Other than hating Donald Trump, why would anyone vote for any of the Democratic candidates for president of the United States? They’ve given us precious few reasons to support them and plenty of reasons to conclude that they shouldn’t be given any political power — much less the presidency.
Here are just a few:
1. Their policy proposals would be fiscal and social disasters. The “Medicare for All” espoused by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is projected to cost anywhere from $30 to $50 trillion. What’s worse is that we have an abysmal record projecting the actual costs of social programs. When Medicare was passed in 1965, it was projected to cost $12 billion by 1990; the actual cost in 1990 was $90 billion. In 2018, the federal government spent $582 billion on Medicare. Spending on Medicaid in its first year (also 1965) was projected at $238 million; the actual cost was over $1 billion. Spending on Medicaid in fiscal year 2017 was $557 billion. Our ability to prognosticate hasn’t improved in the past 50 years; projections for the 2009 Affordable Care Act were appallingly inaccurate. So you can probably safely double or even triple that single-payer health care estimate.
2. Democrats are often accused of supporting regulations that cripple businesses. But this crop of candidates goes even further, promising to destroy entire industries. Sen. Warren — who has never made a payroll in her life — blithely announced that she’d make private insurance illegal, shuttering tens of thousands of American companies and putting millions of people out of work.
3. They favor oppressive government. Michael Bloomberg — a man who should know better — has advocated for taxing the poor — for their own good, of course. Bloomberg also said with a straight face that the communist government of China listens to the public and that President Xi Jinping “is not a dictator.” (Tell that to the Hong Kong protesters, the untold numbers of women subjected to forced abortions or the Uighur Muslims in re-education camps.) That tells you plenty about what President Bloomberg would view as being “responsive” to the American people.
4. They are willing to shred the Constitution when it suits their purposes. Examples of this are legion including:
- They oppose religious liberties — including conscience protection. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke argued that churches that do not accept his views on human sexuality, marriage and family should lose their tax-exempt status as charities.
- Nor are they defenders of other First Amendment protections — at least for conservatives. When Republicans or Christians bring suits to defend their freedom of speech, Democrats — even on the Supreme Court — now call that “weaponizing the First Amendment.”
- They want to abolish the Second Amendment.
- With their candidate (Hillary Clinton) having lost in 2016, Democrats are all-in to eliminate the Electoral College, which — like the structure of the U.S. Senate — was designedto provide a meaningful voice to states with smaller populations. Both Hillary Clinton and Al Gore (in 2000) won the so-called popular vote by getting a large number of votes in California. But California doesn’t get to elect the president.
Under President Trump, we have seen record-low unemployment including among Hispanics and African Americans; consistent job creation; reform of Veterans Affairs; a new federal ban on animal cruelty; criminal justice reform; a new North American trade deal; and no new wars .
What makes Trump such a successful president? It’s a simple point that goes right to the heart of the system of American governance: Trump trusts that most Americans can run their own lives, their families, their businesses, their schools and their communities. In other words, he does not (and did not) see it as his role to walk into the White House and “fundamentally transform” the country.
Laura Hollis is a syndicated columnist.