Bernie Sanders has been making a lot of waves lately speaking out against police brutality and corruption, but recently the Democratic presidential hopeful came out against the Department of Justice’s weak pledge to supposedly “get serious” about white-collar crime.
A lot of this sort of white collar criminal activity on Wall Street is what fueled the 2008 financial crisis.
But while the Department of Justice said Thursday that it pledges to crack down on corrupt bankers and investors, Sanders isn’t impressed.
The DOJ memo claims the government will from this point forward try to hold both corporations and individual employees accountable for illegal Wall Street activity.
Sanders says this is long over due, but he says the DOJ doesn’t go far enough, and that the government is being hypocritical by destroying lives in the so-called “War on Drugs” while letting so much white collar crime go unpunished, or with just a slap on the wrist for offenders.
“One of the biggest mistakes our government made after the financial crisis was not prosecuting the people responsible for the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior that crashed our economy and ruined the lives of millions of Americans,” the Vermont senator said in a statement to Huffington Post.
“It is not acceptable that many young people have criminal records for smoking marijuana, while the CEOs of banks whose illegal behavior helped destroy our economy do not.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has said that he supports shorter sentences for low-level drug offenses. But both Sanders and the majority of Americans do not think that goes far enough, when police and courts are locking up people for the mere ownership of a plant.
Almost unbelievably, marijuana possession is still a federal crime, even though this does not reflect the will of the American people any longer.
Meanwhile, almost all Americans want the government to crack down on Wall Street corruption. But while drug users are filling up the prisons, corrupt bankers continue to walk free with little or no punishment in most cases, and virtually no commitment from law enforcement to investigate such crimes in the first place.
Are you with Bernie on this? Do you think he has a chance of winning the presidency? And if he does, do you think he will change things?
(Article by M. David and Jackson Marciana; image via #Op309 Media)