We learn from syndicated columnist Mona Charen’s “Lovable Ol’ Bernie” (News-Post, Dec. 30) that “Sanders has raised nearly twice as much money as Joe Biden.” More significantly, Sanders just passed an unprecedented 5 million contributors, which is about 20 times the number of Biden’s contributors. We also learn that a recent poll shows that “in a head-to-head match-up against Donald Trump, Sanders would do better than Biden.”

The balance of Charen’s op-ed is nothing but a crude hatchet job. “Sanders stopped learning about economics and politics about the age of 17.”

Here are excerpts from Bernie’s recent speeches: “Why do we have more wealth and income inequality than any other major nation with the disparity between the rich and poor growing wider? Three individuals now own more wealth than the bottom half of America, the top 1 percent owns more wealth than the bottom 92 percent and 49 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent.”

“We see huge private monopolies operating outside of any real democratic oversight and often subsidized by taxpayers with the power to control almost every aspect of our lives. They are the profit-taking gatekeepers of our health care, our technology, our finance system, our food supply and almost all of the other basic necessities of life. They are Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex and giant agri-businesses. They are the entities with unlimited wealth who surround our nation’s Capitol with thousands of well paid lobbyists, who to a very significant degree write the laws that we live under.”

“Real change in this country will not occur unless we have the courage to build a political revolution – unless millions of people stand up and take on the greed of the powerful special interests that control so much of our economic and political life.”

“I am reminded of the remarks that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made during his campaign in 1936 when he talked about the corporate elite of his time. ‘Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.’”

Barry Kissin

Frederick

(6) comments

Business Owner

You have ignore a lot of facts to compare Sanders to FDR. But presenting a few facts and multiplying them by the Kissin factor gets this kind of rubbish published in the Frederick News Post.

mgoose806

Really concerned about Bernie's Health. Signed- everybody.

mrnatural1

Great FDR quote.

You can tell a lot about a person by their enemies.

(To the tune of the "All in the Family" theme song "Those Were The Days"):

Mister we could use a man like FDR again...

yogib

I have agreed with your assessment all along. Our Government has changed since 1980 for the worse, and it is time for it to change for the better of all of us. Bernie is someone who understands Roosevelt and indeed knows what changes we must make for our country and democracy to survive. Of Course the elite, hates him also and he has said "he welcomes their hate" as well.

Thanks Barry. Very good letter

des21

In terms of your preference for Bernie's nomination- from your mouth to God's ear Barry.[beam]

DickD

Bernie has charisma, Biden doesn't. Still I prefer Biden.

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