Liberal fantasies and free stuff may sound good—until you think about the practical realities of those pie-in-the-sky proposals, which are generally devastating for the very people they’re ostensibly designed to help.
You could say that about most Democratic proposals over the past decade, but the vision for the future proposed by the presidential hopefuls at the Party’s first round of presidential primary debates is worse than ever.
Raising taxes on the middle class. Abolishing private health care. Open borders. Free taxpayer-funded health care for illegal aliens.
Some voters, undoubtedly, are inspired by these implausible promises. Others might find them offensive. Intelligent and well-informed viewers of these debates will be insulted that they expect us to believe this stuff.
Every Democrat hopeful, for instance, made a point about the cruelty of enforcing our immigration laws.
“If I were president today, I would sign an executive order that would get rid of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, the Remain in Mexico policy, and the metering policy,” long-shot candidate Julian Castro declared during the first night of the debates, adding that he would “decriminalize” illegal immigration and, instead, treat it as “a civil violation.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) went even further, denouncing the very idea of enforcing our immigration laws and effectively saying that he wants to abolish ICE. “End those policies as well,” Booker said, in reference to ICE apprehensions of illegal aliens who have been given a legal order of deportation.
“We would not build walls. We would not put kids in cages,” added Beto O’Rourke. “In fact, we would spare no expense to reunite the families that have been separated already, and we would not criminally prosecute any family who is fleeing violence and persecution.”
Never mind that deportations were more aggressive, detention conditions for children worse, and “family separations” more prevalent under Obama. Never mind that this crisis was not of the president’s making, but the result of liberals encouraging hundreds of thousands of people to rush our border and, worse, to bring children—often not their own—with them. Never mind that every elected legislator on the debate stage refused to address the asylum loopholes that are fueling this crisis, even after the president ordered ICE agents to lower the pressure for two weeks, specifically at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) request.
The Democrats want us to ignore all that and take them at their word, but not one of them has the faintest notion of how to secure the border and restore a lawful system of immigration.
Not one of them has the courage to just say “I support open borders,” but that’s what they’re selling.
Furthermore, while the Democratic candidates clearly articulated their plans to tear down Trump, they didn’t present much of a vision for building America up if they ever get to the White House.
“Look, Donald Trump has put us in a horrible situation,” a visibly befuddled Joe Biden said during the second night of the debates, painting a hellish portrait of the economy that’s completely at odds with the record-breaking prosperity in this economy.
There’s a good reason they’re so consumed by negativity. Trump is a tough act to follow. He’s given us a very real economic boom, and his opponents have nothing but very fake scandals to wield against him. The utopian proposals pushed by Democrats from the debate stage in Miami are a sign of their desperation to offer voters something that can compete with the prosperity Trump has delivered.
In reality, though, every one of the policies Democrats are advocating would only lead to more of the human suffering they propose to alleviate. Utopian plans always do.
Jason D. Meister is an advisory board member for the 2020 Trump campaign.