Liberal talk show host Bill Maher was interviewing 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate, and self-professed Socialist, Bernie Sanders when he described the US as “…already a Socialist country.” Mr. Maher was emphasizing the country’s social security and medicare systems. That’s socialism according to Maher. According to The Blaze:
“See, Bernie, you always say that, and I think even the Republicans are not for income inequality,” Maher argued. “They hear that but it doesn’t compute that that’s going to be solved by socialism. Socialism is the programs they already like. They like social security. That’s socialism. They like Medicare, they like the [Department of Veteran Affairs], they like the military. It’s already a socialist country.”
Sanders disagreed with Maher’s assertion that the U.S. is a socialist nation and contended that his campaign needs to “remind people” that healthcare is a “right” for citizens of other major countries. The presidential candidate also touted more of the issues that make up his platform, including free public college tuition and criminal justice reform — although Maher said the senator still wasn’t doing enough to make the connotation of “socialism” less taboo.
“We have to make the movement, if you like, to correlate what we’re talking about,” Sanders said. “Because on every one of the major issues I am talking about, the American people agree.”
“I don’t think most Americans realize they’re already socialists,” Maher said.
At the beginning of the segment, Maher said he wanted to help Sanders secure the nomination, but the political commentator also criticized Sanders’ plan of taxing the top one percent to pay for his programs as not being enough financially. Specifically, Maher criticized Sanders for not being able to implement a single-payer healthcare plan in his state of Vermont as the costs were too high.
“Well, I’m not the governor of the state of Vermont. I’m the senator from the state of Vermont,” Sanders said in response. “Tell me, why is it that every other of the major countries on Earth…”
The two go on to discuss how they can pay, with other people’s money, for all the freebies Sanders and other socialist like to promise to the “people.” The problem, as Margaret Thatcher so clearly stated, is that “the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
Mr. Sanders and Mr. Maher need to pull out a pencil and piece of paper and ‘do the math’ as there is no way, even with 100% tax on all income, at all levels, that they can pay for all the programs they think are ‘rights.’
Watch Maher and Sanders spar on “Real Time with Bill Maher” below.
What do you think? Is the US already a Socialist country? Should we offer more programs and freebies as ‘rights’ as they suggest? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.