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Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:47 PM

The Bernie Sanders Accomplishment Challenge

There was a thread earlier today challenging DUers to name Bernie Sanders accomplishments. There were some good thoughts in the thread. While not having a candidate yet, since I have not done my research yet in this area, I thought I would give it a try.

A couple of themes popped up on topics I see argued here as I did the research. A couple thoughts on these memes:

The "he didn't author legislation" meme - Not a lot of legislators have dozens of bills that get passed. Bernie's legislative strategy has long been getting amendments in to others' legislation. Some of his successes I list here are amendments to other lawmakers' bills.

The "Obama screwed up" statements - Bernie was stifled when first elected as mayor of Burlington. He did his job well and in subsequent elections, got the stiflers voted out. I think this is what he is talking about when he refers to organizing the masses. I personally don't agree it works on the national level, but it doesn't seem as anti-Obama when considered in this context.

So here are 14 accomplishments I found in 1 day of research. Feel free to add or argue. My goal is to just share information with the class:

Drafted legislation to support and start repairing the Veterans Administration following the scandal that broke in Arizona.

It failed in the first attempt, but Sen. Sanders went to the Republicans and negotiated a compromise and together they brought the bill to the House where it passed the House 420-5 and passed the Senate 91-3. It was signed into law immediately by President Obama.


https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-Bernie-Sanderss-accomplishments-as-a-political-figure-in-Vermont-and-on-a-national-level-as-a-US-Senator

As mayor of Burlington Vermont, stopped landlords who were using a loophole that allowed the landlords to convert the buildings into market rentals or luxury condos for 20 years.

Under Sanders’s leadership, the city adopted a number of laws to stifle the owners’ plans. One ordinance required apartment owners to give residents two years’ notice before a condo conversion. Others gave residents a pre-emptive right to buy the units and prohibited landlords from bulldozing buildings unless they replaced them with the same number of affordable units. (These measures lowered the selling price of the property.) Sanders then worked with the state government and Senator Patrick Leahy to get the $12 million needed to purchase and rehabilitate the buildings. The city allocated funds to help the tenants hire an organizer, form the Northgate Residents Association, and start the process of converting the complex to resident ownership. Today, Northgate Apartments is owned by the tenants and has long-term restrictions to keep the buildings affordable for working families.


Cleaned up Lake Champlain waterfront

According to Monte, who worked on the waterfront project for Sanders and was CEDO director for 12 years, “Bernie wanted to make sure that it was a place with plenty of open space and public access, where ordinary people could rent a rowboat and buy a hot dog. That wasn’t just for the elite. It was Bernie who set the tone that the waterfront wasn’t for sale.”


Not in the article, but Sanders first won control of the waterfront in a lawsuit. It was previously controlled by railroad interests.

Instrumental in successfully developing Burlington, Vermont

The Sanders administration provided new firms with seed funding, offered technical assistance, helped businesses form trade associations (including the South End Arts and Business Association and the Vermont Convention Bureau), focused attention on helping women become entrepreneurs, funded training programs to give women access to nontraditional jobs, and lobbied the state government to promote business growth.


He did have some projects defeated by environmental advocacy groups, but I don’t think it diminishes the accomplishment.

Under Sanders, Burlington became a magnet for attracting and incubating locally owned businesses, many of which expanded into large enterprises.


http://www.thenation.com/article/bernies-burlington-city-sustainable-future/

Founded, along with a few others, the Congressional Progressive Caucus

…the largest membership organization within the Democratic Caucus in the United States Congress with 69 declared members.[4] The CPC is a left-leaning organization that works to advance progressive and liberal issues and positions.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Progressive_Caucus

Created one of the first community land trusts in the country, which has since become an important tool for cities to maintain affordable housing

Early in Sanders’ tenure, his treasurer discovered $200,000 in the city’s coffers and the mayor determined to plow it into a bold initiative. Inspired by the garden cities of England, Isreali kibbutzim and Indian communes set up by the followers of Gandhi, he proposed to buy land and hold it in a communal trust for affordable housing, while the housing itself would be owned by occupants.

