Thu Jan 10, 2013, 05:39 PM
ErikJ (3,607 posts)
Sen.Bernie Sanders Opposes Lew for Treasury Secretary
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Sanders Opposes Lew for Treasury Secretary- via Bernie Sanders email
January 10, 2013
MONTPELIER, Vt., Jan. 10 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Jacob Lew to be treasury secretary:
“Jack Lew is clearly an extremely intelligent person and I applaud his many years of public service to our country. I believe that he will be confirmed by the Senate. Unfortunately, he will be confirmed without my vote. At a time when the middle class is collapsing and millions of workers are unemployed, I do not believe he is the right person at the right time to serve in this important position.
“As a supporter of the president, I remain extremely concerned that virtually all of his key economic advisers have come from Wall Street. In my view, we need a treasury secretary who is prepared to stand up to corporate America and their powerful lobbyists and fight for policies that protect the working families in our country. I do not believe Mr. Lew is that person.
“We don't need a treasury secretary who thinks that Wall Street deregulation was not responsible for the financial crisis. We need a treasury secretary who will work hard to break up too-big-to-fail financial institutions so that Wall Street cannot cause another massive financial crisis.
“We don’t need another treasury secretary who believes in ‘deficit neutral’ corporate tax reform. We need a treasury secretary willing to fight to make sure that large, profitable corporations pay their fair share in taxes to reduce the deficit and create jobs.
“We don't need a treasury secretary who will advise the president that he should negotiate with the Republicans to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits. We need someone who is going to strengthen these programs.
“We don’t need another treasury secretary who believes that NAFTA and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China have been good for the American economy. We need someone in the White House who works to fundamentally re-write our trade policy to make sure that we are exporting American goods, not American jobs.
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." --Thomas Jefferson
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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:25 PM
rhett o rick (32,482 posts)
2. Sadly I agree. Sen Sanders speaks for We The People. Few in Washington the DC do. nm
I dont want Republicans to switch parties unless they switch their ideologies at the same time. “You can paint a turd and sell it as a tart, but it’s still a turd.”