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November 09, 2016

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Luis Enrique

W.r.t your closing para, I hope the better Republicans are not going to leave the administration to the loonies

Magnus

I'm afraid both pocketbook and sociotropic economic voting proved rather irrelevant next to xenophobia and misogyny.

But indeed such impetuses will hardly be sated now that Trump has been elected.

Bob

Yes, praise be to the "better Republicans" and "intelligent Tories." Or to give them a name, snobs.

Bonnemort

"median incomes have been stagnating for years. Although they have picked up recently, they are still below their late 90s levels"

As I've pointed out before, male median incomes in the US were lower in 2014 than in 1973, 41 years earlier - and in 1973 a far greater proportion of working age males were in work.

https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/the-typical-male-u-s-worker-earned-less-in-2014-than-in-1973/

Male earnings are important for couples wishing to marry and reproduce, as mothers tend to take time out if they can. Two hundred years back Ben Franklin pointed out that the US had more children because of high wages and cheap land. Elites in the US and UK choose low wages and expensive housing, then call for more immigration to make up for the babies the natives didn't have.

Fëanor

Is it true that areas of low immigration supported Brexit/Trump more than others? This LSE article suggests otherwise.

Fëanor

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/trump-and-brexit-why-its-again-not-the-economy-stupid/

Bob

"areas of low immigration supported Brexit/Trump more than others?"

Because they compete with immigrants for jobs in the south.

joe

Trump voters have already displaced rational thought to wishful thinking and fear. Trump women, for example, know he is a predatory sleazebag but displace that with a bizarre "he is honest and a great businessman". Trump has already written that he would only be a Republican candidate because Republican voters are so dumb they believe anything. His complete act in the election is worthy of an Oscar - he pulled out every trick in the book to fool the gullible as he made Trump great again at their expense.

The rural whites are fearful of things getting worse for them and their families and worst of all possibly approaching the general misery of black lives. The only migrants they see are those doing the tough agricultural jobs that whites won't touch. But if the "other" are getting punished that is OK as long as it is not them.

Google etc, the new industries, employ very few and then only pick from the very highly educated. The mid-west is dying and nothing can help it. The other aspect is that Republicans now occupy all 3 levers of State and there is no one left to blame for the failure that is inevitable.

Bob

"Male earnings are important for couples wishing to marry and reproduce, as mothers tend to take time out if they can."

Not if looking after a child under a certain age is a paid government job at the living wage.

Luis Enrique

fucks sake Bob, I'm expressing the hope that he doesn't give Sarah Palin and Ben Carson top jobs. Snobbery doesn't come into it.

reason

Bob
"Not if looking after a child under a certain age is a paid government job at the living wage."

What? When and where was this ever the case (besides which it ignores that the costs may exceed the "living wage").

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