Let's do a handshake, its only "Nickels and Dimes"

© 2020 Jim Spence -  Things change fast in politics. Five days ago, Joe Biden was presumed to be roadkill. Now it looks like Bernie Sanders could be mortally wounded. How did Bernie blow all that momentum?
First off, presidential primaries are not football games. If they were, here would be a fair analogy:
1) Bernie made a first down with the most uninformed segment of the population in two states. 2) The media looked at a guy with 8% of the total voting population in Iowa and New Hampshire behind him, and extrapolated a Bernie surge to victory based on national polls showing the same limited support. Essentially, the media told us that he was headed for big victories when he kicked a field goal in warm up.
The problem for Bernie, is Bernie. Almost everyone running the DNC prefers someone else, because like most voters, they don't like Bernie either.
Bernie kept right on praising Fidel Castro based on an absurdly ridiculous claim that the murderous communist regime in Cuba improved literacy and healthcare. The thousands of physicians who fled Cuba and their now grown children begged to differ, and Bernie started to hear about it from angry Democrats in Florida and other places. Old tapes of Bernie praising food lines surfaced, and he persisted in saying food lines were positive signs of improved social justice and equality.
Then of course, there was the chilling interview with Anderson Cooper. Bernie spoke about all his ideas for spending trillions of dollars of somebody else's money. He was in favor of giving away FREE college tuition to everyone and cancelling all student loan debt. When Anderson Cooper asked him what the price tag to taxpayers would be to pay for all his schemes, including Medicare not just for the elderly, but for EVERYONE, Bernie acted like he had just exhaled a big toke from his favorite bong.

Here is the exchange:

Bernie Sanders: We do. I mean, you know, and-- and-- the price tag is-- it will be substantially less than letting the current system go. I think it’s about $30 trillion.
Anderson Cooper: That’s just for Medicare for All, you’re talking about?
Bernie Sanders: That’s just Medicare for All, yes.
Anderson Cooper: Do you have a price tag for all of these things?
Bernie Sanders: No, I don’t. We try to-- no, you mentioned making public colleges and universities tuition free and cancelling all student debt, that’s correct. That’s what I want to do. We pay for that through a modest tax on Wall Street speculation.
Anderson Cooper: But you say you don’t know what the total price is, but you know how it’s going to be paid for. How do you know it’s going to be paid for if you don’t know how much the price is?
Bernie Sanders: Well, I can’t-- you know, I can’t rattle off to you every nickel and every dime.

Talk to anyone who has actually put a kid or two through college with their own savings. Talk to anyone who has paid off their student loans out of their paychecks. Talk to anyone on Medicare who actually looks at the bills the government pays on their behalf, and ask all of them if we are talking about "nickels and dimes."
Again, Bernie is a guy we all know. He’s the dreamer and the idealist with zero work ethic. He is the guy living with his mom and dad until a really good offer for something in upper management with a corner office comes his way. He is like the old college roommate who graduated with terrible grades, draws unemployment most of the time, smokes his bong all day, and eats Cheetos while he waits for his allowance. Bernie Sanders lived off the women in his life until he was forty. And since then, he has lived off the taxpayers. Amazingly, despite the fact that the only steady job he has ever had has been that of a slippery politician, he has done well financially.
Bernie had been selling his schtick only to the uninformed in Vermont. Now he has opened up new ways to make money with a scheme that uses publishing companies, books, and donors.
Bernie has become a multi-millionaire. He is the owner of three houses. This is why he has stopped criticizing millionaires and now focuses all his anger towards "billionaires." He is one of the proverbial pigs in George Orwell's, Animal Farm.
Now Bernie has a new schtick. He is like the aspiring new building contractor with zero experience, who wants a gigantic deposit from you, despite the fact he prepared NO detailed bid or contract. He just wants you to trust him, even though he hasn’t quite gotten around to counting “every nickel and dime” it is going to cost you for the remodel job he wants to do that will radically alter your living space.
Voters decided to put the whole thing back out to bid yesterday.