PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 – Another Democratic debate in the 2016 cycle has come and gone, and it has become abundantly clear why DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was so desperate to decrease the number of debates and limit the exposure for these candidates.
There simply aren’t a lot of new ideas here. One of the most pointed jabs of the night came from 74-year-old socialist Bernie Sanders and it was directed not at Ted Cruz, not at George W. Bush, but at Henry Kissinger. That’s right, Bernie went for the jugular and criticized Hillary for her friendship with Richard Nixon’s secretary of state. Likely a reference that went clear over the heads of the majority of his millennial fans.
Talk about having your priorities in order…
Overall, the questions from the moderators were extremely pedestrian as PBS made the choice to throw batting practice rather than bring the heat. However, there was one question in the debate that was far and away the most revealing, and if you got up for one second to grab a snack or peek out the window to make sure the Koch Brothers weren’t stealing your car, you might have missed it.
The moderators took a supremely undeserved break to let an audience member from Facebook named Bill Corfield ask a question. He wondered, “Are there any areas of government you’d like to reduce?”
Wait, what? Reduce? Surely you meant exponentially expand on the backs of the rich?
Judging by the way these two candidates answered you would have thought that they had been asked whether they would choose to be blind or deaf if they had to pick one.
Watch for yourself.
Bernie started it off and didn’t even remotely answer the question. In his defense, it is a question that is essentially impossible for a socialist to answer, but you would think he could come up with something, anything. However, mumble mumble government mumble efficient wasteful was his final answer.
And then there was Hillary. Poor Hillary. She dove headfirst into the question with a huge grin on her face, and you almost for a second thought she would come up with something substantive. False alarm. She vaguely mentioned obscure government programs needing to be streamlined but really nothing serious and of course she didn’t name a single program.
Then Bernie came back for more out of nowhere! And you thought here we go. Now we are getting into cutting some real meat here. Not so fast. All Bernie could muster was a high level comment about cutting defense, which of course has already been dealt drastic cuts thanks to President Obama’s sequester.
Nothing about entitlements. Far and away the biggest driver of the debt.
Bottom line, the two Democratic candidates for the highest office in the land couldn’t come up with any meaningful way to reduce government. During the last few weeks, the national debt rocketed past $19 trillion like Secretariat coming around the last turn at Belmont. If you feel comfortable voting for someone who is on video proving to the world they have no clue how to even begin addressing the problem, god speed.
Oh, and by the way, not one question was asked about the looming FBI indictment over Hillary’s emails.