Senator Bernie Sanders Defends Regular Americans

Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The Estate Tax (which was given an Orwellian rename by the Republicans as the “Death Tax”) does and will not hurt you — unless it is abolished.

The Estate Tax affects only 3/10 of 1% of the richest Americans. We’re not even talking about the wealthy here, we’re talking about the OBSCENELY wealthy here.

To put this in context, if the Republicans get what they want, it would mean $30 BILLION in tax cuts for the Walton family (who own Walmart) alone.

So they barely pay their workers a living wage and abuse them in a hundred other ways, drive multiple small businesses out of the marketplace which are major drivers of economic growth in the country, and the Republicans in the Senate and an all-too compliant President Obama, want to rewards them for all that by giving them a tax cut that is more than the gross national product of some of the nations of the world.

For anyone to look at that and NOT think that is radically out of balance, is simply insane.

The Estate Tax, ironically, originated with a Republican, Teddy Roosevelt. But then, he was an old school, classic Republican, not an insane self-absorbed, corporate whore like Mitch “Meltface” McConnell, the current “leader” of the Republicans in the Senate.

If this tax for people who DON’T need it gets abolished, it will mean an instant $1 TRILLION dollar INCREASE to the federal budget deficit.

And the next step for the corporate Republicans (and the DINOs who enable them) after that, will be to try to balance that deficit on the backs of the poor and the middle class, by slashing EVERYTHING, from Social Security (this bill already weakens that vital and successful national program to protect our elderly from abject poverty) to school lunches for your kids, to desperately needed infrastructure improvements so we can remain competitive in the broader economy. They’ve already been making the rounds of talk shows suggesting a “national sales tax” on top of your state sales taxes, an exceedingly regressive tax that would disproportionally hurt the most vulnerable people in the society.

So basically, this pissed Senator Bernie Sanders off.

The Democratic Socialist Independent-minded Senator from Vermont then took to the floor on Friday to actually DO what the Republican Senators only threaten to do, and filibuster this rampant stupidity in a whopping 9-hour speech — a heckuva task for a 69 year-old man.

But this is what “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” looks like in REAL life. When someone is honest and caring enough to actually fight for YOU.

Perhaps we should appreciate that, and back more men like him. Just a suggestion.

And ironically, despite what the mainstream corporate media would have you believe, most Americans DO appreciate such a thing, in fact, they are actually HUNGRY for that kind of leadership.

So much so, that they actually crashed the Congressional video server on Friday, trying to watch him online, when the corporate media hacks wouldn’t show them enough of Bernie’s filibuster.

Here is an excerpt from this awesome speech:

Just that excerpt got 400,000 on the Moxnews Youtube channel.

Here is the FULL TEXT of the historic filibuster.

I also found interesting that Bernie also basically planted a boot right into the Federal Reserve’s backside in this speech. Here are a few quotes of those key bullet points:

