Mr. Sanders goes to Washington (BRAVO!)


December 10, 2010
No Tax Breaks for the Wealthy
Saying he was prepared to speak “as long as possible” against a tax deal between the White House and congressional Republicans, Bernie today took to the Senate floor to make the case against deepening the deficit and widening the income gap in America by extending Bush-era tax breaks for the very wealthy. “I think we can do better, and I am here today to take a strong stand against this bill, and I intend to tell my colleagues and the nation exactly why I am in opposition to this bill. You can call what I am doing today whatever you want, you can call it a filibuster, you can call it a very long speech. I’m not here to set any great records or to make a spectacle. I am simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.”
Trickle-Down Economics
A vote was scheduled in the Senate for Monday to overcome the filibuster by Bernie and other opponents of the deal, The New York Times reported. ‘What will the passage of this legislation mean for the future of our country?” Bernie asked. ”If we pass this agreement as written, it says that we are going to continue the Bush policy of trickle-down economics for at least two more years. And to my mind, that is absurd because this is a policy, based on all of the evidence, that grotesquely failed.”
House Revolt
House Democrats were in open revolt. Amid chants of “Just say no,” they agreed overwhelmingly Thursday to block the measure from going to the House floor. Sen. Sanders told CBS News that House Democrats’ vote was a “real step forward.” “We can do better. And that’s what the House Democrats are saying.”

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