Speaking on MSNBC’s The Ed Show to Ed Schultz, Senator Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) said that this tax cut deal is “an absolute disaster and an insult to the vast majority of the American people.”
He says he will do whatever he can to derail this disastrous deal President Obama has made with the GOP, even though they don’t hold a majority in the Senate and even though the tax-writing legislative body has passed tax cuts for everyone on income up to a quarter of a million dollars.
Senator Sanders does not rule out a filibuster on this issue. Any threat of a filibuster, of course, may destroy Majority Leader Reid’s carefully crafted schedule that includes such issues critical to the American people as a judicial impeachment and online gambling while letting such things as START and DADT repeal slide into nothingness, otherwise known as the next Congress.
Senator Sanders calls holding unemployment insurance hostage “an insult and an outrage.” He says “not only is this bad public policy… I think it is bad politics.”
“Who is going to believe this president or anyone in the future when you campaigned for years against Bush’s economic policies, and then you say, by the way I’m voting for tax breaks for the rich.”
Senator Sanders also confidently predicts that this two-year extension is only the beginning and that these tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires will be extended well beyond that. Senator Sanders seems ready to rally the American people to oppose this political and policy disaster: “They want it all for their rich friends!”