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Trump and GOP: Let’s bankrupt Social Security to pay for Ivanka’s Paid Family Leave

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Prior to their current monopoly of Washington, Republicans last controlled Congress and the White House during the George W. Bush administration. Then, as now, the American people gave the GOP control to return the country to conservative values, such as: reducing the size of government, limiting spending, and rejecting big-government progressivism.

History shows us that the GOP betrayed those values, and that gave rise to Democrat control of Congress during Bush’s last two years and ultimately, the election of Barack Obama. Unfortunately, the current Gang Of Phonies are betraying conservative values as well.

You may recall that Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative,” which we would later learn was Republican doublespeak for big-government progressive. Under Bush’s brand of conservatism, America got a president who “abandoned free-market principles to save the free market” along with the biggest expansion of entitlement spending since LBJ created Medicare in 1965—Medicare Part D.

As a self-described “big heart” compassionate conservative, Trump has become a bit Bush-esque with his policies. And just as it was in the days of W, today’s GOP-controlled Congress is on board with his big-government progressive agenda.

During the recent tax-reform debates, Trump and the GOP embraced the Hillary-inspired proposals offered by the socialist-feminist woman Trump would be hitting on if she wasn’t his daughter, Ivanka. And with that success under their belts, they have moved on to another favorite of Ivanka’s and Hillary’s—Paid Family Leave.

Like Obama before him, Trump promoted paid family leave in his State of the Union. Afterwards, Marco Rubio and Mike Lee—they pushed Ivanka’s tax-reform proposals—went to work on a way to have the government pay for this new entitlement, supposedly without raising taxes or growing government. Their “budget-neutral” proposal would allow paid family leave recipients to “borrow” from Social Security now and then pay for it by delaying a portion of their benefits later.

Besides the fact that there is no constitutional basis for the government to subsidize personal choices, this is simply a horrendous idea. Government programs always cost more than they promise—Family Leave used to be “free” because it was unpaid—and Social Security and Medicare are already all but bankrupt with over $112 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities . . . and growing. Using Social Security in this manner will make only make matters worse and will create a need to raise taxes to pay for this new “benefit.”

Here’s more to chew on.

How do we know what Social Security will look like when the first wave of these retirees face reduced benefits because they received paid family leave? Provided it still exists, Social Security will likely be significantly changed so it’s entirely possible that they won’t see reduced benefits upon retirement.

Additionally, with politicians always working on ways to buy a vote, what’s to stop future lawmakers from deciding that these retirees shouldn’t be “penalized” with lower benefits simply because they took paid time off to have a baby or care for a sick relative?

And if we expand Social Security to pay for this new entitlement, what’s to stop Washington from expanding it to pay for other “good” ideas such as a college education or living in an adequate house? After all, those are “rights” too, aren’t they?

With both of them dyed-in-the-wool liberals, it’s easy to see why Trump supports Ivanka, but the obvious sell-out by so-called conservatives is despicable.

In a recent interview, Rubio defended the proposal by saying that he still had to work on members of the GOP because “there will be significant initial resistance to it, because it’s just not an issue that’s been identified with the Republican Party.” Actually, I have to disagree with Marco; this type of invertebrate, politically self-interested capitulation has been identified with the Republican Party for quite some time now.

By the way, don’t count on “conservatives” in the House of Representatives to kill this idea. Paul Ryan absolutely loves legislation that provides benefits now with a promise to pay for it later; just look at his history with the budget. Additionally, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, who will tell you that he absolutely stands for reigning in big government, is completely open to the idea.

George Bush and the GOP destroyed Reagan conservatism and moved America closer to the left. Donald Trump and today’s GOP are taking us the rest of the way there.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

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Liz Wheeler on the most disgusting part of the Jussie Smollett scandal

There are plenty of things about the Jussie Smollett scandal that should disgust us. The instant reaction by celebrities, politicians, and the media is right there at the top, especially when we consider how many are now saying, “let’s wait for the facts.” The notion that a successful gay black man thought it appropriate to make himself seem like a victim is also up there.

As One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler points out, we should also be disgusted that Smollett chose this victim status over being a strong leader and role model for less privileged black and gay people who could have looked up to him for his strength instead of now being scornful of his weakness.

What does that say about America when the left tries so hard to build the narrative that everything is wrong, they’re unwilling to recognize the real problems that are plaguing America. Why? Because they’re the biggest part of the problem.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as sweetheart prompting zero outrage

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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