Discuss his policies but bringing up that Bernie is going to spend$50-90 trillion dollars is a fear mongering line because, as I said, it's not going to happen and everyone knows it.
The whole "$50-90 trillion in new spending" line is just Republican fear mongering. I know Sanders will never get that stuff through Congress. All of you know it. Trump knows it. Sanders knows it. Everyone in or running for Congress knows it. The DNC knows it. The RNC knows it.
If Obama, controlling both Houses couldn't get his proposed, much less expensive healthcare plan through(he had to settle for the ACA), then there is zero chance Sanders gets his big ticket items through.
Hell, Trump with both Houses couldn't get $10 billion through to build a wall. How is Bernie going to get $50-90 trillion?
So... can we please stop with that line. It's never going to happen. And we all know that.
So, you think itís inappropriate to discuss / ask Bernie supporters about Bernieís actual policies? Thatís ďfear-mongeringĒ?
And, donít be so sure. 15 years ago Democrats were fairly reasonable on things like illegal immigration. Now, they are pushing sanctuary cities and the equivalent of open borders.
His own website lays out around $50 billion in new spending. Itís seems like weíre in bizarro world, where Bernie can propose things but itís fear-mongering to point to his proposals.
Free college / cancel student loan debt: $2.2 trillion
Expand social security: unknown
Housing for all: $2.5 trillion
Universal child care: $1.2 trillion
Canceling medical debt: $81 billion
Green New Deal: $13.6 trillion
Medicare for All: $30 - $47 trillion
So thatís about $49.5 trillion to $66.5 trillion in new spending.
Spread over 10 years of course.
I'm not necessarily going to advocate for Sanders over the other Dem candidates here, but if you are going to cite costs from his web-site you should also acknowledge that he does propose mechanisms to pay for each one. You should also note what is the cost of NOT doing the proposal.
Just looking at the M4A cost:
We are spending ~$3.5 trillion per year on health care premiums right now and projections for the current (status quo) are for that to double
over the next 10 years. In other words, the cost of our current
system over the next 10 years is even higher
than the 'scary number' of Bernie's plan. And our current system leaves and will leave huge numbers of people under-insured or not-insured. That's the cost of NOT doing his proposal.
According to his projections (which are based on some published studies so you can go argue with them) switching from payroll insurance premium deductions to a _smaller_ payroll tax into a single-payer model would more than pay for not only the projected M4A cost, but also the cost of the retraining and repurposing of people (currently employed in the insurance industry) affected by such a transition.
Right now, the man-in-the-middle is a massive efficiency loss for that spending. Consider that the 62 CEOs of the largest health insurance companies combined to make over 1.6 Billion in income last year. That's 1.6 Billion of our insurance premiums split up among just 62 people. I'm sure those 62 folks all worked very hard.
Sanders similarly proposes means of paying for his other proposals. One can certainly argue over how well each proposal will work - whether costs or revenue estimates are correct or not. But it is disingenuous to only present the total, 10-year cost numbers of one of his (or any candidate's) proposal without also presenting (a) what the proposed payment mechanism is and (b) what the cost of NOT doing it is.
Just waiving around the total price tag by itself is, as nickagneta noted, just fear-mongering.