  • What we now know is the extent of the bailout for the large financial corporations. Goldman Sachs received nearly $600 billion. Morgan Stanley received nearly $2 trillion. Citigroup received $1.8 trillion. Bear Stearns received nearly $1 trillion. And Merrill Lynch received some $1.5 trillion in short-term loans from the Fed.
  • But I think what is most surprising for the American people is not just the bailout of Wall Street — the Federal Reserve was also bailing out Toyota and Mitsubishi, two Japanese carmakers, by purchasing nearly $5 billion worth of their commercial paper from November 5, 2008, through January 30, 2009.
  • I think the American people would be shocked to learn that the Fed extended over $380 billion to the Central Bank of Japan to bail out banks in that country.
  • I think the American people are interested to know that the Fed bailed out the Korea Development Bank, the wholly owned, state-owned Bank of South Korea, by purchasing over $2 billion of its commercial paper.
  • The Fed also extended over $40 billion for the Central Bank of South Korea so that it had enough money to bail out its own banks.
  • The Fed bailed out the state-owned Bank of Bavaria–not Pennsylvania, not California, but Bavaria–by purchasing over $2.2 billion of its commercial paper.
  • I think the American people would find it incomprehensible that the Fed chose to bail out the Arab Banking Corporation based in Bahrain by providing them with over $23 billion in loans with an interest rate as low as one-quarter of 1 percent. So small businessmen all over America: Maybe you have to run to Bahrain and work with the Arab Banking Corporation there to get some pretty good loans. But it would be nice if maybe the Fed would start to pay attention to banks in this country.
  • Furthermore, the Fed extended over $9.6 billion to the Central Bank of Mexico.
  • What is interesting about all of this is that we had a very vigorous debate here in the Senate and in the House over the $700 billion TARP program. Every person in America could turn on C-SPAN and hear that debate. It was all pretty public. But what took place at the Fed, which, in fact, amounted to a larger bailout, was done behind closed doors. Over $3 trillion was lent with zero transparency.
  • I think the question the American people are asking as they read about what the Fed did during the financial crisis is whether the Fed has now become the central bank of the world without any debate on the floor of the Senate or the Congress and without the knowledge of the American people. I think that is wrong. So I hope, out of this effort in bringing disclosure and transparency to the Fed, that one of the things that will come will be more transparency at the Fed.
  • My office intends to investigate whether these secret Fed loans, in some cases, turned out to be direct corporate welfare to big banks that may have used those loans not to reinvest in the economy but, rather, to lend back to the Federal Government at a higher rate of interest by purchasing Treasury securities.

I encourage everyone to write Senator Sanders a brief note to thank him for standing up and fighting for regular folks.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Amen!

  • Anonymous

    Amen!

  • Haystack

    It just amazes me that the Republicans can preach fiscal responsibility with a straight face.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      You didn’t get the memo? A recent magnetic eruption on the far side of the sun altered the moral polarity of the universe.

      http://www.disinfo.com/2010/12/entire-hemisphere-of-the-sun-erupts/

      So what used to be good is now bad and vice-versa. Tax cuts giveaways to indolent trust fund millionaires are now seen as “putting money back into the real economy” and hoarding is now “production”.

      Oh, and shoving soldiers into endless meatgrinders in the Middle East and Social Security recipients into snow drits are now ‘patriotic’.

      It may take some getting used to, but if we all drink enough shoe polish, I’m sure we’ll black out before it gets even worse.

      • Andrew

        It’s a “good” time to be “evil.”

      • Haystack

        Okay, now it makes sense.

  • Haystack

    It just amazes me that the Republicans can preach fiscal responsibility with a straight face.

  • Haystack

    It just amazes me that the Republicans can preach fiscal responsibility with a straight face.

  • Anonymous

    You didn’t get the memo? A recent magnetic eruption on the far side of the sun altered the moral polarity of the universe.

    http://disinfo.com/2010/12/entire-hemisphere-of-the-sun-erupts/

    So what used to be good is now bad and vice-versa. Tax cuts giveaways to indolent trust fund millionaires are now seen as “putting money back into the real economy” and hoarding is now “production”.

    Oh, and shoving soldiers into endless meatgrinders in the Middle East and Social Security recipients into snow drits are now ‘patriotic’.

    It may take some getting used to, but if we all drink enough shoe polish, I’m sure we’ll black out before it gets even worse.

  • John Myers

    The founding fathers wanted all estate holdings to go to the government upon death. They knew that concentrations of wealth were a threat to the state.

    • StZed

      No, actually James Madison and John Adams wrote several portions of the constitution in order to protect wealthy landowners. The idea of protections for the minority were specifically referencing what adams called, ” the inherent nature of democracy to equalise society,” of which he was deeply afraid. Why do you think the US is not a direct democracy? Jefferson was really one of the few founding “fathers” who held radical (for his time) beliefs about the nature of democracy and society. The rest were as they say, “old rich white dudes…”

      • Ironaddict06

        Yep and you have to remember what Ben Franklin said “I have given you a REPUBLIC if you can keep it.”

  • John Myers

    The founding fathers wanted all estate holdings to go to the government upon death. They knew that concentrations of wealth were a threat to the state.

