Speaking on MSNBC last Friday, left-wing CNBC “journalist” John Harwood seemed to lament the fact that President Donald Trump’s economy is rewarding “people with high levels of creativity, skill, innovation.”
He also suggested that, going into 2020, Democrats should keep campaigning on creating an economy that would instead reward freeloaders.
As it stands, anyone who works hard enough and possesses the right mixture of skill and talent can and will undoubtedly succeed in America. In fact, even those without skill and talent are doing well in this economy, and that’s a fact:
This is a tough chart for Democrats. pic.twitter.com/k7FFahHNFy
— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) December 20, 2019
But it seems that according to Harwood, this is a problem …
“[W]e have an economy that rewards people with high levels of creativity, skill, innovation, and that and the structure of corporate life which has been increasingly evolved to reward shareholders rather than broader sets of people,” he said to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “That’s who is making out very well, but people without advanced skills are not doing so well.”
Those lacking skill and talent have always struggled, and justifiably so. America mostly functions as a meritocracy, meaning it rests on each individual to obtain the skills and training needed to succeed in America — be it by paying attention in school, earning scholarships to college or just working his or her way up from the bottom.
“And so that is entirely consistent with low unemployment, with high stock prices and with strong corporate profits,” Harwood, who purports to be a journalist when in reality he’s clearly a left-wing commentator, added.
The insinuation seemed to be that, though the facts show that the economy is booming, the economy isn’t really booming because … (fill in the blank).
Velshi appeared to agree with this dubious line of thinking.
“To be at 3.5 percent [unemployment], you would think everybody could go up to their boss, say I am walking out if you don’t increase my salary in a meaningful way,” he said.
“We still have a minimum wage of $7.25 in some parts of the country, the federal minimum wage. At $15 an hour, you earn $30,000 a year. We’ve got the situation where there are riches abound, and we talk about them a lot and people don’t feel like it is being distributed to them in a fair way.”
And there it was: Entitlement.
FYI, a booming economy doesn’t entitle anyone to a raise. But working exceedingly hard, going beyond expectations and consistently delivering superior results might make someone deserving of one. A booming economy likewise doesn’t entitle anyone to a “fair” distribution or share, whatever that means. That’s not how the world works.
Harwood, a left-wing commentator disguised as a “journalist” who in recent days has falsely accused Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian puppet, then concluded the discussion by promoting the Democrats’ policies, of course.
Gabbard, affirming Putin’s objective, emphasizing opposition to “regime-change war” to rid Syria of Assad
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 16, 2019
“And that’s why Democrats have been focusing on longer-term solutions built around infrastructure spending to increase productivity, higher levels of subsidies and educational assistance for people to up their skill level, move up the value chain and try to expand the circle of people with the ability to command those rewards,” he said.
In short, Democrats have been promoting socialism, i.e., they want to seize money from those who earned it through “creativity, skill, innovation” and funnel it to everybody else via social welfare programs. While the nature of the Democrats’ various proposals differ on the specifics, they all center around this principle, and they all call for spiking taxes.
Including the plans by so-called “moderate” candidate Joe Biden.
“The former vice president’s overall vision for increasing social spending in the United States is ambitious — headlined by a $1.7 trillion climate plan, a $750 billion health plan, and a $750 billion education plan — but significantly less so than the ideas that left-wing rivals Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have put on the table,” Vox notes.
While his proposals are “less dramatic” (less radical) than those of some of his challengers, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, they are still “almost identical in their orientation — raising money from a similar group of people for mostly similar reasons,” Vox concedes.
That is to say that they still rely on taxing those who’ve succeeded in America to pay the way for those who for whatever reason haven’t succeeded. But history has shown time and time again that this strategy never pans out quite as expected.
Take former President Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist-lite policies.
“The headline at CNN Money was, ‘Why America’s Youth Aren’t Finding Jobs,'” Larry Elder wrote critically of those policies back in 2013.
“If you expected an analysis of how and why President Barack Obama’s policies hurt the job market for the young, think again. Believe it or not, CNN wrote a piece, supposedly explaining the tight job market, without using the following words: Obama, Obama administration, taxes, regulations, ‘stimulus’ program or, of course, ObamaCare.”
And FYI, Biden wants to make Obamacare even grander…
We must get Donald Trump out of the White House. Once we do, we can:
– Combat climate change
– Rebuild a more inclusive middle class
– Protect and build on Obamacare
– Ensure our government works for all Americans — not just the powerful
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 26, 2019
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