Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris, during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 27, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Liberal fantasies and free stuff may sound good—until you think about the practical realities of their pie-in-the-sky proposals, which are generally devastating for the very people they’re ostensibly designed to help.
You could say that about most Democratic proposals over the last decade, but the vision for the future proposed by the presidential hopefuls at the Party’s first round of presidential primary debates is worse than ever.
Raising taxes on the middle class. Abolishing private healthcare. Open borders. Free taxpayer funded healthcare for illegal aliens.
Some voters, undoubtedly, are inspired by these implausible promises. Others might find them offensive. Intelligent and well-informed viewers of these debates will be insulted they expect us to believe this crap.
Every Democrat hopeful, for instance, made a point about the cruelty of enforcing our immigration laws.
“If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump’s zero tolerance policy, the Remain in Mexico policy, and the metering policy,” declared long-shot candidate Julian Castro during the first night of the debates, adding that he would “decriminalize” illegal immigration and instead treat it as “a civil violation.”
Senator Cory Booker went even further, denouncing the very idea of enforcing our immigration laws and effectively saying that he wants to abolish ICE. “End those policies as well,” Booker said in reference to ICE apprehensions of illegal aliens who have been given a legal order of deportation.
“We would not build walls. We would not put kids in cages,” added Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. “In fact, we would spare no expense to reunite the families that have been separated already, and we would not criminally prosecute any family who is fleeing violence and persecution.”
Never mind that deportations were more aggressive, detention conditions for children worse, and “family separations” prevalent under Obama. Never mind that this crisis was not of Donald Trump’s making, but the result of liberals encouraging hundreds of thousands of people to rush our border and, worse, to bring children—often not their own—with them. Never mind that every elected legislator on the debate stage refused to address the asylum loopholes that are fueling this crisis, even after President Trump ordered ICE agents to lower the pressure for two weeks, specifically at Nancy Pelosi’s request.
The Democrats want us to ignore all that and take them at their word, but not one of them has the faintest notion of how to secure the border and restore a lawful system of immigration.
Not one of them has the courage to just say “I support open borders,” but that’s what they’re selling.
Furthermore, while the Democrat candidates clearly articulated their plans to tear down Donald Trump, they didn’t present much of a vision for building America up if they ever get to the White House.
“Look, Donald Trump has put us in a horrible situation,” a visibly befuddled Joe Biden said during the second night of the debates, painting a hellish portrait of the economy completely at odds with the record-breaking prosperity in this economy.
There’s a good reason they’re so consumed by negativity. President Trump’s a tough act to follow. He’s given us a very real economic boom, and his opponents have nothing but very fake scandals to wield against him. The utopian proposals Democrats pushed from the debate stage in Miami are a sign of their desperation to offer voters something that can compete with the prosperity Donald Trump has delivered.
In reality, though, every one of the policies Democrats are advocating would only lead to more of the human suffering they propose to alleviate. Utopian plans always do.