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Hold the Left accountable for what its ideology has wrought
Washington Examiner ^ | 1/6/2014 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 01/06/2014 5:14:36 PM PST by markomalley

French President Francois Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality -- sort of.

On New Year's Day, as his massive tax increases began taking effect, Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party, admitted that taxes in France have become “too heavy, much too heavy.”

Indeed, as of Jan. 1, French households now must contend with a new value-added tax on many goods and services and, writes International Business Times, “French companies will be required to pay 50 percent tax on all employee salaries in excess of 1 million euros. … The effective tax rate will amount to 75 percent.” Unemployment, which Hollande promised to reduce, has risen to nearly 11 percent. Some companies and wealthy people have left France in search of business-friendly environments. More will surely follow unless Hollande's rhetoric is followed by actual tax reductions.

Hollande's head-on collision with reality is reminiscent of President Clinton's remarks in 1995 at a campaign fundraiser in Houston: “Probably there are people in this room still mad at me … because you think I raised your taxes too much. It might surprise you to know that I think I raised them too much, too.”

Neither Hollande (so far), nor Clinton, followed up on their remarks by cutting taxes. Like many other politicians, these men tried to have it both ways.

The next political leader who will be forced to adjust his left-wing ideology to reality is the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, who has proposed a tax on the wealthy to fund universal pre-K education. He, too, thinks raising taxes on the successful is the way to prosperity for the poor. He should pick up the phone and ask Hollande how that is working for him, as Hollande's approval ratings are sinking faster than President Obama's. Even better, he might recall Calvin Coolidge's remark: “Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.”

Penalize success and prosperity and you get less of it. Subsidize bad decision-making by giving taxpayer money to the poor, and you may well undermine initiative and personal responsibility and create new generations of poor people.

The Left in America and France have gained political power by appealing to voters' emotions, but when they achieve power their ideology harms the very people who voted for them when these well-intentioned programs prove unworkable. This presents conservatives and Republicans with an opportunity, as well as risks.

Liberals are allowed to be as ideological as they wish, and the major media and too many among the unfocused public will mostly support them. The Left is never told they must compromise their ideology when reality proves them wrong, or “work with Republicans and conservatives” to achieve common goals. That is the trap liberals set for conservatives, who are repeatedly told they must compromise their principles if they hope to win elections, but whose squishy politics then become as unappealing as cold oatmeal.

Here is the path Republicans and conservatives must take if they not only want to win, but bring positive change to the country. Instead of debating feelings and ideology with the Left (territory on which they almost always lose — recall “compassionate conservative”), conservatives should hold their opponents accountable. Are their policies producing the results they claim? Is the record debt good for the country? Are agencies performing as their charter demands, and should their budgets be reduced or the agency eliminated if it can’t show results? Every government agency and program should be regularly required to justify, not only its budget, but its very existence.

Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people. Requiring the Left to prove their programs and policies are producing outcomes at reasonable cost would shift the debate from ideology and good intentions to reality. This is where conservatives have a distinct advantage if they will embrace it.


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1 posted on 01/06/2014 5:14:36 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Nothing there that I have a single problem with. Well written piece, good advice.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 5:18:22 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: markomalley
"Hold the Left accountable for what its ideology has wrought"

More accurately, we need to hold the leftists accountable for what they have wrought in the name of their ideology. That would require that we indict, try, convict, sentence, and execute the sentence on leftists for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

3 posted on 01/06/2014 5:19:09 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: jdsteel

Teh problem will be when the left claims in a hissy fit of new castroti tone Well, we didn’t spend ENOUGH, that’s why the program failed to produce the results we claimed. You nasty republican meanies prevented it from working for partisan advantage.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 5:24:18 PM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Carl Vehse
"That would require that we indict, try, convict, sentence, and execute the sentence on leftists for giving aid and comfort to the enemy."

Wouldn't the enemy be THEM?

5 posted on 01/06/2014 5:24:23 PM PST by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Nothing does more damage to the left than an honest election.")
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To: markomalley

The guy who proposed a 75% income tax is complaining that taxes are too heavy?

That’s rich


6 posted on 01/06/2014 5:26:57 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: markomalley

That is fantastic piece. Thank you for posting


7 posted on 01/06/2014 5:41:38 PM PST by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: markomalley

Fifty years and seventeen trillion dollars for The War On Poverty. When do we get that Peace Dividend from The War On Poverty?


8 posted on 01/06/2014 5:46:58 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: markomalley
Few people are as naive as Cal Thomas.

Hold them accountable in what way?

9 posted on 01/06/2014 5:49:40 PM PST by ClaytonP
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To: GeronL

Obama think a 100 % tax is the way to pay back the white man and Jarrett would make it happen if she could.


10 posted on 01/06/2014 5:51:15 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Carl Vehse
More accurately, we need to hold the leftists accountable for what they have wrought in the name of their ideology. That would require that we indict, try, convict, sentence, and execute the sentence on leftists for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Except, in order to try and execute them, you would first need to wage a civil war.

That is likely something the author would condemn based upon some of his other columns. I'm not sure he would even approve of the trial and execution part let alone a civil war.

Sorry Cal, nobody respects a weakling who is too "civilized" to use force.

11 posted on 01/06/2014 5:53:01 PM PST by ClaytonP
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To: Ouderkirk

Eggactly!
The party of perpetual victims always has the ability to blame the opposition for their very own failures. Somehow there’s got to be a way to make them pay for that.


12 posted on 01/06/2014 5:56:03 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: Ouderkirk
Teh problem will be when the left claims in a hissy fit of new castroti tone Well, we didn’t spend ENOUGH, that’s why the program failed to produce the results we claimed. You nasty republican meanies prevented it from working for partisan advantage.

