Maybe I’m selfish: Why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders (and running as a delegate)
Maybe I’m selfish.
I want free health care. I want what people in every other developed country have: good doctors and hospitals without for-profit middlemen taking my $20 grant in premiums and poor people going bankrupt because they can’t pay their medical bills.
I want free college, just like K-12 is free. I don’t want to come up with 200 grand so my three kids can get a degree and I don’t want my kids to go into debt if I can’t come up with the money.
I want an end to child poverty in our country. I want waiters and landscapers and retail clerks to make $15 an hour, not $8 or $9, and I want free child care and universal pre-K so poor kids get support too.
I don’t want to endure another Great Recession like in 2008–9 because the too-big-to-fail, greedy, reckless banks brought down our entire economy. I want to be protected from their behavior by breaking them up.
Maybe it’s selfish, but I want Bernie Sanders’ program implemented, because it will make me (and you) better off.
And here’s the thing: we can implement all of it. We can elect Bernie Sanders president. And we can pass his agenda by electing a Democratic Congress this November with an additional 15 million Democratic votes. Hard, but not impossible.
Sadly, some candidates do think it is impossible. Some Democrats try to lower our expectations and convince us that even though every other country in the world can afford to provide free health care and free higher education, we can’t. It’s just not realistic, they say.
I don’t like it when candidates tell me no. I like it when candidates tell me yes. Yes, we can.
My day job is a state lobbyist pushing for progressive causes. I can see the immense possibilities of our government improving our lives, because on any given day, we only need a majority of the people who are elected to just decide to vote for something .. and it’s the law. 100% renewable power, free tuition, free health care are each just one vote away from reality. It’s just political will.
Consider this one: we can invest $1 trillion into our infrastructure, including European-style high speed rail, by ending the Cayman Islands ripoff of corporations not paying taxes. Bernie is for it. It’s common sense to most people (our infrastructure is second-rate and offshore tax havens are a scam), but not in DC. Somehow, it is unrealistic in Washington to pay for and build first-class roads, airports, trains and transit for all of us by closing outrageous corporate loopholes. That’s wrong.
I’m voting for Bernie because his campaign is changing what is politically realistic. And when enough of us finally vote for what is best for us and our families, then what was one ridiculously unrealistic (free health care! high speed rail! free tuition!) will become inevitable. Please join me.