The elites got their arse kicked in 2016 by an orange man who eats his steaks well done. How gauche!

And by people in England who wanted to leave the EU.

Neither event was meant to happen and the elites were pissed.

They weren’t going to get beaten again in 2020. So over the course of Trump’s term, they worked in the swing states to change the laws to ensure an easier passage for the Democrats. They succeeded in 2020. How many of these laws are overturned in the next few years remains to be seen, as do any prosecutions relating to election issues.

The elites, though, are not necessarily rich people.

In fact, it would be wrong to think that being rich makes you an elite although many of the modern elites are very, very rich. People like Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Jeff Bezos are very rich and very elite.

But Elon Musk is not an elite. Why? Because he’s not fighting the culture wars for a political end.

So that means university lecturers can be elites – and they generally are.

Some politicians are elites: Tanya Plibersek, Penny Wong, Bill Shorten, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard (so nice to see them together again … ), Malcolm Turbull.

Some, despite power, are not: John Howard, Scott Morrison, Tony Abbott.

A common theme among the elites is a commitment to “internationalism”.

This bloke wasn’t a fan – which is one of the reasons he had to go.

This is how the left fact check

Remember, journalists are supposed to be the gatekeepers.

This is the meme that appeared on Instagram. note the fact check:

So, is it wrong?

Let’s follow the link and check with Associated Press (AP).

The context is very specific from AP. They say that the quote is correct but that Biden is referring to tax policy when he made that remark:

The clip comes from an October ABC News town hall, when Biden said there are certain “things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator” during an exchange about how quickly he’d raise taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans if elected president.

“So, there’s not going to be any delay on the tax increases?” Stephanopoulos asked Biden, according to an ABC transcript of the event.

“No, well, I’ve got to get the votes,” Biden responded. “I got to get the votes. That’s why — you know, the one thing that I — I have this strange notion. We are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, ‘Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.’ Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.”

Stephanopoulos then cut to a commercial break, saying, “We’ve got to take a quick break. We’ll be right back.”

What’s important, though, to the meme-maker is the principle about using executive orders.

Biden signed 36 in less than a week. Would he have been able to legislate them? Maybe. Maybe not. But he didn’t try. So we don’t know.

What we do know is that he waved his pen and did what he wanted.

Incidentally, that’s what dictators do.

Just saying.

The high cost of unintended consequences

You know how the lockdowns were designed to save lives so people didn’t die of COVID-19?

Do you think the public health geniuses should have thought about other deaths related to their solution?

Government policies meant to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten lives—including, tragically, the lives of young people who are generally spared from the worst effects of COVID-19.

School closures, stay-at-home orders, and shutdowns of businesses deemed “non-essential” are contributing to surging rates of depression and suicide among young people, as well as rising incidences of drug overdosesand related deaths.

The New York Times reported this week that an alarming increase in student suicides has prompted schools in Las Vegas to move quickly to reopen schools for in-person learning. In the Clark County, Nevada school district, 18 students took their lives during the nine months of school closures, which is double the number of students who committed suicide in the district in all of 2019. The youngest child was just nine years old.

According to the Times: “One student left a note saying he had nothing to look forward to.”

Totally depressing. And very predictable.

There’s an old saying in medicine: “the patient died but the operation was a complete success”. That seems to have been their primary rule.

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