Sen. Sanders Reacts to Pres. Obama's State of the Union Address
1. At 1 minute and 30 seconds: That chart should be ignored as the title is inaccurate (i.e. "Vulture Capitalism", used by Rick Perry to describe private equity, is being used by MSNBC for ALL business)
Here is a better chart by Bill Moyers:
"In recent years, the rich have seen their wealth grow dramatically while the poor and middle class have basically flatlined. It’s no accident, argue Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson in their book Winner-Take-All Politics. The infographic below, which draws from Hacker and Pierson’s book, explains how our politicians — on both sides of the isle — fell under the spell of corporate dollars and re-engineered our economic system to favor the wealthy. The dark green line shows the income trajectory for the top 1 percent since 1970, while the light green line shows the bottom 90 percent."...
2. At 2 minutes and 5 seconds: "Clearly in thier hearts and souls, Republicans are there to defend the wealthiest people in this country."
Background information to understand the above comment:
Overview of the Republicans(GOP) by The Colbert Report (backed by news sources)
Overview of "Socialism" by The Colbert Report (backed by news sources)
3. At 3 minutes: "We have to invest in our infrastructure"
IN 2003 "... and this is an economy that's improving! Id hate to see what would happen if our economy was sinking!"...
"You have told the American people that you support a trade policy which is selling them out." ---Rep. Bernard Sanders to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on 7/16/03.
Note: Alan Greenspan supported the idea that it doesn't matter where products are made (as "we have the highest standard of living in the world" -!) Implying that it's OK for jobs to migrate elsewhere....
Related blog posts:
Alan Greenspan, The IMF and The World Bank - Part 1
Alan Greenspan, The IMF and The World Bank - Part 2
... One of the agreements that allowed jobs to leave the country (Gingrich supported this bill) = NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT
"If you look at job creation over the last 20 years in America, you'll notice that we haven't been able to create any jobs in what is called the "tradable sector" of the economy – those jobs that are subject to global competition. The jobs we've created have almost entirely been in industries like health care, government and construction, which are basically local industries shielded from global competition." Fareed Zakaria
"US jobs are still vanishing, as US productivity moves up. And the things we do produce, like fighter jets, are not what your average consumer buys at the store."
4. At 3 minutes 45 seconds: I get nervous when the President talks about working with Republicans "reforming entitlement programs", that means "cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid" (Note: He is referring to the GOP NOT True Republicanism.
Social Security has not added one penny to the deficit because it's funded by the payroll tax which has a 2.5 trillion dollar surplus...
The Social Security con is being promoted through something called an "echo chamber"...
More about the Koch Brothers here
More about echo chambers here and here.
5. 4 minutes: "End these absurd corporate loopholes"
Extract: End Oil Tax Breaks Sen. Sanders pledged Tuesday to introduce legislation that would repeal federal tax breaks and subsidies to the enormously profitable fossil fuel industry, declaring at a Capitol Hill rally that "the most profitable corporations in the world do not need subsidies from the American people," International Business Times, andEnvironment & Energy reported. LINK, LINK
Sanders Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline:
"The president made the correct decision today in rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, and I will fight to ensure Congress does not overturn the decision.
1. Citizens don't want their property destroyed: "See the land owners and citizens of Nebraska as they voice thier concerns about the Trans Canada XL Pipeline which could affect the protected Sandhills and drinking water supply"
2.The Keystone Pipeline creates ONLY a few temporary jobs (i.e. it's a pipeline... how many people do you need to manage the pipes in your house? None): "The State Department said in a report to Congress yesterday that the pipeline would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs during the two years needed to build the project, based on labor expenses TransCanada included in its application."
3. On Fracking...
Fracking DID cause ELEVEN earthquakes in Ohio last year
How fracking might have led to an Ohio earthquake
Ohio Earthquake Likely Caused by Fracking Wastewater
I once explained what a depression would be like here. The "stimulus" was badly mismanaged as shown here because of this.
Just so there is no misunderstanding of my position...
"The more money that is invested into a method that will choke us also sets up the next 'too big too fail' companies, since if we get too a point where we have to cut down on carbon release to survive then we have to bail out the companies or face another contraction [
Solutions for the future:
The study conducted the Blue Green Alliance found that policies such as a renewable electricity mandate would provide steady demand for clean energy and put Americans to work building the components needed to make wind turbines, solar panels and other technologies. "There's no question that our big investment in clean energy can lead to the rebirth of American manufacturing," said David Foster, executive director of the alliance. States with the most potential for creating renewable manufacturing jobs include California with an estimated 95,616 jobs, Texas with 60,100 and Illinois with 56,579.
An example of expensive technology and cheap technology.
Ancient and old tech ignored in favor of inefficient new tech
Some ancient technology for a new age
More examples of cheap tech
Information from PBS NOW related to Oil Politics (all links contain videos and transcripts)
A Few Informational Links On Clean Energy
The Sanders Solution
This is what an Oligarchy/Plutarchy looks like...
(Image source - Note: The above image is NOT a complete list)
When so few, extremely rich people, are competing for attention from politicians they have to spend big (basic free market competition). This is the result...
Gretchen Morgenson on Industry Influence from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.
Moyers talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and columnist Gretchen Morgenson on how money and political clout enable industries to escape regulation and enrich executives at the top.
In short, corporate politicians are kinda like this...
Very few politicians are not serving special interests (i.e. they have a background that often doesn't allow empathy and understanding towards the middle class and the poor)...
Senator Bernie Sanders made a Top 10 list for those interested...
Top Ten Tax Avoiders
To understand corporations better you can watch the following documentary...
The Corporation (complete, chapters 1 to 23)...
"Afghanistan A Senate amendment calls for an expedited turnover of military control to the Afghan government. The amendment has the bipartisan support of Sens. Sanders and Rand Paul, the Daily Kos blogged."
David Stockman Trashes Reaganomics, Bush Tax Cuts, And Hank "Incompetent, Reckless" Paulson
WASHINGTON, June 25 - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke out today against legislation that would overhaul the government's wiretapping powers and grant legal immunity to telephone companies that took part in President Bush's eavesdropping program without warrants.
Sen. Bernie Sanders Thursday applauded the decision by the United States and other oil-consuming countries to push down energy prices by releasing 60 million barrels of oil from government reserves.
"I voted against extending the Patriot Act today for the same reason I voted against enacting it in 2001: it gives the government far too much power to spy on innocent United States citizens and provides for very little oversight or disclosure. While we must aggressively pursue international terrorists and all of those who would do us harm, we must do it in a way that protects the Constitution and the civil liberties which make us proud to be Americans."
The Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposal to roll back tax breaks that benefit the largest oil companies. The White House said the country “cannot afford to maintain these wasteful subsidies.” Sen. Bernie Sanders voiced disappointment after the Senate vote. “I voted to end oil company subsidies because we have a $14 trillion national debt, because some of the most profitable corporations in the history of the world don’t need tax breaks, because some oil companies pay no federal income taxes, and because we desperately need to end our dependence on fossil fuels. Congress cannot balance the budget on the backs of middle-class working families without asking the wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations for shared sacrifice.”