Recent events in the news and on Wall street seems out of place. The media and our government officials and even polls tells us one thing and yet, our own experiences seems to point in a different direction. What are we to belief?
A Few Examples
On the state of the economy:
- Federal Reserve
- National Debt
On world politics:
- North Korea
- Climate Change
On Election 2016:
- Clinton Scandals
Details on Our Economy
The current official unemployment rate stands at 4.9%. The official CPI is +0.1%. Is this realistic? We all know someone who is out of work or looking for work. We also see the price of milk and eggs jump up. We know many millenials still living at home With their parents. We see the stock market rising to all time high and yet, our interest rate is near zero for 8 years. Every time the Federal Reserve even hint at raising the rate, the market hiccups.
Our federal debt keep rising to a record 20 trillion dollars. Meanwhile, we are subsidizing health insurance for 20 million people who can't afford to pay themselves. What is going on here?
Details on World Politics
Our country negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran. What did we get out of it? They got 150 billion dollars.
ISIS is increasing there strength and influence around the world. We are seeing regular terrorist acts all over. Refugees are at a high level trying to escape the chaos. What is the only super power doing?
North Korea is testing long range ballistic missiles. They already have nuclear weapons. What are we doing to offset this rogue nation? What is the UN doing?
Our current leaders believe climate change is the greatest threat to the world. Huh?
Details on Election 2016
The Trump phenomenon is new this election cycle. Why is he running and why is he even a viable candidate on the GOP side?
The Clintons are back again with their endless scandals. Why is she even a candidate? Doesn't the DNC have anyone else qualified?
Wilileaks has released many details from hacked emails. Will these revelations make a difference to the voters?
Finally, the polls tell us the election is very close. It also tells us, President Obama has a 55% approval. How can that be? If the President is that popular, and Hillary Clinton is claiming to be the 3rd Obama Administration, why is the election even close?
Polls are just a snapshot in time. They can be and often are wrong.
My gut instinct tells me that this year will be a Republican landslide, regardless of what the media and polls say. I guess we will find out in November.