By Sidra Baloch
The 2016 presidential elections are nearing with strong candidates competing against one another. There is a long list of presidential suitors such as Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton, scumbag Donald Trump, etc. One of the best candidates’ running for the 2016 presidential election is Bernie Sanders. He is presently serving his second term in the U.S. Senate. He received this title once again because he won the re-election with 71% of the voter turnout in 2012. Sanders has been labeled as the “practical and successful legislator” and has been dubbed as the “amendment king” due to passing more amendments than any other member in congress in the House of Representatives. Bernie is a democratic candidate who states the problems that occur in the U.S. and has solutions on how to resolve these issues.
Bernie Sanders speaks out about the wide gap between the wealthy and everyone else. Sanders states, “America now has more wealth and income inequality than any major developed country on earth, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the 1920s.” He also states that, “There is something profoundly wrong when we have a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages and we have the highest childhood poverty rate of any developed country on earth.” Some of Sanders ideas on how to resolve this issue are increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15, make the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes, creating a progressive estate tax on the 0.3% of Americans that make more than $3.5 million, and legislate a tax on Wall Street speculators who caused millions of Americans to lose their homes, jobs, and life savings. Sanders wants to provide healthcare to all citizens of the United States. He also wants to sign the Paycheck Fairness Act, which stops the unfairness of a woman only earning 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. Bernie hopes to allow free tuition for public colleges and universities by making the people of Wall Street pay for it. Bernie Sanders wants to put an end to the American people’s financial struggles.
Bernie is also adamant about ensuring racial justice in the U.S. and the police force. Innocent African Americans have lost their lives due to discrimination and racial profiling. Bernie aspires to change that by investigating and prosecuting police officers who break the law and hold them accountable for their actions, requiring police departments and states to provide public reports on all police shootings and deaths that take place while in police custody, and federally fund required body cameras for law enforcement officers to make it easier to hold them accountable for crimes they committed. Bernie Sanders wants to rebuild the U.S. in order to keep the country and its people intact. But the best part of Bernie’s presidential run is his slogan: Feel the Bern. He’s the real OG.