Many thanks to Laser List member Jeff Walyus for this fantastic rhetorical approach. I have found it enormously helpful on many occasions.
The truth about liberal policies is that they hurt people. Let’s look at just the latest examples.
The New York Times made an astounding admission in November. Democrats run the show in Illinois, California, and New York, and have for decades, but blue states are doing worse than red states in many key respects: lack of affordable housing, disparities in education funding, rising economic inequality – all things liberals and Democrats profess to care about and for which they claim to have all the answers. The New York Times was brutal in its assessment of blue state results:
… blue states are the problem. Blue states are where the housing crisis is located. Blue states are where the disparities in education funding are the most dramatic. Blue states are the places where tens of thousands of homeless people are living on the streets. Blue states are the places where economic inequality is increasing most quickly in this country. This is not a problem of not doing well enough. It is a situation where blue states are the problem.
Let’s take a closer look at one of those blue states, Washington, out on the Left Coast. America’s schools are following in the footsteps of Seattle to indoctrinate students on racial equity. But Seattle’s efforts to teach racial equity and ethnic studies have been marked by animus, lies, and worsening results. Academic achievement as measured by state test scores went down after instruction on “power and oppression” was emphasized over math in 2018. Pass rates for whites and blacks both dropped. The response of the schools? More ethnic studies and less math. Despite having equity programs for decades, Seattle schools had one of the worst black-white student achievement gaps in the nation, as of 2017. Liberal policies did not make things better. They made them worse.
Another admission comes from a liberal book author who worked on progressive causes in San Francisco. Like other west coast cities, San Francisco adopted policies that enabled homelessness, drug dealing, and crime. All the problems he set about to solve got worse, instead. He pins the blame on the liberal mindset that labels people victims and makes excuses for their destructive behavior. San Francisco is where Walgreens closed 15 stores because shoplifting there is so bad and the penalties for it have been reduced. Do you suppose the people who walked to those stores for their prescriptions are better off now?
Liberals have pushed Child Tax Credits, food stamps, and super-sized Obamacare subsidies, but a recent report shows people can make more from these programs than from work. These programs disincentivize work and allow people to stay home and not return to the work force. Maybe, if you’re a Democrat politician, you like the idea of making people more dependent on government and, thus, on you. But any normal person can see this is not a healthy development and it’s unsustainable.
Democrats want to massively increase federal spending on transportation which they view as systemically racist. But more mass transit and fewer cars will hurt the poor. A study found that cars provide urban households with better access to jobs and economic opportunities than other forms of transportation. Cars reduce neighborhood poverty exposure by 3 to 4 percent.
Liberals love the teachers unions, but collective bargaining agreements for teachers produce worse outcomes for students, especially minority students. Liberals also love rent control, but it’s well-known rent control produces housing shortages because it destroys the incentive to build new housing.
Rising homelessness. Out-of-control shoplifting. Worse educational outcomes. Fewer economic opportunities. Not only do liberal policies not work, they actually hurt people. In their impulse to make a perfect world and end all human suffering, liberals end up making things worse. This is why you should not support them, no matter how good they make things sound. They might be good at dazzling rhetoric, but they’re terrible at good governance. Which would you rather have?
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