A “political revolution” burned again in Akron on Saturday night.
A fiery Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, last in town while campaigning in the 2016 presidential election, hosted an energetic crowd at the John S. Knight Center, his third scheduled appearance on a three-day “Protecting Working Families” tour through Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Sanders arrived in Akron 17 hours after voting against the latest version of the GOP’s plan to rewrite the federal tax code. It passed narrowly along party lines and now heads to conference committee. President Donald Trump wants it on his desk before January.
The reform package reduces nominal tax rates and would add more than $1 trillion to the national debt. Critics like Sanders argue that the wealthy and large corporations benefit more than middle-class taxpayers. Many independent and congressional analysts agree.
The Akron event, coordinated by the progressive political activists of MoveOn.org and the Not One Penny campaign, coalesced around egalitarian ideals like Medicare for all, free public college and equal pay for women. Sanders chided influential American “oligarchs” who he said are taking control of the world’s wealthiest democracy.
“As we saw last night, that big money can dictate a major, major piece of legislation,” he said. “Democracy has got to be something that we fight for. That’s why we need you to come out in an unprecedented way to knock on doors and talk to neighbors.”
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