“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” ~Ronald Reagan
By Alden L. Benton
Every day when I open my e-mail, I read of some new “solution” to some superfluous problem that somehow triggers the progressive mindset to make another law. Some of the problems are actually real issues, but the progressive nanny-state approach is not the way to solve anything.
Doing the same thing over, and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Therefore, the Democrats must be insane. Why else would they keep proposing the same ridiculous proposals, or variants thereof, over, and over again?
When will they stop?
They just keep the bad, silly, and foolish ideas coming. Every time you hear of a new plan or idea that makes you scratch your head and wonder, “What were they thinking?” just check to see who is behind it. Chances are about 99 percent that they have a (D) behind their name unless, of course, it is Bernie Sanders. Sanders, the king of free stuff for everyone, disingenuously changed his (D) to an (I) to mask the fact he is farther to the left than Karl Marx.
Here are some recent examples of the lunacy of the Democrats.
As I previously reported, California Democrats are trying to grab 50% of what windfall business may receive from federal income tax reform. Now, according to the New York Post, New York Governor Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed legislation that virtually eliminates deductions on personal income tax in the state.
“Under Cuomo, Albany’s budget has become more dependent than ever on revenue raised from the state personal-income tax — more than 40 percent of which originates with households earning $1 million or more,” according to the New York Post.
The article continues, “And under the revised tax code, the virtual repeal of state and local tax deductions means these same taxpayers will save little or nothing, despite a small cut in the top federal rate. New York City’s millionaire earners, in particular, will be paying tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars more in combined federal, state, and local taxes in 2018.”
As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Another lesson it seems Democrats are incapable of learning.
Here is yet another item for the indictment of Democrat insanity, again from the deep blue asylum of California.
USA Today reported on a bill introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon “. . . that would make it illegal for restaurant servers to give guests plastic straws unless requested — with the threat of a $1,000 fine or jail time attached.”
They can’t raise the minimum wage high enough to make serving food and drinks in a restaurant worth that risk. Maybe the next step for the Democrats is to pass a bill requiring patrons to tip their server an amount equal to the cost of the meal.
As usual with Democrats, Calderon is backpedaling on the issue of the fines and trying to divert attention away from this looming debacle by tossing out unverifiable environmental claims from a 16-year-old who “researched” the issue when he was nine.
Sorry, Mr. Calderon, a few numbers gathered by a precocious 9-year-old from a few telephone calls to plastic straw manufacturers, is not scientific data. Questionable science in any discipline that cannot be verified should not form the basis for public policy.
Can you spell idiot, Assemblyman? I hope you can.
The list is long enough to create a daily column for 1,000 years, but here is one final illustration of Democratic insanity and insensitivity.
In 2017, California enacted a law (AB 1887) prohibiting state agencies from requiring, or paying for trips to states that supposedly discriminate against the LGBT community. These states include Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.
Many people may think this sounds reasonable. However, in effect it will have no effect on the targeted states. Rather, it will harm residents of California.
Enter the pompous, supercilious windbags that run Citrus Community College in Glendora, California.
“Unfortunately, that law just ruined the dreams — and potentially even future careers — of the Citrus College rocketry club, who are now prevented from traveling to Huntsville, Alabama, to take part in the prestigious annual NASA Student Launch competition,” according to the Conservative Tribune.
The team earned one of only 60 spots in the highly competitive event that includes teams from major Ivy League colleges, large universities, and famed technical schools.
This year, five other California teams are participating in the same contest with private funds. Despite the so-called travel ban, the Citrus College team attended the Alabama competition last year with the blessings of the school.
According to the Citrus College student newspaper The Clarion, the Chancellor of California Community Colleges Eloy Ortiz Oakley said, “As a matter of policy, the Chancellor’s Office will not approve requests from our local community college districts to travel to an AB 1887 restricted state, REGARDLESS OF THE FUNDING SOURCE for the proposed out-of-state travel,” (Emphasis mine)
In the United States, the idea of Federalism grants the states the power to deal with their own affairs. In addition, the Commerce Clause of the Constitution guarantees the free flow of commerce between the states. Tourism and travel is commerce. Simply stated, California should stop meddling in the affairs of other states and stop trying to control everyone from cradle to grave with their utopian wet dreams.
I have had it with Democratic insanity. Enough!
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” ~Ronald Reagan
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