Socialist social media fail

If you’re going to use social media, remember that this is the Internet; your words and your pictures will be fact-checked.

The economy has been going strong while Trump has been in office, which is something the experts did not predict. And it’s working for the rich and the poor. And it’s working better for the poor than the rich!

Massachusetts is thinking about making it easier for minors to get abortions. They need parental permission to get simple meds at school, but abortions? Nah.

Here’s the tweet from the Socialist Party of Britain:

Mentioned links:

Peter Heck

The Socialists Own Themselves Hard…and It’s Hilarious

Wages Soar Fastest among Those with the Least

What Happened on Election Day

Massachusetts May Drop Requirement That Minors Get Permission For Abortion

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Show transcript

I want to recommend another good conservative podcast. Peter Heck, whom I’ve seen in videos and read his writing, has The Heck Podcast. It’s short, not much more of a time commitment than this one. I emailed him asking why the heck he named it that rather than, well, the obvious pun on his name. He replied, “I just can’t psychologically relent to the What the Heck thing – just heard it way too much growing up to make peace with it in my soul. :)”

He recently wrote an opinion piece, and talked on his podcast, about a tweet from the Socialist Party of Britain. Yeah, you can probably guess that it was unintentionally funny and/or ironic. It showed 2 pictures. On the left, it had people standing in line and was captioned, “Capitalism, where you wait for health care”. On the right was what looked like a room in a state-of-the-art medical facility with scanners and computers and all sorts of cool-looking stuff. It was captioned, “Socialism, where health care waits for you”. The picture and a link to the tweet are in the show notes.

The comments are just devastating, and often hilarious, as they pick apart this tweet until there’s nothing left but bones. But this also is a cautionary tale for anyone who wants to be a social media manager for anyone, even socialists. This is the Internet, people, and if you’re going to grab photos from it, know what it is you post or it will come back to haunt you.

In less than 24 hours, people were fact-checking the images. Turns out that the image of the people in line? They are in Britain, waiting at the NHS. And the one on the right? You guessed it; a product of capitalism. It’s the GE Discovery IGS 730 robotic imaging system at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In order to prop up their discredited economic view, socialists must lie to you. I mean, how is Bernie Sanders a leading candidate for anything, let alone President? Unfortunately, those lies are being accepted by those who hear fairy tales of how good socialism would be if only it were really tried. Well first, really try being honest. Until then, social media is not your friend.

I’ve often highlighted, here and in the Facebook group, the good news on the economy that has happened during the Trump administration. I’ve noted in the past that, while it’s true that many indicators were increasing before he came into office, they ticked upward even more when Trump took over, and some tending down started trending up.

But even in the wave of good news of record low unemployment, there were the naysayers who, for the sake of politics, simply had to find something to complain about. “Workers are delivering more, and they’re getting a lot less,” said Joe Biden. Americans are “sick and tired of the income and wealth inequality that sees the rich getting much richer,” said Bernie Sanders. “Wages have largely stagnated,” said the campaign website of Elizabeth Warren. Well let me just say; wrong, wrong, and wrong.

For the reality, I have a link in the show notes to the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s monthly Wage Growth Tracker, which documents just how wrong. Between November 2018 and November 2019, overall median wage growth climbed 3.6 percent. But here’s the news. Those in the bottom 25 percent saw wages grow 4.5 percent, while the top 25 percent lagged, with pay rising just 2.9 percent. The poor’s wages are growing faster than the rich’s.

There are some other surprises (well, surprises for Democrats) in this data as well.

  • Non-white’s wages grew faster than whites.
  • The wages of the younger grew much faster than the wages of the older.
  • Wages for those with just high school diplomas grew at the same pace as those with Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Those working in finance and business saw their wages grow at the same pace as those working in manufacturing, construction, and mining.

There are more stats in the article. Now remember, this sort of growth was supposed to be impossible, according to members of the Left. Leftist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said this on Election Day, “So we are very probably looking at a global recession, with no end in sight. I suppose we could get lucky somehow. But on economics, as on everything else, a terrible thing has just happened.” It couldn’t happen, according to them, but it did, and they won’t admit it. So again I say, in order to prop up their discredited economic view, Democrats must lie to you.

Please keep this in mind once the Democratic nominee starts debating Trump. I predict there’s more of this on the horizon.

That liberal enclave we call Massachusetts is considering removing the requirement that minors get permission from their parents before getting an abortion. I have an article in the show notes where NPR tries to paint this effort in the best light possible by highlighting the truly awful situation of a girl wanting an abortion but not wanting to tell family because she was sexually assaulted by a family friend. That’s a tragic situation, no doubt about it, but the applications of this new relaxation of the rules will not be limited to that. Sexual predators of all sorts are, I’m sure, very happy to hear this. And as difficult as it may be, that particular predator from the news story needs to be called out.

I know, it’s all easy for me to say from a distance, but it’s going to take a bit more convincing for me to agree that it should be easier for a minor to get an abortion than it is for them to get a Tylenol at school.

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