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SHOCK: Bernie Sanders Said Two Things That Make Sense

In two separate interviews with TV personality Bill Maher, Bernie Sanders said things that were completely reasonable. When a cranky old-world socialist starts to sound more grounded than the Biden administration, you know the country is in trouble.

During a roundtable discussion on his show, Maher makes a point about how the words “equality” and “equity” mean two different things. Then he turns to Sanders and asks: “So how would you differentiate between equity and equality?”

The question baffles Sanders at first. “I don’t know what the answer to that is.” But then he says, “I think that, you know, equality is equality of opportunity. All right?”

Maher then lends Sanders a hand, saying “equity I think is more a guarantee of outcome, is it not?” to which Sanders says, “I think so.”

“So, which side do you come down on?” Maher asks.

“Uh, equality,” Sanders says.

Huh? That’s not in the socialist handbook. It’s not even in the Biden administration handbook, which has decided that equity will be the guide to its policymaking.

Just this February, Joe Biden signed an executive order that “provided a powerful and unprecedented mandate for all federal agencies to launch a whole-of-government approach to equity.”

Federal agencies are now required to designate leaders to implement equity mandates and release yearly “action plans” to the public.

The order even gives agencies AI instructions. “When designing, developing, acquiring, and using artificial intelligence and automated systems in the federal government, agencies shall do so, consistent with applicable law, in a manner that advances equity,” it says. (HAL could not be reached for comment.)

Biden’s Department of Transportation lists “equity” as one of its four top priorities. And no, the other three don’t involve repairing roads, clearing out backlogs in the ports, or preventing railway disasters. Instead, they are “climate & sustainability, safety, and transformation.”

Yet while team Biden is fixated on equity and “climate,” the rest of the country is wondering how to make ends meet as inflation continues to outpace wages, consumer confidence declines, and voters give Biden failing grades on his handling of the economy.

Which leads to the second thing Sanders said that wasn’t crazy.

In a one-on-one interview, Maher, tells Sanders, “You say like they abandoned their cause to the beautiful people.” To which Sanders says: “When FDR was president, when Truman was president, even when JFK was president, you’re out on the street and you say to people which party represents the working class of America most people. I think they would have said the Democratic party.

“Today, you go out on the street and that is not the sentiment. In fact, the Republican Party probably has more adherents than the Democrats.”

Sanders is right about that, even if he still can’t understand why.

He says the reason Democrats have lost touch with the working class is that they started taking corporate money, when the real reason is that their party has been taken over by bubble-dwelling limousine socialists such as him and AOC. People who hate the values of everyday Americans and who have an insatiable appetite for government control over our lives.

In that same interview, while complaining that the left has lost touch with the working class, Sanders says he wants that same working class to pay off a trillion dollars in student loan debt amassed by the entitled few who went to private colleges to earn social justice degrees.

Still, if even someone as hopelessly wrongheaded as Sanders can see that equality is preferable to equity and is willing to attack Democrats for being out of touch with everyday Americans, who knows what might happen next?

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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