This sounds like “yeah, the geezer’s in a jam – but he stepped in it himself!” Bidentime won’t be the guy in 2024. And Democrats are too desperate to run an obvious defective like Harris; even the most wokified realize she couldn’t win a Big Hunk from her mom. No. They’ll have to draft. But who? The old commie is too old a commie. Dems might just reach way down in their delusion pool and dredge up Stacy Abrams, who’ll at least claim victory decades after her defeat.

  69. @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    Wasn’t Milley doing a mincing little song and dance about how this war would probably last for years?
     
    For the short term the Russkie would have the advantage due to deep stores of military hardware; after that Ukraine would begin to acquire NATO spec stuff, which the Ukrainians want ASAP as in yesterday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEpk_yGjn0E

    Replies: @JimDandy

    NATO spec stuff

    Nukes melt those things, too.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    Nukes melt those things, too.
     
    Indeed.

    Their move.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeLrKDAn1x8
  70. @Rosie
    @J.Ross


    (which satisfies their ideological goals of punishing working people for voting for Trump and nudging people away from cars and personal autonomy)
     
    Hmmm. It sounds like you think cars and personal autonomy are somehow related. Personally, I feel a lot more autonomous while reading a book of my own choosing during a train ride than while driving a car through two hours of rush hour traffic. Of course, we're not Japan, so I understand why most people aren't that sanguine about mass transit. But then, where there's a will there's a way.

    Replies: @clifford brown, @Pop Warner, @TWS

    A bus passes fifteen miles from my house one time three days a week.

  71. Any concern over Biden’s increasing senility?

    Add to that Kamala’s lack of appeal to whites and blacks, and the VP’s proximity to the Oval Office.

    Biden would be the ideal President of the Galaxy, aware of nothing, except his cat. [ref: HHGTG]

  72. @JimDandy
    @Joe Stalin

    NATO spec stuff

    Nukes melt those things, too.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin

    Nukes melt those things, too.

    Indeed.

    Their move.

  73. MB says:

    Long story short, they’re using Joe Bribe’m to go for broke. Not that the Repugnant party really cares or opposes the Dementia president select, but the idea is to ruin things so that there can be no going back even if the Repugs prevail over vote fraud in the midterms and ’26.

  74. I’ll bet Biden and his private pollster breathed a sigh of relief this morning. Thanks to whoever leaked that SCOTUS document (and even if the leak was fake), the November elections now have a single issue. And since polls reveal that about 80% of both men and women support at least some abortion rights for women, that’s it.

    One possible benefit is that maybe Ukraine will exit the news cycle, and will be able to negotiate (that is, mostly give Russia what it wanted all along) and bring an end to the destruction and bloodshed, rather than fighting on endlessly with American money and weapons.

    • Agree: J.Ross
  75. Harvard’s Rogoff says the Fed should go to 5 percent federal funds rate to reduce inflation.

    Harvard’s Rogoff Wants To be A Bear

    The answer to that is if you are going to be a bear, be a GRIZZLY BEAR or a POLAR BEAR or a KODIAK BEAR.

    5 percent federal funds rate is being a raccoon knocking over a garbage can.

    Kodiak or Grizzly or Polar Bear

    My modest proposal to stamp out inflation is to jump the federal funds rate to 6 percent then to 10 percent then to 20 percent and that ought to stamp out inflation plenty.

    Go FULL VOLCKER quantitative tightening and pop the asset bubbles in stocks and bonds and real estate and WHIP INFLATION NOW(WIN).

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    @Charles Pewitt

    If you want to have some fun run the interest on the national debt numbers with interest rates of 5%, then 6%, then 7%, up to 10% and beyond.

    What you will see is that the interest on the national debt will soon exceed total tax revenues if interest rates continue to rise.

    The black hole analogy is appropriate here.

    We are currently on the event horizon of total fiscal collapse--it is still possible to maneuver the spacecraft a little bit this way or that--but sooner or later into the black hole we go....

  76. @Arclight
    The GOP has been gifted multiple pitches right across the plate. They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.

    Replies: @Known Fact, @Rosie, @Justvisiting

    The GOP has been gifted multiple pitches right across the plate. They can be relied upon to watch with their figurative bats on the shoulder for most of them.

    This reminds me of a recent baseball game where every player was wearing #42 (to honor Jackie Robinson, of course).

    A relatively obscure relief pitcher came into the game in the middle innings, and the scoreboard got the wrong name (since a couple of the relief pitchers looked sorta alike and everybody was wearing #42).

    That is the two party system these days.

    They are both wearing #42 and ^%\$#ing over white people.

  77. @Je Suis Omar Mateen
    President Putin's invasion of The Ukraine didn't make the top five? Shocking.

    Inflation is good because it conserves more resources for wealthy people. Anyone blaming Diaper Joe for limiting carbon fuel extraction is ignorant: Diaper Joe et al are saving it for THEIR posterity, not for yours. The same reason the clotshots killed millions of knuckleheads worldwide and were designed to kill billions more - except they weren't as effective as hoped.

    Anyone here get a giant increase in pay over the last year? Me neither. Today's inflation is caused by lowered productivity because 500,000 working-age Americans committed suicide by vaxxine and one million working-age Americans were gravely disabled by their knuckleheaded choice. Today's inflation was NOT created by monetary policy.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    no Ukraine

    from April of last year to January of this year

    The most shocking thing about this (and a proof that their plan is just to go for broke as another commenter said) is, this is from 2021. So they have known all along that nobody wants any of these nightmare policies, as they must have known from the beginning anyway.

  78. @Charles Pewitt
    Harvard's Rogoff says the Fed should go to 5 percent federal funds rate to reduce inflation.

    Harvard's Rogoff Wants To be A Bear

    The answer to that is if you are going to be a bear, be a GRIZZLY BEAR or a POLAR BEAR or a KODIAK BEAR.

    5 percent federal funds rate is being a raccoon knocking over a garbage can.

    Kodiak or Grizzly or Polar Bear

    My modest proposal to stamp out inflation is to jump the federal funds rate to 6 percent then to 10 percent then to 20 percent and that ought to stamp out inflation plenty.

    Go FULL VOLCKER quantitative tightening and pop the asset bubbles in stocks and bonds and real estate and WHIP INFLATION NOW(WIN).

    https://twitter.com/lisaabramowicz1/status/1521494360025616385?s=20&t=iee5WBWW_C7z8ic2a562Nw

    https://twitter.com/economics/status/1521530269559369729?s=20&t=iee5WBWW_C7z8ic2a562Nw

    Replies: @Justvisiting

    If you want to have some fun run the interest on the national debt numbers with interest rates of 5%, then 6%, then 7%, up to 10% and beyond.

    What you will see is that the interest on the national debt will soon exceed total tax revenues if interest rates continue to rise.

    The black hole analogy is appropriate here.

    We are currently on the event horizon of total fiscal collapse–it is still possible to maneuver the spacecraft a little bit this way or that–but sooner or later into the black hole we go….

  79. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/11/inflation-roe-dems-connect-voters-00031602

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