Kaufman: Man who’s never worked wants to control American workplace

With Republicans likely to hold the Senate, Sanders probably sees Labor secretary as offering more influence in the new administration than as a do-nothing senator. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Bernie Sanders/Facebook)

My two least favorite U.S. senators are Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders. Whereas the only way to curb the former’s forthcoming power are Georgia’s crucial runoff elections, Republicans should block the latter if he’s chosen for a Cabinet role in the Biden administration.

Sanders is not only a socialist but also an ignoramus. He’s a bum, who doesn’t understand basic economics; loathes America’s role in the world; relies on useful idiots for support; and so far as I’ve seen, never had an original idea. He is particularly dangerous because he believes his own hokum, whereas Harris is a soulless authoritarian, who says whatever her woke staff deems popular.

Even approaching age 80, Sanders truly buys Marxist claptrap that’s destroyed societies for centuries and, if challenged, he lies. This is why he’s failed twice in presidential runs, and his 2020 aspirations ended in early April after a startling collapse. Startling, considering that only five weeks prior, his campaign seemed en route to the party’s nomination.

Sanders won the Feb. 22 Nevada caucuses. The next night, he was asked on “60 Minutes” about his continued kind words for Fidel Castro and communists in the USSR and Nicaragua. The self-loathing socialist inexplicably refused to condemn the rogue dictator, gave additional praise to tyrants, and offered false narratives.

At a debate 48 hours later, the pugnacious Sanders still could not denounce totalitarians and move off his doctrinaire socialist brand. He excoriated the crowd of South Carolina Democrats for jeering his idiocy. For the cantankerous senator, his “movement” apparently was more important than the presidency. Flawed narratives — and pleasing a cadre of noxious congressional radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — blinded the Sanders campaign to reality.

Policies the Vermonter and his comrades advocate go further than even what European social democracies accept. Abortion is more restricted there, minorities treated worse, corporate tax rates are less than in America, and the “wealth tax” Sanders supports was repealed in his beloved Denmark and Sweden due to deleterious effects on job creation.

Bernie Sanders spent the last decade assuring his supporters that his form of socialism isn’t socialism at all. “Let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark,” he frequently says, to obscure his views and use Scandinavia to make his brand appear less extreme.

It is not. Denmark, for example, has a free market economy.

As Noah Rothman explained earlier this year:

“Sanders spent years arguing in favor of nationalizing industry, has effectively proposed the nationalization of much of the health-insurance industry via his Medicare-for-All bill, and advocated “public ownership of major utilities.” Sanders’s policy proposals are familiar to Northern Europe’s social democracies only because those nations attempted and subsequently abandoned them. Sweden is one of three Nordic nations that repealed their taxes on net assets — the “wealth tax” Sanders advocates — because the revenue they generated did not compensate for their negative effects on job creation and social cohesion. Indeed, it was Scandinavia’s social democrats who led the charge to create a healthier business climate over the objections of their socialist colleagues.”

And of course Sanders now prefers to punish the working class by forcing them to pay the college debt of over-educated progressives.

A popular choice of the fringe for Labor Secretary, Sanders took a page out of Stacey Abrams’ failed VP bid and petulantly campaigned for the job. He’s said numerous times he would accept it if offered.

Though Sanders relentlessly panders to Big Labor, he’s garnered little official labor support; even unions who supported his presidential campaign endorsed others for a Cabinet spot.

Biden, who is no moderate, agrees with radicals on most labor and regulatory issues, including the need for stronger unions.

With Republicans likely to hold the Senate, Sanders probably sees Labor secretary as offering more influence in the new administration than as a do-nothing senator.

In a recent Wall Street Journal podcast, Jason Willick said Sanders won’t be selected because “Biden won the primary, so it’s a Biden, not Sanders administration; you’re getting the Democratic old guard, not the progressive vanguard.”

The U.S. economy hopes Willick is right.