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Monday, May 17, 2021

1979 was way better than 2021

Cyber Buddy Silvio Canto Jr. posted a piece, "Who put the 1979 calendar on the wall?"

His point is the Biden administration is off to a Jimmy Carter start, but I want to thank whoever put that calendar up for reminding us of a much better time than today.

Even at his worse, Carter was better than this president. Both of course were in way over their heads as president.

But Carter was merely incompetent, while Biden is a mean-spirited, willfully ignorant puppet controlled by an anti-American administration.

There are similarities, as the handsome Cuban-American Canto pointed out.

He wrote, "After a couple weeks off to say goodbye to our 92-year-old mother, it sure feels like it's 1979 all over again.  I saw gas lines on the East Coast, and I have not experienced those since every song on the radio was a disco arrangement.  All we need is for a local Chicago D.J. to stage a promotion at Comiskey Park to burn disco LPs."

92.

She led a long life and raised a good man.

But I digress. In his piece, Canto overlooks how much better 1979 was than 2021 is.

To be sure, in 1979 Iran fell to Islamic terrorists who 42 years later remain a threat to world peace. The Iranian hostage crisis knee-capped Carter's presidency.

And Muslim terrorists (forerunners to al-Qaida) kidnapped the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs, who died in a gunfight between his kidnappers and the police.

But there were so many good things that happened in 1979 that will not happen in 2021.

First, the pope was indeed Catholic. John Paul II's humility and defiance of communism helped inspire 100 million people in Eastern Europe to have faith that communism would end. A decade later, The Lord delivered on that promise with Hungary tearing down its border with Austria, then holding a pan-European picnic in August which allowed 900 families to flee to Austria and West Germany unmolested.

Second, instead of terrorists bombing Israel, Jimmy Carter reached a historic peace accord between Egypt and Israel. For all his shortcomings (he was a running joke as governor), the Peanut Man from Plains, Georgia, accomplished what no president not named Donald Trump could have done.

Third, gasoline prices were nowhere near where they are today. The average prices was 86 cents a gallon, or $2.31 in 2015 dollars.

I am not saying 1979 was a good time. Indeed, the Misery Index, that ugly combination of the unemployment rate and inflation, reached a post-Depression high of 19.3, a number topped the next and final year of the Carter presidency.

President Trump got it down to a 75-year low of 5.8 in 2019.

But I am saying that 1979 was better than this.

Biden inherited a Misery Index of 7.7. He moved it up to 7.88 in February, 8.62 in March, and 10.26 in April. Carter's record may be in jeopardy by year's end.

The gasoline lines today are from an interruption in a pipeline. Biden has killed plans to build more pipelines, which along with his anti-energy plans have made America once again dependent on foreigners for energy.

In 1979, a police strike killed the Mardi Gras.

In 2021, unnecessary nanny state restrictions killed Mardi Gras. Oh, the city claimed it still held one. There just weren't any parades, outdoor celebrations, or beads being thrown at flashing ladies.

The year is not even half over and already it makes 1979 look like a golden year. 

As for disco music, we also had Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell.

Waiting for the end of time. Indeed.

21 comments:

  1. The Biden Administration’s theme music?

    Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots - Disco Duck

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ynWhozyOoZQ

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    1. The documentary of the Biden "administration":
      Idiocracy.

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    2. The documentary of the Biden "administration":
      Idiocracy.

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    3. I like to think of it as the Hollies' "King Midas In Reverse," and in place of "Hail to the Chief," substitute the Beatles' "I'm A Loser."

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  2. If you want to compare the lying dogfaced pony soldier to somebody, how's 'bout the last Demo PUS?

    Zippy was no prize, and far worse than Bucketmouth.

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    1. I agree. Carter was merely incompetent; Obama was/is EVIL. And Xiden is both.

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  3. I never thought I'd think of the Carter years as the good old days, but that is happening.

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  4. Inflation will be over 10% by mid-summer. You heard it here first. Today a 6 pack of my fave soda pop was up 48 cents from last week, damn close to a 20% hike! That goes with a 6 cent hike in a half gallon of milk the week before. Other items have gone up, too, not to mention the gasoline prices being so much higher. I'm not liking this at all!

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  5. Yes, Carter was a micromanaging incompetent who relied too much on his “principles” and too little on dealing with the world as it is.

    But I have no doubt that Carter and the people who served him in his administration, for the most part, loved the USA and the American People.

    In no way do I think that can be said about the current cheater and overall moral misfit occupying the White House; and the minions who tell him what to do.

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    1. Absolutely right! Its because obama is really running his 3rd term now, and THIS time he is taking NO prisoners in "transforming America" the way he preached all through his first term. He hates this nation and by god, we will be forced to see exactly that!

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  6. '79 was when I at 26 had a pilot job with a defense contractor. Good times.
    Had one of my co workers predict Reagan was the next
    President..

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  7. As for disco music, we also had Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell.
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    And the greatest live album ever recorded.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTS1eUUfxF4

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  8. Joebama still has a couple of years to surpass Carter’s record. Carter was elected in 1976, so 1977 would be his first year in office. The SHTF in 1979, with the overthrow of the Shah of Iran in February and taking of American hostages in November. Carter dithered and dallied, tried negotiating with the terrorists, and when that failed, he sent a military strike team to free the hostages, which also failed spectacularly, with 8 US servicemen dying in the attempt. Cyrus Vance, Carter’s Sec of State, resigned over the SNAFU. (As an aside, Cyrus Vance’s son, Cyrus Vance, Jr., is the Manhattan DA that’s currently prosecuting Trump for tax evasion.) It took 2 years for Jimmy Carter to become the poster child for a failed presidency. Senile Joe is well on the way to beating that record.

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    1. And don't forget that it was also in 1979 that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. After three years of telling us that we had (and I quote) "an inordinate fear of communism," jimmy then told us that he had learned more about the reality of the soviet union in the prior three weeks than in the prior three years - thanks, stupid, your learning was expensive for everyone else...

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  9. Taking a contrarian view, demographically, Gens X, Y, and Z aren’t old enough to remember the misery and they sure as hell haven’t had Jimmah’s failures taught to them in school; ergo, they don’t give a shite. As long as they keep getting max likes on social media, they don’t give a fook.

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  10. In 1979 I was 22 and just started working at Budweiser. Didn't have a care in the world and damn sure didn't care about politics. I felt my mission at the time was to be slinging DNA wherever possible! Fast forward to today...I probably should have got more involved in politics. Times were different then and I was never worried about the USA going the way it is today. Call me part of the problem, but the 70's were still the best time ever. Dick didn't cull!!! Don, Hit That Button!

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    1. “slinging DNA” Love it! They say that the ’70s was all about “drugs, sex, and rock-n-roll.” I didn’t do drugs, so for me, it was “sex, more sex, and rock-n-roll.”

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  11. Pray that America dosen't need to suffer another 9/11 scale terror attack to compare to carter's 1979 American embassy takeover in tehran to complete these comparisons.

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  12. The gas shortage in 1979 was a result of less production from Iran due to their political upheaval and not because of US policy. In 1979 Carter raised the Fed rate to 20 per cent which caused short term misery but it squeezed inflation out of the economy. Inflation had been a problem under Nixon and Ford too. By 1982 the inflation problem was fixed and Reagan reappointed Volcker as head of the Fed in 1983.

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