No, silly. Leftists don’t want $32 trillion in new taxes. They want around $15 trillion in new taxes over the next decade plus a cool $32 trillion or so in new debt to pay for single-payer, at least if Bernie Sanders’s platform last year is the template. CNN asks upstart Ryan opponent Randy Bryce about that here. You’re a single-payer proponent, they say. What do you think of $32 trillion to socialize medicine? Bryce: Well, ah, a lot of people aren’t paying their fair share of taxes, you know. That’s a sentiment a lot of Americans, including Steve Bannon, share. And they do like single-payer.
But do they like both ideas enough to tolerate $32 trillion in debt and taxes, bearing in mind that that represents about 160 percent of America’s current national debt? I know how I’m betting.
Bryce, by the way, is Democrats’ newest cause celebre now that Jon “Who?” Ossoff turned out to be a loser in the Georgia special election. They call him the “Iron Stache” and they’ve begun throwing buckets of money at him despite the fact that his cause against Ryan is hopeless. The catalyst was the second clip below, a political ad that went viral weeks ago because it captured the message many liberals think the party should be pushing in middle America. Bryce has raised more than $430,000 in the past 12 days off it, a pittance compared to the cash showered on Ossoff but a big number for a guy whom everyone understands is doomed. (He’s run for office three times before in Wisconsin and lost every time.) Unlike Ossoff, though, I don’t think Dems entertain any fantasies about him winning; they’re trying to elevate his profile because they think his blue-collar brand of leftism can catch on nationally. As a liberal friend put it to me, ideally he’ll be a 2018 stalking horse for the 2020 presidential race, the guy who shows everyone that hardhat progressivism is more of a winner than anyone believed. All they need to do now is square away the math on that $32 trillion and they’re in business.
These two clips work well as a tandem. On the bottom is the promise, on top is the reality. Exit quotation from a Twitter pal: “He’s like a cartoon of what Democrats think Trump voters want.”