Cooper: Too much 'winning' emboldens left

Cooper: Too much 'winning' emboldens left

June 19th, 2019 by Clint Cooper in Opinion Free Press

Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks about how "we're going to bring in so much … everything" during a 2016 Nevada campaign appearance. "We're going to make America great again."


Remember when candidate Donald Trump began to riff on "winning" on the 2016 campaign trail? Not winning as in winning the election, because everybody knew he wasn't going to do that. But "winning" as in a mythical Trump administration accomplishing practically everything it set out to do?

"We're going to win," he said at a rally in Billings, Montana. "We're going to win so much. We're going to win at trade, we're going to win at the border. We're going to win so much, you're going to be so sick and tired of winning, you're going to come to me and go, 'Please, please, we can't win anymore.' You've heard this one. You'll say, 'Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don't want to win anymore. It's too much. It's not fair to everybody else.' And I'm going to say, 'I'm sorry, but we're going to keep winning, winning, winning.' We're going to make America great again."

Unfortunately, we may have had too much winning. It's made America's left and its 2020 presidential candidates believe they can promise all manner of goodies and payouts in exchange for votes. How they'll pay for such largess is glossed over with a few words about taxing the rich, who of course have so much more from all the "winning." And taxing the rich is always a popular line to use on low-information voters, who can't imagine how jobs are created and sustained in the first place.

The "winning" has brought about near record low unemployment for U.S. workers and record lows for black and Hispanic workers. It's brought additional jobs, pay raises and, in general, a thrumming economy.

But the 2017 tax cuts that helped stimulate the economy also grew the country's already massive debt, which reached $22 trillion earlier this year. Yet, no one in Washington, D.C., seemed to care.

Republicans didn't blink an eye, and Democrats figured it gave them carte blanche to open the federal checkbooks to anything they could promise.

In California, it means expanding free health care to illegal immigrants up to the age of 26. To some candidates, it means free public college tuition. To others, it means Medicare for All. Still others favor universal child care, guaranteed income, a $15 minimum wage or a Green New Deal.

On this very day in Washington, D.C., it means a hearing on a bill to "establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans."

What would it cost to take money for reparations from those who never owned slaves and give to those who never were slaves? An economist at Duke University and leading scholar on reparations has put the price — based on one formula — at $2.6 trillion (with the U.S. fiscal 2019 budget at $4.7 trillion, for comparison).

(As an aside, a nationwide poll of black Americans last month put slavery reparations at the bottom of a list of 14 economic policies that might help the black community, and a federal jobs guarantee — favored by some 2020 Democratic candidates — next to last.)

The point, though, is not universal health care or free college tuition or guaranteed income or slave reparations. They are all issues worthy of debate — but not foremost in a country $22 million in debt.

Which brings us back to "winning." We would never prefer the tepid economic recovery modeled by former President Barack Obama to our current economy, but sometimes more difficult economic times force us to take a closer look at how we're spending our money.

We think, for instance, of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, a measure following the difficult economic times of the late 1970s and early 1980s that sought — unsuccessfully in the long run — to put spending constraints on the federal budget, and the budget sequestration required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 that followed the Great Recession and briefly lowered the federal deficit.

As rich a country as the United States is, its federal budget cannot stomach the goodies Democratic candidates are promising based on the current "winning" and the threat of massive higher taxes that would slow the economy to a crawl.

How these far left candidates get up day after day, look at themselves in the mirror and make these promises, knowing their adoption would mean eventual economic peril for the country, is astounding.

We would just implore those who are open to such voices to ask questions, to demand answers, to insist on explanations as to how such spending schemes are economically possible — even in the face of such "winning."

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Comments Policy

The Chattanooga Times Free Press web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Times Free Press web sites and any content on the Times Free Press web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Times Free Press, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Times Free Press websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-757-6315