This is the season for gift giving. The present with the blue ribbons under the Democrat’s tree is the candidacy of Donald Trump for president. His off-the-cuff remarks, the citing of non-existent statistics, and Don Rickles-like insults suggest that he is always trying to pick a fight. In the year 2000 Trump boasted that he predicted the fate of Osama bin Laden.
He has confused statistics about the nation’s economic growth, and said there were “no jobs” available. He claimed responsibility for moving an automobile assembly plant out of Mexico to Ohio. He is no pal of Putin, either. His exclusions of all Muslim immigrants from the nation is as unrealistic as his boast that he will erect a full length fence at the southern border and will send the bill to Mexico to pay for it. It is just a matter of time when the Donald will blurt something that might fell him. These are gifts which keep on giving to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton.
I disagree with those who say that a Trump candidacy in November 2016 f will be a replication of the 1964 Goldwater debacle. His opponent Lyndon Johnson enjoyed incumbency, money advantage, a friendly Congress, assistance from large-state Democratic governorships, and popularity because of the then-recently passed Medicare and Medicaid Acts. Mrs. Clinton in 2016 does not have momentum with blue ribbons like these.
Gifts with red ribbons under the Republican’s tree are also numerous. Of Mrs. Clinton there are glaring contradictions arising from the attack at Benghazi. Was it an anti-Muslim video responsible for it? Or was it a premeditated by terrorists? She uttered these alternatively for some time. She has exhibited duplicity concerning e-mails. Clinton said last July that she “had done what other secretaries of state have done” which is factually incorrect, for her predecessors did not maintain private servers.
Mrs. Clinton incorrectly asserted that terrorists used Trump in a video which has become a recruiting tool for the Muslims.
But these are mere “stocking stuffers” compared to the Democratic-crafted Affordable Care Act (ACA) which is the gift that keeps on giving to the Republicans. Since its enactment in 2010 Republicans have gained 14 U. S. Senate seats, 69 House seats, 913 state legislature seats, 12 net governorships and 8 attorneys general. The Democrats in continually pushing the Affordable Care Act have taken a very decisive majority in Congress in 2008-09 and virtually destroyed it. At the state level the Republicans control both legislative chambers and the governorship in 23 states, whereas the Democrats enjoy this advantage in only 7.
It would be hard to find another law in modern times that has laid waste to so many political careers. Less than half of the sixty Democratic senators who voted for the ACA in 2010 still serve in Washington.
In 2015 the Republican nominee for governor in Kentucky ran very hard against the ACA, allowing him as underdog to win the election handily. In sum, the ACA is characterized by postponing of deadlines, patchwork fixes, failing exchanges, and fluid enrollments.
Yes, Virginia, there are gifts which keeps on giving.