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So my video team did!<br />\n Who will spend the most?</p>\n<p> HERE ARE the new spending proposals from the five most popular (according to ElectionBettingOdds.com) candidates.<br />\n In my latest video, we break it down by category, education spending first:<br />\n Joe Biden wants to &ldquo;triple the amount of money we spend for Title I schools&rdquo; ($32 billion) create &ldquo;universal pre-K&rdquo; ($26 billion), provide &ldquo;free community college&rdquo; ($6 billion per year) and double the number of psychologists and social workers in schools ($14 billion) &mdash; $78 billion total.<br />\n That&rsquo;s a lot, but much less than what Kamala Harris would spend.<br />\n She too wants to &ldquo;make community college free&rdquo; ($6 billion), but she&rsquo;d add debt-free &ldquo;four-year public college&rdquo; ($80.1 billion), &ldquo;increase government&rsquo;s investment in child care&rdquo; dramatically ($60 billion) and &ldquo;give the average public school teacher a $13,000 raise&rdquo; ($31.5 billion) for a total of $177 billion.<br />\n Pete Buttigieg rarely says what his proposals would cost, but he at least seems to want to spend less than Harris.<br />\n He touts &ldquo;free college for low- and middle-income students&rdquo; and would give teachers more money. Assuming his plan is like Harris&rsquo;, that brings his education total to $87 billion.<br />\n Elizabeth Warren would spend much more.<br />\n &ldquo;You&rsquo;ll be debt-free!&rdquo; she tells students. Taxpayers, unfortunately, will be deeper in debt, since she would &ldquo;forgive&rdquo; most existing student debt and make public college tuition free ($125 billion).<br />\n She also wants a &ldquo;Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act&rdquo; ($70 billion).<br />\n These big-ticket items put her in first place so far.<br />\n But wait! Bernie Sanders would spend even more.<br />\n He&rsquo;d completely &ldquo;eliminate student debt,&rdquo; &ldquo;make public colleges and universities tuition-free&rdquo; and provide universal day care and pre-K. That totals $280 billion, so Sanders &ldquo;wins&rdquo; in education spending.</p>\n<p> I ASSUMED the self-described socialist would be the biggest spender, but he&rsquo;s got lots of competition! Let&rsquo;s look at health care spending.<br />\n Harris, Sanders and Warren all propose &ldquo;Medicare for All,&rdquo; including for people here illegally.<br />\n Sanders goes further, saying, &ldquo;Under our plan, people go to any doctor they want.&rdquo; He admits it will cost between $3 trillion and $4 trillion per year, about what the government now spends on everything. How will he pay for that? Well, somehow the rich will pay. Or Martians. Somebody.<br />\n Sanders, Harris and Warren all said they&rsquo;d ban private health insurance &mdash; although Harris now says she&rsquo;d let private companies sell &ldquo;Medicare plans&rdquo; that &ldquo;adhere to strict Medicare requirements on costs and benefits.&rdquo; She also claims her &ldquo;Medicare for All&rdquo; will be cheaper than Sanders&rsquo; version, but as of now there is no independently calculated cost.<br />\n When it comes to the environment, all Democratic candidates but Biden say they support the Green New Deal, which Republicans say would cost $93 trillion. For our ranking, I went with the lowest estimate we could find: An economist who likes the idea says it will cost around $500 billion a year.<br />\n Welfare? Harris would increase benefits and have the government pay your rent if it&rsquo;s over 30% of your income ($94 billion), and Friday she offered $75 billion to black colleges and minority entrepreneurs.<br />\n Warren wants to spend more ($50 billion) on housing.<br />\n Sanders would increase food stamps for kids ($10.8 billion), boost Social Security benefits ($19 billion) and guarantee everyone a government job ($158 billion), for a total of $187.8 billion.<br />\n President Donald Trump, who says America will never be a socialist country, hasn&rsquo;t been a responsible spender either.<br />\n Since he took office, spending increased about $500 billion per year. Trump did propose some cuts, but when Congress ignored his cuts and increased spending, he signed the bills anyway.<br />\n Now he says he&rsquo;d spend even more: $200 billion a year for infrastructure, $8.6 billion for the border wall construction, $1.6 billion for more NASA funding and on and on, for a total of $267 billion.<br />\n We can&rsquo;t afford it! The federal government is already $22 trillion in debt &mdash; $150,000 per taxpayer.</p>\n<p> WHILE TRUMP&rsquo;S $267 billion is bad, the Democrats&rsquo; plans are worse. We counted $297 billion proposed by Biden, $690 billion from Buttigieg, $3.8 trillion from Warren, $4 trillion from Sanders and $4.3 trillion from Harris. That would double what the entire federal government spends now.<br />\n Senator Harris &ldquo;wins&rdquo; the free stuff contest.<br />\n Taxpayers lose.</p>\n', created = 1574103788, expire = 1574190188, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e7f4d70c7f0ede352a2a26e34e495e59' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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