Bernie Sanders in Intro to Playing Bigger, by Bernie Sanders

On Government Reform: America struggles between organized people & organized money

Today, America is locked in a bitter struggle between organized people and organized money. The very simple political reality is that those of us is Congress who are prepared to stand up to organized money will not be successful without the strong support of millions of Americans at the grassroots level. Equally true is the reality that he average American citizen--disgusted with tax breaks or billionaires, Wall Street greed, a never-ending recession attacks on Social Security, two wars and minimal efforts against global warming--will not see his or her views translated into legislation without the support of organized people. Without the support of organized people, we progressives in Congress are no match for organized money.
Source: Sanders Introduction to `Playing Bigger`, by S. Acuff, p. 1 Nov 8, 2012

On Corporations: Crooks on Wall Street started Great Recession & got richer

In the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the middle class is collapsing and poverty is increasing. Meanwhile, the people at the top are doing phenomenally well. The crooks on the Wall Street whose greed precipitated this recession are now earning more money than before the American people bailed them out. The top one percent in our country now earn over 23 percent of all income, more than the bottom 50 percent. The U.S. today has by far the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country on earth and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider.
Source: Sanders Introduction to `Playing Bigger`, by S. Acuff, p. 2 Nov 8, 2012

On Jobs: Real unemployment is 16%; official unemployment only 9%

While "official" unemployment is at 9.8 percent, real unemployment is over 16 percent--and even higher for blue collar workers. Despite massive unemployment and the collapse of the middle class, the representatives or organized money want more tax breaks for the wealthy, more government deregulation, more unfettered free trade, more anti-union legislation and--as if this was not bad enough--they want an end of funding for unemployment benefits.
Source: Sanders Introduction to `Playing Bigger`, by S. Acuff, p. 3 Nov 8, 2012

The above quotations are from Playing Bigger Than You Are
A Life in Organizing

by Stewart Acuff (Introduction by Bernie Sanders)
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