Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) team is reportedly preparing “dozens” of Executive Orders for “President Sanders” to sign in his first several days in the White House, effectively reversing Trump administration policies and enacting a comprehensive, socialist agenda without the advice and consent of Congress.
The Washington Post reportedly obtained a memo discussing the “early work” of a Sanders presidency, prepared by members of Sanders’ team. The document discusses signing executive orders that “would reverse President Trump’s policies on immigration, including an immediate halt of border wall construction, removing a limit on accepting refugees for asylum, and reinstating the Obama-era DACA program,” according to National Review.
The Sanders campaign knows, it seems, that its agenda isn’t popular with many beyond a dedicated base of far-left Democrats, progressives, and true socialists, and that a “President Sanders” will have to go outside the system to institute his policy agenda.
“Many of the proposals Sanders has floated on the campaign trail do not have support from congressional Republicans and are opposed by some Democrats,” the Post reports, “so a willingness to move forward without congressional approval could determine whether many of his policies are enacted.”
“The list of potential executive orders includes unilaterally allowing the United States to import prescription drugs from Canada; directing the Justice Department to legalize marijuana; and declaring climate change a national emergency while banning the exportation of crude oil,” according to the Post. “Other options cited in the document include canceling federal contracts for firms paying less than $15 an hour and reversing federal rules blocking U.S. funding to organizations that provide abortion counseling.”
Sanders’ team also proposes closing all private prisons, directing the Department of Homeland Security to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids,
“We cannot accept delays from Congress on some of the most pressing issues,” the document says, “especially those like immigration where Trump has governed with racism and for his own corrupt benefit.”
The document appears to have been compiled without much thought as to orders’ impact. Ending the exportation of crude oil, for example, could cripple the American economy, and set off a foreign policy disaster in the Middle East as countries scramble to move into the vacuum created by an American exit from the global oil trade.
Oddly enough, the document also includes a directive to release billions in disaster aid to Puerto Rico, even though the Trump administration has withheld aid specifically because of Puerto Rico’s history of rampant government corruption — a history laid bare last week when residents of earthquake- and hurricane-ravaged cities discovered a warehouse full of supplies leftover from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island in 2017.
The campaign, the Post says, isn’t releasing the list of executive orders just yet. They are still, they say, under consideration and could become part of an official release sometime in the future. A spokesperson for the campaign told far-left publication Common Dreams that the campaign is “focused on organizing a huge voter turnout in Iowa on Monday.”
Sanders is currently running in first place going into both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.
Author: Emily Zanotti