Bernie Sanders is already setting his sights on President Donald Trump by becoming the first Democratic presidential hopeful to visit all three “blue wall” states that decided the last election and will likely be pivotal again in 2020.
During weekend rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — states that won Trump the White House by a total of less than 80,000 votes — Sanders repeatedly painted the president as a “liar” who swindled working class Americans when he promised to fight for them.
“The biggest lie he told was that he was going to stand up for working families and take on the establishment. That was a monstrous lie,” Sanders said Sunday in Pittsburgh, accusing the president of breaking promises to fight for universal health care, oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, tax the wealthy and reduce the trade deficit.
Visiting the Rust Belt this early is a show of power for Sanders, putting his 17 Democratic rivals on notice that he has the money, name recognition and front-runner status to look past the initial primary states. Michigan doesn’t vote until mid-March, while Wisconsin and Pennsylvania vote in April. Sanders, who enjoys a cult-like base of support built during his 2016 run for the nomination, trails in polls only to former Vice President Joe Biden, who isn’t yet a candidate.
“Donald Trump campaigned as fake Bernie Sanders. And the way to beat him is with real Bernie Sanders,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in an interview.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren will participate in this live, internationally telecast 2020 event from New Hampshire on April 22.
The CNN town halls are co-hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College and the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. The presidential hopefuls will field questions directly from students and young New Hampshire Democrats, said a CNN spokeswoman, who added the audience will be drawn from the two schools and a pool of young Democrats living in the state.
On April 22, Chris Cuomo will moderate the Klobuchar (7 p.m. ET) and Sanders (9 p.m. ET) town halls, Anderson Cooper will moderate the Warren (8 p.m. ET) and Buttigieg (11 p.m. ET) town halls, and Don Lemon will moderate the Harris (10 p.m. ET) town hall.
The CNN town halls will take place on the campus of Saint Anselm College, and coincide with the release of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School’s new national poll of young voters.
The latest Harvard Poll shows that Sanders has a commanding lead among 18-29 year olds over his political rivals: 31% back Sanders, while former Vice President Joe Biden places second with 20% support. At this point during the 2016 campaign, Sanders was polling at only 2% with the same age group in the Harvard poll.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a new version of his Medicare-for-all plan on Wednesday, putting a spotlight on the debate among 2020 Democratic presidential contenders over the future of America’s health-care system.
At an event on Capitol Hill, Sanders unveiled his latest version of a single-payer plan, which would replace the patchwork of public and private insurers with a government-run system that Sanders argues would ultimately save consumers money.
Sanders said he is seeking to replace a “dysfunctional” system based on “greed and profiteering” by health insurance companies.
“Together we are going to end the international embarrassment of the United States of America, our great country, being the only major nation on earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right,” Sanders said. “This is a struggle for the heart and soul of who we are as American people.”
Sanders’s new bill is similar to past legislation he has introduced but now includes coverage for long-term-care services, benefits that further increase the cost.
Sanders introduced his plan inside a crowded room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, flanked by activists and medical industry professionals. They stood in front of a blue banner, framed by two U.S. flags, that bore the slogan, “Health care is a right.”
The event underscored how much headway Sanders has made among Democrats in pushing what was viewed as a fringe idea during his last presidential bid.
In a statement later Wednesday, Sanders suggested that if he is elected president and Democrats retake control of the Senate, there’s a realistic scenario for his plan to pass.
Sanders cited a provision in Senate rules that allows some legislation to be considered as part of the budget reconciliation process, which requires only a simple majority of the chamber to advance rather than the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
“I would remind everyone that the budget reconciliation process, with 51 votes, has been used time and time again to pass major pieces of legislation and that under our Constitution and the rules of the Senate, it is the vice president who determines what is and is not permissible under budget reconciliation,” Sanders said. “I can tell you that a vice president in a Bernie Sanders administration will determine that Medicare for All can pass through the Senate under reconciliation and is not in violation of the rules.”
