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Bernie Sanders

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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional district in the United States House of Representatives and served as mayor of Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and has praised Scandinavian-style social democracy.
Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments, but because he does not belong to a formal political party, he appears as an independent on the ballot. He was also the only independent member of the House during most of his service and is the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history.
In an interview with The Nation on March 6, 2014, Sanders stated that he is "prepared to run for President of the United States" in 2016.

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Only 3% of those in poverty have full-time jobs, while 50% of those in poverty are either unemployed or only work part-time. People working 40 hours a week aren't in poverty, people that don't work are.

on December 13, 2016

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Sanders was named chairman of outreach during a closed-door Senate Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday morning.

In the role, Sanders will be in charge of reaching out to blue-collar voters who flocked to President-elect Donald Trump this year.

Sanders told reporters that he has a "heavy responsibility to help shape the priorities of the United States government."

"I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure that the budget that leaves the United States Congress is a budget that represents the needs of working families and a shrinking middle class and not billionaires," he said.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said Sanders was brought into the leadership to better represent the different factions of the Democratic caucus in decision-making.

"We want to expand on that, and he will be reaching out to all our allies," she told reporters. "We have a tremendous amount of talent in our caucus and we want to make sure everyone is contributing."

Sanders, however, will not have a top-ranking position in the leadership.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) installed Stabenow as chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center (DPCC) — the job Schumer held in the 114th Congress as the third-ranking member of leadership. The DPCC chairman has traditionally been in charge of coordinating the floor and messaging strategies.

Sanders will keep his post as the senior minority member of the Budget Committee, which will give him a high-profile platform in the next Congress, when Republicans are expected to use the budget process to repeal ObamaCare.

Sanders mounted a fierce challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, winning more than 20 states before eventually conceding and endorsing Clinton. He frequently campaigned for her and against Trump in Midwestern swing states.

Sanders is one of three new members to the Senate Democratic leadership team. Schumer has also tapped Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to the leadership team, which has 10 positions.

Baldwin will serve as Senate Democratic Conference secretary and Manchin will serve as vice chairman of the DPCC.

on November 17, 2016

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Sanders explains why the Democrats failed to win the hearts of the working class. It's no surprise at all. The Democrats have never appealed to the blue collars. The SJW are more of their cup of tea.

on November 15, 2016

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He thinks rape is A-OK. In 1972, when he was 31, Sanders wrote a fictitious essay in which he described a woman enjoying being raped by three men. Yes, there is an explanation for it—a long, complicated one, just like the one that would make clear why the Clinton emails story was nonsense. And we all know how well that worked out.

Then there’s the fact that Sanders was on unemployment until his mid-30s, and that he stole electricity from a neighbor after failing to pay his bills, and that he co-sponsored a bill to ship Vermont’s nuclear waste to a poor Hispanic community in Texas, where it could be dumped. You can just see the words “environmental racist” on Republican billboards. And if you can’t, I already did. They were in the Republican opposition research book as a proposal on how to frame the nuclear waste issue.

Also on the list: Sanders violated campaign finance laws, criticized Clinton for supporting the 1994 crime bill that he voted for, and he voted against the Amber Alert system. His pitch for universal health care would have been used against him too, since it was tried in his home state of Vermont and collapsed due to excessive costs. Worst of all, the Republicans also had video of Sanders at a 1985 rally thrown by the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua where half a million people chanted, “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die,’’ while President Daniel Ortega condemned “state terrorism” by America. Sanders said, on camera, supporting the Sandinistas was “patriotic.”

The Republicans had at least four other damning Sanders videos (I don’t know what they showed), and the opposition research folder was almost 2-feet thick. (The section calling him a communist with connections to Castro alone would have cost him Florida.) In other words, the belief that Sanders would have walked into the White House based on polls taken before anyone really attacked him is a delusion built on a scaffolding of political ignorance.

on November 15, 2016

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Bernie Sanders is leaving open the possibility of another presidential bid as shell-shocked liberals focus on helping the Democratic Party rebuild after Donald Trump's victory.

"Four years is a long time from now," said the 75-year-old Vermont independent, noting that he faces re-election to the Senate in 2018. But he added: "We'll take one thing at a time, but I'm not ruling out anything."

