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Fri Feb 19, 2016, 02:05 PM


Bernie's fatal sin [View all]

He sponsored legislation that would have allowed radioactive waste to be deposited in a facility near a small town in Texas. As is the case with most towns, the residents didn't want radioactive waste sent to their area. I saw a documentary on the subject a couple years ago. As I recall, the 500 or so people there are entirely Latino, and they're all poor, and most speak only Spanish. The political powers in Texas made sure the facility was approved over local objections.

I don't remember how the federal government was involved, but a nuclear waste repository would require federal approval, if only at the administrative level. I don't know why Congress had to get involved, since the agreement was between the states of Texas, Maine and Vermont. The deal fell through because it was a typical case of environmental racism, the practice of placing unpleasant or unsafe facilities in places where the residents are poor and largely minorities without much political power.

Anyway, this evidently proves Sanders is a hypocrite, unfit to be president. It is inconsistent with his stated positions on the environment and economic justice. It's also about the only example of such hypocrisy his opponents have been able to find. And you can bet they're looking. Well, good luck. If this is all you have, it's pretty feeble. Even with the assistance of the Clinton-friendly Politifact, it's not going far.

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HassleCat Feb 2016 OP
merrily Feb 2016 #1
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ebayfool Feb 2016 #8
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djean111 Feb 2016 #7
merrily Feb 2016 #14
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ebayfool Feb 2016 #11
beam me up scottie Feb 2016 #12
Motown_Johnny Feb 2016 #13
merrily Feb 2016 #15
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fun n serious Feb 2016 #18
HassleCat Feb 2016 #22
jillan Feb 2016 #19
SoLeftIAmRight Feb 2016 #21