Deeply left-leaning Robert Reich has written an opinion piece in The Guardian on why Trump should fear Warren Sanders. Cute.
The ultimate irony here is that America has grown up on decades of Trump’s chest beating bluster. Before he was president he was idolized in TV shows and movies. Yes, even Democrats loved him, or at the very least his wallet. What you see is what you get. That is Trump’s charm, as repulsive as many might find it. He doesn’t pretend to be anything other than the brash character that he is. To that end he is authentic.
On the other hand you have bullshit artists like Elizabeth Warren who pretend they are who they are not. It isn’t lost on Americans that Warren has lied about her cultural appropriation. Her bowling alley admission and subsequent apology were as hollow as hijacking minority status to advance her career. She has no persona.
Bernie Sanders too. Bernie pushes hardline socialist ideals but he himself has three mansions. No one should begrudge his making the system work for him but once again it only makes him look a rank hypocrite to espouse that he is one of them.
While Bernie looked the goods in 2016, he has had a heart attack and his health will be an issue.
Reich puts it on the line with,
“This is where Warren and Sanders come in.
Their core proposals would make the system work for everyone and alter the power structure in America: Medicare for All based on a single-payer rather than private for-profit corporate insurance; a Green New Deal to create millions of good jobs fighting climate change; free public higher education; universal childcare.
All financed mainly by a tax on the super-rich.”
Reich could square away climate change in a jiffy by questioning why his alarmist mate Barack Obama bought a $15m mansion by the sea in Martha’s Vineyard? Millions of jobs via the Green New Deal? What for? Unemployment is 3%. Free education? I agree there on the basis of the quality of professors on display during the impeachment hearings. It is a crime to make students pay $70,000pa for such drivel.
Of course, it is so easy just to tax the super-rich. Never mind that the top 1% pay c.40% of the income tax take. Had it occurred to Reich that if they embark down the line of a socialist economy the super-rich won’t make the same returns meaning funding these schemes will collapse under the weight of their own lack of due diligence, something Elizabeth Warren was left looking ridiculously stupid in one of the recent debates.
Reich should learn the key tenet of socialism – the reason mice keep dying in mousetraps is that they don’t understand why the cheese is free.
Of course, the lefties reading this piece will say that Trump is the biggest bullshitter of them all. That may be true but he doesn’t try to hide it. That is the quantifiable difference.
Robert Reich should know that a soon to be octogenarian and a dotty aunt don’t make for the type of combo to convince America to change. Better the devil they know.