Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. If You Support Biden, This Is What You Support Part II

 

I was again sparked by an article in American Greatness about the madness of the moment, and how that is 100% supported by Biden and the Democrats. This was first titled the “Madness of America” which I preferred, but the editors have changed it. I am not making any argument her for confidence in anyone’s victory November, but again, stark relief about what Biden and the Democrats stand for, and how voting for them and supporting them getting into power is supporting un-American ideals. I can understand rank-in-file Democrats voting for the same old, same old. What I cannot understand is how people who claim to be conservatives can vote for Biden.

So, here are some more Points, that if touyou Support Democrats, you support this. Electing more of them will encourage these things.

Democratic leaders around the country have been allowing violent radicals to run wild in the streets, set fires, smash private property, and beat people up. Democratic mayors have allied explicitly with the radicals, echoing the insane calls to “defund the police” and rounding up troublemakers only to invite them to accuse cops of misconduct.

If you are for Biden, you are for letting the Mobs run wild

In Seattle, the mayor refused to resist a takeover of several downtown blocks until the perpetrators marched on her own house. (Her government is now forcing white city employees to take training sessions in which they must “affirm their complicity” in racism and work on “undoing their whiteness.”)

And

Major corporations, terrified of the Marxist rabble, are succumbing to their demands, issuing obsequious declarations of support, forcing employees to read books about their white privilege, and firing those who don’t grovel sufficiently.

If you are for Biden, you are for forced re-education based on race

In St. Louis, a couple who brandished guns to defend their home from a marauding mob has been targeted for harassment by local prosecutors.

If you are for Biden, you are for prosecuting people for using their Right to Arms, when no one got hurt, to protect their home.

When Penn State issued a statement saying that it welcomed students of all kinds, including conservatives, the backlash was so tremendous that it withdrew the statement.

If you are for Biden, you do not believe that conservatives should be welcome in higher education.

 At Princeton, more than 200 faculty members have demanded that the administration address “systematic racism” by adopting over 40 sweeping initiatives that would (among much else) ensure ideological purity in hiring and in academic writings, give extra sabbaticals to black professors, and establish a campus anti-racism center.

If you are for Biden, you are for set asides based on race.

If you are for Biden, you are for cancel culture being in control of research

Even the U.S. Army has gotten into the act, sending an email to all personnel saying that the word “colorblind” and the statements “all lives matter” and “Make America Great Again” are evidence of “white supremacy.” (To be sure, the Army backtracked when called on this move by a congressman.)

If you are for Biden, you are for injecting racial politics into the US Military.

Now for the lecture Part:

If anything is crystal clear at present, it’s that all this leftist mayhem, encouraged by the Democratic Party and its adherents, represents an existential threat to America as we know it, and that, whatever one may think of Donald Trump’s personality or policies, it would be sheer madness to vote for anyone other than him in November.

And yet every day I turn to Facebook to find friends and relatives around the country whose lives, it seems, are fully devoted to the effort to unseat the president. These are people who have comfortable homes, stable lives, beloved children, prized careers—people who have no interest in seeing the system overthrown, the Republic toppled. And yet instead of being unsettled by the unprecedented nationwide disorder promoted by the Democrats, they’re gunning for Trump.

It’s as if they don’t even know what’s going on.

Here is the thing: If someone reads Ricochet, and are politically active, he or she knows what is going on. Knows the things sited are actually happening. It is not like you are blinded by the mainstream media. How, on God’s Green Earth, can any politically connected conservative  support the election of Biden and the Democrats who are encouraging such un-American things?

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  1. Columbo Member

    These Godless folks (democrats and BLM) want the complete destruction of Western civilization.

    https://www.charismanews.com/politics/issues/59665-black-lives-matter-we-will-destroy-the-nuclear-family

    And so does Biden.

