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What did Bernie really say?

April 16, 2019

What most Americans say they would like to hear from Democrats is a discussion of their actual policies, complete with operational information without ever saying or referring to the word Trump.

Bernie tried hard on part one, but failed miserably on leaving Trump out of it. He says Dems will lose if they run on hating Trump, but he sure made it clear that yeah, he hates Trump.

So leaving Trump out of it, what did Bernie say last night?

Let’s look at socialism and healthcare.

He did admit that even middle class taxes would have to go up to have money to pay those medical bills.

He also said his form of socialism would address the economy.

The economy.  Think about that.

Many people say that socialism needs capitalism so that the government would have incomes to tax.

Actually, no it doesn’t.

All socialists need to do is CONTROL the economy, and the easiest way to do that is through wage and price controls.

Thus if you mandate a certain minimum wage, say fifteen dollars an hour, but require the businesses to charge no more than thirty dollars an hour, you would know exactly how much money they would be making after expenses. The only way they could make more money would be to cut non-wage costs, like for instance, health insurance.

Anything the business made over thirty dollars an hour could be taxed or even forfeited to the government.

That’s a vast oversimplification, but you get the idea.

BTW, we’ve had wage-price controls several times during our history, usually to support the military during a war. I can remember my parents kept several left-over ration books for gasoline, tires, and even food of certain types after WWII.

The last wholesale peacetime (and political) use was during the early days of the Nixon administration.

Those are kinds of issues we’d like to see politicians address honestly. Ask them how exactly are you going to “cut costs” and “increase” wages.

The rest of these bumper sticker slogans are just that. Bumper stickers.

From → op-ed

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