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[–] Xeros 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Full disclosure, I didn't watch the video so apologies if I repeat some arguments.I think the most salient arguments against Democratic Socialism involves the size and role of government. The more socialized the nation the more state apparatus is required to collect taxes and more apparatus to distribute it. If you've ever had to deal with the IRS, CRA or your national equivalent they can be quite unaccountable. Money is also power to a degree, the government taking more money is taking more power from you.

The truth is the US, Canada and Sweden all have varying degrees of socialism. Yes social security, medicare and medicaid are all forms of socialism. The choice isn't really between Democratic Socialism or naked Laissez-Faire Capitalism. It's where you want your country to be on the spectrum between the two.

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[–] AmaleksHairyAss [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

We are in complete agreement. Now please tell me why Bernie Sanders is wrong.

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[–] Xeros 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

So I spent a few minutes and looked over Sander's campaign site. There wasn't a lot of hard numbers, I shouldn't be surprised, that's politics. Sanders talks about a $15 federal minimum wage, which could work, maybe, in large wealthy cities like New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. Seattle's program just took affect. In most smaller communities the cost of living is far lower, wages are lower, rent is lower. Fifteen dollars an hour will more than double the current federal minimum wage and will mean a combination of small business closing or workers being laid off in less prosperous parts of the country.

The Sander's site talks just a little bit about taxes. Make the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share. OK, what is someone's fair share? Are our current tax brackets fair? He doesn't say so we're left to guess. He also mentions that he would stop corporations hiding profits off shore. That's a serious problem. I think every candidate has made a similar promise but we are given no specifics, just platitudes.

His site says free college for everyone. That sounds good. Unless you drastically change how college works though it won't have the effect you want. You need to have training for the jobs out there and getting a degree in "The History of Pan-African improvisational poetry" prepares you for exactly 1 job. The professor's. To Sander's credit there is some talk of funding programs for youth and making shovel-ready jobs. Those can be a short term boost to the economy but won't have a long term effect.

Reading through Sander's site it's 'nice'. Nice in a way that it stirs warm fuzzies in the hearts of people with similar political alignments. It's light on details. He didn't have the political acumen to win the party's nomination despite his opponent being wildly reviled. Both party establishments had a character they hated but at least Trump was skillful enough to triumph in the face of it. In light of how Sanders still stumped for Clinton after the political corruption of the DNC was revealed seriously undercuts his integrity. That and his new house. So Sanders says a lot of nice things but I don't think that if he had somehow won the presidency he would actually be able to deliver on most of it.