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HORIST: Warren is about to tell us another lie … a big one

HORIST: Warren is about to tell us another lie … a big one

Under pressure to explain how she is going to pay for her Medicare-For-All plan – and all those other giveaways she is proposing – Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has promised to provide a detailed plan to pay for the $30-plus trillion for MFA over ten years, but that still leaves another $40 trillion hole in the budget for all that other stuff she promises.

Before we go further, I need to introduce you to one of “Larry’s Laws of Governance.”  In this case, I refer to:

“Whenever dealing with government funding, the amount of income projected to be generated in the proposals will fall short and the costs will far exceed all projections.”

We are not talking about a rounding error.  No. No. No.  The projected income will be fractional, and the cost overruns will be in the multiples – 100, 200, 500 or even 1000 percent.

Keeping that fact in mind, consider the Warren craziness.

Uncle Sam spends between $4 and $5 trillion per year.  He taxes up around $3.5 trillion.  The difference is that $1 trillion-per-year deficit you read about – the amount we pass on to our kids and grandkids in the form of the National Debt – which is about $22 trillion at this time.

Over the next ten years, the Warren plan would put another $3 trillion cost each year.  And if you add in all her other promises, it adds up to $7 trillion in costs each year.

The Warren plans are unattainable and unsustainable. She is playing with Monopoly money.

Sometime soon, Warren will come up with her plan to pay for all of this.  Why?  Because she has to.  Every one of her presidential competitors is saying that the Warren plans are impossible to fund.  If she cannot convince we the people that she has a REAL plan to pay for all those goodies, her credibility – and her campaign – will suffer.

So, there will be a plan.  She will talk about a wealth tax, a progressive income tax, increased corporate taxes.  She will have some charts to show how taxes will produce an unprecedented trillions of dollars without impacting on the all-important middle class.  None of that will cover the costs.  Not even close.

Her wealth tax will look good on paper to the gullible.  As presidential candidate Andrew Yang pointed out, it has been tried in several countries – and was repealed as an utter failure.

Warren will sock it to the big bad corporations, but she will fail to note that corporations do not ultimately pay the taxes.  They simply pass that cost onto the consumer.  As I have noted many times in my commentaries, a tax on businesses is actually a regressive tax on all consumers.  When the tax is increased on gasoline, you see the price increase reflected at the pump.  That is true of all corporate taxes.  Buy a shirt, hire an attorney or rent an apartment and YOU will pay their business taxes.

Warren will soon be presenting her latest big lie.  Like any con man (or woman), Warren is about to flimflam the American public with her kinetic energy and a bunch of funny numbers.  When she reveals here scheme, let us all keep in mind the admonition that “if it sounds too good to be true, it will not be.”

So, there ‘tis.

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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.

10 Comments

  1. Jersey Prophet

    This woman Warren is a dangerous demagogue! She has very skilled rhetorical bombast – the very same skill that Hitler had when he insinuated himself as chancellor of Germany and then finally, as DerFuehrer.”

    She is working the same demagogic magic on her foolish supporters. They have no idea what’s in store for them, any more than the German citizens who stupidly fell for Hitler’s verbal tricks!

    I will paraphrase what a famous German philosopher once wrote, “First they burn themselves into your conscience with their inflammatory, lying language. Next they burn the books. Finally they burn people! “

  2. Kurt Walker

    I’ve lived a long time successfully from knowledge I gained along the way. Three things I learned early were (1) You must have an income to support your way of life. and (2) never over spend what that income will support. I listen to all candidates who want to be in government work, federal or local. The third, and possibly the most important thing I learned is THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS LIFE FREE. You will pay for everything UP FRONT or you will pay at the end of the way. Either Ms. Warren doesn’t understand economics or she is just trying to “smoke” the voters into believing her to benefit her chances at election. The only real TRUTH in her promises is the taxes will skyrocket. But then so will every price of every item on the market. So we will pay up front and at the end of the way also.

  3. Marti

    She is an idiot

  4. Rich

    An impossible to overcome factor is that around 70% of our economy is Consumer based so if you tax us to oblivion production for all products will decrease (no consumers), unemployment will increase, tax receipts by the Fed will decrease and America will be on an uncontrollable death spiral.

    The idiots in the Demented-Dem-Clown-Show-Primary simply don’t understand economics, much less 3rd Grade Arithmetic . . . . they are all liars or mentally deranged . . . probably from Terminal TDS?

  5. Dale Brown

    She needs to pow-wow with umm… Big chief “I need wampom”.! Then of course we will have a point of truthful reasoning. Not…… Please pray for our home. One nation under God!

  6. An American

    Elizabeth Warren ,Nancy Pelosi and any of these Democrats or Republicans in these closed-door meetings impeaching the president should have the door kicked in and everybody in the room should be arrested on treason and cou charges

  7. Duncan Olney

    “Liars figure and figures lie” You produce the end result first then recalculate to make it sound reasonable

  8. Bill Davis

    If you put a wealth tax on the rich, the corporations, the employers, they will not change their lifestyle, or income, they will just lay off employees at the bottom to make up the difference. How is this going to help? Employers hire because they have the money to do so. Take that away, and the workers @ the bottom pay the price.

  9. Jeanette Kelley

    Every American should echo this Individual’s Remarks, as my
    Husband and I have been saying for month’s:

    “An American”

    “Elizabeth Warren ,Nancy Pelosi and any of these Democrats or Republicans in these closed-door meetings impeaching the president should have the door kicked in and everybody in the room should be arrested on treason and cou charges”

    Why can’t they be arrested and held accountable? Every Day
    American’s , who would do the same thing would be locked
    up and prosecuted in a HeartBeat! Wake Up America!

  10. Juan Robledo

    Warren, has no idea of what she’s talking about, not sure what she’s smoking or what she’s smoking at this point, but I can assure you it’s not pot or cannibiss, she’s gone off the deep end, but making promise’s and getting the American taxpayers to flip the bill and their grandkid is ludicrous and out right stupid, she needs to get her facts straight