Economic Bill of Rights: Bernie Wants Same Healthcare Promise as Venezuela

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Trump has succeeded in one thing: Pushing Democrats so far to the Left they look like economic fools in comparison.

Economic Bill of Rights

Kicking off his 2020 election campaign at George Washington University, Bernie Sanders pitched his Democrat Socialist Plan to the US.

Sanders seeks an "Economic Bill of Rights" that would include the right to a decent job that pays a living wage, quality health care, a complete education, affordable housing, a clean environment and a secure retirement.

Suddenly it is a fundamental right, no matter how little one produces, to have literally everything. Such promises have been made before, never successfully.

Marxist Sanders

Please consider The Marx Brother.

Having parted ways with some non-Marxists who managed to infiltrate his 2016 presidential campaign, Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders will attempt to clarify this afternoon that he is not like other candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.

Many readers may find it laughable that Mr. Sanders would attempt to position himself even further to the left than he did in 2016. But as a Journal editorial noted in April, there’s nothing funny about the extreme commentary from people who are now members of the Sanders 2020 operation. For example, current Sanders speechwriter David Sirota once wrote an op-ed titled “Hugo Chávez’s Economic Miracle”. And Mr. Sirota isn’t the only Sandernista who has lauded the Chavistas. Assessing the current Sanders team, the Journal observed: "Voters need to understand that they don’t merely admire Venezuela. By their own words, they want America to emulate it."

Given the long history of Mr. Sanders’ friendly relations with communist thugs, one must be optimistic to assume his brand of socialism would remain “democratic.” How many Americans want to live through a revolution dreamed up by an angry, underemployed writer anyway?

Attendees at today’s Sanders event can expect him once again to urge U.S. adoption of the same health care guarantee that’s been made for years by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Lesson Not Learned

Sanders' non-Marxist speech writers have been purged. He casts his lot with AOC.

The only thing Sanders learned (using the word "learned" more than a bit loosely), is that he was not far enough to the Left in 2016.

Free education, guaranteed living wages, guaranteed retirement, and free education are amazing promises.

Those are the same promises Hugo Chávez’ made to Venezuela. How did those promises turn out?

Misk "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (72)
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2banana
2banana

One of Hugo's first acts when he attained power? Ban and confiscate firearms.

One of the first acts if the socialist democrats ever attain power? Ban and confiscate firearms.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris is proposing a series of executive actions she would take as president to enact gun control policies if Congress failed to pass comprehensive legislation within the first 100 days of her administration.

lol
lol

Will there really be anything left of the country (other than gov't)in a year?Hard to say,but at the blinding speed of the economic deterioration....70-80% chance economy collapses before 2021…..no election,martial law,dawn to dusk curfew!!!

WildBull
WildBull

Equality = Poverty for All.

Socialism has a 100% failure rate.

WildBull
WildBull

I wonder if Bernie supports the 10hr work week, like some of his UK counterparts.

WildBull
WildBull

If the government takes all my money, then gives it back then takes it again, has my wealth doubled?

MorrisWR
MorrisWR

Come on Mish, it worked for the National Socialists, oh wait...

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

Well, we've had "free everything" and socialism for the rich for decades in America. Funny how hysterical everyone gets when someone else might have a little of that same "socialism".

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

"People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction, rather than surrender any material portion of their advantage"

John Kenneth Galbraith

Realist
Realist

I don't know what healthcare alternatives are being proposed by either party in the US. What I do know is that the US spends over 18% of gdp on healthcare and gets far worse results compared to other developed countries that spend only 10%. And those other countries cover everyone, not just the privileged. This has been true for decades, no matter how the two parties tinker with the current system. Face it, something has to be done with your broken system. However, I don't expect it to improve anytime soon because Americans don't know how to work together. They only know how to fight with each other.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Venezuela was never the global reserve currency. We already spend more and get less than any other developed nation. MMT is already happening - its just the money goes to the banksters first. Getting rid of the stock market in favor of 100% employee owned companies is a better solution in the long run.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

Actually, it makes perfect sense, the same way some GOP guys who run will have insane positions. In a sense, Bernie is the victim of his own success! If he's going to be the Democrats' candidate to the left...he's got to have leftist positions. Otherwise he's like everyone else. He's still running well behind Biden, and there are 20 horses in this race.

Don't really understand why you don't get that, since you seem to get it when its members of the GOP who pull stupid stunts like that (granted no one thought that Trump was going to win...still)

BillSanDiego
BillSanDiego

Other than Sanders, though, Democrats specialize in symbolic trivialism.

Warren is going for a "wealth tax" which will raise $2.5 billion per year. She's not going to do anything with that money, other than perhaps reduce the current deficit by one tenth of one percent. It's just for the purpose of "attacking wealth inequality" at a rate of 2% per year.

Kamela Harris is going to raise pay for 1.75 million teachers, and do what for 318 million of the rest of us?

The rest are even more ridiculous.

Grumblenose
Grumblenose

I'm still waiting for the candidate that offers free beer

RonJ
RonJ

"Economic Bill of Rights: Bernie Wants Same Healthcare Promise as Venezuela"

It seems to me that the people of Venezuela don't have much in the way of health care under Maduro.

thimk
thimk

i am for universal healthcare, everyone should take care of themselves by eating right and exercising.

SMF
SMF

I was reading a little history, and I think that in the end the Soviet Union was done in by these types of promises, because women would retire at 50 and men at 55.

bradw2k
bradw2k

I think Bernie's speech writers must have gone back to the 1960 Democratic Party Platform. Jobs and health care and education and housing for everbody: it's all in there. Even the reverence for Grandpa FDR.

The lefties in this country think they are cutting edge, but they are truly a conservative bunch embracing a long tradition of small ideas.

Mish
Mish

Editor

"I was reading a little history, and I think that in the end the Soviet Union was done in by these types of promises because women would retire at 50 and men at 55."

See the problems you cause by reading and thinking. You just need to be a bit more creative, like 10-hour work-weeks for life so people never need to retire.

That will fix everything

Matt3
Matt3

It is a sad commentary our our education system that so many young people fall for this. They seem t have no knowledge of the awful history and repression that are socialism.

nic9075
nic9075

See Medicaid and Medicare for universal health care.both are a disaster , very few doctors accept government health care programs and you get third rate care if you goto the ER or a public hospital and Medicaid or Medicare aka government health care is your health insurance.... People die in the ER from treatable trauma like gunshot wounds or drug overdoses if they aren't covered by a private Commerv3 provider

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

Bernie's plan is amazingly similar to Stalin's plan for the USSR in 1936 (of course that was also BS): https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-15/bernie-plagiarizes-stalin-economic-bill-rights

mudpuppet
mudpuppet

Rolling Stone, Ned Price, three people with knowledge of the deliberations who couldn't speak and a CBS anchor trying to prove that Trump's tweets were lies quite the hard hitting piece Mish. And just for the record Im certainly not an 'avid' Trump supporter, but your blog posts as of late has gone off the deep end over him.