Tendown December 25 2016: YearEndDown

Saturday, December 24, 2016

253 is here.  This is Tendown 254.

By decree of the next President of the United States....Merry Christmas.  Grumble.  Grumble. Grumble.

Here's the year in review.







Trump’s Pick For OMB Director Has Vowed To 'End Medicare As We Know It'


GOP Plans Major Social Security Cuts

And one more

“Let it be an arms race … we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all,” Trump said in an off-air conversation on Friday.

That's all for this time...I'll be back next time...if there is a next time...

Your pal,



Anonymous said...

Jim, a hypothetical: Liz Warren is Hillary's VP instead of Kaine. Think the Dems win?

Jim said...

1. I think so.
2. Do they go to Wisconsin? As a broader version of that question, are we just swapping out names or does the inclusion of Warren signal a greater focus on the types of economic issues that reflect Warren's end of the party? If so, yes. Warren speaks "forgotten American middle class" Less "even Republicans think Trump is dangerous" and more "they want to take your Social Security away. Just ask them."
3. I'm more enthusiastic in that scenario, but HRC got my vote anyway. To whatever extent people on my end (educated lefties primarily interested in economic issues) voted Stein or stayed home, this mitigates that.
4. If Warren's the one at the top of the ticket, solid yes. Trump won because of misogyny and Trump won because white America wanted to take their country back. But there aren't enough votes there without the "I haven't had a raise in 30 years, all the jobs around here are crappy, I'll never be able to retire, all the stores are abandoned, I'm three missed paychecks or a hospitalization away from losing my house and the two political parties aren't paying attention" crowd and those are Warren's people.
5. If you could just swap out Clinton's baggage, that would probably be enough, even if you replaced her someone ideologically similar like Biden. Biden/Kaine, which isn't any more attractive to me than HRC/Kaine, probably wins.

Anonymous said...

One caveat though: Warren literally did go to Wisconsin, campaigning on Russ Feingold's behalf , who lost. Other than that, Warren 2020.

Jim said...

Yup, fair caveat. Different election, obviously, different candidates, some different issues, it doesn't look like it was a desire for someone more economically conservative that cost him the election. But yeah, for lefties that was a bad beat.

She'll be 71. I'd vote for her, but Dems are pressing their luck on the septuagenarians.

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