Reality Check on the Debt Ceiling

Posted: May 31, 2023 by datechguy in economy

There are a lot of people making a lot of noise on the debt ceiling deal that was worked out between the House Leadership and the President, including a lot of conservatives who are savaging McCarthy who has done a pretty good job as speaker for making the deal.

Before everyone gets their knickers in an uproar let’s face reality.

  • Right now the Democrats control the White House
  • Right Now the Democrats control the Senate
  • Right now the GOP controls the house

That means the GOP has at best only 1/3 the leverage on any deal and thus if you’re going to make a deal the amount of what you want that you are going to get is going to be accordingly smaller than you want.

If the GOP finds this unacceptable the best solution is as follows:

  • Hold the GOP house in election 2024
  • Take over the Senate in election 2024
  • Elect a GOP candidate to the White House who believes in fiscal responsibility

When that happens you will have all the leverage and that’s when we’ll see who really believes in fiscal responsibility and who only believes in it when they can’t do much about it.

For now elections, even stolen ones, have consequences so if you want to put the house in order, let’s start by willing some election so you can exercise the power needed to make the changes necessary instead of whining about having to make a deal when you aren’t likely to get a better alternative passed.

And let’s note something, what is the incentive for this administration to give a better deal?

They can count on the media to push their narrative blaming us for the punitive measures they take on the debt and you can be sure they’re take ones that cause the maximum pain to voters in order to sell their message.

“But DaTechGuy”, you say, “the informed voter won’t fall for this.” Let me remind you the majority of voters don’t pay attention, they only know when a service they need is gone.

This deal is a win, it’s not a 7th game of the world series win or even a win that clinches a playoff spot. It’s analogous to a win on a rainy may day in front of 5,000 fans early in the season that nobody cares much about because everyone is paying attention to the NFL draft or the Stanley Cup or the NBA playoffs.

Let’s take the minor win and not shoot ourselves in the foot while working to win the election to actually get the power to do what needs to be done.

Why Are You Surprised?

Posted: May 30, 2023 by datechguy in Uncategorized

A lot of attention is being given to this speech at the CUNY graduation

You have an ultra left student, in an ultra left university, in an ultra left city where the ultra left hates the country, the police and Jews.

Furthermore the left has been telling you that this is who they are for the last decade or more, loudly by both words and by actions, many of them violent.

Why would you expect anything other than what you got?

By all mean be outraged at this speech and the person who delivered it, but you have no business being surprised.

I’ll give the last word to Byron York

Our winner, Rolling Stone:

Not the bee is having fun with it but the reason why they don’t get the joke at Rolling Stone is that their target audience does not consist of the normal.

By John Ruberry

We’re approaching the two-month mark of the Bud Light boycott, which of course began when transgender social media, utilizing his–yes his–goofy 1950s-sitcom ditz schtick to recklessly promote Bud Light beer

Immediately, I was confident that this boycott had staying power, despite the increasingly irrelevant mainstream media telling its dwindling audience it did not. As Da Tech Guy himself explained, Anheuser-Busch’s problem is that Bud Light is too easy to boycott. Coors Light, Miller Lite, which taste similar–assuming that light beers have a distinguishable taste–are usually available in the same liquor stores, supermarkets, bars, and restaurants. And they are all priced about the same. 

American megabrewers are selling image and personality. Beer? Not so much. And in a few days, Bud Light, after partnering with Mulvaney, torched its macho brand-building work of four decades in just a few days. “Fratty” is the word used by the now-on-leave marketing head for Bud Light, Alissa Heinerscheid. Anheuser-Busch’s non-apology from its CEO only fanned the flames. 

Bud Light’s slogan is, “Easy to drink, easy to enjoy.” And it’s easy to boycott.

I have to reach back to Monty Python’s Flying Circus to find a worse marketing campaign. 

Boss (John Cleese character): Now, let’s have a look at the sales chart (indicates a plummeting sales graph). When you took over this account, Frog (Eric Idle character), Conquistador was a brand leader. Here you introduced your first campaign, “Conquistador Coffee brings a new meaning to the word vomit.” Here you made your special introductory offer of a free dead dog with every jar, and this followed your second campaign “the tingling fresh coffee which brings you exciting new cholera, mange, dropsy, the clap, hard pad, and athlete’s head. From the House of Conquistador.”

Yeah, I know, Bud Light’s Mulvaney campaign hasn’t been, so far, as awful for Anheuser-Busch as it was for the fictional Monty Python coffee brand. But sales of the beer continue to slide. Last week, by way of a $15 mail-in rebate, A-B started giving the beer away, because, unlike wine and hard liquor, beer has a brief shelf-life. 

So, yes, boycotts can be effective. 

But we were told by the mainstream media that boycotts don’t work.

Here a few examples of that wrongness:

Six weeks ago, ABC News’ Max Zahn and Kiara Alfonseca cautioned us about boycotts, “However, the campaigns rarely succeed in hurting a company’s sales or influencing its decision making.”

Around that same time, Patrick Coffee (no relation to Python’s Conquistador Coffee) of the Wall Street Journal, while citing other experts, opined that about the Bud Light boycott that “such campaigns often have failed to deliver a meaningful blow.” (Paid subscription might be required to access the link.)

Citing “research,” and of course falling back on “experts,” Becky Sullivan of NPR warned us “that other social media-fueled boycotts were short-lived.”

So where are the finger-waving fact-checkers? Why haven’t these articles been revised?

Meanwhile, Target is facing a boycott over its prominent promotions of “tuck-friendly,” that is, male-genitilia-hiding, swimsuits, as well as arguably promoting the trans agenda to children. It has lost $10 billion in market valuation since a boycott began against Target. 

Such a move is now called “Bud Lighting.”

This won’t be the last time that I say, when you get woke you go broke.

And it won’t be the last time I point out instances where the mainstream media was wrong.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.