• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

America’s CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, N.Y. TIMES, WASHINGTON POST ONE PARTY RULE REVIEW:

I wrote the following article at this site about 8 years ago.   At present, only Donald J. Trump stands in the way of a one political party of feminazis, black racists, CNN, MSNBC, NBC and the like ‘reporters’, fascist university professors and professoresses, and the continuation of illiterates teaching illiterates throughout the nation’s public school systems.    Feminists and black racists of all colors, sexes, shapes and sizes seem to be already  in charge.    These vacuous are already barking at our American doors as Democrats, college grads, women’s movements, and black lives matter…

“Josef Stalin ran the Soviet Union as an 8 million square mile prison camp from 1927 till his death in early March, 1953. He claimed to have been sanctified by the primary orchestrator of this nightmare, Nikolai Lenin. Extermination of peoples was a policy of no complexity whatsoever. Friendships, marriages, relatives, generals, doctors, ditch diggers, pedestrians, poets, composers, premiers, state advisers, wives, sons, nearly an entire middle class, millions of peasants disappeared. Nothing mattered, nothing had any meaningful value except Communist Party loyalty. Interpretations of that very Communist Party loyalty changed often, and often dramatically,depending on who was murdered, who had disappeared, who had reappeared, who had been demoted or promoted. Tides rose and fell monthly and annually. Histories were erased. People who once existed were “unexisted”. Comrade Stalin pulled the strings. Last month’s killers were this month’s dead. Fear spread fear.

Public confessions at public trials were well staged, after private tortures. State Socialism was the gospel and the supreme god. Up was down, cold was hot, freedom was slavery, happiness was grief. State Socialism’s Grand Linguist had been Lenin. Language always determined the State! Own the Language, Own the Universities. Own the Press. Own all Ownership…everything owned by the State.

Every American citizen should be profoundly worried about his own country’s ownership over the last five years. Its Democratic Party owned the Schools and Universities, owned the Press and the Entertainment Industry, owned the Nation’s blacks, gays, single females, atheists, unions, Latinos and Speculators of Big Business, especially the ones who love Big Government. The groundwork is already established for State Socialism. Its leaders have advanced controls of free speech. University students learn there was no difference between the US and the USSR during the Cold War. State Socialism is advanced unopposed. Party line science is awarded with huge taxpayer handouts. Opponents to Democratic Party science are silenced. Histories are rewritten. Democratic Party propaganda is passed as daily news.

If the leaders of the Democratic Party were honorable Americans, they should be equally concerned with the collapse of fairness, honesty and responsibility in our American institutions, especially the schools. It is the same Democratic Party that never shouted loud and clear that its gangs stirring the bombings, riots, staged Communist style strikes, threats, attacks, raids, invasions of offices, and murders during the disorders of the late 1960s by the druggies, lefties, black extremists, peaceniks, groupies, and anarchists, was not acceptable, now and never in a democratic society. Lefties of the university faculties then advanced the State Socialist rules of Political Correctness. This Correctness cost Americans jobs, promotions, forced some into confessions,some had to attend Communist like sensitivity training classes, and since have been brainwashed to believe there is no difference between male and female except for socialization, no difference between East and West, between Jihad Islam and Christianity, or good and bad, for all is relative. None of this is good for America, but the country is not yet the Soviet Union. We still live in peace.

Republicans are silent because they don’t want to offend anyone. And, they too do not know history. What is good for the country isn’t often mentioned in Republican dialogue either. What is good image for the Party counts.

If there was any private enterprise during Stalin’s days, it was rooted out and most of its adherents were murdered. After his death, and associated political readjustments, a thaw did occur. In 1956 certain Communist Party leaders, led by Nikita Khrushchev gambled. In the Surpreme Soviet, he denounced Stalin and his “personality cult”. Intrigue continued. Fear continued, but the stakes were no longer so lethal.

By the 1960s people were allowed to grow vegetables in small private plots. Selling such produce was permitted at certain restricted markets. Profits began to be allowed. I remember reading statistics of tomato production. The private plots outproduced tomatoes grown in the collectives by about 100 to one. When I returned to the Soviet Union in October, 1990 there was a serious food crisis. Apparently the crops grew well, but the government fouled up the delivery system. I remember reading 90% of the cabbage crop rotted in the railroad cars because there were no locomotives to move the produce.

