Evening Edition - May 21

May 21, 2019

The covey of Democratic Presidential hopefuls and their professional campaign spokespeople (by which I mean, “the news media”) keep poo-pooing the crazy notion that they are open to socialism (other than Bernie Sanders, who is openly socialist.)  Even Nancy Pelosi said socialism “is not the view of the Democratic Party.” Why, it’s just more of that wacky, right-wing, “Faux News” rhetoric!

Except it isn’t a slur.  It’s playing to the base.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/05/21/poll-democrats-socialism-good/

A new Gallup survey found that 70% of Democrats say “some form of socialism” would be a “good thing” for the U.S.  Only 25% think socialism would be bad for the country as a whole.

Seriously?!  Take a look at Venezuela.  Socialism turns a country INTO a hole! 

And that’s hardly an isolated case.  In every place it’s been tried, it’s been a catastrophic failure, leading to failing economies, corruption, poverty and oppression.  And please don’t try to counter with the Nordic nations.  They aren’t socialist.  They’re capitalist countries that thought the prosperity that system brought them meant they could afford lavish government benefits.  But even those nations are scaling back on the little bit of socialism they tried, after seeing how expensive it was and how it was undermining their societies' values and work ethic.  A little socialism is like taking just a tiny amount of arsenic at breakfast every morning. 


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Among Republicans, 84% reject socialism, as do a plurality of independents (48%).  Overall, 51% of voters say socialism would be bad for America.  Those are all shocking numbers, because the correct answer should be 100% for every group.  If you’re think, “Well, of course socialism would help the poor,” ask the poor of Venezuela, Cuba or North Korea how well it’s worked out for them (Warning: they’ll probably be afraid to tell you.)    

Worldwide, the spread of capitalism has lifted over 700 million people out of poverty just in the first decade of this century.

http://www.aei.org/publication/700-million-humans-have-moved-out-of-deep-poverty-in-the-21st-century-thank-capitalism/

Many are still low income, but it’s better than deep poverty (where the people in socialist countries remain), and it’s a start on improving both their lives and their power to change their governments. It’s also a step toward reducing “income inequality,” a problem socialism claims to solve by “redistributing” other people’s money until everyone’s equally impoverished.

At the link, Stephen Green of PJ Media has some thoughts on how we’ve reached the point where only 51% of Americans recognize that socialism is poisonous despite over a century of warnings, and a hopeful note that young and future generations will be smart enough to avoid having to learn the hard way not to swallow the socialist arsenic disguised as a green smoothie.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/democrats-embrace-socialism-are-we-headed-towards-atlas-shrugged/

 

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Stephen Green also has some comments worth reading about African-American billionaire financier Robert F. Smith, who surprised the graduating class of Morehouse College during his commencement address by announcing that he was paying off all their student loan debts.  It earned him praise from all quarters.  Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reacts to billionaires the way the sadly late Grumpy Cat reacted to everything, actually praised him (he’s redistributing his own wealth, which saves her the trouble.)  Of course, she sees it as an experiment to advance socialism: follow the students to compare their life choices to their peers’ and see how they do, as possible proof that the government giving everyone “free” college tuition would work.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/progressive-demagogue-in-training-likes-billionaires-after-all/

I think it’s a tremendous goodwill gesture on Smith’s part, and when it happened, I considered naming him a Huck’s Hero.  But then one of my staffers brought up the fact that he had worked his way through college, holding down multiple jobs and sleeping in three-hour shifts to avoid piling up student debt.  He said he didn’t think he’d react too well if, after four years of struggling, it had been announced at graduation that all the students who partied while he was working his tail off were going to get their debts wiped out for free.   

I started to say that was a selfish and ungenerous way to look at it.  Then I remembered: I had to work my way through college, too, so I see his point. So here’s a modest proposal for Mr. Smith: give anyone who worked their way through school and didn’t pile up debt a check in the amount of the other students’ average debt payoff.  Follow those students for a few years, and see how many use the money to start businesses that grow, employ people, contribute to the economy and greatly increase the wealth they started with. 

I don’t know if AOC would go for that suggestion, since it risks proving that capitalism works.

 


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Stop the presses!  Wake the neighbors and call the kids!  This is shocking, earth-shattering news I’m about to report!

Jimmy Pitaro, the president of the sports cable channel ESPN, admitted Monday that, “Without question our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics.”

As soon as your mind stops reeling at that revelation, click the link and let John Nolte count the ways – the many, many, many ways – in which sports fans have been sending that message to ESPN for the past couple of years, and the many ways that ESPN has found to strap on blinders and ear plugs and deny it.  On a personal note, does this mean I can finally watch football again without having to sit through a lot of leftwing lectures from the sportscasters and acting-out during the National Anthem?  If not, then I’ll just stick with college ball until that plague passes.

