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A Limited, Energetic Government

by Michael R. Strain

It is an alternative to both Trump and Sanders

Eleven months later, Washington is still reeling from the election of President Donald Trump. Politicians, operatives and interest groups, the media, intellectuals and writers — everyone is trying to find his footing in this new and unexpected political environment. This is having a major impact on the economic-policy debate.

Democrats are moving to the left, with many, for example, supporting a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage — a harmful policy that only one year ago would have been laughed out of the conference room at the Democratic National Committee. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-described democratic socialist, recently released a bill that would transform U.S. health care into a single-payer system. Remarkably, likely Democratic presidential candidates are co-sponsoring the bill, including Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. This radical proposal found no home among mainstream Democrats in previous years.

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