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Over Easy: Bernie Sanders Launches Presidential Campaign in Burlington

On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) kicked off his 2016 bid for US President with a speech in his home town of Burlington, Vermont, noting that “enough is enough” and heralding the event as the beginning of a “political revolution.”

Vox has a transcript of the speech. His beginning remarks include:

Today, here in our small state — a state that has led the nation in so many ways — I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America.

Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally.

Today, we stand here and say loudly and clearly that; “Enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not to a handful of billionaires, their Super-PACs and their lobbyists.”

Brothers and sisters: Now is not the time for thinking small. Now is not the time for the same old — same old establishment politics and stale inside-the-beltway ideas.

Senator Sanders highlighted the following issues:

-Income and Wealth Inequality

In America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth, and the gap between the very rich and everyone is wider than at any time since the 1920s.

-Economics and the Disappearance of the Middle Class

But it is not just income and wealth inequality. It is the tragic reality that for the last 40 years the great middle class of our country —once the envy of the world — has been disappearing.

-Citizens United

American democracy is not about billionaires being able to buy candidates and elections. It is not about the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and other incredibly wealthy individuals spending billions of dollars to elect candidates who will make the rich richer and everyone else poorer. According to media reports the Koch brothers alone, one family, will spend more money in this election cycle than either the Democratic or Republican parties. This is not democracy.

-Climate Change

The debate is over. The scientific community has spoken in a virtually unanimous voice. Climate change is real. It is caused by human activity and it is already causing devastating problems in the United States and around the world.

-Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

If we are truly serious about reversing the decline of the middle class we need a major federal jobs program which puts millions of Americans back to work at decent paying jobs.

-Raising Wages

Let us be honest and acknowledge that millions of Americans are now working for totally inadequate wages. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised.

Senator Sanders also spoke on the following issues:

-Addressing Wealth and Income Inequality


-Reforming Wall Street

-Campaign Finance Reform

-Health Care for All

-College for All

-Protecting Our Most Vulnerable

In addition, he has a campaign website (“not paid for by billionaires”): https://berniesanders.com. For folks who happen to be at the website, but on the wrong page- or for folks who have gone looking for the hidden page at the website- there is a “404 Page Not Found” redirect. To see the message, go to https://berniesanders.com/wtf.

Bernie Sanders Has the Most Glorious 404 Error Page Ever

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  • Frederick Leatherman

    From his speech yesterday,

    “Let me be very clear. There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent and when 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1percent. There is something profoundly wrong when, in recent years, we have seen a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on earth. There is something profoundly wrong when one family owns more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans. This grotesque level of inequality is immoral. It is bad economics. It is unsustainable. This type of rigged economy is not what America is supposed to be about. This has got to change and, as your president, together we will change it.”

    Make it so, Number One.

  • Ruth

    thanks, Crane-Station, watched the launch and was glad to have a Bernie Sanders speaking up for working folks. He’s gotten a lot more respect than the PTB seem to have realized he’d get, which is encouraging. I have heard from a lot of libruls who are going to be working for his election.

  • Ruth

    Hope the flooding isn’t horrible for you two down by the Lake, friends who have been swamped are staying safe but having trouble getting back and forth to work.

  • Boxturtle

    Good Morning All!

    I’ll support Bernie. No Ohio organization yet and I certainly don’t have time to start one. But I’ll be there when it’s created. Ten bucks is ten bucks and I’m due another pair of shoes soon anyway.

    That said, I wonder if Bernie is just cover to keep it from looking like a coronation for Hillary and has no real plan to win. I’m too cynical to believe any politician at face value and I can’t help but wonder if he’s really angling for a position in Hillary’s administration. Regardless, the worst that can happen is he pulls Hillary to the left a little bit, then fades away.

    The Hillary’s minions didn’t cut him off at the knees at the first rumble. SO there’s an understanding between her and him.

    Boxturtle (Obama from nowhere caught her off guard. That won’t happen again)

  • Boxturtle

    Barking Moonbats for Bernie!!!!

    Boxturtle (*ARF*)

  • Boxturtle

    “This has got to change and, as your president, together we will change it.”

    Agreed, but some details of what the final result should be and how we get there would be nice. But I’ll be patient for awhile.

    Boxturtle (Hopefully, he’ll have something out by noon or so)

  • Alice X

    Morning all and thank you C-S

    A quick stop on the way to coffee… [08.45 some edits with coffee]

    Some along the way may have understood my self identification and alignment with some who are libertarian socialist. In a nutshell, libertarian socialists want as a social norm to be free from plunder. At the other end, the Libertarians (American version) have hijacked the name. They are individualists who want to be free to plunder.

