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What CNN billed as a segment featuring two political opposites, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, agreeing about their opposition to President Barack Obama’s budget proposal quickly descended into a heated argument on Thursday. The pair agreed that the president’s budget was potentially disastrous, but they sharply differed over why that was the case. Sanders opened the interview by noting that corporations and America’s wealthy continue to fail the American people by paying too little to the government in taxes. He criticized Obama’s budget for advocating cuts to a variety of government programs in order to achieve deficit reduction.
Norquist countered that the government is receiving little in revenues because too many people are unemployed or not making enough in taxable income. He said that reforms in the 1990s, which included cutting capital gains tax and balancing the budget, allowed the government to recoup more tax revenues.
Sanders fired back that the debt and deficit has increased because corporate excesses demanded the government provide the offenders with bailouts. “I’m talking to the senator who opposed the effort to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which gave us the recession that we had,” Norquist replied. “That was government policy – it was big government policy. It sure wasn’t deregulation.”
“Our good friends on Wall Street just are so honest — o conservative in their fiscal investments,” Sanders said sarcastically. “They had nothing to do with the deficit, and it’s the big, bad government that forced them into derivatives, that forced them to merge, that forced them to become too big to fail. It’s always the government.”
“Are you unable to say Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Are you incapable of saying those two words,” Norquist challenged.
“Are you unable to talk about the illegal behavior on Wall Street,” Sanders countered.
Both turned to entitlements, and battled over the projected solvency of programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Norquist said that those programs must be reformed in order to preserve them.
“I’ll tell you what the American people want,” Sanders replied. “In poll after poll, what the American people are saying is that we should not cut Social Security, but we should lift the cap on taxable incomes.”What CNN billed as a segment featuring two political opposites, Sen. Bernie Sanders... more
Bernie is the only true Democratically thinking Progressive in Congress.,the only one who has any desire to make America a better place to live in instead of s Rethuglican Gulag. . This man should be in charge of the Senate instead of that pussy Harry Reade.Bernie is the only true Democratically thinking Progressive in Congress.,the only one... more
January 9, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 9 – Coming off the hottest year on record in the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that he will introduce legislation to move aggressively to reverse global warming.
“The scientific data is clear that global warming is real and significantly caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels,” Sanders said.
“After the hottest year on record and extreme weather disturbances such as Hurricane Sandy, we must take strong action to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders added. “I intend to introduce legislation in the Senate to do just that.”
Sanders’ legislation will include a transparent fee on greenhouse gas emissions from the biggest polluters. It will call for an historic investment in efficiency, sustainable energy, advanced transportation infrastructure, and clean energy research and development. The measure also would end fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks.
The annual U.S. temperature last year was 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., announced on Tuesday. Scientists say the temperature increases are happening faster than they expected and that the warming trend is a result of climate change caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
The problem is global. Record temperatures in Australia, for example, produced what the government called “catastrophic” fire conditions in the most populace part of the continent. The average temperature across Australia on Tuesday was the highest since statistics began being kept in 1911.
The United States in recent years has doubled electricity generation from wind and solar power sources and enacted fuel economy standards that will help our cars and trucks get to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. “But we are not doing nearly enough,” Sanders said. “That is why I will be introducing legislation that would deal realistically with the crisis in a way that is aggressive but achievable.”
Thank you, Senator Sanders for doing what is said to not be politically feasible. It is encouraging to see at least some in this Congress who understand what is morally feasible and necessary. I don't know how far this will go (but I think telling him thank you and that you support this would help as well as writing your own Senators and asking them to support it) but the point is to have the courage and principles to do it. And reality now tells us it must be done. We of course need to take this on in our own lives, but we will not now be able to address the pace of the changes we see without laws and accountability. Just talking isn't going to cut it.January 9, 2013 BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 9 – Coming off the hottest year on... more
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday strongly criticized President Obama for not taking a more forceful stance on Social Security in the presidential campaign.
Sanders, founder of the Senate's Defending Social Security Caucus and a leading voice on the issue in the Senate Democratic caucus, said he was deeply concerned by Obama's effort to minimize differences between himself and Mitt Romney.
