Sanders, like his socialist pal Barack Obama, wants to drop a trillion tax dollars on national infrastructure to rebuild highways, bridges, and roads across the country. He touts that this move will create 13 million jobs. Given the fact that over 90 million people are now out of work and no longer looking, that number seems a bit short considering the price tag. In addition, it’s worth noting the vast majority of those 90 million unemployed are not suited for construction work. Barack Obama likewise threw almost a trillion dollars away when he arrived in Washington and look what we got for it—more government corruption.
Mr. Sanders also wishes to push the minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move he says will save America’s middle class. Considering the fact that in 2013 only 4.3% of the hourly workforce earned minimum wage, that is quite a claim. Of a total workforce of approximately 192 million, minimum wage earners represent less than 2%. What Sanders fails to note is that many corporations base their pay and union contract negotiations on the minimum wage—consequently, raising it will cause a rise in pay in all sectors, the results of which could be disastrous. As we all know, businesses are not going to absorb the higher costs but pass them along to the consumer, setting off an inflationary cycle that this nation has not witnessed since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. So, in the end, although that middle class wage-earner might see a pay raise, the irony is that his standard of living will likely flat line while his tax withholding will go up.
Senator Sanders thinks that he can bring manufacturing and jobs back to America simply by reversing all of the existing trade agreements. This claim defies reality given the number of legislators who are in the back pockets of far too many corporate entities. Sanders could never get the votes necessary to accomplish the task, but that fact might provide cover for not attempting it once he landed the presidency. Even if he could pull this off, who’s to say that those manufacturing entities currently involved would reinvest in America without some very strong financial and tax incentives? In truth, the American labor force has priced itself out of the global marketplace. Those who seek global business cannot afford to make products in the USA and sell them worldwide—the formula does not work. In effect, all Mr. Sanders would accomplish is raising the price of the goods that consumers currently enjoy here in the USA. Once again, Sanders is flirting with inflation.
Like any good Leftist, Sanders is out there capitalizing on the plight of others. He decries the uptick in national incidents of racism, just stopping short of blaming it all on white people. He says the Black population is under attack, but is oddly silent on the matter of Black-on-Black crime which destroys more Black lives than any other violence. He is purposeful in his vagueness since pointing out that Black communities need to take more responsibility and accountability for much of the violence against them would not garner any votes. Mr. Sanders’ approach to racism is simply more of what we’ve become accustomed to in recent years: the continued divisiveness of pitting one against the other along economic and racial lines. One does not have to read much of what he has to say to realize that, like Obama, Sanders will not unite this nation and help it to heal. Instead, he will capitalize on our despair and continue to exacerbate what divides us and rub salt in the wounds.
Bernie Sanders acts as if the problem of crime within our communities starts with the policing of them and has nothing to do with the perpetrators of those crimes. Therefore, his solution is to demilitarize the police and then retrain them using local community leaders from organizations like Black Lives Matter. Here’s a tip Bernie—just fire all the police and we’ll see how things go from there. You see, Mr. Sanders—again, like Obama—hankers for a federal police force, which would amount to a frightening extension of the federal government.
Sanders promises to give a free college education to all in this country who desire it. Now, there’s a way to get votes that is even better than a chicken in every pot. Of course, he never mentions how it will be paid for except to insinuate that he plans on raising taxes on the very same corporations that he expects to return to America once he does away with all the trade acts. In truth, the cost of free tuition would be levied on the back of the middle class taxpayer and the consumer. To carry out such a promise, one would all but have to federalize the higher education system in this country or, at the very least, become the number one customer of it—a very expensive proposition. If you think a college education costs a lot today, try it after the federal government starts writing the checks. But once again, here's true socialism at work: the goverment will provide free education by obtaining the funding through heavy taxation and take control of the entire process.
Finally, Senator Sanders puts a bow on his platform package with immigration reform. Unlike his discussion on racism, here Sanders seeks to unite us by appealing to our inherent goodness: all would be well if we helped the immigrants who came here illegally become citizens by making the process easier and more humane. Once again, we see Sanders playing to the crowd to gain votes. On the one hand, he states that he wants good jobs for the American people but on the other, he ignores the illegality of immigrants crossing unsecured borders or overstaying their visas, the real issues in this growing problem. In a nutshell, Senator Sanders is saying we will have more of the same, but he will speed up the process of making illegal immigrants citizens and handing them benefits. This is not a solution but simply a strategic maneuver to get votes.
Senator Bernie Sanders is a self-avowed socialist who is running on the Democrat ticket. Barack Obama has taken this nation down the road toward socialism and, if elected, Bernie Sanders will finish the drive. Our destination will be a place where the federal government comprises the control center of our of lives and oversees their every aspect. Bernie Sanders is not the solution. . .he and those like him are the problem. It is time to apply the brakes and turn this car around.
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