2020 Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders threw his his full support for “socialist” improvements in the American system this week; telling The Daily Show that the Soviet Union and Venezuela are not good examples of failed socialist experiments.
“Obviously, Soviet Union was an authoritarian society with no democratic rights, and I think if you know history, you know the democratic socialists fought and stood up against that,” the 2020 Democratic hopeful said.
“You can look at what existed in the Soviet Union or Venezuela, that is not what I’m talking about at all,” he added.
“If what you say in life is, ‘all I want to do is as much money as I possibly can and screw everything else, I don’t give a damn,’ then no, I don’t think democratic socialism is your cup of tea,” he said.
“But if you have a decent heart and say ‘look, I’m doing really well, but I also want to be a contributor to the wellbeing of society, so I’m going to pay my fair share of taxes.’”
A new poll released last month shows a whopping 43% of Americans think “socialism” would be a “good thing” for America.
“Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the last century when asked whether some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country. While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the country, 43% believe it would be a good thing. Those results contrast with a 1942 Roper/Fortune survey that found 40% describing socialism as a bad thing, 25% a good thing and 34% not having an opinion,” reports Gallup.
The surprising survey comes as countless Democratic presidential candidates -such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and others- press for massive federal spending programs like Medicare for All.
Senator Warren has routinely called for a universal childcare program, free healthcare, and tuition-free college for all Americans during her 2020 campaign.
Senator Elizabeth Warren outlined her plan last month to offer free college tuition to all Americans while forgiving pre-existing student loan debt; admitting the expensive proposal would likely cost $1.25 trillion over the next decade.
“We got into this crisis because state governments and the federal government decided that instead of treating higher education like our public school system — free and accessible to all Americans — they’d rather cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations and offload the cost of higher education onto students and their families,” writes Warren.
“Experts estimate my debt cancellation plan creates a one-time cost to the government of $640 billion. The Universal Free College program brings the total cost of the program to roughly $1.25 trillion over ten years,” she adds.
SOCIALISM USA! AOC Says Capitalism ‘Not Sustainable’ Because of the ‘Environmental Costs’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the American economic model during a speech in Texas over the weekend; saying “capitalism” was “not redeemable” because it places “profit” over the “human and environmental cost.”
Here's where @AOC says capitalism is "irredeemable."
Under capitalism, "the most important thing is the concentration of capital and it means that we seek and prioritize profit and the accumulation of money above all else, and we seek it at any human and environmental cost." pic.twitter.com/GeZaYILXCo
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 11, 2019
“The tough part about this, about like, is capitalism redeemable? For me, when I think about what those definitions are, capitalism isn’t, to me, it’s an ideology of capital. The most important thing is the concentration of capital,” claimed Cortez.
“It means that we seek and prioritize profit […] above all else. We seek it at any human and environmental cost. That is what that means. To me, that ideology is not sustainable and cannot be redeemed,” she added.
SOCIALISM USA! AOC Slams Capitalism, Says Young People Should ‘Question Larger Economic Forces’
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the American capitalistic model Thursday evening; urging “young people” to question the “larger economic forces in their lives.”
“How on earth could young people, whose: -wages are flat -costs of living skyrocketing -experiencing increased social instability via bigotry, addiction, + violence -expected to live shorter lifespans than previous gens dare question the larger economic forces in their lives?!” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.
How on earth could young people, whose:
-wages are flat
-costs of living skyrocketing
-experiencing increased social instability via bigotry, addiction, + violence
-expected to live shorter lifespans than previous gens
dare question the larger economic forces in their lives?! https://t.co/CigJD9HxVI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’ comments come days after her ‘Green New Deal’ failed to secure a single “Yes” vote in the US Senate, with her Democratic colleagues voting “present” when the massive government program came to the floor.