In Which The Washington Post Realizes Democrat Candidates Ideas Don’t Work

Someone on the Washington Post Editorial Board has suddenly come to the realization that the ideas being offered by the current crop of Democratic Party contenders for the presidential nomination are devoid of reality, and could rather cause a problem. Which is interesting, because this is more of a panic response, since rarely has the paper in any facet nailed Democrats nor these policies before. They usually treat them with kid gloves or back them

Why run for president to promote ideas that can’t work?

“I DON’T understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday night, in the most notable zinger of July’s Democratic presidential primary debate. “I get a little bit tired of Democrats afraid of big ideas,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the other major candidate on the field’s left wing, piled on.

This got us thinking about some big ideas in U.S history. Like, say, amending the Constitution to outlaw liquor. Or sending half a million troops into Vietnam. Or passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy in a time of massive deficits.

Ambition is essential, in other words, but not sufficient. The country faces big challenges, such as economic inequality and climate change, that call for creative solutions. They also call for wisdom, honesty and even a bit of modesty about government’s limitations. Having embraced President Barack Obama’s “no drama” approach to governing, often defined by the philosophy “don’t do stupid s—,” it would be odd if Democrats suddenly embraced ideological grandiosity as a prerequisite for service in the Oval Office.

As a sidebar, the only reason Obama had the “no drama” approach is because the media refused to do their job in reporting on it. Just Operation Fast and Furious alone should have be a, to use Joe Biden’s words, “big f’ing deal.” Oh, and that the majority of the country didn’t want Obamacare, and were quite vocal about it

That means, first, that proposals should meet a baseline degree of factual plausibility — a bar that, for example, the Medicare-for-all plan that Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren favor does not clear. Ms. Warren’s Tuesday night zinger was aimed at former congressman John Delaney (Md.), who had pointed out correctly that the numbers behind the proposal simply do not compute: The senators cannot deliver a system that provides far more benefits than other single-payer systems they claim as their model while preserving the level of care and access that insured Americans currently enjoy. They should make the case for a government monopoly on health care if they want, but they should be honest about the trade-offs.

Candidates who promise big ideas should also be pressed on how they will realize them. Mr. Sanders says he will lead a revolution. Ms. Warren will take on the “giant corporations that have taken our government and that are holding it by the throat.” Then, the theory goes, they can bring about radical change.

OK, what will the WP do to press them going forward? Bueller? Bueller?

But the United States is a vast, pluralistic country, and Congress will continue to reflect its ideological range. Big donors and billionaires may exercise too much influence, but Democratic primary voters should be wary of candidates who use that fact to explain away all opposition to their ideas. Even if you undid Citizens United and enacted campaign finance reform, sustainable policy in America would emerge only by means of principled compromise.

The next president should have a vision of progress for the nation that is expansive and inspiring. It also should be grounded in mathematical and political reality.

Which eliminates most Democratic Party ideas. On ‘climate change’, income inequality, housing, reparations, healthcare, immigration, doing away with student loans debt, and so much more, they aren’t grounded in either math nor politics. So, will the WP hold them accountable, and start telling their readers that the Dems are all full of mule fritters, beyond the normal political grandstanding and promises? Because, meanwhile, the WP gave unhinged Dem Rep Pramila Jayapal (who’s a defender of anti-Semites) a platform to yammer and obsfuscate the reality of single payer system Medicare for All.

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One Response to “In Which The Washington Post Realizes Democrat Candidates Ideas Don’t Work”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    The next president should have a vision of progress for the nation that is expansive and inspiring. It also should be grounded in mathematical and political reality.

    We have him now.
    They really should try to keep up.


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