Do you like Bernie Sanders? UPDATE! UPDATE #2

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UPDATE #2 — REMINDER:  The Senate will reconvene on Monday, December 13, 2010, 3:00 p.m. EST, on C-SPAN, and a rollcall will be commenced.

Sen. Sanders is on right now:  December 10, 2010 — 12:11 p.m. CST and is filibustering the President’s Bush Tax Cuts, etc. bill in the Senate watch him RIGHT NOW:  Sen. Sanders

This is a “MESSAGE!”

Last night, I listened in on a “tele-conference call” wherein Bernie Sanders spoke his mind about the latest Obama “Bush tax cut extensions,” as well as so-called benefits for the rest of us “humbled” Americans. Excellent questions were asked!

Senator Sanders, stated vehemently, that HE is totally opposed to the Obama, “New Taxation Bill,” in every respect, and that HE will seek every means possible to oppose the proposed bill by Obama!  

I admit that I truly love the absolute saneness of Bernie Sanders in a world gone mad!  

I urge you to watch a “warrior” amongst “sheeples.”

Latest e-mail:

B E –

President Obama is right about one thing — Republicans in Congress are holding the middle class hostage.

We have a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing middle class and the most unequal distribution of wealth of any major country. With all this in mind, Republicans in Congress say they will block tax cuts to the middle class and block unemployment benefits to more than two million families unless the President gives huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.

Their behavior is morally bankrupt. It is reprehensible.

But instead of challenging the Republicans for their absurd demands and their outrageous tactics, the President gave them virtually everything they wanted.

I cannot and will not support this deal. I will do everything I can to uphold the promise made to the American people to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Join me and my friends at Democracy for America today and sign our pledge calling on Congress to reject this deal.

One of the most under-reported parts of this deal is a cut to the Social Security payroll tax. In just one year, over $120 billion of revenue will be cut from Social Security under the President’s compromise plan, weakening the program and virtually guaranteeing benefit cuts in the future.

Make no mistake about it. Social Security has not added one dime to the national debt and this cut will only embolden Republican attempts to privatize the program and increase the age of retirement. Social Security is a vital safety net for all Americans and a cornerstone of our commitment to protect the middle class.

We are not alone in standing against this compromise. Republicans are holding the middle class hostage and the American people know it. I come from a small state and yesterday my office received more than 1,000 calls on this issue, with over 90% of them in opposition to this deal.

Last night, thousands of DFA members joined me on DFA Live where we had a lively discussion on this issue. One thing was clear to me during that call — DFA members nationwide want Democrats to stop this deal and fight for the middle class, working people, senior citizens and the unemployed while making sure that millionaires and billionaires are not given massive tax breaks.

Make sure Congress gets the message — Join the fight now and sign the petition opposing this so-called “compromise.”

Thank you,


Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator

The thing that Sen. Sanders stressed OVER and OVER again last night was that Americans MUST act, call their representatives, e-mail, write LTE’s — do everything possible that we can do! HE SERIOUSLY SAID ALL OF THAT!



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  1. that he’s being reduced to window dressing, the fig leaf of democracy on the body of the Corporate State.  I know his soul is more Battleship Potemkin than Potemkin Village, but the Potemkin Villagers have other uses for him.

  2. … and if Pelosi thinks that she can snookwuffle this dreadful thing thru the House if she just makes noise about not liking the Estate Tax deal (that was her supposedly brilliant read of the tea leaves, we would be appalled if the Estate Tax deal was there, but would be okay with the Social Security robbery)  she’s delusional.  

    I mean, how many rich relatives are y’all planning to have croak this year ?

  3. for the “uplift.”

    • Xanthe on December 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    But it will give me great pleasure to call Dick’s office.  I havent’ for awhile.  I’ll also call Lipinski’s office.  I like his staff at any rate.

    At least Bernie gets the word out in the world.  

    Thank you for the diary – you are a hopeful person.  God bless you.

    I’m jaded but still can be persuaded to make calls and call my friends as well.

    • Xanthe on December 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    so there are many voters thinking it makes a difference.  

    He may be in a breakfast meeting with Paul Ryan, or polishing his resume for Peterson.


  4. House Democrats reject tax plan unless changed

    By CHARLES BABINGTON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Charles Babington And Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press – 2 hrs 23 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed.

    By voice vote in a closed caucus meeting, Democrats passed a resolution saying the tax package should not come to the House floor for consideration as written, even though no formal House bill has been drafted. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., introduced the resolution.

    Said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas: “If it’s take it or leave it, we’ll leave it.”

