Friday, May 1, 2015

Bernie Sanders announced...

...for president yesterday and it would be easy to dismiss his candidacy. (One blogger even went so far as to call Hillary Clinton the only serious candidate in the race.)

But take a minute and ask yourself: On which of the following issues do you disagree with the senator from Vermont? From an article in the Times:

FOREIGN POLICY Mr. Sanders opposed the war in Iraq and warned against the United States getting bogged down in Afghanistan, calling it a costly quagmire like Vietnam.

Hard to argue with that.

ENVIRONMENT Mr. Sanders has warned about what he calls the severe impact of human-caused climate change. 

Pretty mainstream for a Democrat.

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Mr. Sanders strongly supports same-sex marriage. 

Even the Roberts Court seems poised to rule in favor of gay marriage.

IMMIGRATION Mr. Sanders supported Mr. Obama’s 2014 executive action shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Again, mainstream Democrat. 

HEALTH CARE Mr. Sanders supports a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system.

Impossible to pass, but hard to argue with.

ECONOMY Mr. Sanders supports increased government spending to generate jobs and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

See: Krugman, Paul.

And from, Sanders is pro-choice, anti-war on drugs, pro-environment, cautious on free trade agreements, pro-gun control, and a champion of Social Security and Medicare, fair taxation, separation of church and state, and public education.

So, again, on what issue do you disagree with this guy?

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