    Only someone who hates America can support this.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 5:43 AM PDT
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  2. Richard Fulmer Member

    “edgar” posting on Arnold Kling’s Ask Blog lists some of Biden’s campaign promises:

    – end shareholder capitalism;
    – end charter schools;
    – create federal entitlement to 2 years of free college;
    – require school districts to increase teacher salaries;
    – raise federal minimum wage to $15;
    – achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050;
    – enact a federal version of California’s AB5 law criminalizing the gig economy;
    – enact an industrial policy with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars going to politically connected businesses;
    – recommit to the Paris Accord and transfer billions more to other countries;
    – outlaw single family zoning

    This is looney tunes stuff. Any candidate would kill to run against this agenda. Any candidate, that is, except Donald Trump. Trump won’t run against this agenda. Trump can’t. Can anyone even imagine Trump understanding this list much less articulating to the American people why these promises are bad and what damage they will do? Can anyone even imagine Trump focusing on these issues, speaking and tweeting articulately and rationally about them for the next four months? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about these incredibly destructive promises that Biden has made? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about anything other than himself?

    No. That’s why MAGA world is focused on the Never Trumpers. In their fantasy world, if they could just convince the Never Trumpers to cool their jets, Trump would win in a landslide. It’s not about the Never Trumpers. It never was. Trump won in 2016 despite them. Right now, Trump is somewhere between 10 and 15 points down in the polls. Right now, Trump is polling badly in Texas and Georgia, for G-d’s sakes. He’s not losing because of a few die-hard Never Trumpers. 

    Trump is losing because of Trump.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 5:51 AM PDT
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  3. RufusRJones Member

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):
    That’s why MAGA world is focused on the Never Trumpers. 

    I’m not sure about that. 

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    • July 16, 2020, at 5:53 AM PDT
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  4. Richard Easton Member

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    “edgar” posting on Arnold Kling’s Ask Blog lists some of Biden’s campaign promises:

    – end shareholder capitalism;
    – end charter schools;
    – create federal entitlement to 2 years of free college;
    – require school districts to increase teacher salaries;
    – raise federal minimum wage to $15;
    – achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050;
    – enact a federal version of California’s AB5 law criminalizing the gig economy;
    – enact an industrial policy with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars going to politically connected businesses;
    – recommit to the Paris Accord and transfer billions more to other countries;
    – outlaw single family zoning

    This is looney tunes stuff. Any candidate would kill to run against this agenda. Any candidate, that is, except Donald Trump. Trump won’t run against this agenda. Trump can’t. Can anyone even imagine Trump understanding this list much less articulating to the American people why these promises are bad and what damage they will do? Can anyone even imagine Trump focusing on these issues, speaking and tweeting articulately and rationally about them for the next four months? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about these incredibly destructive promises that Biden has made? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about anything other than himself?

    No. That’s why MAGA world is focused on the Never Trumpers. In their fantasy world, if they could just convince the Never Trumpers to cool their jets, Trump would win in a landslide. It’s not about the Never Trumpers. It never was. Trump won in 2016 despite them. Right now, Trump is somewhere between 10 and 15 points down in the polls. Right now, Trump is polling badly in Texas and Georgia, for G-d’s sakes. He’s not losing because of a few die-hard Never Trumpers.

    Trump is losing because of Trump.

    I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize. I would guess that’s true for most people. Thus, I doubt the accuracy of polls.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:00 AM PDT
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  5. Richard Fulmer Member

    Richard Easton (View Comment):
    I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize. I would guess that’s true for most people. Thus, I doubt the accuracy of polls.

    So, no problem, then? Trump just needs to keep on being Trump and he’ll win in a landslide?

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:06 AM PDT
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  6. Franco Member
    Franco Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Bryan G. Stephens: How, on God’s Green Earth, can any politically connected conservative  support the election of Biden and the Democrats who are encouraging such un-American things?

    It depends on how you define “conservative”. It’s now obvious that a subset of ‘conservatives’ are conservative in demeanor and language, conservative ( cautious) when dealing with the very powerful media, conservative in tactics and strategy (incrementalism) and conservative in debate ( trying to use logic and reason on people who are deliberately impervious to such things).

    ‘Conservatives’ who want a President who is the equivalent of a moral Ken Doll they can play with and wave in the faces of their immoral, libertine enemies as proxy for their own virtues.

