Sunday, September 22, 2019

Bill Crawford: Preposterous Promises Taking Over Politics?

Standing on the promises....

No, not those promises, but the promises of politicians.

Consider these current promises from the Democratic candidates for president.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is promising to make college and university attendance free for students for families earning less than $125,000 per year. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's promise is to forgive up to $50,000 in student loans for graduates who make less than $100,000. Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris of California promise to subsidize college costs.

As you might expect, such promises appeal to many. reported that a majority of voters support free state college and canceling student debt, citing a recent Hill-HarrisX poll. "The survey found that 58% of registered voters said they would support a proposal that would make public colleges, universities and trade schools tuition-free. The same group also said they would back a plan eliminating all existing student debt." The breakout by party showed 72% of Democratic voters in favor, 58% of independents, and 40% of Republicans.

Just couldn't resist - KF

Among the leading Democratic presidential contenders Sanders and Warren are promising Medicare for All that would replace the current public/private health insurance system with a single government-run system. But all promise to create more publicly funded options for health care, such as allowing people to buy-in to Medicaid.
Lower cost health insurance appeals to many too. A survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation this month found that 53% of Americans favor a national single-payer health insurance plan. "We have found broad support for proposals that expand the role of public programs like Medicare and Medicaid as well as a government-administered public option," the foundation said. The breakout by party showed 77% of Democrats in favor, 53% of independents, and 19% of Republicans.

There are more, like Warren's promise to provide subsidized child care for all families earning below 200% of the poverty line and entrepreneur Andrew Yang's promise to give every American family $1,000 a month.

You get the idea.

Preposterous promises you say.


Well, not that long ago Donald Trump got elected president by making preposterous promises that appealed to his base. These included making Mexico pay for “the wall,” balancing the budget quickly and eliminating the national debt in eight years, growing the economy 4% a year, and saving the coal industry.

Of course, none of those promises are coming true. Raided military construction projects and taxpayers are funding the wall, not Mexico. Budget deficits and the national debt are escalating. While the economy got an initial kick from Trump's tax cuts, growth is averaging under 3% annually. And the coal industry continues to collapse.

Presidential candidates have often been unable to deliver on campaign promises due to a reluctant Congress or changing circumstances. But those cited above seem all too willing to make appealing promises they have little chance to deliver.

We’re seeing the gap between politics and upright character traits integrity and honesty grows wider and wider.
While this trend is regrettable, we have been cautioned – "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight," Proverbs 12:22, and should know whose promises we can truly rely upon – "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man," Psalms 118:8.

Crawford is a syndicate columnist from Meridian.


Anonymous said...

It's impossible to beat President Trump on lies told.

Anonymous said...

Democracy is always a work in progress. We have forgotten that principle and allowed the political leadership to devolve into the art of the hustle. It's no different than when Jesus went into the temple and found that it had become a den of thieves. We don't demand truth and honor so we get shysters who simply tell us what they think we want to hear. It's called "playing to his/her base". They are like lawyers who will advocate any side and say anything that pays or garners victory. In the meantime our nation becomes a joke. If we don't reject this bull we will only get more. Even if my side wins, I must still demand honesty.

Stuff About ZeroBear PolyBear said...

Honest Politician?

I think not. 100% of them are lying crooks

If a politician tells the public anything they will find many who believe them.

Spend money in giveaways?

Why not? The politicians all understand there is a place in Washington that prints it. Need more money for your give away program? No problem bubba. Just print some more.

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“Obamacare is a disaster. It’s too expensive by far,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We’re coming up with plans. ... And if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that’s far better than Obamacare.”

Anonymous said...

Don’t practice your alliteration on me!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Let's not pretend we didn't elect the politicians. Let's not pretend we demanded specific plans and how to implement those plans. Let's not pretend we don't believe what we want to believe despite because we think it will benefit our personal preferences rather than the good of the Nation. Let's don't pretend we demand accountability or do due diligence on the issues rather than searching for half truths to reinforce our beliefs.

If we look for simple , quick solutions for complex problems that took decades to go awry , we get fellow simpletons or con artists who will tell us what we want to hear.

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