"It was very distressing. It was very distressing not only because it is extremely bad public policy and will cause serious damage to a whole lot of vulnerable Americans. It was also bad because he's going against what the vast majority of the American people want and it's going to be very bad for his re-election effort," said Sanders in an interview.
"The American people in poll after poll after poll have been very clear, do not cut Social Security and for the president to say I expect that my position is somewhat similar to Gov. Romney is very, very distressing," Sanders said.
More at the linkSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday strongly criticized President Obama for not... more
Moyers and Company: Bernie Sanders and Dr. Jill Stein /Cheri Honkala: Challenging power/changing politicsIt's going to take more than fist pumping and balloons to make the changes we need to see in this country.
You can check the link to find out where and on what cable station you can watch Bill Moyers.
Always good to see Bernie Sanders. He is really the only member of Congress truly speaking for us. Good to see Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala getting some media attention as well. They speak my heart, they address the real issues we need to address now and they have my vote. We can't and won't change this system unless we are part of it in standing up to the dysfunctional relationship between Wall Street and the two party system without fear. It is time.It's going to take more than fist pumping and balloons to make the changes we... more
Senator Ron Paul has introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 ( HR459) to the upset of Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. In August, the House of Representatives passed 327 – 98 on a vote which exceeded the necessary 2/3rd majority.
Paul, who is pushing for “transparency” in America’s relationship with the Fed, said that Americans are “sick and tired of what happened in the bailout and where the wealthy got bailed out and the poor lost their jobs and they lost their homes.”
The Audit legislation will direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is an independent congressional agency, to oversee a full review of the Fed’s monetary policy while conducting an audit of them and their decisions will be turned over to the Federal Open Market Committee.
In July, the first audit of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) was published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to Senator Bernie Sanders : “As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world. This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you’re-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.”
During 2007 – 2010, the Federal Reserve banks provided “assistance” of more than a trillion dollars in “emergency loans” to stabilize the financial system.
A source in the Deutsche Bank explained that in 2008 our financial and monetary system completely collapsed and since that time the banking cartels have been “propping up the system” to make it appear as if everything was fine. In reality our stock market and monetary systems are fake; meaning that there is nothing holding them in place except the illusion that they have stabilized since the Stock Market Crash nearly 5 years ago.
The Deutsche Bank informant says that the cause for the bailout of the banks was a large sum of cash needed quickly to repay China who had purchased large quantities of mortgage-backed securities that went belly-up when the global scam was realized. When China realized that they had been duped into buying worthless securitized loans which would never be repaid, they demanded the actual property instead. The Chinese were prepared to send their “people” to American shores to seize property as allocated to them through the securitized loan contracts.
To stave this off, the American taxpayers were coerced by former President Bush and former US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. During that incident, the US Senate was told emphatically that they had to approve a $700 billion bailout or else martial law would be implemented immediately. That money was funneled through the Federal Reserve Bank and wired to China, as well as other countries that were demanding repayment for the fraudulent securitizations.
To further avert financial catastrophe, as well as more debt or property seizure threats by the Chinese, the Euro was imploded there by plunging most of the European countries into an insurmountable free-fall for which they were never intended to recover.
All the money that those banks claimed they needed to avert collapse was also sent to the Chinese to add to the trillions of dollars lost during the burst of the housing bubble on the global market.
The GAO audit states that this transfer of funds from the FRBNY to the central Bank of China was an “unusual and exigent circumstance” that warranted the “emergency authority” of the FRBNY.
Sanders points out that the FRBNY gave massive amounts of money to foreign banks and multi-national corporations. Sanders said: “No agency of the United States government should be allowed to bailout a foreign bank or corporation without the direct approval of Congress and the president.”
