American businesses are making it very clear they do not want a Socialist in charge of the Labor Department.
“Naming such a polarizing choice would be a pretty big bait-and-switch for a president-elect who ran on bringing the country together to solve problems,” argues Matt Haller, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs at the International Franchise Association. “This election said many things, but it was not a mandate by voters to turn America into a country that rejects capitalism – just ask the House incumbents who were thrown out of office in purple districts for being unable to separate themselves from the lunatic fringe agenda.”
Unfortunately the ‘lunatic fringe agenda’ is no longer on the fringe.
As I wrote previously, candidate Biden was at times a puppet of the radical left – with figures like Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pulling the strings (read more here). This unlikely alliance was necessary for Democrats to win the election, but its effects on the American economy could be disastrous.
“We think this is the time for middle ground, compromise, results-oriented policies…and extremes on either side are not going to be conducive to getting things done in Washington,” says Aric Newhouse, senior vice president of policy and government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. “It’s not about individuals, it’s not about people, it’s not about politics, it’s about policy.”
As expected, Sanders says he is more than happy to accept the position if nominated.
“I want to do everything I can to protect the working families of this country who are under tremendous duress right now and whether that is in the Senate, whether that’s in the Biden administration, who knows? Let’s see how that unfolds,” says Sanders. “If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? Yes, I would.”
Sanders has already vowed to double union membership among American workers if elected.
Sanders’s potential confirmation as Labor Secretary would never make it through a GOP-controlled Senate, though we can’t be sure of maintaining a majority until the culmination of two runoff elections on January 5th. On the flip side, Democrats would lose Sanders’s influence in the Senate if he moved into the White House.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is reportedly being considered for Treasury Secretary.
Author’s Note: Every election has consequences, and it seems we are now faced with the possibility that a Socialist will become Labor Secretary. This is the stuff of nightmares: Socialists having real power in a democratic society.