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Dan Proft: 2020: A Choice Between Two Bernies

In a sense, the 2020 race is shaping up as a choice between two Bernies—a right Bernie and a left Bernie.

Do you like the Capitalist Bernie or the Bolshevik Bernie?

These two Bernies have neatly defined the choice in 2020.

On the one hand is Home Depot founder, the creator of a half-million jobs, and billionaire Bernie Marcus who is spending his golden years giving away his money to worthy causes.

On the other hand is Soviet devotee Sen. Bernie Sanders who’s spending his golden years the same way he spent his formative ones—giving away other people’s money.

Bernie Marcus is an unabashed Trump supporter undeterred by threats of a Home Depot boycott by Marxist mobsters.

Bernie Sanders is an unrepentant redistributionist who said on “Meet the Press” recently his goal is “to make the poor richer and the rich poorer.”

Bernie Marcus doesn’t believe helping people is a zero-sum proposition. Bernie Sanders believes everything should be free except freedom.

Which Bernie will you support in 2020?

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Jerry Bowyer: A Tax Change the President Should Embrace

Bloomberg News and CNBC report that the Trump administration is seriously considering a rule change which would stop the IRS from taxing investors based on phantom gains from inflation.

Let’s say you buy an investment for a hundred dollars and sell it a few years later for 105 dollars, but inflation was 5 percent. You didn’t really make any money. In real purchasing power, you just broke even.

The way the system works now, you’d have to pay taxes on that five dollars. That’s not taxing income; that’s confiscating wealth.

Larry Kudlow, now the president’s chief economic advisor has long been a champion of the idea, and it looks like the president is on board. And: It looks like the president can do this without buy-in from Congress.

We should hope the president embraces this idea and moves forward with it.

It’s good economics—and it would be good politics as well.

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Michael Medved: Divided Dems Can’t Exploit Trump’s Biggest Vulnerability

The Democrats suffer from deep, potentially deadly divisions – exemplified by the bitter sniping between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the anti-American radicals of the ultra-progressive “squad” in the House of Representatives, along with the party’s circular firing squad of two dozen embattled presidential candidates.

These feuds not only chew up liberal resources, energy and credibility, but also destroy Democrat chances of capitalizing on Trump’s greatest vulnerability: his disappointing failure at unifying the country and his reckless promotion of partisan polarization. If Democrats can’t even work together on their own side of the aisle, how can they promise to bring the whole country together?

At least Trump has managed to enlist the great majority of Republicans on his team, while the Democrats continue to fracture and quibble just as the campaign moves into a more serious phase.

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