The Biggest Win for the Working Class in Generations Is Within Reach—Bernie Sanders

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    • #436376
      eridani
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      https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/70556-focus-the-biggest-win-for-the-working-class-in-generations-is-within-reach

      At a time of unprecedented heatwaves, drought, flooding, extreme weather disturbances and the acidification of the oceans, now is the time for the US government to make certain that the planet we leave our children and future generations is healthy and habitable. We must stand up to the greed of the fossil fuel industry, transform our energy system and lead the world in combating climate change.

      As chairman of the US Senate budget committee I fought hard for a $6tn budget which would address these and other long-neglected needs. Not everyone in the Democratic caucus agreed with me and, after a lot of discussion and compromise within the budget committee, an agreement was reached on a smaller number. (Needless to say, no Republicans will support legislation which taxes the rich and protects working families.)

      While this budget is less than I had wanted, let us be clear. This proposal, if passed, will be the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor since FDR and the New Deal of the 1930s. It will also put the US in a global leadership position as we combat climate change. Further, and importantly, this legislation will create millions of good-paying jobs as we address the long-neglected needs of working families and the planet.

      We will end the days of billionaires not paying a nickel in federal income taxes by making sure the wealthy and large corporations do not use their accountants and lawyers to avoid paying the massive amounts that they owe. This proposal will also raise the individual tax rate on the wealthiest Americans and the corporate tax rate for the most profitable companies in our country. Under this proposal, no family making under $400,000 a year will pay a nickel more in taxes and will, in fact, receive one of the largest tax cuts in American history.

      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

    • #436379
      Scott Crowder
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      Then watch it get gutted by Republicans and bipartisan (ie DINO) centrists.

      So, whatever.
      Go People’s Party.

    • #436384
      djean111
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      Let’s see what deals are struck, what is slashed, what is slipped in at the last minute.  We have been there, done that, have the fucking t-shirt.

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

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

    • #436386
      David the Gnome
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      I wonder if he really does.  Even if they try to force something through using budget reconciliation they will need idiots like Manchin to vote for it.  As far as I know the legislation has not been written yet.

      Yes, these things would be good.  But they are never going to make it through this Congress.

      • #436388
        GZeusH
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        Maybe it has something to do with 30 years of getting crumbs while he has been in Congress.  When life gives you isty-bitsy lemons, you make yourself happy with a teaspoon of lemonade.

        Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

    • #436390
      Ohio Barbarian
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      More of a victory for the working class than those and LBJ’s other, never-mentioned program of extending electricity and indoor plumbing to nearly every American in the 1960s? More of a victory for the health of the working class than the Clean Air and Water Acts of 1970, signed into law by Richard Nixon?

      What rot. Bernie knows better, and he’s lying through his teeth. Again.

      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

      • #436406
        Jim Lane
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        @ohiobarbarian

        You write:

        More of a victory for the health of the working class than the Clean Air and Water Acts of 1970, signed into law by Richard Nixon?

        The major piece of clean-water legislation enacted under Nixon was the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (amending and greatly strengthening the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948). But, no, it was not signed into law by Nixon. He vetoed it:

        The most important bill of the lot was the most contentious. The Water Pollution Control Act Amendments would regulate single-point sources of pollution, such as factories and military bases; establish standards for pollution-control technology and for water quality in lakes and rivers; and help finance municipal sewage-treatment plants.

        Nixon had proposed such a law, but he vetoed Congress’s final version, citing the $24 billion price tag. The next day the House and Senate overrode the veto. (Link)

        The term “Clean Water Act” is sometimes applied to this bill, but more often to the Clean Water Act of 1977, which was signed into law by Jimmy Carter.

        Nixon did sign the Clean Air Act of 1970, but before we build statues to him, let’s note his motivation for signing a bill he actually opposed:

        Whitaker and other aides urged Nixon to accept the bill nonetheless, arguing that a veto would inevitably result in an override by a Congress eager to fix the terrible air quality plaguing major cities.

        There was also a Clean Air Act of 1977, also signed by Carter.

        None of this bears on the question of how a new infrastructure bill will stack up against landmark environmental legislation.  I just dislike the rewriting of history to make Nixon look better than he deserves.

        • #436408
          Ohio Barbarian
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          I mistakenly thought Nixon signed the the Clean Water Act as well.

          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

    • #436392
      salemcourt
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      from RSN.

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