by Quin at the Examiner;

The American public should be appalled by the radical lurch to the left that the Democratic Party is now taking.

On issue after issue, leading Democrats now openly promote positions that liberal Democrats just 10 or 15 years ago once strongly rejected as being too extremely left-wing. This is true in at least six issue areas: abortion/infanticide, healthcare, environmental edicts, taxation, socialism, and anti-Semitism.

It may be facile for conservatives to attack the term “socialist,” but more and more Democrats are embracing not just its tenets but the label itself. Perhaps this is largely because polls show that increasing numbers of young voters, ignorant of history, view socialism as a novel idea with potential, or even a good thing. Still, for Democratic officeholders and serious candidates to embrace the label — even as, for example, Venezuela’s socialist disaster forces people to starve in the streets — is a sign that reason and bedrock American values are in increasingly short supply.

Enough has been written elsewhere about the so-called Green New Deal, “eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy,” that Americans should already see it as a danger to our way of life and our liberty, given the centralized command and control required and the out-of-thin-air financing: “The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment.” This would surely both bankrupt the economy and make us serfs to government planners.

The “Medicare for all” plan that at least six likely Democratic presidential contenders have embraced is so outlandish that center-left policy-wonk columnist William Galston this month called it an “unforced error….”

[The full column is at this link.]…

 

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