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Bogus Bernie burned by WaPo (Democrats with bylines)

Don’t expect this sort of treatment should Queen Hillary ever get the nomination.  Expect every one of the GOP candidates to be treated like this if they’re even somewhat viable.  The Washington Post takes Bernie to the whipping post:

Mr. Sanders’s story continues with fantastical claims about how he would make the European social model work in the United States. He admits that he would have to raise taxes on the middle class in order to pay for his universal, Medicare-for-all health-care plan, and he promises massive savings on health-care costs that would translate into generous benefits for ordinary people, putting them well ahead, on net. But he does not adequately explain where those massive savings would come from. Getting rid of corporate advertising and overhead would only yield so much. Savings would also have to come from slashing payments to doctors and hospitals and denying benefits that people want.

He would be a braver truth-teller if he explained how he would go about rationing health care like European countries do. His program would be more grounded in reality if he addressed the fact of chronic slow growth in Europe and explained how he would update the 20th-century model of social democracy to accomplish its goals more efficiently. Instead, he promises large benefits and few drawbacks.

And that’s just a sample.  They pretty much trash the low information, economically illiterate’s dream candidate.  Bernie’s the “free stuff” guy, yet even he has to admit that someone has to pay for his “free stuff”.  Of course those who support him stop listening right after “free”.

But that’s really not the point.  Hillary is sinking in the polls.  The presumptive favorite is in a tight race in the first two primary states.  Bernie, despite the fact that he’s clueless, is almost even with the chosen one of the big time Washington media establishment.  You know, the one’s with Democrats with bylines?  Way to close for comfort.  And Clinton isn’t helping.  In fact, it seems she’s beginning to crack a little bit.  Additionally, she’s wearing thin with the voters who are just as tired of the circus she was a ringmaster in as they are of the Bush dynasty.  And all these reminders of her past residence in the big house is beginning to make inroads and erode her support. Then there’s that email thingie.

So up steps the editorial board of the WaPo to take a few well aimed pot shots at her closest competitor.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily disagree with anything they say about Bernie.  I just question the timing and intent.

That said, I loved this chaser they included near the end:

Mr. Sanders tops off his narrative with a deus ex machina: He assures Democrats concerned about the political obstacles in the way of his agenda that he will lead a “political revolution” that will help him clear the capital of corruption and influence-peddling. This self-regarding analysis implies a national consensus favoring his agenda when there is none and ignores the many legitimate checks and balances in the political system that he cannot wish away.

 Sounds a lot like someone who has occupied the White House for the last 7 plus years.  Someone that the editorial board of the Washington Post was wild about, regardless of the fact that he’s acted precisely in the way they now deplore.
Funny that …
~McQ
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3 Responses to Bogus Bernie burned by WaPo (Democrats with bylines)

  • Some of the savings would come from where it comes in other countries. Lawsuits and Lawyers get told to take a hike. Lawyers tend to be a major source of funding for Democrats, especially the malpractice kind

    Not really saying malpratice in medicine isn’t out of control. But once the lawyers are broomed from healthcare, the consequences of withholding care are gone and doctors can be pressured to raise the bar before giving treatment.

  • Like Trump, the Malfeasant Media can’t control Sanders, he’s a loose cannon, says what he thinks.
    Worst of all, he says what his constitutes are thinking and have been saying but the press blatantly reuses to cover. Bad optics, don’t yah know?
    It’s that Societal Control part of Money. Power & Societal Control, straight out of the Progressive playbook.
    Money and Power can only go so far by themselves, if you can’t control the lead player, you don’t have control.
    Hence the popularity of Trump, Sanders, Carson, Fiorina, Paul, the TEA Party.
    Hence the vitriol, the hatred, the demonetization, the institutionalized harassment by the Regime, the IRS, the Malfeasant Media, the Establishment DNC/RNC Parties…
    If this all seems new to you, you haven’t been paying attention.

  • The best part will be watching them realize they’ve scuttled Sander’s SS People’s Socialst Warrior right at the time they need to shift colors from the sinking Clinton Prison hulk.

    Leaving them with O’Malleable or Crazy old Uncle Joe and a rowboat fleet.