    That, and the notion propagated by the Bush faction, which has appointed and promoted people in the GOP infrastructure for decades now, that globalism is preferable to nationalism, elitism should forever trump populism ( those 63 million uninformed rubes 🙄) and that America should actively police the world – none of which is remotely connected to actual conservatism in any way.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:07 AM PDT
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  7. Goldgeller Member

    There are still clear policy differences between Biden and Trump. Biden’s policies will leave Americans worse off, especially the poor. Trump’s tweets and press conferences will probably (okay, they did) embarrass and upset people from time to time. We can recover from the later. We can– we did!– have a huge economic boom all the while hoping Trump wouldn’t tweet out something dumb. Biden’s policies will be a disaster. It is too late to expect Trump to become more presidential as a whole, but if he or his speechwriters have some good speeches, now is the time. Biden will not be a moderate and Democrats in Congress will not give him a moderate agenda. 

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:12 AM PDT
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  8. EODmom Coolidge

    Moral Ken Doll – I like it @franco. I just don’t get the obsession with this President’s personal attributes, in lieu of his Executive policies and actions. They must have lived life in a far more rarified environment than I, to never have to cope with someone they don’t personally like, but need for their task or objective. Or just happen to live next door to. 

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:15 AM PDT
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  9. PHCheese Member

    And since it is factually a binary election if you don’t vote for Trump you in effect supporting Biden and all that he can remember that he endorses.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:23 AM PDT
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  10. brad2971 Inactive

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    “edgar” posting on Arnold Kling’s Ask Blog lists some of Biden’s campaign promises:

    – end shareholder capitalism;
    – end charter schools;
    – create federal entitlement to 2 years of free college;
    – require school districts to increase teacher salaries;
    – raise federal minimum wage to $15;
    – achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050;
    – enact a federal version of California’s AB5 law criminalizing the gig economy;
    – enact an industrial policy with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars going to politically connected businesses;
    – recommit to the Paris Accord and transfer billions more to other countries;
    – outlaw single family zoning

    This is looney tunes stuff. Any candidate would kill to run against this agenda. Any candidate, that is, except Donald Trump. Trump won’t run against this agenda. Trump can’t. Can anyone even imagine Trump understanding this list much less articulating to the American people why these promises are bad and what damage they will do? Can anyone even imagine Trump focusing on these issues, speaking and tweeting articulately and rationally about them for the next four months? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about these incredibly destructive promises that Biden has made? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about anything other than himself?

    No. That’s why MAGA world is focused on the Never Trumpers. In their fantasy world, if they could just convince the Never Trumpers to cool their jets, Trump would win in a landslide. It’s not about the Never Trumpers. It never was. Trump won in 2016 despite them. Right now, Trump is somewhere between 10 and 15 points down in the polls. Right now, Trump is polling badly in Texas and Georgia, for G-d’s sakes. He’s not losing because of a few die-hard Never Trumpers.

    Trump is losing because of Trump.

    Two caveats to that list: 1. The Gig economy has been asking for regulation for some time now due to its abuses. 2. People would LOVE the feds to mandate local school districts to get off their duffs and raise teacher salaries, especially since their state legislatures often refuse to do so.

    Other than that, please see my previous post regarding Barr v American Association of Political Consultants. Polls can most certainly be questioned if the pollsters cannot reach more than 50% of the available audience.

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  11. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    And since it is factually a binary election if you don’t vote for Trump you in effect supporting Biden and all that he can remember that he endorses.

    Well, I am aiming for people supporting Biden explicitly. 

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:27 AM PDT
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  12. Richard Fulmer Member

    EODmom (View Comment):

    Moral Ken Doll – I like it @franco. I just don’t get the obsession with this President’s personal attributes, in lieu of his Executive policies and actions. They must have lived life in a far more rarified environment than I, to never have to cope with someone they don’t personally like, but need for their task or objective. Or just happen to live next door to.

    It doesn’t matter whether we “get” it. What matters is that Trump is pushing voters into Biden’s open arms despite Biden’s insane policies. Trump needs to turn it around. He’s shaken up his campaign staff, so he realizes that he has a problem. That’s a good first step.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:29 AM PDT
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  13. Richard Fulmer Member

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Polls can most certainly be questioned if the pollsters cannot reach more than 50% of the available audience.

