Bernie Sanders Terrifies Wall Street By Vowing To Keep Them Out Of His Cabinet

Bernie Sanders CNN State Of The Union

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dropped a bomb on Wall Street today when during a CNN interview he vowed that if elected, the fat cats will have no place in his cabinet.

Transcript via CNN:

TAPPER: I know it’s premature to ask you the type of person you would want to be your vice president, but if you were to get the nomination and then the presidency, could you give us a sense of the kinds of individuals you would want serving in your Cabinet?


Unlike many other presidents, they — my Cabinet would not be dominated by representatives of Wall Street. I think Wall Street has played a horrendous role in recent years in negatively impacting our economy and in making the rich richer.

There are a lot of great public servants out there, great economists who for years have been standing up for the middle class and the working families of this country who know that it is an international embarrassment that we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on Earth.

And let me tell you something else, Jake, that I will appoint people to deal with the issue of youth unemployment today, which we don’t talk about at all. Youth unemployment in this country, real youth unemployment for African-American kids is over 50 percent, the Hispanic kids, over 30 percent, and the same for white kids.

And that’s why we have to create a whole lot of jobs to put our kids back to work, rather than put them in jail or incarcerate them or build new jails. So, I want a Cabinet that is focused on rebuilding the crumbling middle class, demanding that the wealthiest people and large corporations become part of America, and do not live as an island unto themselves.

Not only does Sanders promise contrast him with his Democratic opponents, but it is also sends a clear message about the type of campaign that he is running.

It would be difficult to find a candidate taking a more grassroots liberal position on the composition of their cabinet than what Bernie Sanders offered.

If Sanders were to be somehow elected, it would be Wall Street’s biggest nightmare come true. The problem that he would have in governing is the same that President Obama currently faces. If Republicans still control all or any part of Congress after the 2016 election, the Sanders agenda would go nowhere.

Governing exists only in the realm of the hypothetical for Bernie Sanders right now. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) is taking bold positions to show the American people what could be.

The point that Bernie Sanders was making was that government doesn’t have to work the way that it has in the recent past. Voters don’t have to put up with the sorry excuse for a legislative branch that has been passed off as governing. The American people can make a change by thinking big and bold.

Wall Street may not be afraid of Bernie Sanders winning the White House in 2016, but they should be terrified of the possibilities that he is revealing.

23 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Terrifies Wall Street By Vowing To Keep Them Out Of His Cabinet”

  1. “If Sanders were to be somehow elected, it would be Wall Street’s biggest nightmare come true. The problem that he would have in governing is the same that President Obama currently faces. If Republicans still control all or any part of Congress after the 2016 election, the Sanders agenda would go nowhere.”

    It’s going to become more of a case of “If Sanders were to be somehow elected” to when Sanders is elected. Bernie Sanders’s momentum grows daily and will become unstoppable to the chagrin of the status quo.

  2. “If Republicans still control all or any part of Congress after the 2016 election, the Sanders agenda would go nowhere.”

    This has all been thought through, and Bernie has talked about it all the time. Bernie is not just going to Washington. By the time of inauguration, there could be a movement of millions, and a few hundred thousand or a million could probably be persuaded to march on Congress. That would be a good start, but recalcitrant Congresspeople would be ousted by People Power in the next election.

  3. I submit that we must elect Bernie Sanders in order to keep any momentum. President Barack Obama has been a net plus with some minuses which I think Bernie Sanders has addressed (Wall Street in his cabinet). For his part, President Obama did say early on that he would need the support of citizens to move his agenda and he did not really get that to the degree necessary – people just sat – and that would be a march on Washington in the tens of thousands. Without that, we will get another presidency with no forward movement because the president has limited powers. That reality has been shown in bold relief at least. Lets hope that the people get the message. For my part, I write my representatives and the White House relentlessly. I think it helped in the recent backlash against the president on the TPA and TPP issues.

  4. “They” can’t keep the pressure from below contained forever—The pitchforks & torches are being prepared as we speak !

