While it’s true that I failed at every single job I held in the private sector, and only got off welfare when I found politics, that doesn’t mean I know nothing about running a company or the largest economy in the world – trust me on this.
Maine’s colorful Governor Lepage is in the news again: just a few weeks after complaining that black drug dealers were coming north and impregnating Maine’s “white women” (specifically, he said.
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage told a large crowd. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”), he’s now turned his attention to refugees- he’s against them, and the troubles they bring to our shores.
. “And what happens is you get hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,’ all these other foreign type of diseases that find a way to our land.”
The Governor has a point about the drug dealers, but his theories on the the diseases refugees bring and indeed, even the existence of a “Ziki fly” are probably not as accurate as those with a passion for scientific accuracy might want. Nonetheless, I was struck by the media’s reaction to this rather irrelevant politician in contrast to their unblinking acceptance of the most errant nonsense spouted by politicians on the left.
For instance, the platform of Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Party of America makes lots of demands, from “worker-controlled” production to lifetime unemployment benefits to the elimination of banks, insurance companies and all other financial institutions. It wants a cap on incomes no greater than 10X the average American’s salary (Leonardo Dicaprio, are you listening?) elimination of free trade and the cancellation of third world debt.
But wait, there’s more!
• We stand for unconditional disarmament by the United States.
• We call for an immediate 50% cut in the military budget, followed by additional cuts, with the aim of rapidly reducing the military budget to less than 10% of its current level, with the “peace dividend” directed to essential social services and to the cost of cleaning up contaminated military sites.
• We call for the disbanding of NATO and all other aggressive military alliances, and the closing of all overseas bases.
• We call for the U.S. to pay off its debt to the United Nations [done long ago, but never mind], an end to veto power in the UN, and an end to permanent membership on the UN Security Council.
• We call for a constitutional amendment requiring a binding vote of the people on all issues of war or military intervention.
• We support the right of soldiers to form unions to represent their views and interests.
The Socialist Party stands for worker control of industry through the democratic organization of the workplace, for the social ownership of the means of production and distribution
• We support militant, united labor action including hot cargo agreements, and boycotts, factory committees, secondary and sympathy strikes, sit-down strikes, general strikes, and ultimately the expropriation of workplaces.
• We call for the repeal of … all so-called “right-to-work” laws.
• We call for the same benefits for part-time workers as for full-time workers.
• We call for a 30 hour work week at no loss of pay, with six weeks annual paid vacation.
And so on. Which is more ditzy, and more dangerous to our country: a presidential candidate committed to a communist revolution or a backwoods governor who doesn’t know an Italian pasta fro a tsetse fly? Yet Sanders is never confronted with his nonsense, (nor Hillary hers). No one has asked him to explain how a worker-controlled factory will determine production of, say, shoes: quantity, style, sizes, and so forth. No one’s asked what a 90% cut to our military budget would look like, and the consequences. No one’s asked the affect of a 30 hour workweek at 40-hour pay, 10 1/2 months work at 12 months pay would have on the economy. Instead, the media focuses on the circus clowns at the periphery of the ring.
This is no accident.