B.J. Bethel

A view of the world from Ohio

Dead end at Bernie’s

Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his “revolution” continues. It hinging on the contents of Hillary Clinton’s email server and whatever the FBI was given in exchange for a plea deal for a hacker who claimed to break into Clinton’s emails. Adding intrigue, said hacker has told he wasn’t the only trespasser at Server de Hillary  (he claimed various IP addresses from outside sources had been in the server; there’s rumors the Russians have 20,000 of Clinton’s emails).

This leaves Sanders a Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels chance, despite his campaign an embarrassment, his base unhinged in certain quarters and his own ignorance of his central policies. Donald Trump was a known buffoon, with more gall than brains, that’s how he became a regular tabloid and reality TV figure. Sanders is a U.S. Senator, so when the New York Daily News asked him how he would go about “breaking up the banks” he had no answer, to which the interviewer replied, “That’s your central campaign policy.”

It hasn’t stopped Bernie boosters, who hobble together on Reddit and on Twitter, from saying their candidate is the one for change in government. Let’s take them at their word, and consider what Sanders would be if he were the nominee and Clinton weren’t.

Sanders himself is calling for a type of “revolution,” which sounds dangerous if it were from a real socialist and not a lifelong politician. One who was in office during the Microsoft anti-trust case, but can’t remember the Sherman Anti-Trust Act or the details of Dodd-Frank. If by some miracle, he survives whatever brutality Donald Trump would bring forth in a debate, and still has his wits about him, his message is a unrealistic pandering of progressive cause du jour that stands no chance of becoming law.

Single-payer healthcare? We just uprooted the entire system, let’s see if it works before junking the whole system. His budget has been derided from both sides of the aisle, surprisingly most by fellow progressives. No economist or columnist has the reach and influence of Paul Krugman, and he savaged Sanders budget as unserious, immediately adding $30 trillion in debt coming in the door.

Sanders promised free college education across the board, but doesn’t say how this will be implemented. Private colleges wouldn’t play a part. Public colleges are ran by state educational systems, Sanders would have to uproot a system that’s been in place nearly 200 years, and do it in a clash that would be the biggest challenge to federalism since the FDR administration. Many of those state colleges are ran by liberals.

He would immediately bring high taxes to high earners, which isn’t the worst idea, but secretly his budget would raise taxes on the middle class an average of $5,000 a year. A middle class already crushing under the weight of wage, labor and trade pressures.

Sanders is right on globalization and offshoring. But any war with Wall Street he would lose. Sanders would have to alienate his own identity political following. He would have no support in Congress, which would likely remain Republican despite whatever turnout Sanders could muster. If the Democrats took the Senate, they have no reason to be loyal to Sanders. Sanders isn’t a Democrat. His sole purpose of being a Democrat in the election was to get on television. There are no multitudinous debates per state for independents, broadcast in primetime on Fox, CNN or ABC. He wanted screen time, to do that he ran as a Democrat.

He says he’ll convince the party otherwise, but actions by his campaign in Nevada say no chance. In order to pull the tricks his campaign attempted at the state’s convention, he had to recruit supporters to register as Democrats after May 1, just weeks before the convention and a month after the state held its caucus. It’s a ridiculous assertion the Democratic Senate would support him after he shot down a former and powerful colleague like Clinton, who has served the party for 40 years.


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