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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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Dianne Feinstein’s comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

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Dianne Feinsteins comment on Dayton shooter skipped one important point

Gun control is the talk of the town as the week comes to a close. Well, that and Greenland. And Jeffrey Epstein. But the mass shootings two weeks ago has DC buzzing, media furiously reporting, and activists on both sides of the debate furiously Tweeting at each other. Senator Dianne Feinstein weighed in on the discussion by pointing out some important facts about the alleged Dayton shooter, Connor Betts.

Her facts are correct. Her analysis is off because it missed one important point. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s declare once and for all (though I’m sure I’ll have to repeat myself later) that the 2nd Amendment IS NOT ABOUT HUNTING OR HOME PROTECTION. Our right to keep and bear firearms was put into the Constitution by our founders because they recognized what could happen if the people had no recourse against an oppressive government. Just as Venezuelans didn’t realize they danger they were putting themselves into when they allowed their guns to be taken away, so too do many Americans put way too much trust in government.

The authoritarian left wants guns because they know they’ll never achieve their endgame as long as the people can defend themselves from tyranny.

Feinstein is correct that the Dayton shooter was able to cause an extreme amount of death and injury in a short period of time. Police were quick to respond, otherwise it could have been much worse. But as our EIC pointed out in a Tweet, Feinstein’s narrative is worthless when you look at it from the opposite perspective.

Gun control is not the solution to our mass shooting problem. If anything, gun control has enabled shooters to enact their crimes without fear of many “good guys with a gun” to stop them. We must never give up our 2nd Amendment rights.

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With ‘collusion’ out and ‘racism’ in, legacy media scrambles to write the anti-Trump narrative

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With collusion out and racism in legacy media scrambles to write the anti-Trump narrative

There are things that are often so obvious to me, I actually ignore them as stories to consider reporting when in reality they’re big news. It’s part of the myopia journalists often get when their days are spent researching and analyzing a topic so much, we assume certain things are common knowledge when they’re not. Case-in-point: The fact that legacy media establishes narrative plans to achieve goals that promote their agenda.

It took my wife’s aghast response to learning the NY Times was setting up a gameplan to attack President Trump from now until the election. I asked her what she thought newsroom’s did. After all, she knows I used to sit in meetings about how to cover particular topics, and affecting the 2020 election is obviously something newsrooms will try to do. But to her (and probably a lot of our readers), it’s assumed journalists aren’t crafting stories based on a playbook but are simply taking each individual piece of news and spinning it as they see fit.

Nope. That’s not how it works. We’ve seen comical examples of media coordination to push very specific narratives that often match the talking points of Democrats. This isn’t new. It’s as old as journalism itself. Propaganda isn’t a rare occurrence. It’s an ongoing battle to appear to be unbiased while conveying bias subtly. But today, there’s no longer subtly involved. Both progressive and conservative news outlets unabashedly spin stories to suit their agendas.

The latest example came from a leak of a NY Times staff meeting transcript that detailed how the Russian collusion narrative was a dud and they needed to go after the new Trump narrative, that he’s a racist. I saw the story yesterday and myopically assumed, “Duh, it’s obvious. This is a nothingburger.” But as my wife pointed out, there are plenty of people who don’t realize this is how newsrooms in every major outlet operate.

Leaked Transcript Of NYT Staff Meeting Reveals Leadership’s Plan For Reporting On Trump For Next Two Years

As revealed in the leaked transcript, Baquet began the meeting by referencing the paper’s “significant missteps” and then explaining how these “missteps” stem from “something larger”: the paper’s approach to reporting on Trump. “This is a really hard story, newsrooms haven’t confronted one like this since the 1960s,” said Baquet. “It got trickier after [inaudible] … [it] went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character.”

Baquet then admits that the Times had “built our newsroom” around covering the ultimately debunked narrative that Trump “colluded” with Russia. “We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well,” said Baquet in comments highlighted by the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York. “Now we have to regroup, and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.”

As early as it may seem in the election cycle, this is actually crunch-time for journalists with an agenda, which is essentially all of us. The narratives take time to stick, and so if progressive media is going to get enough Americans to believe their racism narrative, they need to be hammering it today and all the way through until the election.

Their plan has three steps:

  1. Paint Trump as a racist
  2. Paint the whole GOP as either racists or enabling racists
  3. Make voters believe that if they vote for Trump and/or Republicans, they’re racists as well

If that sounds familiar, it’s because you’re paying attention as the narrative unfolds before our eyes. They realize the President hasn’t said or done anything that’s racist. They can attach the race card to certain comments he makes, but even then it’s a stretch. But they need to hold this as their message because his policies tell a completely different story. Black and Hispanic-American unemployment numbers are at all-time lows while prosperity is spreading to minorities faster than ever in our history, including (especially) under President Obama.

The left will try to divide us and then claim President Trump is the great divider. They want to draw distinct lines between those who support him and those who may be willing to oppose him. Then, they’ll do everything in their power to pull people on the fence over to their side. What they can’t understand is why things are working, why the economy is humming, and why violence seems to be coming more from the left than the right. That’s not what they expected to happen. Many assumed his presidency would be so bad so quickly, he’d never be allowed to finish his first term. But as it becomes increasingly likely he’ll get a second term, they’re scrambling to derail him.

The progressive narratives in legacy media are 100% intended to subvert the 2020 election and remove President Trump from power. The best thing conservatives can do is continue to point out their complete journalistic hypocrisy.

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Seb Gorka: Red flag gun laws are a ‘red herring’

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Seb Gorka Red flag gun laws are a red herring

It isn’t often that former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka disagrees with his old boss, but as the President pushes for red flag gun laws to be incentivized by the federal government to be adopted by all states, Gorka’s loyalties rang at their highest pitch. He isn’t going against the President’s leanings to oppose him. He’s doing it to try to save him from the bad advice that’s being thrown at him in the White House and by members of Congress.

Red flag gun laws are a bad idea on many levels, perhaps most strikingly in the fact that they do not work. Then, there’s the unconstitutional nature of them that, as Representative Jim Jordan said, inverts our system to make American citizens guilty until proven innocent. But the biggest reason every American gun owner should be concerned about red flag gun laws is because of where they’ll lead.

“Red flags are a red herring,” Gorka said on Fox Business today. “This is another way for us to be disarmed. Look at the states where it’s already happened – California, Massachusetts, where certain types of weapons are already banned. This is the last straw they have take away our civil rights. Remember, the founding fathers called this a ‘civil right.’ The Bill of Rights includes the capacity to protect ourselves.”

Some are calling red flag gun laws a “slippery slope,” but that’s not strong enough as a characterization. They’re a guaranteed stepping stone to gun control because they will not work as advertised. When they fail, the left will double down.

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