Under the guise of “emergency loans” waivers of banking employees and private contractors were given kickbacks. Jamie Dimon , CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and member of the board of directors of the FRBNY, was given an estimated $390 billion in “aid” from the FRBNY. In kind, JPMorgan Chase was used as a money laundering institution during the mortgage-backed securities and derivatives scandal....
http://www.infowars.com/audit-of-ny-fed-reveals-technocrats-creation-and-cover-up-of-global-financial-crash/Senator Ron Paul has introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 ( HR459)... more
Senate Republicans block vote on “Bring Jobs Home Act”, which would have ended huge tax breaks for corporations shipping jobs overseas!It's a pretty sad day in our country when yesterday the United States Senate, during an endless "depression", in the words of economist Paul Krugman, refused even to vote on a bill to end the huge tax breaks for all those American and Multinational Corporations shipping American jobs overseas to China, the Philippines, India, Cambodia et al, where workers are paid pennies an hour. Although 56 Senators voted to end the filibuster debate preventing the bill from coming to the floor for a vote, 44 Senators were enough to sustain it. Whatever happened to the concept, the majority rules?!
Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow was somewhat flabbergasted that her Bill, the Bring Jobs Home Act, was filibustered to death by a super minority of 44 Senate Republicans (only 2 Republicans from Maine and Scott Brown voted to end the filibuster) since the passage of the bill would have allowed tax breaks for Corporations, including a 20% tax credit, for bringing jobs and manufacturing facilities back to America and simply would have ended the tax deductions for Corporations for costs of building plants and moving machinery and operations overseas.
So what this all means is that not only does Corporate America pay less in taxes when it ships jobs overseas, but we, repeat "we", end up paying for much of their costs in shipping the jobs overseas since it costs us much needed tax revenues, resulting in higher deficits, which are a deferred tax on the middle class? Talk about adding insult to injury!
Do you know the reason given by the Republicans who thwarted the passage of this Act? They said it would have complicated our tax code. LOL! As if it is not so full of loopholes for the rich already that it looks more like Swiss cheese than a rational and systematic piece of legislation.
This was a very modest bill. A more just bill would have required the renegotiation of all of our unfair trade treaties, replacing them with fair trade treaties that provided for a level playing field, including the imposition of minimum wages comparable to those here in our country.
But if the Senate won't even vote against ending these tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas, what hope is there of us ever getting fairer trade treaties, especially with the trans-pacific trade treaties now secretly being negotiated behind closed doors to the American public. Why, may I ask you, are they being negotiated in secret? Isn't this supposed to be a free and transparent government? Didn't President Obama promise us transparency in government?
And why didn't President Obama use the bully pulpit to rally public support for this Act? Is he, too, for the continuance of these corporate tax breaks to ship jobs overseas? Recall that in February, President Obama proposed lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%, even though we have a $1.2 annual deficit, and he is considering cutting social security, Medicare, and Medicaid according to the "Grand Bargain" negotiated in secrecy.
Imagine what John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or Patrick Henry would say about our government if they were alive today? Didn't our forefathers fight a revolution over unfair taxation? Except for the US Chamber of Commerce and the 1% and their paid spokesmen, I suspect that virtually all Americans are in favor of ending these tax breaks for shipping our jobs overseas. Isn't this unfair taxation not representing the will of the majority of Americans?
Would our forefathers put up with this kind of unfair tax legislation time and time again? Would they tolerate this obvious collusion of government with its political donors: the wealthy interests of our nation? Or would they pick up their muskets and fight a revolution over such unfair tax legislation.
If our Congress and Presidents are all bought and paid for by the rich, and if our government has become a government of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich, then where is the outcry and the outrage from the American people? Do you hear it? I don't.
Did you hear any of the major media report on the defeat of this Act last night? Or did you hear about some comic getting arrested in a porn theater for playing with his thing tonight? Doesn't Snookie get more coverage on the news than these transgressions against our democracy? Is it news that we get from the six major media owned by Corporate America, or propaganda and drivel?
Even Fire Dog Lake does not even put the defeat of this Act to stop the outsourcing of jobs on its front pages? Go figure.
I am disgusted not only with our government, but with the American people for being so stupid, so lazy, so gullible, and so complacent about the tyranny in our country today. Can't we all draw a line in the sand and say, "enough"? Or are we destined to continue our slide into more and more poverty and tyranny? If the citizens of Egypt, Libya, and Syria can draw the line in the sand and say enough, why can't we?
