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The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class

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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 Sanders’ 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, and 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.

Senator Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. He has represented Vermont in the Senate for four years and in the House for sixteen years. He served four terms as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, during which time the city was recognized as one of the most livable cities in America.

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In the wake of President Obamas deal with congressional Republicans to preserve Bush-era tax cuts—tax cuts that gave colossal breaks to the wealthiest Americans— Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, publicly denounced the deal as an “absolute disaster” and decided to do something about it.

On Friday, December 10, 2010, Senator Sanders galvanized millions of Americans with an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the tax deal and all it symbolized: the bankrupting of the middle class, corporate greed, and the impotence and corruption of todays Congress. As Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel noted, “The good Senator from Vermont spoke for millions of struggling working and middle class people who feel their voices arent being heard in a system dominated by well-funded lobbyists and corporate insiders.”

Reprinted in its entirety and with a new introduction, The Speech is a Peoples State of the Union address, an anatomy of working and middle-class America rarely heard in the rarefied walls of the Senate.

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Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont, is the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history.

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tgrang13, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
This book was so inspiring. I want to be Bernie Sanders if I grow up!! It is a transcript of the historic speech that Bernie Sanders gave on the Senate floor in 2010. He went on for about 8 1/2 hours, and the man is 70 years old! He talks about so many things that are so important to know if you want to be an informed voter. If you are ready to find out how tax cuts for the rich really work, then read this book. Actually, I believe that everyone should read this book. Senator Sanders is the longest serving Independent in Congress, and I have a feeling he will continue to be as long as he still wants to job. He speaks of the real disparities that are going on in America and poses questions such as why are we giving billionaires tax breaks when we are cutting important spending such as Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, education, and investment into our crumbling infrastructure. I highly recommend this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781568586847
Author:
Sanders, Bernie
Publisher:
Nation Books
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
from 18

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In the wake of President Obamas deal with congressional Republicans to preserve Bush-era tax cuts—tax cuts that gave colossal breaks to the wealthiest Americans— Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, publicly denounced the deal as an “absolute disaster” and decided to do something about it.

On Friday, December 10, 2010, Senator Sanders galvanized millions of Americans with an eight-and-a-half-hour filibuster decrying the tax deal and all it symbolized: the bankrupting of the middle class, corporate greed, and the impotence and corruption of todays Congress. As Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel noted, “The good Senator from Vermont spoke for millions of struggling working and middle class people who feel their voices arent being heard in a system dominated by well-funded lobbyists and corporate insiders.”

Reprinted in its entirety and with a new introduction, The Speech is a Peoples State of the Union address, an anatomy of working and middle-class America rarely heard in the rarefied walls of the Senate.

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