SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: “What we are seeing — and what scares me very, very much — is a movement in this country toward oligarchy ...”
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: “What we are seeing — and what scares me very, very much — is a movement in this country toward oligarchy ...”

     From the birthplace of the GOP to the belly of the beast, this Ripon boy recently attended a Bernie Sanders rally.

     Can you blame me?

     I was in Vermont and it was Labor Day. Where else to find America’s No. 1 liberal firebrand but in front of a microphone?

     I sat with 300 progressives in a park in White River Junction, Vt., to hear the senator discuss:

     * Campaign finance reform — Like Sanders, I agree that the-best-government-money-can-buy stinks but unlike him, don’t want public tax dollars to pay for shallow, ad hominem TV ads;

     * A $15 minimum wage — Unlike Sanders, I disagree that every entry-level job should pay a liveable wage;

     * Tax reform — Sanders said business will benefit from lower rates while neglecting to mention planned removal of loopholes/deductions benefitting big givers and that the U.S. corporate tax is the world’s highest;

     * Free college, universal health care — The audience ate this up. I wanted to shout, “And who will pay for this?”

     * President Trump’s threat to repeal the DACA program — Sanders described the president as cruel while failing to acknowledge that his own U.S. Senate’s attempts to reform immigration policy have been failures. ...

     I found myself liking and even admiring this big-government, fiscally irresponsible, socialist great-grandpa, while disagreeing with most of his message.  

     To read the entire column, see the Oct. 5, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.