You have to give Bernie credit for one thing. He is a true believer. He really believes that America would be better off with socialism and that everyone would just love it.
In reality, he comes off as completely out of touch, but he gets points for sincerity. He actually said people would like paying higher taxes.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sanders: People ‘Would Be Delighted to Pay More in Taxes’ if They Got Health Care
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) argued Wednesday that Americans “would be delighted” to pay higher taxes if the government guaranteed them health care.
During an appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Sanders compared the United States to Europe, where many countries guarantee health care and college.
“Look, what we have to understand, for example, just for example: The United States is the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people as a right,” Sanders began. “In many countries in Europe, Germany, for one, you go to college and the cost of college is zero. I think in Finland they actually pay you to go to college.
In most countries around the world the level of income and wealth inequality, which in the United States today is worse than in any time since the 1920s with three families owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, and that level of income and wealth inequality is much less severe than it is right here in the United States.”
Cooper asked about the high taxes needed to fund such a generous welfare state.
“As you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are in individual and personal tax are much higher than they are in the United States,” host Anderson Cooper pointed out.
“Yeah, but I suspect a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive health care as a human right,” Sanders responded.
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Sanders recently gave a speech on Democratic Socialism and even some people on the left were unimpressed.
From The Atlantic:
Sanders’s Speech About Socialism Was Deeply Unserious
All four of my grandparents were sent to prison for their socialist convictions at some point in the 1920s or 1930s. When I was growing up in Europe, democratic countries from France to Italy were ruled by self-declared socialists. As a young activist in the Jusos, the youth organization of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, I sang along wholeheartedly when my comrades would intone “The Internationale” at the end of rallies, rounding off each rendition with a loud shout of “Long live socialism and liberty!”…
If Sanders was coy about the details of a “socialist” economy, he was downright disdainful of the notion that a speech on socialism and authoritarianism should seriously grapple with the long history of socialist movements that have ended in dictatorship. In his view, the threat of autocracy comes exclusively from the right. Just as in the 1930s, “America and the world are once again moving towards authoritarianism.” This danger is driven by “right-wing forces of oligarchy, corporatism, nationalism, racism, and xenophobia.” The only answer that will stave off fascism is, you guessed it, “democratic socialism.”
Bernie has been trying to play catch-up ever since Biden announced.
It’s going to be fun to watch them fight at the Dem debates.