James P. Pinkerton has a post over at The American Conservative about how the Democrats’ lack of imagination has forced them to recycle failed ideas from FDR’s administration. In addition to court packing, various Democrats are pushing a Green New Deal. Others are proposing a Universal Basic Income. And way too many Democrats seem to be behind higher taxes and so-called Modern Monetary Theory.
Yet Modern Monetary Theory might just as well be called Weimar Monetary Theory, as we recall, without affection, the German hyperinflation of 1921-23. Historians regard that monetary debacle, which wiped out Germany’s middle class, as one of that country’s stepping stones on the road to Nazism.
While many Progressives will refer to anyone opposing their proposals as a “nazi,” they seem to view being on a road to more state control as a feature not a bug. Stephen Green (he’s due a H/T for pointing me to the Pinkerton piece) has noted,
that the current push for ultra-high income taxes isn’t about collecting revenue, but about increasing control and creating new opportunities for graft.
Yep. American Progressivism has been about control from the late 19th century onward. Those early Progessives wanted to control the underclass and undesirables just as their great-great grandchildren want to control deplorables. Prohibition finally failed, but the mischief caused by the Harris Act (federal control of opium and coca) and its successors lives on. So does Planned Parenthood. So does …
As for graft, it’s not always about money. More often, it’s about power. Many supporters of the Progressive cause assume that they are members of the Party when, in fact, they are only useful proles, and many members of the Outer Party assume that they will be part of the Inner Party one day. Both groups will be shocked when their chocolate ration is raised from 30 grams to 20 grams along with the rest of us.
In apparent proof that it is possible to run out of other peoples’ money, California appears to be aborting its high-speed rail project less than a week after the
Green New Deal Great Leap Backward™ crowd announced that the whole country would be switching back to trains from air travel over the next 10 years.
I was going to write that none of the Green New Derpsters were available for comment, but that isn’t strictly true. However, the editorial standards here at Hogewash! don’t allow such language.
Oh, and everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Who’s gonna fill out all the environment impact statements and other paperwork required by the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, etc. in order to cover vast swaths of environmentally sensitive vegetation and wildlife habitat with sunlight-blocking solar panels and bird-killing windmills? And how will all that paperwork move through the permitting system and NIMBY litigation so quickly?
Asking for a friend who’s a government contractor at the Corps of Engineers.
Victor Davis Hanson has a post over at American Greatness that takes a look at how the various contenders for the Democrat’s 2020 presidential nomination are shaping Trump’s ability to use their own rhetoric against them. In passing, he notes that it will be difficult for the Democrats to sell the idea that we can rebuild our infrastructure using battery-powered versions of these—
His analysis of the candidates is equally insightful. Read the whole thing.
And it’s a great source of sparkles!
I’m an Electrical Engineer. When I first saw the abbreviation GND yesterday in reference to the Green New
Deal Derp, my immediate thought was of ground. In EE-speak, a ground (often abbreviated GND) is a structure that can serve as a source and sink of electric current. As such, it is the place that is the reference point for measuring electrical potential (what’s commonly called voltage), so it’s the place of zero potential.
GND has zero potential.
Much of the initial pointage, laughery, and mockification of ¡Ocasio! She Guevara’s Green New
Deal Derp has been about cattle farts and high-speed railways to Hawaii. My first reaction when I heard about the proposed elimination of the fossil fuels wasn’t to think of my car because I was cooking at the time—on my gas stove.
I grew up in Nashville, the heart of TVA country, in a house with an electric stove. My mother loved it because it was easier to manage than the coal stoves she learned to cook on. However, gas stoves are even more responsive than electric. Because of the thermal mass of the element in an electric “burner,” there can be a significant delay between turning a knob and a change in heat delivery. OTOH, a gas flame’s heat output quickly tracks the flow setting. When we built Mrs. Hoge’s kitchen that she used for teaching and her personal cheffing business, we installed a 6-burner gas stove with a 36-in oven along with a 27-in electric wall oven for small baking jobs. (A 36-in gas oven is great for two turkeys at a time, but it’s overkill on a pizza.)
The other significant modification that we made to stately Hoge Manor was to replace the electrical radiant heating with a gas furnace when we switched from window air conditioners to central HVAC. The house is much more comfortable, and the heating costs lower. Oh, and we switched to a gas dryer while we were at it. The water heater is still electric.
We switched from electrical heating and cooking in order to improve the energy efficiency of our house. The Green New Derp would be a Great Leap Backward™ for me.
BTW, I’m an Electrical Engineer.
Congress can pass legislation, but “ye cannae change the Laws of Physics.”