Bernie Sanders wants everyone to have healthcare, access to education, and other social services like childcare. Many in Europe already have these things and have had them for decades.
Usually, when people are poor and live in non-prosperous areas they turn to the military to help provide them with job training, access to health services, and when they are done with their service money to attend the school of their choice. This is all provided they do not get killed, blown to bits, or end up a vegetable for the rest of their life.
Bernie’s plans would alleviate many people’s woes and the army would prove a less attractive opportunity if peoples were guaranteed a certain standard of life.
You see, America is a neoliberal dystopian shithole. Poverty has always been a major recruiter for the U.S. Army. People are born poor and they sign up in order to escape their poverty. Given how generally shitty America is there is never a shortage of recruits for this volunteer army. There are always people willing to go fight for freedom, or more likely, the resources of other nations. There is the phrase, “Your zip code is your destiny.”
The United States Military is the most socialist institution in the county. They will pay for your housing, day care, medical needs, and educational tuition. In exchange you have to go around killing brown people. They love it more if you are a brown person and sign up too.
It’s ironic that many indigineous peoples of the U.S. make up a huge portion of recruits. What they do is basically destroy other peoples’ societies and culture. Exactly what was done to their ancestors. I see a never-ending cycle.
It comes as no surprise that the United States does not have free tuition or universal healthcare. Without it they can’t get poor people to go kill other poor people in third world countries who happen to be sitting on oil or some other precious resource. Given Global Warming, if you believe in it, the world is just going to have less resources like water and people are just generally going to be more aggressive and fighting for dwindling resources. Of course Jesus Christ might come in before that all happens so you never know.
So yeah, America should do better but the elite have a huge advantage that the average person is lethargic and apathetic. They are usually too poor and ignorant to recognize the predicament in the larger sense.