A Threat to American Democracy

The billionaire class is going to war against working Americans.

Ask yourself, if you had 80 billion dollars, do you really need to invest in the political process so you can elect candidates who will give you even more tax breaks? Do you really have to invest in right-wing candidates who are out there trying to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Environmental Protection Agency, nutrition, food stamps, and education?

Why, if somebody has 80 billion dollars, are they working so hard for more tax breaks for themselves and for more cuts for the middle class and working class, in terms of programs that people desperately need? Frankly, I think this is not an economic issue, I think it’s a psychiatric issue….

At the end of the day, what we are really talking about is whether or not this nation is going to become an oligarchic form of society… a nation in which both the economics and politics… are controlled by a handful of billionaire families….

Unless we act boldly to reverse that trend, …this country is moving in exactly that direction. One of the reasons for that is the… disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which regards corporations as people and allows the super-wealthy to spend as much as they want on elections. The “Billionaire Party”… is now the major political force in this country.

Senator Bernie Sanders

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