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Even Democrats Are Skeptical of Bernie’s Guaranteed Jobs Plan

The socialist from Vermont wants the government to provide a job for anyone who asks. But he doesn’t want to explain how he’ll pay for it.

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2018 @2:00pm
Even Democrats Are Skeptical of Bernie’s Guaranteed Jobs Plan

Democrats remained skeptical Thursday of a plan Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) informally introduced that would guarantee a job to any America who “wants or needs one.”

Reporting by the Washington Examiner revealed that even many Democrats are skeptical of the plan, which thus far has no details on how the program will be paid for. Sanders endured similar criticism for his free health care plan, “Medicare for All,” during the 2016 presidential campaign. Then it was primary rival Hillary Clinton raising questions about Sanders’ promises, but today it’s his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

“I’m anxious for Bernie to show me how it’s going to be done,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the No. 2-ranked Senate Democrat, about the cost. “He’s had some good ideas, but sometimes when it gets down to the actual cost of the idea, they need to be worked on a little bit.”

“There are a lot of variations on this theme,” Durbin said. “But making sure that people who want to work get a chance to work is fundamental, and then, secondly, that they earn enough so they can enjoy a basic American life as we know it. It’s all part of the same thing. I don’t disagree with his conclusion. I think the premise though is educational training. I’d like to see a greater commitment to that.”

Durbin wasn’t alone is asking about “how” Sanders plans to accomplish this job guarantee plan. “I don’t know how he has in mind to pay for it,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), according to the Examiner. “I really would like to see the details. I’ve seen some headlines, but I haven’t seen a summary even.”

Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), both thought to be likely 2020 presidential candidates, recently released similar plans.

Sanders won scores of followers in 2016 for promises of free government services. Because of his eventual defeat at the hands of Clinton, he was never required to produce on any of the promises he made. But if he wants to continue growing his following, he might need to start delivering the goods, and soon.

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