Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bernie Sanders Unplugged: Free Tuition, Universal Prekindergarten System, Hates Wall Street and Rich People,

“Let’s be clear: This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders, it is not about Hillary Clinton, it is not about Jeb Bush or anyone else. This campaign is about the needs of the American people, As someone who has never run a negative political ad in his life, my campaign will be driven by issues and serious debate; not political gossip, not reckless personal attacks or character assassination. This is what I believe the American people want and deserve.” --Bernie Sanders 05.26.15

Among Mr. Sanders’ proposals were a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case; an unspecified expansion of Social Security benefits, free tuition at public universities and lower interest rates on loans for college students, a universal prekindergarten system and a role in “an international coalition led by the Muslim nations” to defeat the Islamic State throughout the Middle East. [New York Times 05.27.15]

Mr. Sanders drew with Mrs. Clinton was his promise to “break up the largest financial institutions in the country,” taking aim at Wall Street firms and financial services companies that have contributed heavily to Mrs. Clinton’s past campaigns. He also decried the emergence of super PACs; Mrs. Clinton is relying on one in her campaign, and they are common in the Republican field. [New York Times 05.27.15]

This campaign is going to send a message to the billionaire class. And that is: You can’t have it all. You can’t get huge tax breaks while children in this country go hungry. You can’t continue sending our jobs to China while millions are looking for work. You can’t hide your profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens, while there are massive unmet needs on every corner of this nation. Your greed has got to end. You cannot take advantage of all the benefits of America, if you refuse to accept your responsibilities.” --Bernie Sanders 05.26.15