A vote for Bernie Sanders is a vote for higher education

Emilie Hedeimann

With the presidential election right around the corner, UW Oshkosh students may be considering for whom they’ll vote. If they’re considering Bernie Sanders, if he obtains the Democratic National Committee nomination of course, they are in for a treat. Sanders was elected to the United States Senate after 16 years of serving as a congressmen in the state of Vermont in 2006. He is now serving a second term in the Senate after winning re-election in 2012. According to Sanders’ campaign website, he will reduced income equality, especially through making tuition free at public colleges and universities across the United States if elected. The website states students who study hard should be able to go to college regardless of income. That is just one of the 13 ways Sanders plans to reduce economic inequality. Sanders plans to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00 an hour, create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged young Americans and guarantee health care as a part of U.S. citizenship. That isn’t all. This socialist Senator’s poll numbers have skyrocketed in the last few months. According to an article written for the Huffington Post titled, “Bernie Sanders is surging. What happens next?” Sanders approval ranking was highest in the state of New Hampshire. Poll numbers indicated Sanders was ranked 49.4 percent in that state, While Hillary Clinton’s percentage rating was only 36.9 percent. According to the same article, several polls in Iowa also showed Sanders leading Clinton by a longshot. The grounds for most of Sanders’ campaign funding was received through volunteerism and promotion on social media sites like Facebook. In the first two months of his campaign, Sanders was able to raise $15 million on his own. Based on this evidence, even Clinton is, “feeling the Bern.” According to the website, Sanders has not received any campaign contributions outside of the original $15 million. The website features excerpts of a speech Sanders recently gave at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is important to note that Liberty University is a religious college. “I understand issues such as abortion and gay marriage are very important to you and that we disagree on those issues,” Sanders said during his speech. “But, let me respectfully suggest that there are other issues out there of enormous consequence to our country and the world and that maybe, just maybe, we don’t disagree on them.” Sanders said there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality in America today. He said injustice is running rampant. “There is no justice when, in a rigged economy, the 15 wealthiest people in this country in the last two years saw their wealth increase by $170 billion,” Sanders said. “That is more wealth, acquired in a two-year period, than is owned by the bottom 130 million Americans.” Right now couldn’t be more of an ideal time to do some research and get educated about politics, and if Students agree with Sanders policies, they should give him their vote. The thing students need to remember, is that politics matters whether it affects them directly or not. A vote for Sanders would be a vote for the better, because students wouldn’t be subjected to crippling debt just because they want to seek a higher education.