By 1990 the black market in the USSR was probably the greatest exchange of money in the country. Its entrepreneurs were interested in capital and an open market. Bribery was always part of the State’s economic system. Favors occured when paid for, or in Stalin’s time died for, or spent time in Siberia for. My dollars in 1990 were universally preferred to the ruble, the country’s currency. The State still owned nearly everything and still pretended the ruble had value. The shelves were nearly empty of goods. The pride of the Soviet propaganda’s supermarket, Moscow’s GUM had fewer than 50% of its shelves filled with merchandise the day I visited it in 1990.

That same year MacDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the USSR. It was a spectacularly beautiful MacDonald’s with all the stuff MacDonald’s usually sells. The quality was reliable. The menu was reliable. The long lines were reliable. The day I stopped by, 400 people or so were in each of two lines. By agreement MacDonald’s had to contract local growers for their vegetables, and the State for the beef and chicken. They paid well. Service was efficient especially when one considers the numbers served. Workers worked without mood swings. No abacus was in sight. One expansive wall was a huge map of the world beautifully lit as if it were projected in three dimension. Everything was clean including the restrooms. Rarities in USSR State run “businesses”.

In 1966 I stopped by a “breakfast” place. I think it was in Moscow. It was a cold, echo reverberating cement block building about a 4,000 square foot square with a smell of toilets in the air. No matter, I was still hungry.

At one line a person could order bread or a kind of currant roll. About 100 persons were waiting in a line, patiently. However, if one wanted coffee or tea, one would have to stand in a new line all over again at the opposite side of the building. About another 100 were waiting in that line. After purchasing my currant roll I moved over to the other line to purchase a cup of coffee to go with my roll. After thirty minutes only three customers were ahead of me. Suddenly there was an argument between the abacus “cashier”, and a fellow awaiting his coffee. Harsh words were said. Whereupon the abacus gal left her post disappearing into a small kitchen area. There she stayed for twenty minutes. I asked the fellow in front of me to explain what had happened. He said that this gal had worked at “this shop” a long time. She was quite tempermental. She often picked arguments with people and would get mad and go to the back room for a smoke. “She’ll be out in five or ten minutes” he assured me with total calm. And he added, “She’ll be allright”.

He had heard the spat. The man in the battle had ordered coffee. He had been heard to have ordered coffee. The girl at the abacus apparently thought tea, and handed out a cup of tea. She was offended when he said politely, according to witnesses, that he had ordered coffee. While she disappeared in a snit, the man waited patiently until the woman reappeared. She had recovered. The man finally got his coffee. Not a single person of about 80 in the line left the line or noticeably complained.

In 1966 almost no one talked in public. There were no discussions on trains, buses, along walkways or in restaurants. People walked but just did not talk except in very small groups in large expansive parks. There were no private autos crowding the streets. By 1990 all that had changed. Traffic and conversations were everywhere. Police no longer appeared or behaved threateningly. Fewer of them carried weapons. Yet there was rebellion in the air. In the morning of my third day in Kiev it began with screaming whistles around 10:30 in October, 1990.

The beginning of the end of the USSR had begun.”

John McCain Joins CNN, NBC Drive to Censor President Trump

McCain: Dictators ‘get started by suppressing free press’

(But what happens when there is ONLY ONE PRESS,  ONE GANG ALLOWED TO DICTATE THEIR WILL, as is nearly the case with our United States of America these days of 2017?

Despite his unbelievable strength and courage during his Vietnam years, John McCain has a long history of peculiarities arising from an enormous ego, a nasty temper, and thin skin.

The greatest  threat to freedom of expression in our once beautiful America arises from the one party antheistic fascism indoctrinating our nation’s Left.   Communism is alive and well, heavily  financed by billionaire, George Soros, sold by the Van Jones and countless others, literate and illiterate of the black racist movement, and the Gloria Steinem crowd of the feminazi fanatics.   It is they who are befouling our struggling America of its Constitutional standards.  It is they who have altered our educational system to make yesterday disappear from the roles of history.   It is they who preach hate to the young in book, paper, and riot to rebel against our white male past…..they now call  bastards,   they who developed and defended the  greatest human freedom show on Earth due to hits devotion to  JudeoChristian values.

But Jesus was a male and not black, and the founders of the Great American Experiment were male and not black, and  TRUTH  is NOT a LEFTWING VALUE!

John McCain is often a devious, nasty,  and angry man…..He displayed these strengths during his campaign for the presidency in 2000 and frequently in the forever he has been representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate.   He has had a heavy axe and nasty mouth  to grind during his frequent bouts with opponents.

