On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed the 2020 Democratic primary was starting to look like “full socialism on display.”
As IJR previously reported, McConnell warned Democrats during an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier that he would not be allowing a “Medicare for All” vote under his leadership in the Senate, calling it the “first step” toward socialism in the U.S.
Watch McConnell’s interview with Baier below:
"I think what we're seeing here is full socialism on display in the Democratic primaries for president."Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Bret Baier on "Special Report" Wednesday evening to discuss a statement from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders saying he would get Medicare for All passed if he were president. https://fxn.ws/2Ggrgqx
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“If you want to turn America into a socialist country, this is the first step,” McConnell said. “That coupled, of course, with the Green New Deal — which would eliminate a whole lot of jobs — I think what we’re seeing here is full socialism on display in the Democratic primaries for president.”
McConnell isn’t exaggerating. Here are just a few of the big government, socialist policies Democrats are pushing in their quest to become the Democratic nominee in 2020.
Medicare for All
Most of the Democrats running for president are in favor of some type of public option for health care, with the most popular option being Medicare for All. Candidates like South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg prefer expanding Medicare availability to all Americans, leaving the option for private insurance. Candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) want to abolish the private insurance option, forcing all Americans onto the government plan, as IJR Blue reported.
Medicare for All has a sticker price of $32 trillion over a decade. While Sanders hasn’t explained how Americans would pay for the policy, it would likely result in a huge tax increase, a massive expansion of government power, and it could kill around 500,000 jobs in the private insurance industry.
The Green New Deal
Several 2020 Democrats signed on as co-sponsors of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal. The legislation is a resolution to address climate change by mobilizing the entire U.S. economy to combat CO2 emissions.
As it exists in Congress, the Green New Deal is nonbinding, meaning the government sees it as a set of goals rather than strict policies. If it were enacted as legislation, however, it would allow the government to take control of the U.S. economy. The legislation includes a guarantee of health care and jobs, and it would require that all businesses are carbon neutral and give employees paid leave.
The plan would cost as much as $93 trillion over a decade, as IJR previously reported. Not only would it require a massive increase in taxes, but it would also likely decimate jobs — which is why the largest labor union in the U.S., the AFL-CIO, announced its opposition.
Sanders has been a big proponent of tuition-free college since his 2016 campaign, but several other Democrats have gotten on board. Sanders wants college for all students to be paid for by the government. Other Democrats have proposed debt-free college, which would impact each student differently depending on what they can afford to pay.
Sanders’ 2016 proposal had an estimated cost of more than $800 billion over a decade, according to the Tax Policy Center. While Democrats are proposing a government takeover of higher education funding, Republicans have been working to better match Americans to the education needed to fill jobs in the economy.
As IJR previously reported, the Trump administration is working to guide students to an education that leaves them with a skill, not more debt for the government to pay off.
Universal child care
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced her plan to have government-funded universal child care in the United States. As IJR previously reported, her plan would provide facilities and licensed teachers to run child care facilities throughout the United States.
She plans to finance the program with an “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” which would tax families with a net worth that exceeds $50 million. Universal child care had previously been estimated to cost around $140 billion per year. The Washington Post reported that, according to Mark Zandi and Sophia Koropeckyj at Moody’s Analytics, Warren’s plan would cost taxpayers $70 billion annually.
Restricting the Second Amendment
While most of the big government proposals brought forward by 2020 Democrats involve redistribution, their anti-Second Amendment policies aren’t about money. Several Democrats, including Sanders and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), have proposed banning semi-automatic guns in the United States, with Swalwell proposing an expensive government buy-back program, as IJR previously reported.
The Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment as a protection against government tyranny. While the Democratic candidates are not planning to become tyrants, their attacks on the Second Amendment show their tendency to err on the side of government, not the people.
These are just a few of the big government, socialist policies that have come out of the start of the 2020 primary. It isn’t yet clear what other ideas may be brought forward because, as IJR reported, many of the Democrats have yet to reveal where they stand on many issues.
As debate season kicks off this summer, more policies are likely to shine through as the race seems to be steering further left.
Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.