Senator Bernie Sanders on Occupy Wall Street

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 4, 2011.  “I think they’re really touching a nerve,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Tuesday of protests on Wall Street that have inspired demonstrations from Burlington, Vt., to Los Angeles. “The nerve is that the average American understands that as a result of the greed and the recklessness and the illegal behavior on Wall Street, these guys plunged us into the horrendous recession that we’re in right now.” Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke allowed that there was “excessive risk taking” by Wall Street when Sanders questioned him on Tuesday about the root causes of the recession and the concerns voiced by protesters. “They blame, with some justification, the financial sector with getting us into this mess,” Bernanke told another member of the Joint Economic Committee. “I can’t blame them,” he added. Sanders also discussed the protests and Bernanke during an interview with radio talk show host Ed Schultz.

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