Since we’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that will likely only get worse before it gets better, I thought I would provide a much needed and excellent (in my opinion) distraction: My opinion on something.
Remember just a few weeks ago when Mayor Pete and Elizabeth Warren were still in the running for the Presidential race before they dropped out and jumped on the Biden bandwagon? I know, it feels like a lifetime ago.
Anyway, just after they had dropped out, I had not only read it online, but had also been told in person to my face repeatedly from different people at different times something to the extent of, “No one voted for Mayor Pete and he dropped out because America just isn’t ready for a gay president yet,” and “No one voted for Elizabeth Warren and she dropped out because America just isn’t ready for a female president yet.”
Here’s the deal though: I disagree. I disagree hard.
Mayor Pete’s sexual orientation and Elizabeth Warren’s gender aren’t the reasons I didn’t support them. I didn’t support them because their policies sucked.
I’m sure there are some people out there who didn’t support them because of Mayor Pete’s sexual orientation and Elizabeth Warren’s gender. But from other, more rational things I’ve read and people I’ve talked to, it sounds like people didn’t support them because of their terrible policies.
I shall explain.
Mayor Pete supported policies which included a wealth tax, raising the top individual tax rate to 49.9%, creation of a national gun registry, elimination of the electoral college, mandating an increase of minimum wage to $15/hour, and abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy, to name a few (Link!). Also, don’t forget about that time when Mayor Pete told a lady that pro-life democrats don’t belong in the democratic party (Link!).
Elizabeth Warren shared many of the same policies, but had a few other terrible ones, including a 2% annual tax on household net worth between $50 million and $1 billion and a 6% tax on net worth above $1 billion, federally-funded abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy, creation of a national gun registry, eliminating up to $50,000 of student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $100,000, and cutting the defense budget (Link!).
Those are all terrible. Not just a little terrible. But super terrible.
I can elaborate another time about why I think increasing taxes on the rich, creating a wealth tax, creating a national gun registry, using taxes to pay off student loan debt, increasing the minimum wage, and abolishing the electoral college are all bad policy ideas. I’ve also written elsewhere about why I think it’s abhorrent to kill unborn humans.
The long and the short of it is that many Americans, myself included, didn’t support Mayor Pete and Elizabeth Warren because “America wasn’t ready for them yet.”
We didn’t support them because their policies were awful.
Thoughts? Questions? Concerns? Comment below! And, like always, please kind and grammatically decent.