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Chet Ruminski Wrote: Your worst fears will materialize unless some candidate busts out for single payer, free college and living wages.
Any candidate that promises the world for free deserves to lose in a landslide.
I'm for single payer, but we have to be honest with ourselves about how it'll be paid for. Taxing the "millionaires and billionaires" alone will not fund it no matter how much Bernie insists.
I'm for massive government subsidies to make tuition actually affordable again in the same way it was back in my parents day. Their tuition wasn't "free" though. The government heavily subsidized their educations, but they still had some skin in the game. I'm for "free" tuition for any student who sits at a certain percent on the federal poverty line though. But remember - "free" means We, the People pay for it. I'm A-OK with that, but again, let's be honest.
I'm for creating a living wage, but I think it needs to be based on statistics and not some random number that covers all fifty states. Fifteen dollars an hour in Portland is a heck of a lot different than fifteen dollars an hour in Miles City, Montana.
All I'm suggesting is maybe, just maybe, promising all of these things without being honest about how they will be funded isn't the best idea.