George Will: Only Democrats can save this president

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  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 3:40 p.m.

    To assert that the other branches are largely incapable of interfering with Congress is so completely off base that you wonder how Will continues to write. The President can veto any bill, forcing Congress to override it with a supermajority (not easy). Likewise, the President -at least as now applied - can execute executive orders to effectively modify or rewrite any bill. Additionally, the President can simply decide not to enforce the law - just as Obama did when he implemented DACA.

    Likewise, the Courts can declare any act of Congress unconstitutional regardless of how many votes a bill gets. One Federal judge can undo anything passed by all 535 members of Congress with the stoke of the pen (or an e-signature).

    Apparently incapable does not mean what it used to.

  • drvinneyboombahtz Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 7, 2019 2:04 p.m.

    George, once again illustrates why the Democrats will have trouble defeating Trump. People who identify as Democrats think that those that voted for Trump did so out of ignorance, or stupidity. What they fail to understand is that honest Americans are smart, and most are trying to vote for what they feel is best for America. They have the ability to see issues, and how Trump is handling these issues. They will vote for or against him based on his policies, and not on how eloquent he is on twitter.

    If the democrats want to win, they need to represent policies that more Americans agree with than does Trump. Trump is against late term abortion, and the democrats are (at least portrayed as) being in favor of late term abortion. Trump is for a wall and tougher boarder security, and Democrats are against it. Trump is for lower taxes, the democrats for higher taxes and more services. Trump has renegotiated international agreements with Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Democrats created an agreement with Iran. If people like the stances that Trump has taken, he will be reelected. If they like the stances the democrats have taken, then they will win. It really is that simple.

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:57 a.m.

    Says Mr. Will: "For her [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez], politics is performance art"

    That is a surprisingly insightful observation. Performance art explains so much about the wild claims AOC makes and why she is so accepted on the left. Here we are now, entertain us!

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    "No, the implication being that when people are paying for goods or services themselves, they are not so cavalier about expenses"

    So I was talking about first of all health care. The ACA was formed with the popular principle that everyone needs and deserves access to health care. It also required that every single person pay every red cent they could for their own coverage. Subsidies are available after that, but only after that. It also requires they be in open market where their plan itself will require co-payments. How is this not conservative?

    Neanderthal, "Everyone can get health care coverage. Just go out and buy some health insurance. Don't just expect someone else to pay for it. Please keep saying that.

    Education. I clearly said secondary education does not need to be free, just affordable.

    Taxes. Here's another way of saying it. Americans clearly believe that the rich benefit more from the economy and society than they financially contribute. Just a fact.

    You can fight this all you want but if Dems get it right with the messaging you're going to get crushed.

  • Neanderthal Springville, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 12:13 a.m.

    @pragmatistferlife:
    "The vast majority of Americans favor health care coverage for everyone."

    Everyone can get health care coverage. Just go out and buy some health insurance. Don't just expect someone else to pay for it.

    "The vast majority of Americans favor taxing the rich more."

    Taxing one group more than another is unconstitutional... it violates 'equal protection under the law.'

    "The vast majority of Americans think secondary education should be more affordable."

    Then, perhaps we need teachers/professors to get pay cuts. Don't expect someone else to pay for your education.

    "The vast majority of Americans think the economic system is rigged in favor of the rich."

    The rich are the people that keep the economy rolling.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 9:20 p.m.

    @pragmatistferlife "The implication being that ones obligation to society is based on their personhood rather than their ability."

    No, the implication being that when people are paying for goods or services themselves, they are not so cavalier about expenses. I have not seen a socialist program that didn't overrun on cost. It is because everyone in the program thinks someone else is paying.

    As for ability, I have not seen a socialist program that required much of anything according to ability. That portion of the equation tends to be left out.

    @pragmatistferlife "Messaging."

    Messaging can go only so far. When the substance is wrong, messaging won't help. When we see people spouting Marxism and calling themselves mainstream, Americans generally know what to do with that.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 6:45 p.m.

    @pragmatistferlife "In fact none of those things are too expensive."

    Nothing is too expensive when someone else is paying for it.

    The perfect example of conservative messaging...The implication being that ones obligation to society is based on their personhood rather than their ability. Therefore if I'm paying more taxes than you and not getting all the benefits you are..eventhough you pay what you're able, you are stealing from me.

    You completely discount the exorbitant benefit one gets from their position versus their effort, contribution, and ability.

    When someone reaps benefits from a society that are in the thousands of multiples of what an ordinary person reaps why shouldn't they pay three times as much in taxes as that ordinary citizen who's efforts are the foundation of their wealth? Messaging.