An opposition group, Homeowners Against the Land Trust, or HALT, labeled it a “communist scheme.” But the plan went through. In 1984, the Burlington Community Land Trust became one of the first affordable housing trusts in the world, and the very first to receive municipal funding. Today, there are over 250 such trusts in the United States — in places like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Boston and Chapel Hill, North Carolina — most of which receive some form of government funding.


http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/how-bernie-sanderss-radical-ideas-entered-the-municipal-mainstream-118447

Secured $11 billion for community health clinics in the ACA

Over the years, Sanders has tucked away funding for health centers in appropriation bills signed by George W. Bush, into Barack Obama’s stimulus program, and through the earmarking process. But his biggest achievement came in 2010 through the Affordable Care Act. In a series of high-stakes legislative maneuvers, Sanders struck a deal to include $11 billion for health clinics in the law.


https://theintercept.com/2015/07/06/gop-senators-support-sanders-obamacare-expansion/

Is an effective legislator

Amendments occupy a great deal of most legislators' time, particularly those lawmakers in the minority. Members of Congress do author major bills, but more commonly they make minor adjustments to the bigger bill. Rather than write their own anti-terrorism bill, for instance, lawmakers will try to amend the Patriot Act, either by creating a new clause in the law or expanding or limiting some existing provisions. The bill that ultimately becomes law is an aggregate of the original legislation and all the different congresspersons along the way.

Sanders is the amendment king of the current House of Representative. Since the Republicans took over Congress in 1995, no other lawmaker – not Tom DeLay, not Nancy Pelosi – has passed more roll-call amendments (amendments that actually went to a vote on the floor) than Bernie Sanders. He accomplishes this on the one hand by being relentlessly active, and on the other by using his status as an Independent to form left-right coalitions.


http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-horror-show-that-is-congress-20050825

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who helped write the Senate version of the VA reform bill, praised Sanders for having the gumption to drop F-bombs one minute and counteroffers the next.
"Negotiating with Bernie was not a usual experience, because he is very passionate and he and I are both very strong-willed people and we spend a lot of time banging our fists on the table and having the occasional four-letter word," McCain said. "But at the end of the day, Bernie was result-oriented."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/04/bernie-sanders-2016_n_7514328.html

Helped Jesse Jackson win the 1988 Vermont caucuses

In 1988, Sanders and his organizers helped Jackson win a surprise victory in the Vermont caucuses—by 1 state delegate. In Jesse’s memorable phrase, Bernie Sanders and Jim Hightower were among the few elected White officeholders brave enough to “cross the color line” to support him when it mattered.


http://www.pdafund.com/downloads/background-and-issues/5-25-things-you-may-not-know-about-bernie-sanders/file

First member of Congress to help constituents buy drugs cheaper in Canada

Chartered bus trips that began about a year ago in Vermont have inspired imitation in Western border states, even turning into campaign events in two U.S. Senate races this fall. Minnesota Democrat Mark Dayton took a busload of elderly drug buyers to Canada and won. Brian Schweitzer of Montana, also a Democrat, did the same but lost. After Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became the first member of Congress to host a bus trip last year, several of his colleagues followed suit.


http://articles.latimes.com/2000/dec/04/news/mn-60970

Successfully Amended the Patriot Act to prohibit FBI from examining library and bookstore records without a warrant

The conventional wisdom in Washington that Tuesday night was that although Sanders at one time looked as though he might eke out a victory on the library proposal, Bush's veto threat probably would now sway enough Republicans to defeat it.

The debate and the vote came the next afternoon. It wasn't close. Fifteen Republicans? How about 38, along with 199 Democrats (one voted the other way) and Sanders. The vote was 238 to 187 in favor of the Sanders amendment


http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050703/NEWS/507030306/1029/FEATURES03

Has had an lengthy Congressional career getting re-elected without falling into the common trap of having to spend most of his time fund raising

A week before the election, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders had run no attack ads. In fact, he hadn’t run any TV commercials.

Polls had Sanders leading by wide margins even in areas where Democrats run poorly. Why? Because the senator does not waste money on TV commercials designed to scare or fool voters into backing him. Rather, he goes where voters live. Personal Democracy Media co-founder and editorial director Micah Sifry, who has followed Sanders and Vermont politics for years, recalls: “Visiting hunting lodges to talk about protecting natural resources for hunting and fishing and establishing a connection with [hunters] was one of the ways that Sanders managed to earn the trust of the predominantly conservative and working-class Northeast Kingdom section of Vermont, which regularly gives Sanders, a self-declared socialist, its hearty support.”


http://www.nationofchange.org/how-does-bernie-sanders-do-it-1351864096

Bringing Smartgrid technology to Vermont

Gov. Peter Shumlin credits Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for bringing a new multi-million dollar Center for Energy Transformation and Innovation to the state. Sanders was “like a dog with a bone” on the issue, recalled the governor at a joint press conference on Monday.

