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Today's Commentary: Channeling the Simpsons -- Tom Petty RIP-- Loonyland update -- Cop-free neighborhoods -- A different kind of President -- News Bits
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Should the government provide every American with a guaranteed minimum income? It’s a popular idea with some tech giants, but it’s so crazy, unworkable and communistic that even many of the most left-leaning Democratic politicians are against it. At least, for now.
But the idea has been around a long time. I can’t help thinking of a 1993 episode of “The Simpsons” where Bart and Lisa got a job as TV writers using their grandpa’s name as an alias. Bart asked Grandpa, “Didn’t you wonder why you were getting checks for doing absolutely nothing?” He replied, “I figured ‘cause the Democrats were in power again.” Once again, life imitates “The Simpsons!”
Tom Petty RIP
By Mike Huckabee
The news was overshadowed by the terrible mass killing in Las Vegas, but it's been confirmed that Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty died after suffering a heart attack at 66. Petty first hit the airwaves in the 1970s and enjoyed an unusual decades-long run of music success. He released a number of classic rock hits such as "American Girl," "Freefallin'," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "The Waiting," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," and more, both with his own band, The Heartbreakers, and the supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys. He was rocking right up until the end, performing sold-out shows just last week at the Hollywood Bowl to mark the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary.
While it's sad for fans that there will be no more albums or tours, it's doubly sad because Petty had already announced that he was finally planning to cut back on touring to spend more time with his young granddaughter. He told an interviewer, "This tour will take me away for four months With a little kid, that's a lot of time." Tragically, he'll never get that chance. It's a sobering reminder to us all that no matter how important our work is to us, we should always set aside time for those we love because we never know when our time might run out. And nobody's dying wish was ever that they'd spent more time at work instead of with their family.
By Mike Huckabee
And another missive from Loonyland, this time from a professor at Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine, whose “white privilege” seminar teaches students that they need to dismantle their “whiteness ideologies.” What that means is eradicating allegedly “white” beliefs, such as agreeing that “everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve success” and “if I can work hard, I can be successful.” So schools should be teaching non-white students that the system is rigged against them, and if you aren’t white, there is no way you’ll ever succeed? Tell it to Oprah.
By Mike Huckabee
When leftwing activists spread the idea that all police are brutal and racist, it doesn’t just harm the police by ginning up suspicion and violence against them. It also discourages cops from going into neighborhoods where the residents are most in need of protection from criminals (indeed, some anti-cop activists openly demand that police stay out of their neighborhoods.) Well, in certain cities (Chicago, for example), they are getting their wish, and the residents of those neighborhoods are paying dearly for it. The FBI now has the tragic but predictable results that show what happens when you drive the cops out of crime-ridden neighborhoods.
A different kind of President
By Mike Huckabee
Sometimes, you can agree with President Trump’s basic premise while wishing he didn’t state it quite so bluntly on Twitter. As they say on the Internet, it just “feeds the trolls” (gives his enemies ammunition to use against him.) But as I’ve said before, Trump is a different kind of Republican, and Democrats and the media don’t know what to make of him. By their playbook, when Republicans are accused of being mean, racist or incompetent, they’re supposed to accept the premise, look contrite and apologize. But when you punch Trump, as the mayor of San Juan definitely did, he punches back.
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One of the most frustrating aspects of the current wave of NFL protests is when their defenders attempt to paint fans who complain as racist or uncaring about police brutality.
Our sympathies to the family of Monty Hall, who died Saturday at 96 (and yes, his daughter referred to in the linked story is actress/singer Joanna Gleason, known for many TV, movie and stage roles).
Over the weekend there were TWO seeming terror attacks. I am calling these "Known Wolf" attacks.
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