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Feb 12, 201611:43 AMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Is Bernie a communist, a demagogue, a race-baiter, or all three?

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Some penciled notes from the Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee Thursday night:

•  I like Bernie for the same reason I like the Trumpster. They’re entertaining. But then, demagogues are.

•  Bernie likes to say the system is rigged, big corporate money is drowning out the voice of “the people,” and the electoral system is corrupt. But his candidacy seems to be doing all right just the same.

•  After the most activist president in 70 years, Bernie wants to double down on still more government.

•  If the Obama economy is gangbusters, how can his former secretary of state say, as she did last night, “A lot of Americans are angry about the economy, and with good cause.”

Hillabernery

Even bigger gummint — Kudos to PBS, of all news outlets, for pushing Bernie on growing the government in the face of growing distrust — disgust, even — at government over-reach. Co-moderator Judy Woodruff put the federal government’s claim on the total economy at 21%. How much would you grow the government? Bernie went duck and cover so Hillary answered for him: 40%. (That should thrill Bring It’s anonymous faux business commenters.)

Single payer, if you haven’t caught on by now, is a pseudonym for socialized medicine. Bernie calls it “Medicare for All.” As the Policy Research Werkes noted earlier this week, even all-Democratic Vermont — Bernie’s state — says it can’t afford it. Kudos to Hillary for noting, “We are not England; we are not France.” (She forgot the underpants.)

“The numbers don’t add up,” she says of Bernie. Not the most inspiring of messages, to be sure. (Texting Bernie Madoff!) But give her credit. “We should level with the American people about what we can do and what we cannot do.” Eat your oatmeal.

Bernie would tax “speculation” — That’s how he pays for Free College for Everyone. A complete scam.

Credit: Tim Donovan

What is “speculation?” The Bernie-to-American English Dictionary says it is another word for “investment.” Bernie would impose a 50-cent tax on every $100 of stock trades, 10 cents per $100 on bonds. Folks, that’s your IRA mutual fund. That’s the IPO for the next Apple or Google.

The Tax Foundation describes Bernie’s proposed tax as, in effect, a Ponzi scheme. “It … results in ‘pyramiding’ by taxing the same economic activity multiple times.” And yes, it’s been tried before. Sweden tried it in the 1980s. It wound up reducing revenue.

Citing the Tax Foundation, as down-the-middle, non-partisan an organization as they come, The Street said the upshot of Bernie’s tax-and-spend plans, “is that most people will have less money in their pocket. After-tax income would drop by 10.6% for all taxpayers and 17.9% for those in the top 1%. Accounting for a lower GDP, the Tax Foundation says all taxpayers would see their take-home pay fall by at least 12.8%.”

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Feb 12, 2016 12:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

It'll be an education in Democrat politics 101 watching Bernie and Hillary try to outdo one another in pandering to the minority vote in SC and NV. Wisconsin Dems regularly whip themselves into a froth fulminating against Scott Walker's "divide and conquer" politics. Of course, Dems have been doing just that for decades, dividing the electorate into minority and non-minority, then subdividing the minority voters into special interest groups, each of which gets its own promise of privileged status and more free stuff. (The only minority group--real or imagined--that they don't pander to is working-class, non-union white males, the lepers of Democrat politics.) What really irks the Dems in WI is that Scott Walker not only appropriated their divide and conquer tactic but proved much more adept at implementing it.

Feb 12, 2016 01:45 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What's your beef with PBS? By far the most adult of all the debates was the one from last night. Granted, the participants were a cut above any of the Republicans in terms of civility and intellect. But instead of grabbing for soundbytes and ratings, they actually seemed interested in pushing the candidates to answer important questions and keeping the discussion substantive.

Don't act so surprised: News Hour is the best public affairs show in TV and it has been for decades. The only show on TV that doesn't deliberately insult its viewership.

Feb 12, 2016 01:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You know who imposes a 50 cent fee on your trades (at minimum)? Your "financial advisor" who drives a Porsche and is currently not answering your calls because he's in Trinidad or Tobago. Probably not a Democrat, that guy.

Feb 12, 2016 01:51 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

What irks Dems is all the self congratulating done by Goopers even as the corrections system implodes (Lincoln Hills anyone?) and the economy continues to lag other Midwestern states.

Act 10! Good God y'all, what is it good for? Absolutely nothin'. Say it again!

Feb 12, 2016 03:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"(She forgot the underpants.)"

YIKES!!!

Feb 12, 2016 04:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

“After the most activist president in 70 years....”

please support your apparent belief that Obama is the most activist president in 70 years with some actual facts. I’m sure you’ll get right on it. Thanks.

Feb 12, 2016 06:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I guess dave would be an expert on demagogues and racists, as his picture is in the dictionary after both definitions.

Feb 13, 2016 08:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

who cares, Bernie is a leap ahead of any other presidential candidate.

the rest are total idiots.

Feb 13, 2016 09:04 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

Bernie,

What if anything went wrong in Venezuela since 1999 when it became Socialist?

Feb 15, 2016 08:02 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

12:12 anon :

So contrast your statement with those by Trump, Cruz and Walker regarding separating minorities into subgroups. Be specific, as fibbing won't get you anywhere.

The longer Trump and Cruz remain in the lead, the better chance Hillary has of getting elected. It may already be too late, an any undecided or independent voters are either staying home or voting D.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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