At age 72, Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont, is probably the only true maverick on Capitol Hill today.
After serving as mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, he represented his state’s at-large district in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was elected to the Senate in 2007. The son of Jewish immigrants, he likes to describe himself as a political independent and a democratic socialist in the Scandinavian tradition; but for the purpose of committee assignments, he caucuses with the Senate Democrats.
In a recent interview, the journalist Ronan Farrow questioned Sanders about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission which answered if the biennial limit on contributions to candidates’ committees is unconstitutional. In his response, the senator referred to the large sums of money poured by the richest Americans to influence the outcome of elections. Sanders stressed in particular that the financial impact of the Koch Brothers and other right wing billionaires must be curbed. “At the end of the day,” he told Farrow, “you do not want a political system which is heavily dominated by wealthy individuals. That’s not what American society is supposed to be about.”
Sanders also asserted that &ldquoeople have no idea, no idea, about the amount of time that members of congress in both parties, that candidates spend, all they do is raise money. They spend half their lives raising money. And you got to go where the money is, and the money is with wealthy people. So if you are going to the wealthy to ask for campaign contributions, your political views are going to be shaped by that reality. You’re not worried about the high unemployment in this country. You’re not worried about the need to create millions of jobs. You’re not worried about the fact that we have more people living in poverty than at any time in our history. What you’re worried about are the needs of the wealthy and the powerful, so I believe very strongly that we need to junk this campaign finance situation that we’re in right now, and move to public funding of elections.”
BERNIE SANDERS IS PREPARED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016
Bernie Sanders says he is &ldquorepared to run for president of the United States.” That’s not a formal announcement. A lot can change between now and 2016, and the populist senator from Vermont bristles at the whole notion of a permanent campaign. But Sanders has begun talking with savvy progressive political strategists, traveling to unexpected locations such as Alabama and entertaining the process questions that this most issue-focused member of the Senate has traditionally avoided.
In some senses, Sanders is the unlikeliest of prospects: an independent who caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate but has never joined the party, a democratic socialist in a country where many politicians fear the label “liberal,” an outspoken critic of the economic, environmental and social status quo who rips “the ruling class” and calls out the Koch brothers by name. Yet, he has served as the mayor of his state’s largest city, beaten a Republican incumbent for the US House, won and held a historically Republican Senate seat and served longer as an independent member of Congress than anyone else. And he says his political instincts tell him America is ready for a &ldquoolitical revolution.”
Who would you like to see run for president in 2016? Why? Do you like Hillary, Joe Biden, or Bernie?
“What kind of nation are we when we give tax breaks to millionaires but we can’t take care of the elderly and the children?” Sen. Bernie Sanders asked on Monday. He was reacting to a new report that more than 18 percent of Americans last year struggled to afford food. Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are calling for deeper and deeper cuts in food stamps, a program that provides help mostly to children and seniors. We are living in “a very ugly moment,” the senator told the Rev. Al Sharpton.
If this country took it's cues from Vermont, we would have single payer health care, and green initiative centers, while preserving the beauty of nature without interference. .
too bad its so flipping cold there, even in the summer
or I would have stayed there forever, California will just have to do!
Bernie Sanders and Vermont lead, we should follow
Well, at least some small part of this country has it's head on straight.
What do you all think? Why did Obama sign the Monstanto Protection Act? I am trying to understand this.