Sanders leads in both NH and in IA right at this moment. Not Hilary, not any of the other guys. Him.
Yeah, okay, you might say that that won't last, because the initial frontrunner is never the guy that actually goes all the distance, but this is a 5-6 candidate field, not the Republicans where you have half the eligible persons to run doing so.
And who said that that kid in high school who made promises about ice cream and homework wasn't capable of fulfilling his promises? They just never got elected because people have been trained to never
take candidates like that seriously. Sanders hasn't even promised he will
solve all of our problems, but the problems he sees in America today, he's got a plan, and he's told us what that plan is.
Like that 'free college tuition' thing. His plan? Tax Wall Street, the guys who have already made it, very modestly (we're not talking the 90% days, which were some of the best days economically the country had), have them give back to the society that helped place them where they are. It's not an unreasonable thing for them to do. In Bernie's plan, the average working American won't have to pay a DIME into this plan, because your average working American doesn't make millions on Wall Street every year.
As for the fast food industry raising prices? Good! We eat too much fast food anyways, that's half the reason the country is slowly getting fatter and fatter by the year. You can pretty much make what the fast food industry makes today in your own home - burritos, burgers, pizza, all of it - the only catch is that we would rather not spend the time. In the end, when you buy out food (even for the local sit-downs you have around), that's what you're paying for. The convenience. Not having to make it yourself. Not having to get the ingredients and look up the recipe and make it yourself. You are paying someone else to do that.
And while people will pay for convenience, people also want to live. I can have a cheeseburger, some fries, and a Coke at home for somewhere around...say $5. $3 for the burger, and a buck each for the fries and the Coke. I go to McD's and buy it, it costs $7 for the same amount of food. It's more expensive, but I pay it because I would rather spend the $2 than make it myself. If I go to McD's and I have to pay $12 for what I can make for $5 at my house, a rational person will say 'fuck that' and go make their damn burger and fries themselves.
Cheap, plentiful, easily-accessed food. It's why we have climbing obesity rates. Take away one part of that and you have weakened the fast food industry. They don't want that. A business' goal is to make money, because that is their lifeblood. If they raise prices, then people will buy less of their product. Which means they'll have fewer customers, less revenue, and that pattern can easily turn into a death spiral for a company.
As for the deficit, we're not talking about piling on all that $15 trillion all at the same time. Plus, if you look at it mathematically, Sanders is far from the worst candidate. If we're at $21 trillion, and Sanders' programs would add on an additional $15 trillion, that's an increase of about 70%.
Compare that to Bush Jr, whose debt increase was 101%. Dub-ya doub-led our national debt in just eight years. And for all the flack that Barrack Obama gets about how his programs increased debt, his debt increase over his two terms was about 53% - it's not Clinton numbers (debt under Bill increased 32%), but it's certainly damn better than any of the "modern" Republicans.
And as a note, it's not a crime for the national debt to increase. The national debt will increase just by breathing, because of inflation and rising costs of goods and services. The important number (hopefully Oniya or Veks can chime in with a helpful note) is how much the national debt is in comparison to GDP. If our economy gets bigger, then our debt can get bigger because we have more GDP. It's similar to how the military budget can increase, even after it's been cut.
Education? Education is shit for two reasons. 1: educational corporations like Pearson are trying to make a buck off the problems we have in our system rather than actually fix the damn problem - why do you think they come up with a new version of whatever test every few years? New tests, new standards, all developed by them, equals more money. 2: we insist the problem is with the school, the teacher, the classroom, and would rather tear down the current system brick by brick rather than admit that we (and when I say we here I mean the average person involved in education who is not a professional) are a portion of the problem ourselves.
You can learn without a teacher. It's damn hard, but you can teach yourself things. But you can't learn if you're not willing to be a student. You want to get rid of bad teachers? Fine. Let's get rid of bad students, too. Let's get rid of those guys that don't want to spend time in school and would rather sit on their couch playing PSwhatever or down with their friends shooting hoops than learn about how long division is going to affect your life. Let's get rid of those guys with attitude problems and chips on their shoulders who think the world owes them because they grew up without a mother or a father or in the care of their grandparents or insert social situation here. Let's get rid of those guys who have failed math for the last 6 years of school but insist that they don't need it because when they get to be the next big music star or sportsman they'll have a business manager they pay to handle all of that.
Teachers can only go so far. They can do only so many things to make their subjects interesting and relevant to their students. At some point, the student has to engage, he has to get up and say "I'm going to school to learn and to make something of myself." Not "I'm going to school because I have to." People aren't generally motivated to do something when they feel they have to. They procrastinate. They dodge. They do anything else first. Because people have become accustomed to 'education for everyone' here in the US. "You have to take me, it's the law, and I have to be here, but you can't make me care." Attitude. It can destroy the willingness to learn more surely than the worst teacher.
Back to Trump. Trump has no plan. He has no platform. And all I'm hearing from his is "when I get there, I'll handle it." That's not good enough
for a President. How are you going to build that 1900 mile wall? How are you going to bring this factory jobs back to the US? How are you going to handle the eventual fuckery that is the United States Congress and the K Street lobbyists? On one thing you and I agree. Trump is running on Trump.
The fact that he's managing to successfully
do so just shows how far the average voter has fallen in the last 50 years. In 1965, a Trump would never
have made it. Even the third party candidates in their elections had platforms (see George Wallace)! Because in those days people paid attention to problems and issues. Today people pay attention to fucking Snookie