If you missed Wednesday night’s debate between Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on tax reform, you missed out on a walloping. Ted Cruz dragged Sanders through the fatal conceit of his own socialist ideology and pummeled him with facts, with logic, and with some pretty good jokes.
One standout moment of the night came when Sanders tried to use the Robin Hood analogy to explain why we need high taxes to take wealth from the rich and redistribute it to the poor. Cruz seized the Robin Hood story and turned it on its head to wonderful effect.
But that wasn’t the only fist-pump moment. Here are the greatest hits from a debate where Ted Cruz completely schooled the ancient socialist.
1. The opening statement.
Cruz predicts Bernie will use every Democrat talking point ever about “taxing the rich.” (He was right.)
2. Do corporate tax rates matter?
Cruz explains why Millennial college grads should want lower corporate taxes: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
3. Skewering the death tax.
“When you die, you see two people: the undertaker and the tax man. That’s not fair.”
4. Patiently clarifying “SALT deductions.”
Why eliminating the state and local tax deduction isn’t “punishing” middle-class moms in blue states.
Self-described "middle-class working Mom" asks Cruz if GOP wants to "punish" blue states by removing SALT deduction https://t.co/AARjP2qC2e— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) October 19, 2017
5. Reagan v. Obama: The record.
How do you turn the debt around? Economic growth.
Here are the charts Cruz used:
6. Joke of the night.
What do you tell Bernie Sanders when he keeps interrupting you?
7. Bernie Sanders summarized.
Sanders, proving he’s a socialist: Yes, I want to raise your taxes.
Sanders says raising taxes can help lower health care premiums, the cost of childcare and college tuition https://t.co/sWxgHO5Din— CNN (@CNN) October 19, 2017
8. The big admission.
But here’s the moment Cruz scored big against the entire Democratic party.
Cruz: What is the difference between a Democratic Socialist and a Democratic on taxes?— Stephen Rowe (@Rowebotz) October 19, 2017
Sanders: I don't have an answer for that. #CNNDebateNight
That was the most honest Bernie Sanders has ever been. There’s not a lick of difference between Sanders, an avowed socialist, and the Democratic Party on taxes. The Left wants your taxes to go up to fund their Big Government progressive utopia.
And Ted Cruz, debating on conservative premises, refusing to cede the argument at any point throughout the debate, got Sanders to make that admission on national television. Cue the RNC ads, right?
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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