One of the biggest things that’s really made
me angry over the last few weeks is the fact that not just Republicans but also some corporate
Democrats who continue to tell us that we absolutely cannot afford these proposals being
put forth by people like Bernie Sanders. The things that the public really wants, like
Medicare for all or debt-free college or increased Medicaid, increased Social Security. “We simply can’t afford that,” these so-called
progressives are telling us. Well, here’s a number that I want everybody
to remember forever, 80 billion dollars. Remember that number, and no, that’s not just
the amount that we increased our military budget by this year even though it’s the same
amount. Eighty billion dollars is the amount of the
money that the United States Federal Government hands out every single year in subsidies to
already wealthy corporations, most of whom pull in more than a billion dollars in profit
every single year. And yet, in spite of that, in spite of the
fact that these are hugely profitable companies employing people and paying them dirt floor
wages, we’re handing out an extra 80 billion dollars every single year to them. Why? Most of that is coming from states and local
governments. The money comes from the federal down to the
local levels, and they pay companies, like Walmart or other big box stores, Target, Best
Buy, things like that, Home Depot, Lowes, to come into their areas and build a store
because it creates commerce, and it does. That’s absolutely true, but what the companies
do is they start engaging in basically auctions. They pit one city against another and say,
“This city’s willing to give us X, Y, and Z. What are you going to give us to beat that?” They get a counteroffer. They take it back to the first city. Essentially, these companies are screwing
over taxpayers several times in a row just so they can get some money to go build a store
in an area where they were already going to build a store. That’s what gets me about this. “Oh, Walmart’s not going to come here because
we don’t give them a million dollars in tax breaks off the top?” Bullshit! Walmarts pop up all the time. They’re going to continue doing that. Why? Because they like money. Same thing goes for any of these other stores. This isn’t just about Walmart. It’s about all of them, and yet, we can’t
help ourselves from giving them 80 billion dollars a year, so that they can come into
our communities, pay minimum wage to their employees, which the taxpayers in the areas
then have to subsidize for things like food stamps and Medicaid because these people can’t
afford it, and they don’t get health insurance from their employer. That’s another side effect of this. And yet, some of these progressives, Democrats,
and Republicans have the audacity to tell us that we can’t afford debt-free college. We can’t afford Medicare for all. We can’t afford to keep paying out Social
Security. There’s 80 billion dollars within the Federal
Government right now that’s going to companies that make more than a billion dollars a year
in profit just from sales of their goods. If we can afford to give them 80 billion dollars,
I think we can afford to give every American citizen not only a free college education
but free healthcare for their entire lives.