(UnitedVoice.com) – Could Joe Biden end up as the most far-left, socialist-leaning president since President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) if elected this fall? According to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), that could be the case.
Earlier in the week, Biden offered a preview of proposals he has agreed to in order to secure the far-left vote. He said if elected, he would “transform the country.” On Thursday morning, July 9, Biden released the unity compromise created to satisfy the left-wing of the Democratic Party and provide the details of that transformation.
Biden faces an uphill battle as he has to satisfy both the far-left wing of the party and moderates to defeat Trump in November. It’s a dubious task. Historically, Biden has been a moderate establishment Democrat. In light of the task force agreement between Sanders and Biden, it appears he has moved decisively to the left.
It’s too soon to determine how that will move moderates one way or the other. However, any movement away from the party by moderates could be just enough to hurt Biden.
Biden Is No FDR
Biden’s shift left resulted in Sanders saying he “could become the most progressive president” since Roosevelt. FDR is hailed as a progressive icon among Democrats for railing against greed and his desire to fix the problems that ailed America during the Great Depression. His priority was to ensure that Americans had a fair opportunity for work and wealth in light of the damage to the economy by stock market speculators.
However, in light of today’s Democratic Party, Roosevelt likely would not approve of the socialist tendencies of the party.
For one, FDR believed in the constitutional structure of the American government and respected checks and balances. Second, he was a capitalist who wanted to protect Americans from the worst aspects of capitalism while also allowing it to flourish. Third, he believed in a partnership between government and businesses — not demonizing them. FDR worked tirelessly with politicians in both parties, as well as business leaders, to enact reforms.
Sanders’ understanding of FDR is skewed. The antique socialist and failed presidential candidate built a political career demonizing business and has virtually no legislative record that can be pointed to as a success. Sanders has never been interested in bipartisanship or working with others.
Biden Moves Hard Left
Regardless, Sanders was able to hijack Biden and force him to move hard to the left. The policies Biden is adopting now include:
- 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave
- $15 minimum wage
- Reparations to Black Americans for slavery in the 1700s and 1800s
- Increases to social security benefits
- Increased union protections for workers
- Repeal of “right-to-work” laws, which can force individuals into unions
- Large-scale government-run jobs program
- Higher taxes on the wealthy
- Police reforms and addition of “community policing”
- Civilian Corps of unarmed first responders
- Expand Obamacare to include free healthcare for low-income Americans
- Repeal of Trump travel bans
- End asylum policies
- Roadmap for illegal immigrants to gain US citizenship
- Tuition-free community college
- Climate change task force
On Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said the task force between Sanders and Biden was nothing more than a surrender “to the socialists.”
It appears that Biden is all-in on the far-left agenda. It’s going to be interesting to see how the moderate base of the Democratic Party responds since Biden doesn’t seem too willing to court them.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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