Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) tells us the secret plan that Comrade Stupid is going to use in the 2020 Goat Rodeo:
“President Donald Trump has enlisted his senior economic advisers to flesh out one of his early 2020 presidential campaign themes: Socialism is coming. In recent months, traditionally staid official White House economic reports and briefings have begun to emphasize the potentially massive costs of an ambitious socialist agenda and warn that America could transform into a Cold War dystopia.
“While last year’s Economic Report to the President, a congressionally mandated annual summary of the state of the economy, didn’t once mention ‘socialism,’ the word appears more than 100 times in this year’s 700-page-plus tome. The 2019 report, released earlier this week, features an entire chapter on the subject, which includes a recounting of the economic fallout from socialist experiments in China, the Soviet Union and Cuba. … The messaging — which Democrats call preposterously exaggerated — marks a remarkable synergy in the themes being discussed among both Trump’s economic and campaign teams.
“It also marks a compromise between Trump advisers who have long wanted him to spend more time touting positive economic news and Trump’s fear-based rhetoric about his rivals. During last fall’s midterm election campaign, some Trump advisers wanted him to talk less about immigration and more about job growth, low unemployment numbers or manufacturing.”
“Many hectares of beet harvest, best in decade, comrades. Starvation will be minimal.”
Look, it’s ridiculous that the Republicans in 2019 are using a 1950s John Birch Society, cold war messaging against the Democrats. But more to the point and Politico doesn’t touch it, this is an official report to the Congress, and it is full of political positioning. I hope someone in authority points that out. I don’t know if Congress has to accept this report of if they can reject it as so much manure for the beet field.