November 17, 2016

21st Century Democrats

Dan Henninger, on fire, in the WSJ Ed Page:

This generation of Democrats doesn't even know what the economy is anymore.

For the Democrats, America's daily life of work, profit and loss across 50 states is essentially an alien phenomenon that sends them revenue, the way a pipeline transmits natural gas. This pipeline fuels their "economy," which is the thousands and thousands of spending and line items in the $4 trillion federal budget.

Some would call this redistribution. The Democrats would call it their life's work. Truth is, it isn't working for them anymore.

Trigger Warning: the column carries a very unflattering photo of Sen. Elizabeth Warren ("Wampum out of Politics!" - MA) which will be disturbing to most viewers.

Don't Demand the Unearned Posted by John Kranz at November 17, 2016 1:36 PM

Long ago, perhaps even before it had an OnLine venue, I clearly recall a very good article titled "Doughnut Hole Democrats" which outlined how the middle class had deserted that party - it was all uber-rich or under-class poor. Now, MY experience hasn't been that way, but I've lived in Boulder County (desperately seeking Palo Alto) for ~30 years now.

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 21, 2016 12:11 AM

Middle class is pretty broad. I suggest most Boulderites are in the upper half of the middle. They might not be tech billionaires, but they buy a Lexus SUV because of its Consumer Reports® safety rating.

The rest moved to "The L's*" in the 80's and 90's and are now headed to Erie, having brought their bad policies outward.

* That's Louisville, Lyons, Longmont and Lafayette to you out-of-staters.

But the real and very sad example of your doughnut hole (mmmm, donuts...) is my birthplace of Denver. They cannot dream up tax increases quickly enough to pass them. The skid rows of my youth are now littered with million dollar lofts and Porches. But the workers are pushed out by high taxes and bad services.

Posted by: jk at November 21, 2016 9:52 AM | What do you think? [2]