  • Andrew

    It’s a “good” time to be “evil.”

  • Haystack

    Okay, now it makes sense.

  • 5by5

    Well it was kind of a sloppy write-up this morning at the crack of dawn as I was getting ready for work – in my opening sentence I meant to say, “The Estate Tax (which was given an Orwellian rename by the Republicans as the “Death Tax”) will not hurt you — unless it is abolished,” and that Bernie’s speech excerpt got 400,000 hits just on MoxNews, but you get the point. The part where I became really amazed was that he wasn’t just calling the Republicans on their BS in that speech, he was absolutely OBLITERATING the goobers at the Federal Reserve too. Basically, good ‘ole Bernie just had himself a hypocrisy shredding FEAST.

  • 5by5

    Well it was kind of a sloppy write-up this morning at the crack of dawn as I was getting ready for work – in my opening sentence I meant to say, “The Estate Tax (which was given an Orwellian rename by the Republicans as the “Death Tax”) will not hurt you — unless it is abolished,” and that Bernie’s speech excerpt got 400,000 hits just on MoxNews, but you get the point. The part where I became really amazed was that he wasn’t just calling the Republicans on their BS in that speech, he was absolutely OBLITERATING the goobers at the Federal Reserve too. Basically, good ‘ole Bernie just had himself a hypocrisy shredding FEAST.

  • wornsear

    `Death Tax’ is not really much of an Orwellian name – it lacks irony. Maybe `Social Mobility Tax’ or `Economic Equality Tax’ might be more up Orwell’s alley. Think `Clear Skies Act’ and `Healthy Forests Initiative.’

  • wornsear

    `Death Tax’ is not really much of an Orwellian name – it lacks irony. Maybe `Social Mobility Tax’ or `Economic Equality Tax’ might be more up Orwell’s alley. Think `Clear Skies Act’ and `Healthy Forests Initiative.’

  • ralph

    Great post. Let us all keep in mind the gentleman from Vermont spent EIGHT HOURS in our halls of government on this topic:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/10/AR2010121007166.html

    And FU WashPo for this headline of “Vt. senator takes his time “…

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Amen…WashPo proves once again that its a fishwrapper for the stinking status quo. Sanders may very well be the living example that keep real solutions alive and possible in our time…but we need to make a lot more people see it before it makes a real difference.

  • http://disinfo.com ralph

    Great post. Let us all keep in mind the gentleman from Vermont spent EIGHT HOURS in our halls of government on this topic:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/10/AR2010121007166.html

    And FU WashPo for this headline of “Vt. senator takes his time “…

  • 5by5

    The other thing that amazes me about this is that this is the only real filibuster of this Congressional session, yet just by”threatening” a filibuster, the Republicans have, in essence by intentionally misusing the rules of the Senate cause over 400 bills passed by the House, to be stalled in the Senate.

    So who do the American people fire? All the members of the House who were doing their jobs. Brilliant.

    And some of the stuff the Republicans blocked is just MINDBOGGLING.

    Like health care funding for 9/11 First Responders.

    Yeah. Seriously.

    Here’s the full list of things the Republicans are holding hostage to their single-minded attempt to crush Obama: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Bills_passed_by_the_House_but_not_by_the_Senate_–_111th_Congress

    “Country first” my fluffy white ass….

    These are some of my personal favorites [warning – sarcasm ahead]:

    + Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009 (yeah, that’s right 2009).
    + Enforcement of the employment and reemployment rights of veterans and members of the Armed Forces employed by Federal executive agencies.
    + Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2009 (Yup, they’re even screwing over Texas)
    + National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009
    + Veterans Retraining Act of 2009
    + Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (These “free marketeers” don’t want to give Limbaugh or Sean Hannitary Napkin any competition…)
    + Reauthorization of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
    + Water Quality Investment Act of 2009.
    + Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009.
    + Child Protection Improvements Act of 2010.
    + A program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.
    + Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2010
    + Establishment of a committee under the National Science and Technology Council with the responsibility to coordinate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and programs of all Federal agencies.
    + International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2009 (Too “sciencey” apparently)
    + Establishment of a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region. (Too busy whining to even fund burying soldiers in the GROUND.)
    + Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2010
    + Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
    + Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act (Pfft, “entrepreneurs…. What good are they?)
    + Expanding Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Small Business Development Centers Modernization Act of 2009
    + Promotion of industry growth and competitiveness and to improve worker training, retention, and advancement, and for other purposes.
    + National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010
    + Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2010 (yea, not WAY are they interested in that).
    + 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act
    + Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Absentee Ballot Track, Receive, and Confirm Act (Well the Republicans were never really that big on counting votes anyways. Throwing them out? Sore, but counting? Not so much.)
    + Neighborhood Preservation Act
    + Securing the Cities Initiative
    + Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2010
    + Enhanced S.E.C. Enforcement Authority Act
    + 21st Century FHA Housing Act of 2009
    + Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009 (Feh, Cheney ignored it, why bother?)
    + Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009
    + Solar Technology Roadmap Act
    + Energy and Water Research Integration Act
    + Medicare Premium Fairness Act
    + Small Business Microlending Expansion Act of 2009
    + Small Business Disaster Readiness and Reform Act of 2009
    + Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009
    + Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010
    + Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act
    + Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
    + End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010
    + Electrical Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act
    + National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009
    + Reducing Over-Classification Act
    + Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act
    + Multi-State Disaster Relief Act
    + Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act (Oh boy, they REALLY don’t want that one…)
    + Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010 (Yeah, DEMOCRATS passed that one)
    + Free Flow of Information Act of 2009

  • 5by5

    The other thing that amazes me about this is that this is the only real filibuster of this Congressional session, yet just by”threatening” a filibuster, the Republicans have, in essence by intentionally misusing the rules of the Senate cause over 400 bills passed by the House, to be stalled in the Senate.

    So who do the American people fire? All the members of the House who were doing their jobs. Brilliant.

    And some of the stuff the Republicans blocked is just MINDBOGGLING.

    Like health care funding for 9/11 First Responders.

    Yeah. Seriously.

    Here’s the full list of things the Republicans are holding hostage to their single-minded attempt to crush Obama: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Bills_passed_by_the_House_but_not_by_the_Senate_–_111th_Congress

    “Country first” my fluffy white ass….

    These are some of my personal favorites [warning – sarcasm ahead]:

    + Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009 (yeah, that’s right 2009).
    + Enforcement of the employment and reemployment rights of veterans and members of the Armed Forces employed by Federal executive agencies.
    + Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2009 (Yup, they’re even screwing over Texas)
    + National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009
    + Veterans Retraining Act of 2009
    + Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (These “free marketeers” don’t want to give Limbaugh or Sean Hannitary Napkin any competition…)
    + Reauthorization of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
    + Water Quality Investment Act of 2009.
    + Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009.
    + Child Protection Improvements Act of 2010.
    + A program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.
    + Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2010
    + Establishment of a committee under the National Science and Technology Council with the responsibility to coordinate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and programs of all Federal agencies.
    + International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2009 (Too “sciencey” apparently)
    + Establishment of a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region. (Too busy whining to even fund burying soldiers in the GROUND.)
    + Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2010
    + Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
    + Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act (Pfft, “entrepreneurs…. What good are they?)
    + Expanding Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Small Business Development Centers Modernization Act of 2009
    + Promotion of industry growth and competitiveness and to improve worker training, retention, and advancement, and for other purposes.
    + National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010
    + Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2010 (yea, not WAY are they interested in that).
    + 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act
    + Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Absentee Ballot Track, Receive, and Confirm Act (Well the Republicans were never really that big on counting votes anyways. Throwing them out? Sore, but counting? Not so much.)
    + Neighborhood Preservation Act
    + Securing the Cities Initiative
    + Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2010
    + Enhanced S.E.C. Enforcement Authority Act
    + 21st Century FHA Housing Act of 2009
    + Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009 (Feh, Cheney ignored it, why bother?)
    + Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009
    + Solar Technology Roadmap Act
    + Energy and Water Research Integration Act
    + Medicare Premium Fairness Act
    + Small Business Microlending Expansion Act of 2009
    + Small Business Disaster Readiness and Reform Act of 2009
    + Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009
    + Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010
    + Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act
    + Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
    + End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010
    + Electrical Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act
    + National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009
    + Reducing Over-Classification Act
    + Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act
    + Multi-State Disaster Relief Act
    + Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act (Oh boy, they REALLY don’t want that one…)
    + Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010 (Yeah, DEMOCRATS passed that one)
    + Free Flow of Information Act of 2009

