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Ten Short Takes from the Democratic Debates

What did we learn from four hours of 20 Democratic presidential candidates vying for camera time and voter interest? 

1. According to the candidates, apparently the greatest existential threat to America (after Donald Trump) is the large corporations that employ millions of Americans. 

2. Several candidates want to boldly open the door to socialized medicine now; the others want to sneak it in through the back door. 

3. The media were surprised that Beto O’Rourke isn’t the dream candidate they’d hoped he would be—and who they claimed he was when he ran against Ted Cruz. 

4. Elizabeth Warren, displaying some of her former mojo, is on the warpath against capitalism. 

5. Several of the candidates are convinced that insurance and pharmaceutical company executives are criminals, while illegal aliens are not. 

6. All of the candidates agreed that the current health care system is a disaster, even though that system happens to be Obamacare, which Democrats claimed would fix the system. 

7. The candidates seem convinced that the only obstacle to imposing their far-left agenda as president would be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which is the best fundraising message McConnell could ask for. 

8. Every candidate seems to think the solution to the problem of millions of people living in the U.S. illegally is to make them citizens. 

9. Several candidates claim they want to get money out of politics even though they love to boast about how much money they have raised for their campaigns. 

10. “Free” has never been more expensive.

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