Spin, Innuedo, Half-Truths and Lies
Spin, Innuedo, Half-Truths and Lies
by Corbin Luna
Last month Lee Kamps had a piece in the Observer in which he said, “Perhaps the people we have sent to Washington DC and to Columbus should realize that ... no matter how hard they try, no one can stop the march of progress.“
The whole piece is based on a false premise, actually two. The first has to do with progress. To stop progess there has to be progress and and what he calls progress isn't. For example, he cited the ACA. But the ACA only benefitted a few people, while hurting about 99% of the people in this country, including many of the people who gained coverage under the ACA. (The specifics are in last month's Observer and on the Observer web site in my piece titled Enough is Enough.) Liberal elites like to look at the few people who benefitted and tell us how much progress THEY made in health care. Rational people understand that it is not progress when the overwhelming majority of people suffered due what THEY did.
Mister Kamps spent most of his piece talking about how bad this country's period of isolationism was. He said we are part of a global economy and that “The United States cannot suddenly break international agreements and treaties because of a change in administration“ and he concluded that putting America first would “prevent progress.” Not only is that nonsense, it is the second false premise because putting America first has nothing to do with isolationism.
Isolationism refers to the belief that a nation should stay out of political and military disputes of other nations. It does not mean that a country shouldn't have economic or other ties to other nations, and during this countries period of isolationism our economy grew globally.
An example of isolationism is President Obama's refusal to enforce his infamous “red line” in Syria. But whether that was good or bad is arguable. Feel free to pick your side. What is not arguable is that President Trump's America First policy has absolutely nothing to do with isolationism. It just means that agreements with other countries should benefit this country at least as much as, if not more than, other countries.
There are two reasons why agreements can and should be broken. The first is that the agreement is not what the people of this country wanted and, therefore, the peoples' representaives were bypassed. Agreements are done by Congress. The Constitution gives the President the right to negotiate treaties, but NOT without approval from the Senate. There are ways a President can act on his own, but if he does it can be recinded by the next President and I certainly wouldn't call it progress. It's exactly why this country fought the Revolutionary War and made the Constitution our governing law. We didn't want a dictator then and don't now. If the people wanted a particular agreement, their elected representatives would vote for it and there would be no reason for the President to bypass Congress.
The second reason is that circumstances change and/or the agreement has an adverse effect. After all, if nothing ever changed, the liberal elite would still believe the world is flat and they could just push anyone who doesn't agree with them off the edge.
NAFTA is a great example of the second reason. It was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. At the time, most people believed it would be good for all the countries involved. Now we know better. According to a study commissioned by the AFL/CIO, NAFTA has been responsible for the loss of 700,000 jobs in this country (including about 35,000 in Ohio) and it increased our trade deficit by $50 billion. I'm all for free trade in North America, or anywhere else, but if the interests of the United States were put first in NAFTA, it would not have been detrimental to American workers.
Every treaty or agreement that is done correctly has a clause that states the conditions under which it can be changed. NAFTA simply states that any country can pull out of it with six month's notice. Since pulling out would hurt the other countries more than us, the best option for American workers is to give notice to pull out, which would bring the other countries to the table to renegotiate to put American workers on a level playing field. And that's exactly what should be done regardless of how much the liberal elite whine about it being wrong. It's like almost everything we hear from the liberal elite today. It's all just broad strokes designed to gain political advantage with no basis in fact. It's all just spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies.
Corbin Luna is an old grouch who has been retired for twenty years and with every one of those years has become more disgusted with all the spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies that comes from politicians, political pundits and political wannabes.