This is my first post, and as a member of the secret society of pun makers who runs the world, I had to post this
Everything can't be free. That would be awesome, but seriously, l'm all for less expensive college/lower interest rates. You think the gov takes a chunk of your paycheck now? Shoot son you ain't seen nothin.
@ yiadda, finally someone gets it.
@ yiadda, american taxes aint dick
@ yiadda, millennials don't understand that it has to come from somewhere.
@ yiadda, He will most likely just move tax dollars from other programs. His main goal is to tax Wallstreat, and if he can pass that through the government, there will be easily enough money. That sounds like a general statement, and it is, but it just means he is going to tax the rich. The republicans have allowed far to many tax breaks for the rich to exist and we need that to end. He also will probably take money form america's military spending. I hope you have hears Will McAvoy's rant on The Newsroom. It is a fake show however it is true and almost entirely fact based, besides for the fact that that news show doesn't actually exist. He explains perfectly how much we spend on military compared to all other countries, and that it is basically wasting money. Much of what Bernie Sander's legislation won't be passed however we do need some one like him to help America.
@Wordsarefun, yes for sure, plus the increased revenue from the jobs created through rebuilding infrastructure
@ yiadda, I kind of agree. We have a good system in the UK, in which you still have to pay a lot of money, but there is a structured student loan system that is very reasonable. Students gain have no interest on their university loans and only have to start paying it back once they have left and are earning over a certain salary. Then they pay something like %5 every year until it is exactly paid off. Some people go to uni before they retire so they can get a degree and never have to pay it back because they aren't earning
@Chknsyphilis, our taxes are the lowest they've been in 100 years.
@ yiadda, in terms of universal health care, basically it would cost the tax payer nothing because all the money you are spending on Medicare would simply move to paying taxes. There would statistically be a net gain/loss of zero. Additionally, we could easily move spending from other areas such as military. The US spends more on military than the next 10 nations combined (rough estimate that also includes allied nations like UK, France, Germany, South Korea, and Japan).
@ yiadda, US Department of Education estimates that tuition free college would cost 62.6 Billion dollars, and about 270 million Americans get taxed one way or another (according to the US Census Bureau) If we divide the cost of a proposed tuition free college by the amount of taxpayers, college would cost about $230 a year (of course, richer people would pay more, so the average for a middle or lower class family would pay less). I can't find any info on single payer healthcare, but if what Bernie Sanders says is true, that a single payer health plan would cost less than with a private health insurer, then I believe most people would welcome the move
@Downvote God, the top tax bracket got taxed like 90% under Eisenhower, Bernie's plan wouldn't even reach 50%.
@Wordsarefun, not to mention how much money we could move from military spending and still pay double what China pays into theirs
@1NutParking, Seriously, I can't stand the stupidity of my own generation.
@Gollum Fetish, did you even bother to read the comments above you?
@jamkin, People who might not necessarily be smart enough to get in to college would still have to pay for it. And if everyone has gone to college for something, nobody will stand out in a job interview.
@ yiadda, Canadians pay much higher taxes than we do and have a much higher standard of living and life expectancy
@ yiadda, nobody expects things to magically come for free. There are two sources that are looked at: one of which is the incredibly rich. The question at hand with them isn't how much money should we be able to tax from them, but rather what is an individual's responsibility to the community and the society that they are in. People who make millions upon millions of dollars because they do commerce with or entertain the entire country, should be giving back to the country that supports them. The other issue is big corporations. They use lobbies to introduce and sway legislation in their favor, and pocket the savings.
@ yiadda, he wants to increase minimum wage though, which would equate to everyone making more money- which could then be taxes a bit more (but his main goal is to tax big businesses and the millionaires)
As a non-American, Bernie Sanders kind of seems like the best option, the best of a bad situation. Is that generally what most Americans think?
@Loadsamoney, as an American, it seems that we are divided between Bernie Supporters and Trump Supporters. Hilary supporters are in there somewhere, too. I, like most intelligent Americans, would really take anyone over trump. That's why we're gonna #FEELTHEBERN2k16
@Loadsamoney, honestly as an overall there's not one great option. Bernie is a socialist which goes against many American values. (Personally I don't want to be taxed more, or have all the hard work my parents do be worth less) Hillary is a traitor to this country who would sell Bill off to win the election. Trump is crazy, and most republicans in this race kind of suck. If you could Captain Planet a portion of the Republican Party then we would have a great presidential candidate.
@Loadsamoney, that's what the millennials think. They are too young to have seen the true weakness of the American system. No matter how good his plans sound, the chances of them being implemented are low. Bill Clinton made great promises but then found out that he couldn't enact them because of the roadblocks of government. Bernie and our current congress would have a very hard time getting along and probably won't get much done, especially not as much as he wants to get done
@AC DC Fan, you lost all credibility putting 2k16. It's not a video game and how hard is it to put 2016?
@GoldBurner, So half would be actual republicans who have good beliefs but are to afraid of the tea party to not agree with all of their policies and the other half would be the tea party, which as we all know are terrible.
@Loadsamoney, I legitimately like Bernie and would vote for him over Obama, had they both been in the election last time, although I do admit seems like all the candidates need some work
If Sanders is the joker, what villain is trump? Or Hillary? Or even Cruz?
@a shiny haunter, trump is definitely the penguin
@a shiny haunter, Trump=Penguin, Hillary=Poison Ivy, Cruz=Two Face
@Tentacle Monster, i never really saw Hillary as having a green agenda...
@a shiny haunter, I guess she can also be harley quinn
@Tentacle Monster, that could work. Now where's batman?
@a shiny haunter, He doesn't exist yet. Maybe a batman will reveal himself after one of the other villains runs rampant for a while.
@Tentacle Monster, the hero we deserve....
@Tentacle Monster, No, Hillary is definitely Two Face. She says whatever people want to hear, just so she can become president and get a bj in the oval office to get back at Bill.
Simple economics and history, socialism doesn't work.
@theboatandcarman, full socialism does not work, a little socialism however.....
@theboatandcarman, You do realize that we have a variety of socialist programs in America right?
@jamkin, yes most are miserable failures. It's simple, if people are given freebies they become lazy. It completely takes away the will to succeed if your wealth is shared, on the other side, why work when you get everything for free?
@theboatandcarman, to counter your argument. I work 40 hours a week and don't get shjt, CEO bankrupts a company and gets a bonus. Uncontrolled capitalism is just as awful
@D0N RAM0N, Yea stuff like that is wrong. In all honesty I'm not sure how to repair the system we have......
@theboatandcarman, so social security shouldn't exist? That's a socialist policy
@theboatandcarman, the key with Bernie is he doesn't want full socialism, he wants capitalistic/democratic socialism which would mean everyone helps out when others are in need (ie: free healthcare and college) but those who work harder would still make more money, you'd work hard to get what you want, but the bare minimum would always be provided if you lost your job or got too ill to work
@ajr12100, social security and Medicare are fiscal nightmares..... People need to save under their own powers.
@theboatandcarman, is disagree, social security works amazingly; Medicare was a blunder in America but Canada's free healthcare system works
The easiest most effective way is for a federal sales tax.
Feel like it would have been better to go with "...some men just want to watch the world Bernie"
Cruz is definitely the penguin with that pointy nose of his