Bernie Sanders happily took on the Sunday morning talking heads this weekened in an effort to solidify his position as Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare. Drawing crowds in Iowa – and not just from college students and hippies that wandered in off the street after catching the scent of marijuana wafting through the crowd – Bernie spoke his mind, or at least what was left of it after all these years, drawing a distinction between his own version of America and Hillary Clinton’s.
In a move that will surprise no one who was not already familiar with Bernie Sanders, when he finally gets into office, America, he’s going to raise taxes on the rich, raise taxes on corporations, and use the resultant largesse to provide you, the little people, with all the free stuff your little hearts desire.
Bernie Sanders says America’s wealthiest individuals and large corporations would face tax hikes if he’s elected president.
The Vermont senator who’s closed the gap on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race said Sunday he’d use that money to pay for infrastructure, job creation and college costs…He said the United States needs rules that would “dampen down the speculation on Wall Street,” and that he’d like to break up Wall Street’s biggest financial institutions
And, he said, he’d “substantially” raise taxes.
“Yes, we have to raise individual tax rates substantially higher than they are today because almost all of the new income is going to the top 1%,” Sanders said.
“And yes, those folks and large corporations will have to pay under a Sanders administration more in taxes so that we can use that revenue to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create the jobs we need, make sure that every kid who has the ability is able to get a college education in America because public colleges and public universities will be tuition-free,” he said.
As Greece is currently learning, socialism only works until you run out of other people’s money. But that’s neither here nor there. We know what’s wrong with his plan, what’s important about it is that it clarifies the chasm between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. He’s running far to her left, and even as she bends over backwards to accommodate the progressives who want an impact on the Democratic ticket, she can’t bend over that far backwards. There’s now way a Clinton administration can talk tough on Wall Street, could run on higher taxes and bigger budgets, or could ever offer free college. She knows the United States would fall into a black hole of debt, and while she may, in fact, have “red” roots, she can’t show them and also reassure Americans that they heyday of her husband’s tenure, where budgets were balanced and the economy was growing, would return.
Which is why the Clinton campaign is running scared.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is “worried” about Bernie Sanders, whom a top Clinton aide described as a “serious force” in the 2016 battle.
“We are worried about him, sure. He will be a serious force for the campaign, and I don’t think that will diminish,” Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said Monday in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“It’s to be expected that Sanders would do well in a Democratic primary, and he’s going to do well in Iowa in the Democratic caucus.”
Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has emerged as Clinton’s main foil in the Democratic primary.
The Democrats are seeing their own Tea Party movement brewing, and it’s dangerous for Hillary. The party is threatening to split after promising a progressive in sheep’s clothing and delivering a milquetoast President more concerned with solidifying his own legacy than “moving America forward” with the help of MoveOn.org. The Clinton campaign seems to be warning donors that they need to start backing her lest a true lunatic take the helm.
The problem is, of course, that the Democrats may actually want a true lunatic. Sanders is over the top in his rhetoric, but he’s being honest. And he’s attracting a following. There are actually people who believe the United States will be better off with Bernie Sanders in charge. That’s scary enough in itself, but if you’re Hillary Clinton, its terrifying that you actually might not be left of center enough – and can never be – for your target demographics.