Far-left agenda would decimate Michigan economy

As Democrats work their way through a brutal and confrontational presidential nomination process, it becomes increasingly likely that a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” who has praised the Communist leaders of the Soviet Union is to be. and Cuba, an elitist on Wall Street who thinks he should determine who can own guns, drink soft drinks or receive health care will be the candidate.

From the very beginning of this chaotic process, Senator Bernie Sanders has dominated the political debate during the 2020 Democratic primary with his radical socialist agenda.

Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy the nomination. Unfortunately for Democrats, his political platform may differ from Sanders in his presentation, but not in substance.

Let’s start with health care, a prominent problem politicians have promised to solve for decades with solutions like lowering prescription drug prices. Sanders is the author of a plan he calls “Medicare-for-All,” which is really a complete government takeover that eliminates private and employer-provided health insurance. In single-payer systems, patient choice is replaced by rationed care, long waits to see a doctor, and even life-threatening delays before seeing a specialist.

To his credit, Sanders is at least open and honest about his socialist healthcare proposal. On the other hand, Bloomberg publicly denounces the idea of ​​a one-payer system while simultaneously advocating rationed care – the principle upon which the socialist one-payer system is based. If such a system is implemented, only able-bodied workers count. Everyone else, including the young, the elderly and the disabled, is seen as a burden on the system. It seems to me more regressive than progressive, but that is the Democratic agenda 2020.

Socialism-centered proposals have appeared in one form or another in the policies of virtually every liberal candidate at all levels of government. The Green New Deal, a policy championed by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would kill millions of manufacturing and energy jobs, including at least 159,100 in Michigan.

Monthly energy prices would increase to as much as $ 278 per month, according to industry studies featured on GreenNewDealStats.com. To make matters worse, it would cost $ 93 trillion in new taxes in an attempt to eliminate air travel and provide “all those who cannot or will not work” with a universal income.

It is important that the people of Michigan understand the truth about the far left radical agenda in order to prevent it from becoming a reality. While the radical left is adept at making sweeping and unrealistic promises, it has no record of success when it comes to implementation.

Under President Donald Trump, unemployment is at an all-time low of 3.6% and wages are rising at a faster rate than expected. The country has seen the creation of more than 6.6 million new jobs since January 2017, pension funds are increasing, and everyday issues like the opioid crisis and criminal justice reform are finally resolved.

Despite a Congress obsessed with impeachment, Trump recently led the passage of the USMCA trade deal – which is a huge victory for Michigan manufacturers, farmers and workers.

As for farmers, a recently released video revealed Bloomberg’s belief that farmers lack the “skills” and “brainpower” to work in tech.

Irrelevant comments like this prove he probably didn’t visit a farm in Michigan or elsewhere in the Midwest to see the intricate machinery and planning that goes into crops, or see the need for expanded markets. and equitable in the distribution of products.

It’s no wonder the president enjoys a 63% approval rating on the economy after spending his first term fighting for the average working men and women of our country.

It’s hard to imagine trading his record of proven results for unrealistic, far-left policy proposals that threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs in Michigan.

Tori Sachs is executive director of Michigan Rising Action.