Monday, July 26, 2010
  Like Niobe, all tears

NBC ran an unusually powerful feature last night on poverty in Southeast Ohio.

Unusual in two ways: (1) It was exclusively about poor white folks, breaking the standard MSM axiom that All Whites Are Powerful Racists And All Blacks Are Still Slaves. (2) It was a hard-hitting documentary on poverty aired while a Democrat is president, breaking the standard MSM axiom that Poverty Is Solely Caused By Republicans.



While I watched (yes, through tears) I was thinking about this concise bit of alternate history, offered by an anonymous commenter at Sailer's blog yesterday:
If we'd have had a Pat Buchanan as president in 1992, how much better off would we be now? The Clintons would have never have happened. There would have been no George W. Bush, and therefore there almost assuredly would have been no Obama. The border would be walled, factory and construction jobs would still be held by blacks & whites. Many jobs would still be here, and would pay high enough (H1B probably being dismantled) to be worth doing. Real estate prices would be lower, and thus homes more affordable. We wouldn't have had the two recent middle eastern wars because terrorists wouldn't have been able to gain entry here in the first place to make 9/11 happen. The treasury would therefore not have been bankrupted. The Bushes (and their friends like Vicente Fox) have been a disaster for America. The Bushes have hurt America more than the Clintons did. Lets make sure no more of them ever get elected by always donating to their opponents.


I'd add: A Buchanan type wouldn't have allowed Wall Street to consume our entire economy. He would have understood the difference between production and gambling, and would have shaped regulations to favor Americans over Jews.

And a Buchanan type would have reined in the genocidal mass-slaughtering terrorist organization EPA, which was primarily responsible for the deep sorrows of these quiet people. EPA's first vicious blitzkrieg in the '70s strafed the Ohio Valley from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh, ripping out the steel mills and transferring our steel industry to EPA's Chinese masters.

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NBC didn't talk much about solutions, except for the tiresome and pointless nostrum of education. Nope. Why bother educating factory workers for hi-tech jobs when we're outsourcing the hi-tech jobs along with the factory jobs? The only real answer is the Buchananite or Economic Nationalist solution, closing the circle, keeping money and jobs and human capital inside the country.

Both "parties" treat isolationism and protectionism as dirty words, training us to forget that America's most successful decades were exactly the years when we practiced isolationism and protectionism.

Some of us will not forget.
 


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