Joe Biden’s performance on Super Tuesday has now made him the apparent leader of the pack for the Democrats. The narrative has been from mainstream media that Sanders is the wacko crazy socialist, and Biden is the moderate center-left candidate. Right Wire Report wonders if this is, in fact, true. We took a look at some key policy issues to see just what the differences are. Here is a small sample.
Issue: Healthcare as a “right” – Universal Coverage
Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reintroduced his healthcare plan to transition the United States to a single-payer health care system, one where a single government-run plan provides insurance coverage to all Americans as a human right. This coverage would include illegal immigrants.
Biden: Joe Biden jumps into the healthcare reform battle: “Healthcare is a right for all and not a privilege for the few.” Biden supports the Affordable Care Act with the goal of universal coverage. Biden wants to expand Obamacare on steroids, add a public option for Medicaid, automatic enrollment of low-income citizens providing massive new government subsidies for insurance reimbursement and maintain federal funding for abortions. Biden supports healthcare coverage free for all illegal immigrants.
Conclusion: Sanders and Biden are in total agreement in terms of healthcare, but the paths and timing to achieve the goals may vary. Both plans increase deficits, expand government, and require massive tax hikes.
Issue: Opposes tax cuts to the rich – wealth inequality
Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders has unveiled his plan to directly tax the wealth of millionaires and billionaires.
Biden: Biden proposes new taxes on the wealthy as well as a financial transaction tax to combat the scourge of wealth inequality. His own campaign estimates its tax hike plan would drain $3.2 trillion out of the American economy over ten years.
Conclusion: Both candidates are proposing new taxes on the wealthy to “solve” wealth inequality. And both oppose Trump’s tax cuts he has implemented. The redistribution strategy is the same and only differ in the details.
Issue: Endless Middle-East wars
Sanders: “Joe Biden voted (for) and helped lead the effort for the war in Iraq, the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said.
Biden: At the presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14. 2020, all the candidates called for U.S. combat troops to come home from the Middle East.
Conclusion: Biden has said his vote on Iraq was a mistake, and hence is now on board with Sanders to end the endless wars in the Middle East.
Issue: 2nd Amendment rights
Sanders: Sanders wanting a ban on essentially every firearm in the United States. His functional definition of “assault rifle” in this case includes nearly all firearms
Biden: Joe Biden is calling for a cultural shift around how the country thinks about gun ownership – a ban. “The Second Amendment – no amendment is, in fact, absolute,” Biden says.On February 25, 2020, Biden posted a message to gun manufacturers, telling them “if I’m elected, I’m coming for you.” Biden stated opposition to “magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them” – a policy position that could outlaw the vast majority of firearms in America. He supports both Universal background checks and a national firearm registry.
Conclusion: Check, both in agreement here that the Second Amendment should be altered and further infringed upon.
Sanders: “At the end of the day,” Sanders continued, “the decision over abortion belongs to a woman and her physician, not the federal government, not the state government.” Sanders supports a litmus test on Roe V Wade when appointing Supreme Court Justices.
Biden: Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. What’s more, pro-abortion movement leaders say they ‘trust’ Biden to protect abortion on demand. He would support a congressional decision to codify abortion rights if it became necessary and would repeal the Trump administration’s gag rule on Title X. Biden flipped on his long-standing support for the Hyde Amendment and now supports federal funding for abortion. Biden supports a litmus test on Roe V Wade when appointing Supreme Court Justices.
Conclusion: Check, both in agreement here.
Issue: Identity politics
Sanders: From one pundit, “I helped coin the term Identity Politics. I’m endorsing Bernie Sanders. Sanders is currently the best hope for helping marginalized Americans.” Though Sanders does not like the term “Identity Politics,” he fully endorses meritless inclusion based purely on identity.
Biden: For Joe Biden, “Identity Politics” was how he launched his campaign to start with – remember? His announcement video began with footage of the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, highlighting Trump’s remark, after the brawl that left a female protester dead, that there were “very fine people on both sides.” “With those words,” said Biden, “the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.” Of course, Biden totally took out of context Trump’s remarks.
Conclusion: MLK’s famous quote, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Both Sanders and Biden have abandoned this notion and will wade through the vote pandering of “Identity Politics.” Dividing the country in the pursuit of one’s own political benefits.
Issue: Climate change
Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders, reacted to news of an agreement at the United Nations global climate talks in Paris with criticism, saying that the measures don’t go “nowhere near far enough.” Sanders has been a long time supporter of some type of a New Green Deal.
Biden: Biden proposes ambitious plans on climate change, reflecting Democratic urgency – an aggressive $1.7-trillion, 10-year plan.
Conclusion: All the Democratic candidates almost universally support a Green New Deal. They all vow to immediately reenlist the U.S. in the Paris accord to fight global warming. Each of them would scrap all of the Trump rollbacks and set a firm deadline for moving the nation to this Green New Deal.
Issue: Globalism – immigration
Sanders: Sen. Bernie Sanders would revamp North American trade relationships and expand protections for “all” workers, not just Americans, as part of a sweeping new immigration plan. Sanders said he would seek to temporarily halt deportations, decriminalize border crossings and “break up” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies.
Biden: Joe Biden unveiled a plan to reform the U.S. immigration system and reverse President Donald Trump’s policies. Biden wants to create a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., expand access to work visas in areas of economic need and boost the annual U.S. refugee admissions cap to 125,000 from the current 18,000, among other provisions in the plan.
Conclusion: The Sanders view is that America is an open borders country and wants to reduce its sovereignty as a nation-state, in terms of its position on the global stage. Joe Biden plays down the open borders aspect of this rhetoric, but his detailed plan essential is similar to Sanders and is a radical departure from strong border enforcement by Trump.
So, where is the big difference? Trump and the Republicans would mostly oppose these Democratic policies. Is Sanders more fervent in openly expressing his Marxist ideologies? Perhaps yes. Is Biden merely becoming more “woke” for political expediency? Perhaps yes. But for whatever reason, if Biden or Sanders should win the presidency, they would need to satisfy their constituency and become part of the far left-wing radical nature of the new Socialist Democratic party.
One could make the argument that Biden is worse, though his rhetoric is softer. Why? Because the piecemeal approach of Joe Biden is more implementable than the full-frontal radical Sanders’ approach. Incrementalism is an easier path to full socialism and Marxism. People won’t realize what is happening, and once far down the path, it will not easy to backtrack.
The bottom line is that both Sanders and Biden are two peas in a pod. One would need to get a magnifying glass to see any real differences in terms of policy. They just come at the issues from a different perspective. Sanders’ rhetoric sounds more radical and is openly honest about his socialist Marxist ideologies. Biden tries to soft-pedal socialist Marxist ideologies and flip-flops on his rhetoric to get your vote. Which really is better?