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Whoa! Go Lansing, Michigan!

Virgil Bernero is his name and he is amazing.  He’s the Mayor of Lansing, Michigan.   Listen to him stick up for the working class.  It’s about time someone went on TV and said enough is enough.  Sacrifices need to come from the people who are responsible.  It is time to look up the food chain instead of down for the culprits.

(H/T Sarah at Corrente for the video)

28 Responses

  1. Excellent. Now can someone put him in touch with Barack Obama and let him pin the President’s ears back?

  2. I caught some of this live (my connection is too slow to review it now)- this guy was certainly lucid and energetic- the Fox anchor didn’t know what was coming. It was refreshing to hear someone reflect on issues that are slightly older than the last news cycle, without compunction. I am sure he is popular at home!

  3. Wall Street doesn’t understand working class people, nor do they want to.
    Just a bunch of bitter deadenders, so says BO.
    Damn but it was good to hear the Mayor- even if there’s holes in his argument,
    like we ALL wanted cheaper imported goods- but it was good to hear him.
    And who is that d!ckwad who was interviewing him?

  4. See the Mayor of Lansing get his say about auto workers:

  5. Sorry didn’t mean to post your link to you.

  6. Mayor Bernero endorsed Hillary Clinton. Duh. Anyone who is a real fighter for the working class endorsed Hillary last year. The Dinocrats who work for Wall Street and Whole Foods Nation endorsed Obama.

  7. wow, impressive. I wish the a-hole interviewing him had let him speak. he obviously didn’t need the lame questions.

    so today Obama said we all have to learn to live within our means. and then hopped back on AF1 for what – his fifth flight this week? I’d rather learn to live within his means.

    President Bernero……I like the sound of it 🙂

  8. One step at a time. Bernero should run for governor of Michigan. They need someone like him who is going to take the big guys on. Granholm is too timid and even though she endorsed Hillary early on, she always seemed to be someone who had her own interest ahead of the people of Michigan. I don’t know if this is true but I heard that she was unwilling to have discussions with Toyota to open factories in Michigan. Whatever the case may be, I think she is like another Obama in a period when Michiganders like the rest of America need a fighter like Hillary or Bernero.

  9. Average Americans already have learned to live within their means. We’ve seen a ten point swing in savings in the last year. That’s what is really freaking them out. They can’t get us buying up crap again so the corporates execs, and their friends in Washington, can enrich themselves. Obama ought make it clear who he is referring to when he speaks of “living within our means”. I am fed up. I am sick of him chastising the American working stiff. This sure as hell ain’t our fault.

    I think it’s sooooo f*cking funny that the fox guy quotes the bogus $70 figure and then doesn’t want to talk about health care. That number adds the future health care of retirees and then divides by current workers. It’s a sham figure. I am sick and tired of them saying “do the union workers deserve this when the average American only earns that?” Hell yes they do, and the rest of us deserve what they have to. They just try to pit worker against worker. My econ professor in business school told me on the eve of the ’04 election that if Bush prevailed we would see the permanent end to this country’s middle class. That people would land on one side of the economic equation or the other, almost indiscriminately. And, that if they ended up on the bad side of the tracks it would be near impossible to make it over to the other side…ever. That’s what we are seeing right before our eyes. The end of the middle class. Meanwhile, Obama’s still campaigning while Rome burns.

  10. I keep waiting for the mobs to march on washington. Marie Antoinette at least, according to rumor, said let them eat bread. Mr. Obama wants us to starve…..

    when middle class americans realize that the ‘rulers’ simply want to placate them with lies and bait and switch media blitzes and make sure the poor have food stamps and methodone paid for by US, something may happen to swing the pendulum. until then, it ticks with a razor blade positioned just above our jugulars….tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock.

  11. From NoQ: apparently Obama’s teleprompter is not enough anymore…what’s next, a Hillary implant?

    It seems that the autocue technique is not enough for President Obama. His handlers now think he needs in addition to a teleprompter, a hidden computer screen on the podium during his press conferences, giving him hints on how to answer questions. From American Spectator writing about his first national press conference:

    “It looked scripted beyond the scripted part, the speech,” says one former communications adviser, who has been feeding notes and suggestions to the White House team and worked with them on the inauguration. “Every president has gone into one of these things knowing that there were some pre-arranged questions or journalists to be called on, but this one was pretty ham-handed.”

    To that end, he says, the White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. “It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it,” says the adviser.

    The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.

    The key there is “pass along notes or points to hit.” Let me understand this correctly. Is the White House saying that we have a President who can not think on his feet or needs help in formulating a cogent thought on any of the topics he is expected to be knowledgeable? A person in his position should be able to offer substantive discourse on most topics, don’t you think? Or is it too much to expect from this President?

