Dave Begley: Live from Council Bluffs
Added 05-21-19 09:31:02am EST - “Our occasional correspondent Dave Begley was on hand when Rep. Tim Ryan -- Tim Ryan? whodat? -- brought his newly minted presidential campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Iowa on Friday (photo of Dave with Ryan courtesy…” - Powerlineblog.com
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Our occasional correspondent Dave Begley was on hand when Rep. Tim Ryan — Tim Ryan? whodat? — brought his newly minted presidential campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Iowa on Friday (photo of Dave with Ryan courtesy of Dave). Dave is a Nebraska attorney practicing elder law and estate planning in Omaha. Dave posed a pointed question to Ryan from the small group gathered to hear him and filed this report:
If the Dems were serious about beating Donald Trump they’d nominate Congressman Tim Ryan rather than the current frontrunner, SlowCreepyJoe. Ryan is much younger than Biden, he doesn’t have Biden’s baggage, and he’s seems smarter than Joe. He has the energy and athletic appearance of the former high school quarterback that he was. He’s an unabashed FDR New Deal Democrat updated for modern times. He’s all in on climate change, Medicare for all, and unions while at the same time sympathetic to the illegal aliens who suppress union wages. His administration would also subsidize artists like the old WPA did during the Depression.
The reason I think Ryan would have a shot at President Trump is that he has borrowed many of Trump’s ideas and formulations. Ryan spoke of the forgotten people in the Rust Belt and rural areas. In his inaugural speech and many times on the stump, so has President Trump.
Like President Trump, Ryan professed his love for the voters of Council Bluffs several times. He also referred to the people who take showers after work, a phrase Steve Bannon used years ago. Ryan said he nearly cried that morning when he read the USA Today report about a dramatic increase in teen suicides. I didn’t interrupt the speech to point out that it happened during the Obama-Biden years.
Ryan is a tax-and-spend Democrat who wants to pick winners and losers. He wants a higher capital gains and marginal income tax rates to fund things like mental health services and paying farmers to sequester carbon. (How would that work?) He wants to “partner” with venture capital firms (and probably give them tax breaks) to distribute the locations of new tech business. He wants to steer investments into “left behind town.” In other words, he wants to empower central planning and all that entails.
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