CLUELESS: A ‘Click-Bait’ Headline Doesn’t Rescue This Liberal ‘HERO’ From Her Own Stupidity

Written by Michael Cummings on May 19, 2017

Is anyone getting tired of click bait titles?

“Joe Blow schools Sally Whatever on the rules of economics.”

He destroyed her.

She shredded him.

It was an epic takedown

He was annihilated

Complete and total evisceration

She took him behind the woodshed!

While both the right and left do this, the only outcome is that it tends only to charge up whatever side you’re on. If we agree, we applaud. If not, we scoff. With Democrats, however, they’re usually wrong.
This week, Twitter Moments featured a click baiting [in your best monster truck show announcer’s voice] epic takedown:

“New American hero Barbara Rank schools her congressman in less than 100 words”

(Odd thing that the first source in this non-story is the Daily Kos)

First, learn grammar. The correct word is “fewer” than 100 words, not “less”. Second, this Barbara Rank wouldn’t know the Constitution or economics if they stampeded through her safe space. When Rod Blum (R-IA1) asked the question to a town hall audience, “Why should a 62-year-old man have to pay for maternity care?” here’s her allegedly epically awesome comeback:

I ask, why should I pay for a bridge I don’t cross, a sidewalk I don’t walk on, a library book I don’t read?

Why should I pay for a flower I won’t smell, a park I don’t visit, or art I can’t appreciate?

Why should I pay the salaries of politicians I didn’t vote for, a tax cut that doesn’t affect me, or a loophole I can’t take advantage of?

It’s called democracy, a civil society, the greater good. That’s what we pay for.

Both Blum and Rank are wrong. Blum asked a nonsensical question, the answer to which could only have produced a nonsensical answer from people like Rank. When the insured pay for a policy to United Healthcare, for example, they receive products and services according to their plan. So if this 62-year-old man breaks his leg, the same insurance company that pays the ER to put his leg in a cast is the one who also pays doctors to care for a pregnant woman and deliver her baby. Every United Healthcare customer pays into the same company pool. In insurance, sometimes you take money out for the products and
services you need, most of the time you don’t. But to say your premiums as a man pay for maternity care for a woman – while partially true – is misleading and irrelevant.

Et tu, Barbara? Her response was no epic takedown, and does not make her a hero. She doesn’t even know the US isn’t a democracy but a representative republic. The one line that outs her and her cheerleading squad as non-thinking leftists is “the greater good” — often referred to as the Constitution’s general welfare clause in the Preamble — and here is where these Marxist/communists dummies get everything wrong.

No, the general welfare clause doesn’t mean the government gets to tax you into oblivion and force you to do what it wants because something may benefit you or a bunch of other people. If it did, Congress could pass a law forcing everyone to eat broccoli. We all know it’s healthy. If more people ate broccoli versus Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (best candy ever, science settled), it would be for the greater good. You can immediately see where someone’s “greater good” is someone else’s bad news. Individual freedom relies on individuals being able to make their own decisions, however epically stupid – such as voting for Democrats.

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.