The Melodramatic Criticisms Of Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Are Overdone

by Ralph J Benko The mainstream media is relentlessly smack talking Donald Trump for his smack talking. Most mainstream headlines on Trump can pretty much be boiled down to more or less harsh variations on Tsk! Tsk! Trump proves undeterred. Meanwhile he, and various Republican commentators, have criticisms of Hillary Clinton surpassing the histrionic. I here described Donald Trump (like me a native of Queens, New York) as a galoot (like me).  Sometimes I find what he says beyond galootish all the way to deplorable. That said, I find the refined superciliousness of the Eastern Establishment at least as bad and in some ways worse. Count me skeptical about the Establishment’s claim to moral and practical superiority. It may be that a Check Your Privilege moment for the political elites is overdue. The Establishment considered both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton to be déclassé galoots. The Establishment really did not deign to learn from their successes in job creation and upward mobility. As Paul Hoffmeister recently pointed out in Trump/Pence, and the Coming Economic Boom in RealClearMarkets: As Rich Lowrie of Put Growth First has shown, real incomes for the bottom 90% of wage earners grew 85% during the 23-year post-War period; whereas between 1971 and 2012, income adjusted for inflation for the bottom 90% has been flat. Reagan and Clinton were job-creating outliers during a long and elite-managed...

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