Writing in Huffington Post, Senator Bernie Sanders asks some important questions about the “soul of America.” There is nothing bipartisan about Senator Sanders. He comes from the left and makes no attempt to hide his views. At the same time, the problems he discusses, especially the growing problem of inequality, should concern every America. Sanders asks us to consider how corporations earning big profits and paying less than ever before into the tax base. He also reminds us that American-based companies receive tax breaks for taking jobs out of the U.S. These are real problems, and Sanders is a patriot for putting them forward as national priorities. I urge you to read his essay.
On today’s Ed Schultz radio program, Senator Bernie Sanders did a very odd thing. The most “liberal” senator quoted conservative icon Ronald Reagan: “Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.” Senator Sanders is rallying his allies to oppose any change in benefits. He argues that Social Security is paid for by a fund that is outside the normal budget. Therefore, it should not be part of the current budget debate.
Working people need to pay attention to this debate. As fewer people have pensions and as those with 401K have less to contribute and get smaller employer matching funds, we need to think about how we will fund the years when we can no longer work. Bernie Sanders is a hero to working people. We need to stand with him and fight against big money interest that want to privatize social security so they can profit from fees. We need to have a guaranteed pension that keeps seniors out of poverty.