Skip to comments.The risk of believing these things will make America great
Posted on 04/03/2018 9:12:10 AM PDT by rey
Editorial for Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA: Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.
We trust that the underpinnings of our republic and the checks and balances that are built into our system, which have already been put to the test, will prevent the atrocities. But theres no question that this president and his administration are pushing absurdities on the American people and trying to pass them off as truth.
Huge tax cuts combined with major spending increases will help rein in federal debt. Baloney. The budget deficit is projected to hit $1 trillion next year while the debt hit $21 trillion for the first time in early March. That was before the Republican-controlled House and Senate passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating. Meanwhile, the tax cuts are expected to add more than $1 trillion to deficits over the next decade. Lets face it. We are not going in a positive direction in terms of spending.
Rolling back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards and dialing back more than 60 other federal environmental regulations will be good for the nation in the long run. Given Donald Trumps choice of Scott Pruitt to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a man known as a outspoken adversary of the agency he now oversees its clear the president is more interested in protecting the health of the fossil fuel industry than anyone else. This was never more evident than in the decision, rolled out on Monday, to reduce pollution standards on cars, thus ensuring an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and more gasoline consumption.
Current EPA regulations require new vehicles must get 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025. Thats about 10 mpg over the existing standard. California, meanwhile, has a special waiver under the 1970 Clean Air Act giving it authority to enforce stronger air pollution standards. The EPA is expected to challenge the states authority in court.
We guess we can next expect the administration to claim that carbon monoxide spewed from cars is actually good for individual health. But we believe the tobacco companies already tried that approach.
America will be better off deporting the 11 million individuals here in the country illegally, including those who were brought here as children and are in school or are employed and are contributing members of society. This idea was pushed to the extremes over the weekend when Trump claimed that any deal for extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is dead, and he then tried to blame Democrats for its demise. As it turns out, the public needs no reminding that it was Trump who undermined the Dreamers program in the fall and tossed it to Congress, without any guidance, to figure how the Obama-era policy could be saved. Polls show a majority of Americans want DACA preserved, and they blame Trump and the Republican Party for ending it.
But heres the biggest absurdity. With our economy growing, Americans can ill-afford to lose all of these workers that Trump wants to deport. America, and California in particular, is suffering from a labor shortage. America needs immigration reform that makes sense, not a deportation-at-all-cost policy that divides families and appeases prejudice more than common sense.
These are just the latest examples from an administration that seems to have gone off the rails and, as noted in a Washington Post story last weekend, is directed by a president who is increasingly defiant and singularly directing his administration with the same rapid and brutal style he honed leading his real estate and branding empire. The challenge going forward will be encouraging the public not to be swayed when he tries to pass these absurdities off as progress. The alternative is simply unthinkable.
Leftist tears taste sweet.
MAKE IT RAIN
Someone like Trump is not the kind of politician Voltaire had in mind with that quote. More like Lenin, Hitler . . . Obama, Hillary. . . .
“America, and California in particular, is suffering from a labor shortage.
The US has roughly a 63% labor participation. Offer higher wages, and perhaps that will increase.
So now the liberals are concerned about the national debt??
Did these same liberals have anything to say, when Obama presided over more increases in that debt than all.other presidents combined?
Or are Democrat deficits ok, it’s just Republican or Trump deficits that are harmful???
A supreme irony is that the Press Democrat believes obvious absurdities and is pressing others to believe them too. Can we reasonably assume that they will promote atrocities next?
You guys must have stronger stomachs than I do. I can’t read drivel like this and make all the way through.
The media is America’s No. 1 enemy
Has zero credibility and intelligence. Biased, evil, self centered, ignorant, phony, hypocritical
“America, and California in particular, is suffering from a labor shortage.”
Hmm, remind me again what happens to the price of something if there is a shortage?
This is half right - the spending increases, at least those that are not actually for constitutional purposes - will not rein in fed spending. Tax cuts, to a certain point, increase tax revenue, as clearly demonstrated by the Laffer curve.
Rolling back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards and dialing back more than 60 other federal environmental regulations will be good for the nation in the long run.
Environmental regulations that are designed to stifle industry by requiring large amounts of unobtanium are uselessly destructive. Regulations that are designed to explicitly drive an industry to ruin, including the coal industry, are needlessly destructive to peoples' lives. Regulations that are issued at the last minute by a vindictive President in order to destroy the nation should never be tolerated.
America will be better off deporting the 11 million individuals here in the country illegally, including those who were brought here as children and are in school or are employed and are contributing members of society.
The fact that they are breaking numerous laws to become employed and be "contributing members of society" matters much more than their discomfort. In order to work and pay taxes, many resort to identity theft. If they do not steal a social security or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), they cannot pay taxes. Let's also count the number of illegals that are illegally receiving one or more forms of public assistance (which is illegal in and of itself).
They have half a point out of the three major points in this excerpt. They lie and ignore reality otherwise.
Voltaire's quote was designed explicitly for people such as the author(s) of this excrement.
Lets take an example from the previous administration. We arent allowed to believe that George Zimmerman was within his rights to shoot Trayvon Martin. Never mind that
All of the above (with the possible exception of the testimony of the Vietnam vet) was known to the police who recommended against prosecuting Zimmerman, and - of course - to the people who ordered the prosecution of Zimmerman (which prosecution, all patriots fondly hope inevitably, failed).
- The police who interviewed Trayvons parents testified that his parents did not claim to recognize their sons voice in the recorded cries for help on the 911 tapes.
- A veteran of Vietnam who was a Corpsman testified that in his experience he was always able to recognize the voice of any comrade who cried for help - and that, as an acquaintance of George Zimmerman, he heard the 911 cries for help on TV without knowing that Zimmerman had any connection to the incident being reported - but instantly said to himself, That sounds like George Zimmerman."
- George Zimmerman knew the cops were on the way, because he had called them questioning the sobriety and intentions of Trayvon Martin before the confrontation. But he couldnt know exactly when the cops would arrive. Zimmerman therefore had good reason to avoid illegal behavior. Trayvon Martin, OTOH, was not privy to that knowledge.
- A neighbor proximate to the incident testified that he saw Martin astride a supine George Zimmerman and belaboring him MMA style.
- Physical evidence - a photo of George Zimmermans bloody head, and the fact that, aside from the single gunshot wound which killed him, Martins body showed marks only on his hands and knees - were consistent with Martin having committing battery on Zimmerman as described in the neighbors MMA style testimony.
- In addition, the known timeline shows that Martin had time to have walked - never mind run - to his fathers house if he had been afraid of Zimmerman rather than in fact being aggressive towards him.
That prosecution was instigated by the Obama Administration, with (Im)moral support from the president.
It’s absurd to think those things are absurd.
A man can use the women's bathroom if he feels like a woman?
Women who feel like men can compete against men in sports?
A women can support others in armed combat just as well as a man?
A person can have more than one gender, and can make people go to jail for not knowing their preferred pronouns?
Women gravitate to STEM fields and do just as well as men?
Men can be pregnant and have babies?
More black kids than white get in trouble in school simply because of bigotry?
All white people are racist and bigoted?
Abortion does not kill a human being?
Remind him also that his support for abortion has cost us 53 million lost workers.
This is the first time I’ve seen a web site whereone has to be logged in just to see the comments. What a trash “paper”.
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