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Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:24 AM

Washington Post editorial board: Bernie Sandersís fiction-filled campaign

SEN. BERNIE Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading in New Hampshire and within striking distance in Iowa, in large part because he is playing the role of uncorrupted anti-establishment crusader. But Mr. Sanders is not a brave truth-teller. He is a politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it.

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He would be a braver truth-teller if he explained how he would go about rationing health care like European countries do. His program would be more grounded in reality if he addressed the fact of chronic slow growth in Europe and explained how he would update the 20th-century model of social democracy to accomplish its goals more efficiently. Instead, he promises large benefits and few drawbacks.

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Mr. Sanders is a lot like many other politicians. Strong ideological preferences guide his thinking, except when politics does, as it has on gun control. When reality is ideologically or politically inconvenient, he and his campaign talk around it. Mr. Sandersís success so far does not show that the country is ready for a political revolution. It merely proves that many progressives like being told everything they want to hear.

Bernie Sandersís fiction-filled campaign

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Reply Washington Post editorial board: Bernie Sandersís fiction-filled campaign (Original post)
CajunBlazer Jan 2016 OP
Armstead Jan 2016 #1
ChisolmTrailDem Jan 2016 #2
Health Wagon Jan 2016 #3
Xipe Totec Jan 2016 #4
SusanCalvin Jan 2016 #5
frylock Jan 2016 #6
CajunBlazer Jan 2016 #7
frylock Jan 2016 #8
CajunBlazer Jan 2016 #10
frylock Jan 2016 #11
CajunBlazer Jan 2016 #13
NurseJackie Jan 2016 #9
restorefreedom Jan 2016 #12
DefenseLawyer Jan 2016 #14
workinclasszero Jan 2016 #15
DefenseLawyer Jan 2016 #17
Nanjeanne Jan 2016 #16
SidDithers Jan 2016 #18

Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:27 AM

1. The fiction is that we can continue on the path we're on without becoming a Banana Republic

 

We're inching closer by the day, cheered on by well heeled peddlers of the corporate conservative conventional wisdom like those jackasses on the Post editorial board

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:29 AM

2. Going to the moon used to be fiction. nt

 

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:29 AM

3. So sez the puppets of the Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos

 

The 1% are very afraid. Their time in the trough are coming to an end and heading to the slaughterhouse.

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:30 AM

4. Oh, look! The WaPo is desperately seeking relevance. nt

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:41 AM

5. What a hit piece.

Correction: Ham handed hit piece.

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 12:44 AM

6. NO YOU CAN'T!

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Response to frylock (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 01:23 AM

7. Can't do what?

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Response to CajunBlazer (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 02:05 AM

8. stuff

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Response to frylock (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 11:09 AM

10. What stuff?

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Response to CajunBlazer (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 02:11 PM

11. Good stuff.

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Response to frylock (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 05:56 PM

13. What good stuff?

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 08:52 AM

9. Finally ... Sanders' campaign is getting the scrutiny it deserves.

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 02:15 PM

12. i can sit in the garage all day.....

doesn't make me a car.

cenk uyger did such a great job dismantling this hit piece, let me refer you him


the maestro....

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017325058


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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 06:09 PM

14. We're going to hell in a hand basket

 

And these elitist clowns think the only thing we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Response to DefenseLawyer (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 06:16 PM

15. So what is Bernie's plan

 

To turn his rhetoric into reality?

How will he be more successful in making the republican controlled house do all these things Bernie proposes that they are 100% opposed to?

If the answer is "revolution " it's BS.

There is no revolution out in the streets. I'm old enough to remember Vietnam protests. They were real and up from the streets not handed down by some political leader.

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Response to workinclasszero (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 06:29 PM

17. If we keep going the way we are going

 

Eventually the underclass will storm the Bastille. We're not there yet, but that's our trajectory. We need to radically change the wage structure in this country. It doesn't require "revolution" it's been done before. We can create disincentives to outsourcing, we can cut defense spending and shift our focus to public works, we can provide a structure that fosters collective bargaining rather than attacking it at every turn. We can create a tax structure that discourages the super rich from scrounging for every last dime. We can easily tax Wall Street transactions and regulate their Ponzi schemes. This are not crazy ideas. The thing is, most people agree with most of these things. It's a matter of breaking the stranglehold of the elites and we have to start sometime.

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 06:21 PM

16. Deja vu all over again

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Response to CajunBlazer (Original post)

Sat Jan 30, 2016, 06:31 PM

18. DU rec...nt

Sid

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