Who do We Want to be President?

UntitledDo we want a candidate who believes in single-payer or multiple insurers, wants to break up the big banks or regulate the big banks, tuition-free public college or debt-free college, “leave it in the ground” or a more gradual shift away from fossil fuels?

We have a choice between a moderate and a progressive, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Do we want another “classic continuity” candidate, who contrasts herself as a champion of “sensible, achievable agenda,” or a populist candidate, who has electrified huge numbers of young people – – our party’s (Democrats) future – – with his progressive message?

Do we want a candidate that accepts money from Wall Street and SuperPACs or a candidate funded by millions of grassroots Americans?

Interestingly, one candidate not only accepts SuperPAC money but also accepted speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.

The leader of Goldman Sachs [Lloyd Blankfein] is a billionaire who comes to Congress and tells us we should cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Secretary Clinton – and you’re not the only one, so I don’t mean to just point the finger at you, you’ve received over $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs in one year. I find it very strange that a major financial institution that pays $5 billion in fines for breaking the law, not one of their executives is prosecuted, while kids who smoke marijuana get a jail sentence.” – Senator Bernie Sanders (Source: Borosage)

 

Bernie Sanders does not have a SuperPAC and refuses to accept any donations from Wall Street. However, they don’t like him and he is proud of that.

Do we want a “No, We Can’t,” candidate or a “Yes, We Can,” candidate?

Hillary Clinton is the “No, We Can’t,” candidate. She claims, we can’t have universal single-payer healthcare, tuition-free and debt-free public colleges and universities, breaking up the big banks, a livable wage, and leaving fossil fuels in the ground.

I believe America needs a candidate who promises a future we can believe in. – Mika Covington

Thus, I continue to stand with Senator Bernie Sanders. He is the only candidate right now who is fighting for many of the values and issues that I hold close to my heart. He is the, “Yes, We Can,” candidate. He is also the mainstream candidate. Just look at the support behind many of his proposals.

big business
  • 73% of Americans favor tougher rules on Wall Street
  • 74% of Americans – – including 84% of Democrats, 72% of independents, and 62% of Republicans – – believe that corporations have too much influence on American life and politics today, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll (Source: Dreier).
Progressive taxation
  • 68% of Americans favor raising taxes on people earning more than 1 million per year, including 87% of democrats and 53% of Republicans (Source: Dreier).
Inequality and Poverty
  • 69% of Americans believe that the government should help reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else.
  • 82% of Americans think the government should help reduce poverty (Source: Dreier).
Minimum wage and workers’ rights
  • 63% of Americans support a $15 minimum wage by 2020.
  • 80% of Americans favor paid leave to parents of new children and paid leave to care for sick family members.
  • 85% favor paid sick leave (Source: Dreier).
health care and social security
  • Over 50% of Americans (80% of Democrats) support single-payer “Medicare for All” approach to health insurance (Source: Dreier).
Higher education
  • 77% believe that higher education institution should reduce tuition and fees, while 59% and 55% respectively agree that state governments and the federal government should provide more assistance (Source: Dreier).

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