Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bernie Sanders: Koch Brothers Are Behind Shutdown

Speaking to Ed Schultz, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) explained that the Koch brothers, able to spend limitless amounts of campaign money due to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, discourage moderate Republicans from supporting a continuing resolution to fund the government. Sanders also said that Americans disagree with the GOP on this issue; the Democrats have already compromised on the budget; and, ultimately, the shutdown is not about the budget, but about destroying the Affordable Care Act–and if we give in to GOP blackmail, it will never end. Watch:

SANDERS: What’s happening now, as I understand it, is when moderate Republicans are saying that, or thinking about standing up to Boehner, the extreme right wing is coming around saying you do that, let me tell you what’s going to happen. We have the Koch brothers behind us. We have hundreds of millions of dollars behind us, and if you dare to support a Continuing Resolution, a clean CR, we’re gonna primary you. We have unbelievable sums of money to defeat you.

So what you are looking at now is what Citizens United is all about. And that is giving a handful of billionaires, the Koch brothers and others, incredible power to tell members of Congress what they can and can not do, very dangerous.

1 comment:

Tarpon Rick said...

I wonder where all that Hollywood liberal money is? Oh, I guess they are just being hip and cool and don't put their money where their ego is...its a lot easier to sit back and whine about the Koch brothers...