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Wasn't sure if this is the right place to post this–I'll delete this if it's not. I already got my mom, sister and grandma onboard to vote for Bernie. However, I have relatives who range from Fox News junkies to "middle of the road" to democrats-but-not-for-Bernie who are all very opinionated. I'm not looking to start fights, but how can I constructively and positively explain and defend Bernie's take on issues? Below I have some responses to the issues that I've heard my relatives use (I know some of them sound completely incorrect and misinformed, but it's what I've heard). Do you have any tips/advice on how to respond to some of these? I don't need an answer to all of them–this is just to give you an idea of what I'm up against. Thank you for your help!
- College for all/cancelling debt:
- "I had to pay my own way, why should I pay for someone else?"
- "How can you just cancel college debt?"
- "If Bernie taxes Wall Street to help with cancelling student debt, it will hurt the economy."
- Medicare for all:
- "It's a one-size-fits-all thing that won't work."
- "I won't be able to pick my doctor."
- "I'll have to wait for months to get medical attention."
- Green New Deal/climate change:
- "It's going to cost so much money to transform to greener solutions–where will it all come from?"
- "This plan is going to be way too extreme."
- "These 'solutions' aren't really solutions. Everyone knows that things like solar power/panels cost a ton of money to install on your house, and they only last 10 years–the cost isn't worth it."
Edit: because I can't spell this morning.