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Posted at 5:10 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Sen. Bernie Sanders took over Senate floor in hours-long speech

By Melissa Bell
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Update, 7:15 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the Senate floor at 10:30 a.m., speaking out against the tax deal reached by President Obama. He yielded the floor just after 7 p.m.

Sanders has been an outspoken critic of the deal since the White House announced it on Monday.

The speech is technically not a filibuster, Senate historian Donald Ritchie said. The Senate is still considered to be in "morning business," meaning Sanders can speak as long as he wants to until the majority leader adjourns the session. A filibuster would be an action "to prevent the majority from casting a vote," Ritchie said. The vote on the tax deal is not scheduled until Monday.

Still Sanders' speech captured the nation's attention, as it evokes the traditional style of a filibuster made famous in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

Meanwhile, former president Bill Clinton spoke at the White House Friday afternoon in support of the tax deal. "This is a good bill and I hope that my fellow Democrats will support it," he said.

Sanders' Twitter stream followed his speech. He hit the number two trending Twitter topic worldwide during Friday afternoon. Two hashtags have started in response to his speech: #Filibernie and #Berniebuster. Two Web sites were launched to keep track of whether or not the senator was still talking: isberniesandersstilltalking.com and isberniestillfilibustering.com.

Add your thoughts in the comments or tweet them using #filibernie.

Here are some of his comments:

And with that, Madam President, I would yield the floor.less than a minute ago via web

It's pretty clear in this economy who's winning and losing. The working people, middle-class people, low-income people are losingless than a minute ago via web

When we talk about tax breaks for corps, what we should be aware of is that corporate America today is sitting on close to $2T in cashless than a minute ago via web

We're caving in on this issue and we should NOT be. #filibusterless than a minute ago via web

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Comments

God grant him the strength to continue.

Posted by: Lefty_ | December 10, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

GO BERNIE! You have our full support! It's time to show President Obama how to stop giving the Republicans a reach-around.

Posted by: SaltaholicWM1 | December 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Go Bernie, you crazy socialist extremist!!!! For once you're doing something good.

This is a TRILLION DOLLAR SPENDING "deal" made in lunatic-left d-crat socialist heaven. Overall, this is a BAD deal for America - "You Lie!" hussein only bent slightly, while the Ruling Class, out-of-touch establishment Repubs (especially mealy-mouth mcconnell) caved in to more economic/social atrocities from the lunatic-left. That is why Jim DeMINT appropriately opposes this "deal".

THE GOOD: improves the d-crat socialists' beloved DEATH TAX and doesn't raise taxes in an economy hobbled by the failed policies of the d-crat socialists - including NOT raising taxes on small business owners to encourage job creation.

THE STINKINGLY BAD: cut the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll tax by 2 percentage points next year (...economic insanity: take a BANKRUPT Social Security program and make it EVEN MORE BANKRUPT !)

THE HORRIBLY UGLY: massively increases the national debt and deficit to preserve a bundle of lunatic-left tax credits and giveaways, including the earned income tax credit, the child tax credit and an outrageous tax credit that helps pay college tuition, it helps create a "permanent" class of unemployed living off government welfare (a goal of the lunatic-left d-crat socialists) while providing BILLIONS in earmarks for special interests, including ethanol subsidies, film and television producer tax breaks, give aways for Puerto Rican rum manufacturers, favors for auto racing track owners, a hand-out for businesses in American Samoa and on and on and on.

However, I do enjoy watching the leader of the lunatic-left, crazy pelosi, slap down their token and figurehead, "You Lie!" hussein, over this !

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | December 10, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

So enjoyable...the Democrat Party seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Bernie Sanders, Socialist, on stage for 6 hours and counting? This will be good for democrats...yeah, yeah, that's the ticket..It'll be good for democrats.

Posted by: twann9852 | December 10, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a man with guts. I don't understand why the spineless Democrats don't make the shameless Rethuglicans stand in the well of the Senate and fillibuster things that resonate with the American people.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | December 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Go Socialists!

Posted by: Anglo_Rider | December 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

They say that you have to fight fire with fire -- so fight filibuster with filibuster?

This would be interesting if alienated Democrats in the Senate pulled a filibuster till January 1st and effectively shut down the Republican bill in the same filibuster style as they have halted other bill this month.

