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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

It's amusing to watch so many on the Right contort themselves trying to reframe Biden's remarks about SS/Medicare and elaborately over-analyze the response of the Congressional GOP, all in an effort to evade the obvious explanation: a hit dog will holler.

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Feb 10, 2023·edited Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

" it’s Friday and I sort of need an easy lay up"

I will use this line before the day is out- perhaps more than once!

She really looks horrific in that picture, doesn't she ?

I was going to watch the State of the Union address but I was flipping channels just beforehand and came across a clean copy of" Outlaws of the Rockies" a Durango Kid western starring Charles Starrett and the Murderous King of Western Swing - Spade Cooley. It also had Dub Taylor as a sidekick instead of that asshole Smiley Burnette. The movie seem much more relevant to my daily life then the State of the Union Address. I'm ready to turn 65 and I realize my hours are numbered and it's just not worth it to piss it all away on frivolous stupid things.

Nice column! I'm sure we all did our usual " Peggy Noonan" grimace when we saw the title but you got out in front of it right away with an apology and the whole thing was pretty funny.

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

We're now at the one-year anniversary of everyone in media telling us that the Great Biden Recession will be starting *any day now.* That recession has been predicted as a constant drumbeat despite news from the economy that states pretty emphatically that there's no recession in sight.

This obviously presents a serious problem for the media. How do you report about the imminent recession without mentioning anything else about the economy? How many times can you say "Experts predict the economy will slip into a deep recession within the next two months. In other news, unemployment is now down to 3.6 percent, wages are rising, corporate profits are up, and Wall Street is holding steady" before listeners/viewers/readers start to notice you have a problem?

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

Biden like Trump" Howe many times did Dems heckle Trump?

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

The nice thing about the media emphasis on the Biden vs Republican hecklers is it gives the “numbers are boooring” opinionators something to focus on besides throat-clearing, stutters and malapropisms.

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"Restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes and child-care centers"

In other words, poorly paid shit jobs for the most part. Anything decent and well-compensated is hard to come by and harder to keep. If you're in a decent job, you have a great big target on your back, because there's no shortage of greedy sons-of-bitches looking to get it done cheaper.

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

"'There was little in it Donald Trump wouldn’t have been happy to say.'

"???"

If you read Pegs' line with the understanding that someone who bullshits with nearly every statement -- that is, would say anything he feels like saying -- well, then, she's correct.

Pegs stumbles though with the American carnage thing because Brandon defined what he meant clearly enough.

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

One of the things the media econ “experts” like to cite wrt the looming bad news is consumer confidence. (My iPhone auto-filled that phrase for me!) I’m not sure how real this is, or even if real, how impactful it might be on any long-term trends. But the recitation of the phrase is never qualified or supported by anything other than whether it’s up or down, not even with a percentage or other comparative information.

So, in order to not seem like an ignoramus I googled it and found it’s an opinion survey published by a nonpartisan, nonprofit group called The Conference Board. Taking its self description at face value, I still have my doubts as to the value of this metric. It seems that it’s measuring opinions that might be subject to influence by those very same media pushing the Chicken Little scenarios. I’m dubious that the survey accounts for this effect. I’ve got to think all the perfunctory and ubiquitous pessimism and fear mongering has a feedback effect. And not a good one like Jimi Hendrix’s.

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

First of all, never apologize for taking down Noonan. She sold eleventy-billion copies of that Ronnie-for-Sainthood book, and every single one must be avenged. Secondly, Kamala Harris may be fulfilling her historical duty of showing up for photo ops and rah-rah-ing the administration's agenda, but there's a new paradigm for the Veep, and it involves a noose. And "There was little in it Donald Trump wouldn’t have been happy to say." Lol. Imagine the same text delivered by the Idjit, with of course the interjection of personal anecdotes and braggadocio, weird gestures and tics and sighs, a substantial number of mispronunciations, and the palpable boredom when he got to the policy part. Yeah, exactly the same.

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Feb 10, 2023Liked by Roy Edroso

It's pretty common for "liberal" media outlets to report on the "dangers" of low unemployment, because it might "drive wages up", by allowing workers greater "bargaining power", and this is "inflationary" in a way that rising corporate profits and CEO pay are not.

Really, you'd have to go to Marx to find the class war put as plainly as that.

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In response to the argument that "Sunset just means we hold a vote! Doesn't mean we'd necessarily shut it down!" the Democrats should invite every middle-aged American to imagine the quinquennial phone conversation with their elderly parent, to explain that they PROBABLY won't have to move in with you. It'll be just as much fun as walking them through the controls on the remote, with a big heap of added fear.

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GOP politicians are professional liars. They don't want to cut SS and Medicare just like they didn't want to overturn Roe v. Wade. Lickspittles like Noonan know this. But she's a professional liar, too.

My education about what matters to Wall St. and the investor class came when I was a teenager and a too-big-to-fail bank announced a huge round of layoffs. To my naive surprise, their stock soared as a result. Having been indoctrinated that this was the greatest nation on earth for working people I naturally expected the opposite (again, naive). I've since learned that, for the Wall St. parasites, anything resembling a "jobs boom" may be a mystery for propaganda purposes, but it's definitely not something to cheer about.

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Slightly off-topic, but the likelihood that Peggy's former boss was suffering from Alzheimer's while he was president (as early as three years into his first term, according to Ron Reagan, although legacy media folks discounted it) should totally end all Republican bullshit about Biden's age. But of course it won't.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jan/17/ronald-reagan-alzheimers-president-son

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HEY! Just noticed that everyone's comments now have "PAID" after our names. Makes me feel like I'm getting paid to opine here. When do I start getting checks?

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I've already copped, here, to how naive I am, but seriously: What politician, of any party, can possibly think ending Social Security is a good idea? Or, rather, is an idea that seniors, their adult children, and their teenage grandchildren will approve of? EVER--But especially in these days of modern time, what with the wealth inequality, the skyrocketing cost of housing, the displacements and devastations of climate change, the arrival of new and increasingly contagious viral strains, et-fucking-cetera. I know Republicans don't care if anybody, or everybody, dies of COVID. But even they might be expected to understand how dumping millions of destitute seniors onto the streets is a "bad look."

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The jobs stories at WSJ get a lot of attention from the top editors in NY and DC. And the political angle always comes up. I hired Sarah out of college when I was at WSJ. She's a good reporter. Haven't read the latest story but the wide-eyed attitude you point out could simply be an attempt to avoid the editorial/politics meatgrinder on deadline.

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