WASHINGTON – At this election season, we will say what Samuel Johnson said about Milton’s “Paradise Lost”: No one wants it any longer. However, if your idea of heaven is endless learning (is there a better idea?), politics 2022 has been in heaven because we have learned a lot from us personally, even if we don’t want to learn a lot.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans own stocks individually, or through mutual funds, 401(k)s, IRAs, etc. As of this writing, the Dow Jones industrial average is about 4,800 points below its all-time high of 36,952.65 in January. 5 years ago.
Twenty-six days before Election Day, the latest pre-election budget numbers showed that the federal budget, which Biden managed for the past 18 months called “transformation,” seemed all work “temporary” government: stay long. By mid-year, a typical household was spending $460 a month more than 12 months earlier for the same purchases. It’s always exciting for Democrats to think that, although millions of Americans supported Roe v. Wade, abortion rights may be a stronger issue than inflation, which makes everyone angry. The Supreme Court has reversed the state’s right to regulate abortions, leading to major political disputes. Republican pro-life gubernatorial candidates have won in Georgia, Ohio and Iowa, and possibly Arizona.
If Tuesday’s Hispanic voters continue to drift away from Democrats, the reasons may include these: Self-identifying as “progressive” only about 10 percent of people vote, but they have a negative impact on the thinking of the Democratic Party. Sixty-six percent of them said that this is not the greatest country in the world, and 94 percent said that racism is built into the country’s laws and organizations. Hispanics disagree with the statement by 70 percent and 58 percent, respectively.
In addition, many Hispanics fled the tradition, or had family memories of it, and were removed from the civilization that glorified it by the climate.
In addition, because many Hispanics have increased to mobile phones, they believe that there is a movement in America, and therefore are not attracted by the Biden administration’s interest in hate diversity, aka, “justice.” These are, as Christopher DeMuth of the Hudson Institute rightly said at Hillsdale College recently, “programs favoring a long and elastic list of political parties, including their entire ranks of those ‘disrupted by inequality.’ ” Many Mexicans have experience of life under a government that picks winners and guarantees losers.
Until the 1970s, when Hispanics were less than 5 percent of the population, they were not a group counted by the census. Now, they are 19 percent of us, and they want to know why patronizing progressives think it is necessary to concoct for their neologism “Latinx.”
Watch Tuesday night for evidence of continued polarization in the form of party affiliations and factions. In 2020, Maine is the only state to elect a governor from a party other than the state’s congressional party. In 1976, 26 percent of voters lived in counties that cast at least 60 percent of their votes for one president. By 2016, 60 percent did. Polarization has increased since 2014, when the Pew Research Center reported that “92 percent of Republicans are to the right of moderate Democrats, and 94 percent of Democrats are to the right.” left of the Republican moderate.” This year, one party controls the legislature and the governor’s office in 37 states, up from 19 three years ago.
If on Tuesday Herschel Walker captures the Georgia Senate seat or force in December (if neither he nor the president, Raphael G. Warnock, gets 50 percent), we will know 2022 is Year 6 of PAHT (Post-“Access Hollywood” Tape). That tape didn’t hurt his stardom, and Walker’s win would show that the current coalition is overriding all other concerns, including character. If this race and Georgia’s gubernatorial rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Stacey Abrams made a large number of voters, progressives’ (including Abrams’) denunciations of Georgia Republicans’ “voting” measure will,,, continue.
During Barack Obama’s presidency, 2009-2016, Democrats lost 1,042 federal and state offices. One result of the party’s decision to rise is Joe Biden’s rise in late life. He was eligible for Social Security before the millions of eligible people in 2024 were born. If the Democrats lose the House on Tuesday, he will be the fifth president in a row to lose his party’s majority in the midterm elections. If, in addition, the Senate changes control for the seventh time in 30 years, Biden’s presidency will be in doubt. What will it become, during the year 2020, he presented himself as, and what he should be proud to see like: “a bridge, not something else.”
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