Yea but.....did you see what Trump said the other day?

© 2019 Jim Spence -  Interacting with people who are infected with sympathies for those who argue against free market capitalism and in favor of progressive socialism, is getting more and more tedious. There are so many truly dumb ideas out there that would make for disastrous public policy, it is hard to keep track of them all. But attempting to discuss disastrous public policy proposals in 2019 is almost impossible. Intelligent policy proposal discussions are practically extinct with the onset of the presidency of Donald Trump.
Let’s face it, Donald Trump is a very poor messenger for what are basically the sound public policies he embraces. Perhaps Ross Perot would have been elected to the office of president way back in 1992, if he had fought back against the establishment elite in both major parties as hard as Trump did leading up to the 2016 election. But of course Ross Perot was a reasonably polite person and not nearly as prone to bragging and making foolish proclamations like Trump. Again, all of this has little to do with the overall wisdom embedded in Trump's support of capitalism, business formation, and free market principles. But sadly in 2019 America, weighing good ideas versus bad ones gets lost in emotions and "feelings" of dislike towards Trump the person.
More and more often I find articles spelling out absolutely asinine proposals from progressive Democrats. It is not only the greatest fool of them all (Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez) who is proposing economic self-destruction. Virtually every Democratic Party presidential candidate is already on the record with policy proposals that go far beyond tragically stupid. Just last week Senator Ron Wyden proposed taxing unrealized capital gains, which goes so far beyond stupid it requires no further comment.
The problem we have here is very dangerous. You don’t have to love Trump to realize the alternative to his presidency is to hand the U.S. economy off to small children (Democrats) who also have dynamite, gas lighters, and fuses in their play pens. Still, with the way the news media biases work in the U.S., the coverage of Trump is never about the overall efficacy of his policies. It is only about his admittedly dubious personality shortcomings.
Too many people are missing the point. Many otherwise intelligent citizens have stopped thinking about what constitutes intelligent public policy versus what is actually asinine idiocy. Stupid ideas that will never work, now get a free pass while the disdain for Trump's abrasive nature takes center stage.
It is not a good sign when you point out the asinine idiocy of public policy proposals that will never work, but are vehemently supported by Democrats, and the response from seemingly intelligent citizens are: “Yea but did you see the stupid thing Trump said the other day.”
For those of us who understand that the continued success of our country relies on sound public policy, we have to deal with two things these days. First, we have to keep ignoring the fact that with regularity Trump utters nonsense that has nothing to do with his basically sound policies. And second, we have to deal with the frustration of too many good people in America walking around with bad public policy blinders on. These blinders cause them to forget what elected officials are in office to do……which is support sound public policies and/or propose improvements.
A great illustration of this dilemma is going on in the state of Rhode Island right now. Rhode Island is a state that has been dominated by the Democratic Party for many years. And in Rhode Island it is perfectly legal for teachers and other school employees to have sex with their students, once the student is 16 years of age. Recently, there was bill introduced in Rhode Island that would make the atrocity of an adult employee at a school having sex with a student a crime. Astonishingly, BOTH teacher's unions in Rhode Island have taken a public stand in opposition to the bill. Apparently, the teacher's unions would prefer public policy to leave Rhode Island high school students without any protection from sexual predators, including teacher's union members who might decide to sexually abuse them after their 16th birthday.
My guess is the response from Trump haters to this outrageous public policy position by Democrats in Rhode Island would be......yea, yea, yea, but did you see what Trump said about blah, blah, blah, the other day?