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2017 is nearing its end. It is safe to say that this was a crazy year in politics.  Donald Trump is our president. Republicans and Democrats are fighting on the daily. It doesn’t help that anytime the Republicans introduce new legislation or propose any new idea, the Democrats overreact and claim that everyone is going to die.  Here are five moments in 2017 where liberals overreacted and quite literally thought the world was ending.

Trump’s Inauguration

When Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, the Democrats were terrified.  They never thought that President Trump would win the 2016 election.  

This was seen not just at the inauguration protests where the protesters thought that somehow by smashing windows, yelling, and attacking others, they would prevent Donald Trump from becoming president, but it was also seen at the Women’s March where millions of women across the world marched for women’s rights because for some reason, they believed Trump was going to take them away.  In fact, almost a year later, Trump has not taken away any women’s rights, and it is safe to say he is not planning on doing so in the future.

Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate agreement

On June 1st, President Trump announced that he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.  In his official statement, he said,

The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories, and vastly diminished economic production.

Since liberals are big believers in climate change and believe that the only way to prevent it is through government intervention, they were very angry over this.  One example of this was Tom Steyer, founder of Next Generation America, calling President Trump’s decision, “a traitorous act of war” and another is Michael Moore calling it a “crime against humanity.”

However, this is yet again another example of liberals overreacting.  First, the Paris Climate Agreement would only decrease the predicted increase in global temperature by 0.3 degrees Fahrenheit, assuming the U.N. achieves its goals. 

Healthcare

When Republicans introduced a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), the Democrats unleashed their fear mongering rhetoric once again.  Senator Bernie Sanders said in a later-deleted tweet that Republicans were “trying to pass a bill that could kill up to 27,000 [in order to] give tax cuts to the wealthy.”  Senator Elizabeth Warren also said that “people will die.” Hillary Clinton said that “[i]f Republicans pass this bill, they are the death party, but these statements were just not true.  One of the main concerns Democrats had with the repeal of ObamaCare was that it would not protect people with pre-existing conditions. The proposed AHCA had $130 billion allocated for people with pre-existing conditions.  The AHCA would have allowed states to get a waiver from the community-pricing rule put in place under ObamaCare which would have allowed insurers in those states to sell health insurance to healthy people for a much lower price.  In fact, it would have caused premiums for healthy people in the states with these waivers to go down by double-digits.  This community-pricing rule is what caused premiums to increase so much under Obamacare since the healthy and the sick both had to pay the same premiums. Allowing states to get a waiver from the community-pricing rule would have helped so many Americans.  The healthcare bill did not pass, but if it did, the world would not have ended. Despite what Democrats have said, thousands of people would not have died.

Net neutrality

On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to repeal Net Neutrality. What is net neutrality? It was the set of regulations introduced in 2015 which declared internet access as a basic utility and prevented internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking websites or applications or speeding up or slowing down speed for certain websites or applications.  Since repealing Net Neutrality allows ISPs to block, slow down, and speed up certain websites and applications, liberals once again thought that this would be the end of the world as we know it.  This is because they believe that government intervention is the only way to enforce good and ethical behavior.  They do not believe that the free market is capable of creating competition between ISPs. Many think that they will have to pay thousands of dollars just to access Twitter because all ISPs will charge extreme amounts of money and engage in anti-competitive behavior.

What these liberals do not understand about Net Neutrality is that first, the regulations have only been in place since 2015. Second, no ISP would charge outrageous prices to access certain websites or applications because they are a business. They want to keep their customers.  After all this outrage over Net Neutrality being repealed, no ISP would prioritize traffic or engage in anti-competitive behavior since they know this would kill their business.  Even if an ISP would make the terrible mistake of doing this, there will be other ISPs people can do business with since repealing these Net Neutrality regulations allows smaller ISPs to grow which creates more competition.  Because of competition in the free market system, the repeal of Net Neutrality will not be the end of the internet as we know it. Once again, liberals are overreacting.

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Tax reform

On December 22nd, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  These tax cuts will save the average American family $4,000 a year, and companies, such as AT&T have already promised to give 200,000 of their employees $1,000 bonuses!  Despite this, liberals thought the world was ending, once again.

Hillary Clinton called the bill a “blatant and insulting attack on working Americans.” Senator Bernie Sanders said that “if we don’t rally the American people to stand up and create an economy that works for all of us. . . this country is going to be in deep, deep trouble.” Economist, Larry Summers, said that the tax reform bill will “result in 10,000 extra deaths per year” since the bill includes the repeal of the individual mandate for ObamaCare which would leave people uninsured.  This is an outrageous statement which has been proven false by a 2009 National Institutes of Health (NIH) study that found that “there is little evidence to suggest that extending insurance coverage to all adults would have a large effect on the number of deaths in the United States.”  Once again, liberals overreacted over Republican legislation saying that the country will be doomed and that people would die.

Hopefully in 2018, Republicans and Democrats can have civil discussion about policy without saying that the other side’s policies will cause death and the end of America as we know it. We would be much more productive as a country without this hysterical rhetoric.

Rose L
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