Bernie Sanders – Mushmouth Candidate?

For the first time, I’ve come across an issue where Sen. Bernie Sanders has mushmouth while Mrs. Hillary Clinton has a plan with specific goals and methods. While I expected that there would eventually be a subject on which Mrs. Clinton was “better” than Sen. Sanders BUT I would have never thought it would be Energy Policy.

Mrs. Clinton has a well thought out plan to increase renewable energy use in this country if she is elected. It is a reasonable and attainable plan. Here is the Bloomberg report on her announcement.

Sen. Sanders answered with a bunch of platitudes and general fossil=bad and renewable=good messages but nothing that made you think he has really considered the issue.

Sen. Sanders’ plan “would look like a tax on carbon; a massive investment in solar, wind, geothermal; it would be making sure that every home and building in this country is properly winterized; it would be putting substantial money into rail, both passenger and cargo, so we can move towards breaking our dependency on automobiles. And it would be leading other countries around the world.”

Sen. Sanders runs the very real risk of becoming a one-trick pony with his focus on the economy. I’m not saying the economy isn’t important (it is) but addressing the environment, infrastructure, education and all of the other issues that this country needs will drive the economy to improve. Get the economy working by doing some of the things that need doing in this country.

I would hope his advisers are letting Sen. Sanders know that all of the other issues that progressives have been quietly waiting for have a direct impact on the economic issues that he is so focused on. He can’t afford to be the mushmouth candidate. All he has going for him now is the belief that he tells it like it is. If he loses that, he loses any chance he might have at the Democratic nomination.

Eliot

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