Update: Sanders: ‘Virtual Tie’ in Iowa Sends Establishment a Profound Message
Sanders acknowledges ‘cautious optimism,’ but observers recognize key role early victory may have for campaign that has made ‘political revolution’ its calling card. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/02/01/sanders-virtual-tie-iowa-sends-establishment-profound-message
Hilary in the 1% http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/jimmy-carter-built-houses-for-the-poor-as-ex-president-bill-and-hillary-got-rich
Anne Summers Bernie Sanders may do an Obama on Hillary Clinton Date January 22, 2016
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/bernie-sanders-may-do-an-obama-on-hillary-clinton-20160120-gma74t.html#ixzz3y861yTM3
Follow the polls:
‘Bernie Sanders. The candidate with the least amount of media coverage, and the candidate thought of as unable to win a general election by some pundits (even though he beats Trump in a “landslide of epic proportions”), is the only candidate in 2016 with positive favorability numbers. Hillary Clinton has negative favorability scores in 10 out 10 national polls according to HuffPost Pollster, with seven polls indicating over 50% of Americans possess an “unfavorable” viewpoint of the former Secretary of State. Donald Trump also has negative favorability scores in 10 out of 10 national polls, one of the many similarities both share with one another. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/bernie-sanders-will-win-the-democratic-nomination-and-presidency-in-a-landslide_b_8968048.html?ir=Australia
Similarly Sanders is predicted here http://www.liberalamerica.org/2015/12/05/they-havent-been-wrong-our-next-president-bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton/
If like me what US unions do and who are they backing Sanders or Clinton? read here http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18786/unions-bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-labor
I was in US similarly when Obama with large mass meetings for hope was starting to overhaul Clinton and large unions moved to back Obama who won early primaries and then… I was in the Washington Teamsters Union office just distributing pro-Obama posters and similarly out of left unions caucus those who had backed Clinton were now under challenge to back Obama. We shall see if this happens in 2016.
“In the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for labor union support for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has a strong and growing lead in official endorsements, but Sanders may have the lead in member support—as well as in the passion of his supporters.
One signal of his appeal to union members is the respect and fondness many union leaders, even those supporting Clinton, feel toward Sanders. Often Clinton backers favor her for a variety of seemingly pragmatic, if debatable, reasons—her likelihood of defeating the Republican candidate or union leaders’ desire for inclusion in the Democratic Party establishment that she represents (even though that party leadership often slights the needs of working people and unions). Many union leaders also seem reluctant to adopt a serious campaign to win more public support for Sanders and his ideas—even though he more consistently and vigorously advocates labor’s agenda than Clinton does.
But many union members, both Democrats and many independents, believe in the policies and the overall vision of an expanded New Deal that both the labor movement and Sanders have long promoted. Yet Sanders appears to have more confidence that the broad American public will back those ideas and reject likely Republican and media attacks on his proposals, or on his self-described “democratic socialism,” than do many top union officials who often complain about Democrats who will not support labor and its agenda.
And good news for progressives if Elizabeth Warren joins for V-P http://www.politicalpeopleblog.com/progressives-rejoice-elizabeth-warren-is-now-the-most-likely-to-be-bernie-sanders-vp-choice/
It is inconceivable Americans will vote in that Trump.
Update 1 February. Iowa primary
Here is Bernie Sanders campaign https://berniesanders.com/?nosplash=true%2F
1. “He’d never beat Trump or Cruz in a general election.”
Wrong. According to the latest polls, Bernie is the strongest Democratic candidate in the general election, defeating both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in hypothetical matchups. (The latest Real Clear Politics averages of all polls shows Bernie beating Trump by a larger margin than Hillary beats Trump, and Bernie beating Cruz while Hillary loses to Cruz.)
2. “He couldn’t get any of his ideas implemented because Congress would reject them.”
If both house of Congress remain in Republican hands, no Democrat will be able to get much legislation through Congress, and will have to rely instead on executive orders and regulations. But there’s a higher likelihood of kicking Republicans out if Bernie’s “political revolution” continues to surge around America, bringing with it millions of young people and other voters, and keeping them politically engaged.
3. “America would never elect a socialist.”
P-l-e-a-s-e. America’s most successful and beloved government programs are social insurance – Social Security and Medicare. A highway is a shared social expenditure, as is the military and public parks and schools. The problem is we now have excessive socialism for the rich (bailouts of Wall Street, subsidies for Big Ag and Big Pharma, monopolization by cable companies and giant health insurers, giant tax-deductible CEO pay packages) – all of which Bernie wants to end or prevent.
4. “His single-payer healthcare proposal would cost so much it would require raising taxes on the middle class.”
This is a duplicitous argument. Single-payer systems in other rich nations have proven cheaper than private for-profit health insurers because they don’t spend huge sums on advertising, marketing, executive pay, and billing. So even if the Sanders single-payer plan did require some higher taxes, Americans would come out way ahead because they’d save far more than that on health insurance.
5. “His plan for paying for college with a tax on Wall Street trades would mean colleges would run by government rules.”
Baloney. Three-quarters of college students today already attend public universities financed largely by state governments, and they’re not run by government rules. The real problem is too many young people still can’t afford a college education. The move toward free public higher education that began in the 1950s with the G.I. Bill and extended into the 1960s came to an abrupt stop in the 1980s. We must restart it.
6. “He’s too old.”
Untrue. He’s in great health. Have you seen how agile and forceful he is as he campaigns around the country? These days, 70s are the new 60s. (He’s younger than four of the nine Supreme Court justices.) In any event, the issue isn’t age; it’s having the right values. FDR was paralyzed and JFK had Crohn’s disease, but they were great presidents because they stood forcefully for the right things.
