Most of the Democratic presidential nominees espouse a plan I call DEM Plan 20. What it is, how will it work, as well as how much it will cost, we’ll try to explain.
DEM Plan 20
Of course, they would never state this plan, clearly because many Americans would recoil from it. However, the plan has been largely accepted in many parts of the world, even if the folks endorsing it don’t exactly realize what the deuce is going on.
So, here’s how it goes:
• Medicare for all! Health care is a human right! That’s what the human right designation does. Free healthcare for undocumented immigrants. Anybody who gets to our soil, the taxpayer picks up his or her medical bill.
• Free college for all, including undocumented immigrants. Anybody who gets here, goes to college free.
• You come here, you get the right to work and you don’t really have any obligation other than pay the taxes.
• Cancel student debt. You’ve got a big student debt, they are going to wipe it out. Public college, universities tuition free.
• Fifty billion dollars for black colleges and universities a year.
• Two hundred billion dollars to $500 billion a year for reparations for slavery.
• Minimum salary, $60,000 for teachers. Fifteen dollars minimum wage and up.
• Universal childcare. So, if you’re a mom or dad, you have kids and you have to work, the government will pay for the babysitter.
• Then there’s open borders. Everyone from anywhere is welcome.
• And the “Green New Deal,” a large reshaping of our whole society. The government will guarantee a job for everyone and income for those who are unwilling to work. Every building in the U.S. would be retrofitted to be energy efficient. High speed rail would replace air travel. And 95 million cows will be eliminated.
It’s an enormous agenda with an enormous price tag, probably $50 trillion dollars. Keep in mind our current debt is $22 trillion, so how we finance all these wonderful free benefits is anyone’s guess.
Social Democracy German Style
Early in July, commentator Bill O’Reilly put on his old reporter’s hat to see how socialism is working out overseas. It’s an interesting story.
“I want to tell you a little bit about the trip. It was both business and social. I flew into Berlin; had some meetings there to find out essentially how the semi-socialist system is working in Western Europe.
“This is the system that most of the Democrats nominees are basing their entire presidential campaign on and I wanted to be fair. I don’t like socialism, but we are living in a very complicated era where people are making fortunes in the high- tech industry, in particular, and I wanted to see how other governments are handling the so-called income and inequality problem.
“Berlin is a liberal town. A lot of people are unemployed by choice. Not a particularly pretty place. World War II wiped it out. I was there when the Berlin Wall came down. I reported that story and that was the last time I was there. It’s bustling. A great place to visit if you’re interested in history.
“There are the remnants of the Nazis. In fact, the bunker where Hitler was killed (he killed himself) is now a parking lot. They actually poured sand in the bunker and paved over it. Interesting!
“After Berlin I took the train down to Munich in southern Germany. Now northern Germany is liberal, Lutheran; southern Germany is Catholic by tradition. Munich is a nice town that could be in America. If you had the language, English, and the old buildings obviously can’t be duplicated here. But outside of the buildings and the language, it could be anywhere U.S.A.”
If you would like to see what may await you if the plan is implemented in America, you might travel to Munich in southern Germany. Most folks live in small houses or apartments, go to work every day, have nice cars and drink alcohol on a regular basis.
But look beneath the surface and you can clearly see the results of the plan—people are dependent on the government in Berlin and there is little upward mobility.
The German economy is vibrant but workers cannot accumulate much money to invest and make their assets grow. That’s because of taxes. Ready?
German workers in Munich pay eight percent of their income in local taxes. Then Berlin comes in for its piece: 12 percent “health” tax for government-run medical care, 19 percent value added tax (VAT) on just about everything you buy, and an income tax that ranges from 14 to 45 percent of your gross wages.
Add it up, and German workers cannot save significant money or improve themselves much economically. Thus, they stay where they are, year after year after year. Today’s children will likely be in the same economic circumstance as their grandparents.
The result is that almost every German is the same materially. There are few ostentatious displays of wealth in Munich. There is not much “inequality” on display either.
The folks accept this plan because it offers security. After you pay your taxes, medical care is free, pensions are guaranteed. Housing is modest and subsidies are provided if you can’t or won’t work. The addicted are supported, but barely. Not much homelessness.
But forget about ever accumulating enough money to buy that chalet in Gstaad or a villa in the Riviera. That is not going to happen in the working precincts. The German government makes it impossible.
That is the vision of the present-day Democratic Party in America. From sea to shining sea, we will all be similar: dependent on Washington for medical care and retirement entitlements; happy to be secure with what we are allowed to keep after the government decides how much to take from us. On paper, “inequality” will be banished forever.
That is the DEM Plan 20 and it does not include gold stars for achievement. Most media and many American citizens, especially young voters, are solidly behind it.