Date: April 6, 2016

Bern-ed out…

Then it comes to be that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel, is just a freight train coming your way – Metallica 


 

We have often heard that we are obsessed with Trump. We’re not, ofcourse. Really. We’re not obsessed with Donnie Littlefinger at all. But yes, in this election cycle, we have sometimes given undue attention to Trump, as our incredulity turned to shock to borderline panic, but is now slowly returning to a careful equilibrium, as we realise that the majority of American people have not given in to the vile, race baiting, nativist demagoguery.   We didn’t pay that much attention to the other side, after all Dems are supposed to be the “normal” ones in this election cycle, right? Not like the crazy bunch on the other wise having a d measuring contest…literally.

Wrong.

After the trainwreck of an interview of Bernie Sanders, which was analysed here by my colleague and co-editor, I thought of exclusively doing a post of Bernie memes, after all with followers like the ones Bernie has, its easier to hammer a point home with memes than words and maths, most of which will be too difficult for them to comprehend anyway.

2But, it gave me a headache. I started following his twitter feed, till I couldn’t distinguish it from parody anymore, and realised, if I even try to ascribe a coherent policy it would be an injustice to the discipline of economics.

So, I chose the best FP bits for your entertainment. Please have a few bottles of Merlot right next to you. You’ll need it.

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Sanders’ political revolution: Powered by wishes

Donald Trump says that he will make Apple assemble its iPhones in America. Bernie Sanders “wishes” they would. Sanders seems a little bit less authoritarian about how he would try to get it to happen, but at the end of the day his plan is no less fantastical.

In an interview with the New York Daily News editorial board, the socialist candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination put his ignorance on display on issue after issue. Like a candidate who says, “Mexico will pay for it,” Sanders appeared to think his words alone will make something happen. Unlike Trump, Sanders was humble enough to admit multiple times he didn’t know the answers.

“I don’t know if the Fed has it [the authority to break up big banks],” he said. The lawsuit that found the government didn’t have the authority to bring Metropolitan Life under financial regulation is “not something I have studied,” even though the legal implications could stifle Sanders’ ambitious regulatory plans. Are there any actual laws on which to prosecute Wall Street bankers for activities that led to the 2008 financial crisis, as Sanders says he will do? “I suspect that there are. Yes.” Throughout the interview Sanders admitted to ignorance about multiple important topics before stating his passionately held assumptions.

This was Sanders’ first attempt to explain how he would actually be able to implement his “revolutionary” ideas. He didn’t appear to know how to they would get done.

This is important, because

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