One place I usually tend to stray from left thinking is on the minimum wage. It sounds nice and looks good and paper and will make people vote for you, but there is no convincing argument that it works the way we want it to. All it results in is the cost of anything involving minimum wage labour goes up, and then the price of everything goes up, and everyone's pretty much back where they started in terms of actual buying power.
Or worse, it sends those jobs over seas.
Look, corporations - rather, markets - don't adhere to or respect arbitrary national boundaries. Nor should they, except in the most egregious of circumstances. We buy materials from other countries, we sell to other countries; why shouldn't we use their labor? And we have "Buy America" provisions (where some of the goods that we sell have to be made "in America"); why shouldn't Canada?
I don't think people have ANY clue what would happen to our economy of ALL countries started to enforce these guidelines. If all countries required of our multinationals what it is proposed that we demand of them... well, kiss your cable and new iPhones buh-bye.
Where I differ from most people on the right is that I don't think that's necessarily a good or natural thing. If businesses weren't expected to be in perpetual accelerated growth (ie, not only must you make a profit, you must make a greater profit, and the amount more your profit is must be greater than last year) to be considered successful, it might work out more the way we expect. But McDonald's has to deliver to its shareholders and that trumps all other considerations.
But you understand this is the part that most people ignore (and I believe Bernie just doesn't flat understand). The economy isn't "rigged". Those stocks are available to anyone. That "perpetual growth" is the engine that drives the entire economy. You don't just "take it away" or say "yeah, not anymore".
Stock prices are above all things, a measure of future earnings. If those earnings don't at least stay static (let alone go up), then stock prices go DOWN. This is why recessions happen. Do you know how many pension plans and institutional investment programs are tied to indexes, which are merely an expression of stock price?
Not telling you what to think, but here's an idea to consider: instead of lamenting the system, instead of seeking ways to dumb everything down (which is really a spiteful way of looking at things: "you're too successful, and we're not, so don't have so much success!") we should be looking at ways to get more people involved. We've spent HOURS - no, DAYS - on this forum talking about how we HAVE to get people involved in the healthcare system. We have to! We should even PAY for it!!
Why is there no - not one! - program or plan to get people involved in the stock market. I'd GLADLY pay tax dollars for that, because at least it gets people invested in the system. The system DOES work, it just takes effort and isn't something that just lands on your lap.