We are so skewed!
Dave Zweifel is upset that some of us are bucking the teachers union.
We knuckle-dragging deplorables want the public schools open for in-classroom education, they don’t. Or as Dave puts it, quoting radio blabber Thom Hartmann, “Running around maskless, assaulting their fellow citizens with potentially virus-laden breath.” (Cough, cough.)
The Little Red Book of Progressivism requires third-degree, black belt progs like Mr. Zweifel to find some injustice (real or imagined) and propose a government solution. Dave borrowed these modest proposals from Hartmann:
• Put a per capita cap on the largesse Washington sends to the states.
The gray lab coats at the Werkes are down with capping government spending but so much for the concept of progressive taxation — the notion that the neediest get the most. The motivation, of course, is to penalize Republican states. Dave mentions Kentucky.
• The other brainstorm is to tax the bejesus out of the wealthy.
Nothing new there. Raise taxes is Rule #1 in their Little Red Book, so this is just an additional excuse. Dave’s modest proposals (Jonathan Swift, call your agent) evokes the hoary and discredited stereotype that Republicans are all Daddy Warbucks chomping fat cigars, their polished Cole Haans pressing the necks of us working stiffs. Dave, did you miss the Tea Party?
“Democrats need to get busy and find ways to make these changes, including ending corporate campaign contributions, super PACs, and limiting billionaires’ ability to skew our politics with money,” Dave Zweifel demands.
In Plain Talk that even Dave would understand, he is full of hooey. Democrats regularly outspend Republicans! The website OpenSecrets reports that Joe Biden outspent Donald Trump in candidate-controlled spending — $1,044,187,828 to $773,954,550 — and third-party, independent expeditures, too: $580 million to $314 million.
The really BIG donors — those giving upwards of $100,000 — gave all Democrats nationwide $3.90 billion to $2.75 billion to Republicans in the 2020 campaign cycle. That’s an advantage of 59% to 41%. (Read & Weep.)
They ain’t Republican!
There is a reason Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, George Soros, and Mike Bloomberg don’t speak at CPAC. Can you guess what it is? Nor is it enough (apparently) that Democrats and their amen corner in the news media skew (their favorite word) Left. One can name the exceptions on the fingers of one hand. (“All the news that fits the Democrat(ic) agenda.”) Or that Big Tech bans conservatives (like the New York Post’s expose on Hunter Biden).
Mr. Zweifel’s new-found progressive outrage strikes us as odd because the last time we checked, Tony Evers was governor of Wisconsin, Uncle Joe president of the United States, Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House of Representatives, Chuck Schumer majority leader of the U.S. Senate. Let the record show: all are Democrats.
Like progressives everywhere, my old editor does not trust the voter to separate wheat from chaff. He wants Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission overturned. On that happy day, unelected federal bureaucrats once again will regulate political speech — even banning books, as the federal government admitted in arguments before the Supreme Court. (The government had banned the showing of Hillary the Movie until after the election!)
⇒ For extra credit; “Journalists against free speech.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Which raises the question: is Dave Zweifel going to report his column — hell, his whole newspaper — as an in-kind contribution to the Democrat(ic) party? Or is regulation just for Republicans and not good progs like Dave?