Standing before a large crowd Saturday at the MAC in Carson City, democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders opened fire on the wealthy, health care and drug companies. And that was just for starters.
Sanders, shaking his right index finger, decried the fact that half of U.S. families live paycheck to paycheck, accumulating very little in the way of savings which means their children’s future could be worse than their parents’. Sanders said for being the richest country in the world means that the top 1% of the U.S. population has most of the money. He promised, if elected to the White House, he would do everything in his power to change that.
Sanders promised the crowd that as soon as he’s in the Oval Office he will help re-invigorate unions, raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, rebuild America’s freeways, interstate highways and bridges while investing heavily in K-12 education and making colleges low cost or tuition free. He said, “If Amazon owner Jeff Bezos can be compelled to pay ANY federal income taxes, we’d have the money to make college free for all students.”
Sanders then took on the health care industry promising the crowd that if elected President he would launch publicly funded Medicare for All. He said America’s medical insurance companies charge outrageous premiums for medical care and then slaps large deductibles on follow-up medical bills. He said there are literally thousands of medical insurance plans on the market which are nearly impossible to navigate and which adds at least a half-trillion dollars a year in costs to the American people. Under Medicare for All, Sanders said there would be no more premiums, no more co-pays, no more out of pocket charges and no more than $200 a year expenses for prescriptions. Sanders also said that dental work, hearing aids and eyeglasses would be added to everyone’s medical coverage.
Sanders then took on President Trump’s denial of Climate Change. Sanders said that Climate Change has started and if not stopped, the Earth we leave for our children will be nothing like we have known. The polar ice caps are melting, ocean levels are rising and huge-scale wildfires are more numerous. He said wind, solar, geothermal and other clean sources of energy will replace fossil fuels.
Sanders also took on Trump’s “scram” attitude on immigration. He said America was created by immigrants starting in 1492 and the country has grown to be the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth.
Sanders also took on the National Rifle Association saying as President, he’ll work to establish universal background checks, eliminate gun show loop-holes and end the civilian sale of assault weapons. He said although there are numerous high-powered gun lobbying groups, they are comparatively small in number while “We the People” have the votes.
As a side-note to Sanders’ campaign speech there was an attempt to disrupt the proceedings. A number of young women stormed the stage and started throwing around what looked like food coloring. One woman grabbed the microphone and began yelling at the crowd while one other removed her shirt and went completely topless. The women were removed from the stage and arrested by Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with Indecent Exposure. Reports say they were all from California. The women reportedly were protesting the abuse of domestic farm animals. Not sure that’s part of Sanders’ political platform.