Just because you surge in the polls doesn’t make you right, which means, I’m sorry to say, that what Bernie regularly posts on his taxpayer-funded Senate site is filled with the wrong ideas, the wrong policies, and the wrong fixes to problems that would not have been wrought had the government not intervened in the first place.
Oh, and in case Bernie’s supporters want to tout his lead in the laughable Democratic race for the nomination: Bernie is competing against someone with more baggage than the 3rd-largest airline in the US. And on the Republican side, Trump is still holding a lead in many polls. So let’s hope Bernie’s supporters don’t count their allocated, government-issued Freedom Chickens before they hatch.
Since Bernie’s site is “dynamic”, a quick snap of the page, as I expect it to change and be filled with other topics such as “Sanders Questions Need for Soldiers to Have Ammo” and “Sanders Quiet on Vets Dying in VA Hospitals While He Was On the Senate Veterans Affairs Oversight Committee”.
Let’s start with jobs, since unlike a lot of Sanders supporters, most Americans want to work for a living. What’s Big Bernie’s take on jobs?
Easy. Let’s ban energy production in the US!
11.4: Sanders, Merkley, Leahy Introduce Bill to Ban New Drilling on Public Land
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation today to help accelerate the transition to clean energy by ending all new federal leases for oil, gas or coal extraction on public lands and waters.
As others have noted, since the Obama administration has already drastically reduced the leasing of public lands for commercial oil drilling, to a 3-decade low, what, exactly, does Bernie expect to accomplish? Other than make it harder and more expensive, in the long run, for people who work for a living to put gas in their cars?
Here’s where Bernie really sticks it to those evil energy-producers:
“Worry less about your campaign contributions and worry more about your children and grandchildren,” Sanders told Republicans who continue to deny the science on climate change. “We are taking on the Koch brothers and some of the most powerful political forces in the world who are more concerned with short-term profits than the future of the planet. I’ve got four kids, and I’ve got seven beautiful grandchildren. We have a moral responsibility to leave our kids a planet that is healthy and inhabitable.”
Sanders doesn’t, however, apparently want to leave them a planet where when they turn on the light switch a light comes on. First of all, there is no “clean” energy. A wind turbine isn’t made from daisies and cow dung. It’s made from steel, carbon, and many are routinely backed up by gas-fired energy when the wind doesn’t blow. You need a gazillion of them to even hope to start matching current energy demands.
Also, Sanders seems to avoid mentioning those companies with their hands out for federal dollars that seek short-term profits rather than the future of the planet. I guess not everyone is as saintly as Bernie when it comes to what power they choose to consume on a daily basis.
Oh, and since the national infrastructure won’t be divested of cars anytime soon, Bernie creates more dependency on Middle East oil – which is something no “leader” in American politics should be supporting. Ever.
And how does restricting oil/gas drilling in the US help out those middle-class people who want a job, say, working for a company that drills for oil?
But enough about Americans wanting to do the jobs the government won’t let them do. Let’s cut defense spending!
11.10: Sanders Votes Against Increasing Defense Spending
Not three days before the Paris massacre, the ever-reliable Bernie Sanders took out his favorite whipping boy, and whipped him, just days before yet another massacre perpetrated by the insane might, just might, mean we shouldn’t be cutting defense spending even lower than it has been under Obama.
Timing, as always, is irrelevant when the dictatorship of the proletariat must be overthrown to make way for the pan-utopian Socialist future that awaits us, or whatever garbage is being peddled by Sanders and the mindless ilk that support an ideology responsible for 100 million deaths in the 20th century.
“If we are serious about ending waste, fraud, abuse and excessive spending, we have got to focus on all agencies – including the Department of Defense.”
Although Bernie fails to mention even one other agency that he wants to take a look at. Like the Department of Energy, maybe? Or maybe entitlements as a whole? Nope.
“This bloated Pentagon budget continues to pour money into outdated weapons systems that don’t function properly.”
The bloated Senate payroll continues to pour money into outdated anachronisms that don’t function properly, but Bernie still takes his paycheck.
Oh, and the outdated systems? They’re outdated because new systems won’t be authorized by Barack Obama’s signature on the budget. Secondly, if by “don’t function probably” Bernie means “able to strike with unmatched power anywhere in the world”, then he might be slightly confused about what the word “function” means. Granted, he was barely an apprentice carpenter four decades ago, so what does he know about the design and function of weapons systems? Other than that they don’t fire low-information votes into the ballot box for him?
“The Department of Defense is the only federal agency that cannot pass a clean audit.”
The Fed isn’t audited and 40% of every dollar spent, under budgets Bernie votes for, is paid for by borrowed funds. Secondly, apparently Bernie’s never heard of DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency)and DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency), two huuuuuuuge federal agencies that audit all DoD contracts, and if defense contractors fail the audit or have anything wrong in their estimates, the contractors are fined, and they eat the cost overruns if necessary.
Does Bernie know what an audit actually is? Does Bernie know his budgets include funding these two agencies?
“Many of its major acquisition programs suffer from chronic cost overruns.”
As does nearly every government contract. Bernie is silent on the Obamacare website’s cost overruns. Why isn’t he crying out for an audit of HHS? Nearly a trillion dollars spent on a website. One. Trillion. Dollars. That’s huuuuuuge money. Did that “work properly”? But hey, it’s health care, so whatever.
“Virtually every defense contractor has been found guilty or has reached a settlement with the government because of fraudulent and illegal activities. This has got to change.”
This is an enormous accusation, since the DFAR is so complex it is virtually impossible not to screw something up in terms of meeting the massive and frequently conflicting regulatory requirements. So “settlements” are often small and routine fines for failure to comply with the DFAR.
And considering there are thousands of defense contractors and sub-contractors, Bernie is claiming that the hard-working Americans that work for these firms, and some of them are small, family-owned machining shops, are actively seeking to commit fraud. Does any business model start with “How can we defraud the US Government”?
What Bernie really wants is the DoD budget to be spent on entitlements, not defense. He figures there are more retired people than people working in the defense industry, and he can count votes. It’s that simple.
And, finally, after trashing the Department that employed them, Bernie has a tribute to veterans. No word yet as to which side of his mouth he’s delivering this message from:
11.11: Sanders Statement on Veterans Day
“Today, we honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and their families. The truth is that we can never repay the debt that we owe to those men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our country. Our commitment to care for our veterans must extend to every day of the year – not just Veterans Day. We have a moral obligation to keep our promise to provide for the wounded and their families and ensure that all veterans receive every benefit they have earned and deserve.”
Oh, and look at how Captain Oversight honored veterans – by ignoring the facts of the outrages occurring in VA hospitals that were plainly available to him. Bernie was Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (2013 – 2015). This occurred on his watch.
Bernie has all the qualities one looks for in a leader: Hubris, an amazing ability to ignore innate contradictions in his policy positions, and an uncanny ability to ignore the deaths that he had the power and responsibility to prevent. He doubles down on these massive, apoplexy-inducing failures, by now making trite statements regarding the sanctity of veterans on his website.
These are just a few samplings of how wrong Bernie is, but with a full head of steam (and taxpayer dollars, and “big” union dollars behind him), it’s hard to keep up with the Most Disingenuous Man In The World.