Sanders Fires Back At Washington Post For Editorial Hit Job

Yesterday I noted the Washington Post Editorial Board taking shots at Bernie Sanders, essentially calling him a liar. He decided to fight back, as noted in the Washington Post news section

Bernie Sanders unloads on The Washington Post

Wait, isn’t that a rather gun-centric and violence laden headline? Anyhow

The first volley was the editorial, posted late Wednesday online and in Thursday’s print edition, headlined: “A campaign full of fiction.” The print edition sub-headline contended, “Sen. Sanders is not a brave truth-teller. He’s just telling progressives what they want to hear.”

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At a breakfast with reporters here Thursday that was hosted by Bloomberg Politics, Sanders fired back — again and again and again.

“That’s not a new argument. We’ve been hearing that months and months, and that’s in a sense what this campaign is about,” Sanders said in response to a request for his reaction to the editorial. “People are telling us, whether it’s the Washington Post editorial board or anybody else, our ideas are too ambitious — can’t happen. Too bold — really? Well, here’s something which is really bold. In the last 30 years, there has been a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class and working families of this country. The middle class has become poorer and trillions of dollars have been transferred to the top one-tenth of 1 percent.”

And he went on and on and on in his attacks on the WPEB, and even took a few shots at the New York Times over an article that claimed his campaign discussed going negative on Hillary. It’s quite clear that the Washington Post, both in the newsroom and on the opinion pages, is in the bag for Hillary.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean I support Mr. Sanders for any office. While his concerns are valid, his solutions are, at a minimum, problematic. There is a concern over the disappearing middle class, and there is a concern over the “transfer of wealth” to the richest of the rich. Democrats like Sanders tend to think that the money pie is just one size, and that the rich are taking more and more of that pie. They are wrong: that pie has always grown bigger and bigger. Just because the rich get richer doesn’t mean that the other 99% can’t get ahead. But, thanks to liberal policies, often surrounding the use of taxpayer money to reward campaign contributors, along with many others, that pie has stagnated. Democratic policies have reduced the ability of the middle class to continue to expand. Government is not the answer, it is a hindrance. When it plays referee, things are fine. When it actively becomes involved, often choosing winners and losers, makes this regulation and that rule, it tends to harm those in the middle and lower classes, while enriching the very high end earners.

The Washington Post Editorial Board decided to fire back at Bernie, with a new editorial entitled Bernie Sanders’ Ideas are not too bold. They are too facile. By which they mean simplistic, shallow, and naive. Well, I guess Sanders’ plans aren’t quite on par with Hillary’s complicated plan to use an insecure private server for government business, all to avoid oversight and freedom of information requests, but, hey, sometimes simple works best.

One has to wonder where the attacks on Mrs. Clinton are: her plans are no more detailed than Sanders’ are.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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