Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bernie's Program and How It Would Work

Bernie Sanders is the political candidate I enthusiastically endorse and support and it is because his program is not only one that makes a priority of the bulk of American citizens, but also makes a great deal of sense for the country I know and love.

Writer Lauren McCauley, a staff writer for Common Dreams, reported it thusly:

"Robert Pollin, distinguished professor in economics at UMass Amherst and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), examines the major policy items under Sanders’ economic agenda. These include a single-payer healthcare system; increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour; free tuition at public colleges and universities, to be financed by a 'Robin Hood' tax on Wall Street transactions; and large-scale public investments in renewable energy and infrastructure.
"Pollin’s conclusion: this program works, handily. 

 "'All of his major proposals are grounded in solid economic reasoning and evidence,' Pollin says. 'Overall, the Sanders program is capable of raising living standards and reducing insecurity for working people and the poor, expanding higher educational opportunities, and reversing the decades-long trend toward rising inequality. ... It could bring Wall Street’s dominance under control and help prevent a repeat of the financial crisis. It will also strongly support investments in education, clean energy, and public infrastructure, generating millions of good jobs in the process.'"

Obviously, none of this would go down well with Republicans, but in a perfect world, Sanders would win the Oval Office and Democrats would take over the House and Senate (and Supreme Court). I don't expect all that to happen, but it is a sweet thought.

(Graphic: www.politifact.com)

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