By Bailey Klingaman– 1851 Staff
On April 13, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders publicly endorsed his former opponent Joe Biden as the Democratic Presidential Nominee. While both politicians have masses of democrats supporting them, a significant amount of Bernie’s followers are college students and millennials.
It isn’t hard to tell why this demographic has taken such a liking to Bernie. His most popular policy advocates for free college education and the alleviation of student debt. Since his endorsement of Biden, some Bernie supporters have been hesitant to throw themselves behind a new cause. Because of Bernie’s policies, which I consider to be more leftist than most democrats, Biden seems like more of a compromise between having Bernie as president or re-electing Trump.
Rather than paying for all of his policies by taxing the wealthy one percent, Biden plans on taxing corporations that violate laws and using that money as a resource. This is a much more reasonable approach to funding, as it is less likely to enrage the wealthy and holds the unlawful companies responsible.
Aside from taxes, Biden proposes cheaper costs of living and higher payments for workers to ensure they are making a living wage and can support themselves. On the other hand, Bernie strives to make healthcare, childcare and early education free for all Americans.
While the sentiment is nice, the proposed money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere happens to be companies and the rich. At least with Biden, the taxes are used as an insurance policy for fair treatment and lawful actions.
Even though the “Feel the Bern” campaign is still ignited through the hearts of many Bernie supporters, if democrats have any expectations of removing Trump from office they’ll need to unite themselves behind Biden, which means sacrificing some of their “free” benefits and taking responsibility on their own.