Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is about as socialist as they come in the United States. And he pretty much owns that. His proposed policies for his presidential campaign platform should be enough to convince just about anyone of that. From Medicare for All to tuition-free colleges and a total rehaul of the criminal justice system, they all scream socialism or as close as they can be.
But it might surprise you to know that these plans are pretty moderate in comparison to what he used to want for America.
I know what you’re thinking; how could there be more socialistic or leftist ideas than his current thoughts on everything being racist?
But there is. And a recent interview with Jake Tapper proved just that.
Tapper reminded the Vermont lawmaker of a few of his former policies and thought processes, including one that suggested that our nation implement a maximum wage in addition to the minimum wage already in effect.
However, Sanders refused to acknowledge that he ever had such an idea, knowing that it would likely not sit well with a great many voters. Instead, he dismissed the question. But not before he raged at Tapper for even asking about such a thing.
The Free Beacon reported, “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Sunday refused to discuss his support for a ‘maximum wage’ during his early days in Vermont politics, calling the unearthing of such radical proposals not ‘productive.’”
Tapper said, “Early in your political career, way back in 1974, you said that it should be illegal to earn more money than someone could spend in his or her lifetime. You proposed a maximum wage cap on the highest earners.”
However, Tapper could hardly get this entirely out before Sanders was cutting him off. First, Sanders asked what year it was that he had supposedly said that, and then when it was answered with the additional note by Tapper that it was about 45 years ago, Sanders went on a rant, completely dismissing the question.
He put up his hands and said, “Did you go back to my third-grade essay when I was in PS 197 about what I said?”
As you can see from the video, it gets pretty awkward.
Sanders then went on saying that they could talk all they wanted about what he said in his early days and in the 70s, but it wouldn’t be “productive” to do so, implying that they were the thoughts of a mere child. Instead, the senator wanted to talk about his days as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and the subsequent years he spent in Congress.
What he basically did was imply that his early years and decisions he made then are, as the Free Beacon says, “irrelevant to his current political views.” But as we all know, our past shapes who we are today. Therefore, if we are to understand someone and their views fully, we have to know where they have been and what they have believed.
And as Tapper pointed out, these were not the thoughts of a child, Sanders was an adult and in his thirties by the time statements about a maximum wage were being discussed.
Now, it is entirely possible that Sanders, as he has matured and gotten a little wiser, has changed his position on having a maximum wage. I mean, he changed his position on “open borders,” so why not this. And he could have even embarrassed a bit about having thought that at one time.
However, the fact that he completely dismisses the entire question of it gives us reason to believe that maybe, just maybe he still thinks that way. After all, he could have simply denied having those thoughts. On the other hand, he could have admitted those once held views and then explained why they had changed.
But his willingness to do neither, makes us question him all the more.
It really wouldn’t be that far of a stretch for the most socialist lawmaker in America, right? Sanders already has made it abundantly clear that he thinks the wealthy are ruining this nation. He blames the “top one percent” for nearly all of our significant problems.
And it doesn’t get much more socialist than that. Capitalism, on the other hand, doesn’t seek to punish the wealthy. Instead, it offers everyone no matter where they come from the opportunity to make more out of their American dreams and not settle for everyone being equal but poor.