In this clip from CBS News, Bernie Sanders looks to European models of democratic socialism and points to how their systems are light-years ahead of ours, because their governments are held accountable to the people and not the monied elites. “There are countries around the world, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, that have had social democratic governments on and off for many many years, and we can learn a whole lot from some of those countries.”
Sanders then laments that “…the United States is the only major country on earth that doesn’t provide healthcare for all of their citizens. Not only do they cover all their people, they do it much more cost-effectively than we are. We end up spending almost twice as much as they do…In terms of education, in other countries…you know what they say? In a highly competitive global economy, all people, regardless of their income, should be able to get a college education. College education is free in those countries!”
“In terms of child care, our child care system today, talking about Mother’s Day, is a total disaster. Their systems are much better than ours, they have higher voter turnouts, they have governments that do a lot better job of representing their middle class, rather than a billionaire class that has so much power today in our economic and political system.”
Truer words have never been spoken. There is a lot that America could learn from European countries, where people actually vote and stay informed about the issues and care enough that they couldn’t be bought by a Koch Brother misinformation campaign or believe any of the things Scott Walker says.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.