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Sanders: Trump ‘proposals written by the billionaire class’

Sanders: Trump ‘proposals written by the billionaire class’

Sanders: Trump ‘proposals written by the billionaire class’
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Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday will call Trump’s economic policies “precisely what the extreme right wing billionaire Koch brothers have been pushing for decades,” according to an excerpt of his planned speech for “The People’s Summit” in Chicago.
“Mr. Trump: do not tell us you are a friend of the working class,” Sanders continues in the excerpts. He particularly targets Trump’s  budget and healthcare proposals. “Your proposals were written by the billionaire class, for the billionaire class. You have cynically and dishonestly turned your back on the pain and despair felt today by the working class people across this country.”
Sanders goes on to share his vision for the Democratic Party, which “cannot continue to be a party of the East Coast and the West Coast.” The working people of “Mississippi and Wyoming… will support a progressive agenda – if we bring that agenda to them,” the speech reads.
These remarks emphasize many of the key issues of the senator’s widely-supported 2016 campaign for president, which emphasized the unequal taxation of America’s “billionaire class,” raising the minimum wage, and the need for heavy government investment in the job market and health care system.
The summit gathers progressive activists from across the country. Speakers include controversial Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour and CNN’s Van Jones.
Bernie Sanders Drops A Bombshell Report That Exposes Trump’s Infrastructure Scam

Bernie Sanders Drops A Bombshell Report That Exposes Trump’s Infrastructure Scam

As the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has released a report that exposes Trump’s infrastructure plan as a scam designed to benefit Wall Street.

Bernie Sanders Drops A Bombshell Report That Exposes Trump’s Infrastructure Scam

As the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has released a report that exposes Trump’s infrastructure plan as a scam designed to benefit Wall Street.

The report exposes how Trump’s infrastructure plan actually cuts infrastructure funding:

Under Trump’s proposal, billionaires on Wall Street, wealthy campaign contributors and even foreign governments would receive hundreds of billions in tax breaks to purchase our highways, airports and water treatment plants. They would then be allowed to impose huge new tolls and fees on the backs of American commuters and homeowners.

The reality is that Trump’s plan to sell off our nation’s highways, bridges and other vital infrastructure to Wall Street, private investors, and foreign governments is an old idea that does not work. Trump’s plan to rebuild America relies heavily on the use of public-private partnerships to finance infrastructure projects with private equity capital. Such financing, whether through private equity or traditional tax-exempt municipal bonds, is repaid by ordinary citizens through a combination of taxes
and user fees.

Private equity financing is markedly more expensive than traditional government financing, however – by as much as three to six times. Considering the scale of infrastructure development under consideration, that difference could be enormous. For example: the charge for a $100 million-dollar investment using traditional government bond financing (at 3 percent, over 30 years) is about $90 million. For private equity capital, at a 15 percent return, the total skyrockets to $450 million.

Trump’s infrastructure plan is to cut real infrastructure spending while giving tax cuts to corporations and billionaires so that they can buy the nation’s infrastructure and profit off of it with tolls and fees. Once the infrastructure is privatized, the new owners will be motivated to keep expenses down and profit up. The easiest way to accomplish this goal would be to spend less on the maintenance of roads and bridges while charging user fees to all.

Sen. Sanders said, “Donald Trump wants to hand over critical public infrastructure to private investors who will squeeze profits from the American people by putting up new tolls and exorbitant user fees. That is unacceptable. We shouldn’t be selling off our infrastructure to billionaires to make huge profits on the backs of working people.”

Trump’s plan is a con. Sen. Sanders and his report make an important point. While the Russia scandal consumes the bulk of the national spotlight, Trump is continuing his efforts to use the presidency to make the wealthiest Americans ever richer.

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Corbyn’s politics make U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders look like a Republican. He is an avowed socialist, with an election campaign chief who only last year left the Communist Party of Great Britain. The 68-year-old wants to rip up the economic model that has run the U.K. since the days of Thatcher and Reaganomics, capturing the backlash against globalization that was all too evident in the Brexit vote.

