on November 14, 2012
This was not written as a book, but rather is the transcript of a filibusterer; consequently it is marred by repetition and typographical errors. Having said that, I consider it a must read. I do not understand how anyone who is not making at least a million dollars a year could read this and still vote the Republican ticket. Democrats are not much better, but at least they make a pretense at being concerned about the welfare of their country and its citizens. Sanders is, of course, neither but rather an Independent.
on March 5, 2016
Bernie through and through--corporate greed, the imbalance of executive salaries vs lower level employee wages, the corrosive influence of campaign contributions by PAC's and the Super-Rich and the quid pro quo expected.
It was a filibuster and therefor went on and on, page after page, redundantly. I read only half before realizing it would be the same, over and over.
If one wants to know how Bernie Sanders stands it is a good read; just needs to be shorter.
on June 27, 2012
I agreed with three key points he made: his criticism of the extension of Bus tax cuts, his opposition to the bailouts of large banks like JP Morgan Chase, and the repeal of the estate tax.
However, I had a large complaint with Sander's speech: I did not agree at all with his opposition to the payroll tax cuts. He denounces this as a right-wing plot to destroy Social Security; I think that's an unfair generalization. For example, Jimmy Carter in 1977 proposed paying Soc Sec benefits out of the general revenue. I doubt that was a secret plot to ruin Soc Sec. If you're going to stand up as the ally of working people, you should support a tax cut that benefits them. The revenue lost to the Treasury could be made up by a more rational tax, perhaps a carbon tax.