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Bernie Sanders Should Stay in the Senate

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Hello, Guardian readers. And thanks to Michael Tomasky for linking to this little blog and my December 1 post about Bernie Sanders’ interview with Rachel Maddow.

Tomasky seems to take at face value my suggestion that Bernie should run for President. Actually it was just my way of saying Bernie is a hero to me and many others. I do not want to see him run for President because he might not win and he is truly a national treasure in the Senate. It would be neat, however if he could be joined in the Senate by a few more socialists of his ilk. Fat chance, I know.

Here is some of Bernie’s filibuster from earlier today, which I shamelessly (but legally) lifted from KO’s Countdown site.

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This is what Bernie does best. I don’t know why progressive Democrats are seemingly so reluctant to speak like this and to bring such clarity to issues. I have the feeling that if some teabag Republican accused Bernie of waging class warfare he might shoot back “Yeah? Well you started it. But we’re gonna finish it.”

I think that the push back on the Obama/McConnell compromised has surprised and raised the morale of many liberal and progressive Democrats. Maybe we can start a movement or something.

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December 10th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

PA, AR, KY Senate Primary Predictions

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Not that I know anything from the inside, but it looks to me like the following will occur tomorrow:

In the Arkansas Democratic Senate Primary, Lincoln and Halter will be condemned to a runoff because Lincoln will fall short of 50%. Ding dong, the witch is wounded.

In Kentucky, Rand Paul will win going away for the Senate Republican nomination. In the Democratic primary, I have Conway over Mongiardo by a half a whisker.

In the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, Sestak will shut Specter up for good. Couldn’t happen to a nicer weasel.

I would predict more results but the crystal ball grows cloudy, I spilled coffee on the Tarot deck and I’m not as young as I used to be, dang it.

Congressional Activity, May 11-14

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Here are this weeks major votes by our local critters:

May 12: The House passed an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code to include children of Vietnam War and certain Korean War veterans receiving care and services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for spina bifida-related medical conditions as meeting the definition of minimum essential coverage under requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Halvorson, Hare and Schock all voted Yea.

That is it for actual legislation voted on this week. The rest of the House activity was parliamentary activity like consideration of amendments and resolutions that only monsters would vote against. Like one expressing sympathy for the victims of the floods in Tennessee , Kentucky and Mississippi. No! Boo!. To heck with the flood victims.

Over on the Senate side, Burris and Durbin have been busy with their 98 other colleagues considering the Financial Reform legislation. Some amendments passed and some failed. My favorite is the amendment introd by Bernie Sanders (Socialist, Vermont) to audit the Federal Reserve Bank. The amendment’s description is as follows:

To require the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System that does not interfere with monetary policy, to let the American people know the names of the recipients of over $2,000,000,000,000 in taxpayer assistance from the Federal Reserve System, and for other purposes.

Guess what! It passed 96-0. Go Bernie, Go Bernie.

Who knew there were at least 96 socialists in the U.S. Senate.

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May 14th, 2010 at 10:54 am

Effing Blue Dogs

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Cross posted at Daily Kos.
This blog post from Paul Krugman is worth considering in light of what is happening in the Senate this weekend:

Now the centrists have shaved off $86 billion in spending β€” much of it among the most effective and most needed parts of the plan. In particular, aid to state governments, which are in desperate straits, is both fast β€” because it prevents spending cuts rather than having to start up new projects β€” and effective, because it would in fact be spent; plus state and local governments are cutting back on essentials, so the social value of this spending would be high. But in the name of mighty centrism, $40 billion of that aid has been cut out.

My first cut says that the changes to the Senate bill will ensure that we have at least 600,000 fewer Americans employed over the next two years.

The real question now is whether Obama will be able to come back for more once it’s clear that the plan is way inadequate. My guess is no. This is really, really bad.

Atrios found this for me and his billions of other readers.

Wanna know the difference between a “moderate” or Blue Dog Democrat and a Republican?

A Republican will face you as he plunges the knife into your gut. Blue Dogs will stab you in the back.

Is it not time for America and the Democratic party to stop letting the tail wag the dog (ironic use of metaphor intentional)?

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February 8th, 2009 at 11:10 am