Every few days, I come across a quote from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders that I feel compelled to share. For the most part, I’m able to restrain myself. But, every once in a while, there’s something that I just can’t hold back. Today, it’s footage from the Daily Show, where Sanders appeared yesterday, promoting his new book, The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class. Here it is, in two parts:
I don’t have time to transcribe the whole thing at the moment, but here’s a quote from Bernie that I found particularly noteworthy… “I think at the end of the day, the vast majority of the people support medicare, support Social Security. You go and ask anybody about the wisdom of giving tax breaks – a trillion dollars in tax breaks, which is what the Ryan plan is – to the wealthiest people in this country, while you cut back on education and environmental protection – very few people agree with that.“
And, here, while we’re at it, is another great quote from Sanders on the Ryan budget… “(This budget) is the most extremist legislation I’ve ever seen, it’s a transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthiest people in this country. This isn’t about deficit reduction. They want to give a trillion dollars of tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country.“
Why isn’t this guy a guest on every television show in America?
[I was going to say "every non-sitcom television show in America," but then I thought about it a while and realized how cool it would be if he were, for let's say the period of a week, on every single network show, regardless of it's format, subject matter, etc. I've never watched Two and a Half Men, but I find it hard to believe that it couldn't be made better with a cameo by Bernie Sanders, playing an opinionated handyman. Or, what if he just showed up on a raft during an episode of Survivor?]