So far all Sen. Sanders talks about is money in his opening statement. He does mention putting people away in prison but mostly in terms of what it's costing, and he repeats the mantra that people are being incarcerated for non-violent offenses. I worked in a prison, and let me say a lot of those people deserved to be in prison. The prison-industrial complex is the problem, but he does not say that. This is a system that includes politicians, law enforcement, the judiciary, business interests. I wonder what the prison system looks like in his home state of Vermont. Ah, here is the answer to that.
And here is a video where he states that he wants to abolish private prisons. So his stand on this is clear. Now, what I am asking, if he has not been able to abolish these abominations even in his own state, how will he manage to get rid of them nationwide? I think he could have provided more details, even in a debate like this.
Clinton says, in her opening statement, "This is not about math, this is about people." And yet she has the math at her fingertips if she needs it. So I see a real contrast here between the two. Say she's being cynical if you want, but she seems to be aware of the existence of values beyond money values. Or, if we agree, as many Americans seem to, that money is the only true measure of value, then she understands that how money is used is important; that it is the medium that can be used to improve people's lives.
Sanders says that at some point 100 or 150 years ago some people said young people shouldn't have to work in the factory or on the farm but should have the opportunity to go to college just like the rich kids. I am beginning to worry that he doesn't sound all that smart sometimes. Doesn't he understand that many people are proud to work in factories or on farms and that they don't necessarily want a college education? What about some specifics here? Trade schools? Apprenticeship programs? From Wikipedia, these stats on higher education in Vermont
In 2008, Vermont has the highest average in-state annual tuition and fees for 4-year colleges at $11,341, up 8.1% since 2007. The state also has the highest 2-year average tuition and fees at $5,830, up 6% since 2007. In Community College of Vermont, it has the most expensive community college in the country.
The average Vermont graduate in the class of 2007 owed $24,329, making the state the fourth worst in the country.
I looked over his statements on education, early childhood education, testing, charter schools, vouchers, etc. and agree with him on what he says, as far as it goes.
Sanders says he has a perfect record on women's issues, supports pay equity, etc. but Clinton says she is a "leader on women's issues." I think that's important. It raises the question in my mind: What is Sanders's record anyway? What legislation has he introduced.? What has he advocated for as a Senator? I've been looking up stats, and he is somewhere in the middle of the pack, in spite of his fiery reputation. We all know Clinton's record, backwards and forwards. What's Sanders's record? When are the hard questions about him going to be asked?
Clinton fielded the inevitable focus on Madeline Albright's remark on a " special place in hell for women who don't support other women," and points out that Albright has been saying that for 25 years. And so what?
We are now watching Making a Murderer, which is streaming on Netflix. It is about a deeply corrupt and evil county in Wisconsin: Manitowoc.
I will continue this rundown on the debate tomorrow but am very tired after a day of fun & sun. The waves bashed me around at Richardson Beach! It's a safe beach but often sporty! It was a delightful day, and we had a picnic and hung around on the beach for several hours. I won't say, "Eat your hearts out, folks," because that wouldn't be kind.