  • 5by5

    The other thing that amazes me about this is that this is the only real filibuster of this Congressional session, yet just by”threatening” a filibuster, the Republicans have, in essence by intentionally misusing the rules of the Senate cause over 400 bills passed by the House, to be stalled in the Senate.

    So who do the American people fire? All the members of the House who were doing their jobs. Brilliant.

    And some of the stuff the Republicans blocked is just MINDBOGGLING.

    Like health care funding for 9/11 First Responders.

    Yeah. Seriously.

    Here’s the full list of things the Republicans are holding hostage to their single-minded attempt to crush Obama: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Bills_passed_by_the_House_but_not_by_the_Senate_–_111th_Congress

    “Country first” my fluffy white ass….

    These are some of my personal favorites [warning – sarcasm ahead]:

    + Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009 (yeah, that’s right 2009).
    + Enforcement of the employment and reemployment rights of veterans and members of the Armed Forces employed by Federal executive agencies.
    + Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2009 (Yup, they’re even screwing over Texas)
    + National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009
    + Veterans Retraining Act of 2009
    + Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (These “free marketeers” don’t want to give Limbaugh or Sean Hannitary Napkin any competition…)
    + Reauthorization of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
    + Water Quality Investment Act of 2009.
    + Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009.
    + Child Protection Improvements Act of 2010.
    + A program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.
    + Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2010
    + Establishment of a committee under the National Science and Technology Council with the responsibility to coordinate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and programs of all Federal agencies.
    + International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2009 (Too “sciencey” apparently)
    + Establishment of a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region. (Too busy whining to even fund burying soldiers in the GROUND.)
    + Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2010
    + Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
    + Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act (Pfft, “entrepreneurs…. What good are they?)
    + Expanding Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Small Business Development Centers Modernization Act of 2009
    + Promotion of industry growth and competitiveness and to improve worker training, retention, and advancement, and for other purposes.
    + National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010
    + Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2010 (yea, not WAY are they interested in that).
    + 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act
    + Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Absentee Ballot Track, Receive, and Confirm Act (Well the Republicans were never really that big on counting votes anyways. Throwing them out? Sore, but counting? Not so much.)
    + Neighborhood Preservation Act
    + Securing the Cities Initiative
    + Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2010
    + Enhanced S.E.C. Enforcement Authority Act
    + 21st Century FHA Housing Act of 2009
    + Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009 (Feh, Cheney ignored it, why bother?)
    + Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009
    + Solar Technology Roadmap Act
    + Energy and Water Research Integration Act
    + Medicare Premium Fairness Act
    + Small Business Microlending Expansion Act of 2009
    + Small Business Disaster Readiness and Reform Act of 2009
    + Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009
    + Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010
    + Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act
    + Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
    + End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010
    + Electrical Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act
    + National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009
    + Reducing Over-Classification Act
    + Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act
    + Multi-State Disaster Relief Act
    + Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act (Oh boy, they REALLY don’t want that one…)
    + Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010 (Yeah, DEMOCRATS passed that one)
    + Free Flow of Information Act of 2009

  • 5by5

    The other thing that amazes me about this is that this is the only real filibuster of this Congressional session, yet just by”threatening” a filibuster, the Republicans have, in essence by intentionally misusing the rules of the Senate cause over 400 bills passed by the House, to be stalled in the Senate.

    So who do the American people fire? All the members of the House who were doing their jobs. Brilliant.

    And some of the stuff the Republicans blocked is just MINDBOGGLING.

    Like health care funding for 9/11 First Responders.

    Yeah. Seriously.

