When America debated Obamacare in 2009, Republicans raised the specter of what Sarah Palin called “death panels.” This was not a fantasy or an exaggeration designed to take normal policy and make Democrats look bad. It was in the bill.
On January 20th I returned to the National Mall for the second Women’s March. While still significant in size, it was a lot smaller than last year and I decided to spend some more time wandering around. In addition to the Women’s March, there were several smaller groups that latched on to the event. There was an Impeach Trump March, a small contingent of the Libertarian Party, a group from the previous day’s March for Life, a “social justice a cappella,” and something about Bolivia I couldn’t quite understand.
But the one group that really grabbed my attention was Code Pink.
Code Pink was founded in late 2002 primarily as an anti-war organization, but you could be forgiven for thinking it’s real purpose is to be anti-American.
Democrats have leveled several different charges at Republicans during the debate over tax reform. While it can be fun to mercilessly mock claims that tax cuts will kill people (yes, that’s a real argument), I will instead focus on a more persistent and reasonable objection.
Many liberals claim it is hypocritical to cut taxes while expressing concern over the growing national debt. They are wrong.
When it comes to political battles, conservatives are at a natural disadvantage. By the very essence of their ideologies, liberalism is far more active than conservatism. For almost every issue, liberalism easily passes the “we have to do something” test.
As proponents of a powerful and active government, liberal solutions are visible and easily traceable. To solve a problem they might propose a new government agency, a new government program, impose new government requirements, or bills to outlaw whatever is perceived to cause the problem. With any of these options, liberal politicians can easily go to their constituents and show a one-step link between the problem and proposed solution.
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, claimed that Obama’s “administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself.” Really?
- It wasn’t all that long ago we discovered that several VA hospitals were creating fake documents to cover up the fact that the wait to see doctors was so long they were essentially denying care to veterans. This was a major scandal that Obama promised to correct, but has done little about since the headlines went away.
- In 2013 it was discovered that the IRS had been targeting conservative organizations and denying them tax except status. This is not a made up story. Before he did nothing about it, Obama himself said he had “no patience with it. I will not tolerate it.” But no charges were filed or punishment met out. Lois Lerner, who was in charge of the department that targeted conservative groups, was put on paid leave before she eventually retired with full benefits.