    In 2016, polls were pretty accurate. The big problem was that very little polling was done in some of the “battleground” states such as Wisconsin. Like Hillary, people assumed that Wisconsin was in the bag. Pollsters aren’t making that mistake this time. Trump’s campaign staff is doing their own polling and they’re spending money in states that used to be solid red. That’s not a good sign.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:34 AM PDT
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  14. brad2971 Inactive

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Polls can most certainly be questioned if the pollsters cannot reach more than 50% of the available audience.

    In 2016, polls were pretty accurate. The big problem was that very little polling was done in some of the “battleground” states such as Wisconsin. Like Hillary, people assumed that Wisconsin was in the bag. Pollsters aren’t making that mistake this time. Trump’s campaign staff is doing their own polling and they’re spending money in states that used to be solid red. That’s not a good sign.

    The polling companies’ own behavior in Barr v American Association of Political Consultants strongly suggest they have few clues about the current state of their own business. Likewise, the relative dearth of political ads since the beginning of March is another clue these are not the Clinton/Bush43/Obama years.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 6:39 AM PDT
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  15. Richard Fulmer Member

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Polls can most certainly be questioned if the pollsters cannot reach more than 50% of the available audience.

    In 2016, polls were pretty accurate. The big problem was that very little polling was done in some of the “battleground” states such as Wisconsin. Like Hillary, people assumed that Wisconsin was in the bag. Pollsters aren’t making that mistake this time. Trump’s campaign staff is doing their own polling and they’re spending money in states that used to be solid red. That’s not a good sign.

    The polling companies’ own behavior in Barr v American Association of Political Consultants strongly suggest they have few clues about the current state of their own business. Likewise, the relative dearth of political ads since the beginning of March is another clue these are not the Clinton/Bush43/Obama years.

    Sorry, I don’t understand either of your points. Would you please flesh them out?

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  16. brad2971 Inactive

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    The polling companies’ own behavior in Barr v American Association of Political Consultants strongly suggest they have few clues about the current state of their own business. Likewise, the relative dearth of political ads since the beginning of March is another clue these are not the Clinton/Bush43/Obama years.

    Sorry, I don’t understand either of your points. Would you please flesh them out?

    Barr v American Association of Political Consultants was a Supreme Court decision that stated that the “government debt” exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was unconstitutional, but severed that from the rest of the act. The American Association of Political Consultants wanted to have the whole Telephone Consumer Protection Act, one of the most popular laws passed by Congress in the last 30-40 years, ruled unconstitutional. Since the Supreme Court let the rest of the law stand, this means that, among other things, pollsters cannot robocall cellphones, which make up the only means of voice communication for at least 50% of households since at least 2015.

    Again, you can’t get a good enough data sample for accurate polls if you can’t reach more than 50% of the available audience. 

     

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  17. Tex929rr Coolidge

    brad2971 (View Comment):

     People would LOVE the feds to mandate local school districts to get off their duffs and raise teacher salaries, especially since their state legislatures often refuse to do.

    Wait – what? Are you saying that a local school district is unable to raise salaries without state or federal approval? Is this satire?

     

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  18. Weeping Member

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Two caveats to that list: 1. The Gig economy has been asking for regulation for some time now due to its abuses.

    What kinds of things are you thinking of when you say this?

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  19. brad2971 Inactive

    Weeping (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Two caveats to that list: 1. The Gig economy has been asking for regulation for some time now due to its abuses.

    What kinds of things are you thinking of when you say this?

    Let’s put it this way: I learned enough to know how low-paid and mal-treated gig economy workers are when a Doordash agent delivered my food order one day in a Postmates bag. Doordash and Postmates are two separate apps.

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  20. Jager Coolidge
    Jager Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    People would LOVE the feds to mandate local school districts to get off their duffs and raise teacher salaries, especially since their state legislatures often refuse to do.

    Wait – what? Are you saying that a local school district is unable to raise salaries without state or federal approval? Is this satire?

     

    Yes and no. No one right now requires federal approval, although I could see a way in which some Federal Law could be created to raise the salaries (condition federal money on setting pay at some level)

    It has been a while since I looked at this, but there are like 15 states that have Statewide Salary schedules. These set the minimum and in some cases the Maximum that teachers can make. 

