Mark Twain once told us that British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli told him there were three kinds of lies — lies, damned lies and statistics.
Tuesday gave us night one of the second debate between the endless number of Democratic candidates for President of the United States of America. It also gave us the usual endless parade of lies, damned lies and crooked statistics.
So, welcome in to a new creation here at the site, as I continue to expand coverage and search for the truth, no matter where it exists. It’s not an easy task, I won’t always be one-hundred
The lies started with the second person to grace the stage. Chances are most of you didn’t even witness it, because it was in the pre-show where Democratic party chairman Tom Perez took the stage.
It was the typical whipping up of the crowd with red meat, but it was also full of lies. The biggest one was as he attempted to tell us that Ronald Reagan was full of it when he warned that Medicare would lead to socialism.
If he was wrong, how do you have multiple people on your stage tonight and tomorrow night declare themselves socialists? How do those same people tout a plan called Medicare-for-All, that literally says the American people will transition (at various paces) in to a government run healthcare industry?
Furthermore, how is that not the very definition of proving Ronald Reagan correct from the very beginning?
A few hours after Perez spouted that line, all we really got was a fight that was over the pace of socialism from the majority of the candidates on the stage and demonization of anyone who dared to believe that socialism wasn’t the answer.
If you weren’t a socialist or advocating for socialist policies, you were just spouting “republican talking points” as Elizabeth Warren would charge towards Gov. John Hickenlooper and John Delany. Many on the stage were outraged that Delany had the audacity to suggest Single-Payer wasn’t the answer.
His answer, when you look at the actual plan is actually universal care for the basics and then the government shoving the rest of the expensive stuff of healthcare off on the insurance companies. We can disagree with his premise, but there’s not little doubt that Medicare, just like the VA are socialized medicine as they exist today.
We’ll get in to this in a bit more detail, because Bernie Sanders managed to repeat an awful lie over and over again. You know, because if you speak it enough it becomes true…or something.
Bernie Sanders gave us the biggest lie of the night…and it’s a damned lie. He says his plan will not take away health insurance of anyone. John Delany pointed it out, even saying it was in Sanders bill.
Well, guess what the truth tells us? It tells us that Delany was right, Sanders bill will take away the health care for everyone that has private insurance today. Chris Jacobs noted this as far back as January 2018, stating the following:
Section 901(a) of the bill explicitly states that “no benefits shall be available under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act”—that is, Medicare—“for any item or service furnished beginning on or after the effective date” of the new single-payer program.
In plain English, that means the Medicare-for-All plan will prohibit any private insurer from covering any service or benefit that the Medicare plan will cover. If you can’t cover the basics, you don’t have a basis for a plan that anyone would want to buy in to.
Thus, the only thing that will happen is a push off of those private insurance plans for millions and millions of Americans — read all but about 12 million people who qualify for VA or Indian Health Services.
Folks, there are over 330 million people in this country, 12 million is just 3.6 percent of the population. That’s right, just 3.6 percent of the people in America would get to “keep their healthcare” regardless of whether or not they like it.
Please tell me how that is not kicking people off their health insurance plans?
Furthermore, this idea that Medicare-for-All is some dream for the American people is becoming flat-out wrong too.
Beyond that, we also have to note that even Millennials, when faced with the question of getting rid of their employer-based insurance plans and jumping off the Single-Payer cliff have a very clear answer.
According to an Axios poll, a full 78 percent of those Millennials believe we should be allowed to keep our private insurance plans. That doesn’t square with what Bernie and his comrades on the stage on Tuesday night had to say to the American people.
They can’t even tell the truth about the basics of their plan, and sadly, it took Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of all people, to tell us the truth.
When AOC is telling the truth, you have a serious problem. Such is the case for those who won’t just say that they want to take over your healthcare decisions, your choices in care and your opportunity to see the doctor you would like.
Sanders claims to be a truth-to-power socialist within the Democratic party, but at every turn he tells lies, lies and more lies about the very policies he should be standing up for and be proud of. Instead, he’s trying to pander to the growing socialists while hiding the truth from those who are scared about losing the plans they like, after going through exactly that thanks to Obamacare.