    The article goes on to say:

    Using a screen is nothing new for Obama; almost nothing he said in supposedly unscripted townhall events during the presidential campaign was unscripted, down to many of the questions and the answers to those questions. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.

  12. sorry for the OT, I couldn’t resist the tip about Teleprompter Jesus, but I just watched the video above. Man, is he pissed, and how refreshing! Of course the “reporter” was condescending and had his own agenda, but the Mayor was focused by his anger. He is so right: “unholy alliance.”

    And here’s more of it:

    Daschle, Obama aides join K Street

    Lobbyists heading into the administration have captured attention, but the revolving door also spins the other way.
    Photo: Michael Schwartz

    Lobbyists heading into the Obama administration have captured plenty of attention lately, but the revolving door also is spinning the other way as the president’s former aides cross over to the dark side: K Street.

    But it serves to highlight new loopholes in the president’s rules to limit the influence of lobbyists. It also reveals apparent disconnects between the soaring rhetoric during the campaign and the pragmatic and lucrative career choices by some insiders — on K Street and beyond — now that it’s over.


    What has always bothered me most about Obama is the HYPOCRISY. He preaches transparency and ethics, but does the absolute opposite. At least Cheney didn’t pretend to be a public servant. He was self-serving and dishonest, and came right out and said, “So?” These people make my skin crawl with their sanctimonious promises while they line their pockets.

  13. jenniforhillary, on February 18th, 2009 at 10:55 pm Said:

    I keep waiting for the mobs to march on washington

    Me too. It’s pathetic. They are taking to the streets in Europe, but here we just sit at home and suck it up apparently.

  14. Teleprompter screens at the events scrolled not only his opening remarks, but also statistics and information he could use to answer questions.

    great…..someone remind me – why couldn’t we have the candidate who actually knows stuff?

  15. Mayor Bernero is right. All the “fat boyz” on Wall Street, the bankers, the politicians get their “fair” share. Why shouldn’t workers get a decent wage and benefits. What we need is more vitriol and bile from the middle class!

  16. Revolution–creation of the new middle class. We best get on it now, and thanks much, Mayor Bermero!

  17. Masslib: “I am sick and tired of them saying “do the union workers deserve this when the average American only earns that?” Hell yes they do, and the rest of us deserve what they have to. They just try to pit worker against worker.”


  18. Mayor Bernino was a HUGE Hillary supporter. His daughter was head of the students for Hillary at U of M in Ann Arbor. So it’s not surprising that he is so right on this issue.

  19. Isn’t it just amazing that his is the only voice speaking out about the contrast between the workers and the bankers treatment?

    Would they have skipped this interview if they had known he had that position?

  20. Damn! I saw a ring on Virg’s finger. Just as well, I don’t think I could stand the snow up in Michigan.

  21. Ashy1

    What we need is more vitriol and bile from the middle class!

    I think you meant bitterness & guns.

  22. Angie, don’t we already have bitterness & guns? Maybe they are trying to do away with the wage&hour laws so we don’t have time to protest.

  23. In other news, a new book about Sarah Palin is out:


    Much of the rest of his account of Palin’s political rise portrays her as an ambitious and aggressive politician, determined to gain a prominent job and plagued by a contentious relationship with the press.

    Shortly after being elected mayor of Wasilla, Palin is quoted by friends as saying, “I want to be president.”

    Sounds familiar??

    A**holes (the press, I mean) every one of them. Yeah, media is determined that Palin follows Hillary’s path, along with recycling of the mudslinging that Hillary got.

  24. I hope this video goes viral. I think there is enough anger in America that something like this could be the tipping point.

  25. Brazill already declared that the new democratic party doesn’t include the poor working class. I take it that what her boss feels. So where do we go from here.

  26. Who is the arrogant, chubby-cheeked ratfracker on the infotainment channel? We don’t allow that crap into our house via the TV, but since I’m a Michigander I played the video to see what the mayor had to say. When Mr. Collar-Two-Sizes-Too-Small threw up the phony $70.00/hour figure, I had to cut him off and scream for a couple of minutes.

    I’m thinking there’s one industry that wouldn’t suffer AT ALL from having a massive layoff. The talking points are repeated over and over ad naseum, so why not just put Karl Rove on a tape loop and broadcast it day and night from all the infotainment channels? This could be a real savings to the “media” in a time when everyone is looking to cut costs!
    If they didn’t have to pay medical benefits for employees like this creep, they wouldn’t have to compete so hard for shrinking advertising dollars!

  27. Didn’t Obama claim he would “Hold” these Wall-Streeters accountable?
    Oh…wait….He can’t! They own him!

  28. Wow. I think I just fell in love. Go Mayor Bernero!

    He said just about everything I would have, in exactly the same tone. And I loved his answer to that phony 70 per hour question. Sheez. I have to argue that one over and over again, even with my ‘liberal’ friends.

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