This is my Bernie Sanders news roundup for the week ending in 2/26/16.
Jim Hightower talked about his support for Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Moyers & Company
Economist Gerald Friedman did an analysis of Senator Bernie Sanders’s plan suggesting it would produce significant growth in the economy — and then a group of left-leaning economists flipped out.
This post first appeared at Campaign for America’s Future.
“When you dare to do big things, big results should be expected. The Sanders program is big, and when you run it through a standard model, you get a big result.”
– James K. Galbraith
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he wants the American people to join him and “fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all.” His website outlines a number of proposals toward this end, including increasing taxation of corporations and the wealthy and using the money to repair the country’s infrastructure, extending public education four years to cover college, extending Medicare to everyone, expanding Social Security and addressing climate change.
Gerald Friedman, a respected economist (and Clinton supporter by the way) took a look at Sanders’ proposals, ran the revenue and spending numbers through a standard economic model, and suggested that the very high level of spending would provide a “significant stimulus to an economy that continues to underperform, with national income and employment at levels well below capacity.” This stimulus could lead to several positive economic outcomes, including increasing gross domestic product growth to 5.3 percent a year, cutting unemployment to 3.8 percent and increasing wages by 2.5 percent per year. This, combining with the revenue proposals, would bring a budget surplus. Friedman wrote:
Like the New Deal of the 1930s, Senator Sanders’ program is designed to do more than merely increase economic activity: the expenditure, regulatory, and tax programs will increase economic activity and employment and promote a more just prosperity, “broadly-based” with a narrowing of economic inequality.
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A BLM activist interrupted Hillary Clinton at a meeting with donors on February 24th, and she didn’t handle it well. Maybe not so surprisingly, given media protection of Hillary Clinton thus far, her first encounter with Black Lives Matter last summer received very little written criticism, or any public critiques, really, from media pundits, even though most shared the videos.
So, here we are today, watching a new video of Hillary Clinton being interrupted by a Black Lives Matter activist and giving her that Hillary swagger I wrote about after her first encounter. Watch:
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So, Hillary Clinton has another very awkward encounter with Black Lives Matter, and some attempt to equate her 1994 involvement promoting the Crime Bill with Bernie Sanders’ vote. In the interest of fairness, I would like to examine the equivalence of the two.
First, let’s watch then Congressman Bernie Sanders express his misgivings about the legislation on the House floor:
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Robert Reich on private and public morality
Hillary Clinton appears to be playing cynical racial politics again, as she did in 2008. It’s just got a different look and feel.
Today, Clinton is wrapping herself in the flag of Obama to appeal to Black voters, arguing that she’s the candidate who will address the needs of Black people. She’s got her surrogates attacking her opponent’s civil rights bonafides, and she’s built a large stable of Black establishment players to support her. Clinton is proclaiming that Black Lives Matter and offering bold promises to fight systemic racism and inequality.
But it’s hard to believe she’s serious about fighting for racial justice unless you pretend her 2008 campaign against Obama never happened. If you remember that period, there’s good reason to believe today’s promises are nothing more than lip-service to a community she sees as key to winning the nomination.
Clinton is now attacking Bernie Sanders for having criticized Obama, trying to take advantage of Black folks’ desire to defend the president. But it was Clinton herself who waged an incredibly nasty campaign of attacks and smears against Obama, going far beyond mere policy disagreements. A quick trip down memory lane reveals that Clinton has a history of employing race in a divisive, cynical manner.
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DULUTH, Minn. — Jennifer Schultz didn’t realize how popular Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) had become here until she didn’t endorse him. In late January, when Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Duluth, Schultz, a Democratic state representative, wrote a quick Facebook post welcoming him to northern Minnesota. Welcoming, not endorsing. Just being nice.
That wasn’t how her constituents read it.
“It was shared, like, 8,000 times,” Schultz said. “I was amazed by that — by thank yous rolling in for something I didn’t even say.”
That, and the subsequent rally of 6,000 cheering voters, convinced Schultz that Sanders had started to conquer Minnesota. “It seems like Bernie’s doing better than Hillary here,” she said. “I think Trump and Bernie are both doing well, because you’ve got a lot of people who are low income and feel left behind.”
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Mr. Sanders, those who know him say, exemplifies a distinct strain of Jewish identity, a secular offshoot at least 150 years old whose adherents in the shtetls of Eastern Europe and the jostling streets of the Lower East Side were socialists, anarchists, radicals and union organizers focused less on observance than on economic justice and repairing a broken world. Indeed, he seems more comfortable speaking about Pope Francis, whose views on income inequality he admires, than about his own religious beliefs.
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