November 9, 2016 at 12:53 pm #47448
Will Trump Do What Reagan Couldnt?
BY BILL BONNER
BALTIMORE Finally, its over.
We checked the news this morning. We were both delighted and appalled. A smile spread over our face and our steps lightened as we looked ahead to four years without Hillary Clintons know-it-all mug in the news.
But our shoulders stooped, too, as we listened to Donald Trumps victory announcement.
Depravity and Degeneration
As we predicted, Americans got the president they deserved. Now, no dream is too big. No nightmare is out of bounds, either.
Dow futures fell as much as 800 points as news spread and investors thought the end of the world had come.
But here at the Diary, we were serene. We had mocked both candidates and mooned the sacred rite of democracy the election itself.
no matter who wins, the insiders make the important decisions.
but now the voters are complicit in every fool, fraudulent, and criminal act of the government; they are responsible for things they cant possibly understand or control.
and the election provides a cloak of respectability under which the Deep State can get away with murder.
Democracy corrupts both voters and votees. Studies show that voters are unable to separate their ballots from their own self-interests. They dont vote their consciences; they vote their wallets.
Retirees vote for more Social Security and Medicare benefits. The rich vote for lower taxes. The poor vote for more welfare benefits. And the insiders manipulate both the candidates and the voters to get what they want.
Remember our Diary dictum #21: People are neither always good nor always bad, but always subject to influence.
The influence exerted by politics is like a huge black moon; plants sprout, women give birth early and mental defectives howl from the asylums.
Even on nice, normal people, the tug of lunatic gravity brings depravity and degeneration. Few voters can resist it. And almost no politicians.
If they are not craven before getting into office, once the newly elected officeholders walk into the sty, it is just a matter of time until they slip up and wallow with the pigs.
That is what happened to Ronald Reagan after the Gipper was elected in 1980.
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At the time, we were running the National Taxpayers Union, fighting a losing battle against waste in Washington. Then, at Reagans first inaugural ball, we were urged to pack up.
You guys might as well go home, said friends. Reagans going to clean this town up.
But Reagan forgot the scrub brush. The pace of new regulations slowed for a while. Tax rates were cut. But the trough was full and the hogs ate more than ever.
Reagan was only in office for a few months when he began to feel the slime and grime upon him. He and key members of his team who were firmly and honestly committed to cutting back the reach of Big Government found that almost nobody was on their team. Neither Republicans nor Democrats. Liberals nor Conservatives. Red nor Blue.
Inside the Beltway, practically no one wanted to cut waste. They wanted more of it.
Every penny spent went into some insiders pocket. The more wasteful the spending, the more the nomenklatura protected it because more of it remained in Washingtons zip codes.
The wasteful spending increased during Reagans two terms. And then, once he was out of the way, the regulatory machine went back to work, too.
We discovered recently, for example, that the Department of Justice actually has a feather policy.
For many, many years, the nation got along without one, but in 2012, the lawyers, activists, do-gooders, and hacks got together to decide who would be allowed to possess eagle feathers and who wouldnt. Not a minute too soon, we suppose.
Then, their policy worked out with the elegance and subtlety of a ball-peen hammer; they brought it down on the head of one poor man.
A shaman used an Indian headdress as part of his professional get-up. He had been given the headdress many years earlier. Still, the feds proposed to put him in jail for eight years.
Will Donald J. Trump do what Reagan couldnt? We doubt it.
But every society needs its heroes, it gods, its myths, and its mumbo jumbo. Most importantly, it must decide who gets to kill and steal without consequence.
Thats what politics is all about.
And the American system for all its clownish perversities is not the worst in the world.
BillNovember 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm #47449
Trump actually has both houses of Congress in Republican control, so all 3 . . . namely House, Senate, and President are all Republican. So very little obstruction.
However, it is also worth noting that the last time this situation occurred was in 1928, which was one year before the start of the Great Depression.
Good luck to us all.
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