Portrait of Bernie Sanders
|Political party:||Liberty Union (Before 1979)|
|Education:||Brooklyn College (1959–60)
University of Chicago (1960–64)
|Born||September 8, 1941|
Bernie Sanders is the Junior US senator from Vermont. He is a Liberal Progressive but called himself, in 2016, a Democratic Socialist in order to sound more revolutionary (A tactic that probably hurt more than helped him). He's an Independent who gives Democrats seat support. He is also the founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus which has grown from 5 members when Sanders founded it to 56 members today.
Another reason he decided to support Hillary instead of Jill Stein, is that he knew a that a 3rd party wouldn't win, so he did an extremely grudgeful, KMN (Kill Me Now) endorsement of Hillary.
Keep in mind though, Sanders supporters, he DID say that Hillary should do something to EARN your vote.
Sanders believes in:
- Universal, single-payer health care, aka medicare for all.
- Tuition-free college and affordable education.
- Making sure the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
- Lessening the influence that large sums of cash have in politics
- Restriction of the vulture capitalism while supplementing capitalism, NOT replacing it.
- Legalizing cannabis and releasing people from prison who were ONLY run in for marijuana
- Fighting man-made Global warming.
- The U.S. military does NOT need a military budget increase, as the U.S. defense budget has more than the next 10 powerful countries combined.
- Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which he has done for Amazon and Disney.
- Ending the wars.
- Human rights
- Comprehensive immigration reform
- Green New Deal
Bernie Sanders, who is often called The Amendment King, has had many accomplishments. Including but not limited to:
- Providing 9 million more Americans with primary health care, 2 million more with dental care and 860,000 more with mental health services through a $12.5 billion expansion in community health centers.
- Raising the wages of 350,000 Amazon workers and 60,000 Disney workers to at least $15 an hour.
- Restoring $320 million in pension benefits to 130,000 IBM workers.
- 7 states and over 40 cities passed $15 an hour minimum wage laws.
- Passage of veterans legislation with John McCain providing $5 billion to hire more doctors and nurses at the VA
- Passage of legislation ending American our involvement in the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen.
- Passage of the first and only audit of the Federal Reserve in 2010.
- Passage of the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act.
- Preventing Social Security cuts to seniors and disabled veterans.
- Stopping the Postal Service from closing up to 15,000 post offices and over 100 mail processing plants, ending Saturday mail and slashing over 100,000 jobs.
- Passing more roll call amendments than anyone in a Republican Congress.
- Passage of $3.2 billion in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grants.
- Raising wages of federal contractors to at least $10.10 an hour in 2014.
- Banning the credit card interest rate bait and switch scam.
- Doubling funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
- Creating the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve.
- Stopping bailed-out banks from replacing U.S. workers with low-wage guest workers.
- Prohibiting the importation of goods made by forced or indentured child labor.
- Mandating free credit reports for all Americans.
- Not taking one cent in corporate PAC money
2016 Presidential Election
Bernie officially joined the race for the 2016 presidency, as a member of the Democratic Party. While he was behind Hillary in most polls, he did beat her in 22 states. Sanders criticised Hillary Clinton for her 9/11 comments at a November 2015 debate. some Economists were advising People to buy environmentally friendly local stocks if Sanders became President of the United States. It's generally not a good idea to spend more than you can afford on speculative investments. If you like the idea of Green and other ethical investment you can always try saving more than you otherwise would and investing in ethical ways. On March 23, 2016, TV network The Young Turks interviewed Sanders.
- Perhaps Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton because feminists were more concerned with getting a woman into the White House than having a qualified candidate. Bernie Sanders lost to Identity Politics.
- Perhaps Bernie Sanders lost because he was too left wing for Mainstream America.
2020 Presidential Election
Bernie Sanders took part in the second part of the First Democratic Debates on June 26, 2019. Viewers indicated while he did well, he could've done better.
During the first part of the second debate, Sanders was declared by many people to be one of two winners of the debate, along with Elizabeth Warren. While CNN and Jake Taper attempted to have the Progressive Sanders and Warren fight each other, it appears they teamed up and destroyed the centrists on stage. At one point, the two looked at each other and smiled.
While Bernie was discussing Medicare For All, saying it would cover more, candidate Tim Ryan said "You don't know that, Bernie". Bernie famously responded, "I do know. I wrote the damn bill!"
Quote from Bernie Sanders
"As Vermont’s senator, as one of the most progressive members of Congress and as the longest serving Independent in American history, I am helping to lead the fight against the Big Money interests in Washington. At the same time, working with activists in Vermont and across the country, we are hard at work building a strong grass-roots movement which is attempting to change our national priorities. As someone who does not accept corporate PAC money, I very much appreciate the help that tens of thousands of Americans have given my campaign."- 
"Real change never takes place from the top on down, but always from the bottom on up."- Bernie's announcement video