I don't get it. I must have smoked too much weed in my youth.It's a pretty sad day in our country when yesterday the United States Senate,... more
Bernie Sanders: Obama Should Create A Program To Put Millions Back To Work and Challenge GOP To Support ItBernie ought to be President.
This really is no surprise. You can see how the votes went at the link. However, some of the Democrats who voted this down surprised me (Al Franken specifically) especially when they had amendments to this bill they wanted passed.
The California ballot initiative this November to label GMOs is now our best chance to make this a national referendum on GMO labelling for our food, specifically baby formula. There is not one company that makes baby formula that GM soy is not used in it. And yes I know, breast feeding is always best, but for some mothers that is not an option and they should have alternatives that are healthy for their baby.
And regardless of the fact that this amendment was voted down, I applaud Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer for putting it out here and raising awareness of a very important health and environmental issue facing this country. Disclosure of the ingredients in our food is also a cornerstone of a Democratic society. Sad to see so many in this Congress bought and sold by the Monsantos of the world. It is time to vote them all out regardless of party. This is about principle.
The video I placed here is the best scene to describe the orafice these companies are in their quest to destroy humanity.This really is no surprise. You can see how the votes went at the link. However, some... more
Sen. Sanders and Boxer and Democracy for America Joe -Can you believe that, only four years after Wall Street and the Big Banks brought our economy to its knees, many of those same bank CEOs are helping to shape policy at the Federal Reserve?Sen. Sanders and Boxer and Democracy for America Joe -Can you believe that, only four... more
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would let states require that any food or beverage containing genetically-engineered ingredients be clearly labeled.
The Vermont Legislature earlier this year considered a bill that would have required labels on foods that contain genetically-engineered ingredients. The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony from 111 citizens and hundreds more crowded the Statehouse to show their support. Despite passing by a lopsided 9-1 vote in committee, the bill languished after Monsanto threatened to sue the state.
Similar strong-arm tactics by one of the world's leading producers of genetically-engineered foods and herbicides have been employed elsewhere by Monsanto, the multi-national company that posted $1.6 billion in profits last year. "It's no mystery why Monsanto would fight people's right to know," Sanders said "Business is booming for the chemical company. Clearly, they have a lot to protect."
The Sanders Amendment, cosponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), acknowledges that states have the authority to require the labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering or derived from organisms that have been genetically engineered.
The measure also would require the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to report to Congress within two years on the percentage of food and beverages in the United States that contain genetically-engineered ingredients.
"All over this country, people are becoming more conscious about the foods they are eating and the foods they are serving to their kids, and this is certainly true for genetically-engineered foods," Sanders said. "I believe that when a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her child."
In the United States, Sanders said, food labels already must list more than 3,000 ingredients ranging from gluten, aspartame, high-fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, but not genetically-altered ingredients. Around the world, by contrast, 49 countries require labels on foods that contain genetically-engineered ingredients.
In the 1990s, there was consensus among scientists and doctors at the FDA that genetically-altered foods could have new and different risks such as hidden allergens, increased plant-toxin levels and the potential to hasten the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease. Those concerns are mounting. In just three days, the American Medical Association will consider resolutions calling for new studies on the impact of genetically-altered foods. The American Public Health Association and the American Nurses Association already passed similar resolutions.
Sanders stressed that labeling genetically-altered foods will not increase costs to shoppers. He also disputed claims that genetically-engineered crops are better for the environment. Instead, he said, the use of Monsanto Roundup-ready soybeans engineered to withstand exposure to the herbicide Roundup has caused the spread of Roundup-resistant weeds, which now infest 10 million acres in 22 states with predictions of 40 million acres or more by mid-decade. Resistant weeds increase the use of herbicides and the use of older and more toxic herbicides.
The Sanders Amendment is about allowing states to honor the wishes of their residents and allowing consumers' to know what they're eating. "Monsanto and other major corporations should not get to decide this, the people and their elected representatives should," Sanders said.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would... more
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a rally on Capitol Hill that Congress must protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid during a new round of budget negotiations this year.
