his morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced that he intends to run for president in 2020:
I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in: https://t.co/KOTx0WZqRf pic.twitter.com/T1TLH0rm26
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019
Of course, this resulted in conservatives “pouncing” on an unsavory video from the mid-1980s in which Sanders articulates his support for breadlines, in what could reasonably be called the best “well actually” of all time. When asked about breadlines in Nicaragua and Sanders’ support for Sandinistas, the senator quipped: “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”
This 2020 Democrat primary is going to be BANANAS! The latest candidate LOVES bread lines!! pic.twitter.com/wrf73R8UyS
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) February 19, 2019
He acts as if this is some sort of trump card that invalidates criticism of breadlines, but people waiting miserably in line for hours to receive basic (and scant) provisions due to horrific food shortages, is pretty far from most sane people’s concept of a productive economy. Imagine the opportunity cost: people standing in lines for hours, as a part of a daily or weekly ritual to get bread and soap and milk, means these people will not be able to work or pursue any enjoyable or fulfilling activities during this time.
Lost innovation and productivity is certainly an argument against breadlines, but for those swayed by the idea of unshackling people from capitalism so they can have more free time and pleasure, don’t assume that standing in breadlines is a happiness upgrade by any stretch of the imagination.
Even more so, his basic premise is flawed. Does he mean capitalist countries are those in which the rich get the food and the poor starve to death (perhaps a hyperbolic statement on income inequality)? Because that’s mostly false. In 1820, 94 percent of the global population lived in extreme poverty. By 1990, this figure had dropped to around 30 percent, and by 2015, it hovered around 9.6 percent.
Bernie (I have THREE houses!) Sanders takes the side of the demons before the “End” in Revelation.
At Rev 6:6 it warns
This means the poor work a day for mere sustenance food for that day (a denarius was a day’s wages in Judea under the Romans) while the rich had all the most succulent treats.
Bernie is not so stupid as to not see that the dictators are always well fed, even fat, in Kim’s case.
Did he miss the plane filled with gold that Russia was getting out of Venezuela for Maduro?