Showing posts with label California pension liabilities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label California pension liabilities. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Maxine Waters wants Americans to hassle Trump cabinet members in restaurants. Perhaps our politicians want to distract Americans from our real problems--like the student-loan crisis

Stephanie Wilkinson, owner of the Red Hen, a trendy eatery in western Virginia, asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family to leave her restaurant. Why? Because Sanders works for the Trump administration.

"I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion and cooperation," Wilkinson told the Washington Post.

Good to know! If I ever make a reservation at the Red Hen, I'll keep my surly, callous, and truculent character to myself. I would hate to miss out on a $100 vegetarian dinner just because I failed a background check.

California congresswoman Maxine Waters publicly applauded the Red Hen's seating policy and urged her supporters to hound President Trump's cabinet members wherever they appear.  “If you see anybody from [the Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere."

President Trump called Waters "an extraordinarily low IQ person," but I disagree. Congressman Waters and most of the nation's other politicians--Democrats and Republicans--are trying to distract Americans from thinking about the nation's real problems--massive government debt, including the nation's budget deficit, the states' unfunded pension liabilities, and the nation's train wreck of a student loan program.

California alone has $1.3 trillion in government debt, and the state's unfunded pension obligations are staggering. The national deficit is $21 trillion, and the student-loan program has generated $1.5 trillion in outstanding student loans.

Distracting the public from massive public debt will continue working until it doesn't. And when Americans finally confront this crisis, they will find it a whole lot more distressing than Sarah Huckabee Sander's appearance at a snooty restaurant in western Virginia.

The Red Hen: "We reserve the right to refuse service to people we disagree with."

References

Patrick Gleason. California faces a $1 trillion unfunded pension liability and lawmakers focus on foam and plastic straws. Orange County Register, April 6, 2018.

McKenna Moore. Rep. Maxine Waters Tells Supporters to Harass Trump Cabinet Members. Fortune magazine, June 25, 2018.

Avik Selk and Sarah Murray.  The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. Washington Post, June 25, 2018.