Sanders held a press conference on Thursday to claim victory in Monday's Iowa
Here is what the Sanders campaign texted to supporters:
Bernie Sanders WON IOWA with 6,000 more votes. Now let's win NH. Make this one of the best fundraising hours of our campaign yet. Donate: http://bernie.to/IAwin
As Bernie says, in elections, the candidate who gets the most votes wins.
I am usually not a big conspiracy guy but once Bernie's lead in Iowa seemed to be confirmed with real data, then all of a sudden the Democratic National Committee was calling for a recount. Also, why were the small satellite caucuses counted last (pro Bernie and everyone knew it) when they were compact so easy to tabulate and held before the big caucuses? As soon as it appeared that Sanders might really have won, suddenly it was time for a recount.
Iowa does not pass the fairness smell test. It is not incompetence of the Iowa Democratic Party. The party establishment locally and nationally would rather lose to Donald Trump than have Bernie and his supporters take over the party machinery. It looks like they will back recent Republican turned Democrat oligarch Michael Bloomberg before Bernie if Biden falls and now surging based on questionable data Pete Buttigieg doesn't resonate.
The new criticism is Bernie didn't increase the turnout much in Iowa compared to 2016 or he didn't get as high a percentage of the vote as he got in 2016. Forget that there were only two candidates running against him back then but there are eight running in 2020. Media is also not publicizing how the Sanders campaign was hugely successful reaching out to the minority community in Iowa to increase that turnout.
If Bernie wins by a lower than expected margin in New Hampshire, we will hear about how it is really a loss. We will also be reminded how he won a much higher percentage against Hillary in New Hampshire in 2016. I am certainly not the first or only one who sees the huge anti-Bernie bias. We have to ignore the noise. Might be time for another donation.
If the Bernie crew does withstand all the garbage the Democratic Party and media elite as well as Donald Trump and the Republicans throw at them, a better country with some trust in its institutions just may emerge. Let's hope.
Did I mention that entrance polls in Iowa showed that roughly 6 in 10 caucus goers favor single payer health coverage for everyone. That means one insurer for primary healthcare: the government. If someone gets sick, all of us take care of that person. What a concept. 32 of 33 advanced nations cover everyone. The United States as the wealthiest nation should join that club.
But how will we pay for it? Bernie's plan calls for a 4% tax on middle class people and a higher rate on the wealthy with money that employers save by not buying health insurance being mandated to go back to employees. Let's say that figure is too low and it really needs to be an 8% tax. Right now NYC pays about $20,000 a year to Emblem Health for each of us who choose HIP or GHI. If a teacher making $100,000 a year paid $8,000 for Medicare for All, the city would not have to pay anything but instead they would have to give that $20,000 back to each employee. We would be up $12,000 and with no copays, deductibles and we could go to any doctor.
I do not agree with everything in Bernie's platform and I am much more of a social democrat than democratic socialist but Sanders is by far the best candidate out there for working people.
I am speaking for me here and not ICEUFT.