“We can’t give in to doomerism,” tweets Sen. Bernie Sanders (socialist, Vt.). It seems to be a refreshing new message from a man who’s been claiming for more than half a century that America is in crisis and in need of revolutionary change. But the meaning of the new Sanders declaration is counterintuitive. He’s actually trying to console supporters who fear that what’s really doomed is his political agenda. In the course of comforting the afflicted, he makes a revealing point about the U.S. economy.
For the Vermont socialist to go on the record now against doom-saying is especially striking because since the dawn of the Biden era Mr. Sanders has been issuing Washington’s gloomiest economic reports. In order to justify the massive expansion of government that he and Joe Biden hoped to move through the Senate, Mr. Sanders stubbornly maintained that the economy was in a shambles at the end of 2020. This column noted at the time: