Intro Bernie Sanders was born on September 8, 1941, in New York. His father was a Jewish immigrant from Poland whose family was killed in the Holocaust, while his mother was born to Jewish parents in New York City. Bernie states he saw unfairness in America's economic structure at a young age, and used that as inspiration to become a politician. After graduating from the university of Chicago, Sanders settled in Vermont where he would begin his career as a politician. He ran unsuccessful campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senator in the early 1970s. As an independent, Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He was reelected three times before being elected to represent Vermont's at-large congressional district in the United States House…show more content… Sanders wants to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. He believes a $15 federal minimum wage would boost wages for the 62 million workers currently making less than $15 per hour. Boosted wages should allow workers to meet basic life expenses. But there are more potential benefits than just higher wages for workers.
Businesses could benefit from the trickle-down effect of these higher wages. Lower-income consumers could have disposable cash to spend, and cost-conscious retailers such as Wal-Mart could find their business get a substantial boost. Beyond the trickle-down effect, workers and businesses could benefit from a combination of stress relief and improved psyche. Earning a higher wage could encourage workers to try harder at their jobs and fight harder to keep their jobs.
Sanders could appeal to a number of different groups and minorities. Given that Judaism runs in his family, many people of the Jewish faith might want to vote for him. He also appeals to the younger generation (college students) because of his views on minimum wage and free college