Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has been one of the most outspoken Republicans in recent weeks when it comes to the encroaching dangers of socialism in the Democratic Party. So it was no surprise on Saturday when it was Haley who warned Americans that the country is in for a lot of trouble. Self-admitted socialist Bernie Sanders, after all, will soon be the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
In a series of tweets, Haley said it’s time for conservatives to face the “harsh reality” of what this means.
“He has vowed to use his position to enact his progressive agenda on healthcare, climate, infrastructure spending, & cutting defense spending,” Haley said.
Sanders has served as the ranking minority member of the budget committee for the last five years, but now that Democrats have secured majority control of the Senate, it’s overwhelmingly likely that he will be in charge of the group. That will singlehandedly give him a lot of power over how the Senate and Congress uses taxpayer money. It’s not quite as powerful a position as the head of the House Ways and Means Committee, but he’s got plenty of room to do plenty of damage.
“In the past, Republicans used budget reconciliation to pass massive tax breaks for the rich and large corporations with a simple majority vote,” Sanders tweeted last week. “As the incoming Chairman of the Budget Committee, I will fight to use the same process to boldly address the needs of working families.”
Reconciliation, as the New York Times explains, “allows Congress to move some legislation without gaining 60 votes. It has become the vehicle for several major legislative efforts this century, including tax cuts under President Trump and President George W. Bush, and the final version of President Barack Obama’s signature health care bill.”
In other words, if Democrats can all get on the same page, they can find ways to send legislation to Biden’s desk without needing so much as a single Republican vote. And if you’re thinking that Biden is far too moderate to go along with the exorbitant expenditures that make up the Sanders dream, his proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package is proof to the contrary.
Just listen to Esquire’s Charles Pierce gush: “To hear Joe Biden sounding like Bernie Sanders, and to hear him put economic inequality in the middle of his plan to revive the country’s economy, is to hear for the first time in a long while that the federal government knows what it’s there for.”
Massive welfare programs, in other words, comprise the federal government’s main purpose.
Hold on to your wallets.