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Sander's "Crazy" Ideas: Most of Which Other Developed Nations Have Already Implemented

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Yes, it's a matter of priorities; it's about our country, this society and its people. The big difference between the U.S. and the other developed nations is that none of the latter spends huge amounts of taxpayer dollars on their military establishments. Many are a part of NATO but, otherwise, their priorities are concentrated on domestic needs and issues.

Now where else could this government find the necessary funding for other Sander's initiatives? In a recent article I documented the massive amount of taxpayer dollars that this government spends for the military and for the granting of subsidies and tax breaks to corporations.

Talk about waste! Why did our government spend $500 million for our largest embassy in Baghdad? What a boondoggle. Why has it spent over $400 billion for the problem-plagued F35 fighter jet program, with billions more appropriated? Why does this government continue to allow giant corporations to evade taxation by using overseas tax havens and tax inversions? It's because the do-nothing, deadbeat members of Congress are too busy groveling at the feet of Corporate America to corral the campaign contributions that it dangles before them.

Yes, the funding needed to implement many of Sander's recommendations is there for the taking; it just happens to be invested in many of the wrong places; the amount of government waste is staggering. All we need to do is to join the rest of the developed nations in the world by changing our current misguided priorities to ones that primarily benefit this country and its people, not the giant corporations and the misnamed "defense" industry.

This is a critical period in American history. It's time for the people of this country to use their massive power to turn this country in these new directions.

Michael Payne

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