Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving Independent member of Congress in American history. He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America, which is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. Other priorities include reversing global warming, enacting universal health care, developing fair trade policies, supporting veterans, and preserving family farms.

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Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from a speech Senator Sanders (I-VT) gave in December 2010 on the senate floor to protest President Obama’s proposed tax cut compromise. As everybody knows, the United States has a record-breaking national debt exceeding $14 trillion at the same time as the middle class is collapsing and poverty …

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