Figuring Out the 2016 Election Cycle: What Went Wrong With the Narrative?
- The Clash of Republican Con Artists: Paul Krugman, NY Times Op Ed
- The Truth About the Dysfunctional Downscale Communities is that they Deserve to Die: Mark Thoma, Economists View
- Trump is No Accident: Paul Krugman, NY Times commentary section
- Free Trade Doesn't Have to Devastate Workers: Justin Fox, Bloomberg
- Why the Working Class is Choosing Trump and Sanders: Mark Thoma The Fiscal Times
- Regulation in the Pharma Industry: ProMarket
It takes a con-artist to expose a con: From the Left, Krugman's piece suggests the real anger among Republicans against Trump is that he has exposed the con-job mainstream Republicanism has perpetrated on Trump's supporters (largely white males) by leading them to believe their anger should be directed against Liberals, Democrats, and especially Obama and Hillary. Instead, Trump tells his supporters that currency manipulation by China (supported by the way by US corporate interests), bad free-trade deals, stupid but expensive wars, and dumb bipartisan and wacko immigration policies--all perpetuated by a well-heeled bipartisan coalition in Washington--are the causes of our national decline. Take away the racially charged, misogynist, and nativist icing on this cake, and it begins to taste a lot like Bernie Sanders, right? Add a hint of raspberry campaign finance corruption, a note of cinnamon shovel-money-to-the-one-percent, drop the fragrances of beaten up protesters, and (link to "Why the Working Class...") you would hardly notice the difference!
Get over it and find a job: From the Right (and mainstream) Mark Thoma ("The Truth About...") reproduces parts of an article in National Review, by Kevin Williamson, telling Trump supporters to quit listening to Trump blame the expensive wars, China's currency manipulation, poor trade deals, and immigration policy for their troubles: Just rent a U Haul and head to a city with a growing job market: and, by the way, vote for Cruz, Rubio, or Kasich. Not exactly a novel idea, but one that is more frequently reserved for the black unemployed, instead of a major component of the Republican base.
Take a look at the inside of Bernie's "corrupt political system:" The Right has not delved much into what might be behind the Bernie phenomenon. Analysis of Bernie (even from the Left) has been as shallow as the Left's analysis of Trump six months ago. In most circles, Republican or Democrat, and in the mainstream news media, he is still desmissed as a hopeless "populist," as though the word itself was an explanation. But some stuff is beginning to percolate, including the Pro-Market piece, which exposes the blatant, and legal, corruption in the pharmaceutical industry's relationship with doctors, and in the Justin Fox and Thoma pieces.