"This has been the long-term agenda for debt crisis-monger Pete Peterson and government haters David and Charles Koch for many decades. But now, after massively gerrymandering the electoral landscape in 2010, these manufactured crisis kings and backstage billionaires hold all the cards."
Boehner: "It's time to talk about the spending problem," Boehner wants to "rein in" the costs associated with 'entitlement' programs, and he has two of the biggest -- Social Security and Medicare -- in his sights."
Bernie Sanders: "Let's not kid ourselves. This shutdown was planned by the Koch brothers from the day after Obama was re-elected," "If you look at what the Koch brothers agenda is, Obamacare is just the tip of the iceberg. These people want to abolish the concept of the minimum wage, they want to privatize the Veteran's Administration, they want to privatize Social Security, end Medicare as we know it . . . That is their agenda and many people don't understand it." (emphasis mine.)
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