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Bernie Sanders Says ‘Cardi B Is Right’ About Who Really Made America Great Again
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Bernie Sanders Says ‘Cardi B Is Right’ About Who Really Made America Great Again

Getty The former presidential candidate on Wednesday tweeted about Cardi B, Social Security, and making America great again, prompting some to scratch their heads and others to say, “2018 is great!” (OK, fine, the “others” is really us).
Social Security Works first tweeted a graphic of Cardi B’s comment about former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.” That quote came from the rapper’s interview with GQ last week in which she said she loves FDR and political science.
“I’m obsessed with presidents.
I’m obsessed to know how the system works,” she told the publication.
On Roosevelt, she said: “He helped us get over the Depression, all while he was in a wheelchair.
Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great—make America great again for real.
He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.” Sanders retweeted the graphic with the snippet from the interview, adding: “Cardi B is right.” Cardi B is right.
If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve.
His idea would eliminate the cap on taxable income so that “everyone who makes over $250,000 a year” no longer “pays the same percentage of their income into Social Security as the middle class and working families.” According to The Hill, this legislation would increase Social Security benefits for seniors who make less than $16,000 “by about $1,300 annually.” It would also “increase cost-of-living-adjustments and lift more seniors out of poverty by increasing the minimum benefits paid to low-income seniors.” We see those money moves, Bernie.
The only question now: Does Cardi feel the Bern?

Opinion: Bernie Sanders – Stand up for seniors
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Opinion: Bernie Sanders – Stand up for seniors

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, talks with Aki Soga of the Burlington Free Press in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, saying that the nation must stop President Trump’s reactionary agenda by electing progressive democrats to office.
As I travel around the state, I often meet older Vermonters who are struggling just to get by.
The bad news is that President Trump’s proposed budget would have made the situation much worse.
He called for major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Disability and many other programs that help seniors stay healthy and secure.
We must also make sure Social Security beneficiaries receive their benefits in a timely manner.
Over the previous eight years, Congress cut Social Security’s operations budget by 16 percent.
Here in Vermont, two of our three field offices have seen an almost 30 percent reduction in staffing.
Another issue I regularly hear about from seniors is the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
Meanwhile, the top five drug companies made more than $50 billion in profits last year alone.
We must allow Medicare – which spends tens of billions on prescription drugs – to use its leverage to negotiate lower drug prices.

Levi Sanders, son of Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire
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Levi Sanders, son of Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire

The son of Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is launching his own congressional career Time Levi Sanders, the son of 2016 presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, announced Monday he’s running for Congress in New Hampshire.
Sanders, 48, seeks the seat of Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who has held the seat for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district since 2017 (and on-and-off since 2007).
More: Here are the members of Congress retiring at the end of 2018 Sanders’ announcement of his campaign boasts some of the same themes as his father’s presidential run: tuition-free college and healthcare without “out-of-pocket” expenses.
He also aims to tackle the opioid epidemic, “sensible” gun legislation and equal pay for women.
Sen. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, backed his son in a statement to WMUR. “I am very proud of Levi’s commitment to public service and his years of work on behalf of low income and working people,” he told the Manchester television station. “Levi will be running his own campaign, in his own way, with his own ideas.
More: Indictment: Russians also tried to help Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein presidential campaigns According to his campaign, Levi Sanders is a senior legal analyst and a specialist in Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Benefits.
He’s lived in New Hampshire for 15 years with his family. “For over 17 years, I have represented the working class who have been up by the system,” he said in a statement.

Bernie Sanders’ Son Levi Is Running For Congress
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Bernie Sanders’ Son Levi Is Running For Congress

There could soon be another Sanders in our political future.
Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), announced on Monday that he’s running for Congress in New Hampshire.
The 48-year-old candidate is the eighth Democrat throwing his hat in the ring for the state’s 1st District House seat, Sanders said in a statement posted to his campaign website.
“This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard-working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them.” An apparent chip off the old block, Sanders supports a “Medicare-for-all health care system,” a higher minimum wage, equal pay for women, tuition-free college and “sensible gun legislation.” He also believes that it’s “urgent” to address the opioid epidemic, which has reached a “crisis” in his state.
Appearing to channel his father, Levi Sanders vowed “to demand that we have a system which represents the 99 percent and not the 1 percent who have never had it so good.” When quizzed about any differences between his politics and his dad’s, Sanders told Vice that, “the basic difference is that I’m a vegetarian and he’s not.” Sanders actually lives in the district adjacent to the one he’s hoping to represent.
The 1st District congressional seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking re-election.
It’s expected to be a highly competitive race among both Democrats and Republicans.
Some of the groups who supported the elder Sanders during his 2016 presidential run have already lined up behind Democratic state Rep. Mark MacKenzie.
The younger Sanders has never held public office, but he has worked at his father’s side, including as his senior aide during the 2016 campaign.
He has also worked as an analyst for a Massachusetts Legal Services office for 17 years, representing the “working class, who have been beaten up by the system,” he notes.

