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The RICH are stealing our money, NOT the poor, the elderly, the disabled...

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 8, 2015, 04:47 PM (44 replies)

Bernie Sanders: This is what oligarchy looks like....

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 8, 2015, 04:42 PM (8 replies)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, 1989 and 2015:

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri May 8, 2015, 04:39 PM (11 replies)

Bernie Sanders, über-feminist: Making America more Scandinavian would mark a gender equality breakth

Bernie Sanders wants America to look a lot more like Scandinavia, the land of lingonberries, herring, tasteful minimalism, paid family leave and living wages for fast food workers. The newly declared presidential contender told George Stephanopoulos over the weekend that he wants to lead a “political revolution” and make the United States more like Sweden or Denmark when it comes to healthcare, education and the social safety net.

“In those [Scandinavian] countries, health care is the right of all people,” Sanders said on “This Week.” “College education and graduate school is free. Retirement benefits [and] child care are stronger than the United States of America. In those countries, by and large, government works for ordinary people and the middle class, rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaire class.”

Stephanopoulos replied: “I can hear the Republican attack ads right now: ‘He wants America to look more like Scandinavia!’”

“What’s wrong with that?” Sanders asked.

Nothing at all, Bernie. Nothing at all!

And while having a socialist make the cable news rounds talking about a “political revolution” may seem like the kind of thing that would scare the average voter, the policies he’s talking about — subsidized child care, paid family leave and a living wage — actually have wide support from people across parties.

According to data released earlier this year by the Make It Work campaign, 79 percent of voters — including Democrats, Republicans and Independents — want to require employers to provide paid sick days, 78 percent want to expand tax credits to families and 75 percent want to see childcare made more affordable. Most Americans also support raising the minimum wage.

But Scandinavia has more going for it than just paid family leave and universal preschool. Beyond having supports in place to give families options when it comes to balancing work and home life, there has been a whole lot of experimentation in these countries to find how to make those programs really work.

We can look to Sweden for a case study on the limits of simply having a paid leave policy without challenging other barriers — like cultural norms and pay disparities — to gender equality. It’s been 40 years since Sweden replaced its paid maternity leave policy with a family leave policy that all parents could use as they wished. The change meant that each family was given a lump sum of time to split up according to their preference, and either parent could use it.

The new policy gave men the option of staying home with their families, but many still didn’t take it. Instead of using the time themselves, lots of men were just giving their portion of leave to their female partners. Women were still doing most of the childcare and facing the same kind of career interruptions and gendered divisions of labor that the new family leave policy was supposed to help address.

It was a lead a horse to water situation. Sweden had a progressive policy in place, but lackluster progressive outcomes.

More here: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/07/bernie_sanders_uber_feminist_making_america_more_scandinavian_would_mark_a_gender_equality_breakthrough/

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 7, 2015, 03:45 PM (9 replies)

Bernie Sanders: It’s Time To End Orwellian Surveillance of Every American

I voted against the Patriot Act every time, and it still needs major reform.

I welcome a federal appeals court ruling that the National Security Agency does not have the legal authority to collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls. Now Congress should rewrite the expiring eavesdropping provision in the so-called USA Patriot Act and include strong new limits to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.

Let me be clear: We must do everything we can to protect our country from the serious potential of another terrorist attack. We can and must do so, however, in a way that also protects the constitutional rights of the American people and maintains our free society.

Do we really want to live in a country where the NSA gathers data on virtually every single phone call in the United States—including as many as 5 billion cellphone records per day? I don’t. Do we really want our government to collect our emails, see our text messages, know everyone’s Internet browsing history, monitor bank and credit card transactions, keep tabs on people’s social networks? I don’t.

Unfortunately, this sort of Orwellian surveillance, conducted under provisions of the Patriot Act, invades the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans.

The surveillance law originally was passed by Congress in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I voted against it. I voted against reauthorizing the law in 2005 when I was still in the House and voted “no” again in 2011 in the Senate when Congress passed the most-recent four-year extension of the law. I believed then and am even more convinced today that the law gave the government far too much power to spy on Americans and that it provided too little oversight or disclosure.

More: http://time.com/3850839/bernie-sanders-usa-patriot-act/
Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 7, 2015, 03:40 PM (7 replies)

Bernie Sanders: Just Don't Do It Meme..

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 7, 2015, 02:03 PM (2 replies)

Bernie Sanders: In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner...

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu May 7, 2015, 11:37 AM (28 replies)

Bernie: When we stand together, we will always win...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 6, 2015, 05:44 PM (4 replies)

"It's not true that the Republican Party doesn't care about poor black and brown Americans."

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 6, 2015, 05:35 PM (3 replies)

Bernie's Vermont County Store...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed May 6, 2015, 05:29 PM (7 replies)
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