Bernie Sanders rallies activists to sink Obama’s tax compromise: Article and video

(excerpt from) Huffington Post
Bernie Sanders Rallies Activists To Sink Obama’s Tax Compromise
December 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told thousands of Americans that if Republicans “run over us now, there is no stopping these guys,” and called on activists across the country to sink Obama’s tax cut compromise.

Sanders has emerged as the most outspoken opponent of President Obama’s tax cut compromise, threatening to filibuster the legislation in the Senate and calling on Americans to take to the streets, or at least to their phones…

“If millions of people say to the president, ‘Mr. President you struck a bad deal!’ — we’ll win this fight!” he said.

Sanders vowed to do everything he can on Capitol Hill to block Obama’s deal from going through, but conceded that he will need some Republican support to kill the bill…

Below is the video of the speech Bernie Sanders, an independent, made in the Senate. David McReynolds, previous socialist candidate for President and Green Party candidate for NY Senate, sent the youtube link around with the notation, “For one of the best speeches made in the Senate in a long time, check this out.”:

Transcript of beginning of speech

There is a war going on in this country, and I am not referring to the War in Iran and the War in Afghanistan. I am talking about a war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country against the working families of the United States of America, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country. The reality is that many of the nations billionaires are on the warpath, they want more, more, more. Their greed has no end. And, apparently there is very little concern for our country or for the people of our country if it gets in the way of the accumulation of more and more wealth and more and more power… – Bernie Sanders

3 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders rallies activists to sink Obama’s tax compromise: Article and video

  1. pete healey

    Remember that other Senator from Vermont who defied the leadership of his own party and declared his independence, that hippie Republican Jim Jeffords? He walked away with W.’s majority in the Senate and risked his life doing it. I hope Sanders has that kind of courage to stand against his own leadership.

  2. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent – 7 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – Angry House Democrats staged a noisy revolt Thursday against President Barack Obama’s year-end tax cut agreement with Republicans, pledging to block a vote unless there are changes to scale back billions ticketed to help the rich.

    “If it’s take it or leave it, we’ll leave it,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, after a closed-door meeting in which rank-and-file Democrats chanted, “Just say no.”

    Despite the flare-up, the White House expressed confidence the measure would be approved before Congress goes home for the year.

    “The deal will get passed,” said presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs. There were no predictions to the contrary among senior Democrats on either side of the Capitol.

  3. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    Mike Gravel the Candidate We Need?
    Jeremy Young | December 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/ppl47-1I

    It’s been a bad week for those of us who support a left-wing primary challenge to Barack Obama. Given anger on the Left concerning Obama’s tax-cut compromise (yes, I participated), political scuttlebutt had it that Sen. Bernie Sanders ………..

    Sanders has shown no interest in a bid and probably wouldn’t run as a Democrat anyway, meaning that he’d be a general-election spoiler rather than a legitimate protest vote.

    If another candidate doesn’t surface within the next month or two, progressives should stop looking for one and should start devoting their efforts to making sure Gravel makes the ballot in all 50 states. I can tell you that if the choice were between Obama and Gravel,

    I could vote for Gravel enthusiastically. For the first time since 2004, I could actually vote for a candidate I believed in.

    (Cross-posted at The Wild, Wild Left.)

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