To show how far left the Democratic Party has lurched in just three short years, the man many conservatives thought was the most liberal person we’d ever see in the White House, Barack Obama, thinks they’ve gone too far. Speaking at an Obama Foundation summit, the former President slammed his party’s PC “cancel culture” and “social justice warriors,” saying, “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised, and you’re always politically ‘woke,’ and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
As the article points out, there are two ways of looking at this: either the Democrats have gone so far off the left-wing deep end that they now make Barack Obama sound like a voice of reason…or else Obama, who has great political instincts, realizes that Americans are fed up with this thought police garbage and the Dems are about to pay a heavy price for it at the polls.
Since I also like to think of myself as a voice of reason, I’ll simply ask: “Why not both?”
Correction: In writing yesterday about California’s many woes, I said that over a million Californians were going without power because of the arrogant stupidity of their far-left government. According to this must-read column by Victor Davis Hanson, the number of Californians sitting in the dark and wondering how to charge up their electric cars so they can try to outrun the wildfires is over two million. I regret the error, but probably not as much as Californians regret voting for these idiots.
Actually, I should also correct that last statement. It’s highly likely that the same people who voted for politicians who now have them sitting in the dark in vastly overpriced houses with no power, surrounded by homeless addicts, criminal illegal aliens, infected needles, human feces, rats and typhus will go to the polls and vote to reelect them, provided they can afford the overtaxed gasoline or that the juice to charge their electric cars comes back on before next November. Why? Because “orange man bad,” or something.
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, California Democrats should hold their next convention in a big rubber room.
It’s also said that things happen first in California, then move east to the rest of the nation. That’s exactly what the Democrats hope to do by taking over the Senate, holding the House and electing someone like Elizabeth Warren to the White House: turn all of America into California. Let that sink in.
They claim to be the party that is smarter, better and has all the answers. But before you vote to put them in power, take a long, hard look at what they’ve done in California, where they have complete control, and how, in a very short time, they’ve turned the paradise they inherited into a nightmare people are fleeing. At this point, the major things keeping anyone in California are natural resources that “progressives” haven’t found a way to ruin yet, like the beaches and the weather. But give them time. Or better yet, don’t.
Or at least quarantine them to California and don’t vote to let them turn out the lights and turn back the clock to the (literal) Dark Ages everywhere else in America.
Elizabeth Warren dodges like a squirrel on an expressway whenever she’s asked how she would pay for “Medicare For All,” and Bernie Sanders has apparently decided it’s not even worth thinking about. Fortunately, researchers at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Government have been thinking about how to pay for it, and running the numbers. Consider this a Halloween story, because these numbers should scare the daylights out of you.
Think “Medicare For All” means “free health care?” Well, here are some options you can pick from, because this is what it would take to pay for that “free” health care.
* A 32 percent payroll tax
* A 25 percent income surtax
* A 42 percent value-added tax (VAT)
* A mandatory public premium averaging $7,500 per capita – the equivalent of $12,000 per individual not otherwise on public insurance
* More than doubling all individual and corporate income tax rates
* An 80 percent reduction in non-health federal spending
* An increase in the national debt of 108 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
* Impossibly high taxes on high earners, corporations, and the financial sector
* Or some combination of the things listed above.
The report notes that “Each of these choices would have consequences for the distribution of income, growth in the economy, and ability to raise new revenue.” I assume they mean that in the same way that swallowing a lit cherry bomb would have “consequences” for your digestive system.
Once again, we see the truth of the old warning, “Nothing is more expensive than a free government service.” That’s also the headline of an article by Jeffrey Tucker of the American Institute for Economic Research that should be required reading for every naïve young person who’s actually thinking of voting for some Democrat and/or socialist who’s promising more free handouts than you’ll be giving to trick-or-treaters tonight.
“Goooood Dog” News: President Trump announced that Conan, the military dog that was injured while chasing down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, will be an honored guest at the White House next week (I expect CNN to find a cat to make negative comments about this.)
Believe it or not, some TDS sufferers in the media actually found a way to complain and feign being offended at this story. Trump had tweeted a joke photo created by the Daily Wire, showing him placing a Medal of Honor on the dog. The Wire had replaced the face of 2017 Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran James McCloughan with the dog, so the anti-Trump media assailed Trump for allegedly being disrespectful toward McCloughan.
To show what a stretch that was, here’s what McCloughan had to say about it: “I’m not offended by another hero.” He said he’s a dog lover, and he looks up to the dog for the bravery he displayed.
To give these howls of phony offense all the respect they deserve, here's the Babylon Bee's take on them:
James Comey suggested that if Donald Trump wins a second term, he’ll move to New Zealand.
It won’t do him any good: the US and New Zealand have an extradition treaty. But maybe Rosie O’Donnell, Barbra Streisand, Chelsea Handler or one of the other liberal celebrities who vowed to move out of the country the first time Trump was elected will let him hide out in their basements in Saskatoon.
Sad news from Hollywood: Actor/comedian John Witherspoon died at home Tuesday at 77. He made countless appearances in movies such as the “Fridays” series, TV shows and comedy clubs, in a career that stretched back to the 1970s and classic shows such as “Barnaby Jones.” He was remembered by colleagues as a beloved father figure and mentor to many younger performers, particularly in the African-American community. Our prayers and sympathy to his family.
A special note to our readers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area: This Saturday night, Nov. 2, in Arlington, you can meet “Huckabee” writers Laura Ainsworth and Pat Reeder and hear Laura sing at the annual fundraiser for the Malaika Orphanage in Uganda. It’s a wonderful facility that gives a home and hope to children from some of the most horrifying circumstances imaginable.
Just $25 a ticket gets you an evening of entertainment, a huge international buffet dinner cooked by the volunteers, and an array of great silent auction items, with all proceeds going to help the orphanage kids. Come on out, have a great evening and support a terrific cause. Tickets and information are online at http://www.mocfusaug.org/