We are all strapping young bucks now

A little surprised to see National Review doubling down on this:

If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas, and you take an honest look at the welfare dependency, the drug and alcohol addiction, the family anarchy — which is to say, the whelping of human children with all the respect and wisdom of a stray dog — you will come to an awful realization. It wasn’t Beijing. It wasn’t even Washington, as bad as Washington can be. It wasn’t immigrants from Mexico, excessive and problematic as our current immigration levels are. It wasn’t any of that.

Nothing happened to them. There wasn’t some awful disaster. There wasn’t a war or a famine or a plague or a foreign occupation. Even the economic changes of the past few decades do very little to explain the dysfunction and negligence — and the incomprehensible malice — of poor white America.


The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets.

A few things. I grew up in hardscrabble upstate New York (albeit in a small, less downscale village), and the “whelping” part is just bullshit. I wish that just for one minute, these right-wing idiots would consider what it’s like to trying to raise kids on one insufficient income or two barely sufficient incomes. If they did, they’d realize that most working class parents, in these downscale communities that deserve to die, are heroes in a way that some talentless douche at a money-losing rag will never be.

Also too: many American industrial jobs did in fact disappear because of globalization. Bringing in workers from other countries — via H1Bs or guest or worker programs or illegal immigration — does depress wages. I favor free trade and comprehensive immigration reform, but there are people who are hurt economically by these policies. It’s ridiculous to pretend otherwise.

Finally, what on earth are working-class voters (of any skin color) doing in a party whose flagship publication talks about them like this?

One day the bottom will drop out

I hope that Trump is the Republican nominee. If I lived in a state with an open primary, I would vote in the Republican primary for Trump. Fifty years of resentment politics from the right created the conditions for Trumpism, and Trump is the candidate the GOP deserves.

In the immortal words of Mister Blonde “I say fuck ’em. They set off the alarm. They deserved what they got.”

We never got it off on that revolution stuff

I’m going to vote for Hillary in the primary. I think she’s smarter than Bernie and that her plans seem better thought out. I guess I’m an incrementalist not a revolutionary.

But there’s really no question that Sandersism is the future:

Among all voters under age 30, Sanders beat Clinton by a huge 84-15 percent margin, another result similar to Iowa.

I think analysts underplayed how much Obama dominated the youth vote the last two general elections. It was completely unprecedented for a candidate in a general presidential election to win the youth vote by 20+ points while losing some other age groups. There’s no way that didn’t herald a new direction for the country politically, in the long term.

And there’s no way that Sanders’ domination of the youth vote in the primaries doesn’t herald a new direction for the Democratic party.

Because that’s where the money is

I realize that in a world where ideology trumps practicality at the ballot box every time this makes for a politically ineffective argument, but my belief in increasing taxes on the rich isn’t based on a concept of fairness or communalism, it’s because that’s the where the money is:

[T]he top 1 percent includes about 1.13 million households earning an average income of $2.1 million.

Raising their total tax burden to, say, 40 percent would generate about $157 billion in revenue the first year. Increasing it to 45 percent brings in a whopping $276 billion. Even taking account of state and local taxes, the average household in this group would still take home at least $1 million a year.

Epitaph for an era

McMegan provides it:

People are far too prone to confuse outcomes with good decision-making.

The context is Fiorina’s tenure at HP. You see, it doesn’t matter that Fiorina blew up HP, because she was a serious person with good decision-making skills, outcome be damned!

Likewise, it doesn’t matter that the Iraq War was a disaster, its supporters were serious people with good decision making-skills, while its opponents were unserious hippies who needed to learn from a 2×4 how very effective violence can be when it’s applied in a firm, pre-emptive manner.

When historians look back on this era, this will be amazed by how little elite media cared about reality.

(h/t reader A)

And they said he was a very great man

Even by the low standards of our wretched elite media complex, this is amazing..the NYT had a buddy of Kissinger review Niall Ferguson’s Kissinger hagiography and this is what he wrote:

[I]f Kissinger’s official biographer cannot be accused of falling for his subject’s justifiably famed charm, he certainly gives the reader enough evidence to conclude that Henry Kissinger is one of the greatest Americans in the history of the Republic, someone who has been repulsively traduced over several decades and who deserved to have a defense of this comprehensiveness published years ago.


Can you pay my bills?

That NYT article about work practices at Amazon got so much attention that I’m sure the Washington Post will pick up the story too. Ha ha, just kidding.

Speaking of rich assholes, Vox has done a couple good Trump articles recently. Here’s one about how Trump is the kind of “moderate” that Ron Fournier should be masturbating about; it sounds like a Slatepitch, but consider this:

Trump opposes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, hasn’t signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, believes single-payer health care works well in other countries, and is skeptical of free trade.

The immigration stuff is nuts but the last GOP presidential candidate — who was widely described as “moderate” — wanted people to self-deport, and that’s pretty nuts too.

Why won’t Fred Hiatt and Ron Fournier praise any of Trump’s moderation? They’d claim it’s the incivility but of course McCain could be pretty uncivil too, and they loved him. I think here’s the real reason, and it’s also part of the reason Trump is doing well in the primary (from another Vox article):

While most elite-funded and elite-supported Republicans want to increase immigration and decrease Social Security, a significant number of voters (across both parties) want precisely the opposite — to increase Social Security and decrease immigration.

Who do Ron Fournier and Fred Hiatt work for? A self-described “neocon guy” and the “centrist” sociopath who’s engineered a new form of white collar serfdom. Both are filthy rich, and both have views that are typical of the donor class.

Media elites pimp donor class-style “centrism” because they work for members of the donor class. The end.