Sanders: ‘Occupation must end’ days before 50 year anniversary of 1967 war
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June 3, 2017 20:18

US Senator Bernie Sanders delivered a video message Saturday to the left-wing Meretz party, which plans to hold a conference on Sunday to mark “50 years of occupation.”

Sanders, who has run as an Independent in Vermont before challenging former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, addressed members of the party in a recorded speech.

Sanders began by describing Meretz as “Israel’s most prominent political organization,” adding that the party stands “for many of the same values that progressives are fighting for here in the United States and throughout the world.”

He also decried the rise of numerous political movements across the globe which he described as “racist, intolerant and authoritarian in nature.”

Repeating his popular message that propelled him in the Democratic primaries in 2016, Sanders spoke of income inequality and blamed the “corrupt and ineffective” political system that has failed millions over the world.

Sanders then called for an “international movement” that fights for equality, reminding viewers that “real change comes from below and not from on top.”

The speech’s substance then switched to the Mideast peace process, with Sanders saying it is still possible to “change the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“We are now in the 50th year of Israel’s occupation, an occupation which denies basic Palestinian rights while failing to deliver Israel real security,” Sanders said.

He concluded that “equality, security, democracy and justice” are the values that should guide change and that Meretz shares these ideals.

Himself Jewish, Sanders spent some time on an Israeli kibbutz in his youth, and has rejected the tactics of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement.

However, he has also been highly critical of Israel’s military presence in the West Bank and its continued expansion of settlements.

The senator has been critical of the prime minister as well. In April of last year he said: “If we pursue justice and peace, we are going to have to say that [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is not right all of the time.”

Sanders has also expressed concern about Israel’s approach to the 2014 Gaza war, commenting that Israel has the right to defend itself but has responded “disproportionately” to Palestinian attacks.

Meretz, established in 1992, is a secular party that pushes for a two-state solution to the conflict, social justice and human rights with a strong emphasis on environmental issues. The current head of the party is chairwoman Zehava Gal-On.

Bernie Sanders Just Got Trump Booed At A Commencement Address

Bernie Sanders Just Got Trump Booed At A Commencement Address

While giving the commencement address at Brooklyn College, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got Trump and the Republican Party booed for their plans to cut assistance programs and throw 23 million people off health care while slashing taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

Bernie Sanders Just Got Trump Booed At A Commencement Address

While giving the commencement address at Brooklyn College, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) got Trump and the Republican Party booed for their plans to cut assistance programs and throw 23 million people off health care while slashing taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

All Sanders had to say was that the Republican agenda of cutting programs for the needy and health care while cutting taxes for the very wealthy was an example Citizens United funded oligarchy in action, and the crowd booed.

Trump and the Republicans can blame the media’s coverage of the Russia for their problems if they want, but it is the unpopular agenda of Trump and the Republican Party that is harming them most with the American people. The approval ratings of Republicans including Trump and Ryan didn’t nosedive to their current levels until after the American Health Care Act passed the House.

The Russia scandal has a long way to go until the all of the facts are known, but voters already know and understand what Republicans are trying to do to their health care, education assistance, and a wide variety of programs that are used by everyday Americans.

A Bernie Sanders commencement speech turned into a resistance address, as not even a graduation ceremony is friendly ground for Trump and the Republican agenda.

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Hearing And Obliterates Trump Budget Director On CBO Hypocrisy

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Hearing And Obliterates Trump Budget Director On CBO Hypocrisy

This is why Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made Sen. Bernie Sanders the ranking member of the Budget Committee. Sanders took over the hearing with his first question and destroyed Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for criticized the CBO Director that a member of the administration hand picked.

