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May 17, 2016

What Do Bernie and Donald Have In Common?

Filed under: Uncategorized — table9 @ 7:30 pm

What? How could Bernie Sanders, longtime Senator from Vermont and voice of social democracy and Donald Trump, icon of capitalism possibly have in common?

 

  •  They are both political outsiders. Sure, Bernie’s been the Senator from Vermont forever, but until now nobody’s listened to him.
  • Every time they win, everyone tells tell us they can’t win.
  • We are regularly told we are stupid, crazy, throwing away our vote, and that the election of this candidate will mean the end of everything as we know it.
  • The Traditional Party Power Structure is either not understanding or ignoring what the voters are truly expressing in these votes.
    • We are tired of the status quo
    • We don’t trust any professional politician anointed by the status quo
    • We are tired of being screwed

I am glad that Bernie and Donald are in it, because as long as they are, people are forced to confront issues they’d rather not.

Issues like the fact that there is little to no middle class left standing.  That a High School Diploma is basically worthless and that in order to actually get a job beyond minimum wage, you either have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars or you have to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a college degree.

That even that degree is no guarantee you’ll get a decent job.

That unchecked influence of unfettered dollars influences the few at the expense of the many.

That democracy is not a zero-sum game.  You can create equality and support a middle class.  To do that, though, you have to stop engendering fear and hate and start creating policies that allow both.

Policies that restrict the amount of tuition a taxpayer-supported college can collect from a student.

Policies that restrict campaign contributions.

Policies that fund long ignored infrastructure maintenance and improvement, which itself provides an ecosystem of good jobs and growth.

Policies that support rather than punish the poor.

Policies that allow us all to have dignity.

First they ignore you.

Then they laugh at you.

Then they attack you.

Then you win.

and I don’t give a hoot who did or did not say that.

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