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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:02 PM

NYT: From Vermont, a Gruff Voice for Shielding Entitlements

WASHINGTON — When President Obama cut a deal with Congressional Republicans in December 2010 to extend tax cuts for the wealthy, Senator Bernard Sanders, the brusque Vermont independent who calls himself a socialist, decided it was time for a protest.

He had a cup of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal in a Senate cafeteria, marched into the chamber and began talking. He talked for so long — railing for 8 hours 37 minutes about economic justice, the decline of the middle class and “reckless, uncontrollable” corporate greed — that his legs cramped. So many people watched online that the Senate video server crashed.

Today the issue of tax cuts for the wealthy is once again front and center in Washington, as part of the debate over how to reduce the federal deficit. And Mr. Sanders is once again talking, carving out a place for himself as the antithesis of the Tea Party and becoming a thorn in the side to some Democrats and Mr. Obama, who he fears will cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits as part of a deficit reduction deal.

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The Senate is a polite place, so Republicans have little to say about their colleague from Vermont with the thick Brooklyn accent. (He acquired it growing up in Flatbush.) After four years of accusing Mr. Obama of practicing “European-style socialism,” they are hardly enamored of a man who actually embraces European-style socialism, and who carries a brass key chain from the presidential campaign of Eugene V. Debs, who ran in the early 1900s as the Socialist Party candidate.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/us/politics/bernard-sanders-a-voice-for-shielding-entitlements.html?_r=0

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cali Dec 2012 OP
duffyduff Dec 2012 #1
cali Dec 2012 #2
sabrina 1 Dec 2012 #3
duffyduff Dec 2012 #4
msongs Dec 2012 #5
RoccoR5955 Dec 2012 #6
NICO9000 Dec 2012 #7
southern_belle Dec 2012 #12
handmade34 Dec 2012 #8
navarth Dec 2012 #9
Stuart G Dec 2012 #10
99th_Monkey Dec 2012 #11

Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:07 PM

1. It's a hell of a note

that one has to be an independent in order to act like a Democrat.

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:14 PM

2. huh? he could be a democrat and act like a democrat

anyway, his being an independent has more to do with his history with The Vermont Progressive Party than anything else.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermont_Progressive_Party

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Response to cali (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:20 PM

3. But he isn't part of the Democratic Party but sounds the way all Democrats should sound.

All Democrats should be joining him in his fight against the inclusion of the Social Safety Net programs in any discussion about the Deficit.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:27 PM

4. Exactly. n/t

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:28 PM

5. good time for a strong populist wing of the dems party, but alas, few available nt

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:33 PM

6. Bernie is

a SOCIALIST <ooh, nasty word> Democrat!

There's not a damn thing wrong with socialism, in my book. The rich already have it. I think that certain things should be socialized,
like medicine, banks, and energy, to name a few!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:46 PM

7. If only we had 99 more Bernies in office...

I love this man. He is a true man of the people. It's awesome how he has no problem describing his politics as democratic socialism.

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Response to NICO9000 (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:58 PM

12. +1000

I want to move to Vermont so baaaad!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:18 PM

8. and his

origins in Vermont were in our neck of the woods (NEK)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:38 PM

9. Bernie is a hero

but my temperature goes up every time I hear 'entitlements'. grrr...

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:38 PM

10. k and r

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:44 PM

11. Damn. A REAL Filibuster in 2010? Somehow I missed that.

It would be an interesting tactic to use heading into the 'fiscal cliff' zone.

Especially if he laced his verbal marathon with gems like this one from today,

"We must do deficit reduction, but we don't do it by cutting programs to people who lost arms, legs and eyesight defending our country,” Sanders said on WCAX-TV. http://www.sanders.senate.gov/

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