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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Greetings! Your conservative hero has been hard at work, holding high the torch of liberty, so that more and more Americans can see it... Earlier this week, I appeared once again on the Newsmaker program of WLEA in Hornell. Brian O'Neil was my excellent host. We talked about many issues, including the NFL controversy, North Korea, Graham-Cassidy, and the Vietnam War. You can listen to the broadcast here:
Yesterday, a slightly modified version of my recent article about Graham-Cassidy also appeared in American Greatness. You can find that gem here:
Dr. Waddy is doing his best to defend conservative values in as many media markets as possible, and he plans to cast an even wider net in the months to come. Stay tuned!
Friday, September 29, 2017
Voila -- my latest article, about the failure of the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, and the great difficulty we conservatives will have in reversing the relentless expansion of government. The article has already appeared in the Olean Times-Herald and will doubtless appear elsewhere soon. Enjoy!
The Failure of Graham-Cassidy is a Wake-up Call to America
With the annoucements by Senators Paul, McCain, Collins, and Cruz that they would not vote for the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, which aimed to repeal and replace Obamacare, the latest Republican effort to undo President Obama's signature achievement once again met with failure. There is a lesson to be learned in this debacle about the insidious cunning of modern liberalism.
Above all, the reason why numerous Republicans shy away from repealing Obamacare, and why almost every association of doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies opposed Graham-Cassidy, is the same reason why virtually every expansion of government since the dawn of the 20th century has remained in place, and virtually every attempt to shrink government has failed. Simply put, liberals know what they are doing. Every new government program, and every new line in the budget, creates a constituency – a “special interest”, if you will – that thereafter will bitterly oppose the revocation of whatever preferment they have received. Obamacare is no different. It unleashed a vast new revenue stream for the states, which receive federal money to support their health insurance exchanges, and which receive even vaster amounts of federal money to support the expansion of Medicaid. Any attempt to dismantle Obamacare will thus endanger the fiscal well-being of the states – and, by extension, the profits of doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. Not surprisingly, craven politicians are loath to take this step.
Say what you will about Obamacare, but at its heart is the expenditure of gargantuan sums of taxpayer dollars in order to subsidize medical care for poorer Americans. On some level, this is of course a noble cause, but the political and financial reality is that Obamacare did not fundamentally alter the dysfunctional dynamics of our health care system. It merely poured money into it in order to expand access. Thus, Obamacare has had the effect of enriching numerous people, like doctors, hospital administrators, and insurance executives, who were already rich, but, naturally, could stand to be richer... The same is true for all government programs. Even the most well-meaning of social services serve ultimately to transfer government funds into the hands of the private sector providers of food, housing, child care, counseling, cell phones, and, yes, medical care, to the relevant beneficiaries. True, many, even most, Americans support shrinking government in the abstract, but their tepid support for government cutbacks cannot prevail in the face of the much more passionate and organized opposition that emanates from the constituents, which is to say the recipients, of government spending. The designers of Obamacare surely knew this: they knew that, once a vast new government entitlement program was created, it would be virtually impossible to destroy it. The millions of people who had gained access to health insurance, and more importantly the handful of multi-millionaires and billionaires who had gained new profits, wouldn't stand for it. And here we are. This is why government spending, as a percentage of GDP, has been growing in a nearly continuous fashion since the beginning of the 20th century, and why all the hot air emitted by politicians about cutting the size of government has led precisely nowhere.
The sad truth is that conservatives need to accept two harsh realities if we are ever to make any progress in reversing the tide of government expansion. One, the Democratic Party will never cooperate with efforts to restrain government, because government spending is the bread and butter of Democratic politics, and an ideological commitment to finding governmental solutions to every conceivable problem is a defining characteristic of modern liberalism. Democrats will reflexively oppose any and all attempts to cut government spending, and they will inevitably describe such proposals as “inhumane” and irresponsible. And two, Republican politicians, despite their rhetoric, are by no means reliable “yes” votes on bills that aim to cut federal spending, return power to the states, or otherwise dent the growth of government. Republican Congressmen and Senators are invariably afraid of being labeled as “heartless” for seeking spending cuts (or even for opposing spending increases), and, truth be told, government largesse benefits Republicans almost as much as it benefits Democrats. Every politician, even President Trump, seeks to gain popularity by showering the needy (and sometimes just the grasping) with public funds... This is how Washington works – nay, how America works – whether we like it or not.
