Bernie Sanders: WalMart Owners Are Wealthier Than The Bottom 40% Of Americans Combined (VIDEO)

Vermont State Senator Bernie Sanders gave a riveting speech at the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit on Saturday. While he didn’t say if he plans to run for President in 2016, this speech clearly demonstrates he is a contender.

Sanders, always a straight shooter, began his speech with a tongue-in-cheek reminder of what sets him apart from other politicians:

“What I want to do today, this morning, is something that is a little bit unusual. I’m going to tell the truth.”

The Senator then took aim at the Koch Brothers and Citizens United:

“The Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United, will go down in history as one of the worst decisions ever made by the Supreme Court,” said Sanders.

Citizens United, explains the Senator, gives people with unlimited monetary resources like the Koch Brothers the ability tear at the fabric of America:

“Not only are these people prepared to buy elections, but they are also, in a very radical way working from education to healthcare to taxation to constitutional issues to radically change what America is all about. They are counter-revolutionaries who have an extreme right-wing agenda.”

Sanders then highlights disturbing economic statistics and trends, including: a real unemployment rate of 11.5%, 18% youth unemployment, 30% black youth unemployment, 45 million people in poverty and 40 million Americans still uninsured. Sanders continued with further upsetting economic statistics:

“Since 1999, median family income has gone done by almost $5,000.”

“0.1% owns more wealth than the bottom 90%. The Walton Family owns more than the bottom 40% of American people.”

“Since the economic crash, 99% of all new income generated goes to the top 1%.”

These grim economic statistics lead into the central message of Senator Sanders speech:

“Income inequality is the major moral issue, major economic issue, major political issue of our time,” Sanders announced.

The Senator from Vermont goes on to further explain the divide between the middle class and those at the top of the economic ladder:

“While the middle class continues to shrink, the people on top have never had it so good,” Sanders said. “What’s going on in the economy today is that tens of million of people are doing better, but the people on top are doing better than they ever have before.”

Sanders then reflects on the last time in American history income inequality was such a burden on the poor and middle class:

“This country has more inequality than it has at any time since 1929 — and you all know what happened then.”

If Sanders does enter the 2016 Presidential race and opposes Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Primary, he has commented:

“Trust me, there will be a real clash of ideas,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s “Up with Steve Kornacki.”

A Sanders run will bring forward and reinforce those issues most important to those of us on the left. I, for one, hope he accepts the challenge.

Watch Senator Sanders’ speech at the PA Progressive Summit in it’s entirety,