Tag: Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Blunder


Bernie Sanders' Socialist Blunder by Richard Epstein, Ricochet.comVermont Senator Bernie Sanders has received a fair amount of publicity for his recent statement that, “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.” As I note in my new column for Defining Ideas:

I doubt very much that Bernie Sanders has any familiarity with the socialist calculation debate of the 1930s, which proved that no central planner has the information to make intelligent judgments on the question of which products should be sold and at what price. There are of course many things that government has to do to maintain competitive markets, but none of them rely on the heavy-handed forms of intervention that rolled effortlessly off Bernie Sanders’ lips.

Sanders’ initial blunder is compounded by a second. Why assume our society faces a stark choice between feeding the hungry on the one hand and indulging in unnecessary consumer choices on the other hand? His basic mistake is commonly made by other egalitarians, who believe there is a zero-sum trade-off between taking care of the needy and giving useless favors to the rich. As I argued in a recent column attacking the warriors against Income Inequality, it is always wrong to act as though there is a “choice” between two social programs that are randomly connected with each other. Just as it is possible to reject both tax subsidies to the rich and the minimum wage, so it is possible to insist on a decoupling of the question of consumer choice from that of public assistance to the poor.

Your Daily Dose of Crazy


Just in case you didn’t already know, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who styles himself a “Democratic Socialist” is running for the Presidential nomination of the Democrat party.

What is probably just as commonly known on the Right is that Sanders is a moonbat. Now, we get to revel in the crazy and the tortured knots into which the left will tie themselves to defend him from this.

On Bernie Sanders, Spray Deodorants, Innovation, and Child Poverty


SandersIn my new The Week column, I look at the Bernie Sanders charge — one also leveled by Elizabeth Warren — that the US economy is an immoral, rigged game. (A funny thing to say, I think, about an economy that produces more billionaire entrepreneurs than any other large, advanced economy.) Another stellar effort by me, of course. Yet on second thought, I sort of wish I had focused on this bit of odd economic analysis by socialist Sanders:

You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country. I don’t think the media appreciates the kind of stress that ordinary Americans are working on.

The WaPo’s Jim Tankersley writes that the “literal implication of that last sentence is that there some kind of a national trade-off between antiperspirant/Air Jordan variety and food for children.” Which of course is silly. Demos’ Matt Bruenig thinks there is a deeper point that Tankersley misses: “Whenever someone argues that we should distribute the national income more evenly so as to reduce poverty and inequality (as Sanders does), the very first thing someone says in response is that doing so will reduce growth and innovation. Sanders is mocking this argument, saying he’d gladly cut poverty and inequality even if it meant a reduction in superficial product innovation.”

Is the US Economy Immoral?


shutterstock_259200614When Democrat Jerry Brown ran a long shot presidential campaign back in 1992, he snarkily referred to Bill and Hillary Clinton as “Bonnie and Clyde,” the Depression-era bank robbers. Brown, now the governor of California, thought he had a legitimate chance to win the nomination. He wasn’t going to let some delicate notion of political etiquette stand in his way.

Don’t expect that kind of tough talk from Bernie Sanders, another longshot Democratic presidential candidate challenging a Clinton. During his announcement Tuesday, all the socialist Vermont senator had to say about Hillary Clinton was that his campaign “is not about Hillary Clinton.”

That’s not exactly surprising. The socialist Sanders almost certainly doesn’t believe he will defeat the Clinton machine and be the Democratic Party’s next presidential nominee — much less America’s next president. So there’s no reason to play attack dog. More likely, what Sanders really wants is a big stage to highlight what he sees as the terrible unfairness and inequality of the modern U.S. economy, one where Americans have “a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.” In other words, the economy is just dandy at generating wealth, but that prosperity only benefits a few.

Of Men and Mars and Maine — and Mainstream Media


20veeck_1A special thanks to the good folks at nationalpastime.com for unearthing this tidbit: on yesterday’s date in 1959, Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck arranged for four midgets, all dressed up as space aliens, to be helicoptered onto the playing field at Comiskey Park — the joke being that they’d arrived from another planet to help the ChiSox’s vertically-challenged double-play tandem of Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio. Actually, the joke was on baseball that year: the “Go-Go Sox” made it to the World Series, air-raid sirens and all.

It’s the same Bill Veeck who gave baseball its first exploding scoreboard and fans a chance to manage a game — and, while running the Cleveland Indians, integrated the American League.

Speaking of alien life, there’s the question of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his presence in the Democratic field — namely, is he the victim of a biased media that gives his candidacy the same odds as life on Mars?

The White Hot Rage of Bernie Sanders


enhanced-buzz-27606-1374157301-26Surrounded by tens of supporters, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the White House Tuesday. Though his entry has been rumored for months, the very old, very white socialist shocked observers by delivering the most searing indictment of Obama’s America that has ever been carried on basic cable.

Looking grimly upon six years of Obama’s failed leadership, Sanders characterized the United States as a Hobbesian hellscape run by greedy oligarchs, double-dealing pols, and shadowy special interests. Delivering his speech in a state that is only one percent African-American, the white-haired, pink-skinned 73-year-old angrily denounced an America that has passed him by.

I have gathered Sen. Sanders most incendiary attacks on the leadership of America’s first black president:

The Progressive Tax Triumph That Wasn’t


shutterstock_259200641It is often said that conservatives suffer from entirely too much nostalgia for the past. To be perfectly honest, there is a degree of truth to that criticism. We would do well to remember that the good old days were never quite as good as we remember them. Liberals would do well to remember that this phenomenon is hardly exclusive to the right. Bernie Sanders is a self-identified socialist, Democratic candidate for president, and all around crackpot (but I repeat myself).  He also longs for the days of a top marginal tax rate of 91%.

“Ninety-nine percent of all new income generated today goes to the top 1 percent. The top one-tenth of 1 percent owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. Does anybody think this is the kind of economy we should have. Do we think it’s moral?”

He continued.

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How crazy is it to imagine Hillary’s campaign not surviving first contact with the electorate? Now that she has a primary opponent, however improbable, won’t the protest vote emerge from the woodwork? Call me crazy, but I can easily imagine Bernie Sanders winning in New Hampshire. If so, the wheels of logic will turn, Hillary’s […]

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The Bernie Zone


Bernie SandersVermont Senator Bernie Sanders has mad it official: he’s in for 2016. Pop Quiz: Who of the following has the best chance of becoming the next Democratic presidential nominee: 1) Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; 2) Colonel Harland Sanders; 3) The actor who played the dead guy in Weekend At Bernie’s.

The answer, of course: none of the above (and in case you’re curious about the late Colonel Sanders, he left us for the big chicken bucket in the sky almost 35 years ago).

Although Sanders, the senator, officially threw his hat in the ring during a press conference Thursday on a grassy spot outside the U.S. Capitol (that’s more interaction with the press than the party’s frontrunner), his run isn’t seen as a serious threat to Hillary Clinton’s chances. In fact, NPR’s Mara Liaison lists three reasons why Sanders’ presence could benefit Mrs. Clinton (he’s a convenient sparring partner, not a real threat, and his last name isn’t Warren).

Sanders Is In!


Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Case Involving Donor Limits To Political CampaignsAnd you thought Hillary had bought off all her potential rivals. Apparently there is one man who will not be bought:

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton.