Saturday, April 27, 2019

Candidates See Land of the Free or of the Freeloader?

The lessons of 2016 remain lost on them.                   
by Daniel J. Flynn April 26, 2019

Whoever said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch never said it to the various presidential hopefuls aiming to unseat the current occupant of the Oval Office. And whoever says it now risks issuing a warning misunderstood as a challenge.

Elizabeth Warren proposes free college tuition and debt forgiveness for student loans. “The entire cost of my broad debt cancellation plan and universal free college is more than covered by my Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” Warren explains. “For decades, we’ve allowed the wealthy to pay less while burying tens of millions of working Americans in education debt. It’s time to make different choices.”

Numerous candidates, including Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker, support Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All proposal, which commits the federal government to providing healthcare to everyone as it outlaws the insurers who currently provide such coverage to most. The bill prohibits “a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act” and for “an employer to provide benefits for an employee, former employee, or the dependents of an employee or former employee that duplicate the benefits provided under this Act.”..............

The whole “Make America Great Again” mantra connected with voters because Americans felt that opportunities open to them in the past had begun to close. Whereas Trump stressed opportunity, and perhaps more specifically opportunities denied, Democrats now fixate on inequality, a related but not equivalent phenomenon. The fixes they offer for their fixation threaten to transform the land of the free into the land of the freeloader............To Read More....


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