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Biden Relies Too Much on Socialists

David Harsanyi writes for National Review Online about the role socialists play in pushing Biden administration policies.

When recent Cuban protests broke out, White House officials did everything they could to avoid mentioning either “socialism” or “communism.” After some blowback on the matter, Joe Biden finally came out and said, “Communism is a failed system — a universally failed system. And I don’t see socialism as a very useful substitute. But that’s another story.”

What story is that? Biden has done more than any president in memory — perhaps ever — to normalize socialism in American political life. The “crucial framework” of his climate plan for “environmental justice,” the Green New Deal, which effectively hands transportation and energy to the state and intrudes on nearly every aspect of economic life, was written by Cuban regime apologist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez is perhaps the second most well-known socialist in the country. Biden’s joint 110-page policy wish list for the Democratic Party was co-written with the nation’s most famous collectivist, Castro apologist Bernie Sanders. The document is jammed with policies that a moderate Senator Biden would never have embraced. “The goals of the task force were to move the Biden campaign into as progressive a direction as possible, and I think we did that,” Sanders told NPR at the time. “On issue after issue, whether it was education, the economy, health care, climate, immigration, criminal justice, I think there was significant movement on the part of the Biden campaign.”

Mission accomplished. “If I’m the nominee I can tell you one thing — I would very
much want Bernie Sanders to be part of the journey,” Biden had noted. “Not as a vice presidential nominee, but just in engaging in all the things that he’s worked so hard to do, many of which I agree with.”

Oh, he’s part of the journey.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...