Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Democratic Presidential Debate: There They Go Again

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Democratic Presidential Debate: There They Go Again

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Watching the Democratic candidates' presidential debate Tuesday night, one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive. The economy is bad, too many people aren't working (whose fault is that?), we should spend trillions more we don't have because everything we're spending now isn't producing results.

Memo to Democrats: If your policies are failing, try something different.

These Democrats want to spend more on government education, though, again, what we're spending isn't producing better-educated kids. Empowering parents to choose which schools would best serve them and their children would improve their educational outlook, but Democrats are in the pocket of teachers' unions. They stand for choice on abortion, but oppose choice for those who survive the womb.

Climate change they accept as a matter of faith. Bernie Sanders says "scientists" agree and most, but not all, think it is a greater threat than terrorism, China or Russia, while others believe there is "little evidence" to prove such a wide-sweeping contention.

The National Rifle Association was predictably denounced, as if guns shoot themselves and the people who are intent on breaking the law will somehow become law-abiding if more gun control laws are passed. The notion of personal responsibility and accountability are things that seem foreign to some Democrats.

"Millionaires and billionaires" came in for their usual thrashing. Not paying their "fair share." We've heard that one before. What is "fair"? A better question: Why do you politicians waste so much money? Cut spending and you won't need more revenue.

Another question for Democrats: Why don't you ever applaud the hard work and risk-taking necessary to become wealthy, or at least self-sustaining, and suggest others follow that example? …

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