I lost the links I originally intended to put here and am cutoff from youtube for the rest of the morning… so how about a couple Bernie related articles instead:
Sanders set for clash with Trump’s budget pick
President Trump’s budget nominee will be on the hot seat on Tuesday.
Liberal senators, most notably Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are expected to grill Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trump’s controversial pick to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Sanders, the ranking member on the Budget Committee, has kept a relatively low profile [Liepars Note: WTF?] since Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the November presidential election. But the 2016 candidate and outspoken advocate of Medicare and Social Security is gearing up for a battle with Mulvaney
During his short career in the House, Mulvaney has led calls to reform Medicare and Social Security. In April 2011, he criticized then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget for not going far enough to overhaul Medicare and called for raising the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 70.
Those statements will give Sanders a platform to revive the arguments he made during the Democratic presidential primary and press Mulvaney on whether he will adhere to Trump’s hands-off policy on entitlements. Trump repeatedly ruled out raising the retirement age for Medicare and Social Security during his White House run.
No, Bernie Sanders’ Trans-Pacific Partnership Statement Doesn’t Praise Trump
On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. trade representative to withdraw America’s signature from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, likely delivering a death blow to the controversial multinational trade deal. Opposition to the TPP was a cornerstone of not only Trump’s presidential campaign but of Bernie Sanders’ also. In a carefully-worded statement, Sanders praised the nation’s withdrawal from the TPP without saying a single nice thing about Trump himself.
The language here is important. Sanders says he is “glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone,” talks about how bad free trade is, and says that America needs a new trade policy. He adds that “if President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers then I would be delighted to work with him.”
What Sanders didn’t do is say anything remotely complimentary about Trump. The closest he got to praising the president himself was that last part, but even then, that’s not what he was doing. Sanders was speaking purely in hypothetical terms about something (Trump proposing “a new policy to help American workers”) that hasn’t happened yet.
This was a smart move. One of the biggest threats to the progressive movement in the United States is the possibility of Trump co-opting liberal policies and presenting them as his own, thus consolidating his own support and diminishing the left’s in one fell swoop. As the de facto leader of the American progressive left, Sanders’ voice holds a lot of influence in the movement. By refusing to give Trump his stamp of approval, Sanders is, for the time being at least, preventing Trump from earning too much credit from the left for his moves on the TPP.
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