If there is any answer to this curse of steady government expansion, it is the election of more true conservatives to public office. Indeed, the failure of Graham-Cassidy may ultimately be reducible to the fact that Republicans lost two Senate seats in 2016, and thus their majority became precariously thin. In 2018, we have a golden opportunity to expand the Republican majority in the Senate. That might allow for real reform – and for the fearsome dragon of Obamacare to be slain at long last.
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
It seems that the (left-leaning) networks are -- gasp! -- taking a side in the controversy over standing or kneeling (or not appearing at all) for the national anthem... Check it out:
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Hi friends. There's some polling data out on whether football fans agree with President Trump, or whether they agree with the anthem-kneelers. The results are predictable. See for yourself...
Once again, the media gets it wrong, and Trump gets it right!
Once again, the media gets it wrong, and Trump gets it right!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friends, the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill, which is probably our last chance to get rid of Obamacare, is hanging by a thread. Senators John McCain, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski have either come out against the bill or are still wavering. The bill isn't perfect, but a federalist solution to health care is far better than one that puts every key decision in the hands of bureaucrats and swamp people in Washington, D.C.! Please, reach out to these Senators and encourage them to vote for Graham-Cassidy! Appeal to their patriotism, appeal to common sense, invoke party loyalty, threaten to support a primary challenger in the event that they don't vote for the Republican bill -- in short, do whatever it takes. The clock is ticking, and like President Trump each and every one of us needs to pull out all the stops to deliver a win. Together, we can do it!!!
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Friends, you know already that Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is THE source for top-quality political analysis and commentary, but did you also know that he is an Olympic-caliber athlete and champion croquet player? It's amazing, but true:
Monday, September 18, 2017
Yesterday, I wrote about how Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who have the temerity to TALK to President Trump about fixing our country's problems, will be savagely reviled by far left activists. It didn't take long for the activists to prove me right:
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Mark my words, fellow conservatives -- while many are now talking about Republicans who are horrified that Trump is willing to make deals with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they should be asking a different question: how will the far left react? Believe me, we are seeing just the beginnings of liberal self-flagellation over the issue of whether or not to work with Trump. The sanctimony and prickliness that prevails on the far left is such that anyone who even contemplates negotiating with President Trump will be subjected to harrowing attacks. Brace yourselves, liberals -- and enjoy the show, conservatives! Trump's best strategy has always been to exploit Democratic divisions, and peel away some Democrats who are willing to support elements of his agenda. That's not crazy or hypocritical -- it's political common sense. Republicans should applaud him every step of the way.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
What's that we hear? Yet another liberal commentator declaring that President Trump is THE LEAST POPULAR PRESIDENT EVER, and his poll numbers continue to tank... Of course, this nonsense is designed to discourage Republicans and conservatives, while it buoys the spirits of leftists. Does it work? No doubt to some degree it does, but the truth is that Trump's standing in the polls hasn't changed appreciably since he WON THE ELECTION!!! Read all about it in my latest article:
Trump: He Takes a Licking and Keeps On Ticking
How many times in the last two years have media experts and leftist commentators announced the political death of Donald J. Trump? Surely he couldn't come back from the proposed “Muslim ban”? Surely he couldn't survive the Access Hollywood scandal? Surely the allegations of collusion with Russia, combined with his firing of FBI Director James Comey, would destroy his last vestiges of credibility? Most recently, liberals declared, surely his politically incorrect statements in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville would lead to his undoing?
The reader knows, of course, where this story ends. Each and every time that leftists have sought to write off Donald Trump, as a Presidential candidate, and now as a President, they have been proven dead wrong. Donald Trump weathers every storm – an apt metaphor for a nation that has just weathered two hurricanes – and he emerges, if not unscathed, unbowed and unbroken. More importantly, his visceral connection to his supporters, and their connection to him, survives, even thrives, despite this adversity. Liberals, by now, should know that the Trump phenomenon is not a flash in the pan. And yet they seem to have convinced themselves that just over the next rise will come the definitive, final collapse of Donald Trump. He will be impeached. He will resign. He will be declared mentally incompetent. Perhaps, just perhaps, aliens will kidnap him, along with the cabinet and the Republican leadership, and somehow Nancy Pelosi will end up in the White House. While liberals breathe, it seems, they hope.
