Sanders is isolated within his campaign. Talking points memo
Sander’s dismisses the importance of black voters and essentially calls them conservative (WashPo)
Bernie’s economist (the one who estimated his costs and benefits) is voting for Hillary.
Turns out his basic assumption was wrong: He thought an increase in gov spending caused an increase in the growth rate of output, not just an increase in output.
The only resolution on upcoming elections at the DSA’s 2005 convention focused on Bernie Sanders‘s independent campaign for the U.S. Senate. The organization’s 2007 convention in Atlanta featured record-breaking attendance and more participation by the organization’s youth wing. Sanders gave the keynote address. Wikipedia
The first substantive line in DSA’s constitution: We are socialists because we reject an economic order based on private profit…
A Kerry defeat would be taken not as a defeat of the US political center, which Kerry represents, but of the mainstream Left. As a result, it would embolden the Right and demoralize the Left (as well as trade unionists and people of color) as much as Reagan’s 1984 defeat of Mondale did. –DSA’s position in 2004, wikipedia
House of Representatives, John Conyers has introduced H.R.676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. This bill has 77 co-sponsors. In the Senate, Bernie Sanders has introduced S.703, the American Health Security Act of 2009, his bill has not yet attracted co-sponsors. Introduced 25 Mar 2009. (CRS summary) (no co-sponsors)
Sanders acknowledged that his amendment would not pass. “As a result of the power of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, this amendment will not pass or even get very many votes.” (debated Dec 17, 2009) (from Sanders senate websites). From the NYTimes: Mr. Coburn objected to Mr. Sanders’s request to dispense with the reading of the 767-page amendment. So a relay team of Senate clerks began reading the proposal. After nearly three hours, Mr. Sanders threw in the towel and withdrew his amendment.
DSA Def of “Democratic Socialism: While the large concentrations of capital in industries such as energy and steel may necessitate some form of state ownership, many consumer-goods industries might be best run as cooperatives.
Gov track Gives Bernie a below average leadership score in spite of being relatively long-serving and extreme left. Both characteristics tend to be associated with higher leadership scores.
Bernie’s one substantive bill in the Senate – 893.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), today an outspoken advocate for Hillary Clinton, said Bernie’s “holier-than-thou attitude—saying in a very loud voice he is smarter than everyone else and purer than everyone else—really undercuts his effectiveness.”
Why then, Politico asked, why not just say so? Why not become a Democrat? Especially now. Sanders wouldn’t say. “I’m running for the Democratic nomination,” he said. He assured he would meet “all the regulations and requirements.” “I look forward to doing that,” he said. Another non-answer. // Also told the Progressive, “I’m not a Democrat.”
Dirt from the right — but they quote the Wash Po. Some is likely true and he will have to deal with this.
Bernie doesn’t have a superPAC, no candidate can, but he’s got superPACs for him.:
If a bank’s too big to fail, it’s too big to exist.
Ben is a person. Jerry is a person. Ben and Jerry’s is not a person.
Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.
They talk about class warfare — the fact of the matter is there has been class warfare for the last 30 years. It’s a handful of billionaires taking on the entire middle class and working class of this country.
How could anybody defend the top 400 richest people in this country owning more than the bottom half of America, 150,000,000 people?
“Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.”
“Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.”
“Who do you think controls the Republican party? Big money controls the Republican Party. This is where their campaign contributions come from.”
“Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” (oops, that’s from Ronald Reagan’s Labor Day speech in 19800
Sanders opposed 1995 loan to Mexico on which we made a profit