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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:45 AM
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Sanders' Rebuke


Sanders, it seems, doesn't just want to "do better" with this one tax deal; he wants the country's entire approach to economic inequalities to "do better." The senator was relentless in his criticism of the pending agreement, but his was a larger critique on the gap between rich and poor, concentrated wealth, trade, and Wall Street.

It was a rebuke, not just of the Republican provisions in the tax deal, but of what he sees as systemic flaws in U.S. economic policy.

This was the kind of message that Americans almost never hear, especially from elected officials in Washington, which only made the display that much more dramatic. What's more, many of Sanders' observations had the added benefit of being accurate.

The speech was not a literal filibuster -- there was no bill on the Senate floor at the time -- but that doesn't much matter, and it certainly doesn't take away from the extraordinary nature of Sanders' effort.

I'd add, just as an aside, that I'm one of Bernie Sanders' constituents, and I've voted for him at every available opportunity, helping elect him to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. And if anyone saw yesterday's remarks as some kind of hollow stunt -- a politician grandstanding for ego and self-promotion -- think again. Whether one agrees with the senator or not, Sanders brings an unrivaled sincerity and passion to his work. He took to the floor yesterday, not because some lobbyist handed him talking points, not because he wants to be on television, not because he's driven by some personal ambition, but because he cares deeply about working families, and intends to fight to do what he can to help them.

Even I don't always agree with Sanders, but I know better than to question his genuine commitment to those who too often have no champions.

As for the political world's reaction, I'd also add that it was hard not to smile as Congress' lone socialist made the transition from quirky Vermonter with an unbreakable Brooklyn accent to liberal folk hero.

Steve Benen
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:47 AM
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1. Sanders for president. nt.
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MindandSoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:22 AM
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2. What Sanders did yesterday was being a hero! We need more like him!
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