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That admonition in the headline can be applied to most of the candidates for the Democrat nomination for president. Look at what they are proposing for a validation of the headline.
Well, how can the designation of "stupidity" be applied to the Democrat candidates? Here are some examples of what they have proposed:
• Having taxpayers payoff student debt, even for students majoring in useless classes of Art History, Gender and Black Studies etc. in which the job prospects after graduation are very
low or non-existent.
• Giving convicted felons, including murderers, in prisons the right to vote.
• Having people give up their employer furnished medical plan for a government mandated plan (Medicare for all).
• Giving everyone a monthly stipend to spend as they please regardless of the costs that would be in the trillions of dollars.
• Wanting to confiscate all guns in opposition of the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
• Giving reparations to all black people who can prove that their great-great-great grandparents were slaves even though slavery ended 156 years ago.
• Mandating joining a labor union for all workers regardless of whether they want to join a union (this proposal is payback for union support of the Democrats over the years).
• Banning all fossil fuels in 12 years by replacing it with solar and wind energy which means we will not to able to drive our cars, use planes, or generate enough electric power to make our lives more bearable.
• Letting all illegal aliens, who violate our borders by entering illegally, enter our country with a promise of welfare benefits and future citizenship.
• Packing the Supreme Court by adding more Democrat leaning justices.
• Permitting late term abortions up till the moment of breach from the womb.
These are just a few of the "stupid" proposals that the majority of Democrat candidates have proposed to screw up our economy and our way of life.
Most of these hair brained proposals would and should be laughed at as being inane besides being stupid, but with the main stream media "in the back pocket" of the Democrats, they seem to have a life of their own by implying that the electorate is clamoring for them
The "fake news" media is ecstatic that the the polls, presently, show that President Trump is losing to most all of these "feckless" Democrat candidates, but they never mention that these same polls predicted a Hillary Clinton landslide in the 2016 election by a margin of a 95% sure thing. You know how that election turned out and how woefully inaccurate those polls were.
So, when hate takes over a persons thinking (an example of most Democrats and the media as they describe President Trump), it will prejudice their every thought process. There is an old expression that fits these anti-Trumpers, it goes like this: "Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity is forever". As the late CBS New anchor, Walter Cronkite, used to sign off his report with, "and that's the way it is", that phrase could be used over again to validate the stupidity charge against the Democrats and their flunky's in the media.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
A danger facing our country today is extremism. It is showing its fangs through multi facets that effects the direction the country is taking.
Many of these extremisms have developed by entities eating out of the dumpster that is feeding their hatred for our legitimately elected President, who is fulfilling the promises he made, that got him elected.
Their objective is to paralyze his ability to put forth additional policies, contrary to their agendas, aimed at changing what has made America great.
Many attempts to delegitimize Donald Trump's presidency have failed, resorting them to erronious stratagem, using racism, white supremacy and other ridiculous labels to add on to their failures.
I don't think our founding fathers meant for us to use the First Amendment as an undisciplined dog, running around the neighborhood unleashed, while letting the
biased media and radical left Democrats use under-handed methods, to silence the rights to free speech for those who have been referred to as deplorables.
Conservative Commentary by George Giftos
The radicals behind the movement that are championing “climate change” are mostly liberals (a/k/a Progressives) who want to undermine the only system that has brought about less poverty in the world - it is called “free enterprise capitalism”. In the United States it is the Democrat Socialists (Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib etc.) who are clamoring for these anti-free enterprise rules and regulations with the main intention of instituting “income re-distribution” and punishing the so-called “rich” and successful, the people who have created millions of jobs, and as a result some have become wealthy through their dedication and hard work. The liberal radicals have been demonizing the “anti-poverty” capitalist entrepreneurs for years, and are now using the emotional term “climate change” as their catchword for achieving their insidious goals of trying to rid the world of capitalism and free enterprise.
Look around you today, what do you see? Most public and private schools are staffed by by teachers and professors that preach the Utopian” (really should be called “Dystopian) economic philosophy of Socialism (a/k/a Progressiveism, Marxism and Communism). These radical educators have invaded the campuses of the U.S. in droves, with some estimates that 80% to 90% of the faculty members (in our public schools and colleges) are radicals trying to inculcate their philosophy into the mushy minds of impressionable students who have not met life's challenges yet, and are susceptible to the liberal, radical propaganda put forth by these teachers and professors of “free this” and “free that”.
