Candidates’ plans will cost us big in the long run

By Freedom New Mexico

As the primaries near, promises will get thicker than flies in a pigsty. Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton already sets the pace.

Consider these, for starters. If you elect her, Sen. Clinton promises to give a $5,000 handout, which she calls a “baby bond,” to every newborn child to help them buy homes or attend college. With 4 million babies born a year, that computes to a cool $20 billion. Over an eight-year presidency, that’s a lot of money.

As president, Sen. Clinton also promises to bribe states with $1 billion to force employers to provide seven paid, sick-leave days to employees. Tack another $8 billion onto a two-term presidency.

Clinton promises to “expand access to affordable, high-quality child care.” You might ask how high-quality child care becomes affordable? The answer: with another near-billion-dollar gift of public funds. Every year.

We’re not sure how much it will cost for Sen. Clinton’s promise to pay working parents to receive paid leave to stay home to care full time for their own children. But she promises low-income parents who want to will be paid subsidies so they can. “Subsidies” is a way of saying “your money.”

There’s also Clinton’s $20 billion-a-year promise of a retirement savings plan for lower- and middle-class families, paid for, as you might guess, by people who don’t receive the benefits. As the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards put it: “Sen. Clinton’s proposal is an entitlement program, not a savings plan … (it) would impose at least $20 billion a year of damage on families paying the tax bill for this giveaway program.”

That’s the point, as we enter the season of sky-high promises. No one gets something without someone else giving up something. We don’t mean to pick on Clinton (and we don’t mean not to). But already she exhibits the crassest political pandering that we sadly expect only to accelerate among candidates in both major parties.

Whether they’re ideologically inspired or just attempts to buy votes, promises like these reduce our democratic republic to a carnival bazaar of pitchmen barking out irresistible deals. Once candidates hit full stride, stumbling over each other to outpromise their competitors, hold on to your wallet.