Buttigieg, the Hard-Left ‘Moderate’
The South Bend mayor claims to be middle-of-the-road, but he’s pretty radical.
Elections are about math.
The remaining 15 Democrats running to be the nominee for their party’s attempt to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 are doing plenty of it with the focus on a simple addition equation that’s changing daily: 23+31+3=57. Tomorrow, that number will decline by one and the next day, another and so on. There are Just 57 days before the first votes are cast in the Presidential Primary Elections on Feb. 3 in the Iowa Caucus that will consolidate the 2020 field for Democrats even more.
Poll numbers are pressuring the field to contract, with Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) the latest to subtract her name. Those same figures are revealing a handful who are emerging as credible based on their campaign funds and their on-the-ground support. Senators Bernie Sanders (VT) and Elizabeth Warren (MA), former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg (his wealth and willingness to spend without limit keeps him as a contender) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The current polling numbers and trends favor Buttigieg. Looking at the RealClearPolitics RCP Average, the 37-year-old mayor has trended up nationally to double digits to 11.4% drawing from his fellow Democrats — Sanders, Warren, and Biden — who are all losing ground at 15.6%, 14.2%, and 27.2%, respectively.
So, what’s changing the math for the young candidate?
Buttigieg is touting a new tone of respect and programs. His Ten Rules of the Road include calls for a campaign effort comprised of respect, teamwork, boldness, responsibility, discipline, excellence, truth. Sounds good, right?
The Rules offer a nice framework that appeals to those tired of the incivility of politics. But three of his ideals — belonging, joy, and substance — are aimed directly toward younger voters moved by social justice.
And what is the substance of Pete Buttigieg?
He has published a 19-page plan to expand Social Security, which is on track to pay out more in benefits in 2020 than the program collects in payroll taxes to fund its operations. His goal is clearly to appeal to seniors but the reality is it’s a massive tax increase on workers that will change the program from an “earned program” funded by payroll taxes to an entitlement program. It will significantly raise the taxes on earnings over $250,000 annually and redistributes that wealth to other recipients.
On the issue of health care, the self-declared moderate works to distance himself from the Bernie-Sanders-Elizabeth-Warren-Medicare-for-All approach. But he absolutely promotes the all-who-want-it version of expanding government-run health insurance, created to serve our seniors while promising subsidies for premium support for public or private insurance plans to any person whose policy costs exceed 8.5% of their annual income. Again, expect tax increases to fund these massive expansions of government and more pressure on the already strained program for the elderly that once-upon-a-time had a cost-cutting tool to ration care and abdicated significant power to an unelected body — the Independent Payment Advisory Board — thanks to President Barack Obama.
Buttigieg has resorted to simply pandering for votes within the black community. So far, black voters seem to be solidly behind Joe Biden and even Bernie Sanders — candidates who are anything but middle-of-the-road.
Back in April, Buttigieg attended Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention. Predictably, Buttigieg metaphorically kissed the ring of the King of the Race Industry. But his promise to establish a commission on reparations as part of his “comprehensive and intentional dismantling of racist structures and systems,” as heralded on his campaign website, are all ringing hollow with the African-American community in light of his stance and statements that he can empathize with their fight for civil rights.
Buttigieg is not just a “married” gay man. He has chosen to elevate his lifestyle as a campaign issue to patronize not only those of similar lifestyles but to equate his homosexuality with the prejudice and discrimination experienced by blacks in their fight during the Civil Rights Movement. “While I do not have the experience of ever having been discriminated against because of the color of my skin, I do have the experience of sometimes feeling like a stranger in my own country, turning on the news and seeing my own rights come up for debate, and seeing my rights expanded by a coalition of people like me and people not at all like me,” Buttigieg declared during CNN’s presidential debate during November.
Um, no. The prejudice, the second-class treatment of blacks because of the color of their skin that comes at birth was wrong and anything that resembles that type of treatment today is equally wrong. But Buttigieg’s attempt to craft an equation that puts his experience in a lifestyle arrangement to that of men and women of color only because of an inherited trait won’t ever add up.
What other facts and stances should voters know of about Pete, the Harvard-graduate who, to his credit, served America and was deployed in Afghanistan in the U.S. Navy Reserves?
Some, like Daniel Greenfield of FrontPage Magazine, have said Buttigieg has failed as mayor in the area of public safety with South Bend in 2015 topping Chicago’s murder rate despite its smaller size. Reporting 16.79 murders per 100,000, the mid-sized city of Indiana surpassed the notorious Windy City at 16.4 homicides per 100,000 that year. And, yes, it’s a trend, not an isolated number. Rapes increased by 27% in 2013 and, in 2017, shootings increased by 20%.
Leaning leftward, Buttigieg wants to stack the Supreme Court to 15 justices (no different from his fellow Millennial, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) is supportive of gun control, has the standard approach to immigration to continue sanctuary cities and policies, and calls for “crisis-level attention” to deal with climate change.
Buttigieg quotes Scripture using the Bible-Buffet approach, picking and choosing that which fits his narrative. For example, beyond his own anti-biblical lifestyle choices, he supports abortion on-demand and late-term abortions. His “substance” is the exact same substance of the other Democrats who want to destroy the economic boom we’re experiencing thanks to the policies of the Trump administration that empower Americans and not the government.
The math on Pete Buttigieg is simple. Big government spending plus big government control plus big government power minus individual Liberty that comes with responsibility equals another progressive Democrat.
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