Magazine February 15, 2016, Issue

The Bernie Tax

Senator Bernie Sanders (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Sanders’s socialism is very different from the Danish model he admires

In late January, during a town-hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont and Hillary Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, said something legitimately ground-breaking. When Chris Cuomo of CNN asked Sanders whether he was willing to raise taxes to finance his proposed “Medicare for all” single-payer health-care system, the self-described socialist was admirably frank: “We will raise taxes. Yes, we will.” And he’s not kidding. Sanders is proposing over $1 trillion in tax increases, according to the Tax Policy Center.

You might be wondering why Sanders’s tax pledge is so remarkable.

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The Bernie Tax

In late January, during a town-hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont and Hillary Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Man in Full

American administrations don’t fall silent when their president leaves office. Just the opposite: Inauguration Day for the successor is the starting gun for memoirists and journalists-turned-historians. The modern exception has been ...
Politics & Policy

The Big Liar

In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler discussed the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” ...
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Fog of War

The phrase “a restrained Michael Bay movie” has the same inherent tension as, say, “a tasteful Donald Trump property” or “a platonic hug from William Jefferson Clinton.” Combine Michael Bay ...

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Letters

A People and Their Idea Of the many fine essays in National Review’s 60th-anniversary issue (November 19, 2015), perhaps none rewards careful reading and reflection as much as John O’Sullivan’s “A ...
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The Week

‐ We appreciate the concern, Donald, and we’ll be sure to consult with you should we ever need advice about bankruptcy. ‐ If the GOP race comes down to Trump or ...
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Poetry

MUSK AND MYRRH Indebted to the camel covering I wore on our first evening, with the Oriental mist of Opium by Saint Laurent sprayed on my wrist, I drop the empty bottle, and slide ...

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