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Sugarcoating Socialism

Bernie Sanders
Well, Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t wait to push the rest of the Democrats running for President hard Left.

Right out of the box he went straight for Medicare for all and tax increases, “People who have healthcare under Medicare for All will have no premiums, no deductibles, no co-payments, no out of pocket expenses. Yes, they will pay more in taxes but less in healthcare for what they get.”

And Sanders says Medicare for All would guarantee taxpayer funded abortions for everyone.

Sanders also was quick to open a class warfare front in the 2020 campaign by claiming that the three wealthiest Americans have more wealth than the bottom half of all Americans. It’s a statement he’s made before, referring to billionaires Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett. And according to the fact-checking news organization Politifact, Sanders is right.

In 2018, Forbes said that Bezos and his family are worth $160 billion, Gates is worth $97 billion, and Buffett is worth $88 billion. That comes to a total of $345 billion dollars.

And after Bernie’s opening it seemed like everyone in the Democratic debate, except Governor Hickenlooper, started with “I agree with Bernie” or some variation thereof, such as Senator Gillibrand’s version, “I actually ran on Medicare for all and I won that 2-1 district twice."

Ten years ago, Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to dispel the myth that his health care plan would cover illegal immigrants. That was Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” moment.

But last night Bernie’s agenda permeated everything, and when the moderators said, “Raise your hand if you would provide insurance to undocumented immigrants.” All hands raised.

As the first hour of the debate wrapped Rep. Ro Khanna @RoKhanna tweeted, “Almost half of the #DemDebate so far has been focused on Medicare for All. That's in no small part because people like @BernieSanders have been fighting for it for 30 years.”

As the second hour opened Chuck Todd asked Bernie Sanders if he believed diversity wasn't an important principle in Democratic politics.

"Absolutely not," Sanders replied. "Unlike the Republican party, we encourage diversity, we believe in diversity. That's what America is about."

But then Sanders pivoted to the struggles of working-class Americans and the widening wage gap, suggesting that he believed economic inequality deserves just as much national scrutiny as questions of diversity.

“The old ways are no longer relevant,” Bernie said, explaining that America and the rest of the world need to come together against using fossil fuels and shifting money away from war and weapons to pay for it.

But what his closing statement made clear, was that Bernie is not bashful about saying that he plans for a revolution; "How come nothing really changes? Nothing will change unless we take on Wall St., insurance industry, pharma industry, military industrial complex, and fossil fuel industry. If we don’t, the rich will get richer and everyone else will be struggling."

It seems that there is no problem, from income inequality, to the alleged climate crisis, to war, to unwanted pregnancy that socialism can’t cure.

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