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Let’s get right into it. If the Senate plan introduced by Bernie Sanders and 14 other Democrats were to be enacted on March 1 2021, then: on Jan 1, 2025 (4th calendar year) benefits would be available to all residents of the US those under 19 can, if they wish enroll on Jan 1, 2022 So what happens to those with private insurance? You switch over to M4A. It’s simple: No deductibles, no surprise bills for out-of-network services, and no copays. And if you change jobs, no changing insurance plans or worrying about losing the coverage that you and your family depend on. — Bernie …Continue reading →
Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system. — www.propublica.org/… Several countries have systems that automatically calculate tax liability for most tax-payers and send it automatically to the tax-payer. That reduces tax preparation time and expense. It also reduces the incidence of fraud, we’ve seen numerous instances in the US where identity-thieves have filed fraudulent returns with the IRS and collected refunds. The victim of ID theft is left …Continue reading →
Speaking in Iowa last weekend, Bernie Sanders said he wants the entire country to allow people convicted of felonies to vote from behind bars, following the lead of his home state of Vermont. In doing so, he joins a long line of socialists pushing for universal suffrage.
Maine and Vermont are alone in placing no restrictions on voting based on criminal convictions. Everywhere else, felons in particular are denied the ballot during incarceration and often afterward. In ten states, it is possible for convicted felons to lose their right to vote for life.
Proponents of felony disenfranchisement laws argue that because serious crime is a breach of the social contract, it is justifiable to expel felons from the political body, even though the right to vote is generally understood as a basic tenet of democracy.
But this is a post hoc rationalization. The real purpose of these laws is political; just look at when and where they first appeared. A wave of felony disenfranchisement statutes swept the Northern states in the 1840s, just as property restrictions on white male voters began to disappear, creating a new working-class voting bloc that imperiled elite political power. Another wave swept the Southern states in the late 1860s, after emancipation of the region’s enslaved population threatened much the same.
Felony disenfranchisement has always been about keeping vote totals down among populations whose interests are at odds with the most powerful members of society. Combined with a well-oiled criminal justice machine that targets poor and minority populations for incarceration, felon disenfranchisement is a convenient instrument for managing political outcomes.
For socialist proponents of universal suffrage, the considerations have always been both moral and strategic. First, all people deserve the right to vote because they are members of society, and socialists are committed to democracy. Second, as Friedrich Engels put it, universal suffrage is “a splendid weapon” that the working class can use to its advantage as it resists capitalist tyranny and endeavors to build a more equal world.
By calling for the enfranchisement of incarcerated people, Bernie Sanders carries on the tradition of socialists fighting for universal suffrage. He has also demanded the elimination of strict identification laws, gerrymandering, and voter purges. Since voter suppression limits the potential of suffrage where it is already legally extant, these reforms, too, are part of the fight for universal suffrage. So, too, are efforts to secure voting rights for all immigrants, including noncitizens.
As Bernie put it, when you’re in prison you’re “still living in American society and you have a right to vote,” plain and simple. It may sound like an obvious point, but the notion that people living in a society have a right to determine the direction of that society has always been debatable at best to the ruling class. And it is socialists who have forced that debate time and again.
Rep. Ilhan Omar said the obvious yesterday: Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage. https://t.co/7NyMDgojd7— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 8, 2019 This should not come as a shock to anyone. His family also knows he’s a white nationalist, his uncle wrote an Op-Ed about how he saw Miller’s politics as a betrayal of everything their family was: I have watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, who is an educated man and well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies …Continue reading →
Bernie was one of two POTUS candidates who spoke at the International Association of Machinista and Aerospace Workers convention in LV. He is the sole candidate who has worked the picket lines with this union.
BERNIE, AMY, & UNIONS: 2020 contenders Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speak to union workers at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers at their annual Transportation Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Sanders is the first presidential candidate to announce he would unionize his campaign workers and Klobuchar has a 95% lifetime rating from the AFL-CIO.