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Epic Filibuster: Senator Bernie Sanders rails against US Tax Cuts for the rich

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posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 06:42 PM
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Independent Senator Bernie Sanders looked tired and disheveled as his filibuster of the Obama/Republican tax cut extension entered its ninth hour Friday


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posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 06:44 PM
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This is my first news thread, so I hope I did it right?
I searched but didn't find any threads on this yet.

Anyway: Nine Hours!!!
Dude is old, but tough as hell, apparently.
I sure couldn't stand there being angry for nine hours.



posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 06:50 PM
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Ain't it grand how we can just talk and talk and nothing gets done?



posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 06:53 PM
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Gotta say I agree with Bernie and wish there were more voices like his in congress. Centrist democrats are more like 1950's Republicans and Bernie Sanders who is commonly described as a radical is more in line with the democratic values of the 40's 50's and 60's. Right On Bernie give em hell!



posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 06:59 PM
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Thank you Bernie. Please run for President in 2012.

We have one lone man fighting for the middle class....ONE.

A true American Patriot who cares about us "peons" and fights for what is right.

People will stand behind him if he runs....if he were able to speak in a presidential debate he'd blow everyone out of the water!!

He has my vote.



posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 07:17 PM
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Originally posted by David9176
Thank you Bernie. Please run for President in 2012.

We have one lone man fighting for the middle class....ONE.

A true American Patriot who cares about us "peons" and fights for what is right.

People will stand behind him if he runs....if he were able to speak in a presidential debate he'd blow everyone out of the water!!

He has my vote.



It's a grand thing that a politician can chip away a little of my cynicism and bitterness!



posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 07:25 PM
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It's a grand thing that a politician can chip away a little of my cynicism and bitterness!


He gives a sliver of hope....and damnit it's better than nothing. I've listened to him on the radio the last few years...he actually TAKES PHONE CALLS from REAL AMERICAN PEOPLE. He answers their questions. He's honest.

CRIPES.....in a heartbeat I'd vote for him. He's all about the USA. He's isn't the rhetoric...he's the real deal. Can you imagine him stating this in a "state of the union" address?

Calling out billionaires on all the networks that are owned by billionaires that HAVE to air it? Wouldn't that be something.....

People would rally...they just need it told to them...and maybe they could see through all the BS.

Either that...or i've had too many beers!! haha...it's been a long week!



posted on Dec, 10 2010 @ 07:34 PM
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This man is a true American hero.

Thank you OP for posting about Bernie Sanders and his campaign of truth. This capitalistic system is disgusting and exploitative, it always has been.

Conservatives, where are you?

www.huffingtonpost.com...



WASHINGTON - The tax deal reached between President Obama and congressional Republicans could mean a higher tax bill for roughly one in three workers as a result of the Social Security tax cut Republicans pushed as a replacement for the current Making Work Pay tax credit.


Where is your head at? Let the Bourgeoisie have their way a little longer, by that time, we'll all be nothing more than commodities...and that's hoping that's not what we already have been transformed into.



posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 12:49 AM
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Hmm, I don't know how I feel about that.

While I don't really want tax cuts for the people who got us all in this financial mess, I can understand working with Republicans to come up with a compromise. It may not be ideal, but nothing in a compromise really is.



posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 01:10 AM
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I have for the first time, in his speech, heard almost every argument I have made on these forums. I never thought I would hear a politician say exactly my philosophies. Odd though because Sanders does not appear to be either Dem or Republican. He seems to be more libertarian, pro country, and pro taking care of our own. That we all might live a joyful life.



posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 01:12 AM
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People are applauding an admitted socialist.

Someone who would violate the Constitution with his own idiotic policies if he had his way.




posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 01:40 AM
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Should all legislation be bipartisan? Yes.
Should Republicans be willing to work with Democrats and vice-versa? Yes
Are Democrats for the tax increase because they want to be class warriors? Yes
Are Republicans for these tax cuts because they are being responsible? No.

The extension of the Bush era tax cuts for the upper class will mean $700 billion dollars on the national debt that we already cannot afford! Democrats playing games with this legislation and causing business uncertainty is not helping either! Not extending the tax cuts for the Middle Class would be disastrous!

On this fight it appears Bernie Sanders is the only one who is calling out the hypocrisy of the Right. Quit using the whole debt issue unless you are willing to solve it not adding $700 billion extra to it. Both sides are being completely irresponsible here, the Republicans are being exceptionally irresponsible. They want to keep taxes low on the rich even if it means the Middle Class get a tax hike.

Where are the priorities here? When you have a nation building war, a giant debt, and a massive welfare state you cannot keep taxes low they must be raised to meet adequate funding. The Republicans will never cut Social Security, Medicare, end the war or stop the spending yet they want to keep taxes low while talking about the debt.

These liars are not worried about the debt if so they would do the responsible thing and raise the Income Tax to 39% on the wealthy. They would make the moral argument that when a nation is at war difficult sacrifices must be made by everyone in the country, this includes those at the very top.

There is no responsibility coming from the Right in this argument whatsoever. No one wants to see taxes go up on anyone if we all had the choice there would be no taxes but this is not a fantasy land this is reality and in reality things must be funded and sacrifices must be made and responsibility must be taken from both sides.

Bernie Sanders did the right thing by filibustering this bill, it will effectively screw us all over and increase our debt while adding to the ever growing inequality in America.


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posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 01:56 AM
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This was the most surprising and interesting part of the article to me.



Major TV news outlets had ignored the filibuster for most of the morning but started catching on to the building following of proceedings online as 'Bernie Sanders' became a trending topic on Twitter and C-Span video servers strained under the weight of online viewers. A Twitter meme of "If Bernie Sanders is a socialist, I'm a socialist" had begun to take root, with hundreds of people retweeting that message every few seconds. Sanders' website had strained under the load of wellwishers and those wishing to see a direct video feed of the filibuster.


www.vancouversun.com...



posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 11:07 AM
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Originally posted by David9176
We have one lone man fighting for the middle class....ONE.


How is he fighting for the middle class?

The 'tax cut' will affect all people whether you are poor or if you have some money.



posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 04:48 AM
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Although I appreciate Bernie's passion and willingness to fight for what he believes in, I can't help but think that this filibuster is pointless! He cedes the floor if he eats or sits down and the fact that, as his age, he has gone this long is very impressive. I doubt his filibuster will really acheive anything, the senate will probably just wait it out as he can't possibly go much longer.



posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 07:20 AM
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Rfoley, even though the senator is nearing the end of his time this is prime examlpe of how someone can still fight for what he believes in. He is an inspiration for those senators who just while away their time and dont actually do anything!



posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 07:46 AM
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I agree that what he is doing is honourable. And yes, the other senators should maybe stand up for what they believe in more and not follow the rest of the people. All I'm saying is that there isn't really any point to what he is doing, it won't acheive a thing and maybe his time could be better spent.



posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 07:56 AM
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While there may not seem much point to his arguement what you fail to see is that it is the little reforms that keep the nation running, this tax on the rich will save $700 billion of national debt, and a senator fighting to keep debt low surely has a point to what he is doing?



posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 08:00 AM
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I appreciate that! I understand that what he is doing is important. But, if he isn't going to have any influence now, why doesn't he concentrate on something else, that he can change. Although I agree we should tax the rich!



posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 08:03 AM
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Im glad that you agree with the taxes on the rich, and i think in the future this would be the way to go in order to clear a substantial amount of the countries debt.



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