Bernie's Fantasy World

I was watching a mother’s panel on fox news this morning, and one of the ladies mentioned a website called bernietax.com. Out of curiosity, I took a look at it. And based on what he presents there, my disposable income would be almost 100 dollars a week more. Sounds great, right? If you ignore the reality that what is presented there is utter nonsense, you might be tempted to support the Sanders candidacy. If you can overlook the fact that his proposals would double or even triple the federal budget, it is easy to convince yourself that middle and lower-income taxpayers will pay less under a Sanders administration. You also might want to check to see if someone has mixed peyote into your weed. 

Bernie has become quite adept at dodging the question of the price tag of all the “free” stuff he keeps promising the gullible and the stupid. Health care, as proposed by Sanders, would cost more than the entire current federal budget. He also wants to cancel all student loan debt, make college free for everyone, and provide universal pre-k for all. When pressed for details, he merely says the rich and the corporations will pay their “fair share.” No, they won’t. Economics 101: Companies never pay a penny in tax. They include it in their cost of doing business and pass it on to their customers. The rich and their money will run for the proverbial hills should this buffoon get elected, and the only ones who will benefit will be the tax havens. 

But Bernie lives in a fantasy world. In his world, Castro was cool because he taught his subjects to read and write before he imprisoned and shot them for doing just that. Cuba was such a beautiful place to live that thousands risked their lives to get here on literally anything that would float. In Bernie’s world China is a paragon of progress and prosperity as long as you can ignore the imprisonment, torture, and murder of millions.  The people of Hong Kong are not impressed. They are getting beaten, teargassed, and shot in the streets for having the audacity to protest the Beijing interference on their island. Unlike Sanders and his idiot followers, they are not interested in the Chinese socialist paradise. 

It will be interesting to see tonight at the Democratic debate if the other candidates take advantage of the free oppo research the DNC has instructed its minions in the press to trumpet. Not that all this stuff isn’t true. But the Democrats and their propagandist media are becoming quite proficient at releasing information and videos at a time expertly calculated to do those they oppose the most harm. 

But in Bernie’s world, he is going to get the nomination and beat President Trump. But the reality is that should he get the nomination, it would be a forty state landslide for President Trump. And the powers that be in the DNC know that. I have a feeling that as long as Sanders is in this race, he will be targeted in a way that is usually reserved for Republican Supreme Court nominees and Donald Trump. Welcome to the real world, Bernie.   

Beginning Of The End For Sanders?

I know. Bernie is surging in the polls. Biden looks out of Gas. The race in South Carolina, which Biden was supposed to win handily, is now within reach for Sanders. But Bernie is no longer the amusing left wingnut sideshow he once was. He is on track to take down the Democratic Party as their nominee. While at the moment it seems that there is no way to stop him, the long knives are out for the socialist interloper. The Party lapdogs in the MSM are already attacking him with the type of vitriol and venom usually reserved for President Trump. 

Interviews are appearing all of a sudden showing Sanders defending some of the vilest dictators the world has ever known. When he is finally challenged on just how he plans on paying for what the Socialist Senator is proposing, he has no idea. His Medicare for all boondoggle will cost 30 trillion dollars by his own reckoning, which tells me the cost would be much higher. When pushed on the cost of this and the rest of his plan, he gives a vague disingenuous answer that it will be less than the cost of the current system.

Of course, most thinking people know that Bernie is a fraud. And he is not even a very convincing fraud. He has been able to peddle his idiotic proposals with the blessings of the DNC for some time. They were able to swat him aside with the Hillary Clinton cudgel in 2016. But Joe Biden, who was supposed to fulfill that role in this election cycle, isn’t up to the task. 

Watch for the emergence of more realistic analyses of what Bernie is proposing in the now unleashed press. Watch for the attacks on the debate stage, not only from the other candidates but from the moderators. Bloomberg took much of the fire that would have been directed at the frontrunner in the last debate. But everyone will have their marching orders. It will be amusing to watch.

Brokered Convention Or Bernie Sanders: Which Is Worse For The Democrats?

Despite all the talk about how Bloomberg and his money are going to come riding in on his white stallion to save the Democrats from their voters, they seem to be left with two equally unappealing choices. There is another debate next week, and if Mikey has the same type of showing he had in the last debate, all the slick Madison Avenue advertising and creatively edited tweets may not be able to rescue his campaign. He might be better prepares for the next debate in terms of oppo research, and he might even be able to respond to some of the challenges he had to know were coming in the first debate. But he comes off as a condescending, egotistical, self-important, elitist jerk. That’s going to be a lot harder to fix in a week. 

For better or worse, people pick their favorites based on some very superficial criteria. That’s why we have a political discourse in this country that is ninety percent about the negative qualities of the opposition candidate and precious little about the free and open exchange of ideas. Bloomberg is woefully unappealing in many of those areas that would be necessary to have a broad appeal in a party where the rank and file voters range from very liberal to socialist. The fact that he is a billionaire does not bother me, nor does the fact that he is self-funding his campaign. But when the rest of the Party pounds a constant drumbeat against the one percent, being a member of that group cannot help.

