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Gygi: A new accountability deal

March 30, 2019

All of my children have participated in sports as they grew up, from soccer, baseball, flag football to dance and gymnastics.

I am so impressed and indebted to the coaches who cheered, inspired, encouraged and taught my children the basics of the sports. But their teaching didn’t end there. These coaches, who don’t get paid for their efforts and take time out of their busy lives to work with our children, are some of the best examples of what is good about our society that I can imagine.

So it is particularly distressing to hear of the coaches and their bosses who were bought off and bribed by wealthy elitist parents who were paying to illegally get their children into schools that they couldn’t get into any other way. This is so disturbing to so many of us who worked hard to get into a good school and then continued to work jobs to get through college in order to graduate.

It is not that we wish we were born to wealthy elitist parents who could bribe school officials at the school of our choice. It is that when we take the SAT tests, which my oldest son is doing now, or apply to colleges, we have an expectation of fairness to be meted out.

The college admissions scandal is just the latest example of a society where it appears that the game is rigged against us. I don’t know if the college admissions scandal is emblematic of a society where everything is rigged or if this is just a one-off event. I hope it is the latter but I don’t think it is because of the results of the Mueller report that were also just released.

In case you just returned from a trip to the moon, the college admissions scandal is no longer the biggest story, the Mueller report exonerating the President on the Russia collusion “hoax” just became the most important story perhaps of our lifetimes.

In my opinion, the college admissions scandal and the Mueller report are opposite sides of the same coin. They both represent a society fixed in favor of the rich or well-connected. Many of my friends on the left talk about two countries, one for the wealthy and those that have and another country for those who are not rich or the have-nots.

The Democratic Party has always been about taking from those who have and giving it to those who have not. The idea sounds innocent enough, as a country should have a safety net for those who fall through the cracks. In fact, the U.S. does have many safety nets and they serve a purpose, but as we saw under President Obama, the goalposts keep changing and those who have were constantly told they were not paying their fair share.

Now Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others on the Democratic side are saying they want massive tax hikes and are proposing something called the Green New Deal that would all but do away with airplanes and force everyone on trains, force everyone to retrofit their houses at great personal expense, do away with cows and much much more. This “green dream,” as Speaker Pelosi called it, could cost as much $93 trillion dollars according to the former director of the Congressional Budget office, Douglas Holz-Eakin.

This is socialism at its most earnest and as Margaret Thatcher once said, the problem with socialism is that eventually, you run out of other people’s money. I and many of us on the right want the two country appearance to end but we don’t think that taxing the wealthy into poverty works because you can take all their money, but the left won’t have enough and then they have to go take it from the middle class. The solution to the two country appearance is to hold violators accountable. The #metoo movement is doing that to the sexual abusers.

We need an accountability movement and I think it is coming as Sen. Lindsay Graham is talking about holding people accountable for the other side of the Mueller report that has not been investigated nearly enough. The “other side” is the investigation and prosecution where needed of abuses in the FISA court system, attempted coup d’etat of a sitting president by many Democratic elected officials and the media.

The media has a lot to answer for over how they have reported on the first two years of the president’s term. The media gave President Obama a pass on many scandals and have now thrown aside any attempt to be unbiased. They have become advocates instead of just reporting the news.

I am an opinion writer, I can’t ignore the facts, but unlike the mainstream media, I am supposed to reach a conclusion and present it to you. Many members of the media have become opinion writers or reporters; it will take a very long to undo the last two years. There has to be accountability for deeds done or things said that were not true and purposely said anyway. I love this country, but we need a new accountability deal not a new green deal.