Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at the Cut The Safety Net No Labels Presidential Forum yesterday. Sanders’s message on social security was directly opposed to what many conservatives contend. One of Sanders’s strongest points was highlighting that Republicans have no problem racking up debt in the interest of fighting ever-more expensive wars, yet taking care of Americans is somehow asking too much of them.
“Those wars will end up costing us somewhere between 4 and 6 trillion dollars. And I’ve got to tell you, I have a hard time understanding how some members of Congress can come forward and say, ‘Oh, we’ve got to cut Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and education and nutrition programs for hungry kids, because we have a deficit,” Sanders told the crowd. “Oh, but when it comes to war, not a problem. We’ll just put it on the credit card. And I think that is very, very wrong.”