I like you. I’ve been following you for a while now. I like what you have to say about income equality and I really think you have some excellent ideas. I’m very happy you have served on the United States senate all these years. You’re a good guy. I think you truly believe what you say and I think you truly believe you have the best intentions. I think the first two years of college should not be free. I think they should be paid off with community service. I think once you’ve made a good faith effort to pay off your student loans, after 10 years, they should be forgiven with community service.
I believe people should have equal opportunities in this country. Equal opportunity means regardless of income, race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, all should get the same chance at the American Dream.
I don’t think everyone should have to go to college. It’s not mandatory, but if we give it away, I’m afraid it will become that way for people to get good jobs. There is a shortage of trade school educated people in this country. Let’s focus on that; not handouts. I live in a state with 2.5% unemployment. I live in a state with 25,000 unfilled jobs because there are not enough qualified people to fill them. Minimum wage here is still 7.25 per hour, but most places have to pay 12-18.00 per hour just to be competitive. This is what happens in a state where the economy is good. I also know of many small businesses: mom and pop family businesses that have been forced to close their doors because they can’t afford the wages to compete for employees. It’s sad to see them lose their dream. I know 15.00 per hour is good and needed, but I also think it will hurt more small businesses.
Mr. Sanders, I also understand why you believe women’s issues and civil rights issues are a distraction from other things you believe are more important. I understand you don’t think human rights should be politicized and I agree with you. However, they have been for many decades now because of special interests and money in the hands of politicians. They also have been because we foolishly thought once the Supreme Court ruled, the debate was over. But for those of us experiencing discrimination every day, it’s not over. While I understand that your vote against defunding planned parenthood wouldn’t have made a difference, it would have made a difference to those of us wishing you had stayed to stand up for us. The excuse that it wouldn’t matter doesn’t make me feel better about your skipping it to campaign for president.
Finally, Mr. Sanders, I know you decided to run as a democrat instead of independent so you wouldn’t split the vote. That’s admirable. However, your supporters seem to believe they should elect you via write in if you should not be the nominee. You and I both know that that is actually splitting the vote which is not what you intended to do. If you are the nominee, I will vote for you. If you are not, the democrats will need every vote to win. Please understand, I want what’s best for the country and I hope you will tell your supporters a write-in vote is a vote for the republicans.
I wish you the very best of luck. I hope you will do what’s best for the country-win or lose. We need you in the senate.