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Tue Mar 8, 2016, 09:33 AM


Columnist: Why Detroiters should vote for Bernie Sanders


By Michael Betzold
For Motor City Muckraker

Severe income inequality in Detroit is easy to see. Just look at the blocks along Kercheval on either side of Alter Road. The landscape shaped by wealthy industrialists and their cohorts in government is painfully familiar. The freeway that destroyed the African American neighborhood of Hastings Street is named after Walter Chrysler. The ditch named for Edsel Ford decimated many old ethnic neighborhoods.

Friends of the rich in local, state, and federal government facilitated the auto industry’s abandonment. They still use precious resources to build casinos and sports arenas but can’t find the money to care for parks or even to tear down thousands of homes ruined by the flight of dollars and jobs out of the city.

Bernie Sanders wants to end the growing inequality in our country and the corrupt influence of money in politics. He seeks to end the mass incarceration of our citizens, restore a living wage and decent jobs, and reform our militaristic police and broken criminal justice system.

Nowhere is his agenda more urgent than Detroit.

While this spring Hillary Clinton tries to echo Sanders, if nominated she’ll just shift her positions back to the center of the political spectrum. Her history shows that her commitments blow with the political winds. Whereas Sanders has been a leader in the civil rights, anti-war, and economic justice movements for half a century, Hillary Clinton in the 1990s lauded her husband’s notorious crime bill—the one that made mass incarceration of low-income minorities possible—by parroting the right-wing rhetoric of the day, talking about the supposed “super-predators” in the cities and saying: “We have to bring them to heel.” She backed her husband’s cruel “welfare reform” bill that threw millions of people deeper into extreme poverty.

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Tue Mar 8, 2016, 09:49 AM

1. This is my biggest issue with Hillary

I really don't know where she really stands on anything. She will say one thing then, a week or a month or a year later say something completely different. She seems to change her positions according to what is the most politically expedient at the time.

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Tue Mar 8, 2016, 10:33 AM

2. K&R

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