The Trump budget’s crushing cruelty
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The Trump budget’s crushing cruelty

House Democrats are slamming President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2019 Budget, as well as his infrastructure proposal, with one Democrat saying “the American people got a pretty nasty valentine.”
(Feb. 14) AP On Monday, President Donald Trump released his proposed budget for 2019.
And the American people understand it,” Vermont’s independent senator, Bernie Sanders, said, railing against Charles and David Koch, the two billionaire industrialist brothers who have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into U.S. elections in order to promote their far-right agenda.
This is not a budget, as candidate Donald Trump talked about, that takes on the political establishment.
She explained on the “Democracy Now!” news hour: “Strike one was to actually transfer $1.3 trillion in wealth from working people and the poor to the wealthiest through the GOP tax scam.
To their credit, they are finally saying, in this budget, that those GOP tax cuts don’t pay for themselves, because they’re projecting these enormous deficits as a result of the tax cuts.
Strike two is that they’re essentially going to balloon the deficit, $7 trillion over 10 years, a trillion dollars next year alone.
A spending bill, passed with bipartisan support Feb. 9 in order to avoid a government shutdown, increased military spending, a Trump priority, as well as spending in domestic programs, which the Democrats wanted.
It also raised federal borrowing limits and spending caps.
Of course, these are the same people who said Trump had no chance of being elected.

FULL SPEECH: In State of the Union response, Sanders touts ‘coast to coast’ resistance to Trump
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FULL SPEECH: In State of the Union response, Sanders touts ‘coast to coast’ resistance to Trump

President Trump talked tonight about the strength of our economy.
Three people.
Now, let me say a few words about some of the issues that Donald Trump failed to mention tonight, and that is the difference between what he promised the American people as a candidate and what he has delivered as president.
During his campaign, Trump promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
As president, not only has Trump not taken on Wall Street, he has appointed more Wall Street billionaires to his administration than any president in history.
No, Mr. Trump, climate change is not a “hoax.” It is a reality which is causing devastating harm all over our country and all over the world and you are dead wrong when you appoint administrators at the EPA and other agencies who are trying to decimate environmental protection rules, and slow down the transition to sustainable energy.
What Trump Did Talk About Now, let me say a few words about what Trump did talk about.
President Trump also talked about the need to rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
The reality is that Trump’s plan to privatize our nation’s infrastructure is an old idea that has never worked and never will work.
That is not what the American people want.

Like everything else, Congress is underfunding the Social Security Administration
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Like everything else, Congress is underfunding the Social Security Administration

After all, they paid for those benefits during their working years through Social Security payroll taxes.
But thanks to draconian budget cuts to the Social Security Administration (SSA), too many applicants face long hold times and busy signals— or deadly-long waits for disability hearings.
You don’t have to be an actuary to figure out: When workloads increase and funding is cut, service suffers.
Senators, demanding that Congress restore adequate funding for the Social Security Administration.
“You wait and wait and wait, and then you die,” he said.
SSA has severely cut back on the number of Social Security Statements mailed out to current and future beneficiaries, from 153 million in 2010 to ten million in 2017.
The average national wait time for a Social Security disability insurance hearing is the highest ever.
The House-approved fiscal 2018 appropriations legislation would continue underfunding the agency, freezing SSA’s operating budget for another year.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed an even more painful reduction of some $460 million, nearly 4 percent of the agency’s operating budget.
So why continue to cut the agency’s budget?