Look at the phenomenon of the voters of the U.S. who elected President Obama twice who proclaimed that he wanted to “fundamentally change” the U.S. even though he was voted the most liberal senator, as a U.S Senator representing Illinois. The fact that he was black and articulate (Joe Biden's word) helped him, along with his political cronies, to take over the reins of government. In the 8 years of his presidency, he did not let his fellow radicals down, he had in many areas transformed our government into a European-styled country with his out-of-control (many deemed to be unconstitutional) dictates and presidential directives.
Well, did his transformative changes work for the betterment of our country or had they hindered the economic and political growth of the U.S.? Let's take a look at what had happened over the 8 years of Obama. Back then, according to Obama and his fellow Democrats, they proclaimed that the biggest threat facing the U.S. and the world was not “IsIamic terrorism”, but “climate change” (a/k/a “global warming”). Can you imagine a sane person equating the march of Islamic terrorism across the world with “climate change” being the major threat to western civilization? Well, the Democrats today, including their 20 plus candidates for president, have actually stated that as a fact. How naive and out of touch with reality can they be? It looks like the “Rules for Radicals”, expounded by the Saul Alinsky philosophy, has taken hold of the Democrat Party (both Obama and Hillary Clinton were acolytes of Saul Alinsky). Alinsky's rules had been used by Obama to push his radical socialist agenda forward. The results had been unspectacular, to say the least, and harmful to the United States. President Trump has been trying to, by executive orders, to get rid of those harmful regulations by Obama. Many feel that that is one of the reasons why we have such a robust economy today.
Here were some of the sorry results of Obama's 8 years in office, 93 million potential workers out of the workforce and not counted in the BLS unemployment rate of 5.1%, the true rate (the U-6 rate) was over 10%, 48 million people were on food stamps, 50 million people at or below the poverty line, the GDP hovered around the 1% to 2% growth rate when 3% to 4% should be the minimum growth rate for real progress, and one of the biggest budget busters facing us today is the Affordable Care Act, (Obamacare) that has covered only 10 million (mostly by government subsidy) out of the 40 million touted that would be covered when this monstrosity was debated and passed only by a Democrat Congress (no Republicans voted for it). President Trump is now trying to kill Obamacare, and he has started by getting rid of the “Individual Mandate”, whereby a person was charged a fee for NOT signing up for Obamacare. How un-American was that?
So, when our “esteemed” Democrat leaders proclaim that “climate change” is our major national threat, they should be looking in the mirror to see who are the real threats to our country are – they might just see the real threats of our country in the reflection in the mirror
– it is themselves. This presidential election in 2020 will be pivotable for our country's survival. Do we continue “down the yellow-brick road” to disaster by electing more radicals (Democrats) or will we face the real threats facing us in a realistic manner? We must elect people to office who will not drag us down, both economically and politically, with the result of making us a carbon (no pun intended) copy of third world disaster cases like Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and most of the African nations and Muslim nations. You must vote Republican and re-elect Donald Trump in 2020 to save our republic and our sanity.
Let's not continue following the Karl Marx playbook - free enterprise capitalism is the prescription for success not the tired failures of the tenets of Marxism as espoused by the Democrats. Climate change is just a smokescreen to undermine our capitalistic free enterprise system. Don't fall for it.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
To listen to the Democrats, the next worse thing to ISIS (and to some, climate change), and the terrorist Muslims in Syria and Iraq, are the wealthy individuals in the United States of America. They keep harping on the erroneous fact that that the rich don't pay their “fair share” in paying income taxes and that they are greedy besides, and have become rich on the backs of the poor. Is it true that the rich don't pay their “fair share” of income taxes?
As former Democratic candidate for president, Al Smith (1928) once said, “Let's look at the record”. According to the 2014 (which is still valid today) non-partisan Tax Foundation report, the top 1% earns 19% of the gross national income and pays 38% of all federal taxes. The top 5% earns 34% and pays 59%. The top 10% earns 45% and pays 71%. The bottom 50% pays just 3% of federal tax. If that isn't “soaking the rich”, I don't know what it is? Shouldn't everyone have a dog in the fight by paying something to the government?
It is true that during the 8 years of the Obama Administration, the rich had gotten richer and the poor and middle-class had remained stagnant or had lost income, mainly due to the run-up of the stock market, which the rich were heavily invested in. The spending policies and the regulatory policies of the Obama Administration, and the low interest rates of the Federal Reserve, have also contributed to this income gap. The only economically sound way to stop this difference in income differential was to get the economy stimulated with policies that would encourage entrepreneurship so that we could produce more jobs, and in return generate more tax revenue to the federal treasury, so that we could reduce the burden of taxation on the upper and middle-class taxpayers. The policies of the Obama Administration did not work for most people, and change was needed (not the hope and change “snake oil” promoted by Obama) to get us back on the right economic track. President Donald Trump, before and after his election, proposed a reform of our tax system to make it easier for people to pay their taxes and to reduce the rates that all taxpayers now pay. Those reforms were passed and signed by Trump, and our economy has responded upward as was predicted. Obama said it wouldn't happen. Egg on his face.
