Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is one of the best advocates for the U.S. middle classes and he's also becoming new technology communication savvy. Bernie is online!
Firstly, he wrote a column on the Huffington Post on the financial crisis.
Here are his very simple main points and he has a tendency to introduce legislation to accompany his words.
- Cap interest rates to 15%
- Break up too big to fail institutions
- Pass the "Audit the Fed" bill
Pretty simple huh? If an institution is too big to fail then maybe it's too big to exist? Stop consumer usary by plain making loan shark interest rates illegal. If we want to know what the Federal Reserve has done with $2 trillion, let's audit them.
But check this out. Senator Sanders has an entire online show, Sanders Unfiltered and is also creating youtubes to communicate with the public. He's using web 2.0 technologies...with feedback mind you, you can submit a video question, commentary, comment, all to communicate with his office and make requests. Sanders can also drum up support for legislation, answer questions and most importantly disseminate truth on legislative and topic details, not filtered by some cable news show or press. (I wish he would put up a bunch of his Senate and House Floor speeches, they are hard hitting, loaded with facts, same with Senator Byron Dorgan!)
Now if only a few more representatives would realize they are supposed to represent the people in their areas and not whatever corporate or personal agenda they are into....did such a nice communication system. What if more representatives were actually interested in listening to what their constituents want and offering solutions to see....if that is what they want?
Frankly my representatives simply utter some nice sound bytes, obviously written by some corporate lobbyist...and completely ignore what their constituents have to say. Since this is so common, I'll bet that's your experience too, even in town halls.
Sanders is awesome, he also had managed to navigate those corporate lobbyist shark invested waters on capital hill and squeeze through more than one very common sense, practical amendment into bills. Give him more power to help us out and check out his new site.