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Bernie Sanders: Walmart family’s ‘obscene’ wealth subsidized by taxpayers

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Saturday and scoffed at the idea that major corporations like Walmart can’t afford to pay their workers a living wage and that to raise the U.S. minimum wage would be bad for the economy. Sanders said that the overwhelming…

Bernie Sanders debates conservative economist over living wage laws

Tuesday on CNN, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and conservative economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin debated the effects of raising the minimum wage. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour. The minimum wage was last raised from $5.15 in 2007 to…

Sen. Sanders seeks to save Postal Service from a ‘death spiral’

With the U.S. Postal Service proposing to make draconian cuts to its workforce and services starting in mid-May, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has emerged as the leading opponent of any changes that would reduce the quality of service on which many Americans depend. The plan announced this week would involve…

Bernie Sanders: GOP only represents ‘hardcore right-wing extremists’

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday said that the Republican Party did not represent the vast majority of Americans. “On issue after issue, the Republican ideology represents only a tiny faction of what the American people want,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC. “You go out on Main Street,…

Bernie Sanders: Republicans living on another planet

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Monday blasted Republican lawmakers for blocking Obama’s jobs bill “in the midst of the worst economic crisis in modern history.” Facing stubborn opposition from Republicans, Obama now plans to unveil economic initiatives that can be issued through executive orders, completely bypassing Congress. “You’ve…

Senator Bernie Sanders: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ has touched a nerve

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Tuesday night that the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest may have an impact on Congress. “I think they are touching a nerve,” he told MSNBC host Ed Schultz. “I think the average American understands that there is something very, very wrong when the…

Ben Bernanke on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest: I can’t blame them

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday about the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan. “Chairman, as you know, there are people demonstrating against Wall Street in New York City and other cities around the country, and I think the perception…

Sen. Bernie Sanders praises ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Thursday night to discuss the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests. “What I appreciate about what is going on in New York right now is there is a spotlight being focused on Wall Street, we desperately need that,”…

Bernie Sanders: Offsetting disaster relief with spending cuts is ‘absolute hypocrisy’

Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont told a press conference on Monday that he would continue to oppose a Republican plan to offset disaster relief with spending cuts. He noted that Republicans had not asked to offset tax breaks for billionaires or wars overseas with spending cuts. “But suddenly when…

Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States. “We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty…

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