The most recent Democratic debate was held on March 9 at Miami Dade College in Miami.
Once Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders took the stage, there was a lot of back and forth between both candidates, as Clinton relentlessly attacked Sanders’ policies. Nonetheless, several important issues were discussed, including education, climate change and immigration.
Sanders started out with his usual routine of criticizing the rich and standing up for the poor.
“Billionaires and Wall Street should not be buying elections,” Sanders said. “We’ve got to end this rigged economy where people are working longer hours for low wages, almost all new income and wealth going to the top 1 percent, and of course, we need comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship.”
Although his pleas for helping the lower class are becoming quite repetitive, I believe that it is a significant matter to call attention to. The economy is clearly working for some people and against other people. Everyone needs to have the opportunity to prosper, but people cannot pull themselves up by their bootstraps if they do not have any boots.
Other economic concerns discussed during the debate were the outrageous costs of higher education and the interest rates on student loans.
“Under my plan, you will be able to also lower your debt, move into a program to pay it back as a percentage of your income, and more than that, my plan for debt-free tuition at public colleges and universities will eventually eliminate any student debt,” Clinton said. “But, for people who have it, I’m going to put a date certain that after a certain number of years, you no longer have to pay anything. The government has to quit making money off of lending money to young people to get their education.”
Clinton’s position on student loans is incredibly reasonable, and I believe that debt-free tuition at public colleges and universities is necessary to help relieve college students of the financial burden of student loans. Furthermore, placing a kind of expiration date on student loans is brilliant. Why should a student’s children and their children’s children become responsible for debt that was accumulated from pursuing a higher education?
Both Clinton and Sanders appear to have similar viewpoints on immigration because they encouraged the prospect of a progressive approach to immigration, but they still clashed when discussing the matter during the debate.
“Just think, imagine where we would be today (if) we had achieved comprehensive immigration reform nine years ago,” Clinton said. “Imagine how much more secure families would be in our country, no longer fearing the deportation of a loved one; no longer fearing that they would be found out. So, I am staunchly in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and have been so over the course of my public career.”
Immigration is a sensitive issue, but when it comes to deporting parents and dividing families, I believe the subsequent response should be obvious because that is not acceptable.
Although Clinton and Sanders have quite a bit in common, they disagreed on the particulars of many issues and their leadership styles appear to be divergent. Fortunately, the Democratic debate was issue-based, and it revealed a lot about Clinton and Sanders because it allowed both candidates to argue their positions, making it an excellent resource for all Democratic voters.