By Mike Huckabee
Today's Commentary: Blunt Talk -- President Trump's Budget -- The New Plan To Retake Congress
While President Trump was in Europe, he ruffled some feathers of European leaders with his blunt talk about expecting them to pay more for their own defense in NATO and his refusal to recommit America to the Paris climate change accord (which even liberal analysts admit is meaningless: it does nothing to reduce CO2 emissions in developing nations that account for 4/5ths of them; and even if you accept all its scientific claims, it would result in a temperature difference of just 0.2 degrees C. by the end of the century.)
Turns out European leaders don’t care for that old liberal saw about “speaking truth to power” when they’re the powers and they don’t want to hear the truth. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is facing a tough election, even made a veiled dig at Trump by suggesting that America was no longer a reliable ally. She said, “The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days,” and added that “we have to know that we have to fight for our future and our fate ourselves as Europeans.”
That’s particularly ironic considering that the fate of Germany is under threat largely because of her own disastrous policy of opening up the borders and allowing her nation to be overrun with people who have no interest in preserving Germany as a European nation. Chancellor Merkel seems to have as much trouble telling who her friends are as she does telling who her enemies are.
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President Trump's Budget
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump says his proposed budget’s welfare funding is centered on expecting able-bodied people with no dependents to work in exchange for benefits, so they don’t take away “scarce resources from those in real need.” His OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said this focus on getting Americans back to work is how we’re going to return to 3% GDP growth, adding, “We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the amount of money we spend, but by the number of people we help.”
Cue Democratic politicians and the media howling in outrage about how mean this is (Hillary Clinton already decried the Trump budget for its “unimaginable level of cruelty.”) But is it really “cruelty” to expect people to work for their supper?
This is really just a return to what most Americans have believed since the nation was founded: that everyone who can work should work, and charity is for those who truly need it. Every so often, the voters put liberals in charge, but they soon realize their mistake as they institute massive government entitlement programs that come cloaked in an aura of “compassion” but really are unimaginably cruel. They undermine the initiative and self-respect of the recipients while burdening future generations with unimaginable levels of debt. We saw it in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when attempts to create a “Great Society” just created a great big mess in inner cities. That eventually helped fuel the return of conservatism in the form of Ronald Reagan, who reminded us that compassion shouldn’t be measured by how many people are getting government handouts but by how many no longer need a handout.
Welfare-to-work reform works, but somehow (possibly due to the constant liberal lectures of Barack Obama, echoed and magnified by a worshipful media), Americans forgot that ancient wisdom, even as food stamp rolls ballooned by over 40% during Obama’s term. The last time welfare reform was tried was in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. Liberals predicted cruelty and disaster from that, too, but it not only helped reduce welfare rolls by 60% between 1994 and 2005, it helped boost the economy and give the government a balanced budget for the first time in years. The President who signed it said that it “gives us a chance we haven't had before to break the cycle of dependency that has existed for millions and millions of our fellow citizens, exiling them from the world of work. It gives structure, meaning and dignity to most of our lives." You’d think Hillary would remember those wise words, since that’s what her own husband Bill said when he signed it in 1996.
The New Plan To Retake Congress
By Mike Huckabee
Democrats think they’ve hit on a way to retake Congress: they’re trying to recruit military veterans to run against Republicans. The idea (not that they put it this way) is to borrow some of the military’s reputation for competence, patriotism and integrity to paper over the bad reputation of their party. And it might work, if they can find enough veterans willing to run as Democrats. The problem is, how many of them will stay in Congress beyond one term? Judging from this story, the veterans they’ve recruited so far say they are running because they’re fed up with unprofessional histrionics and political partisanship blocking the mission of fixing the broken system. Wait until they get to Congress as Democrats and on their very first day, they learn to their dismay that if they want party leaders to give them any decent committee assignments, they have to dedicate themselves to lockstep partisanship and protecting and even expanding the broken federal system at all costs.
This story notes that since the 1970s, the percentage of Congress members with military experience has dropped from 73% to 18.8%. That’s not entirely attributable to the end of the draft, since there are nearly three times as many freshmen Republicans who are veterans as there are Democrats. That’s not to say that the Democratic Party is hostile to veterans. But it’s just hard to imagine that anyone who’s devoted to concepts like a colorblind merit system and placing the good of America above all other interests would be able to stomach representing the far-left, grievance-group, blame-America-first Democratic Party of 2017 for very long.
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