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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to essentially bypass Congress with progressive executive orders if he ever assumes office.
The Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential candidate asserted in an opinion piece published Wednesday that Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris won the 2020 race in part because they ran on a progressive platform.
The liberal media took it upon themselves to declare Biden the winner of last week’s presidential election, despite President Trump’s refusal to concede as voting recounts and lawsuits are pending over the results. But while Democrats have been moving ahead as if Biden is headed for the Oval Office in January, there has been reported infighting in the party over the disappointing congressional races across the nation as the “blue wave” they predicted never materialized.
Democrats did not take majority control of the U.S. Senate and actually lost seats in the House, prompting many in the party to blame the more liberal and progressive wings for causing the failure. Yet Warren, in a Washington Post piece titled, “What a Biden-Harris administration should prioritize on its first day,” believes the supposed Democratic win is a victory for “the most progressive economic and racial justice platform of any general election nominee ever.”
Biden and Harris “ran on explicit plans to create new union jobs in clean energy, increase Social Security benefits, expand health care, cancel billions of dollars in student-loan debt, hold law enforcement accountable, make the wealthy pay their fair share, tackle climate change and provide for universal child care,” Warren wrote.
“We need to deliver [on progressive promises], even as Republican leaders can’t acknowledge the election outcome and plan to grind Congress to a halt,” she added, contending that “there are lots of big changes that a Biden-Harris administration can achieve through executive orders and agency action on day one.”
1. Biden-Harris can cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt, giving tens of millions of Americans an immediate financial boost and helping to close the racial wealth gap. This is the single most effective executive action available for a massive economic stimulus.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 12, 2020
Among those changes include the cancelling of “billions of dollars” in student loan debt, declaring the climate crisis a national emergency and creating a “Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force” to “review racial disparities in pandemic funding.”
Warren also advocated for raising the minimum wage for all federal contractors to $15 an hour as she also described ballot initiatives in states across the nation that supposedly saw progressive victories.
“Florida became the eighth state to pass a $15 minimum wage,” she wrote. “Arizona voted to increase taxes on the wealthy to fund public schools. Multiple states – red and blue – passed ballot measures to legalize marijuana. And Colorado said yes to 12 weeks of paid family leave.”
5. Biden-Harris can build on their commitment to establish a Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force by collecting and reporting COVID-19 data and reviewing racial disparities in pandemic funding.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) November 12, 2020
“The lesson is clear,” Warren, who is rumored to be a potential Cabinet pick for a Biden administration, added.
“Bold policies to improve opportunity for all Americans are broadly popular. Voters recognize that these reforms are necessary to fix what is broken in our nation,” she wrote, ignoring that a majority of Americans apparently rejected the left-wing ideas by delivering a GOP Senate and flipping many Democratic seats in the House.
“Even so, we know that Washington insiders and their establishment allies are ready to declare that unity and consensus mean turning over the governing keys to giant corporations and their lobbyists — the exact opposite of what voters want,” Warren concluded.
“Instead of allowing insiders to hijack the message sent by voters in both parties, we should listen to those voters and deliver real solutions to the problems we face,” she wrote.
Not only is it not clear who these voters are that Warren claims are making the argument, she also failed to make any mention of the tax increases that would come under Biden, with some estimates coming as high as $4 trillion. Biden has vowed he “will not increase taxes on anyone making less than four hundred thousand dollars,” while Trump has promised to add more cuts beyond those under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017.
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