The 2016 presidential candidates have said a lot of things. A LOT of things. Most of the things they have said were thought through, and make sense for our country going forward. But sometimes, just sometimes, they say things that just don’t make sense in the grand scheme of things.
Possibly the easiest candidates to make examples of would be either Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump. Both are very heavy on their side, Sanders is a very liberal-minded candidate, and Trump his extreme conservative counterpart. For example, Donald Trump stated “We have to have a wall. We have to have a border. And in that wall we’re going to have a big fat door where people can come into the country, but they have to come in legally,” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in September of 2015. The big problem about this statement is that building things for a country cost money. A wall across the Mexican border would cost a LOT of money. And that money would be coming from taxpayers, meaning that there would be a rise in taxes for a while to pay for construction. Speaking of construction, this endeavor would take a while to complete. And for 1989 miles of wall (and doors,) it would take a lot of people to work on it. That also costs money, coming from the taxpayers, since they would be working for the government. In all, a wall would produce more problems than solutions. An increase in border patrol might be a more cost-effective solution for Trump’s ideas about immigration.
Now, this is a news site, so there cannot be a political bias. And lucky for us, Bernie Sanders is the prime candidate for fallacies in his ideas, because of his socialistic views in our heavilyy capitalistic country. In the Flint Michigan democratic debate, Bernie Sanders stated that “When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto. You don’t know what it’s like to be poor.” Woah, slow down Sanders, you may have some of your facts wrong. In 2014, 46.7 Americans were in poverty. Of that, 19.7 million were White, 10.8 million were Black, 13.1 million were Hispanic, and 2.1 million were Asian. These results of a 2014 census are a bit skewed, though, since caucasians are 62% of the American population overall. But it does not make Sanders’ statement any stronger though, saying that white people do not know what it is like to be poor.
In all, politicians say a lot of things. But not all of their ideas seem to be fully thought through to make sure there are no problems with that statement. This isn’t a one party issue, but maybe both sides will be able to make thought-through statements before either side is chosen to be president.