Posted On: Saturday - May 1st 2021 1:25PM MST
In Topics:   Pundits  Preppers and Prepping  Economics  US Feral Government  Inflation  Zhou Bai Dien
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I have a lot of respect for Pat Buchanan as a former Americans-first politician, a statesman, a counter-stupidity talking head, and a good writer. As a pundit that still works with a mid-20th century mindset (OK, sometimes late-20th century), he has me not reading his columns regularly anymore. Peak Stupidity wished him well on his 80th birthday 2 1/2 years back, but we also pointed out (earlier post) that his optimism and continued belief in political civility in America show an ancient mindset, that is unfortunately not "viable". From the 2nd link above:
He writes about political strategy as in how many votes "we" get if this happens, and what the Senate rules are with the "nuclear option" having been set up by the D's, and it's gonna work against them .. blah blah. OK, you DO know how all this works better than a lowly Peak Stupidity blogger, Pat, but listen, things are not as civil politically as you are used to, and they are quickly getting even less civil. The rules don't matter to the cntrl-left, and most of the people we think are on our side are not on our side. I have not seen ANY political legislation/ruling/whatever go in the RIGHT direction since the EARLY 1990's, Pat! The elite have been getting what they want, one way or another.His latest column, at least as I pre-judged from the title, may have me reading again. In Biden Bets the Farm—To "Change the World", Mr. Buchanan seems to see the financial doom that the Bai Dien Administration is trying to accelerate (not necessarily purposefully, as he's just a senile puppet) with another FDR/LBJ style projectile vomit of Socialist spending.
After enacting a COVID-19 relief package of $1.9 trillion in March without a single Republican vote in Congress, Biden proposed a jobs and infrastructure program of $2.2 trillion. He has now added an "American Families Plan" of another $1.8 trillion.Holy cow, that's $5.9 Trillion. They - after all, it's Congress who passes it - are spending Trillions in the way that only a few decades ago 10's of Billions were spent. (That the total New Deal spending of 9 decades back was $50 Billion or so tells us how far the US $ has fallen.) Mr. Buchanan compares Biden to the 2 biggest Socialist Presidents of last century:
While Biden's $6 trillion in total spending is spread over several years, it represents a claim on the nation's wealth equal to 30% of GDP—a figure comparable to FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society.Oh, it's not just over one year, though, so ... Sure, but this is additional spending, above the always about 1/4 extra-outlays-to-income budget will run. (We just showed the '19 budget pies this past Tuesday.) This adding of another 6 Trillion bucks on top is getting even the usually staid Pat Buchanan worried. If Buchanan sees doom for the country, I should already have gotten into my vehicle with the bug-out bag!
One hundred days into his term, our oldest president is seeking to become a transformative progressive president in the FDR mold, and he is betting his presidency he can bring it off.Later in the column, Mr. Buchanan reverts to his usual self and relates the prospect of this damaging the midterm elections for the Blue-squad, as per LBJ* in 1966, then many more Red-squad Presidents were elected, etc., etc.,.. No man, this is not 1966, 1986, or 2006. Things don't work like this anymore. The GOP doesn't fight, they are too scared of being called names to get elected on principles, and they will be cheated against anyway. This political stuff is about over, Pat.
I put a comment in under a Steve Sailer post today to ask Ron Unz to think about including a prepper columnist on his well-working site. The chance of Mr. Unz reading (especially my stuff!) is only 10%, I'd guess. I'd really like to see some of that on his site due to my liking the commenting system so much. If Ron Unz can host the total Mao-sack-hanging Commie Godfree Roberts, I don't think the hosting of a prepper or two is too much to ask.
Pat Buchanan doesn't cut it as a prepper, but he sure comes off a bit worried in this column:
During the runoff races for the two Senate seats in Georgia last year, Sen. Chuck Schumer blurted, "Now we take Georgia, then we change the world."What will this change consist of? There'll be much higher taxes (skipping up a paragraph in the column):
That is an apt description of what is going on. Biden, Schumer and Nancy Pelosi mean to use the window of opportunity their slimmest of margins on Capitol Hill have provided them—to "change the world."
Biden proposes to raise the U.S. corporate tax by one-third to 28%, raise the personal income tax rate to 40%, double the tax on capital gains to 40%, and raise death and inheritance taxes to effect a greater equality of wealth in America.I know, I know, it'll hit the big guys that need to be hit. It's not really just who gets hit. The money has to still come from somewhere. Inflation is about to get much more serious. It's numbers like $6,000,000,000,000 EXTRA that get me into a financial planning panic.
Really, I've done well more than I believe 95% of middle-class Americans have done to be prepared, but, I don't know - it's time to up our game here.
Yeah, it'd make me feel a lot better to read a regular prepper columnist and good commenters along with it. Do you read here, Ron Unz? Forget everything I said about you. All is forgiven.
* This was, in fact, very much like one Steve Sailer post (can't find them easily) of a few weeks back, making me wonder if Pat reads Steve. Mr. Sailer had the same attitude of which I tried to disabuse him of, that it's all just the continuing politics of the nation ... goes back and forth ... all is well!