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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bernie Sanders knows the score

Bernie Sanders is no obstructionist. Bernie Sanders has fought hard to help President Obama get things done in the Senate. Yet now the man proposed by President Obama for confirmation as OMB director has been rejected by the Senator from Vermont. Not because he feels that Jack Lew couldn't be confirmed. No, the problem with Jack Lew is simple: he is a fox being asked to guard the hen-house. Here's Sen. Sanders' statement:

"Jack Lew has a long and distinguished career in public service and is clearly hard working and intelligent. Reluctantly, I will not vote to confirm Mr. Lew to be director of the Office of Management and Budget.

"As a result of the policies of President George W. Bush, the middle class in this country is collapsing, the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and we are continuing to hemorrhage good-paying manufacturing jobs overseas.

"Last week I applauded President Obama for appointing Elizabeth Warren to be the architect of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Professor Warren has a long track record of standing up for the middle class against the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. We need more voices like Elizabeth Warren's sending a clear message that the rules have changed and that the middle class in this country has a strong advocate.

"Jack Lew was kind enough to meet with me last week in my office and to answer my questions at a Senate Budget Committee hearing. Frankly, I found too many echoes of the failed policies of the past in his responses to my questions on trade policy, Social Security, deregulation of banks and other issues.

"It is my strong belief that President Obama needs an OMB Director who is willing to stand up to corporate America and the wealthy, say enough is enough, and fight for policies that protect the working class in this country. Unfortunately, I do not believe Mr. Lew is the right man at this time for this important job."

I applaud the principled stand of our northern neighbor. We will not accomplish much in the way of true reform if we allow defenders of the status-quo to become the administrators of the new rules. Jack Lew is too wedded to big-money interests to look out for the American middle-class. We shouldn't be so concerned with getting Republican confirmation votes that we dare not risk offending our corporate masters. This administration will not get a lot of help from them anyways. Better to serve the people who voted for change, than to curry favor with those who are determined to block change.

1 comment:

shakrail29 said...

I liked the way that Bernie Sanders did give the Prez. some credit for bringing in Elizabeth Warren. Unfortunately, Obama seems just as comfortable as Clinton was with the corporate elite. That's why we need progressives like Bernie Sanders to keep pushing this administration in the right direction!