This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 1, 2018:
The group of Bernie Sanders’ sycophants who started Brand New Congress and hit a hole-in-one with one of its candidates isn’t likely to pull a repeat next Tuesday in Washington State.
As this author suggested here two weeks ago, the surprising upset victory of New York millennial liberal Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over long-term Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley didn’t birth the savior that the Democrat Party is desperately seeking. But Brand New Congress, founded by 20 former Bernie supporters in the summer of 2016, continues its search for just such a savior. It currently is advising and funding the campaigns of more than a dozen liberal hopefuls who have dreams of becoming that savior.
One such is Sarah Smith, running against incumbent Democrat Adam Smith in Washington State’s Ninth District. The primary is next Tuesday, and Sarah has put together a far-left agenda that exceeds even that of Ocasio-Cortez. It runs 19 pages, and includes nearly everything that a far-left Democrat could ever dream of inflicting on the United States.
Here’s a very brief summary of those damages she dreams of implementing if she routs Adam Smith on Tuesday:
- Supporting the recently cancelled Iran Nuclear agreement;
- Expanding the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to at least $5 billion a year in order to “construct, preserve, rehabilitate at least 3.5 million affordable housing rental units,” because, according to Smith, “Housing is a human right”;
- Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and tying it to inflation;
- Expanding funding for Planned Parenthood;
- Expanding Social Security benefits;
- Banning “for-profit” prisons which “create an over-incentive to arrest, jail, and detain non-violent offenders in order to keep prison beds full”;
- Legalizing marijuana;
- Federalizing local police departments;
- Making all public universities tuition-free;
- Spending $5.5 billion to create a million federal jobs;
- Spending another $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years to re-establish the Roosevelt New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) “to put more than 13 million Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling cities, roads, bridges, public transportation systems, airports, drinking water systems, and other infrastructure needs;
- Requiring federal agencies “to achieve climate and environmental justice” because, according to Smith, “the debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels, and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet”;
- Banning Arctic oil drilling;
- Banning offshore drilling;
- Stopping “dirty pipeline projects like the Keystone XL;
- Stopping exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil; and
- Banning fracking.
But first on her agenda, is “Medicare for All”: “From my first day in office I will co-sponsor the current incarnation of a Medicare for All bill (H.R. 676) to ensure no American ever has to worry about healthcare again.” After all, intoned Smith, “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.”
Missing from Smith’s platform was any mention of just how all of this would be paid for. But when her “mentor,” Ocasio-Cortez, was asked the same question by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show last Thursday night, she responded by demanding that “people pay their fair share … corporations and the ultra-wealthy.” That would include “revers[ing] the tax bill, rais[ing] our corporate tax rate to 28 percent … [and implementing] a carbon tax on top of that … if we do those … things, and also close some of those loopholes, that’s $2 trillion right there. That’s two trillion dollars in ten years.”
That’s a lot of money. But according to several organizations, it won’t be nearly enough. A new study released on Monday from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center estimates that Sanders’ “Medicare for All” program touted by both Ocasio-Cortez and Smith would cost $32.6 billion in its first 10 years, and escalate upwards from there afterwards.
This estimate mirrors the results from the liberal Urban Institute, which took a hard look at Sanders’ proposal back in 2016: the price tag for his socialized medicine for everyone was $32 trillion over the first 10 years.
Kenneth Thorpe, a health policy professor at Emory University in Atlanta, authored another study with similar conclusions:
It’s showing that if you are going to go in this direction, it’s going to cost the federal government [the taxpayers] $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion a year in terms of spending.
Even though people don’t pay premiums [under “Medicare for All”], the tax increases [on them] are going to be enormous. There are going to be a lot of people who’ll pay more in taxes than they save in premiums.
Taxpayers won’t have to worry. Sarah Smith will likely move from obscurity to oblivion on Tuesday simply because Adam Smith isn’t Joe Crowley: he won’t make the same mistakes. Crowley took his reelection for granted and Ocasio-Cortez seized the opportunity. Adam Smith, on the other hand, isn’t likely to make the same mistake. In a phone interview, incumbent Smith said, “Have you been to Queens, New York? Queens is not SeaTac or Seattle. I am not Joe Crowley, and Sarah Smith is not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Other than that, the comparison’s perfect.”
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