Your first cartoon is perfect. Being from “my side”, who are the proponents of organic policy change rather than rapid change, we see this all the time from the political left. They want change……but they want somebody ELSE to change, not themselves.

Over here on the right, the same disease exists, but in a different way. For example, for years the “Bible” on why the Reagan years were an economic success was because tax rates were lowered. So, we did it again in 2001, and just did it once again, although the lowering of rates in the current bill was not depended upon in the same way it was in 2001.

However, a careful study of those Reagan years shows that the economic boom that came from the Reagan tax packages was not due to the decrease in the marginal rates, but in the ending of the tax shelter provisions that existed in the pre-Reagan tax code. That, COMBINED with the drop in marginal rates (together, they were pretty much revenue neutral across the board) freed up tons of investment capital that suddenly went looking for something to do, resulting in booms in the venture capital market, stock market, and real estate market.

But, it’s not easy to convince other conservatives that it wasn’t the drop in rates that kicked off all that investment.

People attach to their political ideologies like they used to attach to their religions. And history tells us what happens when people in the past were forced to change their religion. It wasn’t pretty.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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