When you hear Bernie Sanders on food lines, it gives you a new way to hear his promises about government healthcare.
At 3:11 in the video below, John Stossel focuses on a statement by Bernie Sanders on food lines, when he was defending the Communist government in Nicaragua.
According to Bernie Sanders, it is a good thing for people to be lining up to get food from the government.
You might have noticed that he said similar things about the Nicaraguans getting “free health care” (0:53). As Stossel and his guest point out, Sanders justifies totalitarian government on the basis of government spending programs, like the construction of clinics, regardless of whether they actually deliver the services to the people.
The fantasy is that Sanders wants to provide for the poor and rescue them from the jaws of the evil Walton family billionaires. The reality is that he will credit government for helping even if their expensive programs are a failure. No wonder he has such a vague plan for universal healthcare.
Another way of looking at this is that universal healthcare will be no different than universal “education” (actually, universal schooling). According to CBS News, the U.S. spends $15,171 per student.
That sum inched past some developed countries and far surpassed others. Switzerland’s total spending per student was $14,922 while Mexico averaged $2,993 in 2010. The average OECD nation spent $9,313 per young person.
As a share of its economy, the United States spent more than the average country in the survey. In 2010, the United States spent 7.3 percent of its gross domestic product on education, compared with the 6.3 percent average of other OECD countries. Denmark topped the list on that measure with 8 percent of its gross domestic product going toward education.
So what do we get for the most expensive education system in the known universe?
Spending, of course, only tells part of the story and does not guarantee students’ success. The United States routinely trails its rival countries in performances on international exams despite being among the heaviest spenders on education.
That’s exactly like what Obamacare has done to us. Hearing Bernie Sanders on food lines tells us that his plan would be no different.