If the Democrats’ radicalism doesn’t cost them the 2020 election, the incessant fighting between their top three presidential candidates will.
While it’s common for Democrats (and Republicans, for that matter) to squabble openly during any primary battle, this year’s battle is quickly heating up like none before it — and part of the reason why is because of the party’s embrace of the fringe.
Take Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s currently in second place. She supports an economically unfeasible Medicare-for-All health care plan that would drain the bank accounts of the so-called “rich” to fund health care for everybody, including illegal aliens.
The plan would cost a minimum of $52 trillion over 10 years, not to mention two million jobs. She’d fund it via a flurry of new taxes that she claims would only affect wealthy billionaires but would likely impact all working-class Americans, from those with 401(k)s to those who rely on wealthy job creators to earn a living:
Elizabeth Warren health care plan sparks outcry over 401(k) tax hike. Her plan would impose a 0.1% tax on financial transactions, which could affect 401(k) and pension plans, HSAs and 529 plans. The best person to explain this is @GregIacurci. https://t.co/3QVF8H29Ga pic.twitter.com/IL3AGH20Ge
— InvestmentNews (@investmentnews) November 4, 2019
Welcome to Modern Monetary Theory by E. Warren
$52 Trillion for Warren’s
Medicare for All
“The middle class will not have their taxes raised”
“We will tax your employers”
= Layoffs/Businesses closing
Now the middle class, and former employers move to the Low income
— Non Descript (@Yuri_Bezmenov2) November 1, 2019
Late last week, the top Democrat in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, effectively came out against this radical proposal.
“You must win the Electoral College,” she said in a Bloomberg interview. “What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan. … Medicare for All has its complications.”
And it’s unlikely that the millions of Americans who live in flyover country would be willing to accept these so-called “complications” (also known as disadvantages).
This would explain why, according to the latest poll numbers, President Donald Trump is beating Warren among likely voters in almost every battleground state.
? NYT, Nate Cohn: NYT/Sienna Poll: One Year From Election, Trump Trails Biden but Leads Warren in Battlegrounds https://t.co/cTw1aHs4oH
● Likely Voters //➔ Much tighter than Registered Voters pic.twitter.com/ce4HDNj0RV
— Auriandra (@Auriandra) November 5, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who currently leads the 2020 Democrat primary field by an average of only 8.5 percentage points, echoed Pelosi’s criticism in a statement issued Friday through his spokesperson.
“The mathematical gymnastics in this plan are all geared towards hiding a simple truth from voters: it’s impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle-class tax increases. For months, Elizabeth Warren has refused to say if her health care plan would raise taxes on the middle class, and now we know why: because it does,” he reportedly said.
But luckily for Trump, the arrogant Massachusetts senator refuses to listen.
(Source: The Hill)
“Democrats are not going to win by repeating Republican talking points and by dusting off the points of view of the giant insurance companies and the giant drug companies who don’t want to see any change in the law that will bite into their profits,” Warren angrily retorted when pressed by reporters last Friday about the growing criticism.
“But if anyone wants to defend keeping those high profits for insurance companies and those high profits for drug companies and not making the top 1 percent pay a fair share in taxes and not making corporations pay a fair share in taxes, then I think they’re running in the wrong presidential primary.”
But Warren isn’t the only candidate who’s embraced the fringe — nor the only candidate whose fringe ideas have attracted criticism from within the party.
There’s also third-place leading candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s released his own Medicare-for-All proposal, though he claims his is somehow superior to Warren’s.
“I think the approach that we have, in fact, will be much more progressive in terms of protecting the financial well-being of middle-income families,” he said to ABC News on Saturday, adding that Warren’s proposal would engender a “very negative impact” on middle-class job creation.
According to critics, the truth is that Warren and Sanders are both the same, in that if either one of them wins the nomination, Trump will most likely reign triumphant in the general election.
Included among these critics is former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, who’s admitted to The Daily Beast that neither candidate stands a chance in hell of winning the key battleground state of Florida.
“I say this with the greatest respect and admiration and friendship for those other senators who embrace Medicare for All, but the hard reality is it is going to be a stretch too far for the Democrat candidate,” he said.
Legendary Democrat strategist James Carville appeared to agree.
“Some people in the Democratic Party want to use the Jeremy Corbyn strategy,” he said, referring to a controversial U.K. politician whose embrace of the fringe has prevented the nation’s left-wing party from being a success.
“There’s this whole thinking where ‘the Democrats are going to win so we need to be bold, but no, look at the U.K. I don’t want to be the party of Jeremy Corbyn. It worries me.”
Meanwhile, as Democrats continue to feud among themselves, the entire Republican Party remains firmly united behind the president:
Many people listened to my phone call with the Ukrainian President while it was being made. I never heard any complaints. The reason is that it was totally appropriate, I say perfect. Republicans have never been more unified, and my Republican Approval Rating is now 95%!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2019
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