Leading Democratic lawmakers publicly distanced themselves from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders this week after the ultra-liberal legislator called for a universal employment program; promising a federal job for “anyone who wants one.”
While some prominent Democrats supported Bernie’s socialist platform -such as Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand- many threw cold water on the idea, saying it would prove far too expensive and unmanageable.
“I’m anxious for Bernie to show me how it’s going to be done,” said Sen. Dick Durbin. “He’s had some good ideas, but sometimes when it gets down to the actual cost of the idea, they need to be worked on a little bit.”
“I don’t know how he has in mind to pay for it,” added Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “I really would like to see the details. I’ve seen some headlines, but I haven’t seen a summary even.”
The plan was widely lampooned by Republicans throughout the Senate Wednesday, including many who saw the jobs program as a possible party platform heading into 2018 and 2020.
“If you’re a red-state Democrat, you’ve got to defend why a mass federal expenditure on a basic government takeover of the employment sector is appropriate,” said Sen. Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
BERNIE’S BILLIONS: Sanders Vows to REPEAL Tax Cuts if DEMS Take Senate
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took his all-out war with the GOP tax cuts to a new level this week; pledging to repeal “all of President Trump’s tax cuts” and “rebuild the middle class.”
The liberal legislator released a statement regarding the tax legislation Monday; slamming the bill as a massive “break for the wealthy and large corporations” at the expense of social programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
“Over and over again, President Trump and his administration falsely claimed that their $1.5 trillion tax cut bill would pay for itself,” said Sanders.
“Republicans are already using the huge increase in the debt that they caused as an excuse to make major cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. That is unacceptable,” he added. “At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we have got to repeal all of President Trump’s tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations and rebuild the disappearing middle class.”
The socialist lawmaker’s comments come weeks after President Trump pledged to pursue “Phase Two” of his proposed tax cuts; hoping to make the reduced rates “permanent.”
Read Sanders’ full statement here.
BERNIE’S UTOPIA: Sanders Announces Plan to Give EVERY AMERICAN a Federal Job
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his solution to America’s unemployed work force Monday; announcing his plan to give every single American a federal job and healthcare benefits “who wants or needs one.”
According to the Washington Post, the socialist lawmaker’s scheme would provide a $15 an hour job for anyone who applies; the largest Democrat-sponsored work program since President Roosevelt’s national response to the Great Depression.
“Sanders’s jobs guarantee would fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education and other goals,” writes the Post. “
“Under the job guarantee, every American would be entitled to a job under one of these projects or receive job training to be able to do so, according to an early draft of the proposal,” the author adds.
The announcement fuels speculation of another Sanders run for the White House in 2020, and signals another lurch leftwards for a party struggling to unify heading into the 2018 midterm elections.