Two debates into the Democratic presidential primaries, and former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a big lead over all other candidates. But Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)—infamously known as “Pocahontas” thanks to President Trump—is steadily gaining ground according to recent polls which put her in third place behind Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT). The current polls suggest that voters are leaving behind one-time Democratic rock stars former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Corey Booker (D-NJ).
While Senator Warren’s rise may energize some parts of the Democratic Party, the prospect of a Warren presidency should scare tax-paying American’s from sea to shining sea. Here is where she stands on key issues per a great article from Rolling Stone:
- Healthcare: Like many Democratic candidates (except notably, Biden), Warren supports “Medicare for All” and would completely shut down private health insurance. In other words, if you like your healthcare plan, no, you cannot keep it. Not to mention estimates have put the cost to U.S. taxpayers of Medicare for All to U.S. at $32 trillion over ten years. Warren has not articulated how in the world she intends to pay for it, nor have any other candidates, to be fair. Translation = we don’t want to tell you this now, but you, the American people will pay for it in new, higher taxes.
- Free College for All: The rising cost of college tuition is troubling, and a threat to our future progress as a nation. Warren’s solution, however, is predictable—throw taxpayer money at it! Warren proposes to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans, and offer every American the chance to go to a two or four-year college for free. This sounds great, it really does, for those who won’t have to foot the bill. This is yet another massive tax increase on Americans, which Warren claims will come only from the rich, though we all know it never works out that way. To be sure, something needs to be done about the rising tuition costs—we seem to be building bigger school facilities, paying professors more, but our education doesn’t seem to be getting better for the price. But just throwing more taxpayer money at it is not a long-term solution. Doesn’t cure the rising cost issue.
- Immigration: Senator Warren wants to decriminalize border crossings. How we maintain our national borders without imposing consequences for violating the sanctity of those borders is anyone’s guess.
- Abolishing the Electoral College: Senator Warren wants to abolish the electoral college on the grounds that issues important to just a few battleground states drive elections. Warren thinks that “everyone’s got should count equally . . . no matter where they live.” While not entirely off base, Warren’s position is not surprising given Democratic voters outnumber Republican voters, and Warren comes from a coastal state that is much more liberal than some of he middle-America battleground states. To me, Warren typifies the coastal liberal that wants cities and suburban areas to gain outsized influence, to the driven of lesser populated areas of the country.
- Reparations: Senator Warren supports reparations to black Americans for the sins of slavery. All of America today can agree on the deplorability of slavery and the stain it has left on our nation’s history, paying reparations to today’s black America does nothing to change that. There are a myriad of affirmative action and other programs aimed at the advancement of minorities. While we still have a long way o go to get to true equality, handing out reparation money to people who bear no connection whatsoever to slavery is nonsensical. Oh and….wait for it…….it would be paid for with taxpayer money!
All of these policies have a common thread—take from some, and give to others. Let’s just be honest about it. If you vote for Elizabeth Warren, you prefer a socialist America. I, for one, do not.