Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

CAL THOMAS: The False God of Politics

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

CAL THOMAS: The False God of Politics

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If you visit Mount Olympus, you will see scores of crumbling statues to false gods once worshipped by ancient Greeks. The same is true in Rome, where statues of political gods, notably those named Caesar, lay in ruins.

We are more sophisticated today. Moderns don't bow to Zeus. Many of us, though, put our faith in the false god of politics, despite its track record of not being able to achieve all of the things we project upon it.

The late comedian George Carlin may have put the blame for this where it belongs: "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

To accurately judge an idea, policy or individual "stupid," one must first have a standard by which stupid can be measured.

Now comes two far-left politicians who apparently believe their philosophy is not receiving the worship it is due, despite a track record of failure. Hillary Clinton continues to move left, jettisoning positions she once held -- from support of the Iraq War, to her "evolving" stance on same-sex marriage -- believing voters headed that way will put her in the White House.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has one-upped Clinton by publishing a 13-point plan he calls "The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality."

As The Economist noted, de Blasio's plan is "short on detail (such as how to pay for anything), but big on vision, it calls for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to inflation; bolstering unions; bringing in national paid sick and family leave and universal pre-kindergarten; ending tax breaks for firms outsourcing overseas, and closing tax loopholes for the rich."

Where to begin? Not worrying about paying for anything is classic liberalism. If they aren't raising taxes, they are borrowing money from China to achieve their "vision," though it's more like a mirage. …

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