Puerto Rico should be a lesson to followers of Bernie Sanders

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By Lynn Woolley

Puerto Rico is the new Greece. The territory has just defaulted on $370 million worth of bonds.

The fact that there is even one single voter in this country pining for socialism is sad – and yet there are thousands. I lay this at the feet of 1960’s hippies who never could find work with their basket weaving degrees, so they became college professors.

Sanders on Puerto Rico

Big universities are closed socialist systems where students have “safe zones” and teachers have tenure. They are NOT the real world.

Most of us work for a living. We produce something and we get paid for doing it and a few benefits provided by our employer. In Puerto Rico, one in four workers are government employees. They get 30 days paid vacation, 18 sick days and 14 paid holidays. Puerto Rico wants a bailout. They shouldn’t get one. The suffering to come is actually useful.

Squishy members of Congress will want to help to avert a “crisis.”

And so Puerto Rico may very well get its bailout. But then what? The people there have been softened by government handouts. They have lost their initiative. They’d rather have the government take care of them – Bernie Sanders style – than to work hard in the private sector. This is what happened in Greece.

Socialism is a disaster waiting to happen.

Bernie Sanders is more than a career politician; he is outright dangerous. If what took place in Greece –and now in Puerto Rico — were to happen here, we’d be on the road to insolvency faster than we are under Obama – and faster than we may be under Hillary Clinton.

Try to get inside the mind of a Sander supporter. To them, it all sounds so good. Free education for all. Healthcare as a “right.” Equality. Fairness. B.S.

No one ever put it better than Margaret Thatcher:

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

This is one of the most important quotes in all of history. There are thick textbooks that do not explain the tragedy of socialism as well as this one sentence. It should be carved in stone on the administration buildings of our great and not-so-great universities.

And don’t give me that garbage about Sanders being a “Democratic Socialist.” 

Residente of Calle 13 greets Sanders onstage at a campaign event at Saint Mary's Park on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: D Dipasupil/WireImage)

Residente of Calle 13 greets Sanders onstage at a campaign event at Saint Mary’s Park on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: D Dipasupil/WireImage)

Sanders is a classic socialist and, make no mistake, his polices would lead to outright communism. Communism is the eventual goal of socialist countries. No less a light than Vladimir Lenin said that.

[Sanders on the Puerto Rico crisis.]

Once upon a time, Puerto Rico had a governor…

…who was kind of like Ronald Reagan. His name is Luis Fortuno. He was amazing in a Newt Gingrich kind of way. He froze government salaries, cut spending by about 20 percent, and got rid of 17,000 government workers – some of whom had virtually nothing to do in their jobs. As you might expect, the people did not like their goodies taken away. He particularly raised the ire of unions. Just as they bankrupted Michigan and destroyed the city of Detroit, they were determined to do the same to Puerto Rico.

Luis Fortuno

Luis Fortuno

The people of Puerto Rico tossed Fortuno out when he ran for reelection. The unions scored their victory. The goodies kept coming from the new governor, a leftist named Garcia Padilla. And Puerto Rico defaulted. It went under. It now is begging for help from the mainland.

We have little Puerto Ricos here in the U.S.A.

You know about Detroit. But do you know about the financial troubles in Illinois? California? New York? These are all states with massive government pension obligations and all are states that will someday need a bailout.

These are states that are run by liberals from within the Democratic Party.

Leaders of these states are similar in their politics to those of Bernie Sanders. For his part, Sanders has forced Hillary Clinton to the left and she supports a lot of his socialist ideas. So do liberal college professors who majored in basket weaving and couldn’t find jobs and went back to get journalism degrees and who now teach socialism to our sons and daughters.

If our sons and daughters go Bernie on us and max out their credit cards and can’t make the house payment, they can hire a lawyer to file for bankruptcy. That’s a tidy little way to legally get out of paying your bills.

Countries can’t file for bankruptcy.

So who will bail the United States out once we raise the minimum wage, provide free college education, and make healthcare a right? Sanders will be long dead before we hit bottom, but some of us will be here, begging for someone to help.

It’s not going to come from Puerto Rico. We won’t get any help from Greece or any European nation. Don’t look to Cyprus or Venezuela. These nations have been there and done that. With President Sanders or President Hillary Clinton, we’re going to be in trouble. Big trouble.

There is one bit of good news.

If we take the route of Puerto Rico, one of the institutions that will fail will be our universities. Good riddance. They are a big part of the problem.

Remember, when this presidential election cycle started, there were 16 men and a woman running for the Republican nomination. The woman and at least 14 of the men would most likely have protected us from the kind of socialism that Sanders is pushing.


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