When was our economy the strongest, according to right wing nutjobs?

Right wing nuts think that giving trillions in handouts to the wealthy is going to lead to prosperity, ignoring that trickle-down economics has always been a failure.

I wonder, which era in US history are the nuts trying to return to? Child labor? Slavery? World War?

Looking at unemployment, its clear the late 40’s were our most prosperous.
US_Unemployment_1890-2009
Government created 18 million jobs domestically in support of the war. But we don’t need to have a world war to create government jobs.

Maybe right wing nuts are looking at jobs created per year?
Net-jobs-created-by-year-graph
No, because if they were looking at jobs created per year, they’d want to emulate Bill Clinton. Even Jimmy Carter had more jobs / year than Reagan. Reagan’s huge handouts to the rich led to 10.8% unemployment and we only rebounded when ronnie decided to increase government spending.

Maybe the whackjobs are looking at GDP?
saupload_09_02_02f_gdp_since_1930
Then they’d clearly want to emulate FDR’s policies.

Republicans and their dimwitted cult continually attacks american workers in order to enrich the wealthiest, ignoring that our strongest economies were during times of strong worker rights and pay, while our weaked economies come during times when republicans give huge handouts to the richest.

Idiot

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Donald Trump is an idiot, proven by his sarah palin-style word salad.

Donald Trump is an idiot.

You know the catapult is quite important. So I said what is this? Sir, this is our digital catapult system. He said well, we’re going to this because we wanted to keep up with modern [technology]. I said you don’t use steam anymore for catapult? No sir. I said, “Ah, how is it working?” “Sir, not good. Not good. Doesn’t have the power. You know the steam is just brutal. You see that sucker going and steam’s going all over the place, there’s planes thrown in the air.”

It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said–and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said what system are you going to be–”Sir, we’re staying with digital.” I said no you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.

Donald Trump is an idiot.

Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.

Donald Trump is an idiot.

They’re living in hell. We can’t let that happen. So, we’re going to be very, very strong. That’s a great question and — and it’s a — it’s a very difficult situation because it’s been many, many years. It’s been festering for many, many years. But we have places in this country that we have to fix.

Republicans pass Death to Americans act in the House

The first TrumpCare bill was estimated to kill more than 17,000 americans per year.
For comparison, realize that 9/11 killed 2,974 americans.
Trump and the republicans are kicking terrorists ass, when it comes to harming americans.

The new TrumpCare bill is even worse, doing away with pre-existing conditions protection.
And the fascists voted for it without even waiting for CBO to score it.
Naturally.

Why are republicans so intensely focused on hurting americans?

Another impact of TrumpCare is more medical bankruptcies, as we saw Obamacare cut personal bankruptcies in half.
How Obamacare Helped Slash Personal Bankruptcy by 50%

But surely republicans aren’t so giddy just to cause death to americans and bankruptcy to many other americans, right?
Nope, TrumpCare aka DeathCare also gives the wealthiest americans a huge tax cut.

Dead and Bankrupt americans, all for the sake of bigger handouts to our wealthiest.

How much corruption is acceptable to the right wing cult?

Things That Do Not Bother the Right Wing Cult:
– gerrymandering, allowing republicans to rig districts to get more seats in congress despite getting fewer votes.
– the voter fraud lie, which lets republicans justify tossing out hundreds of thousands of votes (illegally) in order to rig elections.
– voter caging, and other voter suppression tactics.
– naked power grab limiting an incoming (D) governor who replaces a (R) governor.
– citizen’s united and big money in politics, because the mindless right wing cult thinks that right wing billionaires are on their team.
– the right’s propaganda outlets, like fox, who lies to the right wing cult on a daily basis.
– a president that is completely opaque regarding his finances and his health, lies more than any politician in US history, and ignores all norms related to the presidency.

Things That Do Bother the Right Wing Cult:
– ACORN, which registered poor people to vote.

So now that dumb america has triumphed with a trump presidency, what happens next?

