It’s Time to Put Out the Bern

Why presidential candidate Bernie Sander's ideas won't work

<> on July 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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<> on July 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Peter Quinn, Staff Reporter

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While many are focusing on what presidential candidate Donald Trump is doing incorrectly, let’s shift the focus to what other candidates are doing wrong as well, specifically Senator Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is a popular candidate for the 2016, but is it for the right reasons?

There is no in-between for supporting Bernie; it’s either you love him or you hate him. Before I get into why his plans could be theoretically very detrimental to the economy, I want to establish that as an individual, he is a great man with great intentions. His ultimate plan is to help people of the United States, although he seems to be going about it in all the wrong ways.

Bernie Sanders does possess some strong points, mainly dealing with issues in law enforcement and with prisons. His point that prisons shouldn’t be “for profit” is valid, because it potentially causes them to arrest people for money. He also has strong points on health care, that it’s a human right, and therefore all citizens deserve it.

IMG_0147Bernie describes himself as a democratic socialist, who ultimately believes that the wealth is disproportionately distributed in our society. He is very passionate about raising the $7.25 minimum wage to somewhere around $15 an hour.

Raising minimum wage a few dollars wouldn’t be too detrimental, but more than doubling it would be critical to the economy. A lot of positions that minimum wage are mostly worked by teenagers or young adults.

Even people who do work full time at establishments like fast food restaurants, are usually managers or in positions that do pay more than $15 an hour.

Now, my favorite is his idea of free college. The idea is a great one, and if it were plausible, it would be wonderful. He seems to lack any backbone to this idea though. He’s been consistently asked who would fund this, and he seems to never answer. If he expects the government to pay for this “free” college, well, all of you taxpayers better prepare for a large tax raise.

He also expects to do this while he is trying to lower overall taxes. Looks to me that his ideas contradict each other. If the government won’t pay for it, then does he expect the billionaires to? I’m sorry, but they aren’t obligated to support free college. 20 years ago, state colleges used to be the idea of public or affordable college, where they were drastically less costly as they are now. If we went back to that, I feel that would be reasonable. Sadly, over those 20 years, that idea of an affordable state college has almost faded completely.

I wouldn’t say that either Bernie or Trump are viable candidates, but for separates reasons. As a person, Bernie Sanders has a lot of great intentions, it’s just that his ideas aren’t entirely plausible with our current economic situation. With him in office, the economy would suffer even more than it currently is. If it is possible to pull these ideas off, we would be in a better state, but since he has yet to explain actually how, I am skeptical.

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