Here are four policy goals promoted by the left that could undermine America’s future.
Tax the wealthy. In an economy sputtering along (at best), Democrats maintain that raising taxes on the wealthy will help get us back on our feet and onto a “forward” path to a stable future. Even if it is conceivable that the rich need to pay more of their “fair share”, which is highly debatable, these new revenues will be useless unless they are used to pay off the debt in conjunction with reducing our deficit spending.
Subsidize green energy. President Obama and fellow Democrats have a vision for the energy sector that involves very little foreign or domestic oil, and a heavy dose of wind and solar energy. Forget the unaffordable costs of this technology, this vision has led our federal government to spend billions of dollars we don’t have (see national debt clock) on companies that go bankrupt (Solyndra, SunPower, First Solar, BrightSource).
Craft sweeping assault weapons ban. To left-wingers AR-15 rifles have become the symbol of all evil in America. Vice President Biden and Democratic legislators, including California Senator Dianne Feinstein, have called for a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. There is no mention of handguns, however, which even the District of Columbia with its stringent gun laws can’t eliminate from the capital city’s streets. It is very unlikely that any significant gun legislation will be passed in the near future, unless the House of Representatives tilts to the Democrats in the midterm elections. It is troubling that so many lawmakers based their actions on emotions, not facts. They want to pass any anti-gun bills they can, regardless of the consequences. Look at New York State where the governor rushed a bill through the state legislature that declared that semiautomatic rifle magazines with more than seven cartridges would be illegal. The problem with that law is that there is no such thing as a seven-cartridge clip. The next smallest magazine is five, which means effectively lawmakers limited such clips to five. All of this came about in a rush to action following the killings in Newtown, Connecticut. Such tragedies should be a time to take a step back, not move forward in a frenzied rush.
Expand(ed) the Violence Against Women’s Act. Less than a week ago, the House approved the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act –sending it to President Obama’s desk last week for his signature. Why would anyone oppose the Violence Against Women Act? Well, the Independent Women’s Forum released this statement less than two weeks ago, following the passage of VAWA in the House:
If we thought the Violence Against Women Act passed today in the House was really the best way to protect women, we’d be cheering. What concerns us most is VAWA includes no provisions for financial oversight, views violence more through an ideological lens than a practical one, erodes constitutional rights of the accused, and perpetuates the idea that society is hostile to women. Many tried to have a serious discussion about VAWA, but what we got instead was name-calling.
It’s absurd to oppose such a law, right? Well, not if you believe men and women are equal under the law and entitled to due process.
As Milton Friedman once said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” Nobody doubts a world filled with no violence, domestic abuse, pollution or economic disparity would be a great place to live. But these policy initiatives are a step in the wrong direction.