Idiot Trump has promised the bush tax cuts on steroids, so expect to see the budget deficit that shrank so much under obama (from 1.2 trillion to 0.5 trillion) to start growing again. Income inequality will grow with it.

Idiot Trump has promised to end previous free trade deals, which would lead to a loss of millions of jobs, more expensive imports and a recession.

Idiot Trump has promised to repeal obamacare, which means that insurance companies will again be able to deny coverage, and there will no longer be any billions in rebate checks coming to american consumers. Millions of americans will lose health insurance.

Trump takes over a country where many states have increased minimum wage – helping the economy. But he’s previously said that wages are too high. If he acts on that stupidity, our GDP will be reduced.

Trump has threatened to renegotiate our debt, which would likely cost us our reserve currency status and cause another republican credit downgrade.

Trump will surely continue to repeat right wing lies and conspiracy theories.
But, is there anything good to expect from a trump presidency? Not likely.

Republican festival of stupidity, Day one.

Of course the right wing nutjobs loved michelle obama’s words, when spoken by #idiotTrump’s wife.

More proof that moronic republican voters only give a shit about the (R) by their idiotic politician’s names.

Couple other times republicans have plagiarized obama.
http://www.politico.com/story/2010/05/ward-remarks-close-to-obama-speech-037688
http://www.liberalamerica.org/2016/02/02/marco-rubio-plagarized-one-of-obamas-speechs-and-hes-getting-called-out-for-it/

Conservatives are intellectually lazy

For years, right wing propagandists have been pushing lies about President Obama.

One of them, that his spending is the reason for huge deficits and debt – was their primary talking point for the first 4 years of obama’s presidency.

It relies on conservatives being intellectually lazy.

Its a fact that the debt has increased by about 8 trillion dollars since Obama took office.  Right wing propagandists want all thinking to STOP right there.  And conservatives oblige.

This chart shows which policies created that debt.?????????????????????????????

 

Right wing liars want you to believe that obama is responsible for all debt added, despite the fact that his policies have added basically nothing to the debt once the impacts are considered.  More on that later.

Right wing liars want you to believe essentially that the budget was balanced when Obama took office (instead of the 1.2 trillion dollar deficit GWB left behind).  That is the only way to realistically blame him for all debt added.  But intellectually lazy conservatives don’t even think that far.

The fiscal year 2009 deficit was 85% GWB (tax cuts, wars, bank bailouts etc).  15% obama (the stimulus which created millions of jobs and helped end the bush recession).  As shown in more detail in the chart below.

trillion deficits

 

Going back to Obama’s total impact on the debt, from policies he signed into law.

Stimulus, 800 billion in debt
Cost as measured by the CBO.

Stimulus, REDUCES debt by 100 billion
Millions more people were employed by the stimulus, and adding up the tax revenue from those additional employed americans likely exceeds 100 billion easily.

Extending the bush tax cuts for 2 years, 620 billion in debt

Budget Control Act of 2011, REDUCES spending by 917 billion

Sequester, REDUCES spending by 1.1 trillion
The sequester was not a good thing.  Estimates show a loss of 1.6 million jobs as a result.  Thank republicans for this.

Partial repeal of the bush tax cuts, REDUCES deficits by 600 billion over 10 years.
This is increased tax revenue of 60 billion / year by ending the bush tax cuts on the wealthiest earners.

Obamacare – reduces the deficit, though the amount is less certain.  Initially the deficit was projected to be lower by tens of billions, but republicans have been chipping away at the law.  In the long term, its been projected to save trillions.

Is that comprehensive?  Surely not.
But a quick accounting shows that Obama’s policies have greatly reduced spending, more than cancelling out the cost of his stimulus and the 2-year extension of the bush tax cuts.  And tax revenue has been increased with the partial repeal of the bush tax cuts.

