Hillary Clinton (Very) Correct About Bernie Sanders

There are very few positive words ever posted on this blog about Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  Namely, because I have very few kind things to say about him or the policy positions he holds as they are not rooted in math.  One can not get to where he wishes to take the nation without removing our basic understanding of addition and subtraction.

I have a natural disdain for populists–be they Donald Trump or the senator.  History is littered with reasons why populism is dangerous, and why Alexander Hamilton was correct about his concern over them during the infancy of our nation.

I also have serious issues with anyone who uses a political party, to which they do not belong, to seek office.  In the case of Sanders, we find a candidate unable to be effective in his current job hoping to secure a presidential nomination from a party he only ‘joins’ when he finds it convenient.  Then after loosing, as he did in 2016, he leaves the party.

Then there is the lack of Sanders’ math skills that he kept employing during the 2016 primary season.  Everyone with knowledge of only basic arithmetic knew he could never amass the required delegates even at the start of March that year.  But his relentless attacks on Hillary Clinton with repetitious anger only allowed for many of his supporters—who are not that different in mindset from their populous brethren on the Trump side–to sit out the November election, or to throw away their votes on someone who could never win.

Now Sanders and his supporters are all hot over the truth they need to hear.

The Hollywood Reporter: “In the doc, you’re brutally honest on Sanders: ‘He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.’ That assessment still hold?

CLINTON: “Yes, it does.” 

The Hollywood Reporter: “If he gets the nomination, will you endorse and campaign for him?”

CLINTON: “I’m not going to go there yet. … I will say, however, that it’s not only him, it’s the culture around him. It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women. And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it.”

Bernie Sanders will not receive the Democratic nomination this year.  The only thing we are not sure of as this posting is published is how much damage he and his supporters will again do to our nation.  From past performances, they care not at all for the larger needs of the nation.  Their blind devotion to Sanders–like the blind devotion of Trump supporters to their Dear Leader–is all the proof we need to again see the folly and danger of populism. 

ACA Remains In Limbo

An outcome that is not hard to have predicted, but yet is troubling for the national health care law in the United States.

A coalition of blue states and the House of Representatives, which are defending the Affordable Care Act in the lawsuit, had pressed the high court to intervene after a federal appeals court last month refused to rule on the law’s constitutionality and sent the case back to a federal judge in Texas who had earlier issued a ruling knocking out the entire law.

The court’s one-sentence order only said the justices would not take up the case in an unusually rapid order, and it did not rule out full review of the case at a later date.

In deciding to immediately stay out of the fray, the justices sided with the Trump administration and group of red states leading the challenge to Obamacare. hey opposed an immediate Supreme Court review of the case, arguing that there was no “emergency,” even as Democrats argued that prolonging uncertainty around Obamacare harms the millions of people who rely on the law for insurance. It could take years for lower courts to resolve the lawsuit.

The continual effort by Republicans to undermine and make more difficult the proper functioning of the ACA is nothing more than the thought that this large governmental program is actually working for millions of Americans.   Conservatives, who have a visceral reaction to the government itself creating programs making the lives of citizens better–and in this case healthier–can not abide by the success of the ACA.  Ripping and tearing at the law, again and again, and using the courts to further their aims is yet another sign of what they are made of, and how far removed they are from the rest of the nation.

While it is not hard to reason as to why the Supreme Court did not enter the issue during the election season it is troubling that they allow for themselves to be often used by those who have Darwinian views about society.   Conservatives have defined themselves on many issues.  But perhaps no better than their contempt over a law to ensure millions of our fellow citizens having access to health care coverage.