Bernie Sanders and his “radical” ideas
If you want to know how to start a very heated conversation with me, start it by saying how I like Bernie because I want “free stuff.” This claim is completely astonishing to me that Americans see Bernie’s domestic plan as one that just gives handouts.
One aspect of the “free stuff” plan that many refer to is healthcare as a right. Does this really sound that radical? Is it radical to say that a poor person is entitled to quality healthcare if they are sick? Is it radical to guarantee all Americans healthcare and simultaneously lower the cost of it? Does this really sound like “free stuff” to you? Its not. Part of Bernie’s plan is a higher tax to pay for your healthcare, but it would wind up saving almost every American more money as the cost would be much lower.
Another aspect of the “free stuff” that Bernie has proposed is making in-state public colleges and universities tuition-free. The Sanders Campaign says they would pay for this plan by imposing a Wall Street Speculation Tax. Almost every economist supports a tax on Wall Street Speculation, and all Sanders is doing is taking the revenue raised from the tax and investing it into our education system. Americans are not the most educated workforce, as many industrialized countries are offering free college to its’ citizens. While this may sound extremely radical, I think that even poor people have the right to be educated and earn themselves a higher paying job.
Senator Sanders also has supported a “living wage,” at $15 an hour. While many have shot this plan down as unrealistic and as a business killer, there are some other credible arguments. Has anyone wondered that if maybe giving workers higher wages that we can begin to cut welfare programs as less Americans would be needing it to survive? Countries throughout the world that pay much higher wages than the United States often pay less for goods.
While Bernie’s plans may be a nightmare to many capitalists and conservatives, it is important to evaluate his plans from both perspectives and with an open mind.