I was talking to my brother and his wife about this. They are both moderate Democrats that support Buttigieg. They have 2 kids under six and they were complaining about the cost of childcare and how burdensome it is for them (they are working class). I told them they should support Sanders or Warren since they support free childcare.
My brother and his wife were aggressively against it because they didn’t want to pay more in taxes. I explained that if their taxes did go up, their childcare costs would go down to zero, so they would be saving money.
They then pivoted to the argument that once their kids are in school, they won’t need childcare and they don’t want to have to keep paying the taxes if they aren’t getting the benefits. Once I pointed out that they are paying taxes for public schools right now even though their kids aren’t in school, they just got mad and said they don’t want socialism.
This is what we are dealing with. The people that stand to benefit the most from Bernie’s policies have convinced themselves it would somehow be bad for them.
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