Will Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders join the 2016 dance? He says he'll decide by March whether or not to join the race.
Sanders said the issues about which he's been railing all these years are only becoming more dire. The wealth gap has grown, and the middle class, he says, is "collapsing."
"You have one family, the Walton family of Walmart, owning more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of the American people," he said. "We have 95 percent of all new income going to the top 1 percent. You have millions of families unable to afford to send their kids to college. People are desperately worried about whether or not they are going to retire with dignity."
Sanders has a 12-step plan that he says will restore the economy and especially the middle class, most of it dependent on higher taxes on the rich and corporations. Among the proposals: A $1 trillion infrastructure building program that would "create 13 million decent-paying jobs," more worker-friendly international trade deals and legislation to strengthen unions, and transforming the U.S. energy system "away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy."
He says he'll make a "gut decision" about running for the presidency - and, perhaps, challenging Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And he has a message that has resonated with the left for years. But he's exactly the person the GOP wants to run against that would let them put up a Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or Paul Ryan as a clear favorite to win. And as much as I think he'd make a great President, he'd also be the McGovern to the GOP's Nixon.
After twenty years of "taxation is theft" America is not a center-right nation, it's a Tea Party one. November proved that, the lowest turnout in 84 years. We don't care anymore. Sanders running wouldn't be enough of a reason to care, frankly.