    The vote will at least temporarily stall what had seemed to be a grudging Democratic movement toward the tax package.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that House Democrats share Obama’s “commitment to providing the middle class with a tax cut to grow the economy and create jobs.” She noted that a House-passed bill, which Republicans blocked in the Senate, did not include “a bonus tax cut to millionaires and billionaires.” . . . .

    Despite the above, I continue to receive e-mails urging us to sign Bernie Sanders Petition (see above — they’re shooting for 50,000 signatures) and to keep calling your representatives.

    In the conference call with Bernie the other night, he sees the Republicans wanting to turn us back to the 1920’s and that this bad deal of Obama’s, in a sense, would nearly seal that effort!  

  5. …. there’s Bernie on the Senate floor now on C Span explaining why this tax bill is so bad, and the MSM and the blogs are IGNORING IT.

    He just passed the baton to Sherrod Brown of Ohio.  

  6. At Obama’s side, Clinton backs tax deal

    – 1 min ago

    WASHINGTON – Bill Clinton implored Democrats to back the tax-cut deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans as the former president made a surprise appearance with Obama in the White House briefing room Friday – and later took over the podium.

    “I don’t believe there is a better deal out there,” Clinton told reporters who’d been summoned at a moment’s notice to see the former chief executive back the current one. Clinton and Obama had just finished a private meeting in the Oval Office.

    Obama said it was a “terrific meeting” and then yielded to Clinton. The voluble former president took it away, and Obama left part-way through his remarks, saying he had holiday parties to attend. Clinton not only provided an economic tutorial but riffed on several topics, including the need for the Senate to ratify a U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty.

    “Both sides are going to have to eat some things they don’t like,” Clinton told reporters about the tax deal. “We don’t want to slip back into a recession. We’ve got to keep this thing going and accelerate its pace. I think this is the best available option.” . . . .

  7. Our family has been watching and listening to Senator Sanders for hours.  Each and every word is truthful.  He is saying things that have never been uttered by any member of congress.  He is a one-man show.  I called my senators and representatives and told them they should be standing with Bernie.  I always knew he was brilliant.  I just hope he is not out there all by himself.

  8. speech of the past two years.  I’ve been listening since he started.  It’s on your TV on C-span (if you have cable or satellite) or on your computer at c-span.

    I am absolutely delighted that he’s doing this.  What he is saying is entirely what I agree with.  And he’s been doing it for hours.  It is now 6:43 pm ET.  It is so very wonderful that he’s stood up and said what needs to be said.

    I don’t think of this as window dressing.  Or some kind of co-opting of his message.  Or anything else that suggests that we are powerless, disenfranchised, puppets, unheard.

    What you are seeing, what is on c-span is a progressive speaking from his heart and mind.  I think that’s worthy of our unconditional support.  

  9. . . . . .

    Bernie’s message today is clear. You have the power to stop this bad deal.

    Senator Sanders has received thousands of calls in his office against the compromise. He’s spoken to other Senators and they are getting it too. Even better, they’re listening. Now, on the Senate floor, Senator Sanders is calling on all Americans to turn it up — don’t stop — keeping calling until we get a better deal. . . . .

  10. Sen. Sanders is NOT exactly being ignored!

    I plan to send him an e-mail TONIGHT and CALL him tomorrow and express my gratitude for standing up for Americans!

  11. The grand “twist” and “screw” dance!

    Add-ons turn tax cut bill into ‘Christmas tree’

    By FREDERIC J. FROMMER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Frederic J. Frommer And Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press – 27 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – In the spirit of the holiday season, President Barack Obama’s tax-cut deal with Republicans is becoming a Christmas tree tinseled with gifts for lobbyists and lawmakers. But that hardly stopped the squabbling on Friday, with Bill Clinton even back at the White House pleading the president’s case.

    While Republicans sat back quietly, mostly pleased, Democrats and other liberals were going at each other ever so publicly. As Clinton lectured on Obama’s behalf, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders castigated the agreement for the TV cameras in the mostly empty Senate chamber.

    The tax deal, reached behind the scenes and still informal, now includes ethanol subsidies for rural folks, commuter tax breaks for their cousins in the cities and suburbs and wind and solar grants for the environmentalists – all aimed at winning votes, particularly from reluctant Democrats.

    The holiday additions are being hung on the big bill that was Congress’ main reason for spending December in Washington, long after the elections that will give Republicans new power in January. The measure will extend Bush-era tax cuts, averting big tax increases for nearly all Americans, and keep jobless benefits flowing . . . .

  12. Keith Olbermann REALLY covered Sanders!  WooHoo!!!!!

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  13. No Tax Deal!

    Here is the site, itself, which is working!  EMERGENCY PETITION!

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