    Just because they've convinced you that your well being depends on their decadence doesn't mean it's true. Messaging.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 2:48 p.m.

    @pragmatistferlife "In fact none of those things are too expensive."

    Nothing is too expensive when someone else is paying for it.

  • Traveller Farmington, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 2:14 p.m.

    That's another problem with Democrats. They think the reason their policy preferences are not accepted by everybody is because they haven't explained them well enough. Either that or the "race/homophobia/class warfare" boogeymen.

    It doesn't occur to them that someone could understand their policies and honestly disagree with them in good faith.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 10:08 a.m.

    "Just about everyone wants those things. Then when you take the same poll and tell them the price tag, their enthusiasm drops away."

    I don't know that is true ( I really don't), however, that is why messaging is important. In fact none of those things are too expensive. Medicare for all is cheaper for the country and cheaper for each individual even when paid for by personal taxes, if compared to premiums and co-pays.

    College doesn't have to be free to be infinitely more affordable.

    The economy was vastly more fair and robust when income was taxed with a 70% marginal tax rate, and workers had a say in their own circumstances.

    Messaging, messaging, messaging. It is the one, and pretty much the only thing conservatives are good at. Democrats need to learn it and fast.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 9:46 a.m.

    @pragmatistferlife

    Just about everyone wants those things. Then when you take the same poll and tell them the price tag, their enthusiasm drops away.

    Your post illustrates the trouble Democrats have in general. They all think they're mainstream going into election day.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 8:46 a.m.

    I've said this before and will keep saying it. The "left" is not as loopy as you think.

    The vast majority of Americans favor health care coverage for everyone.

    The vast majority of Americans favor taxing the rich more.

    The vast majority of Americans think secondary education should be more affordable.

    The vast majority of Americans think the economic system is rigged in favor of the rich.

    The task for the Democrats will be messaging not moving to the middle.

    With so many candidates the messaging task could get all jumbled up or refined, it's all yet to be seen, but righties you are dead wrong about the Democrats being too far left.

  • Traveller Farmington, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    George is correct on both points. Congress is the superior branch, and everything Trump wins he wins because his opponents are less acceptable to more people than he is. When it comes to politics, he is the living embodiment of the lesser evil.

    The problem with the Democrats, of course, is that they took the wrong message from Hillary's defeat, and seem determined to go even further left rather than merely finding someone who can act more like an adult than the President.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 4:21 a.m.

    @Impartial7 - DRAPER, UT
    "Hopefully, the Democrats will do as Will suggests, nominate a relatively calm, moderate, decent candidate. It should be a cake walk."

    Too bad Democrats didn't do this the first time Trump ran. I would have voted for this person.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:17 a.m.

    George, it’s time to admit you are a Democrat and a liberal. Stop lying to the American public and at least admit what you believe in and stand for. Your hatred for President Trump and anything he does is becoming old.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2019 6:17 p.m.

    Mr. Wills is right , but only to a limited extent. Trump was elected, but only because a majority voted for Trump in the right States; a couple of those 'right' states might have voted for Clinton, if she had not made a few mistakes, like more effort campaigning or avoiding the epithet of "deplorables" at millions of Americans, while mis-handling classified information with a 'get out of jail free' card. And Trump had a solidly conservative platform; still does. We conservatively, Constitutionally-minded Americans liked his platform and he seemed to be the man who could and would fight for us and win. We wanted a winner this time; not a gentlemanly loser. We were not fighting a good-mannerly opponent. Now, Bernie Sanders was a gentlemanly loser, considering how he was sandbagged by Clinton's collusion with DNP bigwigs. Considering the Demo's outrage against Schultz, it does seem they will go further left. In the end, it will really depend on the American people in the ; what kind of America they want.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 3, 2019 2:58 p.m.

    I'm betting they will go with loopy.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 3, 2019 11:42 a.m.

    "In his 1962 State of the Union address, President John Kennedy told his congressional audience, "The Constitution makes us not rivals for power, but partners for progress."

    Yeah, but Kennedy understood that he was President to, and responsible for, the entire country, not just those that supported him. Look how Trump talked about his GOP rivals. Look how he talked about Mia Love. Look how he talks about Democrats. Calling Senator Schumer "cryin' Chuck" and disparaging Nancy Pelosi in his daily Twitter rants, does not breed an environment of cooperation. Like the high school bully that picks on kids then suddenly needs help if he's hurt or his car breaks down, nobody's there to help him. Trump doesn't care about most Americans, and America knows it. Hopefully, the Democrats will do as Will suggests, nominate a relatively calm, moderate, decent candidate. It should be a cake walk.