2016 presidential electionI’ll freely admit there’re a lot of things I don’t understand. One of those things is the is the political appeal of Bernie Sanders.
I don’t get it.
Every time I log into Facebook, I find posts about Bernie Sanders in my news feed. They don’t seem to be posted by any of my Facebook friends. They just appear there as “suggested” posts. I’m assuming they’re placed in my Facebook feed because the Sanders campaign paid for them to be there. Here’s one that appeared there this morning:
Whoever designed this t-shirt did a terrible job. They must have never seen Star Wars. The t-shirt refers to the message Princess Lea recorded on R2-D2 for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The problem with the t-shirt is that Bernie Sanders is dressed up not as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but as Luke Skywalker.
The ad says it’s exclusively for supporters of Bernie Sanders. Why then do I see it in my Facebook feed? I’m not a supporter of Bernie Sanders. I’ve never “liked” anything related to the Independent junior United States Senator from Vermont. I think I marked my political affiliation on Facebook as Democrat because I’m a registered Democrat, but Bernie Sanders isn’t even a Democrat. He’s independent.
Since he’s now running for the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, does that mean he plans on registering as a Democrat?
I don’t get the attraction of Bernie Sanders. When I go to his official website and read up on his platform, it strikes me as incredibly naive. For instance, his stance on college. He believes tuition should be free at all public colleges and universities.
Not affordable or reasonably priced, but free.
Like it or not, things in this world cost money. When your solution to a problem is just to make it free, it shows you don’t grasp how things work. Making something free doesn’t make it free, it just shifts the burden of paying for it to someone else.
If Obi-Wan Sanders got his way and college was made free, the students attending college wouldn’t pay tuition. Instead, other Americans would end up paying for it in the form of higher taxes.
It would also mean people who had no business going to college because they lack the mental ability to benefit from higher learning, would then want to go to college because it’s free. Stupid people love things that are free, or more correctly, things they personally don’t pay for.
We already waste too much money educating stupid people. We should be working on ways of spending less money on the education of stupid people, not increasing that economic burden on the tax paying public.