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Knowles At 'Fox': 2020 Dems Embrace Most Radical Agenda In U.S. History

Could a moderate break through?

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The first major candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination launched their campaigns just two months ago. To a person, they have all lurched steadily leftward ever since.

 

Over the past eight weeks, Democrat presidential candidates have endorsed a full government takeover of the health care industry, a job guarantee program, doubling the minimum wage, free preschool, free college, a quasi-universal basic income, the abolition of the Electoral College, court-packing, reparations for the great-great-great-great-grandchildren of slaves, and the Green New Deal.

The latter two proposals alone would cost taxpayers an estimated $107 trillion. To put that in perspective, the federal government received $3.33 trillion of tax revenue in 2018. Even if we eliminated every other penny of government spending — i.e., shuttered every government program and department other than the IRS and disbanded the military — it would still take 32 years’ worth of tax receipts to pay for reparations and the Green New Deal alone. This timeline poses a dilemma, as the policies themselves would cause the American economy to crash long before we could ever pay the bill.

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John Jay, our nation’s first Chief Justice, observed in 1809 that “pure democracy, like pure rum, easily produces intoxication, and with it a thousand mad pranks and fooleries.” Perhaps that explains why, as John Adams warned five years later, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

 

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