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Assault on America, Day 54: Extremism in pursuit of Democrat fantasies is indeed a vice

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; it’s a word we hear a lot these days, mostly employed by Democrat politicians and their liberal establishment media allies to describe President Donald Trump’s -- or any conservative Republican’s -- views on a policy matter that differs one iota from their own.

Wikipedia defines extremism as, “’the quality or state of being extreme’ or ‘the advocacy of extreme measures or views.’

“The term is primarily used in a political or religious sense, to refer to an ideology that is considered (by the speaker or by some implied shared social consensus) to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of society. It can also be used in an economic context…”

It’s true, extremism can be used in an economic context and for years Democrats labeled Republicans as “extremists” for advocating such mundane and commonplace governing concepts as reducing people’s taxes or suggesting the federal budget could and should be trimmed to promote responsible handling of our posterity’s finances. Instead, Democrats maintain the slim possibility of reducing a protected class’s taxpayer funded welfare benefits is akin to yanking food from children’s mouths or tossing old people in the street without coats on a frigid winter night.

In their spurious race to the bottom Democrats now assert that good national jobs numbers aren’t indicative of economic progress, an extreme position indeed. Naomi Lim reported at The Washington Examiner last week, “Democrats running for president in 2020 say the rapid job growth and low unemployment under President Trump isn't enough, and say America needs to strive for a ‘moral’ economy.

“Their calls seem to reflect a consensus among Democrats on how to attack what many agree is a healthy economy that's creating jobs under Trump, and the rising influence of socialist candidates and lawmakers in the Democratic Party. Less than a year before the first primaries, Democrats appear to have settled on an argument that says the economic gains seen over the last two years aren't being ‘shared’ with others.”

Lim’s article contains quotes from all the usual Democrat class-warfare peddling suspects including former Vice President Joe Biden and outspoken far-left Senator extremists Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, all basically insinuating that although Americans find it easier to get a job these days they’re still not seeing proportional advantages to their employers or companies.

Crazy “Uncle Joe” Biden went so far as to ponder, “What happened to a moral responsibility, to a moral capitalism?”

Morality? According to whom? And who decides what’s “moral” and what’s not, Joe? Is it the political class? Academics? Vladimir Putin? Stephen Colbert? The workers themselves? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce? How about the voters?

Government statistics show the U.S. economy added 200,000 new jobs in January and the unemployment rate held steady at just over 4 percent (which is basically full employment since there will always be a certain percentage between jobs or just entering the workforce). President Trump trumpets the positive figures and characteristically takes credit for creating the conditions whereby businesses are empowered to hire extra hands to perform additional tasks, then cut them a paycheck after withholding Uncle Sam’s required slice of the pie.

Democrats conveniently neglect to mention that more people working means extra tax receipts -- at the very least directed towards fueling the big entitlement programs.

Someone needs to pay for the out-of-control and increasingly unsustainable Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid entitlements. Then there are other payroll taxes such as worker’s compensation pools and various insurance premiums for things like healthcare. Needless to say, employers incur their own taxes on hiring and maintaining employees. It’s the monetary grease that keeps the system operational and the government wouldn’t survive without it.

Citizens then take what’s leftover and either save it, invest it or spend it. All of these are good for the economy. Saving money (by depositing it in a bank or credit union) allows the institution to lend it out to others who pay interest. Investing personal wealth in hopes of engendering a high rate of return is a means for people to plan for retirement, and spending money creates demand for products and services which encourages smart companies to consider expanding further, take on more employees and look towards the future with smiles on their faces.

So where does the “moral” part come in, Democrats? Liberals seem to be claiming wages aren’t high enough and greedy employers keep too much of their profits while stiffing the frontline staff of fair compensation. Even assuming this was true in rare cases, no employee is bound to work for an entity that cheats them. Slavery was officially abolished after the Civil War and indentured servitude similarly no longer exists, right?

And where were these pontificating extremist Democrats when unemployment reached double-digits during the Obama years? Back then, certainly some people were holding onto part-time jobs just to make ends meet. And a good number of companies wouldn’t grow beyond 50 employees so as not to trigger the Obamacare employer mandate. It was ugly.

Capitalism is inherently “moral” as long as everyone has free choice. It’s only when government interferes in the marketplace that unfairness enters the equation. Government sets the rules and often leans towards the wealthy, powerful and connected to tip the balance. Democrats count on ignorance to lecture gullible and entitled people on the notion they’re being taken advantage of. Trump and conservatives trust individuals to make up their own minds and to the largest extent possible, follow their dreams as far as their ambitions will allow them.

For the rest, there’re regulations and the court system, both of which are already overused in today’s society. The last thing America needs is the political elites stirring up dissatisfaction and class envy -- but extremism is what Democrats do best. Instead of attracting new voters through promotion of their own policies Democrats try painting something positive -- like good economic news -- as a negative.

That’s not the only place they’re extreme. How about the “Green New Deal”? Miranda Green reported at The Hill, “Democrats are facing a defining Senate vote as early as [this] week on the ‘Green New Deal’ climate change plan — which Republicans hope will bolster their argument that the party is too far left for the country.

“It’s unclear how many Democrats will ultimately back the progressive-pushed resolution, which aims to get the U.S. running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, but it’s certain to divide the party.”

Apparently Senate Minority Leader “Chucky” Schumer disagreed, saying, “You think it might embarrass Democrats to vote on a nonbinding resolution that some of us may support but not others? Trust me, we’ll be fine, because the American people know that our entire party believes that climate change is happening and it’s caused by humans.”

So, let’s get this straight. “Chucky” and his Democrat cohorts don’t believe illegal immigration is a problem caused by humans yet “climate change” is indisputably fostered by man’s machines, farting livestock and Americans’ abuse of their gasoline guzzling autos and electricity hungry air conditioners… Who’s immoral now? Who’s extreme now?

We’re talking about a party that criticizes encouraging jobs numbers but desires to shackle the entire world’s economy based on unprovable crackpot theories and scare tactics advanced by Democrat socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a collection of self-admiring narcissists who spin good news into a harbinger of doom.

Democrats should think twice before labeling their political opponents as extreme, because it serves to draw more attention to their own bizarre hypocrisies. There are only so many voters who’ll buy the Democrats’ inane class warfare rhetoric -- the rest will just leave the building.

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