More from “President Sanders” [an op-ed by John Nichols of “The Nation” and “Nation of Change”]

 Sorry guys; I guess a bit too often, I just can’t help myself, I see something I really like , so I copy-blog.  Every time I hear Senator sanders speak, I get the same feeling of hope and good things in our future as I did whn Obama first emerged on the scene. Except this time, just maybe we wouldn’t be betrayed and let down for such a hard landing.  –  truthnreality

John Nichols

NationofChange / Op-Ed

Published: Thursday 18 August 2011

“While he is not running for the presidency, Sanders is delivering the sort of speeches—and outlining the sort of agenda—that could animate the stale and lifeless 2012 campaign.”

Sanders Says What Every Presidential Contender Should: America Needs a Bold Jobs Plan.

Bernie Sanders is not run­ning for pres­i­dent. Though he has ex­pressed frus­tra­tion with the di­rec­tion of the 2012 cam­paign—going so far as to sug­gest that Pres­i­dent Obama could use a pri­mary chal­lenge—Sanders will seek an­other term in the Sen­ate next year.

But while he is not run­ning for the pres­i­dency, Sanders is de­liv­er­ing the sort of speeches—and out­lin­ing the sort of agenda—that could an­i­mate the stale and life­less 2012 cam­paign.

In­deed, the Ver­mont sen­a­tor is mak­ing more fis­cal and eco­nomic sense than any­one who is run­ning—for ei­ther of the major party nom­i­na­tions in 2012.

Most news sources are funded by cor­po­ra­tions and in­vestors. Their goal is to drive peo­ple to ad­ver­tis­ers while push­ing the cor­po­rate agenda. Na­tionofChange is a 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion funded al­most 100% from its read­ers–you! Our only ac­count­abil­ity is to the pub­lic. Click here to make a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.
“While every­one un­der­stands that we have got to re­duce the deficit, the num­ber-one chal­lenge Amer­ica faces right now is a jobs cri­sis,” the in­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor de­clared, while de­cry­ing the fact that more than 16 per­cent of Amer­i­can work­ers (25 mil­lion Amer­i­can) are ei­ther un­em­ployed or un­der­em­ployed.

Putting the warped fis­cal and eco­nomic de­bates of a mo­ment of Tea Party ex­cess and De­mo­c­ra­tic de­nial into per­spec­tive, Sanders ex­plained that “cre­at­ing the mil­lions of new jobs that we des­per­ately need is not only vi­tally im­por­tant to our econ­omy but will be the means by which we re­duce the deficit over the long term. New jobs mean more gov­ern­ment rev­enue, which makes a lot more sense than hav­ing to spend bil­lions on un­em­ploy­ment com­pen­sa­tion, food stamps, and other pro­grams needed dur­ing a se­vere re­ces­sion.”

But Sanders was not just re­count­ing the de­tails of a cri­sis. He used the con­ven­tion ad­dress to out­line a bold, pro­gres­sive agenda for ad­dress­ing it. That agenda be­gins with a com­mit­ment to “re­build­ing the na­tion’s crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture, trans­form­ing our en­ergy sys­tem, and rewrit­ing our trade pol­icy so that Amer­i­can prod­ucts—not jobs —are our num­ber-one ex­port.”

“Every­one in Ver­mont and across the coun­try un­der­stands that we can put mil­lions of Amer­i­cans back to work re­build­ing the na­tion’s bridges, roads, schools, dams, cul­verts, rail sys­tems and pub­lic trans­porta­tion, among other vital needs,” said Sanders. “We must also trans­form our en­ergy sys­tem away from fos­sil fuel and into en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­able en­ergy. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of jobs can be cre­ated through weath­er­iza­tion, and the man­u­fac­tur­ing of Amer­i­can-made wind tur­bines, solar pan­els and heat pumps. Also, we must make fun­da­men­tal changes in our trade pol­icy so that we re­build our man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. Cor­po­rate Amer­ica must in­vest in the United States and stop the out­sourc­ing of jobs to China, Viet­nam and other low-wage coun­tries.”

