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Debate: Fibbery, stretchery, and outright dodgery

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren

ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET

The CNN/New York Times Democratic debate was quite a show. Socialism and taxes and gun grabs, oh, my, mixed with pie-in-the-sky and hand-in-your-pocket visions for America.

With Sen. Bernie Sanders’ raving against capitalism and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s dodging tax and other questions and Rep. Beto O’Rouke’s mealy mouthing about what would happen to Americans who refused to give up their guns – they would face “other consequence,” he said – it appeared the wheels are getting wobbly on the Democrat’s 2020 presidential clown car.

During the three-hour debate, it was a freebies festival: Free education, federally funded jobs guarantees, multitrillion-dollar Medicare for all, and a $1,000-per-person Universal Basic Income all got their moment in the spotlight. Then, there was taxing the wealthy into oblivion, along with a big doses of fibbery, stretchery and outright dodgery.

The takeaway: Candidates for the Democratic presidential nod want to tax and spend, and disarm Americans. Period.

What the 12 hopefuls were not asked was significant: China, North Korea, immigration, housing, climate change. They were, however, asked about Ellen Degeneres’ friendship with former President George W. Bush, a taboo relationship for many on the Left.

Watching the show, it is difficult to understand how out of touch the candidates seem to be, or how they embrace freebies and making Big Government even bigger.

It is impossible to see any of them leading the greatest nation on Earth.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • I didn’t even waste my time watching it. The first one that I watched was such a clown show, it showed me that none of them is electable. They’re all trying to one-up each other on who can give the better free stuff package, and then get into a shouting match. The best debate I ever saw was between Bush 2 and Al Gore. Gore was silently stalking and approaching the president-to-be, and Bush looked up and noticed what he was doing and gave him a nod as if to say “you’re in my space, back the hell up.” And Gore did just that, as the crowd erupted in laughter. Now that was worth watching.

  • Theres a cheap little gift in that cracker Jack box.

  • Agree with Greg. I can only stand watching it for maybe 5 minutes. And I voted democrat until 2016. But I walked away!

  • What a bunch of clowns. This is the best the democrats can come up with to run this country. How out of touch from reality they are why not promising us a trip to the moon and new cars in the driveway and a endless bank account. What choices we face.

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