You NAILED it.

13 posted on 01/06/2014 6:00:39 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: markomalley

If they have anything left after taxes, then the communist reality is that there is room for more taxation.


14 posted on 01/06/2014 6:18:20 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (It's difficult to differentiate between a hog calling contest and a Senate rollcall.)
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To: markomalley

Unfortunately, most Americans will quickly sympathize with leftist politicians should efforts be taken to prosecute them to whatever extent for their ideological malfeasance. Victimhood is a pathway to elective power for Democrats and socialists. Winning the struggle rests with education and a restoration of American culture. This includes a massive PR campaign designed to reject, ridicule and financially/reputationally destroy the proponents of cultural rot and their disciples.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 6:34:58 PM PST by yetidog
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To: markomalley

It is hard for a psychopath, or a group them who just happen to be in the pinnacle of power, to feel any sort of remorse for what their ideology has wrought.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 6:40:20 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: jdsteel

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/01/06/Biden-Flashback-Iraq-Will-Be-One-of-Obama-Greatest-Achievements

Biden Flashback: Iraq Will Be One of Obama’s Greatest Achievements


17 posted on 01/06/2014 6:44:08 PM PST by gooblah (gooblah)
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To: markomalley
Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people.

I had to clean my plate because my Scottish/Irish Mom, having scraped for food during the depression, wasn't about to see me waste it at our table. She never once referred to "starving children" out there in an imaginary world.

18 posted on 01/06/2014 7:39:09 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: markomalley

Excellent strategy. And we are not doing it because???? Because the majority of the pubbies either don’t know why conservatism is better than socialism OR they believe in socialism and lie to us to get our votes.


19 posted on 01/06/2014 7:56:47 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Ouderkirk

When they do that, use derisive and humerus ridicule to destroy them. Be ready for them to lie.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 8:03:42 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ClaytonP

Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.

The US House of Representatives is analogous to a Police Force - - - their main job of Check and Balance is to “arrest” the perp by Impeaching the perp.

The US Senate is analogous to a Jury of Peers who have the power to throw the Impeached perp off of the taxpayer gravy train, take away his residence, ban him from building a Library paid for by us, and ban him from using his personal Corporate Jet, Air Force One.

Most RINO Americans want to wait, Wait, WAIT! until they control the House, the Senate and the White House.

To those weak-kneeded summer soldier “patriots” I say “Enjoy the Obamanation that you have tolerated since January, 2009.”

In similar manner, we Summer Soldier Conservatives continue to tolerate a wimpy, hand-wringing, sobbing, crybaby Speaker of the House Boehner as our sorry chief policeman.

“Oh, if only my best friends across the aisle would just play nicey nice - - - “ is the perfect quote that fire-in-the-belly Socialist-Democrats love to hear from their doormat, cowardly, Obamacrat RINOs.

Yes indeed, as long as we WAIT for things to be PERFECT we will never attack those whose goal is to destroy the US Constitution.

Suck it up you sorry House RINOs, and replace John “Benghazi Coverup” Boehner with SC Rep Trey Gowdey, or SC Rep Joe Wilson.

Without a fire-in-the-belly Republican Speaker of the House, Obamacrat RINOs will continue to cave in to “their best friends across the aisle,” to the unbridled glee of every Democrat voter in America!

House RINOs: Pretend that you are paid by taxpayers to fight to enforce the US Constitution.

Fight or go home, House RINOs.

FIGHT or we will send you home!

Impeach Obama in 2014. Period.

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The RINO Establishment has been, is now, and forever will be a spineless relic that is incapable of protecting the US Constitution.

Commie Obama came in 1-2009, and by 12-24-2009 he had Nationalized one sixth of the US Economy.

Now, four YEARS later, loyal RINO Establishment stalwarts estimate that it will take a generation (20-25 years) to undo what Commie Obama did in eleven MONTHS.

What does it take for the Loyalist RINOs to draw a line in the sand?

As for concern about “loss of political capital” and other Leftstream Media manipulating tactics, when in the next 20 to 25 years would be a good time for y’all to consider to begin to commence thinking about draining the swamp full of Leftstream Media “alligators?”

There are more of us than there are of them, so grow a pair and FIGHT the Left Stream Media!

Remember this: Commie Obama is counting on never being held accountable for his violations of the US Constitution.

BTW, Boehner and McConnell have done their best to not hold Commie Obama accountable for 4 years.

Thus, support for the RINO Establishment is to continue to endorse the Boehner-McConnell protection from accountability plan for Commie Obama.


21 posted on 01/06/2014 8:10:29 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: yetidog
’ Victimhood is a pathway to elective power for Democrats and socialists.’

Exactly. Back in the 1990’s I pointed out to my wife the sort of poisonous propaganda that was subtly being fed to viewers of the very popular NYPD Blue. Villains frequently turned out to be (white) middle or upper class types who were normatively successful professionals or business people. Individuals who were bent, or monumentally screwed up (such as the character of Lt. Sipowitz) were depicted as ‘real’ and ‘good’, not the effectively destructive and malevolent individuals they are who make the lives of those who are trying just to function worse through the consequences of the ‘victims’ dysfunctional behaviors.

The crux of the victim cult is to teach that the normal are only as good as the degree to which they are willing to accept the torment the ‘victims’ of society met out and that the normal have a permanent obligation to serve the ‘victims’ as it was society that made the ‘victims’ the way they are and we are all responsible for the ‘victims’ being screwed up and dysfunctional.

22 posted on 01/06/2014 8:45:47 PM PST by robowombat
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