Getting Involved in the 2020 Election

By NAYA RAMASWAMI | Junior Reporter

Last week my family and I went to Elizabeth Warren’s pep rally at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown LA. Warren is running for the 2020 presidential election.

I can’t even vote yet, so why would I go? The truth is many problems in this country need to be dealt with and our generation is the future, and we are the ones who will be affected in 10-20 years from now.

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I decided to go because I thought it was important to learn about the world around me, to learn about different political views and how they affect all of us. Thousands of people, families with kids from every ethnicity you could imagine, gathered to learn about why she wants to be President.

Warren talked about how growing up in a middle class neighborhood in Oklahoma with her three brothers and parents. Her dad was a janitor and after he got sick and couldn’t work, her mom got a minimum wage job.

With the money she made, she was able to remain in the middle class. She could take care of her family’s entire house mortgage, bills, and buy the kids what they needed.

Warren is running for President because people who make a minimum wage today can’t be part of the middle class anymore. They can’t afford rent in a middle class neighborhood, buy enough food or pay for college with one minimum wage income.

Warren is known for having many plans, so many in fact that she is teased for having so many plans.

“I’ve been teased a lot for having a lot of plans,” Warren told the crowd. “I get it. But if you want to get something done you have to have a plan.”

So, Warren went on with many plans and tried to explain how these plans could help all of us. One of her plans included ending corruption in Washington, “by having the Supreme Court follow basic rules of ethics,” and “blocking the door between Wall Street and Washington.”

Another one her plans included the two cents plan. This plan is 2%, or 2 cents tax, on each dollar made from 1/10 of the one percentile in the wealthiest people in the country. People will not be taxed up to $50 million of income. But every dollar of income after that will be taxed two cents.

This 2% tax on incomes over $50 million will actually pay for so many things, including preschool for all 3 and 4 year olds, all child day care, four-year college or technical school tuition, and much more.

The crowd went wild after hearing about this plan. They roared, “Two cents! Two cents! Two cents!”

Warren also talked about many different issues in America today, such as global warming, gun violence and lack of health care. Her words motivated the crowd, as well as my family.

There are so many issues I didn’t know about before going to the pep rally. There are some big problems that need to be dealt with right away, such as global warming, or my generation is in a lot of trouble.

We need to get involved in this election, because it really could affect the rest of our lives.