Uncommon Sense

August 7, 2022

Let’s Polarize, Shall We?

It should be common knowledge that U.S. presidents have little to do with the economy, but there is political hay to be made by assigning good and bad things to presidents, whether they are involved or not. Currently there has been an economic downturn and we are seemingly on the verge of an economic recession. Of course, being in a recession is bad for the party currently occupying the White House and not being in a recession is good for that party.

Officially, it is the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Business Cycle Dating Committee that declares a recession, and that body has not done so yet, still this is what we see in the politics pages:

All’s fair in love and war, it is said. I wish it were not true in politics.


  1. Here in Wisconsin we’re in the middle of the republican primary campaigns and dear lord you should hear the stuff being spouted on AM radio! They’re trying desperately to link our democratic governor, Evers, to Biden, and then link Biden to inflation and some kind of imaginary major economic disaster. Even though our unemployment rate is down to *under* 3% they’re claiming the dems are costing the state “good jobs”. Most of the ads aren’t being run by the candidates but by phony PACs funded by out of state money. if they’re lying this badly now, and being this cut throat just for the primary, I shudder to think what it’s going to be like once the actual election campaigning starts.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 7, 2022 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

    • “Out of State Money” is the primary evil. Why should non-Wisconsinites have any say at all in state elections?

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 8, 2022 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

      • Exactly right. I would dearly love to see a constitutional amendment that would permit only voters actually living in a politician’s district to contribute to a campaign in any way. Will never happen, of course, but still one can hope.

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        Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 8, 2022 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

        • A constitutional amendment is a homerun. I think a “small ball” approach is more appropriate. One example of such approaches is to get each state to pass a law giving their electoral votes in proportion to the raw vote. This would effectively eliminate the Electoral College as an element in presidential elections.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 11, 2022 @ 11:49 am | Reply

          • now that’s an excellent idea. The electoral college has always been, IMO, anti-democratic in the first place.

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            Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 11, 2022 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

            • That’s what it was designed for. The Founding Fathers were terrified of actual democracy, and their research showed that it had never really worked anywhere (so we should be the first?). They were also terrified on money getting into politics and also the “middling sort” of people, you know the middle class, non-elites, rather than them, the elites. They would be terrified at today’s GOP! They would say, “But we warned you! How did you let this happen?”

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — August 12, 2022 @ 10:06 am | Reply

              • Yep, pretty much everything the founding fathers were terrified of has become the embodiment of the modern GOP it seems.


                Comment by grouchyfarmer — August 12, 2022 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

                • Dems, too, but the GOP is outrageous. Did you hear the “GOP Chorus” supporting Trump’s baseless claims about the raid? How would they know anything about the process? (These are the same people who deny the Big Bang, evolution, etc. with the argument “How would you know, were you there?”)

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                  Comment by Steve Ruis — August 13, 2022 @ 9:14 am | Reply

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