UPDATE: Who Won Medals at the Woke Olympics Debate?
I am ashamed to say I watched the entire debate. BY LIZ SHELD JUNE 27, 2019
Who was the winner? I would say it was a tie between Donald Trump and those who did something else. Here is a summary for the smarter people among us who did not watch.
* Most of the candidates claimed that Trump's economic policies are not working for the middle class, only the rich are benefiting. But According to Rasmussen's latest survey released on Wednesday, 50 percent of likely voters say the economy is good or excellent. By comparison, only 34 percent said the same about Obama at the same point in his administration
* De Blasio and Warren both want to put you into a government-controlled health care program and take away your healthcare choices.
* Julian Castro who doesn't speak Spanish, believes in "reproductive justice." I don't know what that is but it sounds scary.
* On national security, some of the candidates said China was the biggest geopolitical threat while others said it was Iran. I can't remember which ones, they all blurred together since they aren't really that different policy-wise, said climate change was the biggest threat.
* One big topic was immigration. Most of the Democrats on the stage wanted to decriminalize unauthorized crossings across the U.S.-Mexico border. This is insane, is there another country on the planet that allows people unauthorized access to their country?
Perhaps the second round of debates (TONIGHT) will be different. Just kidding. Read more @ Carousel of Freaks
It may be traditional that in the scrum of politics, candidates make overly optimistic promises that the electorate somewhat discounts. Even so, we would wager that never in the history of this country have so many absurd statements been made, and unrealistic policy prescriptions been advanced.
Virtually all the 26 candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination for president are espousing positions no more credible than the snake-oil salesmen of old. To get a clear sense of the absurdity of some of the claims, several examples are worth highlighting:
Snake Oil #1: The ‘Green New Deal’
The idea that the United States can solve a global problem while India, China, and others with many times the U.S. population grow their carbon emissions is nonsensical. Furthermore, the notion that this country could offset the emissions of others without destroying our economy is downright delusional.
Stunningly, but not surprising, the Dems seem unfazed by the Green New Deal’s $93 trillion estimated price-tag.
Snake Oil #2: ‘Medicare for All’
“Medicare for All,” as Robert Pozen pointed out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, isn’t Medicare at all. Under such a scheme, private insurance coverage would be outlawed. In fact, the current proposals are draconian even compared to the single-payer systems in Canada and Britain, which ration services and fail to provide high-quality care.
Snake Oil #3: Income Redistribution
We have a do-nothing, know-nothing Congress that can’t agree on how to get right the most basic issues facing the nation today, yet we are being asked to trust them to dictate to companies how to deploy their resources and profits? The resulting shift away from shareholder to “stakeholder” (i.e., political) interests would collapse the stock market.
Snake Oil #4: Raising the Minimum Wage
Another old chestnut that refuses to die is the foolhardy call to raise the minimum wage. A study of Seattle’s minimum-wage hike found that it actually lowered average incomes among entry-level workers. Employers simply reduced hours, hired fewer workers, and offset the cost of the wage hike.
Snake Oil #5: The ‘Wage Gap’ Fallacy
And then there is Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) equal pay hoax. Harris’s plan would fine companies that cannot sufficiently prove to the government that they pay men and women the same for “the same kind of work.” (“The Equal Pay Act of 1963 already prohibits employers from paying men and women differently for the same jobs. And Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 outlaws sex-based employment discrimination of any kind.”)
Snake Oil #6: Reparation
How would it be just to punish (via taxation) a vast number of people whose parents never even entered America until decades, or even a century or more, after slavery ended? What of those whose families never resided in places where there was slavery? How would we calculate how many African-Americans are descended from slaves and would qualify?
Snake Oil #7: Open-Borders and Amnesty
Many of the 26 hopefuls often say that opposing it is “not who we are.” Wrong. It is completely legitimate—actually, responsible and civic-minded—to demand that immigration be legal. We should be discussing how much legal immigration is good for America