At the moment, there seem to be three choices here, each of which is sure to cause upheaval among Democrats. One is that Bloomberg somehow becomes a viable candidate and can buy the nomination after sitting out most of the campaign. How will all those volunteers and campaign staff workers, and supporters who have slogged through the last year and a half feel about this New York Huckster? There was an obvious distaste for him from the first time he opened his mouth the other night. Worse, the MSM, usually a strong propaganda arm of the DNC, excoriated his debate performance. Result: Democrats lose in November.

The second scenario: Bernie Sanders wins and gets the nomination on the first ballot at the Convention. There is a robust Socialist base in the Party, but convincing a populace that is center-right and center-left, for the most part, to vote for the type of garbage he is peddling is not going to happen. Result: Democrats Lose.

The third scenario: No one wins enough delegates to win the nomination, and they head into a brokered convention. Nothing worse could happen to the Democratic chances than this. Party elites and insiders would then pick the party nominee. Then all the campaigning, all the primaries and caucuses, all the debates would be meaningless. 
No one disputes that the Democrats need a large turnout to beat Donald Trump. A simple hatred of Trump will not be enough. If the democrats are going to get people out to the polls this election day, they will have to put forward someone who can convince voters to vote FOR them and not merely against Trump.

Bloomberg and Deadpan Alley

Who as it that thought Michael Bloomberg would be the antidote to the Bernie Sanders problem? Yes, he has virtually unlimited cash, and the DNC is practically broke, but he has the personality of a dead fish. The expression on his face said, “Nobody talks to me like that!” He was woefully unprepared, and he was reeling from attacks coming from people who do not work for him. 

A lot of his support is coming from his advertizing blitz, but almost all of his support comes from people who do not know him. Unfortunately for Mikey, the more you get to know him, the less you like him. He tried to land a punch on Bernie with a legitimate challenge to his status as the leading Socialist in the country and a millionaire with three houses. But he couldn’t follow it up. 

When asked about his taxes, he couldn’t resist reminding us how complicated and voluminous his tax returns would be, because he is so successful. It wasn’t what he said but the tone we perceive emanating from him when he says it. Then he goes and confirms that perception by his incredibly stupid and unnecessary statement, “I can’t just go to Turbotax.” What we hear then is, “I can’t just go to Turbotax like the rest of you, peasants.”  

Here’s some advice, Mikey. Beating billionaire hating Democrats over the head with your wealth is probably not a good idea. They are not impressed. Especially when Elizabeth Warren challenges you with statements attributed to you about women, and your response was to look like you just ate a lemon and washed it down with castor oil. Your response to a challenge to release numerous former employees from non-disclosure agreements was a weak and pathetic, “They were entered into consensually and will remain confidential.” Really? On the same day that a story broke about a family that feels their signing of that agreement was coerced? Do you want to reconsider that answer?

Here is one more piece of advice just because I’m in a generous mood. You might want to read some things that are not written by journalists who work for you. You know, like people who you can’t order to report only positive things about your campaign. But you see that’s the problem with being a narcissistic, self-aggrandizing, arrogant, elitist blowhard. You can’t hear opinions you can’t buy, and that’s a lousy way to prepare for a debate or a campaign. 

I will give you one thing, though. You are living proof, Mikey, that making money is no indicator of how much “grey matter” you have. Because next to the farmers, factory workers, blue-collar and whitecollar workers who continue to build this country every day, you, sir, are an imbecile. 

He's On The Stage. Will Mikey Like It?

One of the first news stories I heard this morning was that little Mikey Bloomberg had met the modified criteria to be on the debate stage for the Nevada debate. For a while that even DNC scheming and changing the rules wouldn’t be enough to get him there, but Mikey managed to buy enough support through his non-stop ad blitz to cross the threshold. It will be interesting to see the questions that will be asked of him tonight. I’m sure the moderators have already received their instructions from the Central Committee and will be limited in what they will be able to bring up. But I hold on to a thin thread of hope that one moderator still has enough integrity and intestinal fortitude to ask real questions. Here are some I would like to see asked:

Mr. Bloomberg, everyone on this stage has been working very hard to get here. They’ve had to raise money hold rallies, answer questions at town halls, and news conferences. Many have even had town halls on Fox News Channel, of all places. All you’ve done so far is spend money. How does that qualify you to be on this stage?

Mr. Bloomberg, many of the candidates, have attacked President Trump as a racist because of certain statements he made. However, just in the past few days, we have been reminded of your racism in action and your defense of it. Not only your defense of stop and Frisk but your statements like how African American and Latino males “don’t know how to behave in the workplace,” among other things. You have apologized and said you have changed your mind. Why should we believe you?

Mr. Bloomberg, you have boasted in your commercials of how you have created so many jobs. But we are reminded of the numerous reports of your verbal abuse and harassment of women in your workplace. You have settled lawsuits in this regard. Given your obvious disdain for women in the workforce, why should any woman vote for you?

Mr. Bloomberg, in a now widely circulated video, you have made demeaning and ignorant remarks about farmers. Given how you expressed your utter contempt for some of the hardest working people in our country, why should anyone who has to get up and go to a job that you would classify as not needing much grey matter, vote for you?

That’s just a few of the questions I would like to see asked. But perhaps if none of the moderators have the guts to ask them, maybe one or more of the candidates on stage will. If they do, you can be sure of one thing. Mikey will most assuredly NOT like it.