Bernie’s Platform Is Applicable in Governments Large and Small

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Bernie’s platform (http://www.berniesanders.com/issues) is holistic… unfortunately it is rejected because he is “too old, too white, too male.”

We should remember there is more than one way to reach a goal.  Practices should reflect ones that are acceptable to each of us and all of us.

We must suspend disbelief, think outside of the box, and have vision and courage to try something new. – http://www.feliciachew.com/pimaissues

Universal Healthcare.  People need to be in good health to be productive to their communities.

Free/Affordable Public College.  People need space, time, and opportunity to #think and understand their own, and others’, perceptions and beliefs so they do not respond from pure emotion/crisis.

Transform our energy system.   If we do not change current energy practices, we will use up all of our natural resources, and our planet will die.

Overturn Citizens United.  CU allows corporations to unfairly influence elections with vast sums of money few individuals can match, distorting the public debate, and potentially leading to corruption or the appearance of corruption. – https://represent.us/action/citizens-united-2-2/

Raise the minimum wage to $15.  And allow small businesses to have partnerships which allow them to use alternative forms of compensation.

End the war on drugs.  Fund drug treatment programs and drug awareness programs instead.  Allow criminals to be processed as criminals, and allow sentencing to include comprehensive services for criminals to escape criminal addiction.

Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.  We need to rebuild it as a flexible infrastructure, not a rigid one.

Raise taxes on the 1%. Taxes are supposed to be used for the good of the entire community.  Ensure the projects allowed by the tax credit system benefit the entire community, not just pet projects, and continue to allow taxes to be “paid” through tax credits, and provide information about how much funding each community project needs and has received.

Stop endless military spending.  Provide for the common defense… where “commoners” can defend themselves and the ones they love.  The strongest defense is a strong mind.

Expand Social Security. Current social security recipients paid into social security benefits, and are not receiving them, due to corporations destroying the retirement dreams of millions over the past 30 years by eliminating defined benefit pension plans, and Wall Street’s recklessness crashing the economy in 2008.  If we lift the cap on the taxable income that goes into social security, it would “extend the solvency of Social Security for the next 50 years, bring in enough revenue to expand benefits by an average of $65 a month; increase cost-of-living-adjustments; and lift more seniors out of poverty by increasing the minimum benefits paid to low-income seniors.” – https://berniesanders.com/issues/strengthen-and-expand-social-security/

End police brutality.  End the misconception that the best way to control others is through the use of force.

Demilitarize the police.  A well-organized militia is necessary in times of crisis.  However, for day-to-day activities, pro-active measures are more likely to reduce the likelihood of potential crime.

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