This Analysis is taken from E-MAIL LETTERS SENT
BY EACH CANDIDATE, REGARDING THEIR POSITIONS
ON DIFFERENT ISSUES.
OBSERVATIONS ABOUT WHAT BOTH CANDIDATES HAD TO SAY.
I have gone through each Letter Carefully, and believe the following to be True:
THAT HILLARY CLINTON AND BERNIE SANDERS SHARE MOST OF THE SAME BELIEFS IN THE ROLE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PLAY IN THE LIVES OF ITS CITIZENS.
HERE ARE ARE A FEW EXCERPTS FROM EACH.
I support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants. I want to make sure everyone earns equal pay -- an issue that disproportionately affects women of color.
We need comprehensive immigration reform that protects families and leads to a responsible and realistic path to citizenship.
I'll work to make sure all Americans are treated fairly -- no matter what you look like, where you live, or who you love. I'm going to fight hard for racial justice in this country: The first speech of my campaign was about ending mass incarceration...
We need to stop using prisons as a response to poverty. Our criminal justice system needs to be reformed so that we do not continue to house non-violent offenders at huge expense when that money could be used to rebuild communities and create opportunity.
...appointing the right judges to the Supreme Court and the federal bench, and it means protecting voting rights and overhauling campaign finance law to ensure that people -- not corporations -- are choosing our leaders. I'm going to get corporate money out of our electoral system, even if that means a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
I have introduced legislation that would overturn the horrendous Citizens United decision and will only appoint Supreme Court justices who are prepared to do that. We must also demand disclosure of all large campaign contributions. Long term, we need to move to public funding of elections.
I'm going to raise wages for the middle class. I believe this is the defining challenge of our time.
Today, millions of Americans are working for starvation wages and median family income has declined by almost $5,000 since 1999. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is totally inadequate. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage -- $15 an hour over the next few years. Our goal must be that no full-time worker in this country lives in poverty. We must also bring about pay equity for women. There is no rational reason why women should be earning 78 cents on the dollar compared to men who perform the same work.
SEE PART 2.
(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 7/15/2016.)