Why Sanders & Trump Are Resonating

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Indiana-based Carrier–a heating and air conditioning ventilation company–recently announced that it was packing-up, and relocating to Mexico for cheap labor.

Here’s the announcement. The language from the workers may not be necessarily safe for work:

That’s the anger permeating throughout America, and it’s that anger both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are tapping into. When Sanders and Trump rail against unfair trade deals that have hurt millions of Americans, here’s a perfect illustration.

Of course, many could blame President Clinton and the bipartisan Congress for backing the deal back in 1993. If you recall, President Clinton leaned-on the support of past Democratic and Republican presidents to muscle NAFTA through Congress.

Former President Gerald Ford, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Former President Jimmy Carter and Former President George Bush applaud after the signing of side agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement 14 September 1993 at the White House in Washington, D.C. The former president added their support to the passing of the main NAFTA agreement. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former President Gerald Ford, U.S. President Bill Clinton, Former President Jimmy Carter and Former President George Bush applaud after the signing of side agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement 14 September 1993 at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Lest we forget!

President Obama and many of the GOP & Dem elites in Congress hoped to get the gigantic TTP trade deal completed before the election, but they’ve been thwarted by the American people (even though the mainstream press has barely covered the TPP).

On top of the awful trade deals, states like Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan promised their citizens that “Right-To-Work” laws would encourage companies to stay. On the contrary, RTW laws have forced states to race to the bottom and bribe certain businesses to remain in their states. In the end, businesses are still leaving for ultra-cheap labor.

Corporate giveaways. Stagnating wages. Longer hours. Overseas tax havens for the rich. Debilitating trade deals. Fewer and fewer rights for workers.

And we wonder why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are reaching the people? Sure, they’re offering different solutions (Sanders offers regulatory solutions without turning Americans against each other, while Trump tells everyone to be afraid of each other), but they’re each highlighting how the little guy is is hurting.

That’s more than either party’s political establishment wants to admit.

I’ve posted this before, but I’d like to re-post it here again. Below is Congressman Bernie Sanders berating former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan ,the so-called “Oracle,” back in 2003. As we now know, Bernie was correct:

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