sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Math Question

Nobody is ever going to refer to Donald Trump as "the great communicator". His appeal is in the hope that he will stop the machine in DC that continually drags America down. Interest rates are at 0. Economic growth is at 0. Job growth is stagnant and two weeks ago the Obama Administration predicted that if you are making less than $25/hr, you're going to be replaced by a machine within 20 years. Trump won't fix the march of mechanization as low-skilled workers are pricing themselves out of the workplace. A national $15/hr minimum wage will hasten it if Bernie is elected.

But I digress.
Donald Trump answers the question: What is 2+2? 
"I have to say a lot of people have been asking this question. No, really. A lot of people come up to me and they ask me. They say, 'What's 2+2'? And I tell them look, we know what 2+2 is. We've had almost eight years of the worst kind of math you can imagine. Oh my God, I can't believe it. Addition and subtraction of the 1s the 2s and the 3s. It's terrible. It's just terrible. Look, if you want to know what 2+2 is, do you want to know what 2+2 is? I'll tell you. First of all the number 2, by the way, I love the number 2. It's probably my favorite number, no it is my favorite number. You know what, it's probably more like the number two but with a lot of zeros behind it. A lot. If I'm being honest, I mean, if I'm being honest. I like a lot of zeros. Except for Marco Rubio, now he's a zero that I don't like. Though, I probably shouldn't say that. He's a nice guy but he's like, '10101000101,' on and on, like that. He's like a computer! You know what I mean? He's like a computer. I don't know. I mean, you know. So, we have all these numbers, and we can add them and subtract them and add them. TIMES them even. Did you know that? We can times them OR divide them, they don't tell you that, and I'll tell you, no one is better at the order of operations than me. You wouldn't believe it. So, we're gonna be the best on 2+2, believe me."

Political Lessons

The politics of the moment reflect the damage caused by eight years of failure, caused by Barack Obama and the gross lack of confidence that people on all sides of the political spectrum have in the ability of Washington to fairly and honestly represent their interests in managing our Republic (if indeed that is what we have today).
Note: I lost the bet I had with Adrienne. Cruz won Idaho and won big, though polling suggested that it would be a Trump victory. I owe Mr. and Mrs. Adrienne a nice dinner. Adrienne suggests that she's hungry. She can wait for me to travel to Idaho in due time or she can join me for a very nice dinner in Southern California. Up to you Adrienne.
I found it fascinating that as soon as Marco Rubio took on the mantle of "champion of the elite" that his numbers absolutely tanked. I also find it interesting that the $39 million in attack advertising against Trump that his own Party is using against him didn't appear to do much to stop him, except in Idaho, I guess. The lesson for Mr. Cruz, who is despised every bit as Mr. Trump, is not to embrace Mitt Romney, whose credibility is evident since he backed Rubio.

If the mandarins are correct, Mitt's attacks against Trump did nothing but solidify his wins in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii last night. 

It pains me to see Mitt Romney become the face and voice of the Washington elites because while he is one of them, I thought him to be ethically a cut above. Pleading for a brokered convention where he would emerge as the hero and save us from such as Trump and Cruz is despicable. I donated money to his cause during his run for the presidency. I would never do that for him again.

There are a number of things that the voter revolt and the rise of Donald Trump tell me. Much of America is sick and tired of the political correctness that has gripped the nation; We as a nation are tired of being screwed in trade over-and-over-and-over again; Nationalism is on the rise and people like the idea of "America first"; Many people are fed up with the cur-like behavior of leadership; and some may vote for Trump so that Whoopie Goldberg leaves America once and for all as she has promised to do if he wins.

The Republican field's winnowing will leave the elites without a champion of their own, still praying for somebody like Mitt to ride in on a white horse and save them. By next Tuesday night (March 15) it will be a two person race. And while I am not going to go out on a limb and suggest that it will be a Trump sweep, it looks as if Florida will be a victory for him and Ohio will be close. 

I personally don't favor Trump over Cruz. I just don't hate Trump as much as I don't love Cruz. But the calculus for a Cruz nomination is becoming increasingly complicated. He shouldn't reach out to Rubio to stump for him because it would finish his campaign. At the moment the elites have made Rubio (a Tea Party candidate in his own right), toxic.