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Elizabeth Warren Makes the Case for Gay Reparations

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Elizabeth Warren has made a campaign of promising nearly every identity group in existence some form of monetary handout. Whether it’s race, age, or socioeconomic background, she’s got something for you. From reparations for the descendants of slaves to paying off student loans of millennials.

The media have taken this as a sign of just how serious of a candidate she is. You see, she has “plans” and that’s what really matters here. The fact that her plans are mostly nonsensical, not possible, and sometimes even harmful don’t play into the equation.

Well, Warren isn’t done yet. She’s got a new string she’s pulling on.

Gay reparations. 

And it wasn’t until last year that the standard deduction was doubled, allowing me to keep more of my money. Does the government owe me reparations for their unfair tax practices before that?

Tax laws change. Certain groups who didn’t get benefits end up getting benefits down the road. Others may have them taken away. In the case of gay marriage, the country decided that the traditional definition of such and it’s purpose under tax law no longer applied.

Ok, I’m not here to relitigate that, but that’s hardly a case for paying gay people who weren’t married at the time tax refunds based on the idea that they otherwise would have been married. How do you prove that? Can any two gay people just claim they were a couple pre-gay marriage to get some of the $50M we supposedly owe them?

This is the problem with reparations of any kind. They sound good emotionally to certain political persuasions, but they are completely impractical. Warren’s claim in that tweet is unworkable on so many levels that it’s not even worth discussing.

But instead of calling her out for shameless pandering, we are told by the media at large that she’s a genius with so many ambitious “ideas.” No one has even bothered, though, to ask Warren how she’s going to pay for all these giveaways and you can bet MSNBC won’t at the first debate.

Politics isn’t kindergarten. You don’t get praise simply for smearing paint on enough sheets of paper. If someone has lots of ideas but they are bad ideas, then they deserve to be treated as such.

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Elizabeth Warren Makes the Case for Gay Reparations

Westlake Legal Group warren-4-620x266 Elizabeth Warren Makes the Case for Gay Reparations Taxes Tax Code Politics pandering Impractical Gay Reparations gay marriage Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Elizabeth Warren democrats Can't Work 2020 election

Elizabeth Warren has made a campaign of promising nearly every identity group in existence some form of monetary handout. Whether it’s race, age, or socioeconomic background, she’s got something for you. From reparations for the descendants of slaves to paying off student loans of millennials.

The media have taken this as a sign of just how serious of a candidate she is. You see, she has “plans” and that’s what really matters here. The fact that her plans are mostly nonsensical, not possible, and sometimes even harmful don’t play into the equation.

Well, Warren isn’t done yet. She’s got a new string she’s pulling on.

Gay reparations. 

And it wasn’t until last year that the standard deduction was doubled, allowing me to keep more of my money. Does the government owe me reparations for their unfair tax practices before that?

Tax laws change. Certain groups who didn’t get benefits end up getting benefits down the road. Others may have them taken away. In the case of gay marriage, the country decided that the traditional definition of such and it’s purpose under tax law no longer applied.

Ok, I’m not here to relitigate that, but that’s hardly a case for paying gay people who weren’t married at the time tax refunds based on the idea that they otherwise would have been married. How do you prove that? Can any two gay people just claim they were a couple pre-gay marriage to get some of the $50M we supposedly owe them?

This is the problem with reparations of any kind. They sound good emotionally to certain political persuasions, but they are completely impractical. Warren’s claim in that tweet is unworkable on so many levels that it’s not even worth discussing.

But instead of calling her out for shameless pandering, we are told by the media at large that she’s a genius with so many ambitious “ideas.” No one has even bothered, though, to ask Warren how she’s going to pay for all these giveaways and you can bet MSNBC won’t at the first debate.

Politics isn’t kindergarten. You don’t get praise simply for smearing paint on enough sheets of paper. If someone has lots of ideas but they are bad ideas, then they deserve to be treated as such.

————————————————-

Enjoying the read? Please visit my archive and check out some of my latest articles.

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The post Elizabeth Warren Makes the Case for Gay Reparations appeared first on RedState.

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New York Times Op-Ed: Maybe We Should Consider Gay Reparations To Atone For Our Shameful Past Behavior

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Ah, the glory of victimhood.

Bard College professor Omar G. Encarnacion penned an op-ed in The New York Times in which he makes the case for gay reparations. He believes the U.S. should take action, as many European countries already have, to atone for our shameful treatment of gays.

Encarnacion begins:

The New York Police Department apologized last week to the gay community for the 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn, the fallout of which is widely credited with spurring the contemporary gay rights movement at home and abroad. Timed to coincide with Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, the statement by Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in part: “The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong — plain and simple” and “the actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.” The apology is the culmination of a decades-old struggle by gay activists for recognition of wrongdoing on the part of the police — one that few activists thought could ever become a reality.

He believes that we should follow in the footsteps of our European allies. After all, President Eisenhower issued an executive order in 1953 which “called for the expulsion of homosexuals from all levels of the federal government” and led to the “Lavender Scare.” He reminds us of Anita Bryant’s 1977 “Save Our Children” campaign (that was ridiculous) and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He also argues that the “Trump administration has displayed a keen hostility toward the gay community.”

Early on, all references to L.G.B.T. people were erased from government websites, including the 2017 apology issued by Secretary of State John Kerry for “decades of prejudice” toward gay and lesbians at the State Department. This month, the Trump administration rejected requests to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, at American embassies during the month of June, a practice begun by the Obama administration as a sign of America’s support for L.G.B.T. rights.

Encarnacion argues that “it would be a useful tool for restoring dignity for those victimized by discriminatory policies and for allowing countries to close long and painful chapters of homosexual repression.”

No thanks.

There are so many reasons why this is a terrible idea, but there’s no telling where it would stop. To what group should we atone for our shameful behavior next? The obese, the disfigured, the disabled, the short, the bald? Should women seek reparations from men? Migrants who weren’t treated kindly when they tried to enter the U.S. illegally? Or the really smart Asians who were rejected from Harvard?

Life is unfair, Mr. Encarnacion. Each one of us has faced struggle and shame.

Through no fault of our own, we are thrust into whatever the societal norms of the time happen to be.

Fortunately, we have evolved. To hold the country financially accountable now for what were widely held beliefs and attitudes at any given point in history is as preposterous as it is impractical. And it will also create further division in the country.

Let’s move on from this victimhood mentality.

The post New York Times Op-Ed: Maybe We Should Consider Gay Reparations To Atone For Our Shameful Past Behavior appeared first on RedState.

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