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What that Letter Should Have Said

On Valentine's Day, Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the President, authored by himself and signed by 15 other Senators, all Democrats. The letter was a response to the rumors that the President intends to include his Chained CPI proposal to cut Social Security benefits in the budget he will soon send to Congress. Read below the fold...

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Professor Krugman's Nervous Tic?

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Paul Krugman's recent post makes some good points about the myth of the undeserving poor. But does he have a nervous tic?. When criticizing conservative economic views, doesn't he always seem to genuflect slightly to conservative opinion in order to appear "reasonable"? In this post he says:

"I’ve noted before that conservatives seem fixated on the notion that poverty is basically the result of character problems among the poor. This may once have had a grain of truth to it, but for the past three decades and more the main obstacle facing the poor has been the lack of jobs paying decent wages. But the myth of the undeserving poor persists, and so does a counterpart myth, that of the deserving rich."

What "grain of truth" ever existed in this story? Where is the empirical evidence that the poor were ever more "lazy" than the rich or had other "character defects" (Not K's words) that the rich don't have in abundance, as well? I don't think there is any. What the conservatives believe is pure BS. Some people are certainly "lazier" than others. But there's no evidence that this aspect of character is class-based. It's just prejudice, myth, and conservative fairy tales, which they embrace in place of authentic religion, run rampant. Read below the fold...

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Bernie Sanders: Self-shackled Champion of the People

I gotta love Bernie Sanders, because he seems so much like people I grew up with and like myself too, and he also seems to have that passion for equality and democracy that is so important for the future of America. Sometimes I think Bernie is one of the few champions of the people left in Congress. But I also think that along with other progressives he has constructed chains for himself that prevent him from being as effective a champion of the people as he otherwise might be.

His chains are the chains of either false beliefs or a decision not to speak the truth about fiscal matters for fear that the “very serious people” in the Washington village will marginalize him even more than they do right now. I can't say which of these is true, but I think whichever reason is operative, his self-shackling reduces his effectiveness. Read below the fold...

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Open letter to Bernie Sanders

Susie Madrak informs us that Bernie Sanders is thinking of running for President.

GO FOR IT!

You are a socialist, you don't have to care about the Democratic primary. Read below the fold...

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The Five Worst Reasons Why the National Debt Should Matter To You: Part Four, The Three Real Reasons

This is the concluding post in a four part series on the “Top” reasons why the national debt should matter. In Part One, I considered “Fix the Debt's” claim that high levels of debt cause high unemployment and argued that this is a false claim. In Part Two, I followed with a review of the historical record from 1930 to the present and showed that it refutes this claim throughout this period, and that there is not even one Administration where the evidence doesn't contradict “Fix the Debt's” theory. In Part Three I showed that the other four reasons advanced by “Fix the Debt” also had very little going for them. In this part, I'll give reasons why the national debt does matter, and why we should fix it without breaking America, or causing people to suffer. Read below the fold...

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The Fiscal “Cliff” and the Real Problem

Like many others, I'm not worried about the so-called fiscal “cliff,” and the ravages to the economy that are likely to occur if Congress doesn't do something about it before the end of the year. That's because a lot of the impact can be cushioned in the short run by Executive Branch manipulations while negotiations continue to go on. But if measures aren't taken to reverse the contractionary effect of the sequestration-induced changes, we're looking at deficit cuts of $487 Billion over 9 months of the fiscal year. Read below the fold...

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Sanders and McDermott introduce Single-Payer bills to Congress

(ETA: with a twist!)

via HealthCare-NOW!

From Senator Sanders's statement:

The American Health Security Act of 2011 would provide federal guidelines and strong minimum standards for states to establish and administer single-payer health care programs.

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Et Tu Bernie?

Bernie Sanders appeared on Dylan Ratigan's show yesterday talking about Elizabeth Warren's appointment. Towards the end of his interview, he said a few words about his opposition to extending the Bush Tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. His proposal was to end the tax breaks the high income people, take the $700 Billion freed up, spend $350 Billion on sorely needed infrastructure projects, creating millions of jobs over a 10 year period and taking the other $350 million in savings and applying it to deficit reduction. Read below the fold...

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Socialism... It's The Sander's Solution!

Today, in what could only be described as a pleasant surprise, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment proposed by one of my personal favorites, Senator Bernie Sanders, ordering a one-time audit of the Federal Reserve. And it passed with a vote of 96-0. That’s just good’r than grits.

But wait, before you get too darn excited, I should tell ya’ that Sen. Sanders unfortunately had to revise the amendment from its original form. He had proposed a complete audit of all the Fed’s historical records.

The amendment that finally passed, however, only requires the Fed hand over records pertaining to its actions since the financial collapse in September 2008. Better than nothin’ I suppose. Read below the fold...

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Meanwhile in Vermont


Argus Times

MONTPELIER – Hundreds of Vermonters filled the Statehouse Tuesday for a public forum on health care reform, with a vast majority urging lawmakers to adopt a single-payer system.

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Bernie Caves and Explains Why

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Bernie Sanders' appearance on The Ed Show, was a sad one for me to see, because he tried to explain his joining the Democrats in voting for cloture on the Senate's health care reform bill in two ways. Read below the fold...

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Action Alert: Single Payer sit ins tomorrow

More Sit-Ins for Single-Payer, Thurs. Dec. 10th

The Mobilization for Health Care for All, about which we have blogged several times, is having another Day of Action for single-payer this Thursday, December 10th, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day. I hope some regular D&S blog visitors can participate in these sit-ins! Here is the Mobilization's press release:

We are making the point that health care is a human right—that means everyone should have access to health care.

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Sander's amendment and the day's news

Senator Sanders Offers Medicare-for-All Amendment in Senate

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--December 3, 2009. Challenging head-on the powerful private insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment to the Senate health reform bill Wednesday that would replace the bulk of the Senate bill’s language with provisions establishing a single-payer, Medicare-for-All program.

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Tell Bernie Sanders, "thanks for looking out!"

http://act.boldprogressives.org/cms/sign...

Bernie Sanders has used a bit of Senate finesse to block the renomination of Ben Bernanke to head the Federal Reserve. Chris Bowers over at Closed Left explains what's happening, but what it all boils down to is that Sanders has managed to hold up the renomination of one of Bush's creatures to a hugely important office. Obama and Wall Street want Bernanke to stay and keep fucking up the economy. Sanders is looking like one of the only senators willing to go on record and try to stop this from happening. Read below the fold...

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