Bernie Sanders Is a Force to be Reckoned With

Bernie Sanders for President

The commentary that you’re reading right now is NOT sponsored or supported by Bernie Sanders’ campaign.  This is being written by an everyday American who advocates for civil and human rights.

Bernie Sanders does not mince words and has consistently pushed the envelope for plausible solutions for everyday Americans. Sanders is not “of the establishment”, and still gets the job done.

While the majority of Republican leadership in Congress has given a bunch of lip service to the working class, their ears are tuned into cash and corporate pockets.  This Republican “Non-Working Congress” has been an utter embarrassment to all of us.

Millions are now thrilled to have affordable health insurance coverage which they otherwise would not have been able to afford or qualify for.  The “RN’s” (Republican Non-Workers) have been trying their best to destroy the Affordable Healthcare Act aka Obamacare.

President Obama announced in January his plan to make community college tuition free.  How wonderful is that?!  To qualify, independent students or dependent student households which earn less than $200,000 per year, must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better, and must be enrolled at least half time.  The money would come from traditional Pell grants and new initiatives for federal funds combined with matching state funds, and corporate partnerships.  That’s it.  The plan was introduced following the success of similar initiatives which made community college courses free to students in the state of Tennessee and the city of Chicago.

Just last month, Sanders announced his proposal to make 4-year college tuition free.  This topic afforded an opportunity to demonstrate Sanders’ cutting-edge solution wiles.  He did just that, and made the entire nation pay attention. When asked, “Where will the money would come from?”, Sanders laid it right out like it was on wheels: By placing a tax on Wall Street derivative trading.

Most of us don’t know what the heck that is and its been rumored that its even more difficult to explain. Of course, Wall Street brokerages certainly haven’t been advertising any courses on this topic to make it any easier. What has been understood thus far is that a “derivative trade” is a type of back-door “bet” that stock brokers make. Traders speculate or “bet” that stocks, funds, or indexes will make a yield, so if they do, they not only make money from the capital gain on the stock, etc.,  but they also profit from the “bet” they made on the stock….and sidestep traditional trade taxes in so doing.   

First of all, isn’t is a stock broker’s job to  speculate on the performance of  stocks, funds, and indexes?  I’ll just leave that alone for now.

Because his 30+ year career of providing  REAL services which matter to the majority of Americans, Sanders is a force to be reckoned with.  He is an outspoken advocate relating to the disparities of wealth, health, education, income, and social justice issues.  Sanders was even a volunteer for SNCC (Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee) during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s.

Sanders exudes a genuineness that is very rare in politics today.  He’s not afraid to tell it like is, nor whom he tells it to.  His stance on Wall Street corruption, the “billionaire class”, and paid-for politicians seems to etch beyond political….it’s bold. After listening to Sanders speak on such topics, one begins to detect a sense that, “Hey, this guy really means this stuff.”

Civilrightsagenda.com applauds Sanders’ career and his relentless fervor to calling politicians and institutions out on the carpet for what they really are…whether it be positive or negative.  Sanders’ campaign has gone grassroots viral, very similar to Barack Obama’s did in the 2008 race.

Real folks are listening to this guy.  They are supporting him.  Americans of all backgrounds are contributing $20 here and $50 there.  These donations are adding up and his campaign is on a very successful path.

What on earth would America be like if we had a President who wasn’t …. fake?  Perhaps one day we’ll see.

Below is a petition from the Sanders camp to support the continuation of healthcare for all.

M. Kita Williams – http://www.civilrightsagenda.com

(The following has been distributed by “Bernie Sanders 2016”)

Add your name if you agree that the only long-term health care solution for America is a Medicare-for-all single-payer system.

Today, because of the Supreme Court’s decision to protect the modest gains made under the Affordable Care Act, it is a good day for millions of Americans who will be able to keep their access to health care.

It’s also a good day for the small business owners who, before the passage of the Affordable Care Act, couldn’t afford the escalating cost of providing insurance for their employees.

But while I am glad the Supreme Court upheld the law, in my view, the only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a Medicare-for-all single-payer system.

I start my approach to health care from two very simple premises:

1. Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege — every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access quality care regardless of their income.

2. We must create a national system to provide care for every single American in the most cost-effective way possible.

Tragically, the United States fails in both areas.

The health insurance lobbyists and big pharmaceutical companies make “national health care” sound scary. It’s not.

In fact, a large single-payer system already exists in the United States. It’s called Medicare and the people enrolled give it high marks. More importantly, it has succeeded in providing near-universal coverage to Americans over age 65 in a very cost-effective manner.

It’s time to expand that program to all Americans.

If we are serious about providing high-quality, affordable care as a right for all Americans, the only solution to this crisis is a Medicare-for-all single-payer system. Add your name to our petition if you agree.

The American people understand that our current health care system is not working.

They understand that the profiteering of the pharmaceutical industry and private insurance companies causes the United States to spend more per capita on health care than any other nation, while our life expectancy, infant mortality and preventable deaths outcomes are worse than most other countries.

We should be spending our money on care and disease prevention, not paper-pushing and debt collection. But the simple truth is that our efforts to eliminate waste and profiteering are endangered by these powerful corporate interests.

A single-payer system will expand employment and lift a major financial weight off of businesses burdened by employee health expenses. And the millions of Americans stuck in jobs they don’t like, they would be free to explore more productive opportunities as they desire.

I attempted to offer a single-payer amendment during the Affordable Care Act debate, but my efforts were blocked.

But our time will come.

Add your name to mine if you agree it’s time for America to adopt a Medicare-for-all single-payer health care system.

I am convinced today more than ever before that universal quality health care as a right will eventually become the law of the land. It is the only way forward.

Thank you for adding your name to mine,

Bernie Sanders

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