Democrats have a special way of “thinking” about, well, everything. Whether it’s justifying why taxpayers should pay higher taxes when state revenue is going up, or exempting labor unions from so-called “workers’ rights” laws, Democrats all too often employ a perfectly illogical logic.
So, we’re taking a look at five pieces of perfectly illogical logic… courtesy of Democrats.
- The state Supreme Court’s decision to impose a $100,000 per day fine on the state,for what it views as the state’s failure to meet the public education funding requirements of the McCleary decision, is the fault of Republicans.
The court’s decision prompted Democrats to point the finger at Republicans, because Republican State Senator Andy Hill essentially wrote this year’s budget (and, also, the last one in 2013). The Democrat’s blame-game tactic is more than a little off base. That’s because the amount of money designated for meeting the McCleary decision was just about the only issue Republicans and Democrats agreed on at the start of budget negotiations, with both legislative bodies proposing more than $1 billion increases. In the end, lawmakers agreed on a $1.3 billion increase.
But what makes Democrats’ attack truly bizarre is the fact that their party has controlled at least one house of the Legislature in 28 of the last 30 years – and had complete control of the Legislature in 14 of those years. It is only since 2013 – a year after the State Supreme Court handed down the McCleary decision – that fiscal conservatives have had real input into the state budget, after almost a decade of complete Democrat control of the state’s money.
Further, a Democrat governor has signed every state budget since 1985. Under these heavily Democrat-controlled budgets, the ratio of new education spending versus other new government spending was 1:2 – in other words, the Democrats’ priority was two dollars for bigger general government for every new dollar of education funding.
- Democrats are going to take back the state Senate to solve legislative gridlock in 2015.
The Washington State Democrat Party recently attempted to trick its supporters into donating by claiming their contribution would help Democrats win back the state Senate this year. The fundraising email in question accused Republican lawmakers in the Senate for causing a “marathon legislative session” and gridlock in the state Legislature. For that reason, they beseeched their supporters for money to defeat GOP candidates.
First, Democrats—due to their refusal to give up on their tax-raising agenda—forced the legislative session to drag into July. We now have confirmation that Democrat House Speaker Frank Chopp and his fellow Democrat House leaders could not get 50 votes on the tax-raising budget they desperately wanted. In other words, they could not convince enough members of their own party to go on record voting for historic tax hikes.
Second, and most importantly (unless you are the state Democrat Party), there is no state Senate race on the ballot this year. So the party fundraisers do not have an honest claim to take back the Senate.
- Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a Democrat.
The Washington State Democrat Party is quite excited about the presidential campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Washington Democrats even celebrated Sanders’ announcement with an email to supporters that proclaimed, “Democrats have another candidate for President!”
Of course, Democrats conveniently left out the fact that Sanders is not, in fact, a Democrat. Sanders refuses to identify as a Democrat and insists he is, first and foremost, a Socialist. But, that fact hasn’t stopped desperate Democrats from claiming Sanders as their own.
Of course, given the list of Democrat presidential hopefuls, we can’t exactly blame them. It appears that the state party is so desperate for a candidate other than Hillary Clinton that it is willing to call Sanders a Democrat.
- Taxpayers should be burdened with higher taxes.
Jay Inslee recently told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson, “We’re going to look for economic growth that will hopefully solve our problems like it did this year. But we have another several billion dollars we have to figure out how to generate.” Inslee’s comment came right after he praised our state’s economic growth.
By his comments, our green governor revealed that he does not truly understand and/or appreciate state economists’ most recent revenue forecast. His obsession with new taxes may be blinding him to the fact that the revenue forecast reveals our state can count on another $400 million without raising taxes a dime. In total, our state has $3.2 billion (a whopping 9.2% increase) more in tax revenue than during the last budget cycle.
Reality, of course, has never prevented Inslee from pursuing his far left agenda.
- All workers have a right to a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave, except union workers.
During this legislative session, Democrat lawmakers championed their support for a hike in the minimum wage and mandatory paid sick leave as “workers’ rights” bills. Yet their twisted logic came through loud and clear because when they refused to extend these policies to all workers. Instead, Democrats insisted on exempting unions that contribute heavily to their campaigns.
That’s right, all of the “workers’ rights” bills sponsored by Democrats exempted labor unions. The truth—which even socialists were able to see—quickly came out that the true purpose behind the bills was to encourage “employers to become union shops in order to take advantage of the exemptions.” The bills would make unionization a “low cost option for employers to avoid paying the otherwise mandated benefits.” More unionized employers means more union members which means more union dues, which means more campaign money for Democrat politicians.