(This initial response is the first in a series of commentaries that will deal with the specifics of the proposals presented by the Democrat candidates.)
I recently did a video satirically announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. I was to run as a Democrat on the theme “You Want It, You Get It.” I promised to pay kids – even toddlers — for going to school. I upped Andrew Yang’s idea of paying every American $1000 each month. I extended government paid healthcare that would cover cosmetic surgery, hair restoration and manicures – arguing that you have to look good to feel good.
Imagine my surprise when I watched the most recent Democrat presidential debate and discovered that the real candidates outdid me in dipping into the national treasury – our taxpayers’ pockets – to give everything everyone might like to have.
I had to check my television guide to make sure it was really the Democrat debate. It seemed more like a contest between Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and even the stork to see who could offer more gifts to the American public – using its own money.
Former Vice President Biden represented the only moment of economic sanity when he accused both Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of not fessing up on the price tag on their basic healthcare programs. Neither Sanders nor Warren responded with the accounting – other than saying they would not increase taxes on the middle-class and they would tax get the money from the millionaires and billionaires and the corporations.
Truth be known, even those awful one-percenters do not have enough money to cover the Democrats’ socialist platform AND a tax on corporations IS a tax on everyone because that cost is passed through to the customers – hitting hardest on the poor.
After proposing trillions of dollars in Monopoly money for healthcare, most certainly the candidates would curtail excessive spending in other areas, but noooooo. Virtually every proposal piled trillions of more dollars for everything from canceling all student loans, providing free education from pre-preschool to post graduate degrees, a guaranteed $60,000 starting salary for all teachers, subsidies for wind and solar energy companies, etc., etc., etc.
This all has risen to the level of political bribery. Vote for me and I will give you this or that. In fact, in the zeal to outdo each other, Andrew Yang came close to literally buying votes. He pledged to give ten selected families $1000 each month for a year with money from his campaign fund. While he did not have time to explain the selection of those families, it was unique … and a silly use of $120,000 in campaign donations.
While giving away more money than Uncle Sam can afford, the Democrats actually will reduce the money flowing into the treasury by such plans to provide black colleges tax exemptions. It is a gift-for-votes scheme by any definition.
But fear not. One does not have to own a crystal ball to know that even if any of those Democrats should win the presidency – and even if they were to take control of the Senate – virtually none of those silly policies would ever get enacted. At least we better hope not.
So, there ‘tis.