Recently, we have seen confirmation that liberals' exultation in the wake of President Trump's Charlottesville comments, which they perceived as endorsements of racism and “Nazism,” were not perceived in the same light by the American people. Since mid-August, when the Charlottesville tragedy unfolded, Trump's job approval and favorability numbers have gone up, shattering liberals' expectations of a polling death spiral.
Moreover, for anyone who thinks President Trump's political goose is cooked, and he could not possibly win reelection in 2020, consider the fact that his favorability ratings now are higher than when he won the Presidency in November 2016. The numbers don't lie – and these numbers, I might add, are based on data aggregated from numerous public polls, most of which, as any Republican will tell you, are skewed in order to minimize Republican support. The important thing is the baseline, however: if Donald Trump can win the Presidency with an average favorability rating in the mid-30s, then he can certainly keep it with a rating in the high-30s. To suggest otherwise would be the height of naivete.
Lately, though, there is even more good news to cheer Republicans and Trump supporters. The Rasmussen Presidential approval numbers (the Rasmussen poll was among the most accurate in predicting the results of the 2016 election) have rebounded significantly since August. Trump's job approval reached an all-time low of 38%, but recently it rebounded into the mid-40s. Democrats, of course, can cling to the numbers in other polls, but they can't deny the trend: far from cratering, President Trump is clawing his way back to levels of approval and favorability that he almost never saw during the campaign.
None of this means that the media's incessant attacks on President Trump have been futile. On the contrary, they have managed to obscure many of the President's successes, and they have magnified his faults and missteps. The bottom line, however, is that Trump is still standing, and his base, by any objective measure, is roughly as large and as enthusiastic as it has ever been.
Try as they might to find the rhetorical “kill shot” that will bring Donald Trump down, liberals keep firing blanks. Maybe, just maybe, their panicked, scattershot approach – expressing maximum outrage at everything, and hoping that one of their phony scandals will stick – is the reason why.
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy is an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York and blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Here is a story that will be music to the ears of any American who believes in the enforcement of our immigration laws, and the strengthening of our nation's borders. Too often, the deportation of dangerous criminals is resisted both by Democratic politicians and by their countries of origin, which, understandably, don't want them back. But accepting the deportation of these criminal aliens is these countries' solemn responsibility, and President Trump will not take no for an answer. Bravo! Finally, our government is standing up for us. It's about time we played hardball with those who have contempt for our laws.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
I'd like to recommend this article to you, about the Southern Poverty Law Center's frequently cited lists of "hate groups". Conservatives have long claimed that these lists are padded with well-meaning, law abiding groups and people that have simply run afoul of leftist orthodoxy. Here we learn exactly how this process works:
Leftists seem obsessed these days with fixing increasingly pejorative (nay, apocalyptic) labels on as many conservatives as possible. The laughable attempts to describe sundry right-wingers as "Nazis" is just one case in point. The common denominator seems to be the liberals' view that their ideological antagonists are so vile that no one should listen to anything they have to say. The last thing liberals want, it seems, is a conversation, because that would serve to dignify conservatism as a valid point of view. Heaven forbid!
Be aware, incidentally, that the SPLC also keeps track of a growing list of "black separatist" hate groups. You haven't heard about them, and you probably never will, because, for the mainstream media, "hate" is an exclusively white phenomenon. Of course, sensible people know better.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Behold, my latest article, written on request for The Daily Caller. Many of you will have noticed the similarities between the ideology of white nationalism, and the parochialism of leftist identity politics. I attempt to clarify this strange relationship, and to provide some advice to those trying to heal the national and racial divide. See what you think!
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Friends, I feel another article coming on... For one thing, I'm already working on a piece for The Daily Caller about the role of identity politics in the rise of "white nationalism," or more accurately in the transformation of white nationalism into a farcical replica of equally farcical forms of tribalism on the left. Stay tuned!
In addition, I've been keeping close track of Rasmussen's job approval numbers for President Trump, and the trends are encouraging. Although he took a dip back in July and August, hitting a low of around 38%, he's now back up to 45%. That's not a phenomenally high number, but it's impressive, given the hounding he's received, and presumably always will receive, from the media. People keep counting out Donald Trump, claiming that "this is the end," but every time he proves them wrong.
Keep on truckin', Mr. President! We can rack up big wins in 2018 and 2020. Don't let anyone tell you differently!
