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The Big Differences Between Bernie and Hillary
by Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Facebook Page
“I don’t see much difference between Bernie and Hillary,” a friend said this morning over breakfast.
“Wrong,” said my other friend, also at breakfast. She then went through the list:
“Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hillary wants to raise it to $12 an hour.
Bernie wants a single-payer health insurance system. Hillary wants to strengthen Obamacare.
Bernie wants all public higher education to be tuition free. Hillary wants community colleges to be tuition free.
Bernie wants to bust up the biggest banks. Hillary wants to make it more expensive for banks to be very big.
Bernie wants to resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act that separated commercial from investment banking before Bill Clinton joined Republicans in repealing it. Hillary doesn’t think it’s necessary to go that far.
Bernie wants to tax speculative trading on Wall Street. Hillary doesn’t think that’s necessary, either.
Bernie wants to expand Social Security by raising the cap on income subject to the Social Security payroll tax. Hillary wants to protect Social Security as is.
Bernie wants to allow states to legalize marijuana. Hillary wants to put marijuana on a lower drug enforcement classification but doesn’t want it legalized.
Bernie isn’t taking money from corporate PACs or Super PACs. Hillary is.”
“See?” she said. “The difference is huge. Bernie is leading a movement for fundamental change. That’s why he’s generating so much enthusiasm, and why he’ll win the primaries.”
“Wrong” he said. “Bernie’s too radical. He doesn’t stand a chance.”
What do you think?
“I don’t see much difference between Bernie and Hillary,” a friend said…
ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley [ https://gspp.berkeley.edu/directories/faculty/robert-reich ] and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, was Secretary of Labor in the Bill Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock, “The Work of Nations,” and”Beyond Outrage.” He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. His film, INEQUALITY FOR ALL is available via Netflix [ http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Inequality-for-All/70267834 ], iTunes [https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/inequality-for-all/id721133059/ ], Amazon [http://www.amazon.com/Inequality-All-Robert-Reich/dp/B00G0PXU2Y/ ], GooglePlay [ https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Inequality_For_All?id=2DQYNdrr-ns ], VUDU [ http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/500532/Inequality-for-All ]