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  21. Tex929rr Coolidge

    Jager (View Comment):

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    People would LOVE the feds to mandate local school districts to get off their duffs and raise teacher salaries, especially since their state legislatures often refuse to do.

    Wait – what? Are you saying that a local school district is unable to raise salaries without state or federal approval? Is this satire?

     

    Yes and no. No one right now requires federal approval, although I could see a way in which some Federal Law could be created to raise the salaries (condition federal money on setting pay at some level)

    It has been a while since I looked at this, but there are like 15 states that have Statewide Salary schedules. These set the minimum and in some cases the Maximum that teachers can make.

    Here is the chart we (Comfort ISD) received at a board meeting this Monday. Note the first year pay column. Texas state minimum is $34,390. It’s pretty clear that this is a market working, as the lowest first year pay shown is 20% over state minimum. I’ve never even heard of a state mandated maximum rate.

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  22. Maguffin Member

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    Weeping (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Two caveats to that list: 1. The Gig economy has been asking for regulation for some time now due to its abuses.

    What kinds of things are you thinking of when you say this?

    Let’s put it this way: I learned enough to know how low-paid and mal-treated gig economy workers are when a Doordash agent delivered my food order one day in a Postmates bag. Doordash and Postmates are two separate apps.

    Isn’t that kind of the idea of the gig economy – that the worker isn’t tied to the company and the company isn’t tied to the worker? So maybe they were just doubling (not the true ratio of course) their opportunity to get ‘gigs’. If Doordash didn’t have any orders available for them to take and deliver, maybe Postmates did and vice versa.

    Edit: not saying that gig workers are highly paid and well treated, just showing that the above doesn’t necessarily support your argument.

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  23. Tex929rr Coolidge

    Maguffin (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    Weeping (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):
    Two caveats to that list: 1. The Gig economy has been asking for regulation for some time now due to its abuses.

    What kinds of things are you thinking of when you say this?

    Let’s put it this way: I learned enough to know how low-paid and mal-treated gig economy workers are when a Doordash agent delivered my food order one day in a Postmates bag. Doordash and Postmates are two separate apps.

    Isn’t that kind of the idea of the gig economy – that the worker isn’t tied to the company and the company isn’t tied to the worker? So maybe they were just doubling (not the true ratio of course) their opportunity to get ‘gigs’. If Doordash didn’t have any orders available for them to take and deliver, maybe Postmates did and vice versa.

    And the food still showed up.

     

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  24. Gary Robbins Reagan

    I look much more at what the candidates say, and not what some of their supporters say. I will grant you that some of Biden’s supporters are unhinged. By the same token, some of Trump’s supporters are unhinged. 

    The calculus is Biden’s strengths & Trump’s weaknesses vs. Trump’s strengths & Biden’s weaknesses. My judgment is that the first is stronger than the second. Other people of good faith can come to a different conclusion, and most of my fellow Ricochetti have come to the second conclusion. But Ricochet is a website of the Center-Right, not a website of the Trump Right.

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  25. EODmom Coolidge

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    brad2971 (View Comment):

    People would LOVE the feds to mandate local school districts to get off their duffs and raise teacher salaries, especially since their state legislatures often refuse to do.

    Wait – what? Are you saying that a local school district is unable to raise salaries without state or federal approval? Is this satire?

    Must be satire: The 3 school districts I have personal knowledge of each spend 75-80% of their budget on compensation and benefits AND have student spending exceeding $22,000/child/yr. (The town where we reside spends $26k/child/year and benchmarks salaries from Boston.) I don’t think there is any lack of authority or capacity to raise salaries for teachers and administrators. 

     

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  26. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I look much more at what the candidates say, and not what some of their supporters say. I will grant you that some of Biden’s supporters are unhinged. By the same token, some of Trump’s supporters are unhinged.

    The calculus is Biden’s strengths & Trump’s weaknesses vs. Trump’s strengths & Biden’s weaknesses. My judgment is that the first is stronger than the second. Other people of good faith can come to a different conclusion, and most of my fellow Ricochetti have come to the second conclusion. But Ricochet is a website of the Center-Right, not a website of the Trump Right.