Over the next three years, the center will have up to $15 million to accelerate energy efficiency, move toward renewable and localized sources of energy, and make Vermont “the first state to have near-universal smart meter installations,” Sanders announced. Sandia will invest $3 million a year, Shumlin added, along with $1 million each from the Department of Energy and state coffers.

Vermont’s reputation for energy innovation recently attracted $69.8 million in US Department of Energy funding to promote rapid statewide conversion to smart grid technology. This has been matched, said Sanders, by another $69 million from Vermont utilities.


http://vtdigger.org/2011/12/12/sandia-center-at-uvm-will-accelerate-smart-grid-transition/

Co-authored the National Housing Trust Fund Bill which has permanent federal funding to assist extremely low income people get housing.

As a former member of the Financial Services Committee, I helped author, along with our colleague Bernie Sanders and others – the first housing trust fund bill.

Congressional Record – House Vol 153, Part 19, Page 26972

The National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) is a permanent federal program with dedicated sources of funding not subject to the annual appropriations process. The NHTF was enacted as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA).

The primary purposes of the NHTF is to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low income (ELI) households (earning less than 30% of area median income (AMI)).


http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/NHTF_KeyDifferences_2015.pdf

Passed Audit the Fed Legislation with Ron Paul

Mr. Sanders was a vocal and persistent leader in the mission to audit the Fed. The Senate in May backed his compromise plan to force the Fed to reveal a new level of data on its emergency lending programs. The plan was included in the sweeping financial regulatory overhaul Congress passed earlier this year.


Paul was unhappy with some of Sanders changes in the final bill, but in reading what they were in the article, it remains a legitimate accomplishment.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704594804575648683678596728

Well, that's what I found in a day. Add others if you know them, I'm sure there are 20.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:50 PM

1. Great post. Thanks for sharing. Nt

 

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:59 PM

2. As a Hillary supporter let me be the first to say, this is a fabulous list of accomplishments.

It is too bad that Bernie's supporters can not also recognize the accomplishments of Hillary Clinton without snarky comments.

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 12:26 AM

7. I think she's accomplished a hell of a lot.

 

I just think Bernie is what the country needs right now.

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 12:28 AM

8. Trouble is...

That there are a select few of the Hillary supporters on this site that continue to run the meme that he either cannot accomplish anything or has not accomplished anything. This post is a counter to that.

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Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:12 AM

13. Please self delete this post

My OP was meant to show positive accomplishments of Bernie Sanders.

Please don't pollute it by swearing at others.

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Response to GitRDun (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:21 AM

17. Nothing can detract from your OP; it stands by itself.

 

Not to worry...

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 01:03 AM

11. Kinda ruins your point by making snarky comments, yourself

 

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:30 AM

19. I think the problem is deeper than that.

Hillary Clinton's accomplishments in the world of US foreign policy are Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and she's a total hawk, hiring Dick Cheney's principal aide for her own when she continued the PNAC policy.

And that's just the beginning of Hillary Clinton's accomplishments, that some of us look askance at.

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Response to leftofcool (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 08:37 AM

30. she absolutely has many accomplishments to her name

no qualifiers. a long and comprehensive career of public service.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 11:59 PM

3. Good stuff. I will look tomorrow

 

We need a lot to counter Hillary doing a lot of foreign good for women and children. This is a respectable start for Bernie.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 12:04 AM

4. Good job. You put a lot of effort into this. Thank you. nt

 

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 12:06 AM

5. Thanks for posting. n/t

 

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 12:16 AM

6. Thank you!

This is just one day's research on an illustrious 40 year career. A career of accomplishment. A career of caring about the people instead of his own reelection.

Sanders is a good guy and a great candidate.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 12:57 AM

10. Thank You For Sharing

eom

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:17 AM

14. This is worth bookmarking. Thanks so much!

 

Too sleepy to add anything now...

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:17 AM

15. Just because someone says they are a Hillary supporter or even a Bernie supporter doesn't mean they

 

are. A supporter or a candidate, especially supporters of the decent candidates we have on our side, would not post comments that would reflect poorly on their candidate and certainly would not use the language of the GOP to make their points.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:18 AM

16. "Helped Jesse Jackson win the 1988 Vermont caucuses."

 

If DU was around in 1988, I wonder where the membership would stand on the primary candidates.

