In a speech yesterday on the floor of the United States Senate, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) once again, stood up for the American people. No, he wasn’t talking about the “corporate” people, he was, as usual, focused on real, flesh and blood, Americans.
Although Sanders is an Independent, and identifies himself as a Democratic Socialist, he caucuses with the Democrats. His message frequently includes sharp distinctions between biological people and the corporate type birthed by the United States Supreme Court with their “Citizens United” decision. Sanders reputation on Capitol Hill, is that of a crusader, always willing to brush politics aside and focus intently on the welfare of everyday American folks, stressing the health of the middle class as only reliable predictor of our economic success or failure.
In yesterday’s speech, Sanders laid the foundation of his position as a member of the Senate and House budget conference committee recently formed to create a long-term budget plan. He said, “The American people are quite united in saying that they do not want cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and they do not believe we can balance the budget on the backs of some of the most vulnerable people in the country.” He quoted recent national polls showing that “81 percent of the American people, do not want to cut Medicare benefits at all, 76% of the American people do not want to cut Social Security benefits at all, and 60% of the American people do not want to cut Medicaid benefits at all.”
Sanders went on to talk about the millions of American people in this country who are living in poverty, who are elderly and in need of assistance with basic care, who are young and in need of job opportunities, jobs with wages and benefits that are sufficient to sustain young families. He also referred to his petition for signatures in support of protection those social safety net programs. In a piece recently published in Americans Against the Tea Party, it was reported,
“He recently started a petition drive to collect signatures in support of keeping Social Security and Medicare safe from Republicans efforts to destroy them. In a matter of days, Sanders has succeeded in collecting 500,000 signatures from grass roots Americans who are standing firm in their zeal to protect these two popular social programs.”
In his closing remarks, Sanders made reference to the speech given by Pope Frances on October 25th in which the Pope also highlighted to young and the elderly.
“Children and the elderly are the two poles of life and also the most vulnerable, often the most forgotten,” he said. “A society that abandons children and marginalizes the elderly severs its roots and obscures its future. Whenever a child is abandoned and an old person is marginalized, is not just an act of injustice, but it also demonstrates the failure of that society. Taking care of children and the elderly is the only choice of civilization.”
Bernie Sander has shown himself to be formidable standard-bearer in the current economic battle between the supply-siders and the Keynesian forces. He consistently and firmly stands strong for policies that benefit the middle class, and he backs his rhetoric up with research. He looks like an old teddy bear, but this man is a raging Vermont Grizzly Bear when he’s defending the little guy. This House Senate Budget Conference is going to be interesting to watch.
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