Why Walmart’s bait and switch matters

Why Walmart’s bait and switch matters

Year after year, the Walmart heirs prove no one comes close to their brand of exploitation, which they wrap in public relations fluff and deception.
With much fanfare, Walmart announced it was raising its minimum starting wage to $11 an hour (from $10) and giving eligible workers a $1,000 bonus, tying its munificence to the recent Republican tax cut.
On the same day, Walmart, with far less fanfare, also announced it would close dozens of Sam’s Club wholesale stores, laying off thousands.
A number of companies, principally in the retail sector, are raising wages not because of their corporate generosity but simply because they need to compete for workers.
With the unemployment rate relatively low (even as lots of people are still out of the labor force compared to pre-recession), basic economics dictates that workers will usually have more choices to look for higher pay.
Target, for example, announced it was raising its starting wage to $11 per hour in September 2017, and says it will raise it to $15 an hour by end of 2020.
If you worked 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year at $11 per hour, with not a shred of time off, you would earn $22,880.
The federal poverty rate for a family of four is $24,600 — and the formula for the official poverty rate understates the difficulty of surviving at that income level.
Aside from the one-time nature of the payout that does nothing to boost workers’ basic pay, a worker only qualifies for the full amount of that bonus after 20 years at the company.
In fairness, the underpayment of workers compared to how productive they have been, and the shamefully low level of the federal minimum wage at $7.25 per hour, is a scandal engaged in by the government and sustained by thousands of companies, not just Walmart.

Bernie Sanders Clarifies Comments About Middle-Class Tax Cuts In GOP Bill
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Bernie Sanders Clarifies Comments About Middle-Class Tax Cuts In GOP Bill

“Next year, 91 percent of middle-income Americans will receive a tax cut.
Isn’t that a good thing?” host Jake Tapper asked Sanders.
“Yeah, it is a very good thing,” Sanders responded.
“And that’s why we should’ve made the tax cuts for the middle class permanent.” Some Republicans delighted in the idea that they had caught Sanders owning up to the bill’s perks.
“When Bernie comes back to town, he should pledge to vote with Republicans in ten years to make the tax cuts permanent for the middle class.” But Sanders maintained on Wednesday that the legislation’s modest middle-class benefits do not outweigh its problems.
Sanders also fears that congressional Republicans will cite the $1.4 trillion the law is expected to add to the national debt as an excuse to pursue cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs.
Rather than do away with the tax law entirely, Sanders supports repealing the tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations to make the bill’s middle-class tax breaks permanent and expand upon them.
“Let’s pass tax reform that permanently benefits all middle-income and working-class families without giving tax breaks to the top 1 percent,” he said.
“Instead of providing huge tax breaks to the rich and large corporations that explode the deficit, which this bill does, millionaires, billionaires and large, profitable corporations must begin paying their fair share of taxes.” Sanders has ambitious domestic spending priorities, including a national, single-payer health care system that he and other boosters have dubbed “Medicare for all.” Sanders declared flatly at a Democratic presidential candidate forum in January 2016 that to fund these priorities, “We will raise taxes, yes we will.” He introduced new legislation in September laying out his vision for a universal public insurance plan that goes beyond even the benefits Medicare currently provides to seniors and people with disabilities.
One of the ideas is a 4 percent income-based premium on all households ― in other words, a middle-class tax increase.

Bernie Sanders Announces Single-Payer Bill With Major Support In Senate
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Bernie Sanders Announces Single-Payer Bill With Major Support In Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled Wednesday a new version of his plan to give everybody government-run health insurance, potentially opening a new chapter in the ongoing debate over how to make health care in the U.S. more affordable and available.
The plan calls for an overhaul of American health insurance with a souped-up, more generous version of Medicare replacing nearly all private health insurance ― and government exerting far more control over the cost of medical care.
But in a clear sign of the idea’s increasing popularity, as well as Sanders’ influence within progressive politics, 16 Democratic senators are co-sponsoring the bill.
The proposal, which Sanders is calling the “Medicare for All Act of 2017,” looks a lot like the plan Sanders touted as a presidential candidate.
It would more or less wipe out private health insurance and give the federal government the same power to set prices and establish a national health care budget that most other democratic nations have.
That’s a change from the campaign plan, which specified a new set of taxes.
Another is the likely opposition of virtually every part of the health care industry.
Insurers would be facing an even more existential threat, since the Sanders proposal doesn’t even envision them offering supplemental or alternative private policies, as they do in many other countries with universal coverage schemes.
Here’s What A Political Fight Over Single Payer Would Look Like Sanders says he is under no illusions about the opposition the bill would elicit, particularly from the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Where advocates like Sanders see a chance to achieve what countries including Canada, Sweden and Taiwan have (universal coverage, generally strong health outcomes and far less spending), critics in the GOP and elsewhere see the specter of taxes choking the economy and government rationing vital care.