In this clip, Senator Bernie Sanders laments the terrible fact that millions of American seniors go hungry every night. “A nations is judged not by the number of millionaires and billionaires it has, but how it treats the most vulnerable among us” begins Sanders.
The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that found over 4 million seniors “may skip dinner tonight because they do not have enough money to buy food today”. He focuses on how seniors are often forced to choose between food and medicine, and heat in the winter. 20% of Americans seniors live on an income of $7600 a year, and more than half of all older American households have no savings for retirement. “The problem is getting more acute. One in three American seniors are food insecure” says Sanders.
It’s a stirring speech from the true champion of America’s people, and its an absolute travesty that so many of our elderly citizens are forced to scrimp and go hungry while huge corporations get away with extorting billions from our people and pay no taxes on it.
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Colin Taylor is the managing editor 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.