Sanders Announces for President

February 20, 2019

by John McClaughry

On Tuesday Senator Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President – despite the awkward fact that he has steadfastly refused to belong to the Democratic Party.

His ten minute announcement video was, I admit, a perfectly engineered appeal to America’s teeming left wing element. To no one’s surprise, Bernie inveighed against Wall Street, multinational corporations, billionaires – at least the ones who don’t fund left wing causes – the health insurance industry, the drug manufacturers, the fossil fuel energy sellers, and the National Rifle Association.

He denounced Donald Trump as a racist, sexist, homophobic, pathological liar, fraud and bigot. Curiously, he didn’t attack Trump for shamelessly running up a trillion dollars in national debt. Bernie should be grateful to Trump for setting a precedent for the future progressive presidents who will need lots of borrowed money to pay for their lavish agendas..

Bernie promised his usual menu: All-out war against climate change, countless new jobs in renewable energy, tuition free higher education, reducing if not wiping out student debt, sweeping immigration reform, wealth taxes on the unworthy rich, a living wage, national paid leave, an end to the War on Drugs, and of course, Medicare for All.

Bernie’s action line was for a million people to sign on to his crusade to transform our country economically, socially, and racially.

I can’t believe this will end well for him, but I give Bernie high marks for clarity of objectives.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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Deanne February 23, 2019 at 2:17 am

Well, it sounds like Bernie hasn’t had a chance to read the Constitution yet. I guess he’s been 1.) busy talking too much when he should have been learning more about what his job description would be were he to get the job, 2.) house-hunting, or 3.) coming up with more things he can offer to give people for free. (?)


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