Some observations on the political scene:
- Many people on the left are convinced they are getting screwed
- Many people on the right are convinced they are getting screwed
- Almost no one, except Obama, thinks the status quo is good.
Both aggrieved sides have latched onto candidates who make promises they can’t possibly (and shouldn’t) keep.
Bernie promises free healthcare and free college with no way to deliver it. But say you’re 26 years old, not earning much in this economy and have $40,000 in college debt. Bernie sounds good, $40k worth of good.
Donald promises to build a wall paid for by Mexico and to bring millions of jobs back from China. How? Oh, uh, he’ll make deals because he’s such a great wheeler dealer. What’s his plan, march Apple CEO Tim Cook into the White House and order him to manufacture iPhones in Detroit?
People in fear of global warming should first address the hot air spewing from his mouth.
Get a load of this:
Lordy, didn’t The Donald sound a lot like Al Sharpton trying to talk about the Fed during that Democratic debate? Except Trump is supposed to be educated and smart.
And for Bernie, Jim Geraghty had this:
At a Feb. 7 rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sanders made it clear that unlike Obama, he would channel, rather than deflect, anti–Wall Street anger if elected president. To a throng of 1,500 voters packed into a community college gymnasium, Sanders vowed to crack down on Wall Street bankers. As he spoke, Sanders was continually interrupted by shouts from the audience of “Break ‘em up!” and “They should go to jail!” . . .
Mathew Pitman, 34, of Portsmouth, said a combination of higher taxes and smaller banks was the only thing that could bring Wall Street to heel. “Subject them to the same level of taxation as people like me,” he said, “and break up the big banks.”
John Joyal, 59, of Sommersworth, New Hampshire, was pushing an all-of-the-above plan. “Taxes, fines, jail, manacles–I’m for all of it,” he said. “Citizens United needs to be overturned, too.”
Others took their cue from how bankers have been treated abroad. “We should do what they did in Iceland,” said Keiran Brennan, who had driven up from Wellesley, Massachusetts. “Put them in jail.” Added Nora Hussey, also from Wellesley, gesturing toward a giant “Bernie Sanders 2016” posted, “Or just elect him.”
Mr. Pittman, if compelled to pay taxes like the top 1% do, would freak out. Poor ignorant Pittman doesn’t know that 65% of federal income taxes are paid by the top 10%. And John Joyal seems oblivious that Bernie’s campaign is succeeding without big money and that big money has flopped big time for Bush et al.
Notice these folks aren’t brimming with specific charges, or a sense that anybody they dislike must be proven guilty before a jury of their peers. They just want to see rich people go to jail. From a separate article:
Mauza, 71, said his condominium’s value is still down a third from before the financial crisis, that his property taxes have nevertheless gone up, and that “people are mad at Wall Street because of what happened to their retirement savings.”
“All those banks got bailed out, after they all went overboard,” he said. “Not as many people went to jail as probably should have.”
Either no one remembers, or no one cares to admit, the banks paid back the money. (The American people lost $11.2 billion on the General Motors bailout, making sure the car company could continue to sell cars that would kill you if your key chain was too heavy.)
From Sanders’s victory speech:
Listen to this, when the top three drug companies in this country made $45 billion dollars in profit last year, that is an obscenity, and let me tell you something. When we make it to the White House, the pharmaceutical industry will not continue to rip-off the American people.
That $45 billion seems like a lot . . . until you realize country spends about $375 billion on medicine each year. That’s a profit rate of 12 percent. Still seem so outrageous?
How many lifesaving drugs has Bernie Sanders developed?
In an earlier appearance, Sanders said, “We’re going to have to make the decision to say, I’m sorry, we can’t make money out of health care.” Never mind that doctors, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, drug researchers, and specialists of all kinds spend years and small fortunes learning their skills and developing their treatments. Bernie Sanders has decided they’re charging too much because they’re greedy!
(As a senator, Bernie Sanders makes $174,000 per year. According to Payscale.com, the average general practice doctor makes $143,000.)