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Kunstler: The Year in Trump

Public Policy

There he is, our president, both immovable object and irresistible force, unsmiling with slitty eyes beneath that car-hood of a hair-doo, lumbering from one presidential prerogative to the next through squalls of opprobrium, perplexing leaders from foreign lands, punking congressmen and senators, inducing swoons of un-safeness among the zhes, theys, and thems on campus, provoking the op-ed bards of The Times to mouth-foaming hysterics, tweeting any old thing that flies through the interstices of his brain-pan, our Golden Golem of Greatness, MAGA sword in smallish hand against a swirling red sky.

Well, he made it through the year. I thought the fucker would be sandbagged by a claque of Pentagon patriots inside of three months, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

What seems to be forgotten is that Donald Trump brought his own swamp to Washington, as in a history of hinky real-estate wheelings-and-dealings, stiffed vendors, bankruptcies, lowbrow TV hijinks, and dark adventures in the Manhattan nightlife of the late 20th century. So, it’s swamp versus swamp.

You may detect that I’m not exactly a fan of the president, but I rather admire his standing up to the permanent bureaucracy that we call the Deep State, and especially its elite poobahs, who have driven this polity into a deeper ditch than the voters realize. The Mueller investigation hangs over Trump’s head like a piñata filled with dog-shit, but he soldiers on. After more than a year, the RussiaGate narrative is looking like something fished out of the Goodwill Industries dumpster, its chief sponsor, the FBI, riddled with conflicts-of-interest, suspicious political motivations, and flat-out partisan animosity. Right now, there’s more reason to suppose Mueller will have to start asking some hard questions about Russia collusion among the Hillary cohort —and don’t forget, there’s that stinky business featuring ex-DNC-Chief Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her mysterious Pakistani IT go-fer, Imran Awan, waiting in the wings.

Trump’s management of the North Korea nuclear threat has been, shall we say, less subtle than his predecessor’s. The Prez and Kim look like a couple of characters out of a 1949 Warner Brothers LoonyTune. It’s almost enough to make you forget this is serious business. The issue has gone ominously silent for weeks and I rather imagine we’ll witness some real fireworks as the new year rolls out. But if it happens that the US manages to “neutralize” Little Rocket Man without blowing up Seoul and Tokyo, the GGG may get a brownie point from his fiercest auditors.

I saw nothing wrong with Trump’s attempt to constrict travel to the US by people from a list of mainly Islamic nations. The Left shrieked about ethnic “profiling.” Yes, that’s exactly what it was. Why? Because a lot of Islamic maniacs are blowing things up, shooting up joints, and plowing trucks into folks around the world, including This Land is Your Land. On the macro level, I’m all for a broad reduction in immigration. We’ve got enough strip-mall nail parlors for now. And there are something like 100 million American adults out of the work-force. A time-out, at least, is warranted.

I’m skeptical of Trump’s MAGA program. We’re not going to replay the industrial age in North America, and we’re for sure not going to return to the life-ways of 1962. I also doubt that we are heading into a Silicon Valley inspired robotic A-I nirvana of “creative” weenies in flying, pilotless Ubers. Rather, I think we’re more likely to land in a return to something more like 1834, with scant central heating, and a lot of suspense about getting a hot meal at sundown. I want a mule.

The Tax Plan? Real tax relief just doesn’t mean a whole lot without a reduction in the size and scale of government. Its unstated purpose is a temporary stimulant replacement for Federal Reserve money-printing. Its actual effect will be to shove the US closer to real and painful insolvency in which something has to give: either the value of our money, or our having any money. I wonder what sort of dark schemes are being hatched to cold-cock the public with a so-called “cashless society” regime. That’s only one move that could provoke real civil violence, and understandably so, because there’s no greater threat to liberty than the government electronically tracking your every transaction.

Happy New Year, everybody! Watch yourself out on the road!

Coming on Monday: Forecast 2018. Spoiler alert: I’m notoriously wrong about everything, further proof that reality is a slippery fellow….

Kunstler



12 Comments on "Kunstler: The Year in Trump"

  1. Cloggie on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 8:07 am 

    On the macro level, I’m all for a broad reduction in immigration.

    Well, well, it seems that the self-described “teutonic Hebrew” (previous column) is more in touch with the times than the gloating Krugmans of this world, for whom mass-immigration is a tool to ram whitey in minority status and as such make him powerless (to the benefit of the Krugmans):

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/paul-krugman-white-americans-are-losing-their-country/

    It is interesting that Krugman in this 2014 video does realize that between 2014 and the whites=powerless nirwana there could be “dangerous times in between”, referring to Ted Cruz. Well, in turned out that the danger has a different name, namely the “Golden Golem of Greatness”.

    It seems that at least Kunstler prefers majority-white after all or at least says so. Just like the rest of the world, regardless if they are “in” or “out”.

    http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/WORLD/africa/06/06/tunisia.libya.refugees/t1larg.sfax.boat.gi.afp.jpg

    Times are changing. Bloomberg already admitted defeat in that the global US empire is not going to happen:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-27/america-s-new-world-order-is-officially-dead

    The future of whitey suddenly looks a little brighter again. Perhaps that the Sanhedrin will skip WW3 altogether and simply role over and die like the USSR-1991.

  2. joe on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 8:57 am 

    Of course globalisation and liberalism and democracy were great ideas. Everything was going brilliant until Dubya and his jihadi friends decided it was liberalism ‘uber alles’ a no chinks allowed club where the US used depleted uranium (a type of dirty bomb) on anyone it wanted. The rest, they say is (thousands more Americans dead for nothing except money and islamisation of Europe) is history.