Would Jesse Jackson be the popular choice? Or Al Gore? Dukakis?

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Response to oberliner (Reply #16)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:43 AM

20. Jesse Jackson was pretty damn popular around then.

I can imagine that a lot of DUers would've been inspired by him.

But past-lives fiction is like future-lives fiction, in that it's fiction.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #16)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 07:14 AM

27. Yes, I am fairly certain that many of us would have supported Jackson in 1988 mainly

because of his platform, which was VERY similar to Bernie Sanders' today. He was focused on Economic Equality understanding that poverty makes one powerless. He also wasn't focused on appealing to a narrow demographic of just Dems.

I read recently an excellent article on his run in 1988 and which he HAD won that election. Bernie was super impressed with his platform the reason why he worked so hard to support him.

And managed to help him win Vt, a major accomplishment for both of them.

Bernie met with Jackson recently, was a special guest on his radio show a few weeks ago and I'm sure they discussed many of the things they both supported then and still support now.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:30 AM

18. knr

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:56 AM

21. Excellent post! Bookmarked, K & R!

Thank you for posting this. It's great having many of Bernie's accomplishments in one thread!

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 04:59 AM

22. kick

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 05:06 AM

23. Thank you..

Bookmarked ..

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 05:52 AM

24. Thanks. He not only founded the CPC, but was elected its chair for its first 8 years.

Last edited Sat Sep 19, 2015, 06:42 AM - Edit history (3)

That says a lot about his popularity among his colleagues, including colleagues of color, many of whom were in that caucus.

It was called the House Progressive Caucus then. The new name reflects the fact that Sanders remained in the Caucus after he was elected Senator (and, to this day, is the only Senator ever to have been a member of the HPC or CPC).

The Senate has no progressive or liberal caucus. It did have a New Democrat Caucus, to which Democratic Senators such as Kerry and Clinton belonged, but nothing leftist.

More about the caucuses at http://www.democraticunderground.com/12778196


His negotiation of a veteran's bill with Senator McCain was so successful that it became a case study at the Brookings Institute about how to work across the aisle.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/128027637


He did get quite a few bills and amendments that he wrote passed, despite (partly because of?) his Indie status while in Congress.


Lifelong proponent and worker for equal rights, including, of course, while in Congress http://www.democraticunderground.com/12809672 (race); http://www.democraticunderground.com/128033139 (LGBT)

Many videos have been posted of his speeches in the House and Senate about equal rights.


His overall record in Congress on all issues is partly reflected in his ratings. All the organizations that Democrats probably favor rate him over 90%, some 100%, and the NRA has given him D_ to F ratings, despite all the bloviating seeking to portray him as the CEO of the NRA.


Mayoralty:
He totally transformed Burlington, physically, culturally, politically, financially. And made it a sanctuary city. Among many other things, the waterfront park where he made his formal announcement that he was running for the Presidency was his doing.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026768671 (over all)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/128049118 (Burlington prospered)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026772510 (housing development, now resident owned)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/128032022 (international politics)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026708500 (environmental)

He even brought in speakers, like Noam Chomsky. http://www.democraticunderground.com/128047498

And on and on. A good one to tell us more about his time as Mayor might be karynnj. Although she moved to Vermont well after Sanders went to D.C., she seems to know about his stint as Mayor.


Last, but far from least, he is the only politician talking about wealth inequality and politicians talking about income inequality are pretty much following in his footsteps (sorry, beloved fellow Warren fans). So, to a great degree, was Occupy Wall Street, which began to change the national conversation about this issue. And, as a Presidential candidate, he's been cutting through all the bs memes with which Americans have been inculcated for forever and getting Americans excited, engaged and inspired again.



Of course, there are many more specific accomplishments. The above is just off the top of my head before my very necessary second cup of coffee. I've been meaning to attempt a comprehensive list myself, but haven't gotten there yet. I'll bookmark this thread to use as initial research for when I get ambitious enough, though.

This post by Playinghardball, which is pinned in the Bernie Sanders Group, lists many good things. http://www.democraticunderground.com/128017789

Frankly, anyone actually interested can search DU, esp. the Bernie Group -- so many threads on his positive accomplishments as Mayor, Representative and Senator--and maybe take a look at the history given at berniesanders. com (His campaign website contains a much more humble and terse list than some of the articles posted at DU).

Thanks again for asking and for your OP.

