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Donkees's Journal
Donkees's Journal
February 15, 2019

The Conversation - Bernie Sanders (Full Interview)

Published on Feb 14, 2019
In the first episode of The Conversation, Senator Bernie Sanders stops by to give his vision for the future of America. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
February 14, 2019

❤️ Bernie and Venus, the Goddess of Love

''This scene shows Neptune, the Roman sea-god, with trident and crown of seaweed riding in a shell chariot drawn by sea horses. Venus, goddess of love born from the sea, is depicted helping to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable which ran from America to the Telegraph Field in Ireland. In the background is an ironclad warship with smokestacks.'' - The Apotheosis of Washington
February 13, 2019

The Social Security Expansion Act is Wise Policy and Winning Politics

The Social Security Expansion Act is Wise Policy and Winning Politics
by Linda | Feb 13, 2019 | Latest News, Press Releases

February 13th, 2019
Contact: Linda Benesch, lbenesch@socialsecurityworks.org

(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, endorsing the Social Security Expansion Act, which was introduced this morning by Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) along with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR):

“The Social Security Expansion Act is profoundly wise legislation that increases Social Security benefits for all current and future beneficiaries, as well as providing additional targeted benefit increases. These include ensuring that those who work a lifetime at low wages are not forced to retire into poverty. It also restores the program’s benefits for students aged 19-22 whose working parents have died and become disabled, and are no longer there to support their higher education. Restoration of this benefit, which was wrongfully removed in 1981, will help to reduce the crushing student debt afflicting too many of our graduates.

Senator Sanders and Rep. DeFazio have appropriately chosen the day that millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the rest of the year to introduce their bill. The benefit increases in the Social Security Expansion Act are paid for entirely by requiring the wealthiest to pay their fair share into Social Security. It provides that they contribute the same percentage of their incomes to Social Security that minimum wage workers pay.

Expanding Social Security as this legislation does is a solution to our looming retirement income crisis and to growing inequality between the wealthy and everyone else, as well as to the financial squeeze confronting working families. Not only is expanding Social Security, financed by requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share, extremely wise policy, it is overwhelmingly supported by voters across the political spectrum. That makes it powerfully winning politics, as well.”


February 13, 2019

Bernie Sanders Is as Radical as Teddy Roosevelt

By John Nichols TODAY 5:58 PM


To the extent that Roosevelt was a radical, and many called him that, his was the radicalism of an American experiment that at its best erred toward equality and the pursuit of the common good as opposed to privilege and exercise of self-interest.

The same can be said of Bernie Sanders, as he proposes a progressive estate tax on the fortunes of the top 0.2 percent of Americans. The senator from Vermont’s newly-introduced “For the 99.8% Act” would collect $2.2 trillion from 588 billionaires.

What is notable about the Sanders plan is that, with his proposal to establish a 77 percent tax on the value of an estate above $1 billion, the senator is merely seeking “a return to the top rate from 1941 through 1976.”

Sanders is proposing an approach that renews American values, as notes University of California—Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez. “The estate tax was a key pillar of the progressive tax revolution that the United States ushered one century ago. It prevented self-made wealth from turning into inherited wealth and helped make America more equal,” explains Saez. “However, the estate tax is dying of neglect, as tax avoidance schemes are multiplying and left unchallenged. As wealth concentration is surging in the United States, it is high time to revive the estate tax, plug the loopholes, and make it more progressive. Senator Sanders’ bill is a bold and welcome leap forward in this direction.”

Teddy Roosevelt understood this economic calculus, and this democratic imperative.

“In every wise struggle for human betterment one of the main objects, and often the only object, has been to achieve in large measure equality of opportunity. In the struggle for this great end, nations rise from barbarism to civilization, and through it people press forward from one stage of enlightenment to the next,” the former Republican president explained in 1910. “One of the chief factors in progress is the destruction of special privilege. The essence of any struggle for healthy liberty has always been, and must always be, to take from some one man or class of men the right to enjoy power, or wealth, or position, or immunity, which has not been earned by service to his or their fellows. That is what you fought for in the Civil War, and that is what we strive for now.”


February 12, 2019

LIVE FEB 13 at 11AM - Sen. Sanders Introduces Bill to Expand Social Security

Scheduled for Feb 13, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) will announce legislation Wednesday to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program for generations to come.
February 11, 2019

2015 - Let States Make Marijuana Legal - Bernie Sanders

Published on Oct 28, 2015

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That’s wrong. That has got to change,” he added. Under the senator’s proposal, people in states which legalize marijuana no longer would be subject to federal prosecution for using pot. Owners of stores that sell marijuana could fully participate in the banking system, like any other business."
February 10, 2019

We need universal, publicly funded childcare


New York Times: The progressive to-do list is missing a very important idea.

When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many Democrats declared his proposals impractical and naïve.

A few years later, these supposedly pie-in-the-sky proposals are wildly popular among Democrats and have entered the political mainstream as important topics of discussion.

Free public college, health care for all, a living wage: These are all important causes that will improve life for millions. But there’s another proposal that belongs on the progressive to-do list: universal affordable high-quality child care.



Published on Feb 19, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about the importance of quality affordable child care. Sanders vows tax big corporations and the wealthy in order to finance affordable child care and assistance for families.

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