On Monday, Republican Senator Steve Daines introduced a resolution to condemn socialism and its “disastrous policies” as Democratic presidential candidates continue to push their party’s ideological bloc further and further to the Left.
Taking to the Senate floor, the Federalist reports Daines said: “A radical, socialist, far-left movement is growing across this country. And it has taken root as the new voice of the Democratic Party.”
Daines’ bill would also make it the official position of the United States to regard Marxist communism and socialism as “failed ideologies.” It would subsequently recognize American capitalism as “the greatest engine for human achievement in the history of the world, bringing more people out of poverty and into prosperity than any economic model in the history of mankind.”
“It was renowned economist Milton Friedman who said, ‘One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results,’” Daines continued in his floor remarks, per the report. “Radical Democrats are advocating for disastrous policies that would wreck our economy under the guise of cleaning up the environment.”
The Montana Republican, Fox News reports, said the United States is faced with a choice of “two paths to take.” One, Daines contended, leads to “freedom” while the other leads to “complete government control, undermining our constitution and our American way of life.”
From Fox News:
The resolution comes as a new Fox News poll showed 54 percent of voters thought the U.S. moving from capitalism toward socialism would be a “bad thing” — even as 53 percent of Democratic primary voters said it would be a “good” development. The growing divide is expected to play a pivotal role in the 2020 presidential election.
In his prepared remarks introducing the resolution, obtained by Fox News, Daines criticized the Green New Deal and “Medicare-for-all” — as well as the increase in partisanship on Capitol Hill. Less than an hour earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., similarly condemned “hyperventilating hacks” seeking to sow division, rather than make policy.
“We are at a pivotal time in our great nation’s history,” Daines said. “We have shown the world time and time again the genius of American ingenuity and the grit of American determination. However, a radical, socialist, far-left movement is growing across this country. And it has taken root as the new voice of the Democratic Party.”
Here’s more from the Federalist:
Medicare for All, Democrats’ new signature proposal for a government take-over of the health-care system, would also cost taxpayers a substantial amount. The Committee for a Responsible Budget, a bipartisan non-profit in Washington D.C., estimates that the proposal would cost approximately $28-$32 trillion over ten years. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the originator of the proposal, admits it requires raising taxes on the middle class.
Daines, who is an avid defender of President Donald Trump in the Senate, is up for re-election in 2020.
The resolution can be read below: