Bernie Sanders Sounds Like a Republican

By Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg - September 16, 2015

It's not particularly noteworthy that a presidential candidate should go to Liberty University, a conservative evangelical college, and deliver a tough critique of President Barack Obama's record. It is unusual when the critique is delivered by a Democratic candidate who's challenging Hillary Clinton from the left. Yet that's what Senator Bernie Sanders did on Monday.

Sanders didn't mention Obama by name. But he sketched a bleak picture of the country at the tail end of his two terms in the White House. "In my view there is no justice in our country when youth unemployment exists at tragically high levels," he said. A fifth of children live in poverty, he noted, and the U.S. jails more people than any other country on earth. We have "a rigged economy, designed by the wealthiest people in this country to benefit the wealthiest people in this country at the expense of everybody else," he said.

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