    On occasion they can sound like they are saying something similar. It usually does not take more than a few sentences for the illusion to disperse.

    The Chomsky and lately Chris Hedges articulate it much better than I could possibly hope to. Some years ago on another blog I used the moniker Alice X – anarchists unite. Some then thought I was being tongue-in-cheek. I wasn’t. Even if it seems to be something of a paradox. Sometime after, that is precisely what happened with Occupy.

    A few notes from a site I frequent:

    http://socialistworker.org/2015/05/20/what-should-the-left-say-about-sanders

    http://socialistworker.org/2015/05/27/an-faq-on-sanders-and-the-left

    http://socialistworker.org/2015/05/26/bernie-sanders-is-no-eugene-debs

  • Boxturtle

    It ain’t over, either. Houston is supposed to get rain all over their northern watershed and that’s going to concentrate as it approaches the city.

    This is truly epic flooding. Old Farts who’ve lived there all their lives can’t remember anything like this.

    Boxturtle (And some of those Old Farts can remember When Roosevelt was president)

  • Ruth

    The view of Hillary or any candidate’s being so totally in charge and savvy is really utopian beyond their wildest dreams.
    Random chance is in charge.

  • Ruth

    Sociallism and christian ethics have a great deal in common, which is most likely the reason the ratwingers try so hard to demonize ‘socialists’.

  • Ruth

    The garden is calling, so I’m off now. Thanks for good company.

  • Alice X
  • karenjj2

    Good morning, firepups
    I’m pretty sure Bernie’s the real deal, but I tho’t the same of Howard Dean; and the PTB’s took. him out at their leisure

  • oldhippiejan

    “Regardless, the worst that can happen is he pulls Hillary to the left a little bit, then fades away.” Or is he being used by Hillary to keep Dems half way interested, because the liberals that I know are just ready to write of ’16 and hand it to the GOP. With Bernie in the race, Dems at least remain interested, although he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being President. Just a thought BT, I’ve always liked Bernie from way back and wish him the best, but it is politics, perhaps the dirtiest business of all.
    Are the Missus and Gizmo still recovering nicely? oldhippiejan

  • oldhippiejan

    I receive their newsletter everyday, makes for interesting reading. oldhippiejan

  • Boxturtle

    From one of your links (which I recommend highly, btw):

    “Sanders will serve as the sheepdog for the Democratic Party–his bark
    may cause a stir, but his job is to bring discontented voters back into
    the Democratic flock.”

    And I thought I was cynical. But it would sure explain why none of Hillary’s attack dogs have gone for him.

    Boxturtle (First you are ingored, then you are repressed, then you win – Gandhi)

  • Boxturtle

    It really does surprise me how many publicly declared Christians demonize socialism.

    My conservative neighbor supports socialism, but doesn’t want the government doing it. He feels such should come from churches and individuals. He’d give you the last loaf of bread in his house if you needed it, but he’d picket all day if the government tried it.

    I point out the contradiction and his reply is “Do you really want the government deciding what is moral? Do you really want to trust the government to do The Right Thing correctly?”

    Boxturtle (“I assume there are Christians in Congress, but I don’t know any” – My neighbor)

  • Istherenonamethatdoesntexist

    Bernie thinks you have too many shoes already :).

  • Boxturtle

    I see the Evil Hand of Hillary everywhere, though Ruth’s comment above about random chance being in charge also has merit. Elections anymore are very cynical chess games and you can buy additional pieces and senak them onto the board.

    I like Bernie as well, though he’s not perfect. And if he sticks with it through Ohio, I’ll be stumping for him.

    Gizmo has her stitches out and responded by running around the yard just as fast as she could for as long as she could. And she’s a pretty fast dog, top speed about Warp 2. Wife is not doing nearly as well, but improving. We’re both really eager to get the first fill into the pump and see the results. After the really positive results from the test, we’re really hopeful.

    Boxturtle (Vet is much more confident that Gizmo is a dog after looking inside)

  • Molly

    G’morning, everyone. Sanders is my man! I already sent a donation a month ago. But geez, I wish they’d stop with the emails, already. Yesterday I got one from (purportedly) his wife.

    BoxTurtle, how is your wife doing? Is the pain at least under control?

