Democrats are choosing the wrong shutdown victims and other commentary

Political scribe: Dems Are Losing Shutdown Showdown

It began out as a battle over border-wall funding, however The Week’s Damon Linker says the authorities shutdown is now all about “which side will most benefit and which will be most harmed” politically. Indeed, each motion by each side “is motivated to win the battle over public opinion.” But the Democrats are making a giant mistake by emphasizing that the shutdown “is hurting federal workers.” Republicans think about most such staff “paper-pushers collecting larded-up paychecks and absurdly generous benefits in return for loyalty to the Democratic Party” and its union allies. Focusing on their hardship, nonetheless humane, “tacitly confirms this narrative by making it look like the primary concern of the Democratic Party is the plight of federal workers rather than the good of the country as a whole.”

Foreign desk: Pompeo Doctrine Sounds Like Obama’s

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Cairo this week to supply a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s personal 2009 outreach to the Muslim world there. But as Bloomberg’s Eli Lake notes, Pompeo’s evaluation was “incomplete.” Because apart from the Iran nuclear deal — “admittedly a big exception” — President Trump’s “approach of working with allies against common enemies while reducing America’s military footprint is a continuation, not a repudiation, of Obama’s second-term foreign policy.” Which implies that “America will have to rely more on its allies.” The draw back to this coverage: “The autocrats in the Middle East also know how much the US needs them.” And that “makes it much harder for the US to help these countries make the transition to democracy.”

Libertarian: Corporate Diversity a Misguided Policy

One of the prime priorities for the new House Democratic majority and Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters is company boardroom range, experiences Kristin Tate at The Hill. Their intent: Force publicly traded firms to “quantify their board members by race and gender.” New York’s Rep. Carolyn Maloney would even give the SEC “regulatory authority over gender diversity.” But “federal coercion” would “ultimately harm employees of all racial and economic backgrounds, especially the further down the chain you go.” Because “rather than letting the most skilled participants rise to the top regardless of gender or race, companies, schools and agencies are concerned with filling quotas.” That’s why “government diversity mandates have poor results.” Yet Democrats insist they’re “serving the purposes of diversity by doubling down on policies that have failed for decades.”

Culture critic: No Wonder Sarah Silverman Got Canceled

Hulu this week canceled its solely political speak present, “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman,” after only one season. The Federalist’s Ellie Bufkin isn’t shocked — or sorry. Because the once-edgy comic way back gave approach to “a Twitter-happy, Donald Trump-hating” determine who’s “completely absorbed by politically correct group-think.” And her present was all the time about selling her political ideology. In reality, “no one for a second thought it would be palatable for a conservative audience.” Still, “the concept of comedians as left-wing political pundits is an unsuccessful model that inexplicably keeps repeating itself.” Which is why we hold seeing “celebrities forsake the talent that helped them achieve success, preferring the ‘clapter’ of the few people who take them seriously as they attempt to save the world.”

From the proper: We Still Ignore Our Ticking Time Bomb

Washington stays deaf to the ticking of “the time bomb of national doom,” warns Myra Adams at Real Clear Politics. She means unfunded liabilities: “$122 trillion in payments the government owes . . . without the funds to fulfill these obligations.” This contains Social Security, Medicare, federal debt held by the public and advantages for federal workers and army veterans — outlays that now make up greater than half the federal funds, and rising. President Trump, like his predecessors, “never mentions this impending catastrophe.” And members of Congress from each events know that “any attempt to defuse the bomb” is itself political dynamite. Yet America “is on an unsustainable economic path,” as a result of “the government’s present and future obligations are mandated by law.” Any steps we take might be painful now — however much more so in the future.

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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