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Feb 15
2016
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Bernie Sanders self-identifies as a Democratic Socialist and it scares a lot of Americans. We have a capitalist economy, not socialist, right? Well, no. I would say we are a bit of both, a mixed economy of sorts. In a true capitalistic economy, we wouldn’t have government controlled schools, water, power, oil, roads, police, military, the list goes on and on. Instead, we pay taxes to the government and they use that money to provide us the industry deemed essentials, that is socialism. The trick is finding the right balance of capitalism and socialism. Sanders wants to adopt more socialist policies like free college, higher tax rates on the rich, higher minimum wage, universal healthcare, and more paid vacation. Contrary to belief, these are not radical ideas. Franklin Roosevelt said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” Currently, tax rates on the rich are at some of the lowest ever and there is a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in America. Clearly we haven’t found that happy medium of capitalism and socialism. So, before you demonize socialism and Bernie, ask yourself some questions: Do you like Social Security? Do you like Medicare? Do you like Medicaid? Do you like nice paved roads? Do you like clean drinking water? Do you like the military and police who protect you? Not even republicans can say no to those and they are all socialism. 



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