He kicks off his campaign today in Burlington, Vermont at Waterfront Park with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and local band Mango Jam. While the media is busy portraying him as a socialist with no chance of the presidency, Bernie has already made huge strides in showing the things he wants to accomplish as President by putting two HUGE pieces of legislation together that can win over millennials!
First, is his “College for All Act” which is aiming to make community and public state colleges free for anyone who can meet admissions requirements! How you ask? By imposing a 0.5% tax on trades of stocks, a 0.1% tax on bonds, and a .005% fee on derivatives such as stock options. This piece of legislation will also aim to cut current student debt by HUGE amounts and lower the interest rate on loans. His second piece of introduced legislation is a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill that will create as many as 13 million jobs. Funding for this bill will include the current infrastructure budget and additional funds that is mostly reported as needing to be squeezed out of the defense budget (and therefore also the Republicans cold, dead hands).
Regarding transgender soldiers in the military:
As somebody who has consistently voted to end discrimination in all forms -- who voted against DOMA way back in the 1990s -- I will do all that I can to continue our efforts to make this a nondiscriminatory society, whether those being discriminated against are transgender, gay, black or Hispanic.
Regarding requiring labels on GMO products:
It is not my view, nor have I suggested, that GMO food causes health problems. What I have said is that the people of our country, as well as people around the world, have the right to make choices in terms of what they eat and have the right to have labels telling them whether or not food is made with GMOs. As you know, GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries and the state legislature in Vermont also passed a bill requiring that. I support that effort.
Regarding the Patriot Act & NSA Surveillance:
I voted against the USA Patriot Act and voted against reauthorizing the USA Patriot Act. Obviously, terrorism is a serious threat to this country and we must do everything that we can to prevent attacks here and around the world. I believe strongly that we can protect our people without undermining our constitutional rights and I worry very very much about the huge attacks on privacy that we have seen in recent years -- both from the government and from the private sector. I worry that we are moving toward an Orwellian society and this is something I will oppose as vigorously as I can.
Regarding what we can do to help his campaign:
Thank you very much for your support. And we look forward to your ideas as to how we can run the most effective grassroots campaign possible. Certainly one of the areas that redditors can help on is in making sure that young people throughout this country understand the importance of politics and government. It is an American tragedy that in the last election, about 80 percent of young people did not vote. That is exactly what the ruling class of this country wants and we have got to change it. So mobilizing, educating and organizing young people is very much at the top of my agenda.
His complete AMA where he addresses other issues like leading the pitchforks against the TPP, overturning Citizens United, funding scientific research, NASA, legalizing marijuana, funding colleges, creating jobs, funding infrastructure, and the IMPORTANCE OF THE MILLENIAL VOTE.
Review Bernie’s voting record here!
Join the grassroots movement with People for Bernie! Organized by those involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement, local meet-up’s have already started across the country with us common folk gathering together to plan ways that we can rally for #Bernie2016.
Can you #feeltheBern yet ontd?