Bernie Sanders Warns GOP to Play Ball on Spending Bill
A guest on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell, Sanders emphasized Democrats will not “desert” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
“What Republicans must understand is they have got to start negotiating in a bipartisan manner; they cannot have it all if they want 60 votes,” Sanders told Mitchell.
Any appropriations bill in the Senate requires 60 votes to pass, meaning Republicans would need at least nine Democrats to pass a spending bill, and Sanders is not keen on voting for another continuing resolution.
“That means not only protecting the Dreamers, it means parity between defense and non-defense spending,” Sanders said. “If they wanna spend a zillion dollars more on defense, then we have gotta take care of the working class in this country.
“We’re not going to desert these young people,” Sanders said, referring to the more than 700,000 DACA recipients.
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Let’s wrench power back from the billionaires by Bernie Sanders
Millions of people are working longer hours for lower wages than they did 40 years ago, in both the United States and many other countries. They look on, feeling helpless in the face of a powerful few who buy elections, and a political and economic elite that grows wealthier, even as their own children’s future grows dimmer.
In the midst of all of this economic disparity, the world is witnessing an alarming rise in authoritarianism and rightwing extremism – which feeds off, exploits and amplifies the resentments of those left behind, and fans the flames of ethnic and racial hatred.
Now, more than ever, those of us who believe in democracy and progressive government must bring low-income and working people all over the world together behind an agenda that reflects their needs. Instead of hate and divisiveness, we must offer a message of hope and solidarity. We must develop an international movement that takes on the greed and ideology of the billionaire class and leads us to a world of economic, social and environmental justice. Will this be an easy struggle? Certainly not. But it is a fight that we cannot avoid. The stakes are just too high.
As Pope Francis correctly noted in a speech at the Vatican in 2013: “We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.” He continued: “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalised: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”
A new and international progressive movement must commit itself to tackling structural inequality both between and within nations. Such a movement must overcome “the cult of money” and “survival of the fittest” mentalities that the pope warned against. It must support national and international policies aimed at raising standards of living for poor and working-class people – from full employment and a living wage to universal higher education, healthcare and fair trade agreements. In addition, we must rein in corporate power and prevent the environmental destruction of our planet as a result of climate change.
Bernie talks to Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks:
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So, Steve Bannon is finally unwelcome within the Republican party. The President has given Bannon the treatment he reserves only for the worst offenders, claiming he had nothing much to do with the campaign. Next up, I expect to hear that Bannon’s primary task in the White House was pouring coffee. Though, I of course share your glee at the downfall of an odious man, my relief is tempered by the knowledge of what it took for the Republican party and this White House to break decisively with Bannon. Bannon and his media outlet Breitbart have been trafficking in racism and xenophobia … Continue reading →
Greetings Birdies, The past two days it has snowed in my neighborhood, so I guess I got the adult holiday gift–A White Christmas! The Bennys celebrated our Xmas Eve day with taking Ruby to the Bark Park whereby she dashed through the snow with other dogs! All we needed was sleigh bells! I’m making this OT not totally OT–I’d like to declare it as a Drumpf-free one. Feel free to share stories of tradition or perhaps a song. I’m not one for a lot of traditions other than I make a different dish each year for Xmas, but I do … Continue reading →
Morning TPW’ers. Today starts Christmas preparation’s(cooking) and travel for some and a break for politics for others. I plan on staying quiet when I get with the Mrs. family that are R’s and a few die hard Trumpcorp supporters unless they start something. Me I deliberately leave my copy of “Our Revolution” in plain site on the coffee table so they see it when they vist my home any time of the year(subtle hint). So Merry Christmas to all my fellow TPW,ers and hope all have a blast with their friends and family. So here’s a couple articles to get … Continue reading →
Hurrah for the countries at the U.N. which stood up to Trump’s bullying (threatening to cut off funding to countries which dared to cross him on his Jerusalem/embassy provocation). Here’s the link to an article which includes the list in the second image on the rotation: https://www.timesofisrael.com/un-nations-defy-trump-and-pass-jerusalem-resolution-with-large-majority/ ABBAS: VICTORY FOR PALESTINE; NETANYAHU: ‘PREPOSTEROUS’ VOTE UN defies Trump, rejects US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital by 128-9 Non-binding General Assembly vote brands US president’s decision on holy city ‘null and void’; Haley notes ’65 countries refused to condemn’ US, including some surprise abstentions I was disappointed that Canada abstained … Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered what America felt like on the eve of the Great Depression? I don’t know for certain, but I can guess that we had wealthy heiresses who dabbled in fashion pontificating on politics, based on what they’d learned at society dinners and maybe some tortured conversations with the servant-class surrounding them. Kinda like this society heiress here: "Small businesses will have the lowest taxes since 1931" … Ivanka Trump discusses impact of tax reform pic.twitter.com/NVuVBmeiU5 — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) December 18, 2017 The heiress here is calling the GOPTaxScam a “middle class tax cut”. So does the president … Continue reading →
As reported widely here and at TOP, the GOP tax reform bill is going to Herr Drumpf’s Desk, although it’s unclear exactly when he will sign it. It’s so disgusting that I’m surprised Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have decent slacks to wear after wadding through that swamp to make it into something less lethal. The swamp is now a moat around Republicans and their campaign donors, and it will be difficult to cross the bridge of progress for the 96% of us. Some folks in our Wing may recall reading Charles Dickens novels in middle school, high school or … Continue reading →
Sanders: Passage of GOP tax bill a ‘victory’ for Koch brothers, campaign donors, corporations
Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resignFranken resignation could upend Minnesota racesAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resignMORE (I-Vt.), on Tuesday, blasted the GOP tax overhaul bill, arguing that its expected passage is a “victory” for the Koch brothers, Republican campaign donors, large corporations and even some lawmakers.
