The process to pass landmark tax reform legislation “has been just a disaster,” as the American public does not understand what all it involves, Sen. Bernie Sanders complained Thursday.
“Are you suggesting that a bill that impacts the entire economy, virtually every American, should be read before people vote upon it?” the Vermont independent and former presidential candidate told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
The bill was discussed and determined “around back doors,” Sanders continued. “Some 5,000 lobbyists have participated in it, but the American public does not know what’s in it. Bottom line, and I think some of the Republicans have been honest enough about acknowledging this, this is a gift for Republican wealthy campaign contributors.”
“At the end of 10 years, 83 million middle class families will be paying more in taxes,” said Sanders. “This means 32 million people will lose their health insurance. Premiums will go up by 10 percent with people in the individual market. This is going to exacerbate incoming wealth at a time when we have to protect the middle class and working families.”
Sanders also sounded off against the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality provisions, saying it’s “almost unspeakable” to speak about what a disaster the ruling will create.
“The internet has been a real effort to enhance democracy and level the playing field in this country,” he said. “It means that if you are a small business person right now, you were a start-up company, you can use the internet to get the word out about why people should come to your business. You can have the same opportunities on the internet as Walmart does, or as a large corporation … they’re going to do away with that and it’s going to be much more expensive for the little guy to play and compete against the big corporations.”
Hello friends! Starting off with Bernie’s appearance on MSNBC discussing the health care process and then will have his CNN and Senate Floor appearances in the comments, as well as the rest of the news I’m catching up on.
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged opponents of President Donald Trump to not allow his “stupid tweets” to distract attention from his “destructive” policies, which include a healthcare plan that could strip insurance from 22 million people and tax proposals that would provide generous cuts to the rich and hikes for the middle class.
Asked to outline an “optimistic scenario” for the next several months in Washington, Sanders said: “I hope we beat [Trumpcare] badly. I hope Trump supporters in rural states understand that what he told them during the campaign that he was going to stand up for working people was nothing but a lie. And if you think this healthcare bill is a disaster, take a look at the budget that he proposed.”
Sanders implored the media and activists to emphasize that “the policies he is proposing are the most destructive policies being proposed in our lifetimes.”
“He has got to be exposed for the fraud that he is, not just focusing on his temperament and on his tweets,” Sanders concluded, “but on his extremely right-wing policy that is paid for by the Koch brothers and other billionaires.”
Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great day and recuperating from the holiday season. While LD deals with his connectivity issues, I thought I’d start a thread for anyone to add any news or issues if they were so inclined. There’s the hubbub going on in California today (love that mural!): https://twitter.com/ReelectBernie/status/818214476679933953 and, more standing room only: https://twitter.com/CA_Dem/status/818209148684955648 and smiling faces: https://twitter.com/Ms_Phillips/status/818216977571270656 🙂 I saw some (too much!) of John McCain and Lindsey Graham doing their best if-we-don’t-stand-up-to-Putin-we’re-all-going-to-die schtick. Graham was particularly dramatic telling Trump, through Chuck Todd: “I hope you (Trump) will embrace the intelligence, you will …Continue reading →