As much as I detest the filibuster, McConnell really needs to see that the door can swing both ways.

Maybe this is the right time to demonstrate the anti-democratic nature of the fillibuster and to secure its removal.

Posted by: JamesCaroll | December 10, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sanders, is the only one who has spoken truth to these Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest 1% in this country.

Not only that, he has also identified several discrepancies in the Republican plan.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tea Party Patriots, who forced this deal? The GOP. Who supports this deal that adds all that spending and all that debt? The GOP. Who said they would stop everything dead cold until this deal was done? The GOP. Did YOU vote for this deal, Tea Party Patriots? You sure did.... your "boys" in Washington are laughing their arses off at you TPPs.

Posted by: baldinho | December 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If my taxes go up because of this idiot from Vermont, then the people are Vermont will pay, because I will personally lead a boycott of that state's tourism. This guy should be shot!

Posted by: georges2 | December 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

As we know in Vermont, Bernie Sanders is always for the working man and woman in this country and for the veterans and for the children.

While the others, most notably now the Republicans, worship at the feet of the hyper-rich, Bernie honors and fights for the the every day working person in our country.

If that is socialism, let it flourish!

Posted by: TomSimone | December 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This man makes sense! Jobs, jobs, jobs for the USA! No more breaks for corporations that export American jobs!Let the rich pay their fair share of the money earned from the backs of the workers of the USA and the world! Go Bernie go, hopefully Obama is paying attention!

Posted by: Gently52 | December 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

As we know in Vermont, Bernie Sanders is always for the working man and woman in this country and for the veterans and for the children.

While the others, most notably now the Republicans, worship at the feet of the hyper-rich, Bernie honors and fights for the the every day working person in our country.

If that is socialism, let it flourish!

Posted by: TomSimone | December 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we'll luck out and he'll croak.

Posted by: jibe | December 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Good for Sanders. Tell those corrupt GOP to go to hell. The GOP only wants their rich friends to get richer. They are also the ones behind most of the pork in the bill that they have labled extenders.
Mitch McConnell should be arrested for high crimes against Americans.

Posted by: sumo1 | December 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Sanders is a great American. McConnell and McCain are traitors. Enough said.

Posted by: sumo1 | December 10, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

By the way Washington Post, you neglected to mention that Bernie Sanders is an ADMITTED Socialist.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | December 10, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse


Go ahead leftists ... let Bernie Sanders prattle on all day. There (were) only six days left in the lame duck session of the Senate. Now there are only five days left. Today, Friday, is over.

All that is going to be voted on next week is the tax bill and the spending bill. Nothing else on Barry's agenda will be touched. Thanks for running down the clock, Bernie.

Posted by: screwjob23 | December 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

You poor ignorant Anti-Americans. Extend the taxes and cut the Federal departmental budgets enough to pay for it. We don't need the EPA, HHS, IRS, Energy Department, or HEW. Eliminate them and balance the budget in 5 years.

Posted by: bamabug | December 10, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

It may be the weekend but this Bernie is alive and kicking!

Shame them for us little guys, Sen. Sanders.

Posted by: AverageJane | December 10, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Finally we get to see how a filibuster looks like. So far, senators threaten one and the whole senate caves in. Let us pull up the chairs, relax and enjoy the show. Excellent civics lesson.

Posted by: philly3 | December 10, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

More clown circus to alienate Independents.

The election never happened.

No, Dems lost because they weren't liberal enough.

Liberals learn nothing.

Republicans just have to sit back, act reasonably and let liberals demolish Obama and the Dem party.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | December 10, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sanders is the only one who has spoken the Truth and Exposed the Corrupt U.S., Chamber of Commerce and the Corrupt Private Business Model that Corporations are using to continue off shoring Blue Collar and White Collar jobs overseas for very very cheap labor, while the CEO's of these companies pocket Trillions in profits.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 10, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

FormrDemocrat "Bernie Sanders is an ADMITTED Socialist."
So what. Remember this is a free country, the 1st amendment etc.

Posted by: JustDave6 | December 10, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

We're with you Bernie! Go for it!

Posted by: 809212876 | December 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Go get 'em Bernie! Finally a politician with cajones!

Just run out the clock, Bernie! It's late in the fourth quarter so keep calling running plays, keep the ball in bounds, and just get one more first down and Bush's ill advised tax cuts will expire midnight Dec 31st.