Mr. McCain doesn’t like business man, now Republican presidential hero, Donald J. Trump.    Mr. McCain goes to the Left at CNN to infer sleazily, despite disclaimer, that he knows how dictatorships get started….so he falls in love with CNN.

CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, nearly every social science department at our American university, have become Fascistic-Left, one Party feminist, black racist, anti-JudeoChristian institutions….most who tolerate no competition in thought and deed to their One Party Intolerance, but love sanctuary cities where Islamic terrorists, black and feminized savages  and other single thinking leftist  racists riot and burn to show their freedom to do what they want to do.

And the mouth of John McCain garbles noises for CNN productions to express his love for “FREE” speech by inferring Donald J. Trump SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXPRESS HIS DISGUST OR DISAGREEMENTS WITH THESE ONE PARTY  LEFTIST FASCISTS DOMINATING CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, PBS, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST IN THE NEWS TODAY!   John says he knows what starts dictatorships.

Do read his collusion with the CNN stooges of the One Party Leftism:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/18/politics/john-mccain-donald-trump-dictators/

THE END OF IDENTITY POLITICS by by Victor Davis Hanson

The End Of Identity Politics

“Who are we? asked the liberal social scientist Samuel Huntington over a decade ago in a well-reasoned but controversial book. Huntington feared the institutionalization of what Theodore Roosevelt a century earlier had called “hyphenated Americans.” A “hyphenated American,” Roosevelt scoffed, “is not an American at all.” And 30 years ago, another progressive stalwart and American historian Arthur Schlesinger argued in his book The Disuniting of America that identity politics were tearing apart the cohesion of the United States.

What alarmed these liberals was the long and unhappy history of racial, religious, and ethnic chauvinism, and how such tribal ties could prove far stronger than shared class affinities. Most important, they were aware that identity politics had never proved to be a stabilizing influence on any past multiracial society. Indeed, most wars of the 20th century and associated genocides had originated over racial and ethnic triumphalism, often by breakaway movements that asserted tribal separateness. Examples include the Serbian and Slavic nationalist movements in 1914 against Austria-Hungary, Hitler’s rise to power on the promise of German ethno-superiority, the tribal bloodletting in Rwanda, and the Shiite/Sunni/Kurdish conflicts in Iraq.

The United States could have gone the way of these other nations. Yet, it is one of the few successful multiracial societies in history. America has survived slavery, civil war, the Japanese-American internment, and Jim Crow—and largely because it has upheld three principles for unifying, rather than dividing, individuals.

The first concerns the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, which were unique documents for their time and proved transcendent across time and space. Both documents enshrined the ideal that all people were created equal and were human first, with inalienable rights from God that were protected by government. These founding principles would eventually trump innate tribal biases and prejudices to grant all citizens their basic rights.

Second, given America’s two-ocean buffer, the United States could control its own demographic destiny. Americans usually supported liberal immigration policies largely because of the country’s ability to monitor the numbers of new arrivals and the melting pot’s ability to assimilate, integrate, and intermarry immigrants, who would soon relegate their racial, religious, and ethnic affinities to secondary importance.

Finally, the United States is the most individualistic and capitalistic of the Western democracies. The nation was blessed with robust economic growth, rich natural resources, and plenty of space. It assumed that its limited government and ethos of entrepreneurialism would create enough widespread prosperity and upward mobility that affluence—or at least the shared quest for it—would create a common bond superseding superficial Old World ties based on appearance or creed.

In the late 1960s, however, these three principles took a hit. The federal government lost confidence in the notion that civil rights legislation, the melting pot, and a growing economy could unite Americans and move society in the direction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision—“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”……….Please continue reading:

 

http://www.hoover.org/research/end-identity-politics

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DONALD’S FIRST MONTH AS PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES……
and the following list of articles  is what these screwballs of today’s American  press have to offer.   They are all shook up……Oh, my!
Their vacuousness  has been challenged and, at last exposed.  They are being found bigots and brainless, yet possess enough yesterday’s breath of brainpower to stir concern.
Our Donald has exposed them all, left and right, by reminding us  who these  ‘pretenders’ of  selling newspaper and television “truth”  really are…..intellectual slobs of the intolerant, know nothing graduates of America’s  universities of arrogance.
It is likely the most championed of New York City’s exposed  screwballs  is this St. Louis Park, Minnesota Jewish guy, Thomas Friedman…..and he’s not even listed below.  St. Louis Park is the place where his kin banned things Mark Twain from school and libraries  for his “Huckleberry Finn”……because  Huck’s  best buddy’s name was,  “Nigger Jim”.
Thank God for the election of our magnificent, full blooded  American President, Donald J. Trump who dares to expose the rot in America caused by political hacks in the press, the states and Washington,  over the past generation….leading to and abetting the crimes  of the hate-America street and college savages from California to New York.    Please take your pick of paper below….it’s America before Trump:

