BUDGET & SPENDING: 

Sen. Sanders has proposed policies that would increase federal spending by tens of trillions of dollars.

SOCIALIST SCORE:

CIVIL LIBERTIES: 

Sen. Sanders voted against the USA PATRIOT Act when it was introduced and against any amendments and reauthorizations since. He maintains its unconstitutionality.

TAXES: 

Sen. Sanders has promised that, in order to pay for his expensive spending programs, he would raise taxes on not just the rich, but the middle class as well.

AGRICULTURE: 

Sen. Sanders has proposed breaking up certain farms. This is on top of his support for wasteful subsidy programs.

FOREIGN POLICY: 

Sen. Sanders has been a persistent critic of America’s aggressive foreign policy and has introduced war powers resolutions to bring it in line. He’s been a leading voice on this in the Senate.

TRADE: 

Sen. Sanders has vocally opposed trade agreements and has supported tariffs on most other nations except for Canada and the EU.

HEALTHCARE: 

Sen. Sanders is the original sponsor of Medicare for All and is one of the first elected officials to offer such a proposal for socialized medicine.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: 

Sen. Sanders has been an ally on many criminal justice issues during his time in Congress. However, his proposals include increased spending on public defenders and more federal intervention.

WELFARE & ENTITLEMENTS:

Sen. Sanders has proposed perhaps the most radical expansion of Social Security and Medicare. He’s also opposed any restrictions on domestic welfare programs.

TECH & TELECOMMUNICATIONS: 

Sen. Sanders has proposed a moratorium on tech mergers. He’s also supported Title II and has complained about censorship online.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:

Sen. Sanders co-sponsored the Green New Deal and his own climate plan, based largely off of it, would cost $16.3 trillion and includes a carbon tax.

EDUCATION: 

Sen. Sanders supports free college for all and universal student loan debt forgiveness. This also applies to America’s illegal immigrant population.

IMMIGRATION: 

Sen. Sanders has rejected the notion of open borders and has cited some visa abuse. However, most of his proposals would lead to almost unchecked immigration. He does support limited use of e-verify.

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