John Gardner’s take on Bernie Sanders
Photo: Reuters/Mary Schwalm, Bernie Sanders speaking, Salon
According to Merriam-Webster, Social Democracy is defined as “a political movement that uses principles of democracy to change a capitalist country to a socialist one.”
So, a socialist government is, according to Merriam-Webster, “a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies.” That sounds great on paper but then again so does Communism.
Our government can’t even run itself effectively so why does Senator Sanders feel that the government can run major industries without screwing it up. Senator Sanders also talks about free college for all and $15 minimum wage among other things. How are we going to pay for all of this?
He says he will tax Wall Street but if the government owns all major industries as the definition of socialism states, then won’t the government own Wall Street? Past experience tells me that the government will not tax itself so who is the government going to tax to get the money? How are companies going to pay all of their employees $15 an hour?
I am all for helping my fellow man but this just does not seem plausible to me. If a company has to pay all of their employees $15 an hour, then they will have to fire enough people so that they can meet that requirement so wont the unemployment rate go up?
How is the government going to pay for everyone to go to college for free? I had to join the military to get a free college education and I understand everyone should have an easier time attending school but I just don’t see how Senator Sanders plan is going to work. On top of all that, we have to stop throwing money that we do not have at everything. We have to start working toward bringing down the National debt and I just don’t think that there is enough taxing out there to be able to accomplish all of this.