I had a secret hope that after the Democratic primaries that Bernie Sanders would fade back into his socialist utopia obscurity. Unfortunately for all of us his promises of free stuff for everyone is still resonating with many Democrats and has left him as a folk hero to snowflakes everywhere and many liberals with buyer’s remorse for supporting Clinton. I find the blatant disregard of reality a danger to all Americans so I was interested to see what the old Bern was up to while questioning Betsy DeVos as part of her confirmation hearing for Education Secretary. It was pretty much the same old socialist song and dance.
Bernie opened his five minutes of questions by grandstanding about the political oligarchy that may be forming in the US. Of course he misses the irony that after 30 years in government and three houses later he is actually part of the oligarchy he rails so much against. Not to be stopped by the obvious he immediately launched into leading question that essentially imply that Devos’s selection by the President Elect was solely based upon her family’s donations to Republicans. “My question is, and I don’t mean to be rude, but do you think if you were not a multibillionaire if your family, had not made hundreds of thousands in contributions to the Republican Party, that you would be sitting here today?” Why not ask her about her qualifications or experience? Instead once again Senator Sanders has to demonize success. When did we begin to despite those that are successful instead of aspiring to be successful ourselves? One other tip Bernie, when anyone begins a statement with “not to be rude” then they are usually about to be intentionally rude.
Bernie then moved to on to his favorite topic, giving away other people’s money and began asking if DeVos would join him in socialist paradise by making colleges “Tuition Free”. Of course DeVos having at least a rudimentary understanding of economics responded with the following statement.
“Senator, I think that’s a really interesting idea, and it is really great to consider and think about, but I think we also have to consider the fact that there is nothing in life that is truly free. Somebody is going to pay for it.”
Of course not to be undone by facts and logic the good ole Berninator moved back to his other favorite topic of vilifying anyone who has more money than him and income inequality.
Well the giveaway did not stop there as Senator Sanders went on to ask if DeVos would help him give away universal childcare for working families. He postulates about the fairness of a mother only making 30 – 40K a year having to pay out 10-15K a year in child care. I guess he has not heard about this thing called personal responsibility. In a time when study after study shows that children that come from two parent households have better odds of avoiding every pitfall that leads to continued poverty why would we ignore those facts? When are we going to ask that people be responsible for their decisions?
Senator Sanders ended his five minutes by lecturing Devos saying that it was “…not a question of opportunity… it is a question of being able to afford it.” And there you have it, the golden nugget of what drives the Bernie. Even having the opportunity is not enough, we must also make it accessible to everyone even when they do not work to create that opportunity for themselves. Once again placing that responsibility on someone else. The core of the American dream is opportunity. It is not handouts, but knowing that if you work hard and do not give up you will eventually achieve your goals. This defines us as Americans and if we remove the incentive to work to create opportunities then we destroy what defines us.
I find Senator Sander’s philosophy dangerous. He is essentially saying that opportunity doesn’t exist unless the government pays for it using someone else’s money. This ignores that millions of Americans every year lift themselves out of poverty against all kinds of difficult circumstances. I did not grow up rich, but I fought and worked my ass off to achieve both a Bachelors and MBA. Yes my route to achieve this was not as easy as others, but it was not impossible either. My route took me into the Military to earn money for college, it included attending community college for my first two years to reduce costs and required me to work full time the entire time. Yes it took me longer and I had to work harder than others to get to the same place, but I would never in a million years trade that journey for a handout.