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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.

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