|Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary, Robert B. Reich|
The last time we visited one of our favorite kickball of the past, Robert Reich, he was on the CNN spouting crazy, claiming the anti-Trump campus unrest of 2017 were actually a right-wing plot to delegitimize liberals. Needless to say, we had a field day with that one. So much so, one DMF reader humorously accused me of abusing short people. But undeterred, today we visited Dr. Reich's site to see what leftist craziness has infected his overly active political imagination. He didn't disappoint.
"Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.” Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand:
"On the economy, 76 percent of Americans favor higher taxes on the super-rich, including over half of registered Republicans. Over 60 percent favor a wealth tax on fortunes of $50 million or more."
Here he cites a Morning Consultant Poll, commissioned by the left leaning Politico magazine. It plays into the childish jealousy of the rich most have buried deep inside. Dr. Reich believes higher taxes and punishing wealth is an answer. When in fact, a wealth Tax is just another Socialist Utopian talking point that drives money offshore and not available business expansions. If 10% is good enough for God, it's certainly good enough for the Federal gov.
"What about health care? Well, 70 percent want Medicare for All, which most define as Medicare for anyone who wants it. 60 percent of Republicans support allowing anyone under 65 to buy into Medicare...."
Here he cites a HarrisX poll of only 1,000 respondents. Of course, this was before the recent debates when the Democrats all vowed to give free healthcare to the entire refugee population of the Western hemisphere. It would be interesting to re-poll those same respondents now. I believe the number would drastically change.
"92 percent want lower prescription drug prices. Over 70 percent think we should be able to buy drugs imported from Canada."Well DUH! This could and should have become a reality when the ironically name "Affordable Care Act" was written? Where was the Good Dr. when his party rammed down our throats their genus plan. In reality, Barky Obama threw a bone to the Pharmaceutical Industry bypassing this little piece, the most expensive part of anyone's non-surgical healthcare. Oh, and did I mention that despite all the talk of evil money back then, Big Pharma were large contributors to Barky's reelection campaign in 2012. Just sayin."
"On family issues, more than 80 percent of Americans want paid maternity leave. 79 percent of voters want more affordable child care."Another Well DUH! Paid Maternity leave is something no one should argue with. Newborns need their nurturin'. The lack of nurturing by two parents is more than evident in the streets of any American city today. It should be a responsibility of any employer to provide this to working mother's and fathers as part of a health care package if available. I do, and at little extra cost. But the fore mentioned child care, Free government funded day cares are in the minds of the Dr. Reich's, and would be like any liberal programs do, eventually degenerate into non-working Tameka dropping off her chilren to go hang with the gurls at the nail salon at our expense. The last thing America needs is a Government employee as a babysitter. Generous TAX CREDITS (I know that is a bad word in his world) is the answer so WORKING parents can afford to choose who cares for the little ones.
"60 percent of Americans support free college tuition for those who meet income requirements."Here he quotes from a glowing Reuters news story about the progressive movement. No actual link to this statement in the story so the number quoted can't be verified. In our culture, free college admissions will do to Higher Ed what medicare did for healthcare. It works in Europe, but is very selective. And that won't work here. No one ever asks why Universities like Harvard have billions in endowments, but cost so much to go there?? So like with the inception of Medicare & Medicaid, prices will rise quickly because the government treasure door is wide open.
"62% think climate change is man-made and needs addressing."It's useless to address this point to a true believer even after all the nonsense that has been exposed in relation to observation of natural earth changes as opposed to the actual evidence. His number is lifted from the Yale Climate Change Communication program. No bias there I'm sure. It's interesting to note that approximately the same number believe in life on other planets, and more than half of them believe in UFO's.
"84 percent think money has too much influence in politics. 77 percent support limits on campaign spending."I totally agree with Little Robert on this point. Labor unions extort millions from the members to give to democrat political campaigns and lobbyist, our taxpayers money in the millions are granted to organization such as Plan Parenthood, who in turn flood democrat candidates campaigns, and throw expensive events for their benefits. And let's not forget the massive amounts of dark money from the slugs of the world like George Soros, that oozes into our politics to elect leftist race compassionate district attorneys, and judges who are deciding the fate of America society, and bolstering the elections of useful Idiots like AOC. Yes Mr. Reich, we agree on this one.
"So why do the powerful call these policy ideas “fringe,” or “radical,” or “socialist?” Money. Many of these initiatives would cost them – requiring either higher taxes or regulations that might cut into their corporate profits. But just remember: the “center” is not halfway between what most Americans want and what Wall Street, and the super-wealthy want. The “center” is what the vast majority of Americans want. Left is Now the "Center" of American Politics."Yes, Dr. Reich, Americans do see our flaws as a society. But I don't think we are ready to go the way of you and your nitwit socialist friend's one size fits all, bigger government way of thinking. Long memories will reveal that it was primarily leftist ideas and your party that created most of America's ills as they are today.
I'm sure you are a fine fellow, and still riding that title 'Mr. Secretary'. And I bet quite wealthy yourself, cushy job and all in that booster chair at the leftist utopia UC Berkely. But as I half-assed proof read this post, I was reminded of the words of the sassy wise next door neighbor 'Wonllna' of the ancient Television series 'Good Times'..... "NIGGER PLEASE!"