I’m not sure what alternate universe Sanders was living in in the 1980s, but (1) the rich were and aren’t hogging all the food while the poor starve to death and (2) food rationing is not a sign of a healthy economy. Just ask anyone living in the socialist “paradise” of Venezuela. Anny Valero, a housewife from Caracas, shared with NPR how nightmarish it is to shop for groceries under the state regime:
We stop at a state-run store. There are no lines outside, but that often means there’s not much food left. Inside, the meat department is a barren landscape.
“There’s just unplugged display cases, flies and a bad odor,” Valero says. She settles for three cans of sardines. She also finds diapers for Jeremy.
But checkout is like clearing customs in a hostile foreign country. The checkout clerk scrutinizes Valero’s ID card and tells her to hold her index finger over a fingerprint scanner.
The clerk scans the merchandise and then informs Anny that, because of rationing, she can buy just two of the three cans of sardines. Then, Valero and Benaventi must produce Jeremy’s birth certificate to prove the baby is theirs and that they really do need the diapers.
That doesn’t sound like a healthy economy to me. And it’s not.
By the way, according to the World Bank, even the poorest Americans are richer than most of the world. There’s certainly room for improvement in our economy, but Sanders’s socialism would be a step in the absolute wrong direction.