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Friday, May 4, 2018
Democrats’ Universal Job Plan Would Be a Socialist Disaster
Ed.Bernie Sanders, a leftist with absolutely NO
private sector experience, wants to take over and run the private sector. Arrogance,
thy name is Leftist.
The following article appeared in the Daily Signal on April 27th
Sen. Bernie Sanders
is set to announce a plan that guarantees every American “who wants or needs
one” a lifetime government job paying at least $15 an hour, with health
insurance and other perks.
The man never held down a private sector job. NEVER!!
This new progressive
workforce will then, according to The Washington Post, build glorious “projects
throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as
infrastructure, care giving, the environment, education and other goals.”
It would be one thing
if the nation’s leading socialist—and perhaps the most popular Democrat in the
country—were the only one interested in creating a state-run workforce to
“compete” with the private sector. A number of other allegedly moderate
Democrats and prospective presidential candidates, including Sens. Kirsten
Gillibrand and Cory Booker, favor a universal job guarantee as well. It’s
rapidly becoming a mainstream idea.
One imagines that a
quixotic proposal like this polls quite well. I mean, who doesn’t want everyone
to have a job?
The liberal Left
continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is
there is a solution.
You don’t possess a
skill set that enables you to find productive work? You don’t want to learn a
new trade? You don’t want to obtain a better education? You have no interest in
moving to an area where your work might be in demand? You don’t want to start your
career with a lower wage even if the long-term prospects of doing so might be
worthwhile? Don’t worry. The government’s got an incentive-destroying job
opportunity just for you.
And if you’ve been
fired for a poor work ethic, or for stealing, or for making women uncomfortable
with your creepy behavior, fear not; Bernie’s got your back.
In the rare event
that state workers do misbehave, they would be summoned to a Division of
Progress Investigation (a relic of our 1930s stab at socialism) to “take disciplinary
action if needed.” If the Division of Progress Investigation were to run
anything like major public schools systems do, you can imagine it would be a
study in meritocracy.
advocates,” The Washington Post says, make the absurd claim that Sanders’ plan
“would drive up wages by significantly increasing competition for workers,
ensuring that corporations have to offer more generous salaries and benefits if
they want to keep their employees from working for the government.”
concerned with profit. If the minimum wage kills jobs, why should we believe
businesses (especially smaller ones) would compete with government-funded
projects that can print money and create salaries (and benefits) that are
wholly untethered from the real cost of labor? Businesses would simply hire
fewer Americans—especially those Americans first getting into the labor force.
Of course, it’s more
likely that our state-run workforce would be deployed for ideological and
political priorities rather than economic ones. If history is any indicator, it
would be used to prop up politically useful projects and keep failing
industries afloat, undermining creative destruction, innovation, and long-term
You do have to
wonder, what would happen if local communities that share President Donald
Trump’s “priorities” were to demand utilizing this state labor? What if they
were to want to build sections of a wall on the southern border rather than
make solar panels, or whatever progressive priority Sanders has in mind? We’d
be hearing about a rise of fascism in no time.
Then there is the
mission creep. No doubt the Washington, D.C., bureaucracy that would emerge to
run this project would be both nimble and competent. But why only $15? Who can
live on $15 an hour? Well, not a lot of people. Surely, these hardworking
public servants who keep the infrastructure from crumbling around us deserve a
genuine living wage. How about better pensions? As this workforce grows, it
wouldn’t possess any special ability other than being able to corral huge
numbers of people to demand more.
And it worked SO well in the USSR!
Most of all, making
government responsible for every American’s job prospects would change the
dynamics of governance—forever. Not only would politicians be expected to help
create the economic conditions that make growth possible; they would then face
another unrealistic expectation. Unemployment would no longer be a function of
economic conditions but rather heartless politicians who fail to create jobs
This is exactly what
left-leaning economists who obsess about inequality and push zero-sum fantasies
about wealth and growth want. It’s why they wanted the federal government to
control the structure of the health care system, and it’s why they want to
create a “public” job option. Most of them openly argue the universal job
program would let them control wages and benefits in the private sector.
Democrats have yet to
tell us how they plan to fund this massive workforce idea that doesn’t generate
any profit. I have a strong suspicion it will have something to do with the
nefariously wealthy not paying their fair share. I’m not sure, however, that
even the Koch brothers could afford to bankroll this idea. But it’s not really
meant to pass. Not yet. Republicans would never go for it, after all.
Democrats see this as
a promising campaign issue. In the meantime, they continue to normalize
destructive socialistic ideas in political discourse.