The people’s politician, Senator Bernie Sanders, spoke with Al Sharpton after the 217-210 vote in the House to slash $39 billion from food stamps over the next ten years and as might be expected, Bernie had some choice words for the TEApublicans in the house who rammed these draconian cuts through.
When asked what we do now by Sharpton, Bernie replied, “We do what the American people want us to do. Our job has got to be to expose what right wing extremism is, which 80-85% of the American people disagree with and put these people on the defensive.”
Bernie does tend to say what he means and mean what he says. He continued on saying, “What the Republicans are doing is fighting for tax breaks for billionaires, for the one out of four corporations in America that pays nothing in taxes, and they’re going to war against working families, against kids, against the elderly and the children. And our job has got to be to expose what right-wing extremism is… at a time when the richest people in this country are becoming richer and the middle class is disappearing it is beyond shameful to cut food programs… for people in need… to allow people to go hungry.”
Sharpton then played parts of the arguments presented by the TEApublicans in an effort to make this bill out to be some great humanitarian effort, Andy Harris (R-Md.) said that all the bill would do is, “cut waste, fraud and abuse leaving more money for the Americans who truly need it in time of need.”
Of course they are only attempting to put a “positive” spin on something that cannot be dressed up and put on display as good for those in need, it is attacking the least of us. Bernie was right when he said of it, “In the United States of America we cannot go to war against people who are struggling to keep their heads above water.”
As one would expect Bernie has vowed that he will do all he can to see to it that this attack on the poor does not stand in the Senate. It seems unlikely that the Senate would ever approve it but they have their own TEApublican problems which can make it an unpleasant experience getting to where everyone knows you are going.
The conversation can be seen in full below.