by Terri Hallenbeck, Burlington Free Press, October 27, 2014
Sen. Bernie Sanders has been jetting about the country testing political waters for a possible presidential run. This weekend, he brought that speech home to Vermont to fire up voters on behalf of a few Democratic candidates.
After plying the Holley Hall crowd of about 120 with free bagels and coffee and talking up a host of state Democratic candidates, Sanders unleashed a lengthy and fiery call to arms Saturday morning in Bristol. His arms were flapping nearly as much as his lips.
His main target: The Koch Brothers, as in Charles and David, the very wealthy proprietors of Koch Industries who have spent a lot of money trying to influence the political direction of the United States.
“We have got to do everything we can do stop them,” Sanders said, ticking off a lengthy list of egregious things he said the brothers wanted to do. That included abolishing virtually every program you’ve heard on in the federal government, from Medicaid and Medicare to Social Security, minimum wage, campaign spending limits and the EPA….
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