There was a phenomenal moment at a Bernie Sanders campaign event Monday in Iowa, when Sanders asked member of the audience if anyone knew what it was like to live on $10,000 or $12,000 a year. A woman then volunteered her emotional story.
She said, “I’ve been living on probably less than that for a long time because of disabilities. It’s so hard to do anything to pay your bills. You’re ashamed all the time.” She continued, “When you can’t buy presents for your children, it’s really, really, really, hard…And I worked three, four, five jobs sometimes, always minimum wage. I have a degree, [I’m] divorced, and it’s just, I’m waiting for disability to come through, so my parents have to support me. It’s just hard.”
Sanders graciously thanked her for her statement. “Thank you. Thank you,” he said as the audience clapped. “It is not easy for people to stand up and say that. But the truth is that until millions of people, who are experiencing exactly what you guys are experiencing, do say that, we don’t make change.”
Sanders later added, “You can’t live in dignity on $10,000 or less.”
And he is 100% correct.