She has a plan and I like it

By Pearl Benjamin | Feb 27, 2020

This year’s presidential primaries are set to be historic.

American women are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their right to vote. Maine is holding a primary on Super Tuesday. And I get to vote for a national candidate for the first time in my life.

Invigorated 18-year-olds all over the country are voting for the first time this year and we’re pretty excited about it. Finally, we get to choose between an impressive mix of well-qualified candidates who won’t just make reparations in the wake of the Trump presidency – they’ll reform our country’s broken systems and make necessary progress.

I’m excited at the prospect of supporting any of the democratic primary candidates in the general election, although knocking on doors for the ninth wealthiest person in the world might be a hard sell for me. I think that every candidate is giving the right amount of attention to the alarming issues that affect my generation. But I am particularly excited to vote for the candidate who will get the job done.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren caught my eye from the moment she stepped on the Senate floor to slam Trump’s Muslim ban in January of 2017. I found her tenacity and irreverence beyond inspiring. She made me want to become a legislator.

Now, Sen. Warren is using her voice and vigor to fuel her presidential campaign. She is outspoken and courageous, focused and strategic. I believe that a President Warren would secure a future for my generation, so I’ll be voting for her March 3.

I trust Elizabeth Warren because her experience as a legislator proves her ability to learn, collaborate and make change happen. Many speculate that Warren is too polarizing to win the general election, but her record proves otherwise. In the Senate, Elizabeth Warren works within bipartisan groups like the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. She’s been the primary sponsor of nine bipartisan bills passed into law, including the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017. She’s also recently sponsored bills that directly address gun violence, affordable housing, biomedical research and climate change. She’s not polarizing — she’s ready to take a real stand on the biggest emergencies of our time. More importantly, she’s planning on addressing those emergencies with plans that hold water.

Sen. Warren’s plans are detailed and extremely comprehensive. She’s mapped out our country’s future under her leadership and studied what her initiatives would cost. She’s pledging $1 trillion to fighting the climate crisis over 10 years, and she knows exactly how she’ll get that money. Warren’s wealth tax plan would collect 2% annual revenue from households with a net worth of $50 million to $1 billion, and 6% from households with a net work over $1 billion. She estimates that this will bring in $3.5 trillion over the next decade – enough to support her renewable energy, student loan debt forgiveness and medicare for all initiatives.

Because my biggest concern is climate change and its catastrophic consequences, I took a close look into Warren’s plan to make sure I could trust it. I liked what I found. Warren is planning to change industries and stimulate the economy around renewable energy. She’s focusing on incentives for zero-carbon buildings and replacing fuel-inefficient vehicles. With new massive solar and wind installments, she estimates a green economy would generate an additional 10.6 million jobs.

Elizabeth Warren wants to eliminate the struggles students face every day. She would cancel student loan debt on her first day as president. She’d restrict the movement of guns across state borders, decreasing the risk of a school shooting.

Elizabeth Warren is a lawyer and teacher. She wants to shift power to the working people who make up the backbone of our economy. She’s supported by reputable change-making organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the League of Conservation Voters. She has what it takes to run the country and she’ll do it well.

I’m voting for Elizabeth Warren because she can show the country what women in power can achieve. She’ll finally provide the ultimate success story for girls with big ambitions. She’ll show us how to collaborate across party lines. She’ll give young Americans an educated future. I trust Senator Warren because she has put in the work and proven herself an outstanding politician and educator. I can’t wait to cast my very first vote for her March 3.

Pearl Benjamin is a student at the Watershed School.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Loring E Proctor JR | Mar 09, 2020 09:42

To bad Warren has lied about her ethnic back ground and cannot even win her own state on super Tuesday. Fortunately you can vote for a candidate in November who has actually lived up to his promises made during a 2016 campaign despite his mountainous adversaries. The man you should be talking about is the reason this country is not in a recession left by the former POTUS. Educate yourself please and try to see reason.

Posted by: Jane Karker | Feb 28, 2020 08:31

Warren is the person for the job. Bernie is like a wild-eyed prophet and I love him, but Elizabeth Warren is more presidential and a stronger, more accurate communicator. She knows how to run things and is a more capable negotiator and administrator. She’s got it all.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Feb 27, 2020 10:22

Pearl, What about an Sanders/Warren ticket? Someone said that he should also name some of the other candidates for cabinet positions before the election.  I agree wit Ron: "Dems must unite no matter what." and it should happen soon.

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