Boy oh Boy…oh crap, I’m sorry for being so gender-specific here. People, oh People…I mean sentient being, oh sentient being. Where do I start here.
Well, let’s start with some numbers that were food for thought prior to the debate from Nate Madden of Conservative Review.
How many of those numbers or the topics they represent were even talked about tonight? Not a single one.
I mean, maybe you could argue that the debate between Delany, Ryan, Hickenlooper and the governor of Montana, whose name escapes me…and the rest of the people on the stage gave a good representation of the issue of extremism in the party or not.
But, overall, this was a way to highlight the socialism within the party and not deal with the realities of what the people think of the policies those same people are saying they don’t enjoy.
This was softball after softball after softball to the candidates, with them even balking at making Sanders have his feet held to the fire on the obvious lie that he wouldn’t be taking away popular insurance from the vast majority of Americans.
Yes, Jake Tapper asked a follow up question, but he allowed Sanders to continue to lie instead of continuing to pin him down on the issue.
But, that was about it for daring to do journalism. Other than that, no one was really asked to defend why America believes their policies are so wrong, yet they are right.
One of either the American public opinion polls or the socialist bent of the Democratic party is right. We may not know until 2020.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Democratic Debate 2, night 2
Yes, I was a glutton for punishment and took in night two of the second Democratic debate for the 2020 presidential election (what a mouthful to say and what a set of words to type out).
Just like last night, I’m here to sort through the lies, the damned lies and the statistics that won’t matter much.
So, with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and others on the stage tonight, what took place?
Well, here it is folks.
Seriously, what a waste of a night and what a waste of an opportunity to talk about anything different than last night too. Then again, it wasn’t a complete waste, we did get the #RepublicanTalkingPoints memes going and that was amazing.
Put another way…Wednesday night felt a lot like watching the debate in Billy Madison. We were all dumber having listened to it and may God have mercy on our souls.
Thankfully we have until September to do this all over again and thankfully we’ll get in to the real, hard-hitting questions and issues..you know, because there won’t be 20 people on stage anymore.
Biden’s Weak Woke re-brand attempt
Joe Biden seems to be the invincible man when it comes to the political world. Whatever opponents attempt to stick to him, it just bounces right off.
It’s how a 76-year old man decides to run for president for a third time in his life.
But, who is Joe Biden today?
Well, on Thursday he announced his intention to run for the presidency once again and if you paid attention to the words and fancy production of his announcement video, you’d think he’s a woke warrior.
But, there’s just one problem — Biden is not a woke politician. He’s a prototypical Washington, D.C. insider, willing to do and say whatever is politically expedient to get ahead.
In fact, it’s nearly impossible to count the number of times he has taken both sides of an issue throughout his public life. That’s a fact that even Politico had to acknowledge, but they did attempt to give us a few examples of Biden’s flip-flop nature as well:
While advocating for the 1994 crime bill, now often maligned as a contributor to excessive incarceration, Biden deployed loaded language, such as “predators on our streets” who are “beyond the pale” and leave Americans with “no choice but to take them out of society.”
In 1975, Biden ripped busing programs designed to desegregate schools as “quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with.”
Biden has been a moderate on abortion; he no longer criticizes Roe v. Wade, as he did in the 1970s, but he voted in 2003 for a ban on late-term abortions without health exemptions for mothers, and in 2007, as a presidential candidate, he voiced opposition to ending the ban on federal funding for most abortions.
Over the years, Biden has gone out his way to take digs at the ideological left. In 1974, referencing the memorable attack on George McGovern’s presidential platform, Biden said that “when it comes to issues like abortion, amnesty and acid, I’m about as liberal as your grandmother.”
In the 1980s, Biden argued the left focused on the poor at the expense of the middle class: “In the late 1960s and through the 1970s, we [in the Democratic Party] forgot who our people were. Our main concern has been the poor. Our people were the middle class. The moral business of this country is not the way liberals think of it. The moral business of this country is securing the middle class as well as taking care of the poor.”