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2019/05/21/nolte-espn-president-takes-a-knee-fans-do-not-want-us-to-cover-politics/

 

 

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Hypocrisy Tuesday: The leftwing magazine The Nation ran an article by a radical feminist demanding that we abolish the family to help dismantle capitalism.  The article comes with a pop-up banner asking readers to disable their ad blockers because the Nation depends on advertising to fund their reporting.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/330963/

As humorist A. Whitney Brown said about the fall of the USSR, “Who would’ve imagined that the fatal flaw of communism would be that there’s just no money in it?”

 

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I hate to draw attention to people who like to do disgusting things just to get attention, but Jim Carrey’s disgusting cartoon attacking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for signing an anti-abortion bill backfired worse than an Acme roadrunner cannon.  It simultaneously managed to make the point that some on the pro-abortion side are violent, hateful and dehumanizing of those who hold different views, and the pro-life side’s argument that abortion is the murder of a human being.  It also highlighted the hypocrisy of Twitter, for banning conservatives, even celebrities like James Woods, for saying things that are not really offensive, while not banning Carrey for posting garbage like this.  It’s the trifecta of self-defeat.  Dumb, dumber and dumbest.

And just to be clear: I’m not saying that Carrey should be censored by Twitter. I’m saying that people who disagree with his leftist lunacy should NOT be censored.  And he should think a little harder before picking up a paintbrush.

https://www.westernjournal.com/jim-carreys-brutal-pro-abortion-drawing-backfires-earns-thank-pro-life-movement/

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  • Donna Yates

    05/23/2019 08:33 AM

    Hi, have you heard about the CEO Marcus Leonis of Camping World is in a battle with the local city counsel in Statesville, NC about his American Flag. The city has demanded that he stop flying it because it is TOO big. 40x80 ft.
    His family including him are mostly immigrants in this country. He has a huge respect for our country, service and military people and proudly stands his ground on flying his bigger than life American flag.
    I wish that more immigrants who freely live in our great nation as well as the idiots who support socialism felt the same way he does.
    I live near Columbus, Oh and there is an RV/Camping World on I70 that also flyies a huge American flag. I feel so privileged to have been born and raised in our great capitalistic free country. Every time I see the flag it makes me proud to be an American.
    Thank you Mr Lemonis and I pray you win your battle.

  • Shauna dickerson

    05/22/2019 10:57 PM

    Two things, of course don't censure people like Jim Carry, let them crash and burn under their own rhetoric. Second, my daughter helped her husband pay off his student loans, after 20 years he had not paid them off. They married, bought a house, had a major yard disaster just as they were moving in, she lost her job, he changed jobs a couple times, had a baby, all in just a couple years and she still got his loans paid off. You can manage debt all by yourself, if you really try.

  • Connie Lee

    05/22/2019 04:00 PM

    It is time for men and boys to have VASECTOMIES to help prevent unwanted pregnancies instead of women and young girls having abortions as a method of birth control! Vasectomies can later be reversed -- unlike abortions that ruin the life of young girls and women forever! Making love or having sex involves TWO people -- so why should only females have the responsibility of not getting pregnant? Time for males to take responsibility to prevent pregnancies!

  • Marie Krause

    05/22/2019 02:18 PM

    Spot on report. Just watching the news about Trump walking out of the 'meeting'. Was it a setup? Well yes. It was a waste of time, and I wonder if I am the only one wondering if they are running scared? Or are they trying to destroy their own party from the inside out. Do they really think that 'we the people' cannot see through the fog after all the conspiracy they have created ??? I can't believe they can be that ignorant. We know. Prayer is the only comfort I have anymore.

  • Elaine Romanias

    05/22/2019 12:50 PM

    I just witnessed in Pelosi/Schumer asking, "We don't know WHY the President doesn't want to work on infrastructure?!"
    I am flabbergasted! Do they think that Americans are stupid?!!!!
    They just held a meeting at 9am in what they brought up more probes and the "I" word. What did they think Trump's reaction would be?!?!?
    This seems to have been so planned out by the Dems because they knew how it would be perceived! So disgusting!

  • Carmine Fea

    05/22/2019 10:43 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: We republicans are fiddling while Rome is burning! House democrats' talk of impeaching President Trump is pure nonsense. The democrats have no legal grounds to impeach the President. It's political, the lies they told about Trump got them the majority in the House under false pretenses, and they want to continue lies about Trump believing it will give them the win in the 2020 presidential election. Why are we letting the House democrats continue with this? WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THEM?

    Read the Mueller report, there is not one note of an actual action by President Trump that obstructed justice or interfered with Mueller's investigation. The president has the same freedoms as every American - he can say what he thinks, he can say things to his attorneys and aides, he can take advice from his attorneys and aides, he can be corrected by his attorneys and aides - these are not crimes. And it is all Mueller has.

  • Patti Massaker

    05/22/2019 12:27 AM

    Can you speak more on the subject of just why there is even a thought to impeaching President Trump? I just don’t get it. What grounds? This whole thing is insane to my husband and me. Are we missing something?!

