The Washington Post published an editorial that called out Bernie Sanders for running a “fiction-filled campaign.” No surprise, we received quite a bit of criticism in return. I helped write the editorial. Here are some of the key points we made: Continue reading...· Bernie Sanders’s Big Bad is Wall Street and corporate money. But Wall Street has already undergone a round of reform, significantly reducing the risks big banks pose to the financial system, and the challenges the country faces are varied and complex.
· He’s given no adequate explanation on the source of his promised massive savings on health-care costs that would translate into generous benefits. Getting rid of corporate advertising and overhead would only yield so much. Savings would also have to come from slashing payments to doctors and hospitals and denying benefits that people want. But he is not owning up to the tradeoffs.
· When asked how he would tackle future deficits, his campaign claims that more government spending “will result in higher growth, which will improve our fiscal situation.” This resembles Republican arguments that tax cuts will juice the economy and pay for themselves — and is equally fanciful.
The big point is that Bernie Sanders is not a policy visionary. He is another politician who over-promises.
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