Sen. Bernie Sanders has never failed to prove just how out-of-touch he is with reality and the underpinnings of the United States, and a recent comment he made about America’s impoverished communities was no different.
The failed presidential candidate tweeted on Jan. 19 that the U.S. had the worst relationship with its “poor and working people” than “virtually any other country on earth,” according to The Daily Caller.
Never mind the fact that in many places across the planet, not having safe water isn’t a “scandal,” but rather the norm — and that’s only when there’s actually enough water for everyone.
Never mind the fact that in some countries, diseases that have been virtually eliminated in the U.S., such as typhoid, run rampant. Never mind the fact that, in more places than we’d like to admit, there is no hope or possibility for education at any age.
Perhaps Sanders took these things into consideration after making the ill-informed comment because he soon deleted it from his Twitter account.
However, as anyone in the public eye should know by now, the things you put on the internet are not magically erased just because you hit the delete button.
David Freddoso, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, captured a screenshot of the senator’s tweet before it was taken down.
Unfortunately, Sanders probably believed what he said about our country’s relationship with poor people, not because he doesn’t know the truth, but because he has chosen to ignore it in order to promote his own socialist agenda.
The truth is that, although we do have people living in poverty whose plights should be addressed, our country’s impoverished community is actually considered well off when compared to the rest of the world.
In fact, the economically focused Mises Institute found that poor people in the U.S. were better off than those considered “middle class” in many European countries.
Pew Research also reported that, as of 2011, a huge 88 percent of Americans qualified as either “upper-middle class” or “high income” on a global scale. Furthermore, many Americans who were classified as “poor” by the U.S. government would be considered middle income when compared to the rest of the world.
Do we have problems in this country? Yes. Do we have too many homeless, hungry and jobless Americans? Definitely. However, we should not diminish the steps we have taken and continue to take to ease those burdens. We also should not insult the impoverished people across the world who would likely consider it a promotion to be “poor” in America.
And we definitely cannot solve those problems by using the socialist agenda Sanders wishes to impose upon our country.
If Sanders was wondering why he found it hard to connect with American voters during the election: here’s your sign.
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