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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Delusions Within Delusions

Over at Vox, that solidly liberal website, Matthew Yglesias is promoting the idea that the "resistance" of ordinary Americans to President Trump is having success.  According to Yglesias, the big successes have included the following:

1. The GOP controlled Congress bowed to public outrage over an attempt to water down an ethics office.  Really?  As I recall it, when the proposal was first put forward, the President Elect Trump came out strongly against it and the proposal was dropped.  There was no public pressure applied because the proposal was dropped within hours of being first mentioned in the media.

2.  The President supposedly "dramatically downscaled" his executive order "barring entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries."  Really?  There was no downscaling of the EO.  It is the same as it was when originally announced.  All that happened was that there was a clarification that the order did not apply to those with Green Cards.  That was the original intent, not some response to public pressure.

3.  Trump is having "unprecedented difficulty" getting his Cabinet confirmed.  That is true.  The Democrats in the Senate are delaying confirmation to the greatest extent possible.  That is just their being childish, though.  So far, there is no indication that even a single nominee will fail to get confirmation.  The Democrats are just wasting time.  Last night they even held an overnight "debate" about Betsy DeVos prior to her confirmation today.  It's an exercise in futility, not a success for resistance.

4.  The plans to "privatize Medicare and public lands" have been put on hold.  Really?  There are no plans offered to privatize Medicare or public lands.  Yglesias is now happy to stop things that were never going to happen.  Will he next announce that the resistance prevented an alien invasion?

5.  The drive to repeal Obamacare is "running into very big trouble."  Again, is he kidding?  The President made clear that he wants the repeal and the replacement to happen together.  He also said that the administration would not announce its plans for healthcare until Dr. Tom Price is confirmed as Secretary of HHS and has a chance to participate in completing development of the new plan.  None of that has changed.  Without a doubt, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare will be difficult.  It was always going to be difficult.  Nothing has changed in the last two weeks.

Look, nobody really cares what some hack says at Vox.  The problem, however, is that when the left believes its own propaganda, it is bad for the country.  It would be good for America if everyone got a reality check.


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