Bernie Sanders Wants To Be Biden’s Labor Secretary. But There’s A Problem

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) recently chimed in on former Vice President Joe Biden’s supposed winning of the election and the people he may enlist for his cabinet if he does become the winner. He indicated that he would like to serve as Biden’s Labor secretary, which is troubling for a variety of reasons, but there is one factor here that makes his comments rather hilarious. 

During an interview on CNN, Sanders was asked if he was looking to fill a position in Biden’s cabinet. “I want to do everything I can to protect the working families of this country who are under tremendous duress right now and whether that is in the Senate, whether that’s in the Biden administration, who knows? Let’s see how that unfolds,” he replied. 

When asked if he would accept an appointment as Labor secretary, he answered,”If I had a portfolio that allowed me to stand up and fight for working families, would I do it? Yes, I would.”

Apparently, progressives would favor a Sanders pick for Labor secretary as some are pushing for him to occupy this position. The Hill reported, “progressives are pushing for Biden to pick Sanders, who caucuses with Senate Democrats, for a cabinet position as they try to get the incoming administration to embrace policies pushed by the party’s left flank.”

On Tuesday, CNN reported that Sanders was reaching out to labor union leaders to obtain their backing. 

CNN reported on Tuesday that Sanders was calling labor union leaders asking for their backing. However, his appointment is all but certain. As The Hill noted: “But whether Biden ultimately picks Sanders is unclear, with Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also viewed as potential contenders. CNN reported that the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is supportive of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for the position.”

One of the problems that could arise involves the Senate which both parties are currently fighting over. Taking Sanders out of the Senate could jeopardize the Democrats’ chances of regaining control. 

But, the most glaring problem with Sanders involves a problematic reality: The man has never held a full-time job. That’s right, his entire career has been in D.C. Sure, he worked a few odd jobs here and there that were likely part-time before entering public office, but he does not know firsthand what it is like to work for an employer. 

If Biden were to win the election and choose Sanders, it would demonstrate what we already know about the former vice president’s mental faculties. Appointing the senator as Labor secretary would be like hiring Michael Moore to teach a weekly fitness class. It would be an utter and complete disaster. 

Moreover, if Republicans were to maintain control of the Senate, it would be nearly impossible for Sanders to be confirmed, especially since the Democrats have been playing hardball with the chamber, threatening to use it to pack the courts because their feelings were hurt over Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation. 

But either way, the fact that Sanders is even being considered for the position should give most of us a hearty laugh. Unless, of course, he actually ends up in that position. In that case, our laughter would surely have to turn to prayer. 

 

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