Sen. Bernie Sanders: U.S. becoming laughing stock of the world

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 31, 2011 22:46 EDT
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Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Monday night that the United States was becoming “the laughing stock of the entire world” because of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

The Senate will take up this week a part of Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act that would provide $60 billion create a National Infrastructure Bank, and to rebuild roads, rails and airports.

“China is now spending 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s Politics Nation. “They’re building thousands of miles of high speed rail. Europe, 5 percent. We are at 2.2 percent. We’re becoming the laughing stock of the entire world. ”

“You want to put people to work tomorrow?” he added. “Start rebuilding the infrastructure. It is incomprehensible to me that the Republicans are opposing that.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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