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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 02:46 PM

Bernie Is Not Normal
By RICH LOWRY
January 14, 2020 6:30 AM
National Review

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The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success.

Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating states, Iowa and New Hampshire. He could plausibly win both, which would instantly transform the race into a desperate effort to Stop Bernie.

Sanders doesn't exactly get good press. A lot of the punditry (understandably) wrote him off when Elizabeth Warren eclipsed him in the polls a couple of months ago and he had his health scare. Longer profiles have tended to be fond, while expressing skepticism that Sanders can build out his coalition. But the same people who have spent years worrying about norms ó by which they usually mean things President Donald Trump says and tweets ó express little alarm about Bernie's campaign of jaw-dropping radicalism.

If he had his way, he'd fundamentally change the character of the country. He'd make the United States an outlier in the Western world, not in terms of its relatively limited government, but its sweeping activism. A Hellfire missile aimed right at the federal fisc, Sanders would make Barack Obama's economic agenda look like the work of a moderate Republican.

In foreign affairs, he'd bring to the Oval Office a sympathy for America's enemies not often heard outside academia or Noam Chomsky reading groups.

He's the American Jeremy Corbyn, a socialist true believer whose fantastical agenda reflects the dictates of dogma. The difference is that Corbyn effectively promised a return to socialist-imposed stagnation in Britain, whereas Bernie is inviting America to experience it for the first time.

His domestic program, according to Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute, would cost nearly $100 trillion over the next decade. It would more than double federal spending and blow past Western European social democracies in government profligacy. What would ordinarily be considered ambitious spending plans ó his proposed increased expenditure expansion on Social Security, infrastructure, housing, education, and paid family leave ó are dwarfed by his gargantuan commitments to his "Medicare for All" proposal, his federal job guarantee, and his climate plan.

He'd fundamentally transform the relationship of the individual to the state, which, among other things, would ban people from owning their own health insurance.

Sanders pitches his health-care proposal as "what every other major country on Earth is doing," but no other place is as sweeping or as generous. "There is not a single country in the world," health-care analyst Chris Pope writes, "that offers comprehensive coverage with an unlimited choice of providers, fully paid for by taxpayers, without insurer gatekeeping, service rationing or out-of-pocket payments."

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:20 PM

I usually dismiss Bernie as an out-of-touch doddering old fool but the very thought that he might actually have a chance, however slim, at the presidency, is terrifying.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:44 PM

Nope, he's in the 1%...
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:28 PM

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Sanders does indeed have his charms. Heís sincere, consistent, and inarguably himself.


Sincere is not the same as honest or truthful.
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:03 AM

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When I think of Bernie Sanders i think of that south park episode about racism. The covetous jew comes to mind. <br></div><div><br></div><div>

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/covetousjew.jpg <br></div><div><br></div><div>In the debate last night did anyone else hear the moderator call Bernie "sandjew" when she was asking Warren a question? I heard it in the replay today with Breitbart, and I heard her say it twice. Did anyone else hear that. It was right after she questioned Bernie about the hullabaloo about the women can't win nonsense then she pivoted to Warren asking since he did.... <br></div>

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:43 AM

My wife has often said "You can be totally sincere in what you believe and still be totally wrong."

Socialism isn't the answer and yet a lot of voters are gullible enough to believe that it is.
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:53 AM

He's a walking case of dementia.

 Taggart Transcontinental, on 15 January 2020 - 05:03 AM, said:

When I think of Bernie Sanders i think of that south park episode about racism. The covetous jew comes to mind.

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/covetousjew.jpg


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:36 AM

Bernie is a crooked as the day is long. His whole life is based on getting out of doing any meaningful work while being paid handsomely for it.

He found government to be the perfect vehicle to achieve this goal.

I donít for one second think he believes he can win the White House. However, I absolutely believe he looks at this as a way to shore up his retirement funds. Possibly a fourth house and a Porsche.

Anyone who supports this fool is an idiot of the highest order. Sadly, of which there are many.

The silver lining here is that he will fragment the Democrats and drain valuable resources from the eventual nominee.

Bernie Sanders is a cancer.
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:09 AM

 erp, on 15 January 2020 - 06:36 AM, said:

Bernie is a crooked as the day is long. His whole life is based on getting out of doing any meaningful work while being paid handsomely for it.

He found government to be the perfect vehicle to achieve this goal.

I donít for one second think he believes he can win the White House. However, I absolutely believe he looks at this as a way to shore up his retirement funds. Possibly a fourth house and a Porsche.

Anyone who supports this fool is an idiot of the highest order. Sadly, of which there are many.

The silver lining here is that he will fragment the Democrats and drain valuable resources from the eventual nominee.

Bernie Sanders is a cancer.


:exactly:

Why the perpetually retarded consider him a hero.
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