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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On Friday, December 10, 2010, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked on to the floor of the United States Senate and began speaking. It turned out to be a very long speech, lasting over eight and a half hours. And it hit a nerve. Millions followed the speech online until the traffic crashed the Senate server. A huge, positive grassroots response tied up the phones in the senator's offices in Vermont and Washington. President Obama reportedly held an impromptu press conference with former President Clinton to deflect media attention away from Sander' speech. Editorials and news coverage appeared throughout the world.
In his speech, Sanders blasted the agreement that President Obama struck with Republicans, which extended the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, lowered estate tax rates for the very, very rich, and set a terrible precedent by establishing a "payroll tax holiday" diverting revenue away from the Social Security Trust Fund, threatening the fund's very future. But the speech was more than a critique of a particular piece of legislation. It was a dissection of the collapse of the American middle class and a well-researched attack on corporate greed and on public policy which, over the last several decades, has led to a huge growth in millionaires even as the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world. It was a plea for a fundamental change in national priorities, for government policy that reflects the needs of working families, and not just the wealthy and their lobbyists.
Finally, Sanders' speech-published here in its entirety with a new introduction by the senator-is a call for action. It is a passionate statement informing us that the only people who will save the middle class of this country is the middle class itself, but only if it is informed, organized, and prepared to take on the enormously powerful special interests dominating Washington.



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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