One of Bernie’s Key Achievements, and its Influence on This Election.

How Bernie’s work in the senate is shaping the dynamics of the Presidential race.

Lauren Martinchek
Nov 15 · 4 min read
Photo via Bernie Sanders on Instagram

With a career in government that spans over forty years, even Bernie Sanders’ harshest critics cannot deny that his viewpoints and organizing efforts have been consistent since the very beginning. Over the past few years, Bernie has shaped almost the entire scope of American political discourse. That being said, many of those opposed to his leftist agenda have argued that while his views have always been clear, he has little if any record of getting any of it passed at the federal level.

But putting aside the countless number of critical amendments that he has been able to successfully get added to legislation, one of Bernie’s more recent achievements in the Senate that didn’t even pass was actually so successful in the end, that one could argue that it’s influencing the dynamics of the 2020 election.

In September of 2018, the Washington Post reported that:

“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill — the “Stop BEZOS Act” — that would require large employers such as Amazon.com and Walmart to pay the government for food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their workers.

The bill’s name is a dig at Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos and stands for “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act.” It would establish a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with at least 500 employees, the former presidential candidate said Wednesday.”

Soon after Bernie introduced this legislation, inc.com reported that:

“After a combination of legislative threats and public pressure, Amazon made a big change: raising its minimum wage for all U.S. employees to $15 an hour, which largely accomplished the same thing Sanders’s law would have done.

This was no small thing for Amazon to do, either — increasing to $15 an hour will likely cost the company a minimum of an additional $1.75 billion a year in wages. It was a total victory for Sanders.”

For someone who they claim has absolutely no legislative accomplishments, his bill that didn’t even pass had a pretty massive impact. An impact that has affected the livelihoods of thousands of people, and shaped the way we talk about wages in America. In fact, I would argue that we are still feeling the ripple affects from Bernie’s leadership on this issue still today.

As I have said before, as much as the billionaire class may detest Elizabeth Warren, their disdain for Senator Sanders is so extreme that they don’t even entertain the notion that he could ever possibly be president. He is the one man that they have looked at and determined that they absolutely cannot tolerate. With his actions and his continued rise, Bernie Sanders has reinforced in their minds that the left is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Jeff Bezos’ company did not raise the minimum wage for the employees out of the goodness of his heart, and I don’t think it’s a stretch by any means that the rise of the left under Bernie Sanders has had some impact on his decision to become more politically active.

While there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Bezos is undoubtedly influenced by Warren’s run and rise in the polls as well, and I will not take that away from her, there is only one candidate in this race who has called him out by name and used political pressure to force him to change his ways. He may not believe that Bernie will become President, but there is no doubt in my mind that his actions have certainly influenced how Mr. Bezos is looking at today’s political climate.

Because of Bernie’s actions and the successful implementation of political pressure against him, the richest among us have been reminded of the power of the people and are beginning to come to terms with the idea that their reign at the expense of the people may not last much longer.

Along with the news that Michael Bloomberg is taking measures to entire the democratic primary came the news that Jeff Bezos actually called and encouraged him to run. One can only assume that he would be more than happy to contribute to his campaign should he officially enter.

Between both Warren and Sanders, there is no denial that the elite in the United States are beginning to panic. Panicking to the point where they’re deciding to run themselves, and doing everything they can to thwart the agenda of the left that expects them to pay their fair share.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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