The Case for President Sanders

Zach Toillion
4 min readOct 29, 2019

Bernie Sanders should be our next President, here are just a few reasons why.

Sanders has the most experience of any candidate in the field at 40 years come 2021. He has been consistent on the issues for his entire life, whether it be rights for marginalized communities, climate change, or the need for universal health care. He was so out front on women’s issues he was called an honorary woman by Gloria Steinem in 1994.

His plans would make the average person’s life easier. He has a plan to cover every single American in our health care system with zero copays, deductibles and premiums. The increase in taxes to pay for such services would save the average household thousands per year. He has a fully financed plan to eliminate all student debt and make college tuition free. He’s proposed regulations that would make rent prices much more affordable. He wants to eliminate medical debt, invest in new infrastructure, and enact changes to corporate structure that would give workers more of a say in their company’s decisions. He’s also got a climate plan that creates millions of new jobs.

He’d be our first culturally Jewish (probably actually Atheist) President. He’d be our first Independent President. He’d be our first Socialist President.

But how’s he going to pay for this? Medicare for all saves 5 trillion yearly, it’s just a matter of where the money comes from. It’s why every other major country has adopted it or something like it. If we cut our defense budget to Bill Clinton levels, we’d save about 4 trillion dollars over a decade. His 3% surtax on billionaires would raise 4.4 trillion. That’s 8.4 trillion to rebuild America.

That’d pay for Sander’s free college plan (2.2 trillion), the cancellation of student debt (1.6 trillion) and universal pre-K (20 billion). It’d pay for Sanders’s education plan (700 billion) which would make teachers get raises to 60k per year, triple school funding, and fund after school and summer programs more than any plan ever. His plan would allow for career and technical education in High School through new funding. It’d also fund the Green New Deal (2.5 trillion). If you carefully review the numbers, Sanders has proven there is a pay for for all of them.

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Zach Toillion

Libertarian Socialist who writes about politics, economics, philosophy religion & history. Former Newspaper Columnist.