Democrats’ Awful 2020 Economic Agenda — In 3 Memes


In celebration of Easter, I interrupt your regularly scheduled economic reporting with something a little more lighthearted. If your family dinner table is set to contain as much political sparring as mine, feel free to share the following with your relatives.

Here are 3 memes that perfectly summarize Democrats’ 2020 economic agenda:

1.) Why are progressives, including Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, now referring to themselves as ‘Democratic’ Socialists instead of just socialists? Do they think putting a good word in front of a bad word makes the latter sound less terrible? If I said my Toyota Camry has a ‘healthy flat tire,’ the car still can’t run! 

Democratic socialism is still socialism — it doesn’t matter how you dress it up (even in a tuxedo). Under both ‘socialism’ and ‘Democratic socialism,’ Winnie the Pooh’s honey will be rationed by bureaucrats! As Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage, please don’t let them convince you to settle for their kinder, gentler tyranny.

2.) Without a doubt, Democrats facing off in the 2020 primary are going to tell you President Trump’s tax cuts are ‘unaffordable,’ and that there’s no possible way to deliver further cuts without the U.S. going broke! It is likely all of their economic plans will roll back the tax cuts we already have.

Oddly enough, Democrats have also come to embrace an economic philosophy known as “Modern Monetary Theory.” This theory became widely popularized by its use in countries such as Venezuela and Zimbabwe, only there they don’t refer to it as ‘Modern Monetary Theory’ — they call it hyperinflation.

The gist of Modern Monetary Theory is that a government that prints its own currency can never go bust because they can just print the money to pay the bills. As strange as this sounds, this is actually how Ocasio-Cortez proposed to pay for the $93 trillion Green New Deal. I’m not kidding! Look!

So which is it, 2020 Democrats? Are tax cuts going to bankrupt the United States, or is it impossible for the United States to go broke because we can just “print the money” to pay for college-for-all, Medicare-for-all, jobs-for-all, and all of the other “for-alls” on the liberal wish list? This should really make the 2020 candidates sweat!

3.) Last but not least, I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the 2020 Democrats’ amazing pivot on health care!

Remember how during the Obamacare debate conservatives were all like “this is just a trojan horse for single-payer…”

And Democrats were all like, “no it’s not, Obamacare is the greatest thing ever…”

Well…now we have Obamacare, and Democrats are all running on single-payer.

Why do Democrats even get to debate health care in 2020? I don’t think it’s been long enough since they last wrecked it.

Do we really have to give a fresh set of matches to the arsonists?

Poor Obamacare. How lonely it must feel right now to exist in a political vacuum without public champions. And just remember, this was Obama’s “signature legislative achievement.”

I hope these memes will make your holiday table a little more lively. Happy Easter!

Jonathan Decker

Jonathan Decker is the Chief Economic Correspondent for

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