Feel the Bern: Bernie will win 2016

By: Erin Downey

Bernie Sanders will most definitely occupy the White House. He will also occupy wealth inequality, climate change, the poverty crisis, racial injustice and many other important issues that would take up this entire article if included in its entirety.

As a young woman, a student who pays for college on her own and someone who has always had little faith in the government, Sanders, the questionably religious, culturally jewish, 74 year old white man from Vermont, is the candidate who I have been waiting for.

In America, a socialist is often considered a bad characteristic of a politician. However, Sanders has explained that “socialist” isn’t a dirty word in politics.

Sanders has explained why he’s a democratic socialist on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

“A social democratic government results in having health care as a right of all people, student college tuition being free, excellent child care, strong retirement benefits, pro-environment; so I think when people understand that in those countries, governments are working for the middle-class rather than the billionaire class I think we can get our message across,” Sanders said.

Sanders makes it evident that we need to have a government that works for all of us, not just the handful of powerful people on the top.

Those who are anti-Sanders often argue that the candidate’s plans are completely unaffordable. But, let me attempt to put this concern in perspective.

Sanders said the top 0.1 percent of Americans have nearly as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent and, according to Politifact, “[Sander’s] claim accurately echoes findings in a study by two internationally known economists, but it needs a clarification … With that qualification in mind, we rate Sanders’ statement Mostly True.”

In addition, even if a clarification of taking Social Security benefits in mind, were included there would be very little difference in the result.

That said, the way Sanders plans to finance his policies, is by making the large 1 percent corporations pay taxes (their current tax is $0) on all of the profits they have shifted to offshore tax havens, which the Congressional Research Services estimates may currently create losses that approach $100 billion annually — this is just the “Refinance America” part of his plan.

On making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt, a plan that would cost $75 billion a year, would be paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators which would generate about $300 billion in revenue, according to Sanders’s website.

Now a big controversy is the fact that he would also tax the average American worker a total $1.61 a week, however Bernie explains this.

“What most people don’t understand is we are doing away with private health insurance premiums,” he said. “Instead of paying $10,000 to BlueCross and BlueShield, yes, some middle class families would be paying slightly more in taxes, but the result would be middle-class families saving about $5,000 dollars in healthcare costs.”

Stated plainly, no, the United States would not double in debt with Bernie’s plan.

The United States of America desperately needs Bernie Sanders. Sanders also needs us, the American youth, to become president.

Unlike all other candidates, Sanders was arrested for protesting segregation in public schools. He was also outstandingly active in the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, in college, he participated in the March on Washington in 1963.

This revolution is not about creating an us versus them against the Republicans, it’s solely about creating a new system because the one that we have is wrong and corrupt.

As a young voter myself, I have an undying faith in my fellow young voters to make the right choice.

Sanders virtually tied with Hillary Clinton at the Iowa caucus for the same reason he’ll win New Hampshire, people — young and old alike — are realizing the system isn’t working for all of us, it works for the few and it doesn’t have to be like this. Everything he says can be done, but we have to come together to guarantee it.

Sanders, soon to be President Sanders, is staying right where he is until he wins the vote.