Now that’s a hoot.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday and claimed that many Americans would be more than willing to pay more in taxes than they already do.
That, and several other things he said on CNN, made some Americans wonder if the 77-year-old socialist is living in a not-too-parallel universe.
Cooper was pointed out “that the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are... the individual and personal taxes are much higher than they are in the United States.”
“Yeah,” Sanders agreed, “but I suspect that a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive health care as a human right.”
And then the Vermont senator portrayed our northern neighbor as the promised land of socialized medicine, saying, "I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border. You go to the doctor any time you want. You don't take out your wallet. You have heart surgery, you have a heart transplant and you come out of the hospital and it costs you nothing."
“Your kids in many countries around the world can go to the public colleges and universities tuition-free. Wages in many cases are higher," he added.
But then he tried to argue that making everything “free” would totally work in the long-run, saying, "So there is a tradeoff, but at the end of the day, I think that most people will believe they will be better off when their kids have educational opportunities without out-of-pocket expenses, when they have health care as a human right, when they have affordable housing, when they have decent retirement security.”
“I think most Americans will understand that is a good deal."
But a lot of people are expressing their belief that it’s a terrible deal.