Friday, March 4, 2011
At least one politician gets it ...
With all the hue and cry about austerity and budget cuts, there is at least one lone politician on Capitol Hill who is consistently and loudly advocating for the less fortunate in the wake of the rape of our economy by Wall Street and the unfunded $3 trillion spending spree also known as the Iraq War. Want to look for a single cause of our burgeoning national debt? Look at the accounting practices regarding Afghanistan and Iraq War funding from 2001-2008.
Nevertheless, while our politicians target safety net programs and public employee pensions as potential cost savings measures, let's remember that these same politicians have given enormous handouts to Wall Street and extended an enormous tax cut for the wealthy.
Without further delay I give you Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-I) first expounding on how he sees things and then asking pointed questions to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
The trouble with Bernie, of course, is that he's a self avowed Democratic Socialist. That means he is a socialist who embraces democratic principles. Remember, socialism is an economic system, not a political system. While democracy is a political system, not an economic system. When I say "the trouble with", what I really mean is that many find it easy to dismiss Bernie Sanders, because of his aversion to unfettered capitalism. Of course, when you stop and think about his position in this video clip, it is very difficult to contradict him without being a complete tool (of the plutocracy).