As if reparations for blacks and Native Americans were not enough, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is now proposing reparations for gay married couples.

Warren has reintroduced the Refund Equality Act, which went nowhere in 2017. The $57 million proposal would provide tax refunds for gay couples who were married prior to 2013 when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. At that time, 10 states including Massachusetts recognized same-sex marriages; however, couples were required to file their federal taxes as individuals.

Warren says, "The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade. It's only right that we change this tax code to make it fairer for all." This from the woman who lied for decades about being Native American so that she could gain an unfair advantage on others.

Liz Warren has promised reparations to blacks, Native Americans and now gays. She has promised free housing for the poor, free daycare, free college and student loan forgiveness. She's better than Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny all rolled into one. She's Lizzie Claus!

Even wide-eyed young socialists have got to realize by now that all of this free stuff is just a bunch of crap. The folks on the left have a "promise them anything" approach to elections that has an appeal to certain young voters. More seasoned voters remember the promise of the "Great Society" programs launched more than 50 years ago by Democrat Lyndon Johnson to eradicate poverty and racial injustice. It didn't work and, in fact, made things worse.

When the candidates come calling with their free this and free that, just remember that there is no such thing as free because ultimately someone pays the tab. Buying votes doesn't work either, especially when the intent is simply to buy the voter.

Liz Warren thinks you have a price and she'll keep at it until she finds it. You are smarter than she gives you credit for.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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