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Letter: Sanders is sharing views many Americans embrace

Sanders is sharing views many Americans embrace

Americans are fed up with an economic game that is rigged to favor the rich. Little wonder that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is riding a wave of popularity among voters.

A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders’ brand of socialism is similar to social democratic parties in Scandinavia, with policies like universal health care and free higher education, which Sanders supports. For him, it’s not about replacing capitalism with socialism here in the United States. It’s about curing the ills of our capitalist system.

“What the American people are saying pretty loudly and clearly is they want an economy that works for ordinary Americans – for working people,” Sanders said. “Not an economy where almost all of the income and all of the wealth is going to the top 1 percent.”

Americans are struggling to keep up with the cost of living, some working two jobs to get by. The American dream has become a nightmare for many of our fellow citizens, part of a new class of working poor.

The opportunities for upward mobility for the poor and middle class have eroded to the point that Americans today have a slim shot at a higher standard of living compared with their parents. What’s needed is a fair tax code with significantly higher rates at the top and tax breaks for a middle class that has been shrinking for decades, with a widening gap between the very rich and everyone else not seen since before the Great Depression.

The answer is to reform capitalism, the abuses of Wall Street and a political system that enables billionaires and super PACs to buy elections. America is not a democracy. It’s an oligarchy, in which a small group of elites controls the country, and it’s time for the American people to take it back.

Greg Slabodkin

Buffalo