Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

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By Eric W. Dolan
October 31, 2011

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a National Infrastructure Bank, and to rebuild roads, rails and airports.

“China is now spending 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s Politics Nation. “They’re building thousands of miles of high speed rail. Europe, 5 percent. We are at 2.2 percent. We’re becoming the laughing stock of the entire world. ”

“You want to put people to work tomorrow?” he added. “Start rebuilding the infrastructure. It is incomprehensible to me that the Republicans are opposing that.”

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About B.J. Murphy

I'm a young socialist and Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region, who writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), India Future Society, and Serious Wonder. I'm also the Social Media Manager for Serious Wonder, an Advisory Board Member for the Lifeboat Foundation, and a Co-Editor for Fight Back! News.

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  1. Based on the hysterical rhetorical of Bernie Sanders in that video, it looks like the American Empire is increasingly nervous about the failures of US capitalism compared to its competitors from Europe to China.

    And Barack Obama’s jobs bill is a total political fraud. All the populist demogouery from Democrats and other phony progressives supporting this bill is largely political cover to disguise its right wing political agenda:

    Obama outlines right-wing program in “jobs” speech
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/sep2011/obam-s09.shtml

    Obama’s jobs fraud
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/sep2011/pers-s10.shtml

    More about Bernie Sanders, American National “Socialist”:

    The reactionary politics of independent “socialist” Bernie Sanders
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/feb2009/sand-f11.shtml

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