A SANDERS REALITY CHECK
He is a compelling and candid speaker, with outsider charm. But he may have expensive tastes. That would be a certain Democratic presidential hopeful from Vermont. From our read-it-and-weep desk:
“Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose liberal call to action has propelled his long-shot presidential campaign, is proposing an array of new programs that would amount to the largest peacetime expansion of government in modern American history. In all, he backs at least $18 trillion in new spending over a decade, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal, a sum that alarms conservatives and gives even many Democrats pause,” writes Laura Meckler, who covers demographics for the news organization.
“Mr. Sanders sees the money as going to essential government services at a time of increasing strain on the middle class,” she says.