Meanwhile, ‘‘in da Senate’’:
‘‘His bank was bailed out big time by the taxpayers. But under the legislation the President negotiated with the Republicans [he] will receive $1.1 million in tax breaks. So $1.1 million in tax breaks for a major CEO on Wall Street, who over the last 5 years received $89 million in total compensation.
Light posting lately as I focus on finals. I particularly lament the absence of posts on the readings for the daily Mass. In my absence, I leave you with the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington goodness of Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the only socialist ever elected to the U.S. Senate--and a democratic socialist of whom Eugene V. Debs would be proud.
The first link is to the text of Sanders' impassioned eight-hour long old-school filibuster of the recent tax compromise, from which comes the text quoted above. I don't agree with every element of Sanders' analysis, but the overall sentiment is righteous and magnanimous.
The second link is to Sanders' recent attempt at economic common sense, the ‘‘Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act,’’ a masterpiece of brevity in legislative draftsmanship--it's only seventeen lines long!--that will sadly but surely die in committee.