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Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:36 PM

Actual socialist Bernie Sanders: No, Obama is not a socialist

Speaking to talk show host Bill Moyers this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who self-identifies as a Democratic socialist, explained that no matter how many times Republicans say it, President Barack Obama is not a socialist as well.

Democratic socialism (PDF), he explained, “means that health care should be a right of all people,” he said. “That higher education should be a right, kids shouldn’t graduate $50,000 in debt. Which means we should pass legislation that represents the interests of working families and not the moneyed interests. Which means that we should be aggressive at global warming and protecting the environment for future generations. Which means workers earn a decent wage. All of these ideas which people have talked about from Eugene Debs on.”

So Moyers asked him directly: “The right says that Obama’s a socialist — they keep calling him a socialist — can you prove he’s not a socialist?”


“Can I prove he’s not a socialist? Yes,” Sanders replied. “Look at his record. He is not a socialist.”

Sanders went on to warn Moyers that the “distribution of wealth” in the U.S. has begun to overwhelm the political system, with billionaire families dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into elections in an effort to, as Sanders said, “create a more unfair America.”


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Ichingcarpenter Sep 2012 OP
Lydia Leftcoast Sep 2012 #1
Ichingcarpenter Sep 2012 #2
GreenPartyVoter Sep 2012 #3
Ichingcarpenter Sep 2012 #5
vt_native Sep 2012 #4

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:42 PM

1. I try to tell Repubicans that none of the actual Socialists I know

consider Obama a "comrade," but what do actual Socialists know compared to the blowhards on AM radio?

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:48 PM

2. Bernie has a good interview

with Bill, many should watch it before judging.
40 years ago Bernie would have been a main stream democrat

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:49 PM

3. I'm a democratic socialist too

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 01:21 PM

5. He discusses

What neither convention talked about but should have


Bill Moyers link

http://billmoyers.com/segment/bernie-sanders-on-the-independent-in-politics/#.UEqkG7S07N0.twitter

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:58 PM

4. Bernie is selling out his constituentcy by supporting the basing of the F-35 in South Burlington, VT

Because of the noise from this ridiculous, non-functioning airplane, 2900 homes will be in an area deemed "incompatible with residential use" by the U.S. Air Force. These are working class homes. In favor of Lockheed-Martin, Bernie has tarnished his reputation as a supporter of low income housing, and public health.

Further, Vermont Air National Guard represented that there are no homes on the flightpath and within the
65 Dbl day/night noise level zone. Most of Winooski, VT and parts of South Burlington are within the zone. To date, Bernie and his staffers are unconcerned about this grave error in the base selection and scoring process.

The F-35 program is projected to cost 1.5 trillion (with a T), over the life of the program.

stopthef35.com

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