    So, Gary, your alternative to Trump vs. Biden-Pelosi-Schumer, fits where in that Center-Right spectrum? The choice in November is Trump vs. Biden-Pelosi-Schumer, not Trump vs. some imaginary perfect candidate.

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  27. brad2971 Inactive

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I look much more at what the candidates say, and not what some of their supporters say. I will grant you that some of Biden’s supporters are unhinged. By the same token, some of Trump’s supporters are unhinged.

    The calculus is Biden’s strengths & Trump’s weaknesses vs. Trump’s strengths & Biden’s weaknesses. My judgment is that the first is stronger than the second. Other people of good faith can come to a different conclusion, and most of my fellow Ricochetti have come to the second conclusion. But Ricochet is a website of the Center-Right, not a website of the Trump Right.

    So, Gary, your alternative to Trump vs. Biden-Pelosi-Schumer, fits where in that Center-Right spectrum? The choice in November is Trump vs. Biden-Pelosi-Schumer, not Trump vs. some imaginary perfect candidate.

    Just to emphasize on the truly binary nature of the 2020 presidential election, consider this: Kanye isn’t running for president, the Libertarian Party is currently on the ballot in only 36 states (with court actions maybe getting them another two states for a total of 38), and the Green Party is only on the ballot in 24 states. COVID-19 has done a number on a whole bunch of plans for running for president.

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  28. CACrabtree Coolidge

    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    “edgar” posting on Arnold Kling’s Ask Blog lists some of Biden’s campaign promises:

    – end shareholder capitalism;
    – end charter schools;
    – create federal entitlement to 2 years of free college;
    – require school districts to increase teacher salaries;
    – raise federal minimum wage to $15;
    – achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050;
    – enact a federal version of California’s AB5 law criminalizing the gig economy;
    – enact an industrial policy with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars going to politically connected businesses;
    – recommit to the Paris Accord and transfer billions more to other countries;
    – outlaw single family zoning

    This is looney tunes stuff. Any candidate would kill to run against this agenda. Any candidate, that is, except Donald Trump. Trump won’t run against this agenda. Trump can’t. Can anyone even imagine Trump understanding this list much less articulating to the American people why these promises are bad and what damage they will do? Can anyone even imagine Trump focusing on these issues, speaking and tweeting articulately and rationally about them for the next four months? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about these incredibly destructive promises that Biden has made? Can anyone even imagine Trump trying to make the election about anything other than himself?

    No. That’s why MAGA world is focused on the Never Trumpers. In their fantasy world, if they could just convince the Never Trumpers to cool their jets, Trump would win in a landslide. It’s not about the Never Trumpers. It never was. Trump won in 2016 despite them. Right now, Trump is somewhere between 10 and 15 points down in the polls. Right now, Trump is polling badly in Texas and Georgia, for G-d’s sakes. He’s not losing because of a few die-hard Never Trumpers.

    Trump is losing because of Trump.

    Totally agree. As long as Trump engages in his 24 hour “whinefest” he can expect to have his butt handed to him.

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  29. Sisyphus Coolidge
    Sisyphus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    I look much more at what the candidates say, and not what some of their supporters say. I will grant you that some of Biden’s supporters are unhinged. By the same token, some of Trump’s supporters are unhinged.

    The calculus is Biden’s strengths & Trump’s weaknesses vs. Trump’s strengths & Biden’s weaknesses. My judgment is that the first is stronger than the second. Other people of good faith can come to a different conclusion, and most of my fellow Ricochetti have come to the second conclusion. But Ricochet is a website of the Center-Right, not a website of the Trump Right.

    Biden no longer remembers hinges.

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    • July 16, 2020, at 11:30 AM PDT
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  30. Jager Coolidge
    Jager Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    But Ricochet is a website of the Center-Right, not a website of the Trump Right.

    Absolutely, Ricochet represents the Center -right not just Trump supporters. Biden is a traditional Democrat, a leftist. He is not the Center of the Political debate, but the Center of the Democratic Party. There is nothing Center-Right about Biden nor the policies he will pursue. 

     

     

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    • July 16, 2020, at 12:38 PM PDT
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