Who are Bernie Supporters?
Butter is at the Table
Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Our new friend, Butter, is at the table this morning. Butter has been giving a great deal of thought to supporters of Bernie Sanders. At one time it would have seemed impossible to imagine an aging Socialist running for President of the United States garnering as much support as he has. Sad to say, times are changing and what Bernie has to offer has dramatic appeal to many people who love him, but haven't a clue what he is all about. Butter has asked for the pleasure of your company this morning. She would like to talk about the "Bern", and if possible get to the heart of the problem. Rest assured, Bernie and those who adore him are a huge problem for this country. Butter is preparing home baked butter biscuits and homemade strawberry jam. I will be serving Irish coffees to accompany the meal. Butter and I hope to see you soon.
An Unanswered Question
Thank you all for joining Pop and me for breakfast. Let's get right to Bernie. A reporter from Univision asked Sanders about Socialism's failure in Venezuela. Let's put great emphasis on the word "failure." Surely, Bernie's followers know what it means to fail. In fact, it is quite likely that they are intimately acquainted with the term. In any case, the would- be president refused to answer the question. He was facing an informed audience, unlike the crowds here in the states that adore him. The reporter was Leon Krauze of the Spanish language network Univision. The audience was acquainted with Venezela's failure to thrive. Clearly, those feeling the "Bern" are uninformed about the complete failure of socialist policies in Venezuela. It is also entirely possible that, Bernie's followers have never heard of Venezuela. It is also perfectly reasonable to think that they may also be unaware of the existence of another failed socialist experiment in Greece. Bernie's follower's don't have any use for facts. Information is a dreary pain in the butt. They like what they hear and it is good enough for them. They might never have heard of Socialism, but that doesn't stop them from wanting all the free stuff.
Whose Got the Money?
Bernie tells his supporter's that free college is a right they have earned. How they earned it is a complete mystery to me, but if Bernie says they earned it, they did. When he brings up this issue, his young and uninformed followers light up with glee and passion. Imagine being able to go to college for at least four years and more likely ten years for free. Perhaps, these would-be scholars would like to hear about what happened in Louisiana when they introduced free tuition. Louisiana calls their plan the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. The program uses tax dollars to pay full tuition in addition to some fees at any of Louisiana's public universities. It really is a free-for-all. All students qualify if they have a C average and at least an 18 on the ACT. The truth about this program is that somebody has to pay for it. The student is not responsible for the cost, but the taxpayer's are. Let's face it, offering free education increases the numbers of students who suddenly like the idea of more schooling. The problem begins to rear its inevitable ugly head when costs rise and the available money shrinks. Subsidized programs like this always incur higher costs. The Taylor Opportunity Program has doubled in cost since 2008. Smaller schools really suffered under this plan. When the state budget hits rock bottom, the schools, particularly the smaller ones, get hit hard. Bernie and friends have to come to grips with the cruel fact, that there is no such thing as a free ride. Using other people's money to provide "free" stuff leads nowhere.
Get the Facts
If only all voters were well-informed about the issues. If only voters were well-informed about their candidates beliefs. If only voters were knowledgable about the candidates track records. If only, we had high information voters, we might just end up with a president who was qualified to serve. We aren't even close to that dream, but we still have to try. Norman Thomas said, " The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened." If Bernie were to win and become president, he can tell the nation that he always said he was a socialist. He will be telling the truth. If Hillary were to enter the Oval Office, she will say she is a liberal Democrat, but she will be, in fact, a socialist. Bernie's supporters don't understand Socialism with its inevitable pitfalls. Hillary's supporters don't understand veiled Socialism. Both of these groups will cast their votes not really understanding what is at stake. The rest of the electorate will be at their mercy. All the knowledge in the world may not be enough to stop Socialism under the guise of the liberal agenda. Let's hope the good guys win.
This land is your land
This land is my land
This land was born to be free
Please come fly with me......
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