In reality, Sanders is less to the left than are many of the members of the Democratic Caucus such as Schumer, Franken, and Boxer to name only three. These people are socialists or Marxist/Progressives as well, but do not have the courage, or in Boxer’s case, the intellect to understand it and openly acknowledge their true identity.
Karl Marx told his disciples that they should wrest degree by degree the capital from the capitalist. In true Marxist form Bernie Sanders proposed more wresting when he recently called for more taxes on the millionaire.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is planning to offer an amendment to the GOP budget next week that would impose a new tax on millionaires to finance U.S. military operations.
The “war tax” will be one of the first Sanders will introduce during the vote-a-rama next week. During the back-to-back votes, senators are allowed to submit an unlimited amount of amendments.
“The Republicans took us into protracted wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and ran up our national debt by trillions because they chose not to pay for those wars. Instead, they put the cost of those wars on our national credit card,” Sanders said in a statement Friday.
He’s upset with a provision Senate Republicans added to their blueprint Thursday that would increase defense spending next year by pumping up the Pentagon’s war funding account to $96 billion.
Sanders, however, is not completely honest with his assessment.
While he called for alternative approaches to the war on Afghanistan, he failed to join the sole Democrat, Barbara Lee, to vote against Congress' resolution that gave George Bush a blank check to launch war on any country he deemed connected to the September 11 attacks.
Ever since, he has voted for appropriations bills to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, despite their toll on the occupied peoples as well as U.S. soldiers.
Sanders has been critical of the war on Iraq, but he has supported pro-war measures--such as a March 21, 2003, resolution stating, "Congress expresses the unequivocal support and appreciation of the nation to the President as Commander-in-Chief for his firm leadership and decisive action in the conduct of military operations in Iraq as part of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism."
The Marxist/Progressive will say anything and do anything to follow the dictates of Marx on how to bring about the fundamental transformation to a Marxist society. What is a Marxist society? Look at Venezuela. That is the end result of the hope and change road proposed by the Marxist/Progressives including Bernie Sanders.