Bernie Sanders went ape $h!t this morning on MSNBC, saying that, “The shutdown is not something that just came about a couple of weeks ago by Ted Cruz, this has been planned by the Koch brothers other very, very wealthy people from the day after Obama was reelected as what they’re feeling is ‘let us go to the extreme, let us be prepared to shut down the government, not pay the national debt, use every ounce of leverage that we have, even if it means catastrophic pain for America and the world, so long as we have our way.'”
The media have it, though it seems, the wrong way since they are blaming Ted Cruz for the government shutdown. The real “culprits” are purportedly the Koch Brothers and their venture-capitalist-greed doppelgangers (the Republican establishment) operating under the radar.
“The real issue here, if you look at the Koch Brothers agenda is, look at with many of the extreme right wing people believe, Obamacare is just the tip of the iceberg. These people want to abolish the concept of the minimum wage, they want to privatize the veterans administration, they want to privatize Social Security end Medicare as we know it, massive cuts in Medicaid, wipe out the EPA, you don’t have an Environmental Protection Agency anymore, Department of Energy gone, Department of Education gone, that is the agenda, and many people don’t understand that the Koch Brothers have poured hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars into the tea party and two other kinds of ancillary organizations to push this agenda. So, what you’re finding now is a continuation of the class warfare that has been going on in this country for many, many years. The rich are getting richer, the number of Americans in poverty is at an all-time high, the middle class is disappearing, and these guys are using Citizens United and banging away and doing everything that they can to get more tax breaks for the people on top and more devastating cuts for working families.”
Watch it here: