Bernie Sanders is a senator from Vermont. He runs as an Independent, not as a Democrat or a Republican. In the Senate, he sits with the Democrats. He is running to be the Democratic Party candidate for president.
He calls himself a socialist. In Europe, he might be called a Social Democrat. Elsewhere he might be Democratic Socialist. What does it all mean? It means he believes the government should play a big role in the health and welfare of the people.
Universal health, housing and education will cost a great deal of money. Sanders would tax the rich to get the money. His programs would also mean higher taxes for everybody.
When he announced he was going to run, few thought his campaign would succeed. He now draws huge crowds to his rallies. He has a chance to beat Hillary Clinton in the first primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire next February.
Sanders attacks the “billionaire class.” He means the super rich. They own the lion’s share of American wealth and income. Many people agree that the super-rich have too much money and influence.
Ending he low wages and poor job chances of the middle-class and entry-level workers is important to him. He points to Scandinavian countries as examples of how people can have services and still have the chance to succeed in business.
His campaign is about too much wealth going into fewer and fewer hands. He has touched a chord with millions of Americans who agree with him.
Many call this “taking from the rich and giving to the poor.” They prefer that people earn the wages they need to make their choices on how to live their lives.
People are watching the Sanders’ campaign with a great deal of interest.
Source: The Washington Post September 19, 2015