The many problems with Bernie

  • 24 February 2020
  • NormanL

With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders grabbing the frontrunner's role in the Democratic presidential primaries, it's worth recalling just how truly distrubing some of his policy position are. Writing in Reason magazine, Veronique de Rugy says Sanders is nowhere near the mainstream:


History suggests that Sanders' plans for a system of "free" education, "free" health care, a federal paid leave program, government control of energy production, the Green New Deal, nationwide rent control, and a federal guaranteed-jobs program are only the beginning.

These plans rest on massive government interventions into people's lives, intense redistribution, and a level of coercion that Americans have never before endured. When people resist, the government's grip becomes firmer and more oppressive. If you think I'm exaggerating, think about it is this way: The people of Venezuela asked for their current crisis state when they voted for a regime that promised "free" health care and "free" education.

When Sanders talks about socialism, he isn't likely talking about the massive expropriation of property rights, nationalizing all businesses, or eliminating all but one—the state's—television channel. Nor is he really talking about Denmark's socialism. But even if one assumes that Sanders would not ramp up government intervention beyond what he now promises, what he already has on the table is much more than run-of-the-mill Democratic programs.

There's much more at the link and we encourage you to read it all. 

Democrats may yet turn away from Sanders. But if he finishes strong in South Carolina, and repeats the performance on Super Tuesday? Then Democrats may be heading for a wipeout that will make Gweorge McGovern's 1972 debacle look good by comparison.