Bernie Sanders, a former Vermont U.S. Senator, is running for president. He identifies himself as an independent socialist. He is in the race against Hillary Clinton to receive the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election. However, is he really the best choice for America? Should the United States allow a socialist to run the country? A country that is proudly based on the Constitution and its amendments? To answer that plainly, no. Not only is it against the ideals of the United States, but, I believe it is inappropriate for a socialist to run this country and implement the policies Sanders has presented thus far. That being said, neither the Republican nor Democratic party have substantially strong candidates; however, some just should not be participating.
One issue that Sanders wants to address is income inequality. On his website in the Income and wealth Inequality page, he claims that, “Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world.” This is the first thing mentioned on the page, and it is incorrect. According to an article by Business Insider, the United States is ranked seventh in wealth around the world. So, before Sanders explains what he will do to “fix” income inequality, he attempts to make his point appear stronger than it actually is.
One of Sanders’ plans to create income and wealth equality is to take more money from large and wealthy corporations. He also plans to stop corporations from shifting their profits and jobs overseas where he claims that they do so to avoid paying U.S. income taxes. In a democracy, government does not control business; Sanders seems to be planning to gain control of these businesses and take their money. Sanders also plans to tax Wall Street speculators more, even though the government takes an enormous amount of money from people in the financial field as it is. For example, an investment banker can lose more than 50% of their income to the government. Bill Harts at CNBC explains why the Wall Street tax will not work quite well.
Sanders wants to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2020. On the surface, this sounds great, but it will hurt and be potentially lethal to many businesses and corporations. There are many reasons why minimum wage jobs are offered by different businesses. One that is most important is that a business needs to pay its employees. Some of whom may be in a position in which they are being paid minimum wage. That is because businesses need to be profitable in order to be
successful. If the minimum wage is increased by such a large amount as Sanders is promoting, I, along with many people, believe it would be extremely detrimental to an enormous amount of businesses to the point where they may no longer be profitable and, eventually approach bankruptcy. If that happens, more people will have lost their jobs, and the American economy would continue its downward spiral.
Sanders wants to make tuition and public colleges and universities free to all students because he believes “Everyone in this country who studies hard deserves to go to college regardless of income.” This is similar to the minimum wage increase. Colleges and universities need tuition dollars to offer newer technology and better education for students. If that funding is taken away, I believe the quality of college education will deteriorate. It seems as though Bernie Sanders has forgotten about the existence of student loans and how they help students get through college.
So many of Sanders ideas go against the fundamentals that the United States runs on. Bernie Sanders’ opinions are wrong for America.
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