Bernie Sanders is starting early for the 2020 presidential election, announcing Monday that he plans to unveil a whole new set of promises he can’t keep, including a massive government expansion plan that includes a guaranteed job for every single American.
Sanders and his staff weren’t able to say whether the plan was finished or still being crafted, potentially because the plan is so unrealistic.
But according to Fox News, Sanders has an outline that “calls for the government to fund hundreds of projects in categories such as infrastructure, education and the environment.” Americans who want to do the hard work of building roads and bridges, educating children, and cleaning up embankments on major highways will either receive a job with one of these projects — full healthcare benefits and a $15-per-hour wage, included — or receive job training.
Weirdly, the plan also includes dividing the country into 12 separate “districts” within the United States, each with a specialized area of industry, that would develop service projects and major infrastructure job plans, which they would then forward to the Department of Labor for approval.
Sanders and his staff, weirdly, did not seem to notice that their draft “guarantee” program was pulled straight from the dystopian “Hunger Games” novels.
I’ve seen this movie before. pic.twitter.com/YaXqew4KkE
— Andrew Kugle (@AndrewJKugle) April 23, 2018
“We’ll create 12 districts, and then dole out . . .”
“Great marketing, chaps.” pic.twitter.com/wd0DhpmLsv
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 23, 2018
It’s more possible that Sanders’ team got the idea from early economic plans for the USSR, which divided Russia and surrounding nations into 11 separate “economic districts.” China has undertaken a similar effort.
The draft plan did not include information on how quickly Sanders’s hypothetical administration would begin developing a program where the children from each of the 12 districts murder each other for sport in a massive, yearly contest. It also does not, apparently, include information on how Sanders and his team plan to combat the distortionary effect a “guaranteed jobs” program would have on the American economy, but Bernie Sanders has never been one for details.
Not to be outdone, fellow Democrats eyeing a potential 2020 run, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, have also spoken out in favor of a guaranteed jobs program. Gillibrand, unaware of how corporate investment works, tweeted last week that she supported redirecting the money used to ‘fund” corporate tax cuts to fund such a guaranteed jobs program. Booker wants the Department of Labor to expand to provide individual jobs or job training in 15 separate areas.
Neither Booker nor Gillibrand has suggested a Hunger Games. Yet.