California Leading and Media Imagining

Why California is the ‘poverty capital of the America’ by Rick Moran – “According to the Census Bureau, one out of five California residents is poor.” This is where an honest person would go to examine all the ‘inequality’ claims.

“This despite the state’s per capita GDP rising twice as fast in the last five years as the national average. From 1992 to 2015, state and local governments spent nearly $1 trillion to help the poor. The state, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

Jackson then reaches the not so astonishing conclusion: “The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.”

Lawmakers in Sacramento should take a close look at Illinois. This is their future – a nearly failed state, deeply in debt, with taxes so high that tens of thousands of residents are leaving the state every year. With so many resources, as well as Hollywood and Silicon Valley to pay for the state’s generosity toward the poor, California has been able to avoid judgment day.

But eventually, the state will run out of other people’s money, and the piper will have to be paid.

No, Medicaid Work Requirements Aren’t Racist or Cruel by David Catron – “The usual suspects trot out the usual lies about a policy proven to work.”

“House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the position of her congressional accomplices by vehemently denouncing the new CMS policy as “mean-spirited,” “cynical,” and “spiteful.” And USA Today captured the gist of the “news” coverage with a work of fiction titled, “Medicaid work requirements are a throwback to rejected racial stereotypes.”

Never mind that the announcement contains no reference or allusion to ethnicity in any context whatsoever, unless one counts its explicit stipulation that participating states “must comply with federal civil rights laws.” Forget that the primary architect of the new policy is an Indian-American, CMS administrator Seema Verma, who cannot be characterized by any honest, or even sane, observer as a white supremacist. USA Today nonetheless advises its readers, without offering the smallest scrap of supporting evidence, that the policy is an “attempt to perpetuate myths that stereotype people of color and stigmatize popular public programs that opponents simply don’t like.”

The USA Today op-ed constitutes a classic example of the smug ignorance for which progressives are so notorious.

Democrat/MSM propaganda notwithstanding, the CMS decision to support states that wish to use a work requirement as a prerequisite for continued Medicaid eligibility for able-bodied adults seems eminently reasonable. Medicaid reform is one of the nation’s most pressing domestic issues and the Trump administration is simply allowing the states to bring their creative energy to bear on the problem. This is not racist. This is not mean-spirited. It is an all-too-rare commodity called “leadership.”

‘Don’t Be Evil’? Google Is Becoming A Police State By Robert Tracinski – “Google employees are creating their own enclave of mandatory wokeness, but they’re not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.”

“The problem is that their motto didn’t define what constitutes evil, so it left an opening for narrow-minded zealots to commandeer company resources in a witch hunt against whatever they define as the forces of wickedness. That’s what has happened at Google, which has adopted a corporate culture of quasi-totalitarian ideological uniformity that it is now starting to impose on everyone who uses its services

What company in its right mind would encourage its employees to treat each other this way? Well, maybe a company that is not in its right mind.

All of this is part of a wider trend in Silicon Valley toward enforcing political conformity.

Google is a private company and can create its own little enclave of mandatory wokeness if it likes, Damore’s lawsuit notwithstanding. The problem is that Googlers are not content to keep this ideological policing within their own walls.

But what happens when the Left inveighs against “fake news”? What happens is what Google just did to conservative websites

Internally, Google has the hallmarks of a company being run for its employees, to accommodate their private agendas, petty political vendettas, and weird psychological dysfunction—not to serve the interests of its shareholders, customers, or users.

Bloomberg wins Fake News of the week by Don Surber – also see Things journalists believe that are untrue. “The symbiotic nature of the press and the government is one reason why most Americans no longer trust the news media.”

Trump: I never told the WSJ I had a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un — and I have tape to prove it by Allahpundit – “Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…” This times is the WSJ that is not listening carefully and taking off on distorted misperceptions and a negative bias. It’s really sad when you have to record meetings and conversations because you can’t trust participants.

The not so honorable Dick Durbin by Paul Mirengoff – sourcing Fake News™ to “one of the slimiest members of the Senate” with examples and background.

Associated Press: People Don’t Trust the Media, But We Can’t Figure Out Why by John Hinderaker – “The Associated Press headlines: “Trust and truth under Trump: Americans are in a quandary.” Well, the AP is, anyway.”

“Many would say that we are a year into the liberal press’s fact-bending, Trump-bashing orgy. But that doesn’t seem to occur to the AP. This is one of those articles where the AP quotes six or eight seemingly random people from across the country. You always wonder how they come up with “truck driver Chris Gromek,” “Democrat Kathy Tibbits of Tahlequah, Oklahoma,” “Victoria Steel, 50, of Cheyenne, Wyoming,” and so on. This article’s cast of characters seems reasonably well-balanced, but the AP’s commentary isn’t. This is how the AP sees the “warping of facts.”

These are actually examples of where Trump, while characteristically imprecise, was far more accurate than his critics.

Competing claims to veracity have been a major part of political life for centuries, if not millennia. There is nothing new about the fact that voters have to sort out competing claims and decide what they think is right. What is somewhat new, at least in the last 15 years, is that left-wing outfits like the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC don’t have the field to themselves. It is curious to see the AP puzzling over this fact in 2018, and doing its best to associate the public’s lack of confidence in the media–“8 percent in 2016,” as the AP acknowledges–to the nefarious Donald Trump.

Mike Rowe schools a woman who labels him an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative.” Reason and integrity versus something else. Do read Rowe’s essay responding to a viewer who doesn’t like his views or opinions.

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