by Peter Freyne
Ol' Bernardo, excuse me, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is in the groove this weekend.
It is, after all, Labor Day Weekend, and he is the only successful socialist I know of on America's national political stage. Sen. Sanders held a presser Friday to promote the Labor Day weekend events/parades etc.
Been a busy guy, too, during the August "recess."
As has Sen. Patrick Leahy, who's been presiding with dignity and determination over the downfall of our dishonest Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. This Sunday morning, St. Patrick, Chairman of Senate Judiciary, will appear on Fox News Sunday along with GOP Vice Chair Arlen Specter.
Sen. Socialist conceded in his prepared remarks that, "The richest people in our country are doing phenomenally well. But what the president has got to understand is that not everyone in America is a millionaire or a billionaire and that millions of working Americans are struggling hard to keep their heads above water."
Ol' Bernardo has been busy traveling around Vermont the last few weeks meeting folks up close and personal. What's he hearing at ground level, we asked?
The war is always out there. It is on the minds of so many people who are just sick and tired of pouring more and more money into a war where our soldiers are getting killed, the people if Iraq are being decimated. I think there’s a very strong sentiment, especially in this state to bring our troops home as soon as possible.
Andy picked up on a point that is also growing in sentiment every place I go. Walking down the street the other day, a young working class guy said, "Bernie, you got to do something about universal health care!"
A lot of working people are paying more and more for their healthcare or they can’t afford healthcare at all. Look around the world. Everybody else has a national healthcare program. We don’t. We spend so much money. So healthcare is a huge issue.
And global warming is also something on many people’s minds.