Liberals’ 50 Years of Dreadful Domestic Policy

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But the teachers’ unions and the Democratic Party continue to resist true competition among public, private and parochial schools.

Gun control.

Violent crime occurs disproportionately in urban areas — where Democrats in charge impose the most draconian gun control laws.

Over the objection of those who warn of a “return to the Wild West,” 34 states passed laws allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons. Not one state has repealed its law. Professor John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” says: “There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate: As more people obtain permits, there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect, the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent and robberies by over 2 percent.”

“Affirmative action.”

Race-based preferences have been a disaster for college admissions. Students admitted with lesser credentials are more likely to drop out. Had their credentials matched their schools, they would have been far more likely to graduate and thus enter the job market at a more productive level.

Preferences in government hiring and contracting have led to widespread, costly and morale-draining “reverse discrimination” lawsuits. Where preferences have been put to the ballot, voters — even in liberal states like California — have voted against them.

Minimum wage hikes.

Almost all economists agree that minimum wage laws contribute to unemployment among the low-skilled — the very group the “compassionate party” claims to care about.

Economist Walter Williams, 74, in his new autobiography, “Up from the Projects,” describes the many low-skilled jobs he took as a teenager. “By today’s standards,” he wrote, “my youthful employment opportunities might be seen as extraordinary. That was not the case in the 1940s and 1950s. In fact, as I’ve reported in some of my research, teenage unemployment among blacks was slightly lower than among whites, and black teens were more active in the labor force as well. All of my classmates, friends, and acquaintances who wanted to work found jobs of one sort or another.”

ObamaCare.

This ghastly government-directed scheme will inevitably lead to rationing and lower-quality care — all without “bending the cost curve” down as Obama promised.

Any party can have a bad half-century. Merry Christmas.

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