Priebus and the Bad Lefty Enemies in the Intelligence Agencies

Priebus: There May Be Some Bad Actors Within Intel Agencies, “Some Holdovers”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/02/17/priebus_there_may_be_some_bad_actors_within_intel_agencies_some_holdovers.html

CIA Broke the Law to Take Out Its Critic, General Flynn!

CIA broke the law to take out its critic General Flynn

By Thomas Lifson  at American Thinker:

 

“Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government.  An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics.  Almost certainly, its new head, Mike Pompeo, was not consulted.

Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2 what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state – the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit:

New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Or, as the old rueful saying has it, “you’ve got to go along to get along.”  This means that we the people had better acknowledge that the bureaucrats have turned into our masters, and the old expression “public servant” is as ironic as anything Orwell came up with.  Schumer knows this and likes it, because the deep state wants a bigger, more powerful government, just as he does.

Note that the law was broken by whoever leaked the transcripts to the media.  Not only is the crime underlying the “scandal” being ignored, but the criminals are being hailed.  On Morning Joe‘s first hour today, the host, a former congressman (i.e., a lawmaker) himself, called the leakers “heroes.”

This interference in domestic politics by the CIA should be regarded as a major threat to our democracy, but of course our Trump-hating domestic media are reveling in a major point scored against the new president.

David P. Goldman (aka Spengler), writing on PJ Media, explains the level of hatred the CIA has for Flynn for daring to take on its spectacular failures:

… the CIA has gone out of its way to sandbag Flynn at the National Security Council. As Politico reports: “On Friday, one of Flynn’s closest deputies on the NSC, senior director for Africa Robin Townley, was informed that the Central Intelligence Agency had rejected his request for an elite security clearance required for service on the NSC, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.” Townley held precisely the same security clearance at the Department of Defense for seventeen years, yet he was blackballed without explanation. At DoD, Townley had a stellar reputation as a Middle East and Africa expert, and the denial of his clearance is hard to explain except as bureaucratic backstabbing.

… Gen. Flynn is the hardest of hardliners with respect to Russia within the Trump camp. In his 2016 book Field of Fight (co-authored with PJ Media’s Michael Ledeen), Flynn warned of “an international alliance of evil movements and countries that is working to destroy us[.] … The war is on. We face a working coalition that extends from North Korea and China to Russia, Iran, Syria, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.” The unsubstantiated allegation that he presides over a “leaky” National Security Council tilting towards Russia makes no sense. The only leaks of which we know are politically motivated reports coming from the intelligence community designed to disrupt the normal workings of a democratic government – something that raises grave constitutional issues.

Flynn is the one senior U.S. intelligence officer with the guts to blow the whistle on a series of catastrophic intelligence and operational failures. The available facts point to the conclusion that elements of the humiliated (and perhaps soon-to-be-unemployed) intelligence community is trying to exact vengeance against a principled and patriotic officer[.] … The present affair stinks like a dumpster full of dead rats.

Note that the suspicions eagerly being raised by the media center on Trump being a pawn of Putin and Flynn secretly pledging fealty or some such absurd subordination.  In other words, suspicions of treasonous behavior by the new president are being cultivated in the general public.  We can expect the media to fan these flames at every opportunity.

Spengler also explains why the Logan Act references are insulting:

Senior officials speak to their counterparts in other countries all the time, and for obvious reasons do not want these conversations to become public. The intelligence community, though, was taping Flynn’s discussions, and the transcripts (of whose existence we are told but whose contents we have not seen) were used to embarrass him.

