Turn Left on Main Street

Great article about Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship – Turn Left on Main Street

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But if Senator Sanders is a crackpot, so are the majority of Americans. The ideas and policies he espouses have far more public support than the journalist habitués of Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue would have you believe.

http://billmoyers.com/2015/06/03/turn-left-main-street/

 

 

Bernie Sanders – America’s Candidate

At last we have a candidate that actually “talks the talk” and “walks the walk.” Bernie Sanders is a unique politician in today’s world of politics.

If you are tired of voting for the same old cookie-cutter politician that caters to special interest groups and votes the way their “big donor” overlords want them, then you need to hear what Bernie Sanders has to say.

So take off your political party hat, whether Republican or Democrat, and watch the video below. Be prepared to hear what you have always wanted a presidential candidate to not only say, but does every day in the United States Senate.

Bernie Sanders is the President We Need!

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Bernie Sanders – The Real “People’s Candidate”

Bernie Sanders is the real “people’s candidate.”  He truly cares about the 99% and the future of our country. He is authentic, honest, straightforward, and incorruptible!

bernie sanders - Very Lease we could sayFor more on Bernie Sanders, watch this video-> https://rationalopinionsblog.com/2015/05/31/in-180-seconds-you-will-be-voting-for-bernie-sanders/

Bernie Sanders – Agenda for America

Bernie Sanders - Agenda for America

1. Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure

We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools. It has been estimated that the cost of the Bush-Cheney Iraq War, a war we should never have waged, will total $3 trillion by the time the last veteran receives needed care. A $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive. We need to invest in infrastructure, not more war.

2. Reversing Climate Change

The United States must lead the world in reversing climate change and make certain that this planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energies. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, our transportation system needs to be energy efficient and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other forms of sustainable energy. Transforming our energy system will not only protect the environment, it will create good paying jobs.

3. Creating Worker Co-ops

We need to develop new economic models to increase job creation and productivity. Instead of giving huge tax breaks to corporations which ship our jobs to China and other low-wage countries, we need to provide assistance to workers who want to purchase their own businesses by establishing worker-owned cooperatives. Study after study shows that when workers have an ownership stake in the businesses they work for, productivity goes up, absenteeism goes down and employees are much more satisfied with their jobs.

4. Growing the Trade Union Movement

Union workers who are able to collectively bargain for higher wages and benefits earn substantially more than non-union workers. Today, corporate opposition to union organizing makes it extremely difficult for workers to join a union. We need legislation which makes it clear that when a majority of workers sign cards in support of a union, they can form a union.

5. Raising the Minimum Wage

The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. No one in this country who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.

6. Pay Equity for Women Workers

Women workers today earn 78 percent of what their male counterparts make. We need pay equity in our country — equal pay for equal work.

7. Trade Policies that Benefit American Workers

Since 2001 we have lost more than 60,000 factories in this country, and more than 4.9 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs. We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, etc.) which enable corporate America to shut down plants in this country and move to China and other low-wage countries. We need to end the race to the bottom and develop trade policies which demand that American corporations create jobs here, and not abroad.

8. Making College Affordable for All

In today’s highly competitive global economy, millions of Americans are unable to afford the higher education they need in order to get good-paying jobs. Further, with both parents now often at work, most working-class families can’t locate the high-quality and affordable child care they need for their kids. Quality education in America, from child care to higher education, must be affordable for all. Without a high-quality and affordable educational system, we will be unable to compete globally and our standard of living will continue to decline.

9. Taking on Wall Street

The function of banking is to facilitate the flow of capital into productive and job-creating activities. Financial institutions cannot be an island unto themselves, standing as huge profit centers outside of the real economy. Today, six huge Wall Street financial institutions have assets equivalent to 61 percent of our gross domestic product – over $9.8 trillion. These institutions underwrite more than half the mortgages in this country and more than two-thirds of the credit cards. The greed, recklessness and illegal behavior of major Wall Street firms plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. They are too powerful to be reformed. They must be broken up.

10. Health Care as a Right for All

The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world and recognize that health care is a right of all, and not a privilege. Despite the fact that more than 40 million Americans have no health insurance, we spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation. We need to establish a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.

11. Protecting the Most Vulnerable Americans

Millions of seniors live in poverty and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country. We must strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it. Instead of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs, we should be expanding these programs.

12. Real Tax Reform

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this country which is based on ability to pay. It is not acceptable that major profitable corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate which is lower than their secretaries. It is absurd that we lose over $100 billion a year in revenue because corporations and the wealthy stash their cash in offshore tax havens around the world. The time is long overdue for real tax reform.

What more can you want from a candidate for President?  An agenda/platform based on the needs of common American people (99%); honest and sincere; not beholding to large corporations, Wall Street or special interest groups; and not one of the elite (1%).

He should make the debates with Hillary very interesting.

Join Bernie’s campaign and help him fend off the Big Money candidates.

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Bernie Sanders – Real Champion of the Average American People

Bernie Sanders is truly a “people’s politician” and the real champion of the average American people. The issues he talks about are the same issues he’s been championing since becoming a Senator. He has a platform that is clear and straight forward and he is able to articulate it clearly for all to understand. Most important, he is not rich and is not beholding to any special interest groups.

“We will not accept a society in which the Koch brothers and other billionaires are able to undermine our Democratic Foundation by buying candidates and elections!”

Bernie is taking his passionate message to the common people (99%) and I’m going to help him spread his message on this site.

Bernie Sanders - We need a growing middle classBernie needs our help. He has already received thousands of small donations from  common, everyday people. He refuses to take money from corporations, Wall Street or special interest groups.  https://berniesanders.com/

Plain speaking and honest. A rarity in politicians today.

More on Bernie Sanders’ Agenda for America –> https://rationalopinionsblog.com/2015/05/09/bernie-sanders-agenda-for-america/