The Middle Class

It’s Time to Support Real Family Values

The right has claimed the mantle of “family values” for far too long. When my Republican colleagues use the term they’re usually talking about things like opposition to contraception, denying a woman’s right to choose, opposition to gay rights, and support for abstinence-only education. Sign up for more updates on Bernie’s family values agenda. Join Us Family values: let’s talk about what those words mean. When a mother can’t spend time with her newborn child during the first weeks and months of life, that is not a family value. When a husband can’t get time off from work to care …

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Justice for All

Mass Incarceration in America

Last Friday in Des Moines, Bernie spoke about the problems of police brutality and mass incarceration. He pointed out that there are more people in jail in the United States than there are in China, and said: “From Ferguson to Baltimore and across this nation, too many African-Americans and other minorities find themselves subjected to a system that treats citizens who have not committed crimes as if they were criminals, and that is unacceptable.” A blogger on DailyKos had this to say about the Des Moines speech: “By addressing links between class and race throughout his time in the Senate, …

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Campaign

“I Don’t Have a Super PAC”

This weekend Bernie appeared on “Face the Nation” with John Dickerson and made these comments: “Look, let me be very clear. This disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision is undermining American democracy. And when you have a family like the Koch brothers, the second wealthiest family in America … spending more money in this campaign than either the Democratic or Republican parties, I worry about us moving toward oligarchy, where our political system is controlled by the rich and the powerful. “I am raising money from small individual contributions. BernieSanders.com has raised now — some 200,000 people have sent in …

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Campaign

Washington Post Finds Broad Public Support for Bernie’s Agenda

A new analysis in the Washington Post reviews the polling data and comes to this conclusion: “Bernie Sanders says Americans back his agenda — and he’s mostly right.” The Post’s Philip Bump explains: “We pulled the key components of his announcement speech and looked at the most recent polling on each to see just how much support Sanders’s proposals had. It doesn’t take very long before we get mired in the ways polling can fail to capture the nuance of the issue but, spoiler alert: Sanders was generally right.” The Post did a good job in coming to that conclusion, by and large. It did miss a …

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Trade

Congress Deals a Setback to the Corporate Trade Agenda

Earlier Friday the House of Representatives voted down one of the key provisions in the Senate version of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). That measure, better known as “fast track,” would pave the way for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and similar deals in the future. While the House then approved the TPA itself by a razor-thin margin, that vote is purely symbolic. “Fast track” cannot be sent to the President for his signature without additional Congressional action, and the effort to defeat it continues. Bernie issued the following statement in response: “As one of the Senate leaders in the fight against the TPP, I applaud …

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The Middle Class

Breakfast with Bernie

The Los Angeles Times reported on a breakfast meeting Bernie held with reporters on Thursday. In that meeting, Bernie pushed back at coverage which uses the “socialist” label to imply that his views are extreme. “In virtually every instance, what I am saying is supported by a significant majority of the American people,” Bernie said. As Prof. Juan Cole has demonstrated, Bernie’s right. Bernie acknowledged that his agenda “is not supported by the Business Roundtable or the Chamber of Commerce or Wall Street,” adding: “I may be old-fashioned enough to believe that Congress might want to be representing a vast …

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Justice for All

Youth Unemployment and Dr. King’s Dream

By Sen. Bernie Sanders Many years ago I was honored to be among those who marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was there for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and I heard him say that African-Americans live “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Dr. King taught us that the struggle for justice is economic, as well as social and legal. As he said in Memphis, a few short weeks before his death: “Our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we …

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