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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Red Notes From a Blue State - Nothing But Betrayal
With apologies to Shakespeare: “Spending’s the thing,
wherein we’ll catch the conscience of the King.”
There is in Connecticut no truer Trumpian liege lord than
Joe Visconti, a gubernatorial candidate who described himself in one of his
campaign documents as “Trump without the millions.”
When Trumpians refer disdainfully to “the DC Swamp,” they
have in mind the kind of uncontrolled spending that, during the Obama
administration, doubled President George Bush’s $10 trillion deficit. The
current deficit now has been boosted by the U.S. Congress, and it was Trump who
signed – very reluctantly, to be sure – the “drain the swamp’s” death warrant.
After Trump had signed the budget, Visconti advised: “Still
love & support Trump but MAGA [Make America Great Again] is dead. You
can’t give huge tax breaks and then give away a trillion $$ in spending in the
same year and not expect a $22 Trillion deficit. Build the wall is dead. Lock
her [Hillary Clinton] up is dead. Nothing but empty slogans now. As for
Republicans? Most are Democrats, always have been. The bill should never have
been assembled by Ryan the RINO [Republican In Name Only] but it was. Nothing
but betrayal. Here’s how it rolls out in 18, we lose the house because Trump
supporters aren’t blind and won’t come out for RINOs, Trump isn’t on the
ballot. Pelosi takes over and starts impeachment proceedings day 1.”
Laura Ingraham lamented that the omnibus bill was a huge
boondoggle designed to fool most of the people most of the time. Connecticut
has its own version of the national omnibus bill, a catch-all bill at the end
of the legislative season that few exhausted legislators manage to read. Such
massive bills are pokes designed to hide crony swamp dweller's legislation.
The national poke more than adequately finances a military
that former President Barrack Obama seriously under-financed. It might be recalled that Trump, entering office and during his rambunctious campaign, presented himself as a Pat Buchanan anti-interventionist, after which he surrounded himself with generals. The world is a messy place for anti-interventionist presidents. The budget does not
adequately finance the border wall upon which Trump campaigned, but Planned
Parenthood, against which Trump campaigned, receives its pound of budget flesh.
Earlier in January, Senator from Planned Parenthood Dick
Blumenthal and other extremist socially progressive Democrats beat back a bill that would have imposed a mild and painless restriction on those seeking
abortions, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” The bill did not
interfere with a woman’s right to procure an abortion; it simply restricted
abortions to 20 weeks of a pregnancy, a period of time after which, science
tells us, the fetus can feel pain. The bill also provided that women who defied
the bill could not be prosecuted under the law, while those providing the
abortion would be penalized.
Pro-abortion senators such as Blumenthal waved their old
campaign placards against the bill. “It
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shameful and disgraceful,” Blumenthal fumed, “that this measure should be
before Congress. Hands off women’s health care.” The reader will note a
tactical change in language: According to Blumenthal, the bill would not
interfere with a woman’s “right to choose abortion,” merely hasten the choice. Abortion
has little to do with health care and everything to do with abolishing
parenthood. The regulation prone
Blumenthal later would pronounce “immoral” those who defended a bill that
regulated abortion on behalf of unborn children who feel the deadly pain of an abortionist’s knife. As Attorney General of Connecticut, Blumenthal
consistently favored the regulation of businesses in his state, and he continues
to do so in the Senate, bills affecting Planned Parenthood being a notable and
glaring exception to his rule.
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