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The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class Paperback – March 1, 2011
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A rare oratorical tour de force.” U.S. News and World Report
A progressive hero.” Washington Post
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On Friday, December 10, 2010, Senator Bernie Sanders walked onto the floor of the Senate and gave a very long speech. It lasted over eight and a half hours, and it hit a nerve. Millions followed the speech online, and a grassroots response tied up the phones in the senator's offices. Editorials and news coverage appeared throughout the world. Sanders' speechpublished here in its entirety with a new introduction by the senatoris a call for action. In it, he blasts the agreement that extended the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, lowered estate tax rates for the very, very rich, and diverted revenue away from the Social Security trust fund. But the speech is more than a critique of a particular piece of legislation. It is a dissection of the collapse of the American middle class and a well-researched attack on corporate greed and on public policy that, over the last several decades, has led to a huge growth in income inequality. It is a plea for a fundamental change in national priorities; for government policy that reflects the needs of working families, not just the wealthy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When CBS interviewed him about this book, there was given a glimmer of a possibility that he might run for President. Independents are becoming a rare breed in this polarized political environment. So I wanted to know more and decided to read this book.
He explains right from the start that this is the actual 8 1/2 hour filibuster speech, just as the title states. He explains that as a speech there is a lot of redundancy. Senate members are coming in and out, for one thing. The key points of his speech thus need to be repeated. Besides this is a filibuster - the point is to keep talking for a long time. So I kept that in mind as I read the script of the speech - this book. I did not skip over the repetition as I discovered that there were the occasional supporting Senators who added to his speech. They provided additional perspective and sometimes more facts.
I now want to know more about this senator.