Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.
Michael, Biden gave his State of the Union message, which was fairly predictable. He alluded to a proposal that Rick Scott had made, and Biden decided that he would take George Santos and make him appear to be an honest saint with what Joe Biden himself said.
He completely misrepresented what Rick Scott said. But it’s indicative of where we are today and that is that for the left and their friends in the media, truth is irrelevant. Politics is everything and power and money are everything. And so we have to look at what Rick Scott actually said.
And what he actually said was in order to save Social Security and Medicare, we have to look at all the other wasteful spending that we’re doing in Washington, we have to review it and we have to eliminate it in order to save Social Security and Medicare. Now that’s what he actually said.
But the wasteful spending for the Democrats is not wasteful at all because it’s constituent spending. And so they don’t see giving money to their friends, we’re talking millions and billions, they don’t consider that to be can’t possibly be wasteful because it’s in their camp.
And so that’s where we are now as a country. And I have said that the key to our long-term economic and civil health is to get everybody on the same playing field. And then what we have is we have two Americas.
Now we have two Americas in terms of our justice system, but we also now have two Americas in our economic system. And you have members of government unions and private sector unions who, as individuals for their retirement programs, get what are called defined benefits.
And so those defined benefits are supposed to be paid whether or not the organization that they are a member of even has the money to pay them. And what Democrats simply do is when those organizations run out of money, which they do regularly, democrats go to the federal government and essentially spread the cost of fixing the pensions across the entire economy and hurt all Americans in so doing.
So if Republicans are going to actually have an impact on the long-term well being they’re going to have to start looking at leveling the playing field, which means imposing enormous taxes on the dues that are collected. Now, this is not the members’ money because it never goes to them.
But Republicans are going to have to impose enormous taxes on the dues that are collected by the unions so that that money can be used to shore up the pension plans that the union officials who run those unions are doing such an incompetent job of doing.
And only in so attacking all of the unions until all of the unions’ pension plans are where they need to be. Only by doing that can you get the attention of the people who then would join Rick Scott in other wasteful spending. We’re not talking about Social Security. We’re not talking about Medicare.
We’re talking about wasteful spending in Washington. But until they see the light and are personally affected by their own policies, then I’m afraid that all we’re going to have is a bunch of name-callings and we won’t have progress.
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