from the American Spectator:
Candidates See Land of the Free or of the Freeloader?
Whoever said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch never said it to the various presidential hopefuls aiming to unseat the current occupant of the Oval Office. And whoever says it now risks issuing a warning misunderstood as a challenge.
Elizabeth Warren proposes free college tuition and debt forgiveness for student loans. “The entire cost of my broad debt cancellation plan and universal free college is more than covered by my Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” Warren explains. “For decades, we’ve allowed the wealthy to pay less while burying tens of millions of working Americans in education debt. It’s time to make different choices.”
Numerous candidates, including Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker, support Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All proposal, which commits the federal government to providing healthcare to everyone as it outlaws the insurers who currently provide such coverage to most. The bill prohibits “a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act” and for “an employer to provide benefits for an employee, former employee, or the dependents of an employee or former employee that duplicate the benefits provided under this Act.”
Cory Booker wants to give people money, well, just because. He proposes baby bonds of $1,000 upon birth and payments of up to $2,000 annually thereafter until the age of 18, at which point beneficiaries could access their interest-bearing accounts for approved purposes. Andrew Yang supports a universal basic income of $1,000 a month for Americans. Julian Castro calls for reparations for slavery. “It is interesting to me that, under our Constitution and otherwise, that we compensate people if we take their property,” the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development notes. “Shouldn’t we compensate people if they were property, sanctioned by the state?”