The 'good' part:
(Snip)Sanders knows. The independent senator from Vermont, who has led the fight to preserve education, health care and social services funding in the face of proposals by House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan and his fellow proponents of an American austerity agenda, says the message sent by European voters can and should be echoed by American voters.
“In the United States and around the world, the middle class is in steep decline while the wealthy and large corporations are doing phenomenally well," says Sanders, "The message sent by voters in
France and other European countries, which I believe will be echoed here in the United States, is that the wealthy and large corporations are going to have to experience some austerity also and that that burden cannot solely fall on working families."
..."At the same time, we must protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Austerity, yes, but for millionaires and billionaires, not the working families of this country.”
Sander is, of course, correct.
Let's just hope that his message is echoed by other leaders in the United States.(Snip)
Yes, Sanders is correct - along with President OBAMA, he speaks for the people.
I know there are those on this board who do not agree with Sanders......but
Randi made these same observations today on her show, with the acute similarities between the RYAN PLAN and the oppressive AUSTERITY measures that have nearly bankrupt European nations. Probably the best thing Greece and France could do is abandon the Euro, and go back to their own currency. This is why the CONS want to dismantle the Fed and the Dept. of Treasury. If we cannot print our own money, we become Greece, Spain, France and Ireland.
“Greek parties who reject the extreme belt-tightening that comes with international bailouts were the big winners in parliamentary elections there. German voters in a northern state ousted the coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party, which has pressed the case for austerity.
And France, of course, elected Hollande, its first Socialist president in more than a decade and one who has promised stimulus spending….
“The 17-nation euro spiraled to a three-month low Monday against the dollar, hitting $1.2972 before traders sniffed a bargain and pushed it higher.”
“Austerity can no longer be inevitable!” he shouted in his first speech after Nicolas Sarkozy conceded Sunday night. "
Austerity is a dirty word in Europe but what next?
From Associated Press
May 07, 2012 10:58 AM EDT
which brings me to this:
Welcome to the Asylum
Posted on Apr 30, 2012
By Chris Hedges
"When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied of life. Let one useless war after another be waged. Let the masses be thrust into extreme poverty and left without jobs while the elites, drunk on hedonism, accumulate vast fortunes through exploitation, speculation, fraud and theft. Reality, at the end, gets unplugged....When the most basic elements that sustain life are reduced to a cash product, life has no intrinsic value....Capitalistic exploitation, *the cult of the self and the lust for imperial expansion*"
Obama and Sanders are on the same page - hear Bernie out. Vermont has socialized medicine for residents. I hear it's $3.00 a month. Montana and California are looking at the Vt. plan. We can only hope.