By Kevin “Coach” Collins
California Congressman Brad Sherman is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee so he must be a smart guy who knows what he is talking about, right? Well no, not right. In a C-SPAN interview Sherman made the “profound” point that “If you destroy one power in the Middle East, you empower the other side, and the four groups that are fighting ISIS now are in many ways nearly as evil as ISIS itself, and in fact, those who are fighting against ISIS today on the ground have killed far more Americans than ISIS has.”
Saying that a group that replaces a defeated ISIS would be, “nearly as evil as ISIS itself,” should do nothing to dissuade Barack Obama or anybody from crushing ISIS. Even if a new group took ISIS’s place that would be a trade up for the free people of the world and a great first step. Nevertheless, the logic here seems to escape Sherman.
His failure to understand the value of crushing ISIS is a reminder of the overarching blind spot liberals have for understanding the concept of “dynamic scoring.” To liberal Democrats things that happen in our world always only follow a linear path. Thus since two and two is four in a calculator, in their view two and two will always result in four in real world situations as well.
This becomes very clear when liberals are in control of a level of government and decide they need still more of our money to buy votes. They will look at an item that is currently taxed at say $1.00 per unit and conclude that since 100,000 of those units are typically sold each year providing a $100,000 in tax revenue, if they double the tax to $2.00 per unit they will double the yield to $200,000! When consumers resist and either don’t buy as many of these items or go to a nearby jurisdiction to buy them, causing a net loss of income they never learn the dynamic scoring lesson.
Sherman and other Democrats can’t understand that if ISIS is flattened, dynamic scoring will take the fight out of other groups in the region. Our Islamic enemies can read and watching television gets the word to those who can’t. If the job is done right they won’t be quick to sign up to fight a military with planes and rockets.
Liberal Democrats just don’t get that we are fighting seventh century savages that respect brutal force and little else.