In President Obama’s version of history, the last eight years have been a Golden Age for America. Here’s what happened in his alternate universe: …a more durable, growing economy; new private-sector jobs since early 2010; rising wages, falling poverty, and the beginnings of a reversal in inequality
This year’s film, Election Showdown of 2016, was meant to have the same kind of end-of-life-as-we-know-it tension – resolving itself, of course, in a stirring triumph for the American Way.
We closed our eyes. We tried to imagine it. But we couldn’t picture Jesus Christ in the voting booth. Would he really hold his nose? For whom would he cast his ballot? And why would he cast a ballot at all, if he had to hold his nose to do it?
The Supreme Court backed the feds. Supreme Court Justice James Wilson declared western Pennsylvania “in a state of rebellion,” authorizing the use of force to put down the insurgents.
Dear Mr. Trump,
First, we would like to apologize for all the insightful and well-informed things we have written about you. But please keep in mind the context in which those remarks were made. Honestly, we think you’re tremendous. Tremendous. We love you. You are an imbecile, it’s true. But at least you are not a conniving, power-grasping, finger-pointing harpy.
We are witnessing the meltdown of the Republican Party, caused by the intense heat of its own contradictions. The old conservatives considered government a “necessary evil.” But like heroin or Facebook, they knew it reaches the point of declining marginal utility fast. That is the message that won Ronald Reagan the White House in 1980 and again in 1984: Less is more.
Fake money, fake statistics, fake interest rates – they’ve created an economy where the Trump voter has less real income.
They know they have been bamboozled. They count on Donald to do something about it.
You are 70. You have no money. What do you do?
Sell your body for medical experiments? Invent a new app?
Try a sophisticated trading system or an expensive investment program, hoping to get rich quick?
Men are locking up their wives and daughters. Lines are forming at gas stations… The convenience store down the road is being cleaned out.
Even the banks are running out of cash.
Another crisis is coming. We can be sure of it. Because the problem behind the crisis of 2008 – fake money, fake interest rates, fake economy – was not corrected. We didn’t fully understand money at the time. And a lot has happened since. But we were right about one thing: the role of debt.