More Democrats, Same Choir
November 19, 2019
Simon Cowell, that acidic critic of talent show contestants, famously described one threesome as sounding akin to three cats being dragged up the motorway.
He could just as easily have been describing the Democrats running for president.
And even though 9 candidates have dropped out in the past few months, 3 new members of the choir have joined or are rumored about to join.
Michael Bloomberg jumped into the race last week allegedly to provide an alternative to a field he claims are not adequately positioned to beat Trump. In other words, Bloomberg knows the rest of the candidates are crazy and scares the bejesus out of more moderate Americans.
Then, as if Bernie and Elizabeth weren’t already providing adequate northeast representation, there’s the former governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. He seems to think he offers a distinct brand of leftism the other 18 current candidates don’t.
And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder, Hillary Clinton is now talking about joining the choir of singing cats. She says it’s not her idea, she says she’s being “drafted” by a Democrat Party dissatisfied with the rest of the field.
But no matter who gets in or who drops out, all the candidates are racing to the left cheered on by the so-called millennial generation. No matter the cats in the choir, the song remains the same.
And the tune is decidedly popular with young people. Need proof our public schools are failing? 75% of millennials say they believe socialism is the economic system best suited to provide fairness and a wonderful life for the greatest number of people.
Given 10 decades of socialism’s abject failure – including very recent examples in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea – it seems almost impossible even semi-conscious observers of world events could prefer socialism over capitalism.
And yet the same kids who don’t mind dropping $1,000 on an iPhone, $1,500 on a tablet, or $800 for a Canada Goose coat; are the most vocal about how terrible and greedy the companies are that supply these products and thousands more.
Bernie and Liz are among the cats yowling loudest. Maybe that’s why nearly half the Democrat electorate favors one or the other.
What’s their plan? Free healthcare for all – including illegal immigrants; hefty welfare payments for anyone who didn’t care to work (again, illegals included); and free college for anyone who cares to take advantage (once again, illegals too) – all paid for by taxpayers.
Warren would throw open the borders and let anyone in who wants in. Bernie isn’t quite so committed to wide open immigration, but he might as well be: he supports the elimination of ICE and an end to any talk about border walls.
Other than illegal immigrants, the other big winner if Democrats win is government and the people who work for it. If there’s one thing every Democrat plan has in common; it’s the need for a huge new army of clerks, administrators, managers, and social workers required for implementation — and huge new tax increases to pay for all that new bureaucracy. $52 trillion plus in new spending over the next decade will require literally 10’s of thousands of new bureaucrats.
The one department of government that won’t grow is defense. It will shrink as Democrats redeploy that money to pay for free healthcare, welfare, public school unions, and a massively expensive Green New Deal. The Democrats simply don’t believe we need a strong military, more secure borders, or fully functional intelligence capability.
Of course, cuts in national security spending won’t come close to paying for their new programs so both Bernie and Liz – and all the other Democrats for president – have each proposed huge new tax increases. They’ve proposed higher income taxes, higher capital gains taxes, increased corporate taxes, new taxes on investing and savings, and new taxes on estates and inheritance.
And, in a first for America, Elizabeth Warren wants to confiscate a portion of the assets that belong to wealthy Americans. She proudly calls it 2 cents and says the very rich can afford 2 pennies on every dollar of the value of their assets.
She’s probably right. They can afford 2% a year, which means some 25% over 10 years, and as much as 60% over 20 years. So someone worth $50 billion would have to give up $30 billion or so over 20 years. It’s not like they’ll have to enter the work house at that point, by any standard they’ll still be wildly wealthy. But the real losers are the hundreds of thousands of workers whose jobs disappear because all that wealth went to the government instead of building businesses. And let’s not forget the forced asset sales, divorces, closed family businesses, and massive recession we’ll all have to live through.
Warren and Sanders are true socialist believers. They really think the government can do what you cannot — make better decisions about your own life, make wiser choices about your own future, and build a more efficient economy. And they won’t be satisfied until the most successful economy in the history of the world is brought to its knees.
Never mind the huge new government bureaucracy that decides who gets health care and who doesn’t, what car you drive, where you work, what you eat, and limits the energy you can use. Never mind the massive unemployment from an economic system that penalizes work, creativity, and innovation. And never mind the loss of liberty, individual rights, and personal dignity.
Bernie, Elizabeth, and all the other Democrat cats in the choir only know one song and it’s a far left anthem that celebrates their superior vision over your’s. No matter who in the choir comes or goes, the song remains the same no matter how discordant the notes.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.