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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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“Bernie Sanders is such a rarity, and people should appreciate what he’s doing not just for his home state of Vermont, but for the reputation of all politicians in general.” —Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

“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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568586841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568586847
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernie Sanders tells it like it is. He is the only real representative of the interests of ordinary people in the Senate today. He lays out, not only how the specific proposal at issue (whether to pass President Obama's lopsided compromise with the Republicans wherein the Democratic caucus acquiesced in incredibly foolish, economically destructive, and pro-elitist extension of tax cuts for the rich and uber-rich demanded by the Republicans, but got precious little in return) was a really, really bad idea, but how for years the Republicans, and far too many fellow traveling Democrats, have sold out the interests of their middle class and working class constituents in favor of the 2 Party Dictatorship of the Rich and Corporations that now rules the United States.

Hooray for Bernie Sanders. If only we had 100 of him in the Senate.
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Before purchasing this book, the reader should be aware that this book is exactly what it says it is: the well-known--and for some of us the much respected--speech progressive Senator Bernie Sanders delivered on the Senate floor back in December. So if you are not interested in reading what he said, then you certainly don't want to buy this book. However, if you, like me, are a great admirer of Senator Sanders and would like to be more informed about why he is against so much of what is being enacted in Congress, then by all means buy the book.
In the introduction he says that the reader will experience redundancies, purposeful ones, because, after all, it is "the speech." And the senator wanted to keep hitting on cerain points such as the complete unfairness of extending the tax breaks to the filthy rich in this country. And since it is a speech, the syntax is what one should expect of a speaker. Those who have heard him speak--I once lived in Vermont and voted for him every chance I could--can almost hear that Brooklyn accent as we progress through his well articulated points.
By the way, know this, too, if you purchase the book. And I quote from the book: "All authorial proceeds of this book will go to charitable, non-profit organizations in the State of Vermont--mostly relating to the needs of children."
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Sen. Sanders will be remembered in the history books for his warnings about the new Gilded Age we are experiencing. Both parties are responsible for the corporate theft that has taken place since 1980. Hopefully more people will wake up and realize that we must become active and say enough. I am ashamed that President Obama would call a press conference to deflect attention from this speech. Senator Sanders please continue to fight for us, we are praying for you.
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***Update July 2015: Please see my original (and somewhat lacking in substance) review at the end of this post***

I remember the day I bought this book from the Strand in NYC - I had no idea who Bernie Sanders was at the time. Four years later, this book and the man behind it have me more excited about politics than I have ever been in my entire life.

Why am I excited? Because I believe Bernie is a truly different breed - and from what I've seen over the past few weeks, I believe that Bernie can win the Presidency in 2016.

Bernie is genuine and honest. He says what he means and means what he says. He is the polar opposite of focus-grouped-to-death candidates who have to constantly give canned answers and talking points lest they contradict the party line or themselves.

Bernie cares about the issues, not the soap opera that national politics has become (see Donald Trump's entire campaign). Go watch videos of him on the talking heads' shows. He absolutely does not take the bait when anchor after anchor tries to get a sound bite out of him. He has said he's never run a negative ad in his political career and doesn't plan on it in 2016 - because he cares about the ISSUES.

Bernie has refused to accept money from Super PACs and has made repealing Citizens United one of his top priorities. He is committed to getting big money out of politics and returning power to average American voters.

Bernie has a long, established career of fighting for working families and veterans as the Mayor of Burlington, and as a Congressman. He has proven that he can get elected, and that he can work across political divisions to get work done, because he focuses on issues that most Americans agree with.
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Everyone needs to read this publication to fully grasp the lack of media attention that has been paid to the ever-increasing income gap between the super-rich and everyone else. If you consider yourself upper-middle class because your income is six figures, but below $250,000.00 a year, wake up. You are being left in the dust.

Facts: according to the GAO, between 1998 & 2005, two out of every three corporations in America paid no Federal income taxes; in 2009, the top 25 hedge fund managers made a combined $25 billion in income, but Congress can't see its way clear to grant $250.00 in COLA checks to senior citizens and disabled veterans; during the Bush presidency, the wealthiest 400 families had their income more than double while their income tax rates dropped by almost half between 1995 and 2007; the US currently has more people in jail than China. During the eight years of the Bush presidency we had private sector job loss in this country. You're in the Tea Party and you think Paul Ryan's budget plan is a good idea? Be careful what you wish for - you just may get it.
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