Doing What's Right
The International Monetary Fund was formed in 1944 to ensure exchange rate stability. Today it consists of 189 member countries “working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.” Each member country has a seat on the Board of Governors which elects a 24 member Executive Board to oversee the organization. The Managing Director since 2011 has been Christine Lagarde who was previously Minister of Economic Affairs, Finance and Employment in France.
One of the lesser known things the IMF does is audit member countries “to identify potential risks to stability” and to recommend improvements the member countries can make. The results of their last audit of the U.S. was released June 27, 2017. Following are highlights of their recommendations with their comments regarding the basis for the recommendations:
Tax Reform – With one exception, they recommended what was done in the tax reform package that was passed. The exception was an additional recommendation to increase consumption taxes, e.g. an increase in the federal gasoline tax.
Rebuild Infrastructure - “Underinvestment in infrastructure has become a growing constraint on private sector productivity and long-term growth and job creation.”
Trade - “Further trade integration and the promotion of a level playing field in international trade, particularly in growth areas such as services, would offer important gains to the U.S. in terms of productivity, economic growth, and job creation.”
Deregulation - “Simplification and streamlining of federal regulations as well as an effort to harmonize rules across states would likely boost efficiency and could stimulate job creation and growth.”
Immigration - “A comprehensive, skills-based reform of the immigration system has the potential to expand the labor force, improve the dependency ratio, and raise the average level of human capital.”
Stop the presses! Did I read that right? The IMF recommendations for the U.S. are exactly what Trump has done or proposed doing. Based on the composition of the IMF and the fact that it's a recognized expert on the subjects it addresses, it's hard to argue that their recommendations are wrong or made for partisan political reasons. And liberals haven't. Instead, they have opposed what's best for the country by offering excuses. The most asinine of those excuses is DACA, which liberals used to shutdown the government and to oppose skills-based immigration reform.
To be clear, my personal opinion is that the people who were illegally brought here as children and became contributing members of our society should be given a pathway to citizenship. But since they have illegally benefited from this country for many years that pathway should include repaying that debt by first serving this country, e.g. by serving in our military. Then they should be placed at the end of the queue of people legally waiting for citizenship.
With that said, what makes DACA such an asinine excuse is that the liberal politicians who are using it to oppose doing what's best for the country are actually putting the interests of the citizens of other countries above the interests of the citizens of this country. After all, the so-called “dreamers” are citizens of other countries. As the IMF said, skills-based immigration benefits the citizens of this country. Besides, DACA has nothing to do with funding or immigration or any other policy issue. It is a separate issue of what to do with some people who are here illegally.
So why are liberal politicians opposed to what's good for this country? I suspect there are a number of reasons. They believe that opposing Trump will get them reelected and nobody will notice they did it at the expensive of the people who elected them. They are so consumed with hatred of Trump they don't recognize that what they are doing is detrimental to the country. Their hatred has made them so irrational that hurting the country is preferable to acknowledging that Trump is trying to do what's right for the country.
Based on his public persona, I don't care for Trump so I certainly understand why so many people dislike him. But I cannot fathom nor condone politicians letting their dislike for Trump get in the way of what's best for this country, especially when that dislike is founded in deceit, ignorance, and/or hatred. When a politician exhibits those traits and is not willing to act in the best interest of his constituents, voting for him is just cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Corbin Luna is an old grouch who has been retired for twenty years and views politicians, political pundits and wannabes through a jaundiced eye. To repay this wonderful country for all it has given him he is devoting his golden years to improving the quality of life for everyone in the country by unmasking the spin, innuendo, half-truths and lies that continuously come from the liberal elite and are blindly repeated by the little liberals who are unable to think for themselves.