We’re keeping an open mind. But we suspect that, no matter who wins, most Americans will be disappointed.
The next president might make marginal and largely symbolic changes. But suppose Mr. Trump were elected….
Would Congress put aside its squalid self-seeking and vapid grandstanding to rally behind him?
Would it actually pass the new laws he asks for?
Would lobbyists go home?
Would Washington apparatchiks, operatives, wonks, and nebbishes get behind the new administration to “Make America Great Again”?
Would federal agencies stop enacting pettifogging regulations to benefit one special interest or another?
Would the bailouts, subsidies, and insider privileges stop? Would the cronies lose their sweetheart deals? Would the zombies have to get real jobs?
What would really change?
Medical care? Education? War? Bureaucracy? Taxes?
Queen of the Establishment
The New York Times recently sent a reporter to cover Mr. Trump’s visit to the coalfields of West Virginia.
The out-of-work miners are behind him. One said that the Republican candidate “could be our only hope.”
Hope for what?
Yes, of course, the miners have been dealt a bad hand.
And Hillary, Queen of the Establishment, has even said she would put more of them out of work.
The Deep State – with its millions of hangers-on, chiselers, wheeler-dealers, cronies, and zombies – produces no wealth. It can only grow wealthier (relative to the rest of the population) by taking wealth from others.
If it gives a subsidy to Al Gore’s solar power, it must take the money from the rest of economy.
If it bails out the banks, someone must put up the money.
If it builds planes, bombs, and drones – the contractors get rich, but someone must pay.
Who’s going to reshuffle that deck?
The press reports that economist Judy Shelton is one of his advisors… and that she favors a return to the gold standard.
If Trump is elected, will she be able to reform the money system?
You are studying the dots… you are thinking all these things – about money and politics… war and peace… progress and civilization…
And then something happens… someone in your family gets sick… a divorce… an accident…
Suddenly these worldly cares don’t seem so important.