Giving Up the Argument: The Payroll Tax Cut Chase

By: Saturday August 27, 2011 10:00 am

Instead of making payroll tax fairness a fixture of the Democratic brand, instead of wrapping that into a critique about the inequality that is at the heart of what America needs to fix in order to have sustainable finances again, Democrats chase these little moments to “prove” Republican hypocrisy – and in turn confuse everyone as to what it means to be a Democrat.


Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

By: Sunday July 31, 2011 10:12 am

Whenever the talk of a primary comes up, I always ask “who is going to do this?” The answer is always someone like Bernie Sanders or Jan Schakowsky, the same people whose job it is to put the Good Liberal Housekeeping Seal of Approval on whatever piece of neoliberal shit the White House cooks up to please the bond vigilantes. The people who suddenly become okay with war when the White House says so, who shake their fists in the air with outrage right before they fold, the people you can count on to always be there when there’s nothing they can do…and are nowhere to be found when they can.

Initial Fed Audit Shows Web of Conflict of Interest

By: Friday July 22, 2011 11:37 am

We don’t really have real debates on much of anything in America anymore, so it’s worth questioning whether this will be the effect. But for what it’s worth, Bernie Sanders’ office has released the major investigation coming out of that amendment – a GAO audit of the emergency lending programs carried out by the Fed in the wake of the financial crisis. These programs – not TARP, which mostly put the Congress on the hook for the bailout politically – represented the bulk of the federal government’s support for the banking sector. And they were carried out largely in secret. This GAO audit provides a window into just what the Fed did.

Obama Enters Debt Limit Talks, With a Focus on Revenue

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 9:30 am

Following up on the Filibernie post from earlier today, the president is looking at revenue increases as he enters the debt reduction talks. Too bad he is not even close to the 1:1 cuts for revenue that Senator Sanders is demanding.

With Second Filibernie, Sen. Sanders Sets Up the Left Pole in the Deficit Debate

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 6:30 am

It might be a little late but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is standing up for the truly progressive point of view. That it should be taxes increases not cuts that make up the majority of our misguided debt reduction talks. The savvy Senator is tapping into social media to show the grassroots support that this idea has.

Oil Speculation: Sanders Accuses CFTC of Breaking the Law

By: Friday May 27, 2011 8:40 am

Sanders went so far as to accuse Gensler of breaking the law for not implementing the Dodd-Frank regulation on position limits. He cited the now well-worn quote by Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, that the price of oil under regular market conditions should be $60-$70 a barrel (it’s currently trading at around $100). Sanders also cited the recent lawsuits from the CFTC against Parnon Energy, Arcadia Petroleum and Arcadia Energy for driving up prices during the spike of 2008, and stated that the same conditions exist today.

Sunday Late Night: Anti-Gang Enforcement Needed on Capitol Hill

By: Sunday April 17, 2011 8:01 pm

Mark Warner’s Gang of Six is simply another attempt to gut Social Security, for the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks: it’s where the money is.

Goldman’s Lies and Jamie Dimon’s Piggy Bank

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 6:30 pm

After a drawn out battle to liberate the records of the Fed’s discount window lending, they’ve finally been released.

Supermajority of Senators Seek Grand Bargain on Taxes and Entitlements

By: Saturday March 19, 2011 7:00 pm

Sixty-four Senators, half from each party, expressed their desire to have the President take up tax and entitlement reform this year, as part of budget negotiations.

Bernie Sanders Quotes Jeff Immelt: “I Am a Nut on China”

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 8:52 am

A highlight of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ non-filibuster last Friday were his comments on General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt, who is pushing for more business located in China.

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