The Cato Institutes Dan Mitchell offers compelling reasoning to paint Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders with the same coercive statist brush.
And because I’m fair and balanced, I also reminded people that Hillary Clinton is no Bill Clinton. Indeed, I pointed out that her vote rating in the Senate was almost identical to Bernie Sanders’.
— Dan Mitchell (@danieljmitchell) October 5, 2016
That doesn’t mean Bernie and Hillary are identical.
I’ve remarked many times that he wants America to become Greece at 90 miles per hour while she seems content for the country to become Greece at 55 miles per hour.
But, in practice, they were almost always on the same side when it came time to cast votes on the floor of the Senate. …
Sanders is a virulent and dogmatic supporter of coercive statism. Even columnists for the Washington Post have criticized him for being too far to the left.
But he’s not a real socialist (which technically means government ownership of the means of production). And even though his policies are based on coercion, I certainly don’t think he is a totalitarian. …
let’s consider a few additional bits of information, starting with an item from his Senate office that contains this remarkable passage.
These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who’s the banana republic now?
By the way, it’s not clear if this is a column written by Sanders or whether he just endorses the sentiments expressed therein.
Though it doesn’t really matter since – at the very least – he obviously agrees with the message.