The Speech

A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class

By Bernie Sanders
(Nation Books, Paperback, 9781568586847, 270pp.)

Publication Date: March 2011

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In the wake of President Obama’s deal with congressional Republicans to preserve Bush-era tax cutstax cuts that gave colossal breaks to the wealthiest Americans Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, publicly denounced the deal as an absolute disaster” and decided to do something about it.

On Friday, December 10, 2010, Senator Sanders galvanized millions of Americans with an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the tax deal and all it symbolized: the bankrupting of the middle class, corporate greed, and the impotence and corruption of today’s Congress. As Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel noted, The good Senator from Vermont spoke for millions of struggling working and middle class people who feel their voices aren’t being heard in a system dominated by well-funded lobbyists and corporate insiders.”

Reprinted in its entirety and with a new introduction, The Speech is a People’s State of the Union address, an anatomy of working and middle-class America rarely heard in the rarefied walls of the Senate.




About the Author
The author, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, is one of the co-founders of the Earth Intelligence Network, created to offer public intelligence in the public interest. Together with Joe Trippi and others, he has devised a means for leveraging $5 to $20 contribution from tens of millions of voters as a means of creating a Public Trust that refuses to perpetuate the existing system that gerrymanders and shuts out all third party candidates while emphasizing a cult of personality and a war of cultures, instead of nurturing moderation and reconciliation around our common purpose: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every citizen and every legal immigrant. The author has lived an unusual and full life, with half of his 56 years abroad, as the son of an oil engineer, as a Marine Corps infantry officer, and as a clandestine case officer (spy handler) for the Central Intelligence Agency. As the senior civilian founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center (today a Command), he discovered that we are spending $60 billion a year on the 4% we can steal, and ignoring the other 96% in 183 languages we do not speak. Today the author serves voluntarily as intelligence officer to the public, and aspires to be intelligence officer to the poor, firm in his conviction that educating the five billion poor, free and one cell call at a time, is the fastest way--and the only way-- to create a prosperous world at peace.
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