In de­fense of Bernie San­ders

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Ge­orge Schwartz,

“San­ders’ reck­less spend­ing dreams,” Jan. 20 edi­to­rial.

Your edi­to­rial claimed that a Bernie San­ders pres­i­dency would spend too much money on en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams and the present pro­grams are al­ready spend­ing us into debt we can­not re­pay.

If you look at the na­tional debt as a se­ries of num­bers, you miss the point. I think San­ders wants to bet on the vi­tal­ity of the peo­ple to make this coun­try big­ger and bet­ter. Cer­tainly that was the in­tent of the GI Bill af­ter World War II. At the time, many peo­ple felt it was the road to disas­ter; it was, in­stead, a bless­ing that en­riched the lives of, not only the GIs, but gen­er­a­tions to fol­low. What busi­ness did the govern­ment have in the con­struc­tion of Hoover Dam? What could it have pos­si­bly done for the peo­ple of Cal­i­for­nia and Ne­vada?

What or­ga­ni­za­tion is in a bet­ter po­si­tion to in­vest in the hu­man cap­i­tal that makes a coun­try than the govern­ment? When the pope vis­ited our coun­try, he spoke mov­ingly about the con­di­tion of the poor. I con­sider San­ders’ pro­pos­als as a way to start meet­ing that chal­lenge.

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