Has anyone checked on Bernie Sanders lately?
After leading the news for months, the old socialist has disappeared. He gets his obligatory CNN appearance now and again, but he’s gone Zero-Dark-Sanders ever since he and his mittens hijacked Joe Biden’s poorly attended inauguration.
There are two ways to interpret Sanders’ relative silence.
The Democrats and the media want you to believe that Joe Biden’s more moderate, reasonable agenda eclipsed Sanders’ radical leftism.
When Biden was asked last September about his leftward tendencies, he claimed he prevailed in the Democrat primary because voters chose his supposedly moderate policies.
"I beat the socialist," Biden said in a local news interview in Wisconsin. "That's how I got elected. That's how I got the nomination. Do I look like a socialist? Look at my career — my whole career. I am not a socialist."
After the Democratic establishment jobbed Sanders out of the nomination two cycles in a row, the Vermont senator, we’re told, has had enough. He’s content to rant on Twitter about “corporate greed” and begin his long, slow descent into obscurity.
That’s what the Biden administration would like you to believe, but as with most claims of this administration, it isn’t true.
Sanders hasn’t gone quite because he lost—he’s gone quiet because he won.
In fact, he’s having a great first 100 days in office, courtesy of our definitely-not-socialist president, Joe Biden.
Don’t believe me?
Here’s a quick rundown of all the ways the Biden administration has worked to implement Sanders’ socialist agenda.
As part of his COVID-19 response plan, Sanders wanted to “guarantee paid medical and sick leave to all workers” and hazard pay to frontline workers. Biden’s 1.9 trillion COVID bill expanded “paid sick and family and medical leave” and called on employers to provide hazard pay.
Sanders proposed expanding federal assistance programs like SNAP and WIC to “make sure no one goes hungry.” Biden did one better by sending many low-income parents a weekly $300 check. He wanted $600 billion to bail out state and local governments. Biden’s COVID bill sent $350 billion to those governments even if they did a terrible job handling the pandemic.
And his plan to reform the voting system sought to abolish voter ID laws and secure automatic voter registration for everyone over 18. Biden praised the Democrat-controlled Congress for passing H.R. 1, which would do exactly this.
Presidential candidate Sanders vowed to expand access to abortion both domestically and internationally. Within days of taking office, Biden had reversed President Trump’s policies restricting abortion access and funding. He committed to implementing every radical gun control policy promoted by anti-gun groups.
Biden recently signed executive orders restricting lawful gun ownership and is pushing Congress to do the same.
As part of the "Green New Deal," Sanders wanted to, "Transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis."
Just recently, Biden set a "2030 greenhouse gas pollution reduction target aimed at creating good-paying union jobs and securing U.S. leadership on clean energy technologies."
On immigration Sanders wanted a moratorium on deporting illegal immigrants and a reinstatement of DACA. Biden reinstated DACA within days of gaining the White House, and Biden’s ICE has arrested 67% fewer illegal immigrants.
And remember, Sanders’ campaign platform also included an aggressive hike in capital gains taxes. Biden shocked Wall St and caused Bitcoin to plummet when he recently floated the idea of nearly doubling the tax rate on capital gains for Americans earning over $1 million.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Far from being upset at his failed presidential bid, Sanders must be overjoyed to see so many of his policies implemented by the so-called moderate in the White House.
But you don’t need to take my word for it. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, by far the best-known of Sanders’ acolytes, recently praised the Biden administration for its commitment to radical socialist policies.
"One thing that I will say is that I do think that, by demonstration, President Biden has definitely exceeded expectations that progressives had," she said last week. "I think a lot of us expected a much more conservative administration. The active invitation and willingness and collaboration with progressives in his first 100 days, or almost 100 days, has been very impressive."
As Biden addresses the nation and Congress this week he’ll no doubt harp on the success of his moderate agenda and how he has supposedly unified the nation after four years of Trump’s divisiveness.
Liberty-loving Americans will roll their eyes, and Republicans will blast the president on cable news. But one member of the audience will be watching happily, content in the knowledge that his first 100 days in office have been a resounding success.
Mark Meckler is president of Convention of States. Read Mark Meckler's Reports - More Here.
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