Elizabeth Warren has built her 2020 presidential campaign on the motto, “I have a plan for that!” And throughout the campaign, she’s made good on the promise of that motto, producing package after package of long, detailed proposals – from reforming healthcare to a “Blue New Deal” to solve over-fishing and other threats to the world’s oceans. But even as she prides herself on being the wonkiest presidential candidate of all time, she falters when it comes to one simple question: Elizabeth, how are you going to PAY for all of this stuff?
From the Washington Free Beacon:
In a November interview with National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García, the Massachusetts senator said, “The way I see it, there’s always, c’mon, there’s always money. It’s there. Are we going to spend the money on defense or are we going to spend the money on our children?”
García asked whether Warren would commit to more funding for Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. “If the answer is yes, how do you pay for that?” García asked.
“So the answer is yes,” Warren responded. “And pay for it? This is about our priorities, what matters most to us. A budget is about priorities.”
Warren has faced frequent questions about how she plans to pay for her policy proposals. Democratic rivals criticized her reluctance to say whether her Medicare For All plan would require middle-class tax hikes, whereas Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has publicly said tax hikes would be needed. When Warren released her plan to pay for government-run health care in November, the Washington Post editorial board wrote that she promises “fantastically generous benefits, no premiums, co-payments or other cost-sharing, and a miraculously low price tag. It’s fiction.”
It’s fiction, just like her Native American bloodline. Warren presents herself as a beer-drinking, down-home professor of the people, but she’s actually a millionaire. She presents herself as a woman of plans and proposals, but she stumbles when it comes to outlining the finances. She presents herself as a champion for the middle class, but she’s actually scheming to hit them with one of the biggest tax hikes in American history. She presents herself as a straight-shooter, but she’s just another lying Democrat.
After threatening to take over the top spot from Joe Biden, Warren’s poll numbers have begun to sag in recent weeks. We can’t say for sure, but we have to imagine that some of this spiral is due to voters figuring out that Warren’s Indian heritage is far from the only phony aspect of her persona. In an era where the American people are crying out for authenticity, they are seeing Warren for the fugazi she really is.