When most of the country focused on President Obama’s implementation of gun control laws, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) led a rally in Manhattan where he addressed the rampaging of the economy by the wealthiest 1 percent. The Senator of Vermont declared war on Wall Street and the six financial institutions that control 95 percent of the wealth in the country.
“The American people are catching on. They understand that something is profoundly wrong when, in our country today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent and when the 20 richest people own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans – half of our population.”
“They know that the system is rigged when the average person is working longer hours for lower wages, while 58 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent. In fact, the greed of Wall Street and corporate America is destroying the fabric of our nation. We will no longer tolerate an economy and a political system that has been rigged by Wall Street to benefit the wealthiest Americans in this country at the expense of everyone else.”
The Sanders campaign even took to Twitter to call for a grass-roots movement to address the financial epidemic America currently faces.
Even bigwigs like Elizabeth Warren chimed in on Bernie’s declaration of war:
Of course, the rally discussed what he would do if elected President; Sanders wasn’t afraid to make some mighty promises, either:
Sanders’ Wall Street Reform Agenda
- Ending “Too Big to Fail”
- Sanders claims the notion of “Too Big to Fail” is merely an insurance policy for Wall Street that assures them taxpayers will keep them afloat when things go south. According to Sanders, if it’s too big to fail, it’s too big to exist.
“Within one year, my administration will break these institutions up so that they no longer pose a grave threat to the economy as authorized under Section 121 of the Dodd-Frank Act.”
This led to the explosion of the #BreakEmUp hashtag on Twitter, where the Sanders team tweeted bits and pieces of what he would do if elected.
- Ending “Too Big to Jail”
- “The average American sees kids being arrested and sometimes even jailed for possessing marijuana or other minor crimes. But when it comes to Wall Street executives, some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country, whose illegal behavior caused pain and suffering for millions – somehow nothing happens to them. No police record. No jail time. No justice.”
“‘Equal Justice Under Law’ will not just be words engraved on the entrance of the Supreme Court. It will be the standard that applies to Wall Street and all Americans.”
Sanders sums up what his campaign is about by demonstrating the fundamental importance of the voices of American people to changing our country:
“What this campaign is about is building a political movement which revitalizes American democracy, which brings millions of people together – black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American – young and old, men and women, gay and straight, native born and immigrant, people of all religions.”
It’s hard to believe no one knew who he was not long ago. Sanders proves he means business, and he’s not afraid to threaten Wall Street in the process: “If you do not end your greed, we will end it for you.”
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