“Whenever the subject of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his economic plans come up, the Republican response is always the same. “SOCIALISM!” they cry, swiftly followed by hyperbolic imagery that invokes the bread lines of the Soviet Union and massive famines in China, entirely ignorant of the vast differences between democratic socialism and totalitarian communism – like their refusal to distinguish between “free market capitalism” and “unrestricted plutocracy.” It’s nothing but a fear-mongering campaign attempting to smear the sound and reasonable policies of democratic socialism that would strike at the very heart of American oligarchy, that would put a stop to the funneling of wealth to the top 1% of Americans and the overwhelming power of the gargantuan financial institutions of Wall Street.
It’s very ironic, because time and time again the data shows that collections of corporate handouts and subsidies for the ultrawealthy that the right tries to pass off as “tax plans” would be disastrous for both the American middle class and our economy as a whole.
On the other hand, Bernie Sanders’ comprehensive financial reform plan has been endorsed by over 170 respected economists and financial analysts, who have gone as far as to sign a letter endorsing them as critical to the financial health of our nation:read further here http://www.occupydemocrats.com/170-top-economists-pen-letter-backing-bernie-sanders-plan-to-break-up-the-biggest-banks/
It may well be that Americans vote for a sale of reforming social democracy – I hasten to add Sanders is not a marxist and challenges power within the system. The interesting response from the ruling class will be more of the state gridlock against Obama.
Bile, Bullshit, and Bernie Sixteen notes on the presidential campaign.by Corey Robin
As was true of McCarthyism, it’s not really Sanders’s communism or his socialism that has got today’s McCarthyites in the Democratic Party worried; it’s actually his liberalism….Raising taxes to pay for popular social programs: that used to be the bread and butter of the Democratic Party liberalism. Now it’s socialism.
As Sanders surges in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire — opening up an eight-point lead in Iowa and a twenty-seven-point lead in New Hampshire — and the pundits and party elites get squirmier and squirmier about his possible victory, I’m reminded of this line from Brecht:
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?
First they came for the Revolution
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Revolution.
Then they came for the Parliamentary Socialism
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Parliamentary Socialism.
Then they came for the Third Party
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Third Party.
Then they came for the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.
Then they came for the Green Lantern
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Green Lantern.
Then they came for me
but that was cool
because I’m a Democrat.
Back in 1985, that old dinosaur of a socialist Bernie Sanders was signing a Gay Pride Day Proclamation on the grounds that gay rights were civil rights.
Back in the 1990s, while the Clintons were supporting DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, that old dinosaur of a socialist helped lead the opposition to both policies on the grounds that they were anti-gay.
And throughout his career in the Senate, Sanders got consistently higher ratings from civil rights organizations than Clinton did while she was a senator.
Senator Bernie Sanders’s speech on Thursday explaining his democratic socialist ideology carried little risk among supporters and other Democrats: A solid majority of them have a positive impression of socialism, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll released this month.
Fifty-six percent of those Democratic primary voters questioned said they felt positive about socialism as a governing philosophy, versus 29 percent who took a negative view.
Sanders connects with the immense and shitty hassle of everyday life in contemporary capitalism and argues reforming policies.
We shall see…
The Real Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton’s record cuts against the claim that she’s an ardent champion of women’s rights.
by Doug Henwood
Sanders Is Not Trump Equating the Sanders and Trump campaigns is meant to obscure their real political differences and defend the neoliberal consensus. by Luke Savage https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/01/bernie-sanders-trump-populism-marche-corbyn-politics/
The novelty of Bernie Sanders has long been his adoption of the term “democratic socialist” to describe his political beliefs. On the presidential campaign trail, by way of definition, he’s repeatedly pointed to European countries with relatively robust welfare states.
On Thursday, in a major campaign address, he turned back stateside. Sanders cast himself not as the heir of Eugene Debs — a portrait of whom hangs in his congressional office — but of Franklin Roosevelt. In short, for Sanders, democratic socialism means New Deal liberalism.
What should socialists of a more radical bent make of such a definition? To what extent is the Sanders campaign good for social forces to his left? And how should we view the foreign policy portion of Sanders’s speech, in which he both criticized US intervention and praised NATO?
See here https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/11/bernie-sanders-socialism-franklin-roosevelt-four-freedoms-economic-bill-rights/ Sanders never mentioned the word capitalism — a rhetorical maneuver that sidesteps the systemic basis of inequality and poverty, both in the US and globally. Instead of the imperatives of class and competition he decries greed and corruption in a narrative that sits uncomfortably close to “crony capitalism,” the Right’s favorite villain….
The US has roughly eight hundred military bases globally and a nearly $600 billion annual defense budget that it uses to unrestrainedly pursue its political and economic interests. With his entreaty to build a bigger, better NATO and set aside “historic disputes,” Sanders fails to challenge this terrifying reality…. the popular association of socialism with Scandinavian social democracy rather than “the country with all the gulags that doesn’t exist anymore” is a far better starting point for a renewed anticapitalist politics.
We need to accept how much ground has been lost. Today, just 6.6 percent of private-sector workers belong to a union…
But hey, “more welfare state-ism, less billionaire-ism”? We can work with that….
This is the contradiction at the heart of Sanders’s campaign: while he calls for reforms that no socialist could oppose, his talk of political revolution falls woefully short of the kinds of struggles needed to win those reforms. There is also little evidence at this point that his campaign is providing a spur to those kinds of struggles.
Sanders’s talk of revitalizing democracy in American becomes even less convincing when his foreign policy enters the picture. In his speech, Sanders attacked previous US interventions, from the invasion of Iraq to American backing of coups in countries like Guatemala and Iran. Yet his proposed alternatives made it unclear on what grounds he objected to such actions.
See as well Sanders and socialism https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/05/bernie-sanders-president-socialist-primary/
We shall see..