Democrats have begun postelection soul searching, with Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., urging the party to embrace a more populist economic message. As some Democrats protested across the country, the party's liberal wing began jockeying for power, arguing that Clinton's loss could be attributed to her reluctance to fully focus on economic inequality and tougher Wall Street regulations.

"The final results may have divided us — but the entire electorate embraced deep, fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system," Warren told the AFL-CIO on Thursday. "Working families across this country are deeply frustrated about an economy and a government that doesn't work for them."

Warren laid out the principles she believes should govern Democrats during the Trump era: Standing up to bigotry, pushing for economic equality and combatting the influence of Wall Street.

"We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans — on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever," she said.

The sweeping Republican gains have thrown the future of the party into uncertainty, as Democrats process the scale of their losses and try to figure out the best way to come back in the 2018 elections. The Democratic National Committee may end up being ground zero for the fight, with no clear successor in line to replace interim chairwoman Donna Brazile.

Sanders is backing Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.

Warren and Sanders were articulating the frustrations among many liberals in the aftermath of Trump's stunning triumph over Hillary Clinton. But their influence underscores another problem facing Democrats: Many of the party's leading voices are senior citizens, older than their core constituencies of young and minority voters. Warren is 67.

Sanders said that millions of working-class voters' decision to back Trumpwas "an embarrassment" to the party and Democrats must take a strong stand against the role of corporate interests in politics. He said the party as a whole was unable to make a strong enough case to struggling workers, particularly in the industrial Midwest, who sided with Trump.

"You cannot be a party which, on one hand, says we're in favor of working people, we're in favor of the needs of young people, but we don't quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You've got to decide which side you're on."

While Clinton pushed for greater financial regulation and higher taxes on the wealthy, she shied away from his more populist rhetoric. And she also largely ignored white working-class male voters in favor of trying to boost turnout among minority and female supporters.

The decision infuriated former President Bill Clinton who argued to campaign officials that they should pay greater attention to the voters who twice boosted her husband to office. During the long primary slog against Sanders, he insisted the campaign make stops in Wisconsin, which ended up being the last time either Clinton appeared in the state.

Wisconsin voted for Trump, shocking many in her campaign.

on November 11, 2016

Michael Schaffner Isn't he like 80 years old by then?

Mark Henry @Michael Schaffner yup that's why I'm not so optimistic but since he's also a hardcore marxist, I wouldn't want him anywhere close to the white house either way


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According to the data, Donald Trump would have been soundly defeated by Bernie Sanders last night had the Vermont senator been the one to face him.

When examining the 13 states Hillary Clinton lost twice — the states Trump won side-by-side with the states Bernie Sanders won during the Democratic primary — the similarities are striking. The GOP nominee likely saw this, and tweeted in May that he was relieved to not have to face Sanders in the general election.

In five states Sanders won where exit polling data is available — Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin — the demographics that helped Trump hit 270 electoral college votes were also Sen. Sanders’ key demographics that helped him defeat the former Secretary of State in multiple primaries in different regions of the country.

The numbers suggest that there may have been enough Sanders votes in those pivotal states to have swung the election in Sanders’ favor if superdelegates and restrictive closed primaries weren’t part of the Democratic primary process. Popular blog All That Is Interesting created an electoral map assuming that Sanders won white, rural rust belt voters in the traditionally blue states that Hillary Clinton lost on Tuesday night in a hypothetical Trump/Sanders general election matchup, giving Sanders with a 303-235 advantage.

Determining whether or not Sanders would have won the states Clinton lost is easy when looking at exit poll data taken during the Democratic primary.

on November 11, 2016

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In a viral Facebook post, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has vowed to do everything in his power to block President-elect Trump’s agenda.

Sanders acknowledged that Trump’s narrow victory came about as a result of a wave of anti-establishment anger directed at Washington insiders like Hillary Clinton, and that Democrats failed to predict the wave of populist outrage that gave the GOP nominee a game-changing advantage.

However, the Vermont senator is rejecting President Obama’s and Clinton’s calls for unity behind the new president, saying he’ll only promise to work with Trump if the president-elect is serious about implementing progressive policies. Simultaneously, Sanders, who is the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, pledged to block any and all legislation Trump proposes that seeks to ensconce what he referred to as “racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies.”

