It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

When Bill Clinton was running for president against George Bush 1 the economy was not in great shape. Now Clinton and Bush had divergent ideas about the role of government, voting rights, social issues, etc. But Clinton’s key adviser told him to minimize those issues.

He had one phrase that he reminded Clinton of every day.

“It’s the Economy, Stupid”.

Talk about the economy. The failure of the Reagan-Bush supply side economics. Emphasize the economy. The economy. The economy.

It was good advice. Clinton won and by the end of his second term the US was actually paying DOWN the national debt. That ended, of course, when the Supreme Court told Florida to stop counting votes and installed Bush 2 as POTUS. He went right back to supply side and, well, you know the rest.

Now, we are engaged in a real crisis, not just an economic downturn. In fact, The MIPOTUS (Mentally Ill President of the United States) inherited the best economy since the end of World War 2. The crisis we face is a pandemic, not an economic crash.

Our current person in charge (I cannot force myself to call him a “leader”) has spent the last 3 months concerned about one thing and one thing only. The economy. No, I take that back. He has been concerned with the Stock Market. Period. Which is part of the economy, but hardly the entire economy. He has identified himself as the man behind the Obama boom he inherited. As the man who created a great economy from nothing. A legend in his own mind.

To such an extent that he and his sycophants have all but ignored the pandemic. We can easily go back to his various statements about how it was a hoax or a plot or was being overblown by the “fake news”. As long as the stock market looked good, he was unconcerned.

February . We have it under control. It will disappear. It will be like a miracle.

Now, due to the inaction and hubris of those in charge, we see the economy on the verge of a major shutdown. It is temporary, of course, because it is caused by a medical emergency, not an economic one.

But still, every chance he gets, the man in the bubble talks about how we had the greatest economy on Earth, until this pandemic hit.  There will be plenty of time to dissect all the incompetency and corruption that has led us to this point. And there is plenty.

But what needs to be done now (actually 2 months ago) is an honest, open explanation of what the government is actually doing to help the states and cities fight this war. Instead of vague comments about how he is doing a great job, perhaps listing specific, reliable actions he is taking at the national level would help ease some of the fear. Of course, the problem is that the federal government is doing very little. The anti-big government mentality still holds sway. Let the states worry about it, not our problem.

To Mr. Trump and his cadre of ass kissers: It’s not the economy, stupid.

It’s a pandemic. It’s a national emergency. If you cannot handle it perhaps now is the time to announce you will not seek re-election. Then, perhaps, you can sit quietly in Mar-a-Lago and let the experts take over. The “best of your ability” is not good enough. It’s killing people.

 

 

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5 responses to “It’s Not the Economy, Stupid

  1. Trump talks about the stock market because he doesn’t understand that there are any other measures of economic performance than that. What people don’t realize is that he is incredibly stupid about basic factual matters. He literally thinks that most of America is a manufacturing economy, as if this was 1950. He thinks most people work in factories. He also doesn’t understand what a virus is. He’s got a grade school level notion of “germs” but that’s it.

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  2. whungerford

    For many, being stricken with covid 19 means an unpleasant death. It isn’t clear when vulnerable people will be able to go about freely in society again. Predictions that the medical crisis will be over soon seem optimistic–many are not yet taking the danger of spreading disease seriously, it may linger thru summer, fall, and perhaps indefinitely until prevention or cure is possible. Retail stores may be a thing of the past. Schools may be supplanted by computer instruction.

    It may be increasingly difficult to find people willing to work in stores, restaurants, schools, prisons, and hospitals. Visitation at hospitals and nursing homes may be done with. Tele-medicine may replace visits to the doctor. The economy will recover, but the status quo ante may be gone forever.

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  3. Well said. But I also believe Trump is a stable genius.
    He’s been shoveling out horse barns all his life.

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