🧠 Debate Answers 🧠
PBS NewsHour Politico Democratic Primary Debate — 2019-12-19 — Los Angeles, CA
question from debate
Thank you for the question, but I take offense at almost its entire premise.
Your question implies the ongoing impeachment depends on opinions and political preferences. It does not. Impeachment occurred because our illegitimately elected president has committed numerous crimes while in office.
Are you suggesting we only prosecute crimes if the public supports enforcing certain laws? Obviously not.
Whether the public supports impeachment or not is immaterial to the impeachment proceedings themselves. Crimes of self enrichment at best and outright treason at worst have been committed and justice will be served, regardless of how many people keep up with Washington insider day-to-day news.
Persuasion of the public to support us enforcing our own laws is nonsensical. We will do our jobs to uphold the law whether or not the public is paying attention. The public has their own lives. They can’t be responsible for running their households and running the country—that’s why they elected us to lead them in Congress, and we are leading them onward to victory.
question from debate
Again, I take offense at almost the entire premise of your question. The entire question is worded as a republican anti-democrat attack line.
Perhaps you meant to say: “Why should the American public ignore Trump’s self-enrichment, his spending over $100 million dollars on golf vacations paid to his own resorts, his almost 300 instances of being in contact with Russian agents as outlined in the mueller report, his appointing hundreds of unqualified government workers, his unabashed racism, his non-stop denigration of the dignity of the office of president—why should the American public ignore all of those points of fraud just because the stock market is up?”
Voting to reelect an incumbent monster because your stocks are up doesn’t make anybody patriotic—it makes people sociopaths wiling to ignore the ongoing, calculated, for-profit destruction of our country for their own personal benefit.
question from debate
Okay, what’s going on with all your questions being republican talking points?
Let’s break this question down: you say “top economists” but you don’t mention who they are. Economists have political allegiances, you know? Are you talking about liberal Krugman or republican shill Mankiw?
If you are criticizing my policies, it helps to know if you are repeating the enemy’s delusional talking points.
As far as “8 trillion dollars” goes—wow such money! big numbers! look at those tax and spend libs!—but, it is as you said, over TEN years. So 8 trillion over ten years is $800 billion per year. Only $800 billion more per year in revenue! The IRS estimates about $300 billion per year is currently lost due to rich people doing tax fraud because republicans have defunded the IRS for decades under their “starve the beast” strategy of destroying all government powers.
If we restore the IRS’s ability to enforce laws equally, we get a free $300 billion boost in lost tax revenue, so now we only have $500 billion to find in the couch. We have a big couch in this country called “idle wealth” we can tap into to provide high quality public benefits to our entire country ensuring basic human rights no longer go unmet.
Do you know where idle wealth—anything over ten million dollars—comes from? It comes from exploiting workers, financial engineering, social favors, and monopoly pricing power. Requiring people share their success with the same society they live inside is not radical—it’s the only way we can survive into the future.
🇺🇸 Policy Details 🇺🇸
Modern Healthcare for a Modern World
a modern US healthcare system can save you money while saving your life
Climate Change Priorities
we can't keep living this way. the holocene is eating us alive. we must do better.
Share Everybody's Success
when you have more money than you can spend in in a lifetime, maybe share some with the rest of us?
Live Safe and Secure
build more housing everywhere, fix traffic and transit, be happy
School Yourself on School
free public college, loan forgiveness, limit fees, eliminate paid books
Public School Upgrades
return to local control, promote early high school graduation for career training, free universal pre-k starting at age 3
Rule of Law
restore ability for investigators to discover breaches of the public trust
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