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Sanders calls income inequality a ‘moral issue’

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Calling income inequality “the great moral issue of our time,” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders urged a boisterous crowd of thousands in Maine on Monday to help him transform America by restoring a thriving middle class.

In a wide-ranging speech before more than 7,500 in Portland, Sanders stressed the need to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, reform the criminal justice system and give workers at least two weeks of paid vacation time.

The Vermont senator, who hopes to defeat front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary, called the level of economic inequality across the country “grotesque” and “immoral.”

But the self-described socialist said he cannot bring about change alone and called on the crowd to stand behind him as he tries to take on the “greed” of Wall Street and corporate America.

“When the people stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish,” he said.

While Clinton remains the favorite, Sanders has been drawing large crowds across the country. He said that voters understand that “establishment politics and establishment economics isn’t working for the middle class.”

“All over America, people are becoming involved in this campaign because they want change,” he said.
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4 thoughts on “Sanders calls income inequality a ‘moral issue’”

  1. Even if Bernie was to win the presidency we still need to change Congress to get things accomplished – but it’s a great start.

  2. Yes, income inequality truly is a moral issue. If I worked hard in school–and got into a good college, worked hard in college, got good grades, landed a good job…worked hard and got promoted, took advantage of training and my experience to increase my skills and make more money–isn’t it immoral that someone who never did any of that thinks they are entitled to the fruits of my hard work? Immoral indeed. Sanders is a complete idiot–who has never held a real job in his life–and thinks wealth confiscation is perfectly fine.

  3. Question for Bernie/Hillary supporters:
    Given the choice of reducing income inequality or increasing real incomes of the poor which would you choose?

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