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2016-03-14
Newsletter 30 Bernie Sanders


BERNIE SANDERS – THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN WISCONCIN

Bernie pontificates what is wrong with neoliberalism and neoliberal capitalism! It is just plain morally wrong and exploitative and demeaning!

This maybe America but it applies all over the global village!

“Nine months ago, our campaign began. And when it began, we had no political organization, no money, and not much name recognition outside of the state of Vermont. A lot has happened in nine months.

And what has happened is, I think, the American people have responded to a series of basic truths, and that is that we have today a campaign finance system which is corrupt, which is undermining American [South African] democracy, which allows Wall Street and billionaires to pour huge sums of money into the political process to elect the candidates of their choice. [In South Africa the public is by law not privy to where the funding is coming from one of the rare occasions of cooperation between the political parties across the spectrum]

SANDERS: And aligned with a corrupt campaign finance system is a rigged economy. And that's an economy where ordinary Americans [South Africans] are working longer hours for low wagers. They are worried to death about the future of their kids. And yet they are seeing almost all new income and all new wealth going to the top 1 percent.

And then in addition to that, the American people are looking around and they see a broken criminal justice system. They see more people in jail in the United States of America than any other country on earth, 2.2 million. We're spending $80 billion a year locking up fellow Americans.

They see kids [little people] getting arrested for [fraud] marijuana, getting in prison, getting a criminal record, while they see executives on Wall Street [the big boys] who pay billions of dollars [rands] in settlements and get no prosecution at all. No criminal records for them. [It is encouraging to note that in China senior executives are arrested for further investigation at the hint of fraud or neglect].

I think what our campaign is indicating is that the American people are tired of establishment politics, tired of establishment economics. They want a political revolution in which millions of Americans stand up, come together, not let the Trumps of the world divide us, and say, you know what, in this great country, we need a government that represents all of us, not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors.”

[Brackets is my emphasis with South African context]