Monday, January 2, 2017

Newspeak and Doublethink


George Orwell added “newspeak” and “doublethink” to our vocabulary. If you haven’t read Orwell’s “1984”, do so this minute. The book is a classic. If you haven’t read “Brave New World” by Aldus Huxley and “Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig, read them both immediately after you finish 1984. Consider them all as prerequisites for reading this post.

When Barack Obama was elected President we were in a major recession that was about to tip into a full depression. The stock market was on the verge of going bust. Foreclosures were devastating the housing market. Unemployment was high and on the rise. Our automobile and banking industries were about to shut down.

When Barack Obama leaves office on January 20th, he will turn over to Donald Trump an economy that has rebounded. The stock market is at record highs. The housing market has come back. Unemployment is low. Our automobile and banking industries are once again thriving. There are also 20,000,000 more people with health insurance.

For some reason people are saying President Obama was destroying our country. I don’t understand this. This is where Mr. Orwell comes into the picture. He gave us the words to explain this phenomenon. We are engaging in newspeak and doublethink.

Once again I find myself saying Holy Moly! What is going on here? Have we lost our minds?

Well, the simple answer is “yes”! We are freaking space cadets! Donald Trump was elected President! Holy Moly!

Let’s face it, we are experiencing an epidemic of stupidity. The casualties are mounting and they are about to get progressively worse. On January 20th, Donald Trump will be President and we will have Republican majorities in both the House and Senate.

Do you remember the promos for the film “Independence Day”? Well conjure up that music while you consider this – on January 20th Donald Trump, along with the House and Senate Republicans, will begin disassembling our government. Shoot, they will blow up our government - remember how the White House was vaporized in the film?

What Obama did was made possible by the actions of our central bank in conjunction with the actions of the Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate during Obama’s first two years as President.

If you haven’t read “The Only Game In Town” by Mohamed A. El-Erian, do so now. It will explain what the central bank in this country has been doing and why we are now in need of corrective action by Congress in order not to start going back into recession.

Unfortunately, our new Congress will not be taking the corrective actions that are necessary. They will be doing the exact opposite. Holy Moly!

While our Congress introduces tax cuts geared toward the benefit of the wealthy, and starts doing away with regulatory controls on the financial services and banking industries, and starts defunding entitlement programs, and begins to privatize Social Security and the Veteran’s Administration, and revokes the Affordable Care Act which should introduce chaos into our healthcare system and cause health insurance premiums and costs to go up, President Trump’s Cabinet appointees will start rolling back environmental safeguards and doing away with the EPA. Holy Moly!

Donald Trump is going to be our President. Freedom is Slavery. War is Peace. On December 30th, Donald Trump tweeted, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!”.

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