There are some basic fundamental truths about Democracy and how the U.S. Government operates. It appears from a recent address that Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is ignorant of some of the fundamental principles of Democracy.
At a recent town hall event in Iowa, Presidential hopeful Harris addressed a hot-button topic in the United States, namely, healthcare cost. It is an issue that those who struggle to make ends meet, and those who have enough to have ends that overlap can relate to and understand. It is somewhat like paying seventeen dollars for a loaf of bread. Everyone from the impoverished to the extremely wealthy can at least see and appreciate the problem.
The question regarding the cost of healthcare has long been the elephant in the room during campaign season. A topic most candidates avoid unless pressed on it and then when put to the test, a muted, vague, and watered down answer generally follows. As one story covering this town hall event in Iowa reported, Kamala Harris did something very politician-like, and something not very politician-like, and then she did something very Kamala-like too.
Now, as every good Democratic candidate does, Harris likes to promise the moon, the sun, and the stars to woo voters. While she didn’t quite reach the Bernie Sanders bar of, ‘free everything for everyone all the time,’ it was a glowing promise. Glowing like one of those stars in the night that the Dems will lasso and pull down to hand voters. Just ask them, name the star you want. Is it free education, tax breaks, or just free money? In this case, Harris didn’t quite promise quite that much (sorry Bernie), but a grande promise it was, in fact, it was very politician-like.
According to the story, “she told her audience in Iowa that she had a plan to make drug companies reduce prices.”
What Harris did next, however, was very out of character for most politicians and especially for Democrats. While the common theme among the Dems is all of those aforementioned, whatever-you-want promises, those promises all share the same question. How are those free-everything promises going to be paid for – and more importantly, who will be paying for them? Not only did Kamala Harris make some impressive promises, but she also explained how she was going to get it done. We know, incredible right? And surprisingly not very politician-like.
Her plan as our story reported, said that “she was going to get companies to set drug prices based on the fair market value.”
For one brief moment, it might have actually started to look like this was a different kind of candidate, a politician, and a Dem with a plan. Then Kamala Harris decided to share her plan with the audience, and that’s where it all fell apart, just that fast.
As the story continued, Harris said that she will do more than make the pharmaceutical industry comply. Threatening any companies that used any government resources or funding for things like R&D, she said, “I will snatch their patent. So that we will take over. And yes we can do that. Yes, Yes, we can do that. Yes, we can do that. It’s a question of if you have the will to do it. I have the will to do it.”
Our story, simply encapsulating what we all just heard said, “So if you don’t comply with what they want, the government is just going to grab your private property, under a Kamala presidency.” Doesn’t that sound like something between a fascist or communist form of government? Because it certainly doesn’t sound like a free market system, an American system, or a Democracy.
For one fleeting moment, however, Kamala Harris sounded and looked almost presidential. Right up until the point she revealed that she doesn’t quite understand the principles of Democracy and that she could afford to take a Democracy 101 class. If nothing else though, we could perhaps applaud her on doing more than merely throwing wonderful-sounding ideas around a la Bernie Sanders. No, Harris actually had a plan, although it was an awful plan and one that would spell the end of America as we know it. And that sounds, well… very Kamala-like.