February 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Lots of my older American friends – people who remembered a time when going to the abortion clinic was a political non-event, for example – adore old Bernie Sanders, the US senator from Vermont. I remembered their support in 2012, when a sudden popular uprising amongst progressive voters took up the “Bernie for President” chant. I commended them on their choice, but had a feeling their support was mock-serious t best, for even the most optimistic person knows that the people best suited for looking after a nation’s welfare will never be elected to office.
Still, the man is in the senate, and this is some comfort to people like us, who would give almost anything at this point to be protected from the near-complete corporate take-over of our government, and the destruction of our assets and welfare. Here’s part of what he says:
One of the interesting aspects of discussing economy or income inequality inside the beltway, as opposed to back home in the real world, is the very different tone that we hear. The idea that anybody could suggest that we’re not seeing massive increases in wealth and income inequality…is beyond comprehension for the vast majority of the American people. The reality that we’re seeing today is that the middle-class in this country is disappearing, family income is going down, more people living in poverty today than any time in history of the United States of America. As Secretary Reich pointed out, between 2009 and 2012, 95 percent of all generated in this country went to the top 1 percent. And in terms of wealth, the situation is even worse: the top 1% owns 38 percent of the wealth in the country, and the bottom 60 percent owns 2.3 percent. Does anyone on this panel think that makes moral sense, or economic sense?