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“Senator.” That was Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-Ariz) response to a progressive activist who asked her in a video posted on Twitter: “Congresswoman? … Who are you gonna leave out for the Build Back Better Biden agenda?”
The 2020 NDAA was $740 billion, meaning @kyrstensinema approved spending over $1.4 million a MINUTE on the military. Yet when asked who she would leave behind if not voting for #BuildBackBetter.. healthcare, climate action, education, & more, she ignores us.#CutThePentagonpic.twitter.com/lRbNBEeus2
Ignoring the fact that the Senate is the upper chamber of the US Congress, and as such “congresswoman” is a perfectly acceptable way to address a senator, it is quite telling that this cocky response was the only one Sinema had to the activist’s legitimate points.
Most people probably know by now that Sinema was a hot topic in the news for her refusal to debate or offer anything in the form of concessions in the current standoff in Congress over President Biden’s Build Back Better plan (BBB) of $350 billion per year over 10 years. Sinema has so far refused to counteroffer, or even discuss the matter substantially at all before the public, noting that she simply doesn’t support the price tag of these reforms. Even if the Democratic leadership does know what she wants, or what numbers she objects to, shouldn’t her bosses – the public – also know?
Let’s just say that what she wanted 10 or 15 years ago certainly looks different to what she wants now.
In her 2012 campaign ad, she said “I will bring people together and work with both parties without sacrificing my progressive values,” as the word “principled” flashed across the screen.
Unfortunately, only a third of that statement has held true; she has indeed worked with both parties to continue the neoliberal onslaught against American workers, as well as to continue the domination of the military industrial complex through endless war.
It wasn’t always like this, however. Sinema cut her political teeth by aiding the Ralph Nader presidential campaign in 2000 when she was a member of the Green Party. She went on to defend the late radical defense attorney Lynne Stewart, who was. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.