"I enjoy Bernie Sanders, I think He as an Independent stands by the working people, actually I am surprised he has not Fallen Ill or died in some Mysterious Plane Crash!!! Thank You Bernie for standing by the working people of America!!!" =)Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a rally on Capitol Hill that Congress must protect... more
Bernie Sanders is correct , but it should not be 'one man army'. If we would stand up, we could get Citizens United taken down. The Republicans are worried about voter fraud, yet no one can vet the corporations spending so much money to influence an American election. Are they only American's and American corporations?
* In response to the Koch Brothers’ plan to spend $400 million on Republican election campaigns, Sen. Bernie Sanders called out the Kochs and urged America to stand up against Citizens United.
In the response to the Koch plan to spend more money influencing campaigns in key states ($400 million) than John McCain raised in 2008 campaign ($370 million), Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “The Koch brothers’ bid to buy elections in America speaks to the obvious need for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and subsequent rulings. In the short term, Congress must pass legislation to require disclosure of the corporations and wealthy individuals behind the ads by outside groups.”
Sen. Sanders said the Koch spending demonstrates that we are no longer a nation of the people, “When one wealthy family spends more money than was raised altogether by the last Republican presidential candidate, it tells us that we are no longer a country of the people, by the people and for the people. We are becoming a country of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.”
The Koch Brothers may have the dollars, but the people still have the numbers. Now more than ever, it is imperative that the American people stand together to turn back this threat to our democracy. This isn’t just about who wins and loses elections. As ALEC has demonstrated, right wing funded candidates if left unchecked, win elections, and then implement the far right agenda of their billionaire masters. The Koch plan is a perfect example of how our representative democracy is being turned into an oligarchy of the few.Bernie Sanders is correct , but it should not be 'one man army'. If we... more
"Over 10 billion dollars a year. Over 110 billion dollars a decade.
That’s how much we give, as taxpayers, to the Big Oil companies – we literally just give over $110 billion per decade in taxpayer funds away as corporate welfare subsidies, at a time of unemployment crisis and climate chaos. $113 billion of tax-breaks, handouts, and subsidies for the fossil fuel industry over the next 10 years. WTF!?
Thankfully, a new piece of legislation that would repeal the giveaway has been introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison – and a left-right coalition is joining together to give it steam. The bill would strip away these outrageous subsidies. As you can imagine, the fossil fuel industry is going to fight back hard, so we need to come out as strong as possible and say: We Stand With Bernie.
Not only is fossil fuel the richest industry on earth, but any of us who pay taxes write it a hefty check each year. It’s as if we’re paying them a performance bonus for wrecking the climate. We’ll never get to renewable energy if we keep handing gobs of money to Big Oil, Coal and Gas.
It’s time to take a stand, and stop giving away our money on the welfare of Big Oil companies that are already raking in record-breaking profits. Join us.""Over 10 billion dollars a year. Over 110 billion dollars a decade.... more
15 multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of the basic fuctions of the Federal Reserve.15 multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of the basic fuctions of the... more
This is the one shot. As we told you earlier this week, the Supreme Court is set to revisit Citizens United, thanks to Montana, which dared to oppose the law in their state elections.
Now we have Vermont.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=33670This is the one shot. As we told you earlier this week, the Supreme Court is set to... more
"Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" harkens back to the bad old days when careers and lives were ruined by Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy, an alcoholic, demagogic Senator from Wisconsin. His bullying excesses caused far worse damage to the nation than the most evil of Communists ever did. Rep. Allen West has now begun channeling Fail Gunner Joe as a sop to extremists."Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?" harkens... more
"Anti Progress, No Doubt!!!"
"Great Job Bernie!!!" =)"Anti Progress, No Doubt!!!"... more
Sen. Sanders discusses the initiatives in 60 Vermont towns to overturn the Citizens United decision.
"Another reason I would like to live in Vermont, Right On Bernie Sanders!!!" =)Sen. Sanders discusses the initiatives in 60 Vermont towns to overturn the Citizens... more