It was the perfect description. Jack Gerard took to Twitter after Bernie Sanders’ recently introduced “Medicare for All” bill and called it perfectly:
“Bernie Sanders is the elementary school class president who promises soda in all water fountains.”
I don’t know that there’s ever been a more accurate depiction of the silliness of Bernie Sanders’ absurd political fantasies, or a better indictment of the stunning ignorance of those mindless throngs who embrace and promote him than that singular analogy. After all, who is worse: the kid who promises the soda without any plan for how to deliver, or the student body that votes for him without giving a thought to the same?
And if the release of Hillary Clinton’s embittered book “What Happened” has told us anything substantial, it’s that not just conservatives recognize this clownish behavior of the Bernie posse. Comparing his farcical promises to a scene from the movie There’s Something About Mary, she excoriates The Bern:
That’s what it was like in policy debates with Bernie. We would propose a bold infrastructure investment plan or an ambitious new apprenticeship program for young people, and then Bernie would announce basically the same thing, but bigger. On issue after issue, it was like he kept proposing four-minute abs, or even no-minute abs. Magic abs! Someone sent me a Facebook post that summed up the dynamic in which we were caught:
BERNIE: I think America should get a pony.
HILLARY: How will you pay for the pony? Where will the pony come from? How will you get Congress to agree to the pony?
BERNIE: Hillary thinks America doesn’t deserve a pony.
BERNIE SUPPORTERS: Hillary hates ponies!
HILLARY: Actually, I love ponies.
BERNIE SUPPORTERS: She changed her position on ponies! #WhichHillary? #WitchHillary
HEADLINE: “Hillary Refuses to Give Every American a Pony”
DEBATE MODERATOR: Hillary, how do you feel when people say you lie about ponies?
Brutal. And one reason it’s so brutal is because it’s so accurate. Which is why Democrats are in serious danger if they continue to follow Bernie Sanders down his path of ponies and magic pixie dust, as they appear poised to do.
Some of the leading contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kristen Gillibrand, are all co-sponsors of Bernie’s single-payer socialized medicine scheme. This despite the fact that even liberal think tanks are putting their head in their hands at the sheer fantasy of the proposal:
For one thing, the policy is remarkably vague. “Mr. Sanders did not say how he would pay for his bill,” writes Robert Pear of the New York Times. “Aides said he would issue a list of financing options.” The “options” are not included in the bill — but they are enough to raise the hair on the back of one’s neck.
The hair goes up because the price tag is breathtaking to the tune of trillions of dollars. That money will come from the wallets of Americans – something that will cripple the economy instantaneously. Keep in mind that Bernie made a similar vague healthcare proposal during the campaign that even with massive tax hikes to generate another $15 trillion, still didn’t bring half the revenue it would need to finance the hair-brained plan.
That means Democrats following Sanders down this rabbit trail of doom will have to propose double the amount of already-staggering tax hikes, or cut the coverage options it will provide – in other words, start rationing care. If you’re over 60, don’t count on that kidney; if you’ve got a pre-existing condition, don’t count on that expensive transplant.
I’ve written before that Christians who support this poverty-inducing, care-rationing socialist scheme are abetting evil. Democrats who are supporting it, meanwhile, just aren’t very bright.