October 18, 2015

Maher: How Will America Pay for Your Radical Agenda, Sanders?

I don’t think anyone is going to mistake Bernie Sanders for a genius, but the absent-minded professor act is becoming a little tiresome. Even the most liberal folks have to realize that there’s no such thing as a free lunch – check out Sanders’ response when he is questioned.
Even Bill Maher, who says that he wants to support Bernie, is having a hard time wading through Bernie’s message. I don’t think I would be able to handle interviewing this guy…but hell, I can’t count to potato either.
Then came Sanders, who sat down opposite Maher for his pre-panel interview. Maher endorsed the candidate and admitted that he “wanted to help [Sanders’] campaign” by demystifying the word “socialist” for Americans. “They hear socialist and they think herpes, Bernie!” he exclaimed.

“What we do is we have to make a movement if you like to correlate what we’re talking about, because on every one of the major issues I’m talking about, the American people agree,” explained Sanders. “Do the American people agree that public colleges and universities should be tuition-free, as they are in many other countries? Do the American people agree that the largest corporations and the wealthiest people, who today are doing phenomenally well while the middle-class shrinks, do people believe they should have to pay more in taxes? The American people say yes.”
But Maher—in a surprise move—challenged Sanders on his utopian plan, echoing the most common critiques of the candidate’s agenda: that there’s no way raising taxes for the top 1 percent of Americans could pay for all these programs.
“The tax revenue that we would get just from taxing the people who I think your fans think you’re talking about, the people who own a yacht, does not come close to covering what you want to pay for,” said Maher.
“Not true. Not true,” a clearly-thrown Sanders fired back. “What I’m saying is there have been articles out there that have been really unfair and wrong. For example, what they are suggesting is that if we move to a Medicare-for-all single-payer program, which guarantees healthcare to all people, it would cost a lot of money. That’s true. But what they forget to tell you is it would be much more cost-effective than this dysfunctional system we have right now, which is the most expensive per capita on earth.”
“But it couldn’t even work in your home state of Vermont!” Maher said. “They were going to institute it, and the governor said it’s going to cost too much money. We just can’t do it. It would be the entire budget. That’s true.”
“No… Well, it’s not…,” a shaken Sanders replied. “I’m not the governor from the state of Vermont, I’m the senator from the state of Vermont…

Omg. Sanders is so awkward he just makes me CRINGE. Nobody said you were the governor, genius. The governor (that doesn’t mean that we think that it is YOU, genius) said that your half-baked plan won’t work. UGH.
Did you notice that Bernie seemed perpetually shocked when asked questions even at the debate? Everything seemed to take him by surprise or he seems to not hear a word you say.
Bernie – go enjoy your twilight years with your family. It’s time for you to chill out, dude. Even Bill Maher is telling you that your plan, while popular with a crowd that loves instant gratification, has no sense of responsibility to repay it later, and that America cannot control it. There isn’t enough money in the world to fill the so-called ‘income gap’.

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