  • Molly

    Someone here a couple of weeks ago (I wasn’t familiar with the name) posted a link to quite a damning article on Sanders, how he isn’t the “real deal” in his home state, etc. The article struck me at the time as, “lets throw everything we can at the wall and see if anything sticks.” I haven’t seen anything since that is similar. I’m sure the attack dogs will be out for Bernie.

  • Boxturtle

    Removing the stitches helped a lot, psychologically at least. Her neck and back now hurt worse than the surgery and that’s actually a good sign.

    Boxturtle (Its kinda creepy seeing the outline of the pump through her skin)

  • Canyon2

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post Crane-Station.

  • Chris Maukonen

    Socialism is hated most virulently by the same people who loved slavery so much.

  • Boxturtle

    I think the attack dogs will leave Bernie alone unless he starts polling double digits. Hillary won’t act unless threatened and the GOP will love to highlight his position to show how “out of touch” democrats are and will turn their attack dogs on each other.

    Boxturtle (Circular firing squad! Ready, fire, aim!)

  • Beverly Lawson

    Box, I think I missed the report. Would you note again what happened with your wife.
    Im concerned and sorry….hope things go well.

  • Alice X

    There have been more schisms in Christianity than I can even count.

    Hugo Chávez: Jesus was a socialist.

    Mahatma Gandhi: How unlike your Christ are your Christians

    The first great schism in socialism occurred between Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin.

    Between Marx advocating state authority and Bakunin rejecting the authority of the state.

    Bakunin was a self proclaimed Anarchist.

    What is unfortunate in the American political landscape is the all too successful demonization of both communists and anarchists.

    Lenin was a very right wing socialist. Marx’s dictatorship of the proletariat, where they would have say, though complete was corrupted by Lenin to be the vanguard of the proletariat, where they would have no say.

    Stalin couldn’t spell the word socialism.

    That outfit made vilification easy.

    For the anarchists it started earlier with the Haymarket affair in 1886. Eight self identified anarchists were tried for throwing a bomb, even though there was more than a little evidence that none of them were involved.

    For me, anarchists cannot reject authority by the authoritarian act of violence.

    You might find it interesting that I would tend more towards the anti-authority of your conservative neighbor.

    An interesting read:

    http://brightonleft.org.uk/2013/07/24/an-introduction-to-anarchism-a-schism-of-thought/

    For me the point is, authority is mistaken as power. Power corrupts.

  • karenjj2

    Hi cm
    interesting that “socialism” is rooted in human “society,” and “communism” is rooted in human “community;” whereas, “capitalism” is rooted in money and other financial representations such as stock, data, and other intangibles.

  • Chris Maukonen

    Agree completely. Anarchists like Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman and Henry David Thoreau.

  • Boxturtle

    A few years back, she was in a car accident. As a result, she is now on SS disability and requires constant pain meds. The pain meds have some bad side effects and the longer they are used the worse those effects can get. Organ damage. Dependency. Extreme difficulty in surgical sedation. Among others.

    So we are switching to a pain pump, which is implanted under the skin and delivers medication directly to the spinal cord via a catheter. This avoids most of the side effects if successful. Not sure how long it will be before they fill it for the first time and we get to see how it performs.

    Boxturtle (The accident wasn’t that bad, but her head and neck moved exactly wrong)

  • Shutter

    As another Senator tosses his outstretched hands into the race, no matter what any of them say, I don’t believe them and I will always look for the ulterior political motive. Call it 40 years of learned behavior.

    At best Bernie’s a sincere old man who doesn’t know the futility of his decision.. at worst he just another tool in the chest to divert our attention (send in the clowns comes to mind).

    Regardless, he’s a sideshow.

  • oldhippiejan

    I don’t really like the idea of leaving the care of the poor to the largesse of the average American. The average American can’t afford to give enough and the ones that can won’t. There have to be one hell of a bunch of cupcake sales to pay for chemotherapy treatments for someone suffering from Stage 4 cancer. While the gov’t mucks up a lot of stuff, I’m pleased with my social security delivery system and am thankful as hell for my Medicare.

  • Alice X

    I wish that Bernie would renounce the MICC and denounce the great crimes of Israel.

    But if he were on a ballot I would probably vote for him.

    Hillary I will never vote for in one million years. No matter how many times they dig my bones up.

  • Beverly Lawson

    Box, If you get back…would you please leave some more about your wife. I think I had missed the news…hope she is OK…..Thinking about you both….

