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2016 Postmortem

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cui bono

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Thu Jun 2, 2016, 08:29 PM Jun 2016

Why New Jersey Needs Bernie Sanders [View all]

Published on Thursday, June 02, 2016 by Common Dreams

Why New Jersey Needs Bernie Sanders

by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Our country has fallen into a tailspin of poverty and inequality. In my home state of New Jersey our poverty rate is the highest it’s been in 50 years. Since 1980, only New York and Connecticut have outpaced the growth of New Jersey’s income inequality. Almost one-third of New Jerseyans are struggling to afford basic necessities. Like many Americans they juggle which bills to pay and which to skip: rent, utilities, food, medication. More than one million people in our state don’t have enough food.

Finding affordable housing is the Achilles heel for many New Jersey residents in a state that has the sixth-highest housing costs in the nation. A New Jersey minimum wage worker would have to work 18 hours a day to afford a two-bedroom apartment. The average renter in Cumberland County earns about $10.50 an hour in an area where a fair market two-bedroom rents for $1129 a month; this means that an average renter who is working full-time is putting more than half their income towards rent.

In New Jersey - as in the rest of our country - more and more have less while less and less have more.

This type of rampant deprivation isn’t because our country is poor. Quite the contrary, our country is one of the richest in the world; it’s just criminally unequal. Nationally, the top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. In New Jersey, the average income of the top 1% - those earning over $1.5 million a year - is 27 times greater than the average income of the bottom 99%.

And at this moment, at this juncture between despair and hope for our communities, Senator Bernie Sanders has intervened. Throughout his career - whether as mayor, Congressman or Senator - he has worked to support and enact progressive policies to stem the exponential growth between the haves and have-nots; his efficacy has earned him the nickname the “Amendment King.” His presidential platform, an extension of his life’s work to further economic and racial justice, proposes extending certain fundamental protections and opportunities to every American:

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To elect Donald Trump? nt onehandle Jun 2016 #1
I think Hillay will get 57-63% of the vote in Jersey. hrmjustin Jun 2016 #2
Mid-Atlantic, semi-closed primary, 42% Hispanic, Asian, African-American, others... Tarc Jun 2016 #3
The media will call this MFM008 Jun 2016 #4
LOL... same #1-3 Hillary posters responding as in my other OP. cui bono Jun 2016 #5
Even funnier (at least, for me) is that your #5 post is the only one pacalo Jun 2016 #6
+1 *snort* dchill Jun 2016 #7
Hehe... I finally broke down and put one person on ignore. cui bono Jun 2016 #11
At least they're kicking this important thread. JackRiddler Jun 2016 #19
Yep, and that's always appreciated! cui bono Jun 2016 #20
It's not like anyone reads all this bullshit we write down here. JackRiddler Jun 2016 #21
Where the F are you Boss man? DeGreg Jun 2016 #8
Yeah, you would think he would be endorsing and rallying for Bernie. cui bono Jun 2016 #12
Bruce Springsteen will not come out for Bernie. auntpurl Jun 2016 #15
Why New Jersey doesn't want Bernie Sanders brooklynite Jun 2016 #9
Because Hillary laughs? Luminous Animal Jun 2016 #10
If you're not having fun running for office, you shouldn't be... brooklynite Jun 2016 #17
Yeah, looks like a real barrelful of fun. JackRiddler Jun 2016 #22
So you're planning to leave? brooklynite Jun 2016 #23
Not that it matters, but no, I am not. JackRiddler Jun 2016 #24
This message was self-deleted by its author cui bono Jun 2016 #13
K & R AzDar Jun 2016 #14
We all need Bernie Sanders: Clinton is too big a risk agaiunst Trump. Betty Karlson Jun 2016 #16
"average renter in Cumberland County earns about $10.50 an hour in an area where a fair market GreatGazoo Jun 2016 #18
Awkward nt Bubry Jun 2016 #25
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