Robert Reich: I’ve Known Hillary Since She Was 19. Bernie Sanders is the Most Qualified Candidate|
In a startling upset for the Clinton campaign, Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor for the Clinton administration, has come out in support of Bernie Sanders in a searing blog post that gets to the “volcanic core” of what this election is truly about.
“I’ve known Hillary Clinton since she was 19 years old, and have nothing but respect for her. In my view, she’s the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have,” Reich said. “But Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have, because he’s leading a political movement for change.”
Reich referenced a Princeton survey that included analysis of 1,799 policy issues from 1981 to 2002, and which ultimately concluded that “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically insignificant impact upon public policy.” Reich added that since 2002, the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions have only “opened the floodgates to big money” even more.
Laughing off Bill Clinton’s assertion that Bernie Sanders’s health plan was a “recipe for gridlock,” Reich wrote that “these days, nothing of any significance is feasible and every bold idea is a recipe for gridlock.”
“Detailed policy proposals are as relevant to the election of 2016 as is that gaseous planet beyond Pluto,” Reich said. “They don’t have a chance of making it, as things are now.”
Therefore: “This election is about changing the parameters of what’s feasible and ending the choke hold of big money on our political system… The upcoming election isn’t about detailed policy proposals. It’s about power – whether those who have it will keep it, or whether average Americans will get some as well.”
In his post, Reich referred to Bernis as a “political activist who tells it like it is, who has lived by his convictions for fifty years, who won’t take a dime of money from big corporations or Wall Street or the very rich, and who is leading a grass-roots ‘political revolution’ to regain control over our democracy and economy.”
Robert Reich was ranked by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Cabinet Members of the 20th Century for his work in raising the minimum wage, cracking down on sweatshops, and implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act.