Fantasy Baseball Results

I estimated:

1st Runs – actual: 2nd, behind by 1 run with a week to go
1st HR – actual: 1st, by a wide margin
1st RBI – actual: 1st, by a safe margin
1st AVG – actual: 5th
9th SB – actual: 9th
9th W – actual: 8th
3rd Saves – actual: 4th
8th ERA – actual: 5th
4th WHIP – actual: 7th
9th K’s – actual: 7th

Pretty close to my initial estimates.  Unfortunately, I’m going to get 3rd or 4th place overall.  Someone else had a season where they were top-4 in almost every category.

In another league, I may still be able to pull out a victory.
But no prize for 2nd place.

Fantasy Baseball

The offense I like.

Starters
C Yan Gomes C | CLE
C Mike Zunino C | SEA
1B Edwin Encarnacion 1B | TOR
2B Kolten Wong 2B | STL
3B Manny Machado 3B | BAL
SS Xander Bogaerts 3B,SS | BOS
MI Devon Travis 2B | TOR
CI Brandon Moss 1B,OF | CLE
OF Mookie Betts OF | BOS
OF Carlos Gonzalez OF | COL
OF Yasiel Puig OF | LAD 585
OF Travis Snider OF | BAL 525
OF Mike Trout OF | LAA 600
U Corey Dickerson OF | COL
Reserves
3B Kris Bryant 3B | CHC
SS Jose Ramirez SS | CLE
OF Ryan Braun OF | MIL
U Brandon Belt 1B | SF

But what happens to that offense if Mookie Betts get 2B eligibility,and Manny Machado gets SS eligibility as rumored?

Starters
C Yan Gomes C | CLE
C Mike Zunino C | SEA
1B Edwin Encarnacion 1B | TOR
2B Kolten Wong 2B | STL
SS Manny Machado 3B | BAL
3B Kris Bryant 3B | CHC
MI Mookie Betts OF | BOS
CI Brandon Moss 1B,OF | CLE
OF Carlos Gonzalez OF | COL
OF Yasiel Puig OF | LAD 585
OF Travis Snider OF | BAL 525
OF Mike Trout OF | LAA 600
OF Ryan Braun OF | MIL
U Corey Dickerson OF | COL

Kris Bryant should be up soon enough.  Manny and Mookie would make middle infield a strength.  OF thins out some – I probably should have traded a closer for Matt Holliday.  Cargo can’t stay healthy all year.  Of course, that does let me switch Dickerson or Moss into OF if needed.  And it removes my two weakest hitters.  A set of starters like the one above could win R, HR, RBI, AVG, and has replacements for 1B, 2B, SS, 3B and 2 built-in  OFers.   And the ability to drop jose ramirez for any other needed player.

MI Devon Travis 2B | TOR
SS Jose Ramirez SS | CLE
U Brandon Belt 1B | SF
SS Xander Bogaerts 3B,SS | BOS

The pitchers aren’t so impressive.  Though there’s potential for a good score in saves and WHIP.  ERA and WHIP may be held back by shoemaker, odorizzi, quintana – to so degree.  And W’s may be a low score.

Pitchers

P Brad Boxberger P | TB
P Aroldis Chapman P | CIN
P Steve Cishek P | MIA
P Craig Kimbrel P | SD
P Jason Hammel P | CHC
P Brandon McCarthy P | LAD
P Collin McHugh P | HOU
P Jake Odorizzi P | TB
P Jose Quintana P | CHW

Reserves
P Carlos Rodon P | CHW
P Matt Shoemaker P | LAA

The theory was that starting pitching should be more common / easier to acquire by trade than hitting.

Without trades, I’ll estimate generously…

1st Runs
1st HR
1st RBI
1st AVG
9th SB
9th W
3rd Saves
8th ERA
4th WHIP
9th K’s

That’s somewhere over 80 points and there is some growth possibilities, too.  McCarthy’s numbers could match his peripherals.   The rest are young enough to improve, and its possible for any of them to have a sub-3 era.