Why do so many insist Bernie Sanders is offering freebies to Americans? Arkansas's other newspaper ran a cartoon depicting the senator as the Pied Piper, tooting his flute to the tune of "free health care," "free college tuition," as a mesmerized group of young Americans follow like a bunch of mindless zombies, chanting "Bernie" over and over.
While it's true many young people are drawn to Sanders' message, what's equally true is the set of circumstances allowing for a self-described democratic socialist to emerge as a contender in the Democratic primaries.
Today, many American college graduates are starting their adult lives saddled with tremendous debt. Add to that the ever-rising cost of health care and it makes for a situation in which saving for the future becomes quite the challenge.
It's no wonder so many working young adults experience such high rates of depression and addiction. They are uncertain about their financial futures.
It's easy for conservative leaders to reprimand young workers for not saving money, along with unfairly blaming them for just about all of society's woes. The GOP's failed policies do need a scapegoat, you know. However, saving for the future is difficult when such a large chunk of one's income goes to paying off huge educational loans and ridiculously high health care expenses. Add to that the cost of long-waged and unnecessary wars of occupation, corporate bailouts, tax breaks for the wealthy, subsidies to major industries and stagnant wages and it's no wonder this particular demographic is willing to support a candidate like Bernie Sanders. Who can blame them? Look at the sorry state of affairs their fathers have left them. The same fathers that hold them accountable for circumstances they did not create, but were born into.
Oh yeah, I started by asking why so many accuse Bernie of wanting to give away freebies. He never said these things would be free. He simply says those who have wreaked havoc in this country over the past few decades, i.e. proponents of Reaganomics, will pay for them. It's not too much to ask, considering the extent to which wealthy citizens disproportionately benefit in this country. And, as the senator reminds us, we bailed them out, now it's time they returned the favor.
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In response to the Feb. 29 Arkansas Blog post, "And clown the stretch they come: GOP rivals spar over insults, KKK, Mussolini, dick jokes":
The GOP has spent the last decade enforcing compliance to their ideology to the point where no candidate dares disagree with a single point for fear of being Koch-blocked.
Such an action can only generate an equal and opposite reaction: a front-runner for the presidency who only gets stronger by pissing on that ideology.
Imagine any other Republican defending Planned Parenthood, laying 9/11 at the feet of George W. Bush, and saying he'd refuse to let people die on the street for lack of health care.
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Trump's earpiece wasn't working during the interview? That's a good one that I haven't heard before. He's at the point where he knows that he can say anything and it won't matter.
In a way, it's hard to believe that there are this many people in the good ol' USA that would follow someone like Trump. The worst part about Trump being president to me would not be that fact itself but the realization that I'd been trying to swim in a sea of idiots all this time.
The chickens are coming home to roost. — Malcolm X
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict that the R convention will be brokered and that Romney will actually end up as the nominee. But he'll lose the same way the rest of them would lose.
In response to the Feb. 27 Arkansas Blog post, "Hillary Clinton dominates in South Carolina primary over Bernie Sanders":
I sure hope that when Hillary wins the nomination, she does not forget all of the young people (mostly) who went all out for Bernie. If she does, then we are doomed to have nothing but politics as usual — establishment Democrats running as if they were stuck in 1992 and not living in 2016. The Clintons moved the Democratic Party to the center. I think it is now time to regain our proud position on the left — working for poor people, for workers against greedy corporations, for women to make sure that they are treated equally in the workplace and have control of their personal choices, for equal rights for all persons. If she doesn't, then little will be gained when she wins against the Republicans, which I think she is sure to do.
I'm not convinced Clinton can win in November. It would be great to elect the first woman president, but Clinton has so much baggage, American voters could well decide to give her a pass come November. Stranger things have happened, even if voters would be voting against their own best interests by voting for the amorphous TrumpRubioCruzCarson.