  • Frederick Leatherman

    We’re fine. The level of the lake is up about 30 feet with water flowing over the spillway. We did lose our water when lightning blew up the Red River Authority’s pump. 24 hours later we have water pressure restored, but we have to boil water before we drink it, until further notice. Of course, we don’t drink it anyway because it’s always undrinkable.

  • karenjj2

    very telling that the “money-thieists”
    have successfully hijacked the human word “company” which has always referenced “human-owned business” and have removed the true meaning of the word from all but old paper records and some human memory in less than 15 years.

  • oldhippiejan

    I agree Alice X. Bernie’s foreign policy needs some scrutiny, don’t care for his position on Israel either, but would vote for him. I’m sick of anything and everything Clinton.

  • Beverly Lawson

    Thank you….sounds very debilitating….Ill be thinking of you both and hope for the best. Who was it said “one more thing after another”…..Im sure she appreciates your good spirit and support. Please keep us up to date.

  • Boxturtle

    I don’t like the idea either. Were I in charge, I’d probably remove churches tax exemptions with the understanding that every cent goes to poverty programs.

    Boxturtle (Yet another reason I’ll never be presdient)

  • karenjj2

    Re “renounce the MICC and Israel” would end his campaign yesterday if not sooner; he is making a realistic bid to at least get some issues into discussion and at best reach the Dim’s primary.
    *no, “Dims” is not a typo nor “Thugs” when I continue to use those titles in future.*

  • oldhippiejan

    Would love to see churches and their property taxed.
    However you couldn’t be elected to dog catcher, let alone president, running on that platform.
    Glad Gizmo is full of piss and vinegar, and hope Mrs. BT soon feels better.

  • karenjj2

    If you listen online to thomhartmann.com on Fridays at noon EDT, you’ll have an opportunity to hear “Brunch with Bernie” where he takes calls from folks across the nation and has done so for 10+years. <– unless Senate in session, of course; he has his priorities right. you may find that there is more to him than you've surmised.
    by the way, thomhartmann.com is live m-f, noon-3p as well as repeat 3-6p EDT on tunein radio. I try not to miss it — .

  • karenjj2

    Yesterday i saw this sign in the back window of a pickup truck:
    my God is bigger than any one religion.
    *mine, too!*

  • karenjj2

    Dear C-S, so busy getting my comments in that I forgot to express my appreciation for this excellent post; it’ll be a handy intro to Bernie to fwd to friends.
    be assured that i do read all your posts with interest even if I fail to comment.
    “lake at 30 feet” !!! wow! trite reminder: take care, and have plans A, B, C, D, as well as alternates … strong, hopefull thoughts headed for you two + parrot….
    ^..^

  • bsbafflesbrains

    Whatever the motivation for Senator Sanders to run for the Presidency at this time the 99% who are voting in Democratic primaries should support him with a vote at least. If he is just sheepdogging for Hillary he will shine a bigger spotlight on progressive ideas and proposals than a third party candidate will and that could be good for other progressives down ticket and other third parties as well. I will vote for Bernie in the open D primary in CA and then vote for Jill Stein in the general but as England and Canada are showing it’s winning the local offices that create real change.

  • http://www.hudechrome.com Lawrence Hudetz

    Late to the party, although I was actually up for a while and read the post.

    If you follow the logic, then governing corrupts as government without power is impossible. Now if you accept the definition of anarchy as “a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.”, then it follows that chaos rules, which itself implies power, and there will be individuals who would grab the mantle and rule.

    It is for this conundrum that there is no way out for human society to truly govern itself, sans corruption. To To design corruption out of the equation, we need to rid ourselves of greed.

  • http://www.hudechrome.com Lawrence Hudetz

    My prediction:

    On the 2016 November ballot we will find under Bernie Sanders:

    404 Error. Name not found.

    Sigh……

  • Alice X

    There are always problems with the definitions.

    As with the Christians forever debating how many angels could fit on the head of a pin.

    For me, anarchy is not the desired result of anarchism. The potential for that misconception is obvious. Anarchism doesn’t reject all authority it just requires its consistent verification. In other words, democracy.

    There are so many conundrums. You are indeed correct that we need to rid ourselves of greed.

    The phrase that I most often used previously was anti-authoritarian socialism.

    I believe that I have a right to own my home, my car, my personal property.

    I do not have the right to own the factory that makes them.

    Because then there would a hierarchy.

    Earlier societies had means to bring moral obligation to bear. To point to those who took too much as bad members.

  • http://mosquitocloud.net/ aprescoup

    Bernie has, by and large, taken foreign policy and empire off the table…

    Hillary must be thrilled.

