On Monday, two seemingly unrelated headlines made the news. The first: America’s national debt had finally reached $20 trillion. The second: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker had finally come out in favor of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ magical, mythical “Medicare-For-All” plan.
Of course, the two aren’t unrelated at all. Once again, the Democratic Party is signing checks the country can’t cash. Sanders’ Medicare-For-All scheme would add some $13.8 trillion in spending over the first decade alone. Medicare already carries $58 trillion in unfunded liabilities, according to National Review. How unrealistic is Medicare-For-All? It’s so unrealistic that the state of California has rejected a single-payer health care for being too expensive — and California currently has a Democratic supermajority in the state assembly.
Yet Democrats continue to push further and further to the left, fearful of being outflanked. Booker isn’t alone in his newfound embrace of socialized medicine. California’s Sen. Kamala Harris has also endorsed Sanders’ ridiculous plan. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be co-sponsoring Sanders’ plan, as will Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
Why? Because Democrats are deeply frightened of being outflanked by socialists. There’s no benefit to moving to the center when your base sees no purpose in fiscal responsibility. So instead, Democrats race one another to the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, Republicans cower in fear. Afraid of making the case for freedom, they compete with Democrats to see who can administer the giant state more “efficiently,” as though efficiency were the key problem with statism. Thus, Republicans ran headlong from the possibility of repealing Obamacare, afraid that the American people would backlash against them for “taking away” some form of entitlement.