For decades, Orange County was a reliable incubator of conservative politics but more recently has been seen as “tilting blue”. Yet this November’s election results tell a more nuanced story.
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Over 10 percent of the American electorate was born elsewhere, the highest share in a half-century. All of Donald Trump’s huffing and puffing could not stop this demographic evolution.
California’s Governor Newsom policies are resulting in a highly bifurcated economy, with a dismal economic record for all too many middle class, working class, and small businesse owners.
With the election of Joe Biden, with the exception of those dismissed as far right, there is virtually no serious debate about how to address climate change in the U.S. or Western Europe outside the parameters suggested by mainstream green groups.
Who will be the real winners as Democrats are set to control the White House? Unsurprisingly, it’s likely to be China and tech oligarchs.
What if they reopened the office and nobody came? This scenario is not as far-fetched as many believe. The office may not be dead, but its post-COVID future, particularly in big cities, may look more like a medieval-style arrangement than the buzzing, super dense science fiction vision from The Jetsons.
Contradictions between California’s tech and entertainment oligarchs and the hard Left are likely to intensify in the years ahead. The state has neglected the basics of business competitiveness, particularly in creating the mid-skilled jobs crucial to a healthy economy.
If these Democrats win both houses of Congress as well as the White House, things could get far worse for the already beleaguered middle class, which has already been rocked by the pandemic.
Sometimes Donald Trump does the right thing, even if it may be for the wrong reasons. His Justice Department’s late-term assault on Google for its monopolistic tyranny over search and digital advertising is precisely what is needed.
The Democratic Party accommodates Wall Street and tech oligarchies alongside its progressive base and a remnant of traditional working-class voters. This powerful coalition is also a fundamentally unstable one — a three-headed hydra whose heads will soon be biting each other furiously.
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