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5/08/2015 2:17 pm  #1

Sanders Platform

In case you're interested, I throw this out there to give you an idea what Bernie Sanders feels are important issues that he would address:

Income and wealth inequality: In the United States today we have the most unequal wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth -- worse than at any time since the 1920s. This is an economy that must be changed in fundamental ways.

Jobs and income: In my view, we need a massive federal jobs program which puts millions of our people back to work. We must end our disastrous trade policies. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And we have to fight for pay equity for women.

Campaign finance reform: As a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, American democracy is being undermined by the ability of the Koch brothers and other billionaire families. These wealthy contributors can literally buy politicians and elections by spending hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the candidates of their choice. We need to overturn Citizens United and move toward public funding of elections so that all candidates can run for office without being beholden to the wealthy and powerful.

Climate change: Climate change is real, caused by human activity and already devastating our nation and planet. The United States must lead the world in combating climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainability.

College affordability: Every person in this country who has the desire and ability should be able to get all the education they need regardless of the income of their family. This is not a radical idea. In Germany, Scandinavia and many other countries, higher education is either free or very inexpensive. We must do the same.

Health care: Shamefully, the United States remains the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people. The United States must move toward a Medicare-for-all single-payer system. Health care is a right, not a privilege.

Poverty: The United States has more people living in poverty than at almost any time in the modern history of our country. I believe that in a democratic, civilized society none of our people should be hungry or living in desperation. We need to expand Social Security, not cut it. We need to increase funding for nutrition programs, not cut them.

Tax reform: We need real tax reform which makes the rich and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. We need a tax system which is fair and progressive. Children should not go hungry in this country while profitable corporations and the wealthy avoid their tax responsibilities by stashing their money in the Cayman Islands.

Last edited by Just Fred (5/08/2015 2:18 pm)


5/08/2015 2:22 pm  #2

Re: Sanders Platform

Good stuff, Fred. I want to see how Bernie fleshes this out with details as the race progresses.

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

5/08/2015 3:05 pm  #3

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Hard to disagree with those issues by any one.  But we know who will never agree to most of his issues and it is highly unlikely I'll ever see any changes in my lifetime.  So sad that it seems at times only one politician comes out in favor of good.


5/08/2015 3:58 pm  #4

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He is an admitted socialist but his positions sound very common sense and rational  to me.  Makes me wonder why socialism has been demonized so by certain people.


5/08/2015 4:14 pm  #5

Re: Sanders Platform

He is an admitted socialist but his positions sound very common sense and rational  to me.

Hi florentine,
Just substitute the word 'and' for 'but' and it won't sound scary at all.

We need to separate the system of government from the economic system.  They are not the same.  For example, most Western European countries (maybe all) are classified as socialistic democracies.

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