But, with the inexperience of former President Obama in economics , and his lack of sound fiscal and administrative knowledge, he seemed to have had a “tin ear” as to what was needed to get our economy booming again. The voters had the chance in 2016 to elect a real “money man” of fiscal integrity in Donald Trump, and they voted him president. Much to the chagrin and dismay of the political establishment of both the Democrats and the Republicans.
The semi-Marxist/Socialist plan, espoused by President Obama (and the Democrats), did not get us out of our stagnating economy during his 8 years in office. He preached “income redistribution” by blaming the wealthy of not doing their “fair share” to contribute to the government's revenue. Without the wealthy class paying the vast majority of the income taxes, we'd be in a much greater financial bind than we are in right now, approaching $22 trillion in debt. Even the “evil” Koch Bros., as the Democrats like to call them, have a company that employs over 67,000 workers at better than average wages, yet they are vilified as being un-American by the Democrats, and some have even claimed that they should be jailed for being so “rich”. What, for being successful and wealthy? Are the Democrats that out of touch with reality or what? Even today, the newly elected self-proclaimed socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has proposed raising the income tax rate on wealthy people to 70% as she follows the dictates of her tutor, Bernie Sanders. It looks like both of them missed the Economics 101 class in college.
We need many more Koch Bros., and other millionaires and billionaires, in order to keep our economy moving upward like it is now going. The Democrats and the Liberals should stop demonizing the wealth creators for purely partisan political purposes. They are the job creators. Remember, most all of us were never hired by a poor person. The old adage that “one should not bite the hand that feeds you” certainly applies in this case.
So, the answer to this editorial's headline is - YES - the rich do pay their “fair share” and we do need more people to get a well paying jobs so that we can continue get out of the economic malaise that the Obama Administration had kept us in for 8 years. We should all strive to become millionaires and billionaires, as it would be good for our country and to the entire world. Instead of “sharing the wealth” by taking from the rich and giving to the poor (the Robin Hood syndrome) in the form of handouts and financial government “goodies”, in order to gain votes by the recipients of those “goodies” at election time, we should be promoting the “sharing the opportunity” for all to succeed and achieve financial success. That's the American way. A hand up instead of a handout is what will make America great again. The economic policies of President Trump during his first two years in office, the GDP averaged between 3% and 4% as compared with the GDP under Obama, that averaged less than 2% during all of his 8 years. All have benefited under the Trump economic policies and that includes the middle- class as well as the wealthy who are still paying 70% of all income taxes.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
When democrat Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton Ohio realized there were independent voters in her city, she grudgingly agree to welcome President Trump and the First Lady on their visit to the victims and first responders from last weekend's tragedy. She also reminded democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, independents were state wide and he should change his mind about snubbing the President.
During an interview with the Mayor, the host asked her if she thought violent television games could be one of the factors causing these mass murders. She responded that there was no evidence they do. And further iterated that most of the game technology originates in Japan, and they do not have this problem of violence.
Japan's culture is family oriented and governed by strict protocol, unlike ours that is composed of many cultures, among which some are not compatible with an ideal American way of life. Broken and fatherless families and odd ball beliefs we dare not criticize for fear of the racist label. We are a vastly diversified country and among this diversity are many lowlife undesirables that mar the landscape of the American idea.
Although mass killing in Japan is rare, they have had their share.
In 2001, Mamoru Takuma killed 8 children and 2 teachers, wounding 13 others.
2008, Tomohiro Kato drove a truck into a crowd at a shopping center, killing 3 and hurting 2, leaving his truck and attacking bystanders with a knife, killing 4 and wounding 8.
2016, Satoshi Uematsu killed 19 and wounded 25.
The Republican conservative advocate Tea Party was benign in there protesting, where as the many advocacy groups under the Democrat's umbrella promote violence and there oratory is nasty.
Conservative Commentary by George Giftos
You've got to hand it to the Democrats (a/k/a liberals, Progressives and Socialists) for latching onto a word or phrase like a pit bull latches onto its victim. Since the Mueller Report fizzled out out for the Democrats by finding President Trump not guilty of collusion (i.e. conspiracy) with the Russians, the liberal radicals are now incessantly using the word “racist” to label President Trump and his supporters. All sense of decency is being thrown out the window in their quest to undermine the president and to hopefully, for them, to win back the White House in 2020.
