At the middle of the Democratic pack and fading fast, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has decided to take the Walter Mondale approach and promise everything to everyone, from free college for everyone to free health care to a new LCD TV in every living room.
OK, maybe not the free HDTV. But just about.
According to the Concord (NH) Monitor, Edwards is running in stark contrast to Bill Clinton’s “the era of big government is over” motto, proposing an expansion of government unlike anything since FDR.
His loser proposal includes proposals such as asking the Fed to underwrite universal pre-kindergarten, create matching savings accounts for low-income people, mandate a minimum wage of $9.50 and provide a million new Section 8 housing vouchers for the poor. He also pledged to start a government-funded public higher education program called “College for Everyone.”
Want to get the college vote, Johnny boy? Try offering a free PS3 for everyone who votes for you. Folks sell their vote pretty cheaply these days… never mind who pays for it.