Letters to the Editor

Bernie Sanders’ socialist ways might bring balance to U.S.

Would a Bernie Sanders presidency mean a takeover of socialism in the United States?

Not to worry, our country has already had socialist policies for a long time. Just think Social Security or Medicare, two of the most successful and popular government programs ever. Socialist policies saved our capitalistic system from collapse twice, during the Great Depression in the ’30s and the Great Recession in 2007-08.

In fact, virtually all modern democratic countries are governed by a mixture of capitalistic and socialistic ideas. It’s just a matter of balance between the two.

Let’s face it: When it comes to current pressing problems, such as wealth distribution, fair pay and taxation, universal health care, affordable education or criminal justice, the United States is badly in need of more balance and can do much better. Sanders’ proposals offer solutions to every one of these problems and then some. Many enjoy majority support of the American people. Moreover, he outlines precisely how he would cover the costs.

Klaus Schumann, Paso Robles