The question is, will this slander and libel work against the president or will the electorate say enough is enough and and send his detractors (the anti-Trumper's) packing and re-elect the president for 4 more years?
Never in all my years have I seen such a concerted effort to disparage and vilify an individual, in this case President Trump, like the Democrats and their flunky's in the media have been trying to do ever since he announced that he was running for president. With little to no facts, only emotion and innuendo, they have systematically been on a crusade to delegitimize President Trump by constantly using half-truths and outright lies about him, his family, and those who surround him. It seems to be a 24/7 assault on his character and his policies no
matter what the truth might be. These attacks remind one of the Soviet Union and the KGB as they tried to purge all who might be a thorn in the side of the oppressive regime.
The United States is not the Soviet Union and to imply otherwise is disingenuous to say the least. Just because the last election didn't turn out the outcome they thought was in the bag for Hillary Clinton, doesn't give them the right to use the tactics of the KGB to reverse a result the electorate voted for.
One thing in President Trump's favor is that he doesn't take personal assaults laying down. He comes right back at his critics by using Twitter and Facebook to get his side of the story out to the cyber universe, and he generally gives back twice as much as he gets. Of course, he then gets criticized by his political enemies for defending himself like any wounded “animal” would do to protect himself and his family. When 90% of the main street media is against him and his Administration, he has no choice or recourse than to fight back. Yes, he might be crude and gruff at times, which some might find offensive, but at least you know where he stands on the issues. He says what he means and means what he says. How refreshing is that?
Remember, we didn't elect a Pope, we elected a leader, and President Trump is that leader. So will the latest charge against him as being a “racist” stick with the public or will they conclude that this is a cheap slur against him for purely partisan reasons with no real basis in fact. His actions speak louder than his words and that will be the reason why he will be re-elected in 2020.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
That seems to be the thinking of the 20 plus candidates for the Democrat nomination. All decry the shootings in Texas and Ohio, but is the shootings of 53 and the killing of 7 in Chicago over a weekend any different from the shootings in El Paso and Dayton? Also, include the fact that Baltimore has reached 200 murders this year alone, thereby taking over the top spot of murders per 100,000 residents in the United States. Where's the outrage with those damning statistics? Is it less of a crime that murders in those cities are less important than the shootings in Texas and Ohio?
Before all the bodies were recovered in El Paso and Dayton, the feckless Democrats (and their main stream media cohorts) were accusing President Trump of being part of these massacres. How ridiculous is that? Does politics trump (no pun intended) all sense of propriety? Who are those who pass judgment on others because of partisan considerations? Even after President Trump gave his heart felt condolences to the victims and their families, and his recommendations for possible future legislation, some of the Democrat candidates accused him of encouraging those demented individuals to commit those horrendous crimes. Some even used this tragedy to fund raise (the Democrat National Congressional Committee did this). Have they no conscience of what is right and wrong? Calling the president of the United States a racist, a bigot, a clone of Hitler etc. is beyond the pale, and these people want to be the
If you listened to the main stream media, mainly CNN, MSNBC, NPR etc., you'd think that President Trump was leading the charge of encouraging these shootings by giving aid and comfort to these mental-case killers (shooters). Can't they let their hatred and animosity against President Trump be muted at a time of national mourning over the victims of these shootings?
Using the reasons they give for using this inflammatory rhetoric, makes common sense appear non-existent. Was Bernie Sanders responsible for the shootings of the Republican baseball players by one of his ardent supporters? Also, what about the rhetoric of Representative Maxine Waters, who implored people to confront and harass Trump supporters, and for the other Democrats who have been calling our president a traitor, a racist, a bigot, a homophobe, among other epithets? Aren't those incendiary words? Why do these people get a pass while condemning President Trump? In addition, what about the words and deeds of the liberal and progressive Hollywood types such as Robert DiNero, Kathy Griffen, Tom Arnold, Rob Reiner, Alyssa Milano, Madonna etc., etc. Their words and deeds are even worse than what they accuse President Trump of saying and doing. President Trump is a “politically incorrect” counter-puncher who fights back when his critics falsely accuse him of bad behavior or being unpatriotic. As the old saying goes, “people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones”.
Using President Trump as the “pinata” every time some nut-job commits a senseless massacre, is a disgrace, especially by the same phonies who preach tolerance, but are the one's who are grossly intolerant. Shame on their duplicity.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann