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Sanders on open borders

This is interesting. Bernie Sanders talking about the open borders concept, as part of a more lengthy interview. In summary, he’s opposed to it.  A short excerpt:

Ezra Klein
You said being a democratic socialist means a more international view. I think if you take global poverty that seriously, it leads you to conclusions that in the US are considered out of political bounds. Things like sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders. About sharply increasing …

Bernie Sanders
Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal.

Ezra Klein
Really?

Bernie Sanders
Of course. That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States.

Ezra Klein
But it would make …

Bernie Sanders
Excuse me …

Ezra Klein
It would make a lot of global poor richer, wouldn’t it?

Bernie Sanders
It would make everybody in America poorer —you’re doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don’t think there’s any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation state or in a country called the United States or UK or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don’t believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country, I think we have to do everything we can to create millions of jobs.

There’s more on the subject, I recommend clicking the link above to see what Sanders has to say.  In particular, the interviewer goes on to badger Sanders some more about how open borders would really be the best option for world peace, fuzzy little bunnies and pink unicorns, but Bernie isn’t having it. Good for him.

I’m especially intrigued by Sanders positing a connection between open borders and the Koch brothers.  I’d actually be able to use that, if this issue ever came up in discussion with my liberal relatives.  They tend to be pretty moonbatty, but, as with a lot of liberals, one of their sure-fire trigger words is “Koch brothers.”  I wouldn’t even need to assert a Koch brothers connection as true, I’d only have to say, “Bernie Sanders thinks open borders is a plot funded by the Koch brothers to drive down wages,” and viola, meme planted.

I’m not planning on voting for Sanders, but he’d be a better choice than Hillery Clinton, globalist plutocrat stooge that she is.

The choice in the upcoming primaries is clear: If you’re a die hard liberal or socialist of some kind, vote for Sanders, and get all your friends to vote for Sanders. The rest of us don’t lean socialist, so our obvious choice is Trump, except for the few who have some vested interest in keeping legal Americans unemployed.  For them, I might have a suggestion or two relating to flying leaps that might be taken, or lakes which might be jumped into.

A Trump vs. Sanders matchup in the general election….that would be mighty interesting.

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