I don’t know if presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is looking a poster girl for his campaign, but if he is, he should definitely consider Lindsay Zissis.
Zissis, who has become a minor celebrity via a brief video interview with her originally shared on Twitter, explains (or at least attempts to explain) why she is feeling the Bern.
At the beginning of the video, an off-camera interlocutor asks Zissis why she is voting for Sanders. Here is her response:
Because my debt is $226,000, and I only want to people communicate.
@lindsayzissis telling me why she’s voting for #BernieSanders she’s $226,000 in debt for trying to help the world pic.twitter.com/oo2Z7q8nDv— Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) April 16, 2016
It strikes me that the second part of her explanation — her desire to communicate — has no logical relationship to the first part. In other words, she could have stopped after simply revealing the staggering amount of her outstanding student loan debt or completed the sentence more truthfully by admitting that she wants someone else to pay it off and Sanders has been promising all sorts of freebies if he’s elected.
As early as last October, the Vermont socialist shared his goal to make tuition free at all public colleges, expand Medicare to all Americans so no one would go without health insurance, and create one million jobs for disadvantaged youth. When pressed on how he would deliver on these lofty promises, he had no specific answer — and still doesn’t other to say he’d force the wealthiest 1% to pay their fare share of taxes. Even if he bled them of every penny they own, the amount still wouldn’t cover the trillions of dollars his plan would cost.
Still, millennials like Zissis can dream, though they are in for a rude awakening in the event candidate Sanders does manage to become President Sanders.