Letter to the Editor: A Case for Candidate Bernie Sanders

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For those who are still undecided, here are some highlights on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Bernie wants to make healthcare available for everyone as a right, so neither you or your employer will have to pay health insurance directly, it’s just provided for everyone as a human right through a small tax that will replace your current health insurance payments. His plan will end up saving the US $6 billion in the next decade compared to what we currently spend on health care and will actually SAVE the average household about 5,000 every year and the average business about $10,000 a year. We are the ONLY major country in the world that doesn't provide health care for their people as a right.

He wants to make sure all women get at least 12-weeks of medical leave after having a baby so they can get to know their new child and learn to be a mom (this plan will only cost americans $1.61 a week) and he wants pay equality for women.

He wants to give students the ability to refinance their student loans at a lower percentage rate and he acknowledges that a college degree is the same as a high school diploma in today's world and he feels that nobody should be deprived of an education because of their income or inability to pay off loans so he wants to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, this will be paid for through a tax on wall street speculation (high-risk investments). He wants to break up "too big to fail" banks to prevent another financial collapse. He also wants to put those that caused the financial collapse in jail. He argues that a kid can go to jail for years and have their life and record ruined for smoking marijuana but the crooks on wall street that destroyed the lives of billions of people all over the world with their reckless behavior and greed just got a $700 billion bailout and a slap on the wrist.

He wants to end loopholes that save companies like Walmart $6 billion last year, which pushes their employees to sign up for government assistance. He also wants to end loopholes that allow companies to keep their money stashed in “tax haven” countries.

Today, 62 people own HALF of the world’s wealth...5 years ago that number was 388... Bernie cares about people like you and I. He’s literally received more individual contributions ($27 average) than ANY presidential candidate EVER at this point in the race. The remaining serious presidential candidates are funded by the same people that are turning America into a place where only the rich and powerful have a voice.

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J

"Bernie wants to make healthcare available for everyone as a right"

This betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of what a right is. People cannot make rights. We either have the right or we don't. What's more, a right cannot be dependent on someone else, as available healthcare for all would certainly be. The idea that you can have a right to someone else doing something for you is at best morally dubious.

"We are the ONLY major country in the world that doesn't provide health care for their people as a right."

Even accepting the false premise that countries can provide rights, this is still a very poor argument for doing anything. There are no doubt an incalculable number of instances in which the majority has been wrong on some point or another.

"He wants to make sure all women get at least 12-weeks of medical leave after having a baby so they can get to know their new child and learn to be a mom"

It's more than a little disturbing that he thinks this is a reasonable focus of attention for a national government.

"this plan will only cost americans $1.61 a week"

A penny or a pound, it is still misappropriated labor.

"...and he wants pay equality for women."

There is no economist I am aware of that actually believes in any meaningful pay disparity among like-situated people. The pay gap is even worse than a myth, it is a proven falsehood.

And then it goes on and on about how government control is somehow going to fix the natural travails of government control.

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In short, Bernie Sanders doesn't believe that you are yours. You should never trust anyone in a leadership role that doesn't understand something that essential.

If you believe someone should pay a woman to stay home with their kid instead of work, convince them to, don't force them. That's respecting actual human rights.

If you think someone isn't getting paid enough, offer them more to come work for you. That's respecting actual human rights.

If you think that someone isn't getting adequate health care, go pay for it or convince someone else to. That's respecting actual human rights.

Bernie Sanders has very little to do with actual human rights.

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