Will Bernie Sanders Blow up the Budget?

Wall Street Journal: Sen. Bernie Sanders “backs at least $18 trillion in new spending over a decade, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal … Mr. Sanders sees the money as going to essential government services at a time of increasing strain on the middle class.”

“His agenda includes an estimated $15 trillion for a government-run health-care program that covers every American, plus large sums to rebuild roads and bridges, expand Social Security and make tuition free at public colleges.”

“To pay for it, Mr. Sanders … has so far detailed tax increases that could bring in as much as $6.5 trillion over 10 years, according to his staff.”

“The Sanders program amounts to increasing total federal spending by about one-third—to a projected $68 trillion or so over 10 years.”

“For many years, government spending has equaled about 20% of gross domestic product annually; his proposals would increase that to about 30% in their first year. As a share of the economy, that would represent a bigger increase in government spending than the New Deal or Great Society and is surpassed in modern history only by the World War II military buildup.”

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  • pisher

    No, for two reasons:

    1)He can’t get elected President

    2)If by some miracle he did, he couldn’t get most of this through congress. Or quite possibly any of it.

    Lots of worthy ideas in there, but that’s all they are. Ideas, most of which Obama has already proposed, and if Obama couldn’t get it done, who seriously thinks Sanders could?

    If something sounds too good to be true……

    • woodt

      1) he has been gaining in the polls weekly and trails by very little without one debate. So his chances at victory are much higher then you are giving him
      2) Nobody thought Obama could get the ACA passed and he did. Don’t disregard a democrat congress in the next 8 years.

      • pisher

        1)He’s doing great in overwhelmingly white states. Which says something about our party that I’d much rather be saying about the other party. You are in for an unpleasant surprise once we move to states with lots of blacks and latinos.

        2)I thought he could get it passed. Obviously he did too. But look how hard it was to get that compromise plan through, even though it was based on something a conservative think tank and the 2012 Republican nominee for POTUS originally came up with. As for ‘eight years’, Bernie Sanders will be 75 on election day. He’d be 79 the following election. For God’s sake, come back down to earth. He can’t possibly get it done. And he can’t unify a multi-racial party like ours. And he’s doing his flat-out best to divide us, by saying “If I’m not the nominee, progressives won’t vote.” By which he means white progressives. Of course.

  • it’s good to move the overton window to the left

    • pisher

      (googles ‘overton window’).

      Oh yes, absolutely. I knew that.

      But if we lose this election, it moves far FAR to the right. Just mentioning stuff on the campaign trail doesn’t move spit. Preaching to the converted doesn’t move spit. Jesse Jackson won primaries–didn’t move us one bit to the left. Barack Obama moved us left by winning and then doing stuff.

      Bernie Sanders isn’t running to move some hypothetical window. Like Apollo Creed’s trainer told him about Rocky Balboa, “He doesn’t know this is a damn show. He thinks it’s a damn fight.”

      But please remember, Rocky lost that fight, and nothing changed, except that Apollo got his ribs messed up, and if he’d had to fight somebody else a short time later….

      I have a hard time forgiving Sanders for saying that progressives wouldn’t vote for anyone but him. That’s Nader-level ego talking.

  • woodt

    Even if he could get signal payer system it would be a net gain as national health care cost would go down as we have seen with ACA. So the 15 trillion for that would be a misleading number.

  • gloriousglo2

    Gotta love them cons. Those broken water mains, fried electrical transformers, rusted bridge supports, and potholes the size of Yankee Stadium will fix themselves. Some moroon in the legislature here in PA from a county with about 400 people stated that he didn’t understand the need for road upgrades as he lived on a dirt road and things were fine. These folks are syphilitic cretins, bless their hearts.

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