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Excerpt: "My sincere hope is that the Republican Party now understands that the American people do not want a government pushing right-wing extremist policies. They want a government that addresses the needs of working families, the elderly, the children and the sick, and not just the wealthiest people in this country."

Sen. Bernie Sanders in Burlington Vt. (photo: Glenn Russell/Free Press)
Sen. Bernie Sanders in Burlington Vt. (photo: Glenn Russell/Free Press)


A New Mandate to Protect Working Families

By Bernie Sanders and Staff, Reader Supported News

08 November 12

 

en. Bernie Sanders, re-elected with 71 percent of the vote, said right-wing extremism suffered a major defeat on Election Day.

Despite dozens of billionaires spending unprecedented sums of money trying to defeat President Barack Obama and progressive candidates around the country, Obama won a strong victory and Democrats, forced to defend 23 seats in the Senate, appear to have picked up two more seats, a result very few predicted.

Sanders urged the president to embark on a nationwide campaign to challenge right-wing Republicans in the home states of members of Congress who are out of sync with mainstream majorities on issues ranging from Social Security to tax breaks for millionaires to global warming.

"My sincere hope is that the Republican Party now understands that the American people do not want a government pushing right-wing extremist policies. They want a government that addresses the needs of working families, the elderly, the children and the sick, and not just the wealthiest people in this country," Sanders said.

"Poll after poll shows that the American people do not want to see cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. As part of deficit reduction, they want the wealthiest people and largest corporations in this country to start paying their fair share of taxes. They want to end an absurd tax policy that enables the wealthy and large corporations to stash trillions in tax havens in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere, costing the U.S. Treasury more than $100 billion a year.

"Poll after poll shows that the American people are increasingly concerned about the growing income and wealth inequality in America. At a time when the top 1 percent owns 42 percent of the wealth of the country, while the bottom sixty percent owns 2.3 percent, the American people want that enormously important issue addressed.

"Poll after poll shows that the American people do not believe, as Republican leaders do, that global warming is a 'hoax.' On the contrary, they want this country's energy system to move aggressively toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

"Poll after poll shows that the American people believe that we must invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and, by doing that, create millions of good paying jobs.

"Poll after poll shows that the American people strongly disagree with those Republicans who want to cut spending on education. Quite the contrary! The American people want to make college more affordable for struggling working families and their kids.

"My strong hope is that, on behalf of the American people, President Obama forcefully challenges the right-wing extremist agenda. My hope is that he visits states around the country where House and Senate members are defending the interests of billionaires at the expense of working families, and asks those Americans to demand that their members of Congress represent them - and not powerful special interests," Sanders concluded.

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+17 # Patch 2012-11-08 08:52
Bernie Sanders, a hero for our time. It is now up to We The People to let our representatives , on all levels, know that we want them to uphold the sentiments in Mr. Sanders statements.
 
 
-13 # AlvinDark20 2012-11-08 09:17
Mandate, Senator. The only mandate is that left & right figure out how to work it out best. Not left wing policies, not right wing policies. But a policy that puts us on the right track. It is called balanced which neither side has shown for years...
 
 
+7 # dkonstruction 2012-11-08 10:53
Quoting AlvinDark20:
Mandate, Senator. The only mandate is that left & right figure out how to work it out best. Not left wing policies, not right wing policies. But a policy that puts us on the right track. It is called balanced which neither side has shown for years...


Senator Sanders is an Independent. Please state which of his proposals you consider "left" and why? He is calling for not cutting Social Security or Medicare; is that "left?" He is calling for addressing the growing income inequality in this country; is that "left?" He is calling for addressing global warming/climate change; is that "left?" He calls for rebuilding our crumbling/crumb led infrastructure; is that "left?" He also calls for increased support for public education; is that "left?" Specifically, what exactly is your "balanced" approach to these issues that is neither "left" nor "right"?
 
 
-2 # tref 2012-11-08 15:24
dkon - where do you see Alvin calling Senator Sanders' comments "left"?

He simply called for right AND left to "figure out how to work it out best."
 
 
-15 # HowardMH 2012-11-08 09:48
Obama the Wimp can’t say anything about the Republicans unless he is standing with a crowd of 10 to 20 thousand screaming supporters at a rally. Obama the Wimp has been right down the hall from the White House Press room for almost four years now and how many times has he gone into the press room during the daily briefings to the news media and actually “Called out any Republican Senate or House Member” for not cooperating with Obama the Wimps plans the republicans have been disapproving? HE SHOULD BE DOING IT EVERY DAY HE IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT Obama the Wimp wouldn’t want to heart anyone’s bealing.
(Bealing is what my daughter said when she got spanked – when she was 2, because she couldn’t say feelings yet. “Daddy, you hurt my beeling”.
 
 
+6 # dkonstruction 2012-11-08 10:57
Quoting HowardMH:
Obama the Wimp can’t say anything about the Republicans unless he is standing with a crowd of 10 to 20 thousand screaming supporters at a rally. Obama the Wimp has been right down the hall from the White House Press room for almost four years now and how many times has he gone into the press room during the daily briefings to the news media and actually “Called out any Republican Senate or House Member” for not cooperating with Obama the Wimps plans the republicans have been disapproving? HE SHOULD BE DOING IT EVERY DAY HE IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT Obama the Wimp wouldn’t want to heart anyone’s bealing.
(Bealing is what my daughter said when she got spanked – when she was 2, because she couldn’t say feelings yet. “Daddy, you hurt my beeling”.


A grown man Hitting a 2-year old kind of says it all.
 
 
+2 # robniel 2012-11-08 13:04
HowardMH reminds me of a knock-knock joke.
 
 
+3 # wherefore 2012-11-08 14:28
Everything that Bernie Sanders says is true, except for the comment that the Republicans believe that global warming is a hoax. They know perfectly well that it is real and that it is happening. They have to deny it publicly in order to keep the money coming their way. And that, of course, is much, much worse than simply being stupid.
 
 
+1 # readerz 2012-11-09 06:12
They build ships to go over the arctic, call the Russians the "number one enemy" because Russia has the biggest arctic continental shelf that they (the Republicans, that is) want to drill for methane and oil. The USGS was sent to the arctic to measure the continental shelf for drilling, and oh by the way, also to see how much CO2 is in the arctic ocean (where there is less CO2 than anywhere else anyway, but nice try to cover up the conservative agenda). (USGS is the United States Geological Survey; you would think they would be doing a whole lot more climate science the world over, wouldn't you???) The U.S., Canada, Denmark (who owns Greenland), Norway and perhaps some other small countries, and of course Russia, have ALREADY been in negotiations about the continental shelf and exploration. Russia has almost all the ice breakers, and helps ships to go over the fastest sea route in late summer from Europe to China, costing much less than going through the Panama Canal, and the conservatives have already built ships. And those countries also are negotiating to "protect" the seas from pirates, meaning that they are positioning each other to "defend" various continental shelf territories. And poor Finland: they complain that Russia is claiming their continental shelf; can you see countries aligning behind Finland or Russia??? Pre-WWI? Not to mention the fresh water "resource" up there: fresh water for sale, take an iceberg freshly wrapped in plastic...
 
 
+1 # John Steinsvold 2012-11-08 17:17
An Alternative to Capitalism (since we cannot legislate morality)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists.

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to an essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published by the Athenaeum Library of Philosophy:

http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/steinsvold.htm

John Steinsvold

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."~ Albert Einstein
 

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