While the newspapers we read, the radio stations we listen to, the social media websites that we frequent, and the news shows that we watch are so fascinated with the idea of Donald Trump or Ben Carson becoming president and the reputation of Hillary Clinton, there is another candidate from Vermont, that is trying to make some noise. That man is Bernie Sanders. I would like to shine a little light on Bernie Sanders and give him the time of day that the media has unfortunately denied him.
Being that there are a good amount of issues in which Bernie wants to address, I am just going to mention a few of the issues AND solutions that I support and that I believe many others, especially millennials, would as well:
- Income and Wealth Inequality
Descriptions: The income and wealth inequality in the U.S. is the most of any developed country. The top 0.1% own just as much of the U.S. wealth as the bottom 90%. The U.S. child poverty rate is 32.2%, the highest among any developed country.
Solutions: Increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2020; investing $5.5 billion into youth job programs to create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged young Americans; signing the Paycheck Fairness Act to address women making less than men, $0.78 to $1.00; free tuition at public colleges/universities; universal healthcare.
In a country with a plethora of wealth, it is quite alarming that damn near 50% of the wealth is in the hands of those in the top 0.1%. If that does not alarm you, then I do not know what I can say. If you watched the few times that Bernie has gotten media attention, on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CNN, this is an issue that he consistently talks about that needs to be fixed. We can all agree that all the candidates see this problem, but Sanders seems like the only one that puts significant emphasis on it, and truly throws out ideas on how to address it.
- Women’s Rights
Descriptions: Women are being denied control over their own bodies. Women are being prevent access to vital medical and social services. Women are not being paid equally for equal work.
Solutions: Pay Equity for women; expand and protect the reproductive rights of women; quality childcare and Pre-K available for all Americans; increase minimum wage; make healthcare a right.
My Response: We are entering into the last quarter of 2015……….how is this still a thing? Oh right, the patriarchal society that America continues to be. Women have been contributing TREMENDOUSLY to American society. They should get equal pay, access to medical and social services, and then some. I am happy that Sanders is bringing this issue back to the spotlight, because it seems like everyone stopped talking about it.
- Climate Change & Environment
Descriptions: Changes need to be made so that in the future, this planet is habitable for all people. We need to be more energy efficient. We need to invest more in wind and solar power generation. The U.S. should lead this global initiative.
Solutions: Establish a gold standard for climate change legislation; oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.
My Response: This is one of the most underrated issues I have seen. Let’s be honest, all the other major issues are important, but we need to bring Climate Change to that level. People are not just ignoring it, they are flat out denying that it exists or is happening. Yes, probably the major effects of Climate Change can cause may not be seen in most of our lifetimes, however, we need to make sure the earth is habitable for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and beyond. Even with that, we are seeing the effects today with pollution, rising sea levels, and more. Bernie knows this and knows we need to address this issue before it gets way out of hand.
Some other major issues that he goes more in-depth about is Racial Justice and Immigration Policy.
As you can tell, I am endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. He is speaking to pressing issues that the middle class care about and that millennials care about. All in all, I could go on forever describing Bernie Sanders, but I will let you go learn about him yourself. I cannot wait for the Democratic Debate on CNN on October 13. I believe at this debate, the country will all finally see what Bernie stands for, and his numbers will go up. So before that, check out his campaign website to learn more. FEEL THE BERN!
Bernie Sanders 2016 Campaign Website