“I believe you all know that I’ve at all times felt the 9 most terrifying phrases within the English language are “I am from the federal government and I am right here to assist.” – Ronald Reagan.
On Wednesday night time’s All In on MSNBC, substitute host Mehdi Hasan related Reaganism with “tons of of hundreds of deaths” within the pandemic, and recommended Republicans shouldn’t have the “audacity” to mock socialism, which apparently is well mistaken for effectivity. He stated the mantra that “authorities is an issue” cannot final in “a 12 months of mass unemployment and albeit, mass demise.”
MEHDI HASAN: That line from Ronald Reagan in 1986 has develop into the working governing precept for modern-day Republicans. They need us to consider that authorities doesn’t and shouldn’t assist individuals. And so they by no means miss an opportunity to repeat that mantra.
He then confirmed a video medley of Republicans reciting this Reagan quip, and lectured:
2020 was maybe the 12 months we wanted assist from the federal government probably the most, and but authorities was nowhere to be discovered as a public well being disaster exploded on this nation. President Trump and his administration went from pretending the coronavirus did not exist, to not being sincere with the American individuals about what they knew, to fully dropping the ball on testing, to not advocating for insurance policies that may hold People protected, to lacking the mark on distributing the vaccine, and endlessly delaying a second COVID aid bundle.
Their abject failure, their dereliction of obligation has led to tons of of hundreds of deaths and unprecedented financial turmoil. Not solely are they not upset about it or regretful, they’ve the audacity to be complaining about socialism. Former Trump Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeting the opposite day, quote, “2020 was the 12 months socialism went mainstream….This terrifying pattern threatens the way forward for each American.” As we mentioned on the present earlier, on the present fee it may take ten years to vaccinate each American. So I am fairly certain an excessive amount of authorities motion will not be our downside proper now. It’s miles too little.
Leftists at all times declare authorities was “nowhere,” like there was no large federal bailouts, restrictions, provide chains, and vaccine growth efforts. The place are the very fact checkers?
Later on this phase, New York Instances columnist Michelle Goldberg endorsed Hasan’s sermon:
HASAN: Does it make you snort or cry if you see Nikki Haley and different Republicans obsessing over socialism at a time when meals financial institution traces are rising, thousands and thousands of People are falling into poverty, and even a Republican president is asking for direct money funds.
MICHELLE GOLDBERG: Properly, I’d say that the solely sort of — the one very, very skinny silver linings of this terribly horrible period is that it actually has put the nail within the coffin of Reaganism, proper? When Josh Hawley, when very conservative Republicans are calling for $2,000 survival funds together with your entire Democratic Occasion, I believe that this, you recognize, form of right-wing austerity has been killed off for good even when there are nonetheless individuals like Nikki Haley and Ted Cruz and some others who’re attempting to hold its corpse alive.
Hasan requested Linda Chavez “Wasn’t it the battle on so-called Massive Authorities that Reagan began, and even Invoice Clinton joined in on, that left the U.S. uniquely, amongst superior industrialized nations, unprepared to cope with a public well being disaster like this, rickety infrastructure, lack of common well being care, no actual social security web?” Chavez simply could not agree, saying she’s nonetheless a conservative, however probably not a Republican any extra.