A self-avowed socialist and long serving Independent, Senator Bernie Sanders seems to hold views that coincide with mine on so many issues.
Among his proposals, Sanders calls for free college tuition, a $1-trillion program to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges, government-run healthcare, higher taxes on the wealthy and publicly funded elections to reduce the influence of the country’s rich donors. He would break up the nation’s big financial institutions, and he opposes trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Obama is pushing, which Sanders says have punished workers by shipping jobs overseas.
We are living in a global society and that changes everything for the United States. Wages in Indonesia are as low as 50 cents an hour. Wages in China and the Philippines are about $2.50 an hour. Mexican wages are about $5.50 an hour. Those people aren’t stupid. They just earn less than Americans. We need to make our country the “go to” place for products and ideas that the world wants. To accomplish that goal we must provide a better educated society with the infrastructure to compete.
Social issue solutions, even if they can be found, will not make America more successful in the 21st century.