  5. Bernie Sanders = “Howard Beale”- I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore !!! (“Network”)1976 – When there STILL WAS a “Middle Class”.

  6. that’s why everyone MUST vote a straight DEMOCRATIC TICKET

    D-Senator Boxer will be replaced by D-Kamila Harris
    D-Adam Schiff will be reelected in CA-28

    What hard choices I have…

  7. Let me define that problem more specifically: If Sanders is elected – We, the People, will need to show up en masse onto the steps of Congress and Occupy the Federal Statehouses.
    I should hope we work for abolishing the current experiment and replacing the legislative branch with direct participatory democracy.
    The time has come we have the technology to make this a reality.

  8. The People are listening; are you Democrats ,Republicans and the most populace group real INDEPENDENTS?

  9. If you listen to any one of Senator Sanders’ campaign speeches, he lays out that he cannot do it all alone. Unlike Obama, he will keep all of us “Bernie supporters” active and in the loop, so if there is opposition to his efforts in making good on his campaign issues, there will be millions of people behind him, making an offer the opposition can’t refuse.

  10. I would love to see Bernie Sanders elected. I just do not think he can beat the Clinton machine. I will vote for him in the primaries. If Hillary comes out on top I will vote for her. I do vote a straight Democratic ticket. I hope every one does.

  11. I remember that year very well, the republcans were SCRAMBLING trying to kick the Nixon FAILURE under a rug and our only UNELECTED VP who became our ONLY UNELECTED PRESIDENT was FLOUNDERING. The original cast of Saturday Night Live had a FIELD day with Ford.

    Unfortunately I wasn’t old enough to vote in 1976, but I remember my Eisenhower republican parents didn’t know what to do.

  12. Love this guy, if we don’t elect him we are fools. Even better get rid of the bribe takers so he will have a easier fight in Washington.

  13. I cannot imagine what our country will be like in another ten years if we don’t elect Bernie Sanders. The only hope for Democracy is with Bernie.

  14. Any Democratic will have the same issues with the rethugs, if the Dem’s do not take seats in the House and senate..
    The taking of these seats is imperative to any successful Dem Pres. Think what President Obama could have done “IF” he had even a few more Dem’s in Congress.

  15. I agree completely, the repukes are just too grotesque and dangerous to the existence of our country to get into the White House. They are nothing but engines of destruction. ANY Democrat is preferable, ANY.

  16. I will add my voice to all the others to point out that even Politicus USA doesn’t get Bernie Sanders. You have a question for him, and he has the answer, but you don’t ask it of him.

    Bernie Sanders sent an email to his followers explaining the great mistake that Obama made when he took office. The email promises that Sanders will not make the same mistake.

    To paraphrase the email, when Obama took office, he essentially told the huge political organization that he had built to win the race, “You can go home now. I’ll take it from here. I’ll just negotiate on my own with Boner and McConnell.” Many of us tried to catch his attention to tell him what a big mistake he was making. After many years in office, Obama never did figure it out.

    Not only has Sanders remarked on this great blunder, but thousands if not millions of Obama supporters noted it too. How can Obama be so blind, given his level of intelligence?

  17. We are not going to elect a far left independent socialist running as a democrat. He is as far left as Rand Paul is far right, and while he has all manner of good ideas, nobody is going to want to pay fifty percent or more of their income to make his dreams come true. The upshot of that is that he is making a lot of promises that he can’t keep.

  18. Taxing high after the first hundreds of millions is fair. The only people paying more are those that can. If they don’t want to be a part of society than they can leave. Marginal tax rate that the vast majority won’t even know changed.

  19. Milton, Bernie is not talking about raising everyone’s taxes by 50%, only raising the 1%’s taxes! Also, he wants to fix Social Securityby eliminating the cap on earnings, or at least raising it to
    $250,000. So if you are in the 99%, as I’m assuming you are, you don’t need to worry about your taxes going up.


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