If you watched last night’s Democratic debate on CBS, then it quickly became clear just how dramatic the difference is between this year’s Democratic contenders and the clowns seeking the GOP nomination.
Here are five things said last night by the Democratic candidates that you can safely bet you will never ever hear issue forth from a Republican piehole:
1: “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism. And if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say … you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict.” — Bernie Sanders
I happened to be on Facebook last night when Senator Sanders said this, and you would have thought from the reaction of some that he had just declared the moon to be made of cheese. One poster even wrote: “This guy is crazy; needs to be disqualified from running.”
But is Sanders wrong? No, he most certainly isn’t, as this article from National Geographic explains perfectly. So does climate change have a link to the growth of terrorism? Yes, as strange as that may sound on its face, it most certainly does
2: “I’m not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower.” – Bernie Sanders
Sanders said this in response to a question about what the top tax rate would be if he were elected President. “We haven’t come up with an exact number yet,” Sanders said. “But it will not be as high as the number under Dwight D. Eisenhower which was 90 percent.”
Does that pass the test of factual analysis? It most certainly does. In Eisenhower’s first term, the tax rate for incomes over $400,000 was 92 percent. It was the second highest tax rate in American history. First was under FDR during World War II when the tax rate was 94 percent.
How many Republicans have the stones to call for the Koch Brother to pay even 5o percent on their billions?
3: “All of us support funding Planned Parenthood. All of us believe climate change is real. All of us want equal pay for equal work.” – Hillary Clinton
Yep. The choice could not be clearer in 2016.
4: “Let’s say it in our debate because you’ll never hear this from that immigration-bashing carnival barker Donald Trump: the truth.” – Martin O’Malley
Trump says only what best serves him and will get him the nomination. He has yet to admit that his plan for mass deportation of people would be a violation of the Constitution. And he won’t because that’s the only “issue” he’s got.
5: “Hardworking middle-class families need a raise—not a tax increase.” – Hillary Clinton
But to hear the GOP tell it, the uberwealthy are the ones that need all the tax cuts. Then they will take the extra money and create jobs. Really? So when you consider the massive tax cuts that were enacted under George W. Bush, we should have seen a gigantic number of jobs created. Instead, we got a nearly catastrophic financial collapse–brought about by some of the same investment bankers who got the most benefit from the tax cuts–and nearly nonexistent job growth.
Trickle-down economics does not work. Never has. Never will. End of story.
So if you want to know the difference between Democrats and Republicans, it can best be summed up thusly: Reason and reality versus fantasy and lies.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.