This last point is critical.  The entire “scandal” is based on innuendo.  Flynn tripped over his own feet by misinforming Vice President Pence on the nature of his call and allowing the veep to issue a too sweeping denial of any discussion.  If Flynn had said in his conversation with the Russian ambassador that we will discuss the sanctions after Trump takes office, he might well have told Pence that they did not discuss the sanctions.  And the CIA leakers could have used the appearance of the word “sanctions” in their transcript to brand Pence a liar.  We don’t know, and for some reason, nobody is gaining access to the actual transcripts so that we may see the content.  Perhaps the congressional investigations to come will gain access.  But Flynn is now gone, and media memes have been firmly planted in the public mind.

The Flynn Affair is a huge scandal, all right.  But the media are misdirecting our attention toward the lesser dimension while they studiously ignore the real threat to our democracy.

Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government.  An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics.  Almost certainly, its new head, Mike Pompeo, was not consulted.

Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2 what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state – the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit:

New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Or, as the old rueful saying has it, “you’ve got to go along to get along.”  This means that we the people had better acknowledge that the bureaucrats have turned into our masters, and the old expression “public servant” is as ironic as anything Orwell came up with.  Schumer knows this and likes it, because the deep state wants a bigger, more powerful government, just as he does.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/cia_broke_the_law_to_take_out_its_critic_general_flynn.html

California Dems Spend on Illegals by the Billions, but Nothing for Oroville Dam

In CA, billions for high-speed rail and illegal aliens, nothing for Oroville Dam

The massive evacuation of the area surrounding California’s Oroville Dam would not have been necessary if state officials had heeded the warnings of experts a decade ago.

But defenders of Governor Brown claim that fixing the emergency spillway now threatening to collapse and cause catastrophic flooding was never a priority and that the massive rainfall that has led to the crisis could not have been foreseen.

That may be true.  But it is also a fact that the state spent billions for the $100-billion high-speed rail system, and billions more were spent on caring for illegal aliens.  A tiny fraction of that spending – $200 million – could have been used to shore up the dam and avoid what could be the most serious flooding in modern California history.

Washington Times:

In 2005, advocacy groups led by Friends of the River urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order the state to reinforce the dam’s earthen walls with concrete, citing the erosion risk, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The agency rejected the request on the recommendation of the state Department of Water Resources and local water agencies, which would have been on the hook for improvements that could have cost as much as $100 million.

Reinforcing the Oroville Dam was not included on Mr. Brown’s $100 billion wish list of projects prepared last month at the request of the National Governors Association in response to Mr. Trump’s call for $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements, CNBC reported.

One project that did make the list: California high-speed rail, a pet project of Mr. Brown’s with an estimated price tag of $100 billion that has become for state Republicans a symbol of out-of-control government spending.

Last month, the state’s 14 Republican members of the U.S. House sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao asking her to suspend federal funding for high-speed rail while her office conducts a “full and complete audit of the project and its finances.”

Critics of California’s willingness to spend billions of dollars on high-speed rail and services for illegal immigrants were quick to draw parallels to the state’s failure to invest in the Oroville Dam. The cost of fixing the spillway alone is now $200 million.

Charlie Kirk, founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA, fired off a meme Monday saying, “California Governor Jerry Brown spends $25 billion per year to support illegal immigrants/I wonder how much Governor Brown spent to maintain the Oroville Dam?”

Others defended Mr. Brown, pointing out that the emergency spillway had never been used until this year and that the catastrophic rainstorms came as a shock, especially after five years of drought.

Still others turned the crisis into an opportunity to blast Mr. Trump, saying he should repair the Oroville Dam instead of building a wall on the southern border.

Good governance depends on making good choices.  Government can’t fix everything all at once, but it should be able to prioritize spending to ensure the safety of residents.  Instead of coddling illegal aliens, which only encouraged more illegals to cross the border and settle in California, how much more money would have been available to spend on infrastructure projects like the Oroville Dam if the state had cooperated with federal immigration authorities in trying to get a handle on the massive influx of illegals over the last several decades?

That spending billions on a high-speed rail system to nowhere is a waste of tax dollars should go without saying.  How many roads, bridges, and dams could have been fixed if those billions had been devoted to realistic and pressing infrastructure problems?

Californians, like all Americans, are getting the government they deserve.  They have voted the Democrats in for years and are now reaping the rewards – and paying the price – for their choices.

Any effort to get Washington to pay for emergency repairs to the Oroville Dam should be shot down by Congress immediately.  The money is there – all that’s needed is the political will to make the hard choices to spend it.

(Please continue reading below.)

 

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/02/in_ca_billions_for_high_speed_rail_and_illegal_aliens_nothing_for_oroville_dam.html