Recorded September 16, 2016. Special "Transparency" Episode!
Bernie Sanders speaks out, at their conception, against abominations against our environment and tribal rights like the Dakota Access Pipeline. So why does it take public embarrassment or outrage to get leaders like President Obama and Hillary Clinton to take action? Could it be that they don't want to offend their friends and donors in high places?
President Obama promised the most transparent administration in history, which is probably why it takes e-mail leaks to prove that the usual pay-to-play and influence-peddling has completely painted over that "transparency." If you've got millions to stuff into the president's campaign coffers, you can be head of the FDA or get a cushy ambassadorship. And Colin Powell's leaked e-mails add to the list of ways Hillary Clinton has shown her incompetency.
In our Chicago Progress segment, we interview public defender, educator and grassroots organizer Tom Tresser about his revealing and disturbing book Chicago Is Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve, which lifts the curtain on how the wealthy ruling class sequesters and squanders OUR tax dollars to enrich the pockets of developers, contractors and corporate interests. Hear how "TIF" districts are used in Chicago and nationwide to divert money from education and public resources in favor of development in high-income and tourist areas.
Another reason we need to get involved and take our government back. Time and time again, those at the top ignore our voices until it's too late and favor their $1,000 a bottle wine club associates (e.g. Rahm Emmanuel). Get together with Chicago Progress, Our Revolution and Brand New Congress to implement real change now and keep things BERNING for enemies of progressive values!
The What Would Bernie Sanders Do Podcast is Dr. Barry Kaufman with Host Darren Stephens and is produced in Chicago by Ruth Kaufman. Information on the podcast is supported by the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatwouldberniesandersdo/. Learn more about how you can help the campaign by going to www.berniesanders.com. Find us on Twitter and Instagram @wwbsdpodcast. Music by Robin Bienemann http://robinb.org/music.html.
Get a copy of the book Chicago Is Not Broke!! http://www.wearenotbroke.org/