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Manhattan, A Photographer’s Journey by Henry Barnard

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Decline

The beginning of the serious American decline began yesterday. In 10 years, the US will be unrecognizable.

Antifa unleashed; the left-wing press becoming even more vindictive; economic stagnation; poverty and crime explode; diatribes against capitalism as an evil.

Swamp Won

Swamp Won

The swamp takes back Washington. Discouraging.

What can one expect? Much higher taxes on the wealthy but also the middle class…and corporations. Many looney-climate change initiatives that damage the economy because they undermine the use of fossil fuels, which underpin all economic activity. Actions that benefit China and undermine the US, particularly economically. More Russia hysteria as the bogeyman. Stupid and naive deals with Iran and a cold shoulder to Israel. Much money for various countries around the world, while the US deficit explodes. Open borders and mass immigration from Latin America. Political mismanagement and lawlessness and the growth of real poverty in American cities. Repression toward all political conservatives, particularly those who aligned themselves with Trump.

In short, the real decline of the United States, as a strong and economically powerful country, into a country that is economically weak and politically teetering on civil war.

There will be a 3-month grace period for the new administration, and then the wheels start to come off when all the stimulus money and free money don’t produce any turnaround in the economy and the dismal employment picture.

As things get worse and worse, the radical left-wingers will blame it all on conservatives as Nazis.

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Bearish

I’m bearish on the economy because I think this coming Democratic administration is guided by ideology and much of what they believe undermines business development and kills off jobs, so we will get what we got from Obama — a federal government that’s neutral to hostile to business with policies that unintentionally limit or even reduce jobs growth. Exactly what a stalled economy doesn’t need. At some point, this will show up as a sharp decline in the stock market, perhaps even a prolonged recession.

It may well be a good idea to start to invest elsewhere than in the US, as the US, so deeply divided politically and so disrupted economically, may well be a country in serious long-term decline. And add to that that asset prices like the stock market and the housing sector are seriously overvalued.

Biden’s Dumb Stimulus Plan

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Canceling the pipeline is another jobs-killing measure by our new president. This at a time when the unemployment rate has not recovered, but may be getting worse again. Fairy tale economics from this Democrat. Raising the minimum wage another jobs-killing measure, especially in states with lower cost of living.

These Democrats are ideologues. Reality isn’t an issue for them. They do what their ideology dictates — whatever the consequences.

Biden’s Dumb Stimulus Plan

Biden’s Dumb Stimulus Plan

Biden’s stimulus plan that raises the minimum wage, of course, undermines jobs by making employers pay more for their least expensive employees, so naturally what these employers will do is cut some of those jobs to protect their profit margins — this is especially true in states with a lower cost of living, as in many of the states in the South. This at a time when it is crucial to stimulate job growth. What’s the word for that. “Dumb” comes to mind.

The bulk of the program is this big giveaway to state government with deplorable finances — think New York and California. In other words, it rewards bad financial behavior by state governments with the most spendthrift mindsets. Another dumb.

Finally, it gives a huge amount of money to colleges and public schools, i.e., financing an education system that is already way overdeveloped to begin with. Another dumb.

And again we have this practice of giving money to people, which is part of the program which actually does address the immediate problem, but I ask you, is it smart for the federal government to be giving money to everyone — is that a smart practice in the long run? I think not.

Put another way, is it wise for the federal government, which is already so deeply in debt, to take on such an unprecedented amount of new debt? That’s what the big giveaway comes down to — an enormous expansion of federal government debt, which is already well beyond anyone’s real understanding before this stimulus plan is even put into effect. It mortgages our children’s future and their children’s future…and their children’s future.

What would make sense here is a massive infrastructure program by the federal government. What should have been done way back in the 2008 crisis but wasn’t. Are we about to repeat history?

Benign Protest

Uncertainty

What happens after you have a fraudulent election.

The canary in the coal mine on the election for me was Arizona — that Arizona would side with a Democrat. That’s Goldwater Arizona siding with a Democrat. Yeah, right. And pigs can fly.

Even many of the Democrats think the election was rigged.

In addition to uncertainty, you pretty much destroy any faith in future elections being at all honest, which means your sacred vote doesn’t actually matter very much. The edifice of American democracy gets rocked. Thus the new and cloying uncertainty.

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