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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

This morning on Fox and Friends, Brian Kilmeade said, “Sometimes in boxing when there’s a draw, the referee holds both boxers’ hands up. Perhaps if the Democrats would work with the President to solve the crisis at the border, they could claim victory with him.” I may not have gotten his words exactly right, but the point is clear. Solving a problem together with the other side lets both sides claim success. And the Democrats can’t let themselves do that.

My mother had a somewhat more artful way of putting this. She’d say, “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.” In other words, look at the greater good. One great example of this is the recent Criminal Justice Reform Bill.

Known as the “First Step Act,” it reduced a number of sentences which disproportionately affected blacks. Its legislative history is tortuous, but it originated in the Republican-led House in 2018. When it failed to make it through the Senate, the Democrats brought it up again, and this time, with Democratic input, it was passed in both houses. President Trump had actively supported it, and signed it into law.

This is where the Democrats shot themselves in their collective feet. They refused to take a victory lap with President Trump. He would happily invite them to the stage, the way a number of blacks affected by the law were. But they found themselves unable to admit that there was any redeeming feature whatever to the President. “Orange Man Bad” prevented them from sharing the limelight. So President Trump gets solo billing for making life better for the black community.

I have written elsewhere about Trump Derangement Syndrome. This is a clear psychiatric disorder based on a core element of identity politics. “I am good, you are bad.” And, of course, if you are bad, nothing you do can ever be good. The converse is that everything I do is good.

Anyone with a functioning brain recognizes that in human endeavor, nothing is ever perfect. And even evil people do some things well. Thus, identity politics paralyzes the side that practices it. There is no possibility of ever working with the other side. Even the First Step Act isn’t a real part of Leftist history, since that involved working with the other side.

Most Americans believe that it is the duty of our Congress to work across the aisle to make America better. That concept is encapsulated in “Make America Great Again.” But the Master Persuader – or should I say the Master Deal-maker – has negotiated a great leap forward in border security. This was a solo act in reality because the Left cannot envision any possibility where anything Donald Trump would agree to is good. So they have to trash it.

The first trashing is the claim that there is nothing new in the deal. It hasn’t taken long for that to be debunked, but now that the claim has been made, many on the Left will hold on to it, because it gives them an excuse to avoid reality. This denial is essential to maintaining the psyche of identity politics. If the Left has to face reality, it would truly melt, since no part of its essential truth claims can be supported.

The fact that the Left strongly supported (in voice only, not in legislation) border security when Barack Obama was President is completely lost on the them. It’s ancient history and it’s time to Move On. But if it were forced to face that reality, its core identity would be threatened. And of course, “Orange Man Bad” would have to be shelved. After all, they would now be cooperating with their arch-enemy to achieve a common goal. OMG! So they cut off their nose to spite their face.

This is not lost on the public at large, and will not be if Republicans actually campaign on it. Americans – those who believe that they should be allowed to bust their butts to make a better life and not have it stolen by the government – see in President Trump a street fighter who makes promises and tries to stick by them. In Democrats they see a bunch of NPCs who are blowing with the wind. Biden’s latest neck-snapping flips on the Hyde Amendment are just the latest flashing red light.

Any Republican bold enough to stick to his guns and promote the well-being of Americans stands a very good chance of winning, even in Democrat-leaning districts. But wishy-washy RINOs will smell as bad as the dead fish they resemble, and lose.

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Jordan, Meadows blast House Democrats after Lewandowski hearing

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Jordan Meadows blast House Dems after Lewandowski hearing

Yesterday’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski was a sham. It was poorly executed even as a bashing session for Democratic lawmakers to rant about the President’s campaign. One would think that after three years and multiple investigations, they’d give up. But this is all they have left. Democrats on Capitol Hill have nothing of substance left in their tanks.

House Freedom Caucus members Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows went on Fox News to blast their progressive colleagues for not only having the hearing in the first place, but also for their duplicity in handling all things associated with President Trump. The Democrats are not seeking the truth, otherwise they’d be looking into the real collusion and obstruction that has been taking place from their side of the fence. Instead, they’re talking impeachment as a distraction from their own shortcomings, their own failures.

This really comes down to a double-standard. The Democrats will hold hearings if the President sneezes wrong but if clear and unambiguous wrongdoing is uncovered about a Trump opponent, Democrats suddenly see nothing.

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‘Lite’ versions of Medicare-for-All are no better – and possibly worse – than the real thing

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Lite versions of Medicare-for-All are no better - and possibly worse - than the real thing

How do Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, and other Democratic candidates plan on sinking Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders? By highlighting how their radical Medicare-for-All proposals are several steps too far to the left for America and by offering “lighter” versions of their semi-popular healthcare plans. But there’s a problem with their proposals. All of them will lead to the same conclusion – single-payer healthcare – and all of them may actually be more damaging to the economy along the way.

This is saying a lot since the $32 trillion Medicare-for-All is an absolute existential threat to the United States economy. How could these lighter versions be worse?

