Monday, August 01, 2011


Bernie Sanders is the lone socialist in the US senate. His statement applies not only to the United States but too all of the developed world where the wellbeing of ordinary people is being cynically sacrificed to a greed so overwhelming it would be an abstraction if it wasn’t so damaging.

“The Republicans have been absolutely determined to make certain that the rich and large corporations not contribute one penny for deficit reduction, and that all of the sacrifice comes from the middle class and working families in terms of cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, LIHEAP, community health centers, education, Head Start, nutrition, MILC, affordable housing and many other vitally important programs. I cannot support legislation like the Reid proposal which balances the budget on the backs of struggling Americans while not requiring one penny of sacrifice from the wealthiest people in our country. That is not only grotesquely immoral, it is bad economic policy.”

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Aleleeinn said...

DAMN!!! That was right on the target. It even hit the heads of a few nails I had previously missed.

Miq-Tak said...

I am proud to call him my senator, and privileged to be able to cast a vote for him.

Vermont's Senator Jim Jeffords famously left the Republican party, mid-term.

We are currently represented by Senator Pat Leahy; and Rep. Peter Welch, who said:

"While I am pleased that, with this agreement, America will continue to pay its bills, I voted against it because it is not a balanced plan with shared sacrifice. It ignores glaring inequities in the federal tax code while cutting programs important to the middle class, seniors, and low-income Americans. There is simply no excuse for condoning continued tax breaks for Wall Street hedge fund managers, the ethanol industry and big oil companies while the middle class struggles to hang on to their jobs, pay their bills and send their children to college.

"I also voted against this bill because it validates the tactic of putting a gun to the head of the American economy to advance a party's agenda. Never before has a willful majority in Congress held hostage the full faith and credit of the United States of America in order to get its way on the budget. This is a dangerous precedent that will make it more difficult than ever for Congress to meet the many challenges facing our country. It is regrettable that those who employed it have succeeded."