“We will vigorously oppose him,” Sanders said at the end of the post.

on November 11, 2016

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People such as Bernie Sanders' economic advisor, Gerald Friedman, put forth a somewhat reasonable argument against the U.S. healthcare system by pointing to life expectancy statistics. At least, it seems reasonable at first glance. The argument is essentially that the rest of the developed world has a different approach to healthcare than the U.S., yet the U.S. ranks behind them in life expectancy, so why not adopt THEIR systems? For instance, per the World Health Organization and the World Life Expectancy database, Japan ranks 1st with a life expectancy of 84 years (and 87 for Japanese women), while the U.S. ranks 33rd at 79 years old. Other rankings put Monaco in 1st with Japan in 2nd, and the U.S. 43rd, but these rankings don't exclude extremely small nations. (Monaco, for instance, has a population less than 38,000 people.) Below, we will explain the fundamental flaws in referencing these statistics.

Research published in 2006 by economists Robert L. Ohsfeldt and John E. Schneider titled "The Business of Health" found something extremely deceiving about life expectancy statistics. It turns out, U.S. statistics are dragged FAR below their "natural" rate due to significantly higher rates of accident related deaths. This is key because, if one is attempting to measure a healthcare system's adequacy in caring for disease/illness, then untimely deaths related to accidents/injuries shouldn't be counted, as they aren't reflective of efforts to combat disease. When the researchers controlled these rankings to remove the effects of fatal accidents/injuries, a shocking result was revealed; the U.S. jumped to 1st place, out ranking all other developed nations.

Having a hard time believing the effect can be that significant? Let's run through some numbers. Of the top 15 causes of death recorded in 2011 (for the U.S.), accidents/unintentional injuries were the 5th top cause of death and suicides were the 10th. [g] The rest were related to disease. Specifically, out of 2,515,458 deaths, 126,438 were from unintentional injuries and 39,518 were from suicides.

Focusing on transport-accidents only, we see that the average OECD mortality rate in 2011 for transport-accidents was 7.6 deaths per 100,000 citizens. [h] It was even lower for Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Japan, and Norway, who all had only 3-5 transport-related deaths per 100,000 citizens. [h] (Note that these are many of the same nations people point to when saying, "They're outliving us! Our healthcare system must be to blame!") The U.S., however, had 12.4 transport-deaths per 100,000 citizens in 2011. In other words, we have 2-3 times more transport-deaths than the leading nations and far more than the average OECD rate. And that's just the transport related accidents.

Another issue to look at is firearm related deaths. As explained by researcher Andrew Fenelon, author of a major life expectancy study, “I was surprised by the sheer magnitude of the impact of firearm deaths, that they’re only 1%-2% of deaths in the U.S. but responsible for 20% of the gap in life expectancy between the U.S. and other countries, in men." [i] As the study states, "Mortality at younger ages is dominated by injury deaths which may help to explain why life expectancy in the United States lags other countries." [j] The study didn't examine ALL types of accidents, but it looked at auto accidents, firearms, and drugs, and found that these injuries alone "make a substantial contribution to the underperformance of the U.S." [j]

THIS is how our life expectancy averages get dragged down. It's NOT that other countries are necessarily outperforming us in care. It's that our culture drives more, has more access to firearms, takes more drugs, and therefore has higher rates of untimely deaths associated with said factors. That may be unfortunate, but it's a factor of culture and not indicative of inadequate care. And that's why, when we remove the accident-related deaths from every nation's statistics, the U.S. jumps up to 1st place.

Researchers at the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo studied Japanese diet to see what effects it had on life expectancy. For 15 years, they observed 36,624 men and 42,920 women who had no history of cancer, stroke, heart or chronic liver diseases to see who adhered best to the Japanese government's recommended diet, which was low in saturated fats and processed foods but high in rice and vegetables. They found that participants who closely followed the food guide had a 15% lower mortality rate, helping to explain that DIET is a major factor within these life expectancy statistics unrelated to healthcare systems. [k] Only around 3.5% of Japan's population is obese, for instance, but 34-35% of the United States' population is obese. [L] Again, that's largely a function of culture.

