Your piece inadvertently proved Sanders’ point by detailing your experience of paying for your college education. You attended a school that cost less than $3000/year in tuition. That same school’s tuition is now more than $9000/year. Add books, room and board and you’re looking at $22k/year.
Minimum wage in the state where that school is located is $7.25/hour, meaning one would have to hold two full-time minimum wage jobs for the entirety of the school year to pay for it out-of-pocket.
Contrast that with the year you attended that school. Minimum wage was $4.25/hour, which means one needed to work much less to pay for one’s education.
While your feat was admirable, you weren’t contending with the same economic reality as a student today.
You also misunderstand Sanders’ complaint about our economy. The issue that Sanders is actually talking about when referencing “millionaires and billionaires” is the simple fact that 91% of new income since the recovery has gone to the top smallest sliver of earners in the U.S.
I.e. millionaires aren’t the problem, an economy that favors them at the expense of everyone else is the problem.
When you ridicule the notion of government when talking about things like public transit, you sound quite out-of-touch. There are many countries in the world, and even a few American cities, with great public transit systems. You seem not to realize that it’s worth it to a society to pay for transit since that enables so much more economic activity.
You directly benefited from socialist policies in a myriad of ways, my friend. It’s time we stopped allowing the successful to pull up the ladder behind them.