At Least I’ve Lived Long Enough to See Bernie Sandersas Chair of the Senate Budget Committee

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      eridani
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      https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/67824-at-least-ive-lived-long-enough-to-see-bernie-sandersas-chair-of-the-senate-budget-committee

      Tanden is an unusual choice for a job virtually designed to be done by a bloodless pedant. But given that the administration seems to be spoiling for a fight with 40 years of oligarchical conservative economics, somebody who swings back from that chair probably is what’s called for. In fact, the most compelling exchange of the hearing came when Sanders asked Tanden about the corporate fundraising that she’d done when she was running the Center For American Progress.

      SANDERS: Let me get to another issue that concerns me very much. I happen to believe that big money has an undue influence over the political and economic life of our country. That too often campaign contributions are what determines policy rather than the needs of ordinary Americans. According to the “Washington Post” since 2014, the Center for American Progress has received roughly $5.5 million from WalMart, a company that pays its workers starvation wages. $900,000 from the Bank of America, $550,000 from JPMorgan Chase, $550,000 from Amazon, $200,000 from Wells Fargo, $800,000 from Facebook and up to $1.4 million from Google. Some of the most powerful special interest in our country. How will your relationship with those very powerful, special interests impact your decision making if you are appointed to be the head of OMB?

      TANDEN: Senator, I thank you for that question. It will have zero impact on my decision making. I’m actually capped in a number of positions that disagreed vigorously with the policy of those institutions and I appreciate this question and it is my role, it will be my role to ensure that I am only serving the interests of the American people, the administration and its agenda to address rising inequality and address the needs of working families.

      This was the discussion worth having. Sanders then took Tanden through a litany of progressive issues, from a living wage to the climate crisis. And it took place almost entirely on grounds that would have been unthinkable back when Tanden was working for the Clintons. Times have changed, and Bernie Sanders is the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and make what you will of that.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      It’ll be lower still after Bernie cucks out and votes to confirm Tanden.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      djean111
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      Nothing will change.  For the better, anyhow.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

    • #403711
      Jim Lane
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      My recollection is that, before the November election, there was discussion here about the Budget Committee.  Some Republican candidates for the Senate were warning that, if the Democrats regained control, the Budget Committee would be chaired by — gasp! — a socialist.  I thought that some JPR members posted the opinion that it would never happen.  Their view was that Schumer and the Democrats would screw Bernie out of that position.

      Does anyone else remember this?  More daringly, is there anyone who posted such an opinion who will now admit error?

      • #403719
        djean111
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        I was a bit surprised that Bernie got the position, but I said that even if he did, he could not do anything Biden/Vichy Dem/Pelosi/Schumer did not want him to do.  Also, most of us have said we would love to be wrong.

        Said this elsewhere today, but IMO progressives are a cross between road kill and a  trophy for the Democratic Party – sort of like dead deer strapped to the hood of a hunter’s pickup truck.  With the hunter soliciting donations to save the poor deer.

        Cheers!

        America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      • #405035
        Ohio Barbarian
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        I thought Bernie would be budget chair because of seniority, and whaddaya you know? He is.

        Not saying nobody said that, but I honestly don’t remember seeing it.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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