By Jon Dougherty
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential sweepstakes has really shaken up the field of candidates, as many of them are now just throwing BS ideas against a wall to see which ones will stick.
Scanning headlines this weekend, here are some proposals being offered by various candidates, none of whom appear to have much of a chance to actually capture the nomination (but you never know):
— Sen. Bernie Sanders: The original American commie, Sanders — who was actually the party’s frontrunner until that guy, Biden, jumped in — wants to further Washington’s control over local education by mandating (always mandates with Bernie) a $60,000 base salary for all teachers and the end of ‘for-profit’ charter schools (and, thus, all competition to the failing government-controlled public school system). PerÂ TownHall:
Vermont Democratic socialist and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced his education overhaul plan, including 10 key points he says are needed to help address failing schools and improve the quality of education for Americans. Amongst these points are increased spending on teachers’ salaries and school programs as well as an end to for-profit charter schools. …Â
He also called for increased spending on extracurricular activities, providing year-round after-school programs as well as meals served to students during summer and on vacation.Â
“Every child has a right to a quality K-12 education, regardless of your race, regardless of your income, and regardless of your zip code,” Sanders said in a speech in South Carolina. “For too long, we have seen devastating education funding cuts used to pay for massive tax breaks for a handful of corporations and billionaires. When we are in the White House, that greed is going to end.”
Did we mention that Bernie wantsÂ full government control over education? Yeah, he wants full government control over your kids, too.
Bernie’s problem is that he can’t be honest about these things — like, America already spendsÂ more on primary education per student than most other industrialized nations, but we get students who performÂ far less competently than those other countries. Also, Bernie never mentions who will pay for his mandated base salary — that would be local taxpayers who already see tax rates for “education” among the highest on their property tax levies every year.
— Sen. Kamala Harris: She introduced a plan over the weekend that would penalize American corporations for imagined ‘gender wage gaps’ — that is, Harris believes American companies pay less to females than to male executives and so she wants to fine people for that (again with these Democrats, it’s about mandates, fines, punishment…). She didn’t say anything about fining companies that pay less to men who identify as females, so we’ll have to get back to you on that.
PerÂ National Review:
Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) released a proposal Monday to combat gender wage disparities that would require companies with more than 100 employees to prove they are paying men and women equally for analogous work to avoid a fine.
Rather than forcing employees who face discrimination to sue their employer, Harrisâ€™s plan would require that companies obtain an â€œequal pay certificationâ€ every two years. Companies that fail to obtain the certification would be fined 1 percent of their profits for every 1 percent difference between the wages accrued by male and female workers. …
Harrisâ€™s proposal, which is expected to generate $180 billion in new revenue over ten years, would require congressional approval. Even if Congress fails to act, however, Harris would unilaterally require government contractors to obtain â€œequal pay certificationsâ€ or be barred from bidding on contracts worth more than $500,000.
â€œFor too long, weâ€™ve put the burden entirely on workers to hold corporations accountable for pay discrimination through costly lawsuits that are increasingly difficult to prove,â€ Harrisâ€™s campaign said in the announcement Monday. â€œWeâ€™ve let corporations hide their wage gaps, but forced women to stand up in court just to get the pay theyâ€™ve earned.â€
Oh, but is thereÂ really a wage gap? Yeah, but there’s a reason for it, asÂ National Review noted:
In 2017, women working full time earned roughly 80 percent of their male counterparts, but that widely-cited figure reflects varied employment choices between men and women. It is not the case that women made 80 cents on the dollar for the same work as men, as politicians and pundits so often claim.
But, so what? Facts don’t matter to Democrats, just feelings, intentions, and of course, more government.
And to make sure that she can have all of her unconstitutional mandates enforced, for good measure, Harris says she’s “open” to the idea of expanding the U.S. Supreme Court so she can appoint more Left-wing judicial activists to outnumber POTUS Trump’s constitutionalists.
“Iâ€™m open to this conversation about increasing the number of people on the United States Supreme Court,â€ the 2020 presidential candidate said, according to Bloomberg.
— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Yes, she’s still in this 2020 race, believe it or not. And she’s making proposals to ‘Make Illegal Immigration Great Again,’ perÂ TownHall:
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic presidential candidate, said if she were elected president she would do away with the detention system for illegal immigrants.
“As president of the United States, I wouldnâ€™t use the detention system at all,” Gillibrand told host Margaret Brennan on CBSâ€™s “Face the Nation.”
“They donâ€™t need to be incarcerated,” she responded when further questioned. “If they are given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community in the way we used to handle these cases under the Department of Justice.”
Yes, they do need to be incarcerated, senator, for two primary reasons: a) People sneaking into our country are breaking our laws; and b) Illegal aliens released intoÂ don’t just show back up for a hearing:
According to an analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of aliens who are released into the U.S. pending trial did not appear for court in 2017.Â
Honorable Mention: “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg massively dodged a question at aÂ Fox News town hall when he was asked whether he supported abortion late in the third trimester (he does; he just wouldn’t say it because he knows most Americans — and most Democrat voters –Â don’t):
Chris Wallace:Â Just to be clear: you’re saying you’d be okay with a woman well into the third trimester deciding to abort her pregnancy?
Pete Buttigieg:Â These hypotheticals are usually set up in order to provoke a strong emotional â€“Â
Wallace:Â It’s not hypothetical. There’s 6,000 women a year who get abortions in the third trimester.Â
Buttigieg:Â That’s less than one percent of cases. So, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of a woman in that situation. If it’s that late in your pregnancy, then it almost by definition, expecting to carry it to term. We’re talking women who have perhaps chosen a name, purchased a crib, families that then get the most devastating medical news of their lifetime. Something about the health or life of the mother forces them to make an impossible, unthinkable choice, as horrible as that choice is. That woman, that family, may seek spiritual guidance, they may seek medical guidance, but that decision is not going to be made any better â€“ medically or morally â€“ because the government is dictating how that decision should be made.Â
Facepalm-worthy, for sure.
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