  3. eugene on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 10:18 am 

    I find the fear of others interesting. We really have little to fear from others and much, much more to fear of ourselves. “Terrorist” activity has been of the domestic type. But then Americans have always been filled with fear which the media does everything possible to heighten. The reality is the world has much more to fear from us than the other way around. But then keep those tax dollars flowing to the arms manufacturers. I can’t think of a better business to be in than one in which they’re blowing up what you’re selling every day.

  4. ____________________________________________ on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 11:51 am 

    Cloggie why are you complaining. You got a boat load of new pussy grabbing coworkers on they way.

  5. Cloggie on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 12:57 pm 

    If it is only a boat load…

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 3:37 pm 

    https://cis.org/Report/18-Million-Immigrants-Likely-Arrived-2016-Matching-Highest-Level-US-History

    US immigration 2016: 1.8 million

    That is more than annus horriblis 2015 in Europe.

  7. Makati1 on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 7:40 pm 

    ” We’re not going to replay the industrial age in North America, and we’re for sure not going to return to the life-ways of 1962. I also doubt that we are heading into a Silicon Valley inspired robotic A-I nirvana of “creative” weenies in flying, pilotless Ubers. Rather, I think we’re more likely to land in a return to something more like 1834, with scant central heating, and a lot of suspense about getting a hot meal at sundown. I want a mule.”

    BINGO! The Great Leveling continues.

  8. Makati1 on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 7:43 pm 

    I second your comment Eugene. The US is a bully that needs to be taken down. Maybe 2018 will be the year it happens? I hope so.

  9. MASTERMIND on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 8:26 pm 

    Clogg

    The US has around 325 million people. So that is still just a rounding error….FAIL..You are grasping at straws…Dont take it out on the immigrants because you are a loser in life and cant get laid.

  10. Makati1 on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 1:07 am 

    DEBT AMERICA! “…using that credit means we have an obligation to pay back the money we borrowed, and then some. It means we have to work, even if we hate our jobs. The things you bought with credit become anchors, preventing you from making many choices in the future…….what happens when demand increases, and the number of goods remains the same? Prices go up. Consider what happened to prices once we really opened the floodgates on credit, when we officially left the gold standard… ( What cost $1 in 1915, cost $23.70 in 2015.)

    Average household debt: Americans = “Households with any kind of debt owe $131,431 (including mortgages), on average, the data analysis found…. the real median level …(family income) was $59,039 in 2016…”

    Or a family debt of ~220% of income.

    (2017) https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/average-credit-card-debt-household/

    Filipinos = “Debt per adult likewise surged to $458 from $447….the average annual family income of Filipino families was approximately 267 thousand pesos.” (~$5,400.)

    Or a family debt of ~8% of income.

    https://www.psa.gov.ph/content/average-family-income-2015-estimated-22-thousand-pesos-monthly-results-2015-family-income

    I might add: “The survey results showed that the average annual family income of Filipino families was approximately 267 thousand pesos. In comparison, the average annual family expenditure for the same year was 215 thousand pesos. Hence, Filipino families has savings of 52 thousand pesos (~$1,000) in a year, on average.”

    Note that that means the average savings is ~19% of income. Now do you see why the collapse will not be as painful for those NOT in debt? (US average savings is LESS than 5% of income and the majority of Americans do not even have $500 in savings.)

  11. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 5:21 am 

    “DEBT AMERICA! “…using that credit means we have an obligation to pay back the money we borrowed, and then some. It means we have to work, even if we hate our jobs. The things you bought with credit become anchors, preventing you from making many choices in the future……”
    Ah, debt means more than that mad kat. It means productive activity too. Debt is much worse in places like China. Why did you not say DEBT CHINA? Also?

    “.what happens when demand increases, and the number of goods remains the same? Prices go up.”
    Well mad kat, if inflation gets bad people with fixed rate debt will be able to pay it down easier because of inflated wages. You see there is more to it than your small mind can comprehend.

    “Households with any kind of debt owe $131,431 (including mortgages), on average, the data analysis found…. the real median level …(family income) was $59,039 in 2016…”
    Mad kat, mortgages have the subject property as collateral. So what is your point? Mortgages are paid back over 15-30 year periods. You are discussing averages again. That doesn’t show the real picture of people struggling and people succeeding.

    “Filipinos = “Debt per adult likewise surged to $458 from $447….the average annual family income of Filipino families was approximately 267 thousand pesos.” (~$5,400.) Or a family debt of ~8% of income.”
    What a friggen joke, the P’s has a GDP similar to that state of Missouri with 16 times the population. It is a 3rd world country. That is not a good comparison. Are we peddling agenda?

    “Note that that means the average savings is ~19% of income. Now do you see why the collapse will not be as painful for those NOT in debt? (US average savings is LESS than 5% of income and the majority of Americans do not even have $500 in savings.)”
    WTF, mad kat, when collapse hit the P’s all that mass of people will be out of work and starving. There will be no exporting of low wage stuff. The P’s is a net importer of food BTW with failing forest, fisheries, and water resources. That can’t end well. You are screwed mad kat.

  12. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 5:27 am 

    Thanks Asia this will be exciting. Mad kat, any thought on this? How does this reflect on all that techno superiority you constantly regurgitate here? You know hyper sonic missiles and all. LMFAO if it was not so sad.

    “Malfunctioning Chinese Space Station Expected To Crash To Earth In March”
    https://tinyurl.com/y8uy3t6q

    “An out-of-control Chinese space station which has lost communication with Earth is expected to come crashing down to Earth sometime in March – only nobody knows exactly where or when the derelict spacecraft will hit, except that it will be between the 43rd parallels. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell says it’s impossible to predict where the station will hit. “You really can’t steer these things,” McDowell said, adding “Even a couple of days before it reenters we probably won’t know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it’s going to come down.”

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