A Biden administration could feature a number of high profile, progressive Democrats, and among them could be Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Politico reports that, should Democratic Presidential Nominee win the general election, Warren is ready to make a push to become a member of his cabinet.
For its report, Politico cites “three Democratic officials who have spoken with her inner circle.” And, according to these individuals, Warren would look to become Biden’s Secretary of the Treasury.
“She wants it,” they said. Warren, however, has not made a public statement on the matter.
If true, then there is good news and bad news. The good news is that she would no longer be a U.S. Senator since cabinet members cannot also be congressmen. But, the bad news is that as Treasury Secretary she would be advising the president on economic issues.
Skipping over the fact that Warren doesn’t have the expertise needed for such a position, which is already a big problem, Warren has been supportive of redistributing wealth by increasing taxes, particularly on the rich. This doesn’t work.
Let’s also not forget, although they may be less relevant for this particular position, that Warren is in favor of a number of big government measures, including medicare for all, and she supports such things as raising wages, eliminating student loan debts, and fighting climate change.
There is a very good reason to believe that Biden would go along with Warren in raising taxes – that’s because he has said that he would. Implemented now, when the economy, as a result of the coronavirus, isn’t at its most robust, such a policy could prove catastrophic.
The news that Warren is pushing for a cabinet position comes after a number of reports of progressives urging Biden to, if elected, select members of this Democratic faction for his administration.
In addition to Warren, reports indicate that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is also pushing for a position in a Biden cabinet. He, according to Fox News, would like to be the Secretary of Labor.
And, let’s not forget about Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). It isn’t possible to get much farther to the left than Harris.
Should Biden win, Harris, of course, would be in. But, it is unclear whether he would be willing to give Warren or Sanders a cabinet position. In recent weeks, he has tried to distance himself from many of their policies.