Bernie Sanders’ righteous anger at deficits caused by “two wars, unpaid for”


Slightly more complete story at Raw Story:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday urged the congressional debt committee not to propose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

“This country does in fact have a serious deficit problem,” he said to about 200 people packed in the Senate Budget Committee room.

“But the reality is that the deficit was caused by two wars — unpaid for. It was caused by huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. It was caused by a recession as result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street. And if those are the causes of the deficit, I will be damned if we’re going to balance the budget on backs of the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor. That’s wrong.”

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14 Responses to Bernie Sanders’ righteous anger at deficits caused by “two wars, unpaid for”

  1. Bernie is right of course. President Eisenhower and his congress made us pay for WWII with an outrageously high tax on the wealthy (92% at one point.) After all they were the ones who most benefited from the war and its aftermath. Corporations like Halliburton, Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, profited greatly from those wars. That is the only reason we were really there. I would like to repeat -that it was the only reason we were there.

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  2. Black Flag® says:

    *gasp*

    James demanding another person has to think….

    …as if he has accomplished such a task himself….

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  3. What is your problem with what Mr. Sanders believes, Morgan?

    I’d like an actual substantive answer from you on it detailing your opposition to what Mr. Sanders believes.

    You know…as opposed to what you think he believes. In other words, Morgan, you’ll have to do a little research and a little thought into your reply.

    Surely that’s not too much to ask?

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Morgan, I wasn’t surprised at all that you have no substantive answer for Sen. Sanders’ points. I have students all the time who tell me they didn’t really believe that Ben Franklin was our first president, but they put that in just to bait me. They don’t get credit for those answers, either.

    We have a serious deficit problem. However, the solution to our economic woes is NOT stop spending and try to reduce the deficits right now. Sanders is right: It wasn’t government spending on education, health care and public safety that got us into this mess. We can’t get out of the mess by killing our best-in-the-world education system, kicking grandma out of the hospital to live in a cardboard box, and taking away protections for workers in ending collective bargaining. Those are the very things that have saved us and created economic booms in the past.

    Is Sanders socialist? You’d do well to listen to him hard, Morgan.

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  5. Black Flag® says:

    James
    Fascism and Socialism are brothers – which is why they fight each other so hard.

    One believes in seizing the production of industry while allowing the fantasy of ownership to be retained in private hands, while the other suggests ownership should be in the hands of those that do not produce.

    Both agree – the production -regardless of ownership – should be seized by the mob.

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  6. Once again Morgan proves he has no idea what actual socialism is and he just wants to live in his fascist little world.

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  7. Good for him. May his tribe increase.

    Ditto that. We need more & better understanding of socialism. Too many people find it favorable just because they don’t understand what it is.

    Ed, I’m genuinely surprised. I was sure I’d hook someone with that little trap I set. Didn’t think it would be you.

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  8. Jim says:

    Indeed, Ed!

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  9. Ed Darrell says:

    Better a socialist than an anti-socialist.

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  10. Jim says:

    Actually, Sanders IS a Socialist. At least, he was a member of the Vermont Socialist Party and still proudly associates with them.

    Good for him. May his tribe increase.

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  11. Ed Darrell says:

    Independent.

    It sometimes seems that anyone whose mind the conservatives cannot control, or those who they cannot stampede into fear, they label “socialist,” as if it were an epithet, as if one wouldn’t prefer to be Winston Churchill than Grover Norquist.

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  12. Black Flag® says:

    No, the debt problem is also due to the Welfare portion of the Warfare/Welfare State.

    The racketing up of government debt – Socialists want their dole money, thus support the Fascist who want their mercantilist wars, who, of course must support the Socialist pograms.

    Both pretend to yell at each other, blaming the other for the national problem – but it is a game of Punch and Judy – merely puppet plays.

    The Socialist-Fascist Tag Team know the game – and how to hoodwink the people into believing there is a “real difference” between them in Washington.

    Peer behind the puppet theater, and you see both Punch and Judy being played merely two hands attached to the same body and brain….

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