Sanders, one of the Senate's leading liberals, is protesting Obama's deal with Republicans, which would extend tax cuts on all income that were initially signed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003.
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Having heard part of the speech, I was disappointed that this story did not mention a major theme--- Sanders' parents had limited education, yet worked hard and he and his siblings went to college and lived what he described as the American dream. Senator Sanders referred to a letter he received from a parent who also worked hard with the dream of sending a child to college, but wrote to say that he will be unable to do it. So, a major them of Senator Sanders' speech is the loss of the expectation that if you work hard your children will have a better life in America.
This does capture the contrasting comment, that for many of the wealthy, no amount of wealth is sufficient (although it left out his description of many of the ... More »
“I am simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.”