    Here’s the full list of things the Republicans are holding hostage to their single-minded attempt to crush Obama: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Bills_passed_by_the_House_but_not_by_the_Senate_–_111th_Congress

    “Country first” my fluffy white ass….

    These are some of my personal favorites [warning – sarcasm ahead]:

    + Mandatory Veteran Specialist Training Act of 2009 (yeah, that’s right 2009).
    + Enforcement of the employment and reemployment rights of veterans and members of the Armed Forces employed by Federal executive agencies.
    + Central Texas Water Recycling Act of 2009 (Yup, they’re even screwing over Texas)
    + National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009
    + Veterans Retraining Act of 2009
    + Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (These “free marketeers” don’t want to give Limbaugh or Sean Hannitary Napkin any competition…)
    + Reauthorization of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
    + Water Quality Investment Act of 2009.
    + Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009.
    + Child Protection Improvements Act of 2010.
    + A program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.
    + Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2010
    + Establishment of a committee under the National Science and Technology Council with the responsibility to coordinate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education activities and programs of all Federal agencies.
    + International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2009 (Too “sciencey” apparently)
    + Establishment of a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region. (Too busy whining to even fund burying soldiers in the GROUND.)
    + Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2010
    + Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
    + Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act (Pfft, “entrepreneurs…. What good are they?)
    + Expanding Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Small Business Development Centers Modernization Act of 2009
    + Promotion of industry growth and competitiveness and to improve worker training, retention, and advancement, and for other purposes.
    + National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2010
    + Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2010 (yea, not WAY are they interested in that).
    + 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act
    + Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009
    + Absentee Ballot Track, Receive, and Confirm Act (Well the Republicans were never really that big on counting votes anyways. Throwing them out? Sore, but counting? Not so much.)
    + Neighborhood Preservation Act
    + Securing the Cities Initiative
    + Government Accountability Office Improvement Act of 2010
    + Enhanced S.E.C. Enforcement Authority Act
    + 21st Century FHA Housing Act of 2009
    + Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009 (Feh, Cheney ignored it, why bother?)
    + Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009
    + Solar Technology Roadmap Act
    + Energy and Water Research Integration Act
    + Medicare Premium Fairness Act
    + Small Business Microlending Expansion Act of 2009
    + Small Business Disaster Readiness and Reform Act of 2009
    + Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009
    + Helping Heroes Keep Their Homes Act of 2010
    + Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act
    + Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
    + End Veteran Homelessness Act of 2010
    + Electrical Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act
    + National Bombing Prevention Act of 2009
    + Reducing Over-Classification Act
    + Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act
    + Multi-State Disaster Relief Act
    + Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act (Oh boy, they REALLY don’t want that one…)
    + Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act of 2010 (Yeah, DEMOCRATS passed that one)
    + Free Flow of Information Act of 2009

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    The estate tax was INVENTED by corporations to take property away from people and families. New flash: Corporations DON’T DIE so they’re all in favor of taking property from people who have worked all their lives to build something. It was originally instituted to take farms away from families who couldn’t afford the tax and had to sell to pay it, usually to the big agricultural corps. It has nothing to do with fairness. It’s about stealing from the dead.

    • E.B. Wolf

      Those poor multi-millionaires! I had no idea they had it so rough. Maybe you should start a charitable fund for them.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

        Dude, you’re still in the Matrix. Take the red pill before it’s too late.

        • E.B. Wolf

          I take ‘em both just to be safe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    The estate tax was INVENTED by corporations to take property away from people and families. New flash: Corporations DON’T DIE so they’re all in favor of taking property from people who have worked all their lives to build something. It was originally instituted to take farms away from families who couldn’t afford the tax and had to sell to pay it, usually to the big agricultural corps. It has nothing to do with fairness. It’s about stealing from the dead.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Amen…WashPo proves once again that its a fishwrapper for the stinking status quo. Sanders may very well be the living example that keep real solutions alive and possible in our time…but we need to make a lot more people see it before it makes a real difference.

