The Progressive Disaster That Is Illinois

 

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan speaking to press about the status of the state budget on June 22, 2017 during a special legislative session called by GOP Governor Bruce Rauner
Screenshot of an Illinois News Network video.

No progressive-dominated  state  exemplifies the bleeding of population and resources to red states more than the deep blue state of Illinois. It is a perfect example of the forces described in the post The Ideological Balkanization of the United States.

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The Ideological Balkanization of the United States

The red state – blue state division of  the United States as revealed by the presidential results of the past four presidential elections.
Wikimedia Commons / Angr

This week The Sacramento Bee  reported additional evidence for the ideological balkanization of the United States. The newspaper of California’s capitol reported the state government is now banning publicly funded travel to four more states because the California government views those states’ laws or policies as discriminatory to gay and transgender people. The four new states on the list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota, all of which are red states according to the map above, i.e. Republican and neoliberal (aka “conservative”). Those four new states join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, similarly red states. As of now, I am unaware of any similar bans by red states against blue, i.e. predominantly Democratic and progressive states.

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How the Left Would Overthrow the GOP and Donald Trump

Progressives man the barricades the day after Donald J. Trump's inauguration as President of the United States.

Progressives man the barricades the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States.
Youtube / Ibrahim Ka-Almasih Garba

It is not as if Donald J. Trump is a neoliberal  (erroneously also called a “conservative”), which he has not been in the past. In fact, before he became a Republican presidential candidate, his expressed opinions seemed to be more consistent with progressivism. Had Democratic progressives not reacted to his election with complete hostility, they would have had a much better chance than with any other Republican presidential candidate of bending Trump toward their views. This suggests Donald Trump is not the main focus for progressive action; he merely presents an opportunity for progressives to nullify the results of the 2016 elections.

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How Probable Is A Second American Civil War?

Union dead on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Union dead on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, photographed July 5 or July 6, 1863, by Timothy H. O’Sullivan
Wikimedia Commons / T. H. O’Sullivan

Essays speculating on the imminent beginning of a second American civil war are proliferating with the rising political violence by American Leftists and the recent assassination attempts on Republican lawmakers. All you have to do to find them is to do a Google search with the search phrase, “second american civil war 2017.” Could these posts be just hysterical overreaction, or is there a real possibility for such a catastrophe?

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Reaction To The Violent Idiots Amongst Us

Fight between UC Berkeley students and Trump supporters.

Fight between UC Berkeley students and Trump supporters.
Screenshot of Fox News report.

Yesterday,  as a nation we suffered through a horrific reminder of just how bad the relations between us as fellow citizens are becoming. One determined and enraged individual, James Hodgkinson, opened fire on Republican congressmen as they practiced for the annual congressional ballgame between the parties. Miraculously, he killed no one, although the condition of Rep. Steve Scalise, the Republican House Whip, has reportedly deteriorated to critical. Had it not been for the presence of two Capitol Hill police officers on Scalise’s security detail, a large number of Republican lawmakers, both representatives and senators, might have been assassinated.

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The Rot Goes Deep in the Democratic Party

Democratic Party workers watching the presidential election returns in shock on the night of November 8, 2016.

Democratic Party workers watching the presidential election returns in shock on the night of November 8, 2016.
Photo Credit: AP / Matt Rourke

One might expect such a lurid title  for a post from a neoliberal such as myself (also erroneously known as a “conservative”) . However, the reason why American progressives should take this judgement so very, very seriously is that it comes not just from from a neoliberal, but also from a progressive American journalist, an academic who is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia University School of Journalism. Thomas B. Edsall comes to this same conclusion in a June 8 op-ed in the New York Times entitled The Democratic Party Is in Worse Shape Than You Thought.

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How Is Donald Trump Doing Economically in June 2017?

The time evolution of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank's GDPNow forecast for the second quarter of 2017.

The time evolution of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s GDPNow forecast for the second quarter of 2017.
Image and Data Credit: Atlanta Federal Reserve District Bank / Center for Quantitative Economic Research

Just a few days ago,  in my post U.S. Economy and Stock Markets, May 2017, I noted there were of a number of economic statistics pointing to  current and future economic growth somewhat greater than the stagnant levels to which we became accustomed under Obama. In just those few days, I have found even more economic tea leaves for us all to ponder.

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Are US Progressives Committing Political Suicide?

Anti-Trump Resistance protest
Screenshot of Youtube video from the Next News Network

American progressives  are becoming increasingly unhinged as they push ever further toward the political Left. Their hysterical reaction to the political successes of the neoliberal Right is leading them to concentrate their attentions on innuendo and political smears; that is, on mostly emotional reactions to express how much they so thoroughly hate the American Right. They have become so rabid, one has to wonder if they may be about to commit  political suicide inadvertently.

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