More recently, when campaigning for now-Senator Doug Jones in the 2017 Alabama special election, Biden took a gratuitous swipe at Bernie Sanders and class-based populism: “The wealthy are as patriotic as the poor. I know Bernie doesn’t like me saying that, but they are.”
In 1993, when defending the crime bill on the Senate floor, Biden mocked, in a cartoonish, professorial voice, “liberal Democrats who used to say, ‘let’s look at the sociological underpinnings of why this occurred,’” to figure out how government should respond to high crime rates.
I think you get the point Politico is trying to point out. Biden is a man of many positions and many strong words on those positions. When he backs off of them or starts to support the exact opposite, those words and positions rightfully come back to haunt him.
Biden is also one of the biggest hypocrites in a field full of them running for the Democratic presidential bid.
I mean, Biden took all of four minutes to remind us of just how hypocritical he really is. Lest you forget, in the video announcing his candidacy, Biden made this claim about current President Donald Trump per the Daily Wire:
“In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I’d seen in my lifetime,” said Biden, describing Trump’s presidency and “‘all he embraces” as “an aberrant moment in time.” If Trump is allowed to win again in 2020, said Biden, “he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are.” He “cannot stand by and watch that happen,” he declares.
That last part is the most important, because it’s rather rich that anyone associated with former President Barack Obama’s run for the office in 2008 is talking about fundamental transformation of America.
Let’s take a quick look back at the tape of exactly what Obama had to say back in the day:
What was that about fundamental transformation again there Uncle Joe?
It was perfectly o.k. in 2008, but now that you’re a woke warrior of the highest order, it suddenly is not?
You say America is an idea and you’re fighting to keep that idea alive. But, the President you served as V.P. for for eight years thought that very idea needed transforming.
If standing by his side in the White House and on the campaign trail for over eight years isn’t an endorsement of his beliefs, then what is?
Perhaps its that Biden just simply doesn’t like this style of transformation from Trump. Maybe he prefers what Obama was putting down on the transformative side of things?
If so, that’s a debate worth having. It’s a good policy and ideals-based debate.
But, why is it that I get the strange feeling that Biden isn’t really interested in a debate on ideals and policy? It seems that type of language and imagery was a calculated move for a man who has spent his entire adult life calculating his way up the political ladder.
Heck, now his own son (and the son of John Kerry) seems to be going right down the same path — just on the business ladder to success on daddy’s coattails.
But, back to creepy Uncle Joe and his new-found wokeness.
That was featured front and center, as Biden played on the emotions of one of the most recent ugly moments in American racial history — Charlottesville.
“Charlottesville is also home to a defining moment for this nation in the last few years. It was there on August of 2017 we saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and bearing the fangs of racism. Chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the ‘30s. And they were met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued and a brave young woman lost her life.
And that’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were ‘some very fine people on both sides.’ Very fine people on both sides?
With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”
It could’ve been effective political theater. Drawing on the emotions of that heated moment in time, but Biden missed the mark by not realizing he took the fringe of the fringe and attempted to label Trump as a racist.
He seems to have forgotten what happened just one year later though.
If it were a true movement of racism and neo-nazism as Biden suggested, then why did literally no one show up the very next year as white nationalists planned?
Sure, the threat of violence or something bad happening could’ve kept people away. But, so too could the fact that in the preceding year their actions and beliefs were so roundly criticized that they dare not show up.
The American people stood up and said no, not here and not now. I’d call that a winning moment for the American idea and society writ large.
Let’s also talk about the charged language Biden used. After all, it was Biden going right up to the line of calling President Trump a racist in those exact words.
It shouldn’t be surprising though, because in the woke Olympics of the left, Biden had to jump in to the “Trump is a racist” ring. If he didn’t, he couldn’t possibly be taken seriously on the left today.
But, it remains to be seen if anyone on the left will be buying what Biden is selling.
As for the rest of America, are you buying this brand from Biden? That may be the most important question to Biden’s candidacy.