The youth demographic packed into the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti Michigan on Monday and support Sander and his campaign to provide free college/university tuition and fight Wall Street.
Bernie reminds everyone college level education is free in many countries around the world. Last year Germany eliminated tuition because the Germans were discouraged from attending college. Chile will follow this year. Finland, Norway and Sweden and other countries already have successful higher level systems of free education.
The 9300 plus packed crowd in the convention center applauded Bernie’s attack on Wall Street. He reminds them of the bail out. They applaud his stand for everyday Americans against the wealthy, affluent leaders who asked for a bail out.
Many recall the bailout of both JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs after they fed the hedge funds to bet against toxic mortgages around the world. They made money by selling short on the financial catastrophe they had helped to create. Eventually JP Morgan was fined $296.9 billion and Goldman Sachs $550 million.
Sanders plans to pay for the tuition for his $75 billion a year plan with a tax upon Wall Street who contributed to the global meltdown. He states in his platform that more than 1,000 economists have endorsed a tax on Wall Street, but there is no list on his website. Sanders states on his platform that, “if the taxpayers of this country could bailout Wall Street in 2008, we can make public colleges and universities tuition free and debt free throughout the county.”
Attending the event were University of Michigan students Hannah MacDonald-Campbell and Ellie Epskamp-Hunt. They applauded Sanders for free tuition. Both students have their U-M costs covered by the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship program started in their city. They want Sanders’ plan to succeed across the nation.
“Having that is incredible,” MacDonald-Campbell said. “I wouldn’t be going to U of M if I didn’t have it, for sure.”
Sanders also spoke to the college graduates burdened with debt. “That is why as part of our legislation, we are going to allow people with student debt to refinance their debt with the lowest-possible interest rates,” he said.
While Sanders received the youth support in Michigan and spoke about the water problem in Flint, Hillary Clinton campaigned in Nevada. The race there is closer between her and Sanders. Former President Bill Clinton went to Florida to work for Hillary campaign.
Hillary Clinton cancelled speaking in Florida to spend her time in Nevada this week. She aligned herself with Obama and told her audiences Sanders’ plans for affordable healthcare would not pass congress but the current Obama care plan should be improved.
Prior to leaving for Nevada, Secretary Clinton stumped in Boston and brought out her package for saving the infrastructure in the US. Money for Flint and other future water problems, road repair and electric grid updates are in her campaign platform: “Hillary starts for American right here.”
Before an audience of about 800 at the Port of Palm Beach, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings delivered a visceral critique of Sanders, Clinton’s competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 79-year-old Hastings said: “In the twilight of my years I don’t have any time for pie in the sky.”
Stepping in for Hillary, former President Bill Clinton told the audience without mentioning Sanders’ name depicted Sanders as “someone who doesn’t know how to work with others to get things done.”
George W. Bush campaigned in South Carolina today for his brother, Jeb Bush. He told the enthusiastic audience:
“Americans are angry and frustrated, but we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our frustration.” He added, “Strength is not empty rhetoric. It is not bluster. It is not theatrics. Real strength, strength of purpose, comes from integrity and character.”
George W remained folksy in his campaign style and did not mention Trump by name. His comments were clear in its intention. He warned not to mistake “bluster” and “theatrics” to be mistaken for strength. Laura Bush sat on stage and added to the Bush support for Jeb Bush.
Former President Bush told the audience, “We do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our frustration,” but added, “The presidency is often defined by the unexpected,” he said talking about his experience. “I’ve seen Jeb in action, he’ll be a strong and steady hand.”
It was a unique Presidents Day to bring two former presidents into the campaign spotlight and deliver strong messages for their family candidate. History was made today.
South Carolina has 50 delegate votes this Saturday for the Republican winner, and on February 27 there are 53 delegates open for the Democrat. Nevada has 43 delegates on February 20, and the Republicans have 30 delegates to win.