Granted, the 2016 election is still 16 months away, but we may have some early hints of what the cabinet of a Bernie Sanders’ administration would look like.
Sunday, during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Vermont Senator told host Jake Tapper:
“My cabinet would not be dominated by representatives of Wall Street. I think Wall Street’s played a horrendous role in recent years, in negatively impacting our economy and in making the rich richer. There are a lot of great public servants out there, great economists who for years have been standing up for the middle class and the working families of this country.”
Is that a gigantic AMEN! I hear emanating from readers? It sure came out of my mouth when I read that statement. So who would a President Sanders have advising him on the economy? Once again, Sanders was very open with his thoughts on the issue, saying:
“(Paul) Krugman does a great job.”
Yes, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has been talking about the dangers of income inequality for several years. Imagine him as Secretary of the Treasury or head of the Council of Economic Advisors. Sure sounds good to me.
Sanders also had praise for another Nobel laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, who teaches economics at Columbia University. Stiglitz’s most recent work has focused on the inherent dangers of radical free markets.
Also mentioned by Senator Sanders was Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Sanders said of Reich:
“I think [he] is doing a fantastic job.”
However, Sanders warned:
“It’s a little bit too early, I must say, to be appointing a cabinet. Let me get elected first.”
Tapper also asked Sanders why he thought such huge crowds had been showing up at his rallies in recent weeks. Sanders responded:
“All over this country, younger people, working people, elderly people, are moving in our direction, because they want a candidate to take on the establishment.”
At the risk of sounding like a sycophant, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Go, Bernie, Go!
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.