Bernie Sanders Takes Over Hearing And Obliterates Trump Budget Director On CBO Hypocrisy

This is why Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made Sen. Bernie Sanders the ranking member of the Budget Committee. Sanders took over the hearing with his first question and destroyed Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for criticized the CBO Director that a member of the administration hand picked.

Sanders mentioned in his first question that Mulvaney had made a remark about CBO Director.

Mulvaney answered, “I’ll see if I can handle each of those in reverse. Actually, let me deal with the CBO first. I can’t disparage who I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever disparaged the director of the CBO.”

Sanders, “You made a dismissive remark about him. Even the CBO, you guys appointed the director.”

Mulvaney, “Again, all I’m telling you is that the results are awful.”

Sanders, “But you appointed him, so let’s go with that.”

Mulvaney, “I measure performance by results, Mr. Sanders.”

Sanders, “Your opinion is that the results are terrible. I’m suggesting that it was a member of the Trump administration that appointed this gentleman, not some kind of radical Democrat.”

Mulvaney, “So, we can agree then that the CBO puts out bad data?”

Sanders, “No, we can’t. We can agree that you guys are beating up on a man that you appointed because you don’t like his results.”

Sen. Sanders was correct. The current CBO Director was handpicked by current Trump HHS Secretary Tom Price in 2015.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the point person on the budgetary issues because he is the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Budget Committee. Exchanges like this are exactly he was given this important position.

Democrats wanted a member of their caucus who would push back and fight against Trump’s budget. Bernie Sanders is supposed to strongly, loudly, and forcefully call out the hypocrisy and lies behind the Trump budget.

Bernie Sanders did his job, and Mick Mulvaney got shredded by the Senator from Vermont.

Sanders, Mulvaney clash heatedly over Trump budget

Senator Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death’s doorSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage billLive coverage: Political world turns to Montana special electionMORE (I-Vt.) and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney clashed Thursday over President Trump’s budget proposal, interrupting each other and raising their voices in a Senate Budget Committee hearing.

Sanders kicked off the hearing by charging that the budget’s repeal of the estate tax would give massive breaks to the country’s wealthiest families — including President Trump’s family, which he estimated would save $4 billion, and the Walton family of Walmart fame, which he said would save $52 billion.

Sanders asked Mulvaney to explain why America’s richest family needs a $52 billion tax break, while people who rely on programs such as Meals on Wheels and Medicaid would be left out in the cold under Trump’s budget.

He also expressed anger that Republicans were impugning the work of Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall, even though he was appointed by Republicans.

Mulvaney began responding to the remark about Hall when Sanders cut him off.

“Your opinion is that the results are terrible, I’m suggesting that it was a member of the Trump administration who appointed this gentleman,” Sanders aid.

“So we can agree that the CBO puts out bad data —” Mulvaney responded, before Sanders cut him off.

“No, we can’t. We can agree that you guys are beating up on a man you appointed because you don’t like his results,” Sanders said.

“That’s not right,” Mulvaney shot back.

Mulvaney and Sanders went on to spar over where Meals on Wheels funding comes from and whether it would cut in the Trump budget, both increasingly exasperated and talking over each other.

Sanders returned to his central question: his contention that the budget gave a $52 billion tax break to the wealthiest family in the country.

Mulvaney attempted to reply that tax breaks were part of ObamaCare repeal, but Sanders interrupted again, coming back to the question of the $52 billion.

“Ordinary people are paying more,” Mulvaney said.

“No, ordinary people don’t have $128 billion,” Sanders interrupted. “You’re not answering the question. Answer the question!”

“We don’t cut Medicaid. We’re talking about ObamaCare repeal,” Mulvaney said.

“Which throws 23 million people off health insurance,” Sanders retorted.

“We’re talking about a CBO number that I think you just agreed could be wrong,” Mulvaney said.

“I didn’t agree to that at all,” Sanders replied.

In the end, as Sanders’s time ran out, they were able to agree on one point regarding the estate tax: that everyone will eventually die.