Washington, DC--Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) yesterday ripped into Republicans, defended the defenseless, and called out the "crooks on Wall Street" in an impassioned speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
The linked video runs about 13 minutes. Well worth your time!
Here's a shorter one that runs about two minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svCttRiavos
Some excerpts from Sanders speech:
The people on top are doing extraordinarily well at the same time the middle class is collapsing and poverty is increasing
Between 1980 and 2005, 80 percent--80 percent--of all new income created in this country went to the top one percent.
The United States has now by far the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country on earth
Greed is an issue we have to deal with.
We are now faced with the issue of what we do with the bush tax cuts.
The highest priority of many of our colleagues is to make sure millionaires and billionaires get tax breaks.
We're very concerned about the deficit; we're very concerned about the national debt. But you know what we're more concerned about? Giving HUGE tax cuts to the wealthiest people in this country.
We just don't have enough money for working families and their needs; we're going to cut back on food stamps… We're surely not going to expand unemployment compensation; we got a higher priority Mr. President!
We have got to, got to, got to… give tax break to billionaires. I mean that's what this whole place is about, isn't it? They fund the campaigns; they get what's due to them.