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Bernie Sanders can fix domestic needs

Bernie Sanders speaks at Ralph Baldiviez Stadium in Santa Maria on Saturday, May 28, 2016.
Bernie Sanders speaks at Ralph Baldiviez Stadium in Santa Maria on Saturday, May 28, 2016. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Are you happy with corporate welfare?

The Senate voted to subsidize oil and gas R&D with $500 billion. I wondered how we possibly could afford this? These are private, international companies vying for us to pay their business expenses! What would the hybrid or electric car companies do? How would solar and wind companies survive, if subsidies were banned? Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said, “They would have no problem competing.”

The only presidential candidate for publicly funded elections, as his campaign exhibits, is Bernie Sanders. He has opposed Citizens United for years. Check out the corporate welfare for: Medical ($150 billion); insurance for risky business projects abroad; war bonds; financial (trillions in trade losses); big ag, biofuel; biotech (Monsanto); military and space contracts. These are private companies, folks.

Sanders will transfer funds from bloated budgets to fundamental domestic needs, jobs and sustainability. He will expand Medicare, so insurance companies aren’t in the loop, unless you can afford them; student tuition will be covered by a minimal tax on automatic trading through Wall Street.

Jeannine Jacobs, Cambria

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