The media wants you to think that Joe Biden is a “moderate,” but his views, and potential policies are much further left of center then they would like you to believe.
This is mainly due to the fact that while Bernie Sanders may have missed his chance to finally head the Democratic ticket, he still holds considerable clout. Which is why Joe Biden has been busy wooing the Vermont socialist’s supporters in the weeks since the last democratic primary. “Senator Sanders and I may disagree on tactics,” Biden said recently. “But we share a common vision.”
That’s good to keep in mind as the media tries to cover up Mr. Biden’s recent leftward lurches and convert him into a “moderate” to seem less scary to centrist voters in November.
Make no mistake, both Bernie and Biden are driving this country toward a socialist cliff, the only difference is that Bernie was doing it in a bright red Ferrari and Biden is using a baby blue 1969 VW Beetle, but same cliff, same destination – different speeds.
There is nothing moderate about either of them.
They both oppose any restrictions on abortion — even parental consent for minors — and want to force taxpayers to subsidize them. Likewise, Bernie and Joe want “free” tuition to four-year state colleges, although Joe limits the largesse to millions of families making under $125,000. Both want taxpayers to pony up to cover billions in outstanding student loans.
Both advocate advancing toward a single-payer health care system, which is code for socialist medicine. Bernie wants an outright government takeover, with his “Medicare for All” putting private insurers out of business and costing more than $30 trillion over a decade. Joe proposes an expanded version of Obamacare, with a new “public option,” which would cost “only” $750 billion over 10 years and would get us to Bernie’s dream, just not as fast.
Both want federally subsidized child care, with nothing for stay-at-home parents. Joe’s is means-tested, while Bernie wants it for every single child, no matter how rich the parents. This indicates that his plan is less about helping hard-pressed parents with costs than getting kids into an institutional setting as soon as possible — a longtime goal of the left.
Both Bernie and Joe want to overturn most of the Trump tax cuts that unleashed the economy before the coronavirus tanked it. They want to impose new taxes on those they deem “the rich.”
Both support the entire LGBTQ agenda, including “The Equality Act,” which would effectively criminalize Christianity and empower the government to enforce the left’s frontal assault on the moral order. Joe has proclaimed transgender rights “the civil rights issue of our time.”
On immigration, the Dems agree on reversing most of Mr. Trump’s policies. Both want free health care for illegal immigrants. Bernie would end deportations and raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and halt construction of the border wall. Joe would raise the refugee admissions cap from 18,000 to 125,000 and throw $4 billion into Central America to help stop the flow. As far as the wall, Joe once supported funding for part of it, but has been evasive of late.
And, Biden has embraced much of the whacky “Green New Deal,” proposed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and endorsed by Sanders. On the stump Biden has embraced more and more of this cockeyed scheme. He now wants to end fossil fuel subsidies and ban any new oil and gas permits on public lands. Like Bernie, he would have the United States re-enter the Paris climate treaty, which would put the United States under emission reductions dictated from Europe.
There’s much more to this picture, but Mr. Biden is going to have to walk a fine line, one that will pull him increasingly left, in order to keep the Bernie legions happy without frightening the Boomers, who vote in far more dependable numbers.