Essay originally appeared on Medium, here.
In a recent Democrat climate change debate, a question about population control was met by thunderous applause. Its response equally applauded.
Pundits and critics bellyached and ballyhooed over the politics of this question and answer; each scoring the plus or minus of its political posturing in the never-ending politics-as-entertainment pageant.
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Originally published in the Detroit News on September 19, 2020.
Does anyone in Lansing care about taxpayers and working families?
Politicians like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer want a massive $2.5 billion tax hike to fix roads and fund other special interests.
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Big lies are rooted in something much deeper and pervasive – they infect our media and politicos’ basic understanding of the world and how it works, and in doing so, affect the way they report, communicate, and govern. They become the cement that keep rigid ideologies inflexible.
What a difference eight years makes. Our public schools are being funded at a higher level than ever before, and they’re now anticipating the biggest single-year funding boost in nearly two decades. Not that you’d know it listening to Democrats and their union shills.
They’ve made big headlines this year with chants and hyperbole claiming Democrats are the answer to greater public school investment. Unfortunately for them, the facts and data tell a very different story. Republicans, it turns out, get the job done.
Eliminate the personal income tax. Let’s try this again. The state House this year tried and failed to roll back “temporary” income tax hikes instituted by the state’s most notorious job killer, former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. They should try again – and again – until they find a way to keep their promise of income tax relief for Michigan workers. Granholm’s tax hikes need to be permanently blown-away.
Pro-freedom policy changes in recent years have made Michigan better. But it’s renewal requires a lot more relentless positive action. The operative word being action.
Even without active obstruction, limitations on speech rights or fear of bullying and intimidation because of one’s political persuasion can chill expressive activity and result in censorship.
To be clear, free speech is not an absolute defense of all speech. But it does cover speech that might make us uncomfortable, that challenges, that provokes us to consider another view and it certainly covers that which is different.
Within an hour of President-elect Trump’s announcement for Secretary of Education, some people were sending private “congrats” while then going on to plug for personal profit a failed scheme to turn Detroit’s schools over to a corrupt big-city mayor.
Some people’s craven sense of profit,
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