Bernie Sanders: The 7 Issues Guide

Today I bring you the 11th installment of TokyoSand’s excellent series, The 7 Issues Guide, helping us get to know a bit about the platforms of the democratic candidates running for the office of president next year. Bernie Sanders is on deck today. Bernie has been one of two Senators from Vermont since 2007, and was a candidate for the democratic nomination in 2016. I like Bernie, he has some good ideas and his focus is on humanitarian issues. Thank you, TokyoSand, and your diligent volunteers, for helping us get to know Mr. Sanders!


There is a big field of candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020. The candidates each bring their own unique strengths to the table in a bid to take our country in a very different direction than the one we’re on today.

But as we well know from 2016, the media (and especially social media) gets fixated on non-substantial issues that take up all the oxygen. Plus, they don’t give the candidates the same treatment or the same amount of airtime.

In order to help voters get to know the candidates, I’ve gathered quotes and information about what the candidates have said or done in regards to the 7 issues that midterm voters identified as the most important. I hope that these guides serve as a helpful starting point for you as you look into which candidates (or how many candidates!) you are interested in supporting…

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24 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders: The 7 Issues Guide

  1. via
    “We were blessed to spend some time on the inside of the Democratic Party looking at the ways in which we could come up with a future vision. And Progressives were convinced that the Democratic Party was “old”, lacks imagination, and doesn’t have enough courage. It’s too tied to same old and does not allow new ideas and new politicians to grow. Centralist’s in politics stands in the way of democracy.”
    Now we are united once more in our conviction that we need a Progressive Party free from these restrictions. The Progressive Party has gained significant support, there are still many supporters that need to support it to gain force for the new party.

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  2. Unless we have people who are as mesmerized by Bernie Sanders as they were by Barack Obama, I don’t think he has much of a chance. He is as much part of the establishment as a lot of our other representatives.

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    • I think most of us who are liberal-minded and believe that we should be putting people ahead of corporate greed, like Bernie’s platform. But, he is a bit old, and he is a democratic socialist, which scares the heck out of some people, for they do not even understand what the term means. I think we need some younger blood in the White House. I was an enthusiastic supporter of Obama and always felt those who were so against him were judging based more on race than on policy. At present, I’m leaning toward Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Jay Inslee, Elizabeth Warren … some combination of those.


  3. Bernie appeals because he is authentic speaking hard truths. Yet, he and other Dems need to recognize we have to pay for things. We have $22 trillion in debt and a near $1 trillion annual deficit. The GOP has discarded any appearance of fiscal stewardship, but both parties are to blame. Just as we cannot solve this problem by only raising taxes, we cannot solve this problem by making only spending cuts – we must do both so says nonpartisan groups The Concord Coalition and Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

    Dems would be wise to recognize this problem and speak openly about in terms of their policies – free tuition is too altruistic, but limited tuition help up to a certain amount is not, eg. Medicare for All is worth considering, but needs a thorough cost/ benefit analysis and other variations may be more affordable, Keith

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    • As always, yours is the voice of reason, and you are quite right. I will say, however, if we don’t hold corporations and the wealthy accountable for paying their fair share of taxes, I don’t see how this nation can move forward, how we can do the things that need to be done to help people. And to me, helping people is far more important than appeasing the big corporations who, contrary to Reagan and Trump and others, do NOT trickle down their profits except in very limited ways. I like the idea of at least 2 years free college for those under a certain income level, and I think health care should be universal and free or relatively so. But yes, we must pay for these things, and as long as those who are making millions are paying no taxes, it ain’t gonna happen. Sigh.


      • Jill, thanks. Someone needs to speak the hard truths. I have said many times before and after the GOP tax bill, increasing the deficit and debt is malfeasance. Now, we need a steward to help us address our financial woes. We should not be increasing our debt in times of economic growth – but the GOP sold Americans a bill of goods. But, Dems missed an opportunity when Obama shelved the Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction report.

        We need serious cost/ benefit analysis of all changes. What we don’t need is another President who tends to make up faux issues, oversimplifies real prpblems or unwinds anything predecessors did primarily because he did not. Keith

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  4. I have almost no problem with Bernie Sanders except his age. It is the same way that I feel about Joe Biden (other comments to be made when he is in the spotlight). They are presently 77 and 76, both with birthdays later this year that would make them 79 and 78 before inauguration should either of them win the 2020 election. While I have great respect for my elders, I myself now falling into that category, I do not think that their ages make them the best choices for the highest office in the land. That is not to say that either is not well qualified, just that I think that the country needs some fresh perspective and a dash of younger blood. It may well be that Bernie is the best chance for defeating Trump, and I would therefore cast my vote for him…but, he better have an equally good candidate for Vice President as that person may well need to fill some empty shoes before the end of four years. Thank-you!

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    • I rather agree with you. I like both Sanders and Biden. I think that Biden is likely the most qualified of the pack in terms of sheer experience. But, I think the nation is ready for some younger blood, someone who shares the values of the younger generation, for quite frankly their values are better than ours these days, if you consider the Parkland students, Greta Thunberg and the environmental activists. It’s time we made some changes. My fear right now is that if the democrats don’t unite, they are doomed next year. Sigh.

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  5. Bernie’s position is a very good one but I’d worry he might be a little old. Presidents often seem to come from that age group but maybe it’s time for another JFK in tune with the younger age group and with a better world view as regards the climate and armed disputes in other countries and gun control..

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    • Perhaps Bernie is our last great hope to overthrow Trump. He has an awesome platform, solid grassroots support from the ppl. As of now I don’t see a better candidate, perhaps Biden, but he too is getting up in age.

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    • Bernie has two things going against him. One is what you’ve mentioned: his age. The other is that pesky little word that seems to send people screaming in fear: democratic socialism. I consider myself a democratic socialist, but what I find is that people have absolutely NO idea what that means. They think of Karl Marx, they think of communism, they don’t know the difference and are too lazy to study it. I started a post about that a few weeks ago, but never got around to finishing it. Perhaps I should.

      Anyway, to your point, yes, I think a younger candidate is the ticket, and I would like to see a woman as either the primary or secondary on the ticket. It’s time. It’s past time. Way past time. Women have been second-class citizens in this nation for far too long. African-Americans have been second-class citizens for far too long and are still fighting for equality, as are women. I’m still pondering on what I think would be the ideal ticket, but I think that, like you, either Pete Buttigieg or Beto may make a very good choice, as would Elizabeth Warren, but there again is the age thing. Sigh.


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