Bye, bye, Jeb Bush! So much for money influencing elections, at least this go-round; Jeb! had tons of cash, but no personality. (I’m about 80% certain he is actually an android.) An inevitable exit, and one that won’t change the state of the race too much.
Speaking of the race, ever wondered why the loony old Bolshevik Sanders is gaining traction? Read this, from the always-worth-reading Dr. Thomas Sowell: The Lure of Socialism. Excerpt:
Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches.
Many of those older people have lived long enough to have seen socialism fail, time and again, in countries around the world. Venezuela, with all its rich oil resources, is currently on the verge of economic collapse, after its heady fling with socialism.
But, most of the young have missed all that, and their dumbed-down education is far more likely to present the inspiring rhetoric of socialism than to present its dismal track record.
Socialism is in fact a wonderful vision — a world of the imagination far better than any place anywhere in the real world, at any time over the thousands of years of recorded history. Even many conservatives would probably prefer to live in such a world, if they thought it was possible.
Who would not want to live in a world where college was free, along with many other things, and where government protected us from the shocks of life and guaranteed our happiness? It would be Disneyland for adults!
Free college of course has an appeal to the young, especially those who have never studied economics. But college cannot possibly be free. It would not be free even if there was no such thing as money.
But the youths (and many of the older folks) who are so enthusiastically supporting the nutty old Bolshevik Sanders are not concerned about economic reality. They are worried about the stagnant economy, worried about their student loan debt, worried about a million things – and Bern, like a weird, white-haired old Pied Piper, is promising them everything from free college to unicorn farts. Damn the expense!
It won’t work, of course. There is ample evidence from history; even from current events (Venezuela.)
What Sanders promises is Free Shit. What he will deliver is misery. Dr. Sowell concludes: Worst of all, government giveaways polarize society into segments, each trying to get what it wants at somebody else’s expense, creating mutual bitterness that can tear a society apart. Some seem to blithely assume that “the rich” can be taxed to pay for what they want — as if “the rich” don’t see what is coming and take their wealth elsewhere.
It’s happened before. It will happen again. Will the siren song of Free Shit lead to it happening here?