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"We need a political revolution in this country," Sanders said, to applause. "Politics is terribly important, and what happens in Washington and state capitals is also enormously important." A largely older, markedly liberal audience listened to Sanders for over an hour inside the student center of the local university. Before the event started, attendees chatted about the senator coming to Dubuque and whether he was going to run for president. Many said they hoped so, mostly because they want a liberal option in the Democratic primary in 2016.
"[The] middle class is collapsing. I know that the gap between the very, very rich and everybody else is growing mightily. I know there is profound anger at the greed on Wall Street and corporate America," he said. "Anger at the political establishment. Anger at the media establishment. The American people want real change."
"The Koch brothers are going to spend $400 million. Do you know what their agenda is?" Sanders said. "Do you know what they believe in? Let me tell you what they believe in. ... They want to end Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. More tax breaks for the rich and large corporations." He added, "Nobody in America wants that except the billionaire class, and yet they are now able to put hundreds of billions of dollars into the political process. This is a real danger to American democracy.”
originally posted by: Tusks
Bernie claims to be a Socialist and is now cheer-leading for the Middle-Class???
originally posted by: Salander
a reply to: Tusks
Perhaps you don't fully understand socialism?
In any event, as labels are not always helpful or accurate, it seems the American middle class is a vanishing breed. It really does seem to be the 99 v 1 percent.