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HORIST: Democrats debate who can spend the most of our money

HORIST: Democrats debate who can spend the most of our money

(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.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Donald C Pratt

    But you have to admit, it is a hoot to watch them toss out thier outlandish if nit completely absurd ideas that simply would NEVER see the light of day in America.

  2. Audrey Jane Budzynski

    Your so right. Seems like this is a rerun of the past Democratic Presidential Candidates. If America is going to let these Idiots take care of our Money, you would think that they would be promoting: We will have the Congressional Budget under Control. Then they would be promising us a chicken in every pot and a pot on every stove and Yada Yada Yada.
    Certainly nothing new from a bunch of “This is how we lose our Base” Our Basic Truth is we just love spending other People’s money and we are certainly able to spend yours into oblivion. You will all be on Food Stamps and you will all be starving to death and you will all be telling us that This is What We Want in America. Happy Friday the 13th.

  3. Sandra Emilita

    Why am I not receiving any more email posts from you?

  4. Dan the man

    Mr. Larry Horist is such a pessimist and his negativity is disgusting. The money needed to fund all of the Democratic plans doesn’t have to come from the tax payers. All that needs to be done is crank up the printing presses and run off more hundred dollar bills… trillions of them. Maybe even quintrillions (is that a real word?). It’s just paper, after all. And our politicians have already been doing that for a good number of years now. How do you think they fund the government and pay for all of their personal quirks?

  5. Kurt Walker

    Shush, we have to do this quietly. We will bad mouth the president until he resigns. Then we can impeach Pence when he takes over, That leaves the speaker (Pelosi) next in line. Then Hillary can run for and take over the senate and that will complete our coup. We’ve got this thing wrapped up.