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Hi all. I hope you've had a splendid weekend.
Cast your eyes on my latest article: an homage to President Trump's economic stewardship, and a plea for Republicans to support his efforts at tax reform. The economy is really humming along, but we can do better, if only we get on board with the President's economic agenda. Email, call, or pester your Congressman and Senators in person, if necessary. Let's not miss this golden opportunity to Make the I.R.S. Great Again (so to speak)!
Trump's Three Percent Solution
On August 30th the Commerce Department revised its estimate of economic growth in the second quarter – to an annualized rate of 3%. Economic growth has thus already hit a threshold promised by President Trump, but scoffed at by leftist economists and politicians, who assumed that Obama-era growth of around 2% was surely the best that America (a tired husk of a nation, in their eyes) could achieve. There is reason to believe, moreover, that the best is yet to come.
The “Trump bump” to economic growth and to the stock market has been pronounced – the S&P 500 is up about 15% since November 2016 – despite the fact that much of the Trump agenda has been stalled in Congress. Obamacare taxes and regulations have weighed on the nation's economy since 2010, and, thanks to John McCain's cantankerousness, the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare was narrowly defeated in July – for now. Neither has President Trump's promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan made any headway in Congress. True, Trump has appointed pro-growth, conservative judges to our nation's courts, and he has used his executive authority to fight over-regulation, but the real world effects of these steps are, so far, modest. This makes it all the more incredible that economic growth, job growth, and stock market appreciation have been so robust. It begs the question: why?
If there is one signal blessing that Donald Trump has bestowed on the U.S. economy, it is this: investors, business people, workers, and consumers now know, with absolute certainty that, whatever may happen in the months and years to come in terms of tax policy, infrastructure spending, budget cuts, or fiscal reforms, Hillary Clinton will not be at the helm. Thus, her version of crony capitalism, which would have gleefully embraced records levels of regulation, bureaucracy, and taxation in an attempt to manhandle America into state-managed prosperity, is now just the stuff of nightmares. Trump, therefore, has stopped the slide into torpid socialism that President Obama began. In this sense, Trump's economic achievements so far have been based more on what he hasn't done than on what he has. They have been based on Wall Street and Main Street's collective sigh of relief, now that the pall of Democratic economic mismanagement has been lifted.
Imagine, then, the scale of growth and opportunity that the U.S. could attain if, instead of merely allowing President Trump to tinker at the edges of economic policy, we allowed him and his capable team to heal some of the festering wounds that have beset our economy for years, if not decades. How many inefficiencies and how much waste could be eliminated in our health care system, if common sense reforms were finally undertaken, and real competition were introduced – how many new resources would thus be freed up to provide better health care to greater numbers of Americans? How many businesses would flourish, if modern infrastructure allowed them to communicate and transport their goods as efficiently as possible? How many Americans, whose jobs have been lost to countries like China and Mexico, might see their fortunes restored by a trade policy that insisted on renegotiating trade deals in U.S. interests, punishing companies that outsource jobs, while rewarding those that are loyal to America and to the American worker? These are all goals that President Trump could achieve, with the support of Congress and the American people.
As President Trump suggested in his recent speech in Missouri, a good starting point is tax reform. Perhaps nothing would jump-start economic growth more than reforming our broken system of federal taxation, often regarded as the most needlessly complicated in the world. President Trump has set four worthy goals for Congressmen and Senators drafting a tax plan: tax simplification and the elimination of loopholes; reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%; cutting middle class taxes; and encouraging corporations to repatriate the trillions of dollars in wealth that they are hiding overseas. The details will undoubtedly be the subject of much hand-wringing and tough negotiating, but, broadly speaking, President Trump's goals are shared by many Republicans and Democrats (if the latter are brave and honest enough to buck their obstructionist base). Thus, for the sake of our nation, we must make tax reform a reality.
Much as the media likes to focus on the Trump administration's real and imagined missteps, the booming economy is a sign that the vast potential of America is gradually being unleashed by President Trump. Already, he is Making America Wealthy Again. With just a little help from Congress and the people, he could truly make our economy soar.
3% growth, even 4% growth – nothing is impossible, in a country as dynamic as ours. Together, we can leave Obama's anemic growth rates in the dust.
Dr. Nicholas L. Waddy, an Associate Professor of History in the State University of New York, blogs at: www.waddyisright.com.