Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’s Proposals

Daily News Article - September 17, 2015


1. Describe the programs Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders says he will implement if he is elected president.

2. a) How much would Sen. Sanders’ programs cost?
b) What is significant about this amount? Be specific.

3. How does Bernie Sanders propose to pay for the programs he wants to implement?

4. By how much would Sen. Sanders’ programs increase government spending?

5. How do Hillary Clinton’s proposed government programs compare to those of Sen. Sanders?

6. What additional program does Sen. Sanders say he will propose? What information has not been provided for this?

7. a) How do liberal economists view Sen. Sanders’ proposed programs?
b) What did centrist Democrat Jim Kessler say about the proposal?
c) With whom do you agree? Explain your answer.

8. a) How do conservative economists view Sen. Sanders expansion of government programs?
b) What do you think of this viewpoint? Explain your answer.
c) Ask a parent the same question.

9. a) As a self-professed socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders was at first dismissed as a candidate with no chance against front-runner Hillary Clinton. But as his support has increased, Mrs. Clinton’s support has been declining.  Americans have to decide what country we want: one where the government plays a larger role in our everyday lives, providing for many of our needs (by using our tax dollars to do so, making us more like European economies); or one where the government plays a minimal role in our everyday lives, allowing us to provide for ourselves.  With which position are you more likely to agree?  Explain your answer.
b) What do you think about this rise in popularity? Is Bernie Sanders the anti-Hillary the way Donald Trump and Ben Carson are the anti-Jeb Bush? In other words, the anti status-quo? Is this good for the country?