Argue against the Fire Department

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Next time you choose, or are "forced to" engage someone in a debate about healthcare, begin by arguing their position, but replace healthcare with fire department. They will absolutely, 100% of the time, steadfastly, tell you that the fire department is an essential social service, and that you would have to be a crazy person to believe otherwise. After they create their (in their mind, unbeatable) platform, ask them to replace "fire department" with "healthcare" for every point. It won't work all the time, but even if 1/100 people agree, you're helping win the battle.

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Are there any good arguments against the criticisms of Bernie’s Federal Jobs Guarantee?

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Hi everyone! I've recently been cycling through the Sanders, Yang, and Warren platforms. Not sure who I'll vote for yet, but I think some compelling arguments have been made against Bernie's Federal Jobs guarantee that I haven't seen addressed. Just hoping you guys can offer me a perspective I haven't seen, and clear up any possible confusion I might have 🙂

  1. What if you don't like the job the government assigns you? When you're at the point of being assigned a job by the gov, it seems you have no other options.
  2. What if you're a bad worker? This is intended to combat unemployment, so I'm assuming it would be very hard for a person to be fired. And having a bunch of unproductive workers on staff is harmful to the programs they are a part of.
  3. This is a bit of a multi-parter. What are the long-term prospects of such a federal program, when the data shows that 47% of total employment in the United States is at “high risk” of automation (i.e. in an occupation with at least a 70% chance of automation) in the next decade or two? What is the purpose of hiring humans to perform jobs where AI/robots are cheaper and more efficient? What jobs is Bernie envisioning being available that wouldn't be more easily and cheaply handled by private contractors? And thinking long term, would there even be enough jobs available a decade or two down the line for such a large program to be useful?
  4. Why create more complicated bureaucracy, rather than just giving people the resources they need and allowing them to make their own decisions (such as with a UBI)? It seems that under Sanders' Jobs and housing plans, people in poverty are no longer capable of individualistic decision-making (at least in terms of their core needs, such as jobs and housing), and most of their life is at the mercy of the federal government.

Sorry if any of these have already been debunked; just looking to ensure I have all the information and points of view before I make any final decisions 🙂

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I honestly can’t wait until Trump launches his inevitable tirade against Bernie and AOC’s rally.

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AOC is the GOP's (and Trump's) number one enemy, and that's actually good for us (I already made a post about this not too long ago). Trump and the Republicans are constantly levying attacks on her, and in doing so they made her the face of the resistance, turning an unknown freshman congresswoman into a major political player. The attacks against AOC and the other "Squad" members by Trump have actually increased support of her among democrats who think Trump has gone too far (ironically, the constant attacks against Trump in 2016 helped him get the nomination and the presidency in much the same way). When Trump inevitably begins to brigade against AOC and Bernie because of their team-up, he'll likely end up heightening support for Bernie among democrats, especially when they notice that Trump sees Bernie as a major threat. And that could help us get both the nomination and the presidency in the end.

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Why is Bernie Against Nuclear?

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Any time I hear Bernie talk about nuclear, it's always in a negative connotation. He never talks about the negative side of solar or wind power (Which are, admittedly, manufacturing processes, but which are still pretty dirty and in places with few regulations enforced). Every policy of his is solid, except for this one.

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