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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with his wife Jane, raises his hand as he speaks during a campaign event in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Gambling on Sanders

Nevada may be gambler’s paradise, but wagering that a pot of gold waits at the end of the rainbow is a bet to regret. Thanks to the choices the Silver State’s voters made Saturday, Democrats are on the path to selecting a socialism-loving utopian to compete for the nation’s highest office. Sen. Bernie Sanders has vaulted into a commanding lead in the race to represent the party in the 2020 presidential election. The choice is unwise, and the consequences could prove ruinous.

F]The first light of dawn breaks looking towards the Palace of Westminster with British Union flags flying in London, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Britain officially left the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Scrapping the BBC licensing fee

Ronald Reagan once said that government programs and their attendant bureaucracies are “the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” As in many things, Reagan’s amiable wit disguised a disturbing truth: An awful lot of ways in which governments operate are due to inertia, or to deeply-entrenched interests which, over time, are impossible to dislodge, much less budge many inches.

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Bernie the puppet master

It's a cruel irony: Just as U.S. economic metrics hit new peaks, along comes a guy who says he wants to transform the nation. Even crueler, crowds of naive followers hope he succeeds. Bernard Sanders and his "Bernie bros" are just what Americans don't need.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at his early vote rally at Rocketown in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)

Money matters

Mitt Romney, the Utah senator and former business executive, is merely "rich." When the then-Massachusetts Republican ran for president against Barack Obama in 2012, he was estimated to be worth around $200 million. President Trump is also only "rich," with a net worth somewhere in the $3 billion range, according to various estimates. Tom Steyer, the San Francisco hedge fund titan who is also running for president, is similarly situated, worth about $1.5 billion (yet he can't seem to find a decent tie to buy for himself).

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

'Progressive' vs. 'more moderate'

The mainstream media would have us believe that the Democrats' presidential field is divided between "progressives" (a euphemism for ultraliberals) — Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — and what they call the "more moderate" candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden; former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources.  (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File) **FILE**

Thus always to the hate-hoaxers

The story was the literal definition of incredible. Jussie Smollet, a C-list actor on a good day, claimed that last January, on a frigid Chicago night, he was assaulted at random by two people in one of the city's ritziest neighborhoods. The two strangers, white men both, threw a noose around the actor and poured "an unknown liquid" on him while shouting homophobic epithets and "this is MAGA country!" (Streeterville, Chicago, is not MAGA country.)

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pauses as he testifies during a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on "The President's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget," on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Controlling the nation's money

Liberals want to regulate banks for the same reason Willie Sutton used to rob them: That's where the money is. And, according to their fevered brains, that's where the power is. Having control of the nation's financial system gives them control over everything.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to speak to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New Hampshire Democrats choose the left lane

There are no shortcuts on the road to the White House. Navigating New Hampshire is especially challenging for presidential hopefuls — not surprising for a place where the adopted motto offers a stark choice: "Live free or die." The Granite State's Democratic primary returns Tuesday placed some of the party's contenders at death's door, others escaped to live another day and a couple emerged with the wind at their back to match the dreadful force of a coastal Nor'easter.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act signing ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Standing at a budget crossroad

Managing money is a fundamental skill, but Washington is a slow learner. Without a healthy respect for the perils of overspending, an irresistible temptation lurks to wear out the Treasury's credit card. As the nation stands at a fiscal crossroad, President Trump has signaled a desire to part ways with the past and choose the often-neglected road to financial sustainability. The alternative route leads to ruin.

FILE - This July 21, 2012, file photo shows signage at the corporate headquarters of Equifax Inc. in Atlanta. The deadline to seek cash payments and claim free services as part of Equifax's $700 million settlement over a massive data breach is Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

The startling Equifax hack

Here's something to not think about shortly before bed: Your sensitive personal data is probably sitting on a server somewhere in Beijing — a server that is the property of the People's Liberation Army, i.e. the military wing of the Chinese Communist Party.

Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., shake hands on stage Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, before the start of a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A Hobson's choice for Democrats

As the 2020 presidential election draws closer, Americans are zeroing in on their favorite Democratic contender. The closer they look at the likely effect on their finances, the more obvious it is they face a Hobson's choice: Take it or leave it. No matter who they choose, they'll be voting for higher taxes.

Julia Reichert, left, and Steven Bognar accept the award for best documentary feature for "American Factory" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

And the Oscar for irony goes to...

Self-styled communists aren't only misguided; they evidently have no sense of irony. At the Academy Awards Sunday night, the makers of the film "American Factory" won the trophy for Best Documentary. The sensitive film chronicles what happens when a Chinese industrialist opens a manufacturing plant in the American heartland.