Today\’s quote comes to us from self-described socialist, U.S. Senator from Vermont, and aspirant to be the Democrat candidate for President, Bernie Sanders.
Here is what Mr. Sanders has to say about business enterprise and hunger….or something:
“You don\’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country. I don\’t think the media appreciate the kind of stress that ordinary Americans are working on.”
Can someone explain what that is supposed to mean? I know I can\’t.
Is Mr. Sanders trying to say that having fewer brands of underarm spray deodorants and sneakers will alleviate hunger? How?
What would he do to lessen the number of alternatives in these, and presumably other, product categories? Close the companies? Close the factories? Maybe just have one or two central facilities where each product is made? How will that work out for, say factory employment? For advertising and marketing personnel? For the merchandising industry?
And what if we don\’t like the products that little or no competition, with its resultant loss of jobs in all the aforementioned areas, will make available to us? Is our choice simply to buy or not buy them? How does that improve on what we get in a free market?
I have said in previous blogs that I like and respect Bernie Sanders. That remains true. Mr. Sanders is an honest man, with strongly felt positions that do not change with the shifting political winds – and he has a strong, sincere social conscience, which I greatly value.
The problem with Mr. Sanders, however, is that lofty ideals do not translate into governance. And his ideas of governance are either awful, or non-existent…i.e. just a bunch of leftist philosophical flatulence.
God that will make him tough to beat in Democrat primaries.
I award Bernie Sanders Quote Of The Day honors for being so completely honest about his socialist positions and attitudes, thus giving us a clear idea of what they would mean in the real world.
In other words, he\’s fun to watch.