The Difference Between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

As an Elizabeth Warren supporter, some friends have asked me why I support Warren and not Bernie Sanders? They share many of the same political positions on various issues. Both represent the most progressive voices in this field of Democratic candidates running for the presidency. What is the difference between Warren and Sanders?

I like both Warren and Sanders. The difference between Warren and Sanders is the difference between a liberal Democrat and a democratic socialist. Liberal Democrats and democratic socialists have many similarities. Both agree about the flaws of the capitalist system and both gear their policy proposals to attack the problems of economic inequality. The difference between liberals and socialists is that liberal Democrats want to reform the capitalist system while democratic socialists want to replace the capitalist system. Warren envisions a well-regulated free market in the line of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal or Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 Bull Moose Party platform. Sanders’ aims to model the United States on democratic socialist countries like Iceland, Sweden, and Norway.

Warren aims to reconfigure our country’s capitalist system so that it benefits all Americans and not just a wealthy minority. She aims to offer relief for middle class and poor Americans by raising the taxes of those earning more that $50 million to pay for universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and universal college. Warren also aims to strengthen the checks and balances to corporate power by allowing workers to elect at least 40% of a corporation’s board members, by strengthening unions and by enforcing anti-trust laws.

There are legitimate criticisms one can make about Warren’s proposals from both the Left and the Right. If you look at history, liberals have been right about some things and wrong about some things. But you can also say that about conservatives, democratic socialists, libertarians or any group. Elizabeth Warren’s policy agenda is well within the liberal tradition of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. FDR’s New Deal was not perfect, but it saved America’s capitalist system in the 1930s.

I’m a liberal Democrat because I think liberals have been correct far more often than they’ve been wrong.

Here is a video of Bernie Sanders explaining the difference between himself and Elizabeth Warren. Warren considers herself a capitalist while Sanders does not.

Here is a video of Elizabeth Warren paying tribute to Franklin Roosevelt’s Second Bill of Rights speech

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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