Bernie speaks for all Americans except for "billionaires and millionaires"
Billionaires and “counterrevolutionaries,” he explained, have “psychiatric issues” -- they’re “addicted to money.” “We all know people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs; these people are addicted to money,” Sanders said.
The result is a “philosophical war being waged against the middle-class and working families.”
The solution is a “political revolution,” but one that looks backwards, not forward, to a time when “one person could work 40 hours a week and make enough to take care for the entire family.”
“We need to take a hard look at our trade policies which have resulted in the outsourcing of millions of good paying jobs,” he continued. “Since 2001 we have lost more than 60,000 factories in this country, and more than 4.9 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs. We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, etc.) which enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to China and other low-wage countries.”
His recovery program, An Economic Agenda for America, would invest in infrastructure; turn away from fossil fuels; raise the federal minimum wage; and close the gender wage gap, among other tenets.
“We need to end the race to the bottom and develop trade policies which demand that American corporations create jobs here, and not abroad,” Sanders said.
1. Invest in our crumbling infrastructure with a major program to create jobs by rebuilding roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools.
2. Transform energy systems away from fossil fuels to create jobs while beginning to reverse global warming and make the planet habitable for future generations.
3. Develop new economic models to support workers in the United States instead of giving tax breaks to corporations which ship jobs to low-wage countries overseas.
Sanders cited figures adjusted for inflation that reveal the median male worker in the United States earned $783 less in 2013 than he made 41 years ago. He also suggested that continued gender disparities persist that should outrage any who believe in equality, with annual earnings for the median female worker in the U.S. declining by $1,337 between 2007 and 2013. Since 1999, Sanders said, household income for the median middle-class family is less than it was a quarter century ago.
"That is 20 percent of what the Koch brothers themselves are prepared to spend. Can you take that on? I don't know the answer. Maybe the game is over. Maybe they have bought the United States government. Maybe there is no turning back. Maybe we've gone over the edge. I don't know. I surely hope not. But we have to look at that reality."The average contribution to Sanders' campaign was $27.
"The gut feeling … that I'm going to have to reach is whether there is that willingness to stand up and fight back. And if there's not, I don't want to run a futile campaign," he said.
Bernies message is simple;
Don't let the Billionaires get their way.
Get behind someone you can believe in ... And let him know you got his back.