It’s just not right.
It’s just not right that we’re less than a month away from the first Democratic presidential debate for 2020, while those same sourpusses are still litigating their sour grapes from the 2016 election. Talk about endless campaigns.
Nonetheless, with 24 (and counting) candidates in that race, it’s easy to lose track of where they stand on some issues. So, to help gauge this group, maybe readers could consider some recent comments or ideas they have expressed.
Sen. Kamala Harris, for example, announced she intends to have the federal government police what companies can pay CEOs, in order to ensure women are paid equally as men, and grant “preclearance” before states enact abortion laws. So much for the free market or federalism.
As for what people make, Sen. Bernie Sanders recently lamented that baseball players are paid “hundreds of millions of dollars” while teachers supposedly go without -- again, never mind that free market jazz, that athletes aren’t paid by taxpayers, or that elite professionals in any field make top dollar. Bernie also has proposed jacking up taxes on billionaires so the federal government can build more “affordable” housing. Well, a guy with three houses ought to understand housing better than the rest of us schlubs.
Joe Biden, when he’s not apologizing for his past ideas or creepily complimenting little girls, was the guy who came out of the gate claiming he would overcome President Donald Trump’s “hate,” yet also told black voters in 2012 that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them “back in chains.” Recently, he has said America has an “obligation” to provide healthcare for people who entered the country illegally.
As for those immigrants, Beto O’Rourke, the candidate who once proposed, then backtracked from, an idea to tear down our border barriers, has announced that he would create a path to citizenship for all 11 million people now in the country illegally. That 11 million, by the way, has been around for years and likely low-balls the actual number. Some estimates peg the population as rivaling that of O’Rourke’s home state, Texas.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another fan of capitalism, recently put up a billboard announcing she would break up the tech giants, like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. She put it right in the heart of Silicon Valley. She also has proposed a “wealth tax” on millionaires, beginning at $50 million, to wipe out college-loan student debt and pay for universal child care. Additionally, following Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” playbook, she called Fox News an “outlet that profits from racism and hate” -- assuredly giving Fox viewers a warm and fuzzy. Warren, who for decades sold herself to employers as Native American, ought to know better than most how to play the race card.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg also bypasses federalism, wanting the federal government to pay public school teachers. He also labeled abortion an “American freedom,” and supports no limits on late-term abortion (which in fairness aligns with most of his fellow Democratic contenders).
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also hates the wealthy. She proposes taxing them in order to give voters $200 worth of “Democracy Dollars,” which voters could contribute toward their favorite political candidates. She also wants to tax stock market transactions to fund a program to provide diapers and baby clothes to newborns. She also claimed to be Catholic and then proceeded to attack the Catholic Church on its positions on abortion, on keeping priests male and unmarried and on rights for homosexuals and transgender people.
Sen. Cory Booker wants to create a national gun licensing program. He also has criticized the 1994 federal crime bill that, arguably, did more than any other policy out of Washington over the past three decades to help bring down violent crime rates across the country.
That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in this contest, which admittedly will be a tough one for Democratic voters to sort out.
If you want to keep it simple, just remember a few key points. This crop of Democrats, given the party’s increasingly port-side drift, is pretty much to the left of Karl Marx on economics and will advocate soaking the rich to the point of drowning them; will “save” democracy by subverting it; will swaddle us in a cradle-to-the-grave government safety net; will lay out the welcome mat for millions more illegal immigrants; will ensure abortion is anything but safe, legal and rare; and will divide us further along the lines of class, race, gender and geography.
Good luck telling them apart. Doesn’t seem like much really separates them.
Bill Thompson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.