Sen. Sanders' message to struggling Americans
To the editor:
Bernie Sanders looks straight into the TV monitor and says to the viewing audience: "Americans, Look around you. What if you, your family, your friends and neighbors, all had guaranteed health care from birth to death? Imagine what your life would be like if all health care issues will be covered, from childhood cancer to senior nursing care and everything in between.
Also, what would your quality of be like if you had a retirement plan that would provide you and all those like you with a reasonable amount of money in your senior years? Imagine a life without these worries.
"I tell all of you listening that this can be done in our United States. We are the richest country in the world. The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in fiscal year 2015, totaling $3.25 trillion in revenue. The wealthy 0.1 percent of our country earned approximately $170 billion last year and they paid little to no taxes. If their income were taxed at 20 percent, the available money would be increased by nearly half a trillion dollars. If we add these two amounts, we would have the highest amount of collected income from taxes in the world and yet we are the only country not providing universal health care for our citizens. This is crazy!
You and every American, white, black, male, female, young and old living in every state, city or neighborhood, would no longer have to be concerned with what happens if I or a member of my family becomes ill. Excellent health care would be available whenever a health arises. We will have better hospitals, more available doctors and special facilities to care for every aspect of our population including mental and substance abuse patients.
With more than $3 trillion, we can improve and expand our Social Security system so that when you are ready to retire, you have a reasonable retirement package."
Bernie again, looking into the monitor, would say, "Beware, my fellow citizens. There are forces in our country and our political establishment that have a financial investment in sabotaging what I think of your rights as an American."
When someone says that we cannot afford or we cannot do these things, you must say forcefully, that you and your fellow citizens will decide how we are going to spend our $3 trillion and not the 0.1 percent of our country.
Rocco Cirigliano, Richmond