  • Joe Jones

    05/21/2019 10:21 PM

    I read them.

  • Barbara Jane Raley

    05/21/2019 10:01 PM

    Gov. Mike, I LOVE your DOWN HOME HUMOR! I NEVER FAIL TO READ YOUR EVENING ADDITION, EVEN IF I have missed the "fake news" .... always informative, entertaining, and SO WELCOME! You and Sarah are GREAT FAMILY TO me....and I'm an ARKIE, Holly Grove, transported to Tucson, AZ in 1959, so "almost a native" but still LOVE CATFISH IN A HOG SCALDER down at the lake!!! YUMMMMMY!

  • Amelia Little

    05/21/2019 10:00 PM

    I am one of those who pays for ESPN in my cable package--but I couldn't tell you what channel that is, except all the sports channels are 24 through 31. On occasion I had read about some political statement here and there, but those reports really ramped up the last couple of years. When the kneeling started, at the time, I was yelling--I THINK sports fans want to WATCH the players and the plays, listen to stats about batting, running, touch downs, etc, and probably don't give a rat's patooty about the political leanings of any athletes. That's not why they watch the game. It seemed at the time that all cameras should be on whomever is performing the National Anthem, maybe a sweep of the audience (used to be they were standing, hand over heart, maybe even singing along) but NOT on the players. And, how about--commentators should shut up during the Anthem? I hope that announcers/commentators get the memo to concentrate on the game, and that they are fined starting immediately for infractions. Of course, I suppose it remains to be seen how serious ESPN is about curtailing politics. Although, I would guess sports announcers probably have as much political savvy as the "news" hosts.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/21/2019 09:12 PM

    I will make this comment about income equality the CEOs do make an insane amount of money for what they do I am in favor of good money to make money for the CEOs but the % from top to bottoms is to vast let the the excess flow to the middle and lower wage earners if all companies would reduce 12% of the CEOs income and raise the workers 12% what harm would that do it just might put the CEO in a lower income bracket and raise the workers income bracket that would allow Americans to buy American goods who needs China India Vietnam when workers got money to buy good American goods and forget about the imports who knows what your really getting the conditions in those companies abroad do not have have a very good standard of operation. The only drawback about increasing income for our workers are the taxes and the way the Feds spend our money is shameful more tax reform for our workers..................!

  • Malcolm Powell

    05/21/2019 09:03 PM

    Hi Mike: Seeing a pot ad a couple of times on your news e-mail is a real put off for a retired doc! Pot is an entry drug which injures
    those exposed in a variety of ways. Allowing development of a huge industry that grows and sells it will degrade our nation. We should all
    be disassociating ourselves from all promotions of pot in any way that we can. Best wishes, Malcolm

  • Kathy Wingate

    05/21/2019 08:56 PM

    I'm not a tweeter, but agree the cartoon was disgusting. Re the abortion rulings going on now, including the prospect of overturning Roe v Wade, tho' I'm pro-life, I'm concerned the timing will be bad for Trump's re-election prospects. Maybe nobody who is against overturning Roe v Wade would vote Trump, anyway, but remember the uproar over the
    Kavanaugh appointment. All the Dems. bit their fingernails over that very possibility. Further, I think those who have eliminated rape and incest as exceptions, may lose support of pro-lifers who couldn't imagine carrying the fruit of rape for nine months. Some of us think this elimination of exceptions, is going too far. It could double,triple the trauma of being raped, to be forced to carry the resulting baby for nine months. All you men out there try to put yourselves in those shoes and imagine yourselves in that position. You wouldn't do it.

  • Susan Murray

    05/21/2019 08:13 PM

    On the topic of socialism, what is your take on Walmart inviting Socialist Candidate Bernie Sanders to the shareholders meeting next month? Will the surprise guest be President Donald Trump?

  • Pat Curtis

    05/21/2019 07:41 PM

    Why is everyone so hateful abt President Trump when he has/is doing so much for America but they want to impeach him and etc? But they did nothing to get rid of the last president for 8 years that wasn't even an American citizen and did nothing for this country.
    I am so disgusted with the whole Congress that keep harping abt getting rid of President Trump and did nothing abt getting rid of Obummer, Killary & Bill, Mark Felt, Bill Ayers, Val Jarrett, John Brennan, G. Soros, Fast & Furious to name a few.
    How and why won't the Republicans and other conservatives get behind President Trump? I'm 13 yrs from being 100 and have always voted as a conservative. I pray to God that President Trump gets in 2020. Seems like all the speakers of the hse or senate become the opposite of what they promise and nothing gets done when they get in. Why can't we have more people like President Trump, Pence, You, Your daughter?

  • Dorothy MacDonald

    05/21/2019 06:56 PM

    Appreciate all you do and who you are. Sent an email earlier about dissatisfaction with Lear Capital representative, Terry Maloney.