Trump, Clinton and Hobson

RiggedBoth the clowns chasing the U.S. presidency  like zombies sighting raw brains have lifted off from economics into flights of politics. Neither is even trying to sell reality anymore, probably assuming that their audience of public school graduates and dropouts is unacquainted with reality anyway.

Both promise to heal the economy using government. Both promise to provide jobs. Both therefore, are liars. Government produces no wealth; it consumes it instead, after confiscating it from citizens. The only jobs it can provide are paid by taxing citizens for the money, or these days, borrowing or printing it to be collected as taxes later. Voting for such false economics is a “Heads, government wins; tails, citizens lose” game. The money flows from taxpayers to government; some of it flows quietly to politicians and what’s left, flows back into the economy it came from. How does that cure anything?

But those are the promises from both candidates, though Hillary Clinton admit she wants more taxes to spend, just lying about who will pay them. Donald Trump doesn’t bring up how he will finance his program; he sticks to tax cuts and skips over financing his program. Voters for either will find their resulting reality reality sucks, i.e. they will have been suckered.

The 2016 U.S. presidential election is shaping up as a true Hobson’s choice.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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2 Responses to Trump, Clinton and Hobson

  1. Michael says:

    I don’t see the two as badly as you. Trump is proposing lower taxes. That equates to a healthier economy. I don’t know what programs he proposes outside building a Wall and deporting welfare leeches who are illegals. That would save money enough to build the wall. So I presume Trump has at least some reality as part of his plan. Clinton says nothing that makes any real sense.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Perhaps Trump is popular in some quarters mostly for the same reasons he is so opposed in others? Favored less for who he is than for who he isn’t?

      He speaks of reducing taxes, which is up to Congress, not the President. As he is silent on spending cuts of real significance, that must be presumed to increase the deficits, seems to me. Anyway, up to Congress again. No substance, just puffery. Same as the rest of them …

      I see a career promoter and salesman promising what a president is not empowered to deliver. He is no glovalist on immigration and sounds protectionist on trade, a stance that prolonged the Great Depression. (See: Smoot-Hawley Tariff).

      Trump may or may not be an improvement over Clinton, as it appears here. And if it turns out that he is an improvement, the differences are limited to presidential powers; a lot of status quo Congresspeople are being reelected.

      We are offered a choice between a demented witch and a political reincarnation of P.T. Barnum. Or so it seems from here …

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