    “Uncle Sam cannot fund a “Nordic” social democracy to end poverty, provide free and high quality health care, fund college, build green infrastructure, avert global warming and generally advance equality, sustainability and justice at home while also paying for a giant military war and empire machine at home and abroad. He has to choose.”

    – Paul Street

    https://static.nationalpriorities.org/images/fb101/2014/presidents-proposed-discretionary-spending.png

  • Franciszek

    Kucinich was marginalized and mostly ignored by the media as a presidential candidate even though he got into some of the debates. One of the moderators asked him about ufos … I’m willing to bet that Bernie will get similar treatment.

  • http://www.hudechrome.com Lawrence Hudetz

    Perhaps it’s my science training that I always go to the definitions to establish a path. In science, math and engineering, that path is rational or it is non-existent. Ultimately, it has to be unassailable. Unassailable is a goal, seldom realized.

    Of course, in politics and governance, this ideal is not obtained, for there is no fully rational truths to politics. My goal therefore, is to carefully watch and protect against the unravelling of such truths that can be established, if not unassailable, then at least with some sort of stopping point.

    “Truth cannot be known, only pointed to”, is where I stand.

    I would add that the first rule in the Hippocratic oath in medicine be applied to politics:

    “First, do no harm”
    …and I don’t mean to the bottom line!

    Silly me!

  • bsbafflesbrains

    How Bernie responds to the MSM will be a great tell as to whether he is for real or just sheepdogging for Hillary. Forgot about Dennis and the ufo issue but you are right about what the MSM will do if there are any “ufo” type questions for Bernie. As austerity becomes reality progressive solutions will gain traction and the $700 billion defense budget will get more of a spotlight. We have a military base everywhere.

  • Alice X

    I do not listen to Thom Hartmann who I consider a Dbot.

    I do listen to Nader.

    And Hedges.

    And Chomsky.

    But aprecoup above is absolutely right.

    We can hardly talk about any meaningful social progress without slashing the defense budget.

    I like Bernie’s 12 point program but he can’t pay for it without cutting the MICC.

  • Franciszek

    One thing I will be watching for is how hard Bernie goes after Hillary. If he makes Hillary his main opponent then maybe that will be the signal that he is not playing the role of the Judas goat after all.
    .
    But, if he makes the GOP his primary opponent and goes easy on Hillary then I think it will be pretty obvious that he’s not really looking to beat Hillary, but to occupy and shore up her left flank. In that case, Hillary will mostly ignore Bernie, except to vaguely “agree” with him on parts of his 12 point plan (which she has already started to do.)
    .
    Some of Bernie’s statements in regards to taking Slick Hilly by the horns have not been particularly encouraging so far… he told Stephanopoulos a few weeks ago that he would support Hillary and not run as an independent if he does not win the democrat nomination “I have been very clear about that”. He has also said things like “Hillary is not the issue” that he “likes and respects” her … All very cautious and moderate things to say. But is he going to take down Hillary with moderation … I doubt it. I’d also like to hear what he says about the GOP clown car and if he’s as docile in his rhetoric towards them as he so far has been towards Hillary.
    .

  • Alice X

    I too had early training in math and engineering. In those days they thought a girl in science had wandered into the wrong class, even if they slung a mean slide rule. But on my own I quickly decided it was not for me.

    The smartest person I ever thought I knew was in engineering. A girlfriend. She was also a musician. But she was a terrible musician.

    In science you may have disagreement but until there is proof. There is no compromise possible.

    Politics starts with disagreement and maybe at best ends with compromise.

    Economics started as political economy, the affairs of human beings. It was a social science.

    Later on by coming up with various equations that left human beings out, they thought they had become a hard science.

    So the constant problem is to understand what a society looks like that the consistently takes the well being of all equally as its starting and ending point.

    Economics started as political

  • http://www.hudechrome.com Lawrence Hudetz

    Understand.

    Slide rule. I once had to give a quote for some engineering work and to indicate the overall accuracy, I ended the quote by saying: “These calculations were made with a slide rule”. Now in those days, we dictated letters and the typist never heard of a slide rule so she filled in by saying “These calculations were made with a sly drool”. (The dollars were quite large based on typical estimates)

  • Rachel

    Thank you for sharing that, Boxturtle. Fred and I are thinking of you and hoping that the new pump will work well for her.

  • Rachel

    Thank you so much, karenjj2. I am usually gone during the day, but today I got off work early, and I just now am reading through the comments. Much appreciated!