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Response to merrily (Reply #24)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:47 AM

35. The CPC.

That is a HUGE accomplishment.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #35)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 01:02 PM

36. Yes, and so is having the members elect you chair for the first 8 consecutive years. That speaks

volumes, including about the one who claimed he couldn't remember his name now, so he had to refer to him as "the socialist."

I hope with all my heart he'll soon have to refer to him as Mr. President when he can't remember his name.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 06:51 AM

25. I sure appreciate the Lake Champlain deal. I am a fisherman first. There is nothing worse

than having some of the greatest freshwater fishing in North America in front of your eyes but no local boat launch facilities.

One of my favorite lakes in Michigan has the most horrible, primitive launch ramp and nearly the entire shoreline is privately owned. Well, you can't even call it a boat ramp.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 07:05 AM

26. I call people for Bernie events, and without exception any well read, informed person I call,

 

is already going, calling or contributing to the only Qualified person who WANTS to help our country, and unlike all the rest his fellow candidates his record shines, not for deals, industry and wealth, but for people, GO BERNIE!!!

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 07:26 AM

28. Excellent, thank you. Notably absent from his list of accomplishments, and another

reason why I support him, are War accomplishments. Promoting and supporting invasions of ME and African nations.

When talk about Hillary's accomplishments that is mostly what they are referring to.

Bernie Sanders has one of the best records in Congress for working for and accomplishing things for the PEOPLE who elected him.

He would make a remarkable president.

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 07:39 AM

29. Really stretching thin for someone in govt for 35 years.

 

Most of those aren't accomplishments, its called doing your job.

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Response to SonderWoman (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 08:41 AM

31. to those referring to snarkiness

i believe this exempifies it beautifully.

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Response to SonderWoman (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 08:52 AM

32. So you get to set the "accomplishment" bar wherever the hell you want.

k then.

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Response to SonderWoman (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:45 AM

34. I can respect you may not like Bernie, but this is a completely unfair assessment

Doing your job is being a decent mayor. Here's a few quotes from an article about BS time as mayor:

Under Sanders, Burlington became a magnet for attracting and incubating locally owned businesses, many of which expanded into large enterprises.

CEDO, Sanders’s development agency, helped arrange the purchase of the area and provided the capital for irrigation systems, farm vehicles, and washing stations for vegetables. By the end of the 1990s, it was home to a dozen urban farms, annually producing over 500,000 pounds of food for local homes and stores. Today it generates over 10 percent of the food sold in Burlington.

The first key move was support for the Burlington Community Land Trust with an initial $200,000 grant. Now named the Champlain Housing Trust, the nonprofit has over $290 million in assets; manages a portfolio of 2,800 price-controlled houses, condos, co-ops, and rentals; and owns over 120,000 square feet of commercial space and nonprofit facilities.

The coalition that coalesced around Sanders in 1981 governed Burlington for all but two of the next 31 years.

Burlingtonians give Sanders credit for steering the city in a new direction that, despite early skepticism, proved to be broadly popular with voters.


http://www.thenation.com/article/bernies-burlington-city-sustainable-future/

Burlington won most livable city near the end of Sanders tenure. He wasn't just "doing his job as you say". He took an ordinary city with a disgusting waterfront and steered it into being one of the best places to live in the country. In the process he created tools like land trusts that have become main stream for major cities to use in the fight for affordable housing. Of all his accomplishments, it's my opinion that what Bernie did as mayor is a blue print for what he'll try to do as President.

I don't post this as a committed Sanders voter. These are facts that can be read in multiple places. I'll do another search in the next week or so for HRC. I'm sure her accomplishments are impressive as well.

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Response to SonderWoman (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 01:17 PM

37. And what exactly has Clinton accomplished

 

in her years as a Senator?

That is her only legislative job that she had, and she had it for 8 years.

And then she used it as a launching point for her failed 2008 campaign and soon-to-be-failed 2016 campaign.

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Response to Pope Sweet Jesus (Reply #37)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 02:04 PM

38. Lets be fair now.

When Hillary was serving as Senator, she:

*Led the charge against Flag Burners.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Protection_Act_of_2005

*She spearheaded the attack on Cartoon Violence in Video Games
while supporting the actual grisly murders of approximately 1 Million REAL LIFE innocent Iraqis.

*Helped Bush keep America safe by voting FOR and supporting The Patriot Act
(Bernie has continually voted NO on the Patriot Act)

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Response to GitRDun (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2015, 10:44 AM

33. Thank you. nt

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