Democrats seeking nanny state policies voters rejected in 2016

Democrats seeking nanny state policies voters rejected in 2016
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Democrats still have not figured out that the 2016 election was in large part a repudiation of the nanny state approach to governing wielded by Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump takes credit for passing veterans bill that passed under Obama Orlando Sentinel declines to endorse Trump in 2020 Progressive activist: Democratic nominee will 'need to ride a little bit to the center' MORE. Senator Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE. The presidential candidate and radical progressive lawmaker recently wrote an opinion piece for none other than CNN, making the case that nobody in this country “succeeds on their own” because everybody relies in some way on the government.

But one could as easily argue that Americans succeed despite clumsy government efforts. The ubiquitousness of federal programs does not even justify their existence, much less their expansion, as Warren wishes to do. According to her, Americans need “higher minimum wage, strong unions, universal child care, affordable housing, and trade deals that invest in American communities” instead of shipping our jobs overseas.

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On most of those points, she is quite simply wrong. Americans do not need the government to come to their rescue with a $15 minimum wage. Companies are already doing that on their own as the economy under Donald Trump has given them a chance to start growing again. Labor unions are also increasingly unnecessary in this economy with wages rising just as fast for nonunion workers as they are rising for union workers, and in the manufacturing sector, nonunion workers have seen their wages increase by almost twice as much over the past 12 months.

Warren also does not have to concern herself with trade deals because President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE has that issue handled with our international partners. Unless, that is, she is just mimicking the deceptive rhetoric Obama used to try to sell the public on the disastrous Trans Pacific Partnership, which Trump wisely walked away from after he took office because it was just a latter day version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has also replaced with a deal that actually does treat our workers fairly.

Warren is correct, however, that Trump has not created “universal child care” or launched massive “affordable housing” programs, and thank goodness for that. Universal child care, no matter how it is structured, means major government intrusion into some of the most fundamental decisions that parents have to make regarding their children. As we have seen with public schools, once the government takes responsibility for a certain aspect of our lives, we are subject to the whims of politicians who simply cannot resist meddling with activities they do not comprehend.

On affordable housing, Trump spent decades as a successful real estate developer in Manhattan, so he knows there is a better way to go about shaping policy. Instead of just giving people handouts that our indebted government cannot afford, Trump has devoted his attention to helping the economy break out of its decade long slump so that people at every point on the spectrum can enjoy the opportunity to provide for themselves. We have already seen the results of that smart approach from the dramatic drop in the number of food stamp recipients since Trump took office.

This economy provides plenty of other evidence that Americans do not need the federal government to hold their hands from cradle to grave. Unemployment is at the lowest level in 50 years, wages are rising at the fastest rate in a decade, and growth has reached a 3 percent average for the first time since the Great Recession now that Trump has pared back much of the government overreach that his predecessor had created.

Meanwhile, the proposals of Warren paint the picture of an omnipresent government standing over our shoulders, telling us what kind of job to have, where we should live, and how to raise our children. It is eerily reminiscent of the “Pajama Boy” commercial of 2013 that so perfectly captured the condescending coddling of the Obama administration.

While Warren offers her full support for every radical proposal that comes along during this presidential campaign cycle, she clearly misread the outcome of the 2016 election if she thinks she can now revive the nanny state policies that voters rejected and are poised to reject again in 2020.

Madison Gesiotto is an attorney and a commentator who serves with the advisory board of the Donald Trump campaign. She was an inauguration spokesperson and former Miss Ohio. She is on Twitter @MadisonGesiotto.