Why Bernie: the Short Versions

Second-year Mia Leatherman:

Before this election, I’ll admit I was fairly politically apathetic. My main motivation for actively supporting and campaigning for Bernie Sanders was finally seeing a candidate that not only acknowledges the severity of human induced climate change, but proposes a comprehensive plan to combat it. His plans to fight the fossil fuel lobby, invest in clean energy, and cut emissions make him, in my opinion, the strongest candidate on the issue I consider the most immediately important.

First-year Sly Yushchyshyn:

In 2007, the United States was on the brink of the worst economic disaster since the
Great Depression. The unemployment rate dramatically rose to 10% as millions of people lost their source of income. In the nine years that followed, not one of the Wall Street executives was prosecuted for his or her part in bringing the world’s economy to its knees. Secretary Clinton forcefully recalls how in 2007 she went to Wall Street and said “Cut it out! Quit foreclosing on homes!” Quit engaging in these kinds of speculative behaviors.” The then senator treated the big banks like a parent treats a child with a tantrum—sternly
telling one to “cut it out.” Now, the assets of the six largest U.S. banks are up, and they are bigger than they were during the financial crisis. Therefore, I believe we need a president that is unequivocal in his desire to reign in the banks. A president that understands that if they are too big to fail then they are too big to exist. I believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is that person.


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