“Today marks a great day for the Koch brothers and other billionaire, Republican campaign contributors who will see huge tax breaks for themselves while driving up the deficit by almost $1.5 trillion,” Sanders said in a video posted on Twitter.
“Today is also a victory for the largest and most-profitable corporations in this country like Apple, Microsoft, Pfizer and General Electric, who, despite record-breaking profits, will now see hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks,” he added.
Sanders also indicated that some of his own colleagues had a personal financial interest in passing the bill, pointing to lawmakers who have real estate investments and will benefit under the new plan.
“Today is also a victory for a number of members of the United States Congress who have significant investments in real estate who, with this vote, will substantially lower the taxes that they pay and will further enrich themselves,” he said.
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Virginia’s Democratic governer-elect won by 9 points in an election where he campaigned heavily on expanding Medicaid. The election saw enormous efforts expended by the Democratic grassroots. Now that Northam has won, he’s having some second thoughts. Outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tried every year to push the legislature to accept millions in federal money to expand the health program to hundreds of thousands of low-income Virginians. Northam campaigned heavily on the promise of getting more Virginians access to health care. He said Friday that he remains committed to that pledge, but that he must be careful about obligating the state to escalating … Continue reading →
I’ve stumbled across a couple of articles in the past couple of days that have profoundly troubled me. We know that Bannon wants to demolish the government and create something different, some dystopian land harking back to the 19th Century or worse. He admires Stalin. Ivana said Trump kept a copy of Mein Kampf in his nightstand. (Not sure how well he can read it, but perhaps it is rambling and crazy enough to make sense to him.) We know they both dog whistle the Alt-Right constantly. (Did you catch the Nazi salute by Bannon in Alabama?) One story is … Continue reading →
Like many of you, I initially despaired when reading exit poll results from the Alabama senate election. It seemed unbelievable that over 63% of white women would vote for a man who was credibly accused of molesting young girls. My first reaction was, “we won this by a hair-breadth, but we have a lot of work to do”. Then I realized that this not the whole story: A very interesting piece of data from Alabama exit polls: While White women overall voted for Moore 63 to 34, when you break out evangelical vs non you get evangelical white women 76 … Continue reading →
Before last night, this is what the Senate looked like: Notice the sea of red stretching from North Carolina to Texas? It’s now got one unexpected kink in it, Alabama. There are three senate seats that will be contested across that belt in 2018 (yes, I’m going to totally ignore Florida). An open seat in Tennessee (Bob Corker’s retiring), Mississippi (Roger Wicker) and Texas (Ted Cruz). A lot of attention will be focused on Tennessee, where Corker’s open seat creates a lot of possibilities. A Democrat has not represented Tennessee in the Senate since 1995. I’m going to ignore Mississippi But I want … Continue reading →
Moore, Trump and the RNC deserve to be tarred and feathered for what they tried to pull. They tried to send a child molester to the Senate. The good people of Alabama saw the light, and with a heavy lift from many black voters, have decided to send a good man to the senate. But we cannot let this rest. I am seething, seething with anger at the people who allowed a f***ing child molester come within 10-20,000 votes of a Senate seat. They can never be allowed to live that down. We cannot allow the country make the same mistake made … Continue reading →
<blockquote>A video of a starving polar bear led to calls for climate change denialists to confront the real-world effects of global warming this week. Taken by a Canadian conservationist and photographer and posted to social media, the video offered a stark visual of the drastic impacts of climate change that have already begun taking root. … Paul Nicklen was traveling with the conservation group Sea Legacy in Canada’s Baffin Islands, located in the Arctic, when he spotted the emaciated animal struggling to walk across the dry land—historically covered with ice in December and home to seals that polar bears rely … Continue reading →