Before we answer that, let’s look at what would happen if Buttigieg’s Medicare-for-All-Who-Wants-It, Biden’s Obamacare 2.0, or Harris’s Medicare-for-All plus private supplements ever become law in America. They all come at it from different angles, but what they’re describing is a public option for health insurance that would be taxpayer-funded and remove the out-of-pocket expenses from those who choose to take it instead of a private healthcare plan. This sounds reasonable to many Americans who want health insurance available to everyone, even those who cannot afford it, but who do not want to lose their own health insurance.

But what nobody’s mentioning is that the holes in a public option create problems for everyone, including:

  • Dichotomous healthcare services. There will be “good” healthcare offered to those with private insurance and “bad” healthcare offered to those taking the public option. We see this in action with the VA, which was intended to offer superior services to veterans. But the opposite has been proven to be the case. When government injects itself as an option against the private market, invariably the solutions they present are unambiguously inferior to the private variations. Americans will not be told of this dichotomy. Instead, they will find out when it’s too late that the healthcare they’re receiving is horrible compared to what they would have received under the private market option.
  • Increased costs across the board. What does a public option mean for the private market? Fewer customers. Fewer businesses enticing employees with health insurance benefits. Fewer healthy people paying for healthcare while higher-cost participants make private insurance more expensive for everyone. As for those on the public option, their acceptance of taxpayer-funded health insurance will, of course, drive up taxes for nearly everyone, including the middle class that nobody seems to want to admit will get hit with these taxes.
  • An eventual shift towards single-payerAs private health insurance becomes less lucrative and eventually becomes a money-loser, companies will start pulling out. We already saw this without the public option in Obamacare. Throw in a public option and it eventually becomes cost-prohibitive to offer anything other than supplemental insurance for uncovered procedures such as cosmetic surgery. The public option will become single payer by default within 3-5 years after it’s launched.

Nobody outside of the health insurance industry likes the health insurance industry, but over a hundred million Americans rely on this industry to keep themselves and their families from paying the extremely high costs for medical care. The combination of health insurance driving medical expenses and a government driving the health insurance industry has resulted in diapers costing $20 each after birth. They know most American will not care about the details as long as they’re not paying for it out of pocket, so they can encourage hospitals and doctors to charge outrageous rates. This all changes for the worst once single-payer is in place.

Back to the original premise – these “lighter” options could actually be worse for America than full-blown and immediate Medicare-for-All. With the latter, everything is upfront. They will tax us at extremely high rates to pay for their pet project. It will be horrible. But it will be understood from the beginning. With the half-measures proposed by the “moderates” in the group, the way it all pans out will be in a constant state of radical evolution. Prices will fluctuate so rapidly that changes will need to be made on the fly. It’s like inserting a knife into our backs slowly instead of just plunging it right in. The constant tearing of tissues over time may make us bleed out faster than if they just stabbed us quickly.

The various public option proposals are all single-payer-in-training. They will invariably become Medicare-for-All because private insurance will die a slow death as a result. Meanwhile, our healthcare quality and economy will die much more rapidly.

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The real reason behind California Democrats’ attack on Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) speaks at a rally after her measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors was approved by a Senate committee on July 10.(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law which would limit the use of independent contracts.

Newsom in a signed written statement said that the new law, “will help reduce worker misclassification — workers being wrongly classified as ‘independent contractors’ rather than employees, which erodes basic worker protections like the minimum wage, paid sick days and health insurance benefits.”

The author of AB 5, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), in a written statement said, “As one of the strongest economies in the world, California is now setting the global standard for worker protections for other states and countries to follow.”

This might sound great but does Newsom or Gonzalez genuinely care about these workers or is there a more devious reason?

Here is the real reason -the Janus Decision.

In Janus vs. AFSCMF, the US Supreme Court ruled that labor unions are inherently political and that employees cannot be compelled to support them financially. What has been the result? Tens of thousands of government employees have opted out of their unions and the typical $800 to $1,200 a year they hand over to unions are gone.

Where does that money go? The vast majority of those tens of millions of dollars goes to the Democrat Party and candidates like Newsom and Gonzalez.

So by reclassifying Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash drivers as employees, what is Newsom and Gonzalez hoping to occur? According to the LA Times, Newsom stated, “the need to ensure workers in the new tech sector businesses can join labor unions.”

There you go, folks. Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash drivers can join a union because they are now employees.

What will be the result?

These companies will have to drastically raise their rates to comply with the new law, thus you will pay much more to use these services. These companies will have to dismiss tens of thousands of drivers that relied on these jobs to supplement their income or even their only source of income.

For the driver’s that are lucky to keep their jobs, what will happen to them? You can rest assured that the unions will be there to extract their hard-earned money as they are pressured to join the union. Conveniently, the tens of millions they raise will be going into these politicians political bank accounts.

Now I have no love-loss for these companies. I’m a transportation CEO and they are my direct competition. This might even help me make more money.

Even if that is true or not, the facts are this had nothing to do with protecting these drivers. It was a devious plot to fill their campaign war chests will millions of dollars at the expense of you and these drivers.

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