Bernie Sanders – Radical?
Most of what Bernie Sanders advocates, we ALREADY have in some form. And they are massively popular programs with the public.
Tax payer funded public education for K – 12 is a fundamental underpinning of our society. There would be zero support for getting rid of tax payer supported from anyone, regardless of political party affiliation. Bernie Sanders proposal that we provide tax payer supported education through the four year degree level isn’t “radical”, it’s merely an expansion of an existing program that is totally non-controversial. America long ago decided that income should not be the determiner of access to education. That was back in the day when a high school diploma was needed to ensure success. Now, it is a college degree and it only makes sense to simply extend the program through the four year college level. Our existing state and community college system would be the mechanism. What is “radical” about that?
Single payer health care… We have two Federally funded health care systems in the US. Medicare and the Veteran’s Administration are tax payer funded systems for covering the costs of health care for our elderly and our veterans. Virtually no one in the American public thinks we should get rid of these programs. What Bernie advocates is merely an expansion of these programs to cover everyone and not just the old and veteran communities. In a country in which the number one cause of personal bankruptcy is medical expense and the largely privatized health care system has the highest costs of health care in the world this only makes sense.
Let’s stop calling things “radical” when they aren’t. “radical is putting the Bankers up against the wall. Radical is nationalization of industries. “Radical” is NOT taking already existing successful programs and expanding them.