Never get on the bad side of Bernie Sanders, he is not shy about stating his opinion and will attack your hypocrisy without hesitation. By now one would think that the Republicans would have learned this lesson, but they continue to load his gun for him at every opportunity.
This time he is calling them out for having voted for five extensions of long term unemployment benefits during the previous administration and not once asking that there be offsets in other parts of the budget to cover the cost. In the current discussions they have demanded that any extension be paid for by savings elsewhere, making it clear that their objections are purely partisan.
He appeared on the Ed Show with Ed Schultz Friday and held nothing back in his criticism of the lack of concern for the working man on the part of the Republicans in Congress, saying,
[box type=”shadow’]”What these guys want to do, I believe, is pretend that they are concerned about these 1.3 million workers.”[/box]
Of course the demands for offsets in order to obtain their votes for the UI extension are really just another attempt to undercut Obamacare and to reduce Social Security, food stamps and just about any other program which benefits working people and the least fortunate among us.
Bernie has his own ideas as to how we could pay for the extension.
“When one out of four corporations in this country, including some very, very wealthy ones, and profitable ones, don’t pay a nickle in federal income taxes, do you think we could raise some revenue there? Do you think we could raise revenue when we’re losing $100 billion every year because corporate America is stashing their money in the Cayman Islands?”
He goes on to point out that nearly all of the Republicans who are opposed to extending the long term UI benefit are in favor of complete repeal of the inheritance tax, a move that would act to further concentrate the nations wealth at the top and which would benefit only the top 0.3% of the people.
Apparently, Mitch McConnell thinks that gaining control of both houses of congress can be accomplished by actions which hurt the unemployed, but it is a plan which will surely backfire on them while exposing them as the uncaring lot that they are and showing them to have allegiance only to their monied benefactors.
Watch the exchange below.