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    Israel is Bernie’s Achilles heel…! But, I’ll still be caucusing for him here in the Isles…! Btw, I see you finally got your nom de plume to work in disqus…! 😉

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    I wish her the best of luck, BT…! *g*

  • ThingsComeUndone

    I don’t like Bernie’s support of Israel. Not sure I can vote for him I suggest we challenge him, Hilary, and the GOP to defend Israel. “Support for Israel is weakening among evangelical Christians, prompting a new struggle for the hearts and minds of younger members of America’s largest pro-Israel demographic group.

    While hard numbers are not available, evangelical leaders on both sides of the divide on Israel agree that members of the millennial generation do not share their parents’ passion for the Jewish state; many are seeking some form of evenhandedness when approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/1.579182 Hilary can’t win without us turning out in force and the GOP can’t afford to lose young evangelcial voters.

  • ThingsComeUndone

    Next should we be assuming Hilary will be the nominee health problems at her age are not uncommon. Several GOP factions have been looking up dirt on her for decades some of the more crazy ones won’t wait until the general election to leak their dirt. Hilary’s connection’s to the coup in the Ukraine the coup in Honduras mentioned in her book

    “The chapter on Latin America, particularly the section on Honduras, a major source of the child migrants currently pouring into the United States, has gone largely unnoticed. In letters to Clinton and her successor, John Kerry, more than 100 members of Congress have repeatedly warned about the deteriorating security situation in Honduras, especially since the 2009 military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. As Honduran scholar Dana Frank points out in Foreign Affairs, the U.S.-backed post-coup government “rewarded coup loyalists with top ministries,” opening the door for further “violence and anarchy.”

    The homicide rate in Honduras, already the highest in the world, increased by 50 percent from 2008 to 2011; political repression” http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/hillary-clinton-honduraslatinamericaforeignpolicy.html

    Could backfire a withdrawal and loss of billions public and private loaned to the Ukraine is likely, a video of Honduran forces killing civilains is bound to turn up sooner or later. Hilary’s ties to the Keystone Pipeline and promoting Fracking in eastern Europe Poland, Bulgaria while in the State Dept are also potential problems, Hilary supporting hedge funds her daughter worked at and married into one leave her no room to criticize them she has recently but the press has not called her out on that. Supporting Charter schools will hurt Hilary the Teacher’s Union in every State tends to have the most educated females who vote Dem and have summers off to campaign. Hilary’s boy Chicago Mayor Rahm is cutting teacher’s benefits rather than tax the rich more if the teacher’s stay home in Chicago then Illinois goes Red.

  • Rachel

    Breaking:

    The Associated PressVerified account‏@AP

    BREAKING: Nebraska abolishes death penalty after Legislature votes to override Gov. Ricketts’ veto.

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    I wonder how long Bernie can keep his longstanding vow to never run a negative campaign ad, BT…?

  • Hugh

    We have discussed this before. Sanders is a fraud. He’s been a joke in DC for years. His role is to keep progressives in the Democratic fold, to suck air out of any real progressive challenge to Hillary from outside the party, and to deliver progressives to Hillary when he inevitably folds.
    Progressives need to get real and stop acting like such patsies. I have seen this scenario a thousand times. Some pol mouths a few progressive catchphrases. Progressives swoon and anoint him/her the next savior. Said savior does a few star turns, does nothing substantive, burns no bridges, and invariably disappears. We even have a name for this phenomenon: revolving heroes.

    If progressives want to stop being treated like suckers and saps, they need to stop acting like them. It’s really not that hard. Consider Sanders. He was elected to the Senate in 2006. In those nine years, how much organizing did he do among progressives? (Answer, none.) Harry Reid said once that a single Senator could bring the Senate to a standstill. How many times did Bernie bring the Senate to a standstill? (Never. The best he came up with was a symbolic filibuster on a Friday when the Senate had no pending business and most Senators had gone home for the weekend.) There is simply no there there with Bernie Sanders.

    Progressives need to come up with a short, clear program they can sell to the rest of the country, recruit candidates from within their own ranks, and support them, win or lose. Stop looking to plastic heroes and expecting anything other than plastic change.

  • oldhippiejan

    Thus far, Bernie is the best we got, so caucus away. CTut. I’d do the same thing. Thanks to a lovely gentleman named “dick c” that gave me step by step instructions, I was able to get “oldhippiejan” back. Much happier old woman now.