This is a really good discussion, one hosted by Sen. Bernie Sanders and viewed live online by over 1.7 million people, on the nature of inequality in America today and the threat it poses to us all and the well being of our nation. As the facts discussed in this informative program reveal, we can no longer afford the deceptive lies of “trickle down” economics and their unjust impacts upon the great majority of our citizens. History shows no nation can maintain itself in the face of such gross inequality, such as the kind we see in America today, a nation where a half dozen individuals have more wealth than 50% of the entire population combined.
This town hall focuses on not only the problem of inequality, but its root causes (*ahem* money controlling our politics <cough> and lack of real campaign finance reform <cough>), and the need for policies to redress it. It’s full of information which is essential for understanding the scope of this issue, and just how deep rooted its effects are upon our society. Some statistics are actually shocking. For instance, the fact that 44% of homeless people actually have jobs and are working! What does that say about the nature of the quality of jobs we have today, and the inability for people to live decent and dignified lives in today’s economy, one in which those providing meaningful living wages are becoming harder and harder to come by?
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said decades ago, echoing many of the same realities brought to light in this town hall meeting…
“While the majority goes on about its great work without complaint, a noisy minority maintains an uproar of demands for special favors for special groups. There are pests who swarm through the lobbies of the Congress and the cocktail bars of Washington, representing these special groups as opposed to the basic interests of the Nation as a whole.”
And this is why I am working to represent YOU in the Statehouse! I will be a voice and a vote for renewing the kinds of policies we once had in place in this country, ones which resulted in the largest and biggest expansion of economic opportunity and a thriving middle class in our nation’s history. Ones which respected and supported the rights and well being of the American worker, and didn’t sell them out to a small group of financial elites through a rigged system designed to benefit themselves at the expense of everyone else.
And this episode of the new podcast “Deconstructed,” by The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan features a good interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders as they talk about poverty, inequality, media bias, and the 2020 presidential election.