Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Elected Mayor of Burlington, Vt., by 10 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont's at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York. Read more at his website.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:15pm
An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward
The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health...
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 3:45pm
The Cost of War
The cost of war is great, and it is far more than the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on planes, tanks, missiles and guns. The cost of war is more than 6,800 service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of war is caring for the spouses and children who have to rebuild...
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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:45pm
What Do the Koch Brothers Really Want?
As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. Perhaps, the biggest winners of Citizens United are Charles and David Koch, owners of the second-largest privately...
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:15am
Democracy vs. Oligarchy
In his 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech," Norman Rockwell illustrated American democracy in action by depicting a man speaking up at a town meeting. A framed poster of Rockwell’s painting hangs proudly on a wall in my Senate office in Burlington, Vt. Since 1990, when I was first elected to Congress...
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Monday, December 30, 2013 - 9:37am
2014: Seize the Moment
The Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country. At a time when the problems facing us are monumental, Congress is dysfunctional and more and more people (especially the young) are, understandably, giving up on the political process. The people are hurting. They look to Washington for help. Nothing is happening.
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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 9:49am
A Single-Payer System, Like Medicare, is the Cure for America's Ailing Healthcare
I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income.
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Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 8:50am
We Must Not Accept This Economic 'New Normal'
The front pages of American newspapers are filled with stories about how the US economy is recovering . There is some truth to that. Since President George W Bush left office in 2008, significant progress has been made in moving our economy out of the abyss of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 3:12pm
The Grand Bargain Could Be Grand Sellout
The media appear fixated about when and if a so-called “grand bargain” on our economy will be reached. Wrong question! The question we should be asking is: What should be in a “grand bargain” that works for the average American?
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Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 9:52am
The Planetary Crisis of Climate Change is Not Political... It's Physics
I fear very much that our children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren are going to look back on this period in history and ask a very simple question: Where were they? Why didn’t the United States of America, the most powerful nation on earth, lead the international community in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the devastating damage that the scientific community was sure would come?
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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:37pm
A Choice For Corporate America: Are You With America Or The Cayman Islands
When the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into the deepest recession since the 1930s, the largest financial institutions in the United States took every advantage of being American. They just loved their country - and the willingness of the American people to provide them with the largest bailout in world history. In 2008, Congress approved a $700 billion gift to Wall Street.
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