Monday, October 03, 2016

Remember When Eric Zorn Would Put Stuff on Facebook That Wasn't About Trump or Folk Music...

I do...

But follow him now...

https://www.facebook.com/ejzorn

It's Anti-Trump stuff, the occasional a vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein is a waste and folk music stuff and Michigan football. For some reason, he doesn't seem to do much or anything negative about Clinton.  Not a big deal nor a surprise since he is a columnist and has an opinion and that is part of his job.

I am not sure if putting content on Facebook is part of the Tronic plan or something but spending time writing about how the guy who writes Dilbert is endorsing Trump and being critical of the why seems a bit, well, trite.

First, let's get this out of the way, I am not voting for Trump.  Have never been a fan.

But let's look at the three reasons "the increasingly batshit" -- Zorn's words Adams gives that Zorn references...

Scott Adams gives him the nod because, primarily, it seems he hates inheritance taxes. Also because Hillary doesn't look healthy to his practiced, cartoonists' eye. And because he thinks the main job of being president is persuading people and he thinks Trump is good at that.


Ok... He hates inheritance taxes.  Well, I don't think that is a "batshit" political viewpoint, as that bastion of conservative viewpoint Mother Jones points out (admittedly old data) 68% of Americans back in 2010 were in favor of a complete repeal.  It might be hard to believe that a guy who has created something likely worth tens of millions of dollars might not want that value to be reduced when he dies and have it go to the government.

He doesn't think Hilary looks healthy "to his practice, cartoonist's' eye". I guess Zorn has a point here, looking forward to Zorn's commentary about those who implied various reasons for Trumps sniffing.

The main job of being president is persuading people.  I think Adams is on to something here, it may not be the 'main job' but it is a huge part of the job.  As a leader of any entity where you need to get others to agree with you to get stuff done, getting people to agree with you is a big part of it.  A big chunk of FDRs success was his ability to get others to agree with him, even when it turned out to be unconstitutional.  Imagine if  Governor Quinn who was in favor of increasing taxes (and making that change permanent) and increasing the minimum wage (which was on the ballot and won) was able to convince the legislature to make that happen?

Don't underestimate the need for the Commander in Chief to be the Salesperson and Chief.

Zorn says he may write about other stuff after the election and I am looking forward to that.  

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