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Venezuela’s Currency is Being Replaced By Black Market Memes

In 1999, Pokemon cards were all the rage. Even grown men were loading up on the cheap cardboard cards with “rare” holographic creatures on them. Many were paying absurd amounts of money for them, too. It became, for a year or two, an enormous market in the U.S. — playground dealers were selling $3 packets […]

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Trump and Healthcare

Today we are witnessing one of the most important events in political history. But you probably can’t see it because the news is talking about healthcare, and how Ryan and Trump totally failed to get enough votes.

The real story is happening in parallel with the healthcare story, and that’s what renders it invisible. Something enormous is happening that has nothing to do with anything you are seeing in the news. In fact, you’ll probably read it here for the first time.

I’m dragging this out to see if you can guess the big news before I tell you. It is something I predicted would happen. It is something the country needs MORE than healthcare. It was, until yesterday, perceived as the biggest problem in the United States, if not the entire world.

And that problem almost totally went away yesterday. The smell might linger, but the problem has ended. We should be celebrating, but instead we will be yammering about healthcare.

Do you know what problem just got solved? It’s invisible for now, but later everyone will be able to see it.

Don’t see it?

Okay, I’ll just tell you.

With the failure of the Ryan healthcare bill, the illusion of Trump-is-Hitler has been fully replaced with Trump-is-incompetent meme. Look for the new meme to dominate the news, probably through the summer. By year end, you will see a second turn, from incompetent to “Competent, but we don’t like it.”

I have been predicting this story arc for some time now. So far, we’re ahead of schedule.

In the 2D world, where everything is just the way it looks, and people are rational, Trump and Ryan failed to improve healthcare. But in the 3D world of persuasion, Trump just had one of the best days any president ever had: He got promoted from Hitler to incompetent. And that promotion effectively defused the Hitler-hallucination bomb that was engineered by the Clinton campaign.

In all seriousness, the Trump-is-Hitler illusion was the biggest problem in the country, and maybe the world. It was scaring people to the point of bad health. It made any kind of political conversation impossible. It turned neighbors and friends against each other in a way we have never before seen. It was inviting violence, political instability, and worse. 

In my opinion, the Trump-is-Hitler hallucination was the biggest short-term problem facing the country. Congress just solved for it, albeit unintentionally. Watch the opposition news abandon the Trump-is-scary concept to get all over the “incompetent” theme.

No one wants an incompetent president, but calling the other side a bunch of bumblers is routine politics. We just went from an extraordinary risk (Trump=Hitler) to ordinary politics (The other side=incompetent). Ordinary politics won’t spark a revolution or make you punch a coworker. This is a good day for all of us. It just doesn’t look that way because the news is distracting you with the healthcare issue, which is also important, but a full level down in importance from electing Hitler (in your mind).

Speaking of healthcare, I predicted on Periscope here several days ago that the only way to get a bill passed was to let Ryan fail hard on the first attempt while scaring the left at the same time. That softens both sides to the middle. There was literally no other path to the middle. You couldn’t get there without the first step being a major failure by the majority party. This necessary step toward success is, of course, being reported as total failure.

Today I’m getting a lot of what I call the “November 7th effect.” That’s where my critics are prematurely celebrating my wrongness because the Ryan version of healthcare failed. I hope to see my critics again toward the end of the year. Don’t be strangers.

Update: Watch on Twitter as my critics come after me personally and ignore my points. That’s how you know I’m onto something. (Otherwise they would criticize the point.)

Aliens could have just vaporized Paris, London, and New York, and @ScottAdamsSays would blog about the upside.

— Robert P. Murphy (@BobMurphyEcon) March 25, 2017

You might enjoy reading my book because we don’t have affordable healthcare in this country.

I’m also on…

Twitter (includes Periscope): @scottadamssays​

YouTube: At this link.

Instagram: ScottAdams925

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Trump Budget Has Some Good Cuts

Back in the 1950’s, a British professor at the distinguished University of Malaya, C. Northcote Parkinson, observed that as the post-war Royal Navy shrank in size, its bureaucracy continued to expand. Parkinson formulated a law that bureaucracies will naturally grow at 5-7% per annum.  He also wisely added ‘Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.’ All bureaucracies, public and private, must be periodically forced on a diet.  US President Donald Trump is, as promised, taking an axe to Washington’s dense bureaucratic undergrowth.  He claims the cuts will save $2.5 trillion … Continue reading

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Who’ll Survive?

Forget survival of the strongest, the meanest, the fastest,  the toughest, the fittest or the smartest. All of those are fine qualities in a prepper but there is one key to survival in nearly any situation that trumps all of the above.  Author and journalist Amanda Ripley researched it at length and published her findings in the book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives Disaster and Why. (This book is a must-read for the prepper mindset.) That key is adaptability. Myths, Misunderstandings and Outright lies about owning Gold. Are you at risk? adaptability: The ability to change to fit changed circumstances. The … Continue reading

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Christ’s Soldier

A boy studies a painting on the wall of his home that illustrates each one of the Ten Commandments. Struck by the one image of brother killing brother—Cain murdering Abel—he never forgets the horror of it; he couldn’t comprehend the evil act and it haunts him. Years later, a stranger is severely injured in an accident; learning of an urgent request for blood donors, the young man walks three miles to donate blood and three miles back for a person he never met. The sensitive, devout, compassionate man I’m writing about was Desmond Doss, whose story I learned about from … Continue reading

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