  • StZed

    No, actually James Madison and John Adams wrote several portions of the constitution in order to protect wealthy landowners. The idea of protections for the minority were specifically referencing what adams called, ” the inherent nature of democracy to equalise society,” of which he was deeply afraid. Why do you think the US is not a direct democracy? Jefferson was really one of the few founding “fathers” who held radical (for his time) beliefs about the nature of democracy and society. The rest were as they say, “old rich white dudes…”

  • E.B. Wolf

    Those poor multi-millionaires! I had no idea they had it so rough. Maybe you should start a charitable fund for them.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Those poor multi-millionaires! I had no idea they had it so rough. Maybe you should start a charitable fund for them.

  • freakpowerULTD

    Does anyone still believe this system, whether in D.C. or on Wall Street, is reformable. Not only has the time for (r)evolution come, but its quickly passing us by. The older generations are mindfucked beyond all hope for the most part. Young people need to lose their cynicism and apathy and transcend the trance. Realize, like Carlin said, that “they don’t give a fuck about you” and lets rid ourselves of them somehow, and certainly not through voting.

  • freakpowerULTD

    Does anyone still believe this system, whether in D.C. or on Wall Street, is reformable. Not only has the time for (r)evolution come, but its quickly passing us by. The older generations are mindfucked beyond all hope for the most part. Young people need to lose their cynicism and apathy and transcend the trance. Realize, like Carlin said, that “they don’t give a fuck about you” and lets rid ourselves of them somehow, and certainly not through voting.

    • Haystack

      This is not the worst shape we’ve been in. Think about the gilded-age plutocracy. The elites are only controlling the go’vt to the extent that their money permits them to influence voting behavior–which means that we still have the power to take it back by our actions at the ballot box.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    Dude, you’re still in the Matrix. Take the red pill before it’s too late.

  • Ironaddict06

    Yep and you have to remember what Ben Franklin said “I have given you a REPUBLIC if you can keep it.”

  • Ironaddict06

    A few comments about Mr. Sanders comments.
    1. I think the American people would find it incomprehensible that the Fed chose to….
    Yes the American people should find it incomprehensible, but the majority of Americans are clueless and don’t care.
    2. I think the question the American people are asking as they read about what the Fed did during the financial crisis is whether the Fed has now become the central bank of the world.
    I think the answer is yes. The last few years under Bush 2 there was talk of the new Amerio dollar that would be used for Mexico, America, and Canada. With massive debt world wide people and gov’t went to the dollar for shelter. It looks like the Dollar is going to be the world currency by defacto for the time being. Many people are wanting America to go back to the Gold standard, but that is not realistic unless people are willing to pay $10,000 or more per ounce.

  • Ironaddict06

    A few comments about Mr. Sanders comments.
    1. I think the American people would find it incomprehensible that the Fed chose to….
    Yes the American people should find it incomprehensible, but the majority of Americans are clueless and don’t care.
    2. I think the question the American people are asking as they read about what the Fed did during the financial crisis is whether the Fed has now become the central bank of the world.
    I think the answer is yes. The last few years under Bush 2 there was talk of the new Amerio dollar that would be used for Mexico, America, and Canada. With massive debt world wide people and gov’t went to the dollar for shelter. It looks like the Dollar is going to be the world currency by defacto for the time being. Many people are wanting America to go back to the Gold standard, but that is not realistic unless people are willing to pay $10,000 or more per ounce.

  • Hadrian999

    how many working class people are even in a position to worry about having an estate let alone how it will be taxed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

      How many “working class people” own businesses that hire other working class people? Answer: None.

  • Hadrian999

    how many working class people are even in a position to worry about having an estate let alone how it will be taxed.

  • Haystack

    This is not the worst shape we’ve been in. Think about the gilded-age plutocracy. The elites are only controlling the go’vt to the extent that their money permits them to influence voting behavior–which means that we still have the power to take it back by our actions at the ballot box.

  • E.B. Wolf

    I take ‘em both just to be safe.

  • Usedbrassbuyer

    Whose money is it?

  • Usedbrassbuyer

    Whose money is it?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IQWEDG6PFI5Y64PGEBKYDSIDY Mark

    How many “working class people” own businesses that hire other working class people? Answer: None.

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