Move over, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Andrew Gillum is the new star of the far-left. And he has your interview skills, too!
Gillum, you may have heard, is the latest socialist or socialist-leaning candidate to score an upset in a primary, defeating former Rep. Gwen Graham, among others, for the Democrat nod for Florida governor.
The Sanders-endorsed Gillum said that “we can run wholly on our values” and win the governor’s mansion.
“We can talk to people in a common-sensical way about the issues that confront them, and quite frankly it doesn’t matter if you’re in the rural Panhandle of Florida or the I-4 corridor,” Gillum said, according to The Hill.
Being “common-sensical” to Gillum includes support for “Medicare for all,” another Sanders-endorsed gem. However, he seems rather … well, Ocasio-Cortezish on the details.
Gillum was interviewed about his support for the plan, which would expand Medicare to the point where it was ostensibly a universal health care program. During a Gillum appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, host Dana Bash noted that a recent study from the libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University found that the program would cost $33 trillion over 10 years.
The number was actually $32.6 trillion; those right-wingers at CNN are always trying to inflate the cost of federal programs. Clearly, the conservative bias in the questioning was why Gillum couldn’t coherently explain how he was going to pay for it all:
Dana Bash asks Andrew Gillum how he'll pay for his $33 Trillion health care plan. His answers in order:
-The plan will save trillions
-Florida can't do it alone
-Taxes won't be raised
-We can help 700,000 people
-I had a rough childhood
-Trump/DeSantis to blame
-I'll raise taxes pic.twitter.com/mbLfhjaekQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 3, 2018
I was halfway expecting him to say, “I am not the expert on geopoli– I mean, universal health care.” But basically, he doesn’t know a whole lot about the plan or how it would work, just the usual lies to explain all the concerns away.
The one thing we can all take away from the whole thing was that he won’t be raising taxes, except on the people and corporations he’ll be raising taxes on.
The rest of it was just typical Democrat campaign-speak. Florida couldn’t do this alone, except it could have done something like this this but Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, Gillum’s GOP opponent, are somehow making health care less affordable or whatever.
Details are wholly absent — and credit Bash with actually following up on this — but just like Sanders, Gillum’s going to make the whole thing work even though he doesn’t seem to have the slightest idea how.
But, you know. He had to have his teeth cleaned by the mobile dental clinic, so vote for him. The fallacy of the argument from experience has been given new life in the era of David Hogg, where all you have to say is, “Well, (x) happened to me, and therefore, don’t question me on this issue.”
According to Public Policy Polling, a Democrat-leaning organization, a post-primary survey shows Gillum with a 5-point lead on DeSantis, who (judging by the fact that Gillum seems to loathe his health care policies intensely) wouldn’t actually embark on some kind of mission to bankrupt the state of Florida and/or the nation.
Gillum seems to know that he can’t do it alone in Florida, which wouldn’t make it the first state to realize universal coverage simply wouldn’t work.
On the national level, though, he’s more than willing to sell it. If Florida can’t go it alone, America can’t afford to go it together. And much like his patron, Sen. Sanders, Gillum can’t come up with a way to pay for it except to sell it through fraud and emotion — the typical Democrat response.
For the sake of Floridians, one hopes that 5-point gap closes awfully fast.
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