■ Medicaid
In advocating for single-payer healthcare, people often forget that we actually already have a single-payer healthcare system for the poor. (Medicaid) Because of this, if one wishes to look at life expectancy to gauge adequacy, they should at least attempt to separate the privately insured from those on Medicaid (as well as separating the uninsured.) Luckily, there's already research that sought to do this. From 2003 to 2007, 893,658 major surgical operations were evaluated using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database. After controlling for age, gender, income, hospital, geographic region, and type of operation, it was found that those on Medicaid were 97% more likely than those with private insurance to suffer in-hospital death. [m] As if that weren't bad enough, the scary thing is that those WITHOUT insurance were only 74% more likely to suffer in-hospital death. [m] That means - as outlandish as it sounds - people on Medicaid were more likely to die than those with no insurance at all. Let that sink in.

U.S. life expectancy statistics are dragged down by the portion of our healthcare system which is ALREADY single-payer, our culture's diet, which contributes to an obesity rate 10 times higher than Japan's, and our significantly higher rate of accident-related deaths (as well as other non-disease related deaths). The OECD report "Health At A Glance" largely agrees, stating "health-related behaviors, including higher calorie consumption per capita and obesity rates, higher consumption of prescription and illegal drugs, higher deaths from road traffic accidents and higher homicide rates" explain our lower life expectancy rates. [h] Once adjusting for this information as to assure we're looking only at disease related deaths, our nation actually ranks above all other developed nations. Because of that, it's fallacious to cite life expectancy statistics as a reason why we should move the U.S. further away from private sector health care.

on November 9, 2016

Jerome Lassally Anyhow, he is irrelevant


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Americans are sick and tired of seeing drug prices soar when the 5 major drug companies made $50 billion in profits last year. He mention on Twitter.

on November 5, 2016

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has begun to revert to his anti-establishment self as the end of the presidential election draws nearer.

Supporters have balked at a Sanders who supports Hillary Clinton, as she embodies the corruption and corporate influences that have transformed democracy in this country into an oligarchy. Sanders campaign events on behalf of Clinton have received poor attendance from supporters, especially in comparison to the rallies he held during his own campaign.

Rather than delay holding Clinton accountable to progressive ideals until she’s safely in the White House, Sanders has recently emphasized the importance of pushing her to do the right thing, as she can’t be trusted to do so otherwise. “This is not trust. We are not here to trust,” Sanders said in a recent interview with NowThis. “It is the very opposite of what I am saying, ‘oh, sit back, elect Clinton, and then trust.’ No, Mobilize. Educate. And if there are Democratic members of Congress, or ifClinton, when elected President does not go forward in doing the right thing, let them know how you feel about it.”

Sanders’ organization Our Revolution has started a petition for Clinton to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, in support of the Native Americans protesting the project.

Unsurprisingly, Clinton has remained silent on the issue, only recently issuing a scripted statement of neutrality after protesters camped out at her campaign headquarters. Sanders sent a letter to President Obama on October 28, pleading with him to intervene as he eventually did with the Keystone XL pipeline. Obamahas approved two more new pipelines while attention is focused on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Sanders’ recent Op-Eds have also shifted from explaining why someone should vote for Clinton, to what he and his supporters need to do the day after Election Day. He has stopped critiquing Donald Trump as much and has started to scold Hillary Clinton again. 

“The leverage that I think I take into the Senate is taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment, and, you know, taking on a very powerful political organization with the Clinton people,” Sanders said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. “We won 22 states and 46 percent of the pledged delegates, 13.4 million votes…and a majority of the younger people, the future of the country…That gives me a lot of leverage, leverage that I intend to use.”

Sanders also cautioned that if Clinton appoints corrupt, pro-Wall Streetadministration officials, he will do everything in his power to fight those nominations. “I expect her to appoint people who will head agencies in a way that is consistent with the Democratic Party platform, and if not, I will do my best to oppose those nominees,” he added.

Though Sanders supporters have been relegated to apathy since he officially ended his presidential campaign at the Democratic National Convention, Sanders is beginning to show every intention of giving his supporters something to be excited about after Election Day. Clinton’s free pass from Sanders is over.

on November 4, 2016
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