To raise rev­enues, Sanders would have the new Con­gres­sional “su­per-com­mit­tee” begin re­duc­ing by elim­i­nat­ing tax loop­holes for the wealthy and large cor­po­ra­tions and tak­ing a hard look at ex­ces­sive mil­i­tary spend­ing.

And, no, the sen­a­tor is not in­ter­ested in cut­ting Med­ic­aid, Medicare and So­cial Se­cu­rity—at all.

“So­cial Se­cu­rity has not con­tributed a nickel to the deficit, it has a $2.6 tril­lion sur­plus, and it can pay out every ben­e­fit owed to every el­i­gi­ble Amer­i­can for the next twenty-five years. It must not be cut,” ex­plained Sanders. “In­stead of bal­anc­ing the bud­get on the backs of work­ing fam­i­lies, the el­derly, the chil­dren, the sick and the most vul­ner­a­ble, it is time to ask the wealth­i­est peo­ple and most prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions in this coun­try to pay their fair share.”

That was not a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign stump speech. Sanders is run­ning for re-elec­tion for the Sen­ate.

But this is what every se­ri­ous 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date—in­clud­ing Barack Obama—should be say­ing.

This story orig­i­nally ap­peared in The Na­tion.
Copy­right © The Na­tion – dis­trib­uted by Agence Global.

Advertisements

Govt official: US expecting S&P downgrade – Political Punch

Govt official: US expecting S&P downgrade August 05, 2011 4:51 PM abcNewsShare.renderfalse,false,false,http://feeds.abcnews.com/abcnews/politicalpunchblog,false,addthis,false,blog entry;PrintRSSShare:EmailMoreFarkTechnoratiGoogleLiveMy SpaceNewsvineRedditDeliciousMixxYahoo A government official tells ABC News that the federal government is expecting and preparing for bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the rating of US debt from its current AAA value.Officials reasons given will be the political confusion surrounding the process of raising the debt ceiling, and lack of confidence that the political system will be able to agree to more deficit reduction. A source says Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal will be part of the reason cited.The official was unsure if the bond rating would be AA+ or AA.-Jake Tapper @jaketapper

via Govt official: US expecting S&P downgrade – Political Punch.

The super,super,super super, super,super, super, super comittee.

OBAMA 2012 ?…….Or has “The One” not shown himself yet.

    My hopes are for the latter. We were all hoping for “The One” when obama emerged on the scene, but he has shown himself , continually from the very beginning, not to be the man we all hoped for, and  thought him to be.

Is he truly a progressive? His history says differently. The GOP has always been the winner in every negotiation, every deal. The only issue he can claim any victory on is the health-care -reform, and even in that he threw in the towel without any effort whatsoever concerning the “public option“, or “single payer” or “medicare for all“; none of these issues ever got past the discussion stage. The stimulus package;  was much too small to begin with, was held hostage until he caved so HALF of that could be wrangled by the GOP into tax cuts. He has no apparent negotiating skills,very little foresight, and worst he maintains the delusion of bipartisanship and cooperation from the GOP, wich by the way is a subsidiary of the Koch bros. who also own, fund, and manage the tea-party.

Progressive?  NO, more moderate republican by definition , than a Democrat.  Please dont mis-understand. This post is not an anti-Obama message, the point is: he truly doesn’t deserve an enthusiastic vote, but we must  give him our  vote if he is the only choice available at the time. Unless, of course, there is a truly progressive candidate, with a fair chance of winning in the primary and a better than fair chance of winning in the general election.   GIVE US YOUR OPINION.

Video- Keith Olbermann Special Comment: The Four Great Hypocrisies of the Debt Deal | The Political Carnival

I’m under pressure to complete another project, please bear with me untill I can get back to writing my own stuff.  Many thanks to everyone.

Video- Keith Olbermann Special Comment: The Four Great Hypocrisies of the Debt Deal | The Political Carnival.

WEDNESDAY MORNIN FUNNIES: Jon Stewart Rails Against The Tea Partys Refusal To Compromise On Debt Deal VIDEO | TPM LiveWire

Jon Stewart Rails Against The Tea Partys Refusal To Compromise On Debt Deal VIDEO | TPM LiveWire.