Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivered some harsh truth to his fellow members of Congress on MSNBC when he said, “If this country could bail out the crooks on Wall Street who destroyed the economy surely, the federal government can help the working people who are absolutely dependent on these pensions.”
Sen. Sanders talked about what a bad deal the gutting of pension funding in government funding bill was for workers who are depending on those pensions. Sanders said, “If this country could bail out the crooks on Wall Street who destroyed the economy surely, the federal government can help the working people who are absolutely dependent on these pensions. We can not continue a situation where we have austerity for the elderly and for working families, and 95% of all new income goes to the top 1%. I am a member of that committee. I am going to stay on this issue. We’ve gotta reverse what that bill did.”
Working people are being squeezed daily so that the people at the top can take 95% of all new income. It is blatant hypocrisy for the same members of Congress who supported hundreds of billions of dollars in permanent tax cuts for corporations to turn around and support a bill that cuts pension benefits for people who are already tired.
What the Congress did was not only unfair, it was also cruel. Workers who were promised those pensions saw that promise evaporate with two congressional votes. Sen. Sanders is one of the few members of the Senate who speaks out for working people. Congress has been bought and paid for by those who are writing the checks that are funding reelection campaigns.
The reason Sen. Sanders is an attractive potential presidential candidate for liberals and progressives is that he is the only candidate that is expressing interest in running for the presidency who is willing to take on Wall Street and the billionaires while advocating for workers, the middle class, veterans, seniors, and children.
The idea that government should be taking actions that help regular people is treated as radical in our modern political climate, but what Sanders is suggesting is the way that government used to be run. Bernie Sanders is the voice of sanity in a growing sea of special interest crazy.
The hypocrisy is stinging, but the American people need to understand that much of their government is no longer working for them.