Posted by: montana123 | December 10, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Bernie is a proud Socialist. The Communist Party rallied with democrats this summer as did the Socialist Party. Democrats everywhere must be proud!!!

Posted by: Tostitos | December 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Way to go!! Sanders is working for America while Reid is busy pursuing the less than noble cause of on-line gambling.

Posted by: jack824 | December 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sanders is a socialist/communist loser. Go ahead Bernie squash the deal and there'll be no more unemployment benefits, all working citizens will have a smaller paycheck on Jan 1, employers will certainly no risk additional hiring and there'll be no reduction in SS deductions. Then, we'll ensure that every citizen knows your name so they'll know who screwed them.

Posted by: rplat | December 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

“Mr. Obama is setting up another hostage situation a year down the road.”

“One big concern: Republicans may try using the prospect of a rise in the payroll tax to undermine Social Security finances.”

Yes, and mark my word, Republicans will definitely try to transform that 2% payroll tax reduction into a “Trojan Horse;”
They will try to shift this “Trojan Horse” into the beginnings of Social Security “Privatization.”
You will see; they will introduce a bill to use this 2% to start the privatized stock market retirement accounts and god help the newly retired folks the next time the stock market crashes because of the greedy reckless adventures of Wall Street firms.

Posted by: imiga | December 10, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Sanders is a socialist/communist loser. Go ahead Bernie squash the deal and there'll be no more unemployment benefits, all working citizens will have a smaller paycheck on Jan 1, employers will certainly no risk additional hiring and there'll be no reduction in SS deductions. Then, we'll ensure that every citizen knows your name so they'll know who screwed them.

Posted by: rplat | December 10, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Shame em, Bernie. The country cannot afford the tax cut compromise. The Republican fraud of tax cutting and borrowing and deregulating everything has brought this country to its knees. Stop the lunacy. Reagan should have been impeached. Eventually he will be considered the President who laid the foundation of Americas internal destruction.

As to all the far right lies and distortions. Social Security has paid its's way 100%. Have the Reagan or Bush tax cuts? H*ll No!

Posted by: chucko2 | December 10, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

What is Bernie's objections?

Posted by: RainForestRising | December 10, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

AS OBAMA ENDLESSLY SELLS US OUT TO WALL ST., HIS BANKSTER DONORS, AND ILLEGALS, at least there is one AMERICAN that does not go OBAMAlimp when the rich say so!

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As it pushes the lame-duck Congress to pass an amnesty bill, the White House claims that legalizing millions of illegal immigrants will help the U.S. economy, support military troops and make the nation smarter.
In its desperate attempt to convince Americans that the soon-to-expire Congress should approve the contentious DREAM Act, the White House compares the measure to a popular Chinese herb known to improve cognitive function. Like Ginkgo Biloba, the DREAM Act will make the country smarter, according to the No. 1 argument on a White House list titled “10 Reasons We Need The DREAM Act.”
Scheduled for vote in the U.S. Senate this week, the DREAM Act offers illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship if they obtain an American high school diploma and enter college or the military. It also provides heavily discounted tuition at the nation’s public colleges and universities, leaving U.S. taxpayers with a monstrous $6.2 billion annual tab, according to a recent study of the tuition subsidies that will be provided under the law.
Most Americans resoundingly oppose the DREAM Act, which not surprisingly has the strong support of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who says it will help “separate the bad guys from the good guys.” In a last-ditch effort to sway public opinion, the White House issued its laughable argument for enacting the amnesty bill, which it refers to as a “common-sense piece of legislation” to help “those brought to the United States as minors through no fault of their own.”
Besides, “Uncle Sam says the DREAM Act supports our troops,” because it represents an opportunity to expand the recruiting pool, according to the White House. The economy boost theory comes from a study conducted by a notoriously liberal California university that advocates for open borders. It claims that the DREAM Act could add up to $3.6 trillion in taxable income over the course of the careers of the legalized illegal aliens.
Evidently, the folks in the Oval Office ran out of creative ideas to advocate for the amnesty law because the No. 10 reason is…drum roll….”It’s the right thing to do: ”It’s just plain common sense and it’s the right thing to do.” Sounds convincing, doesn’t it?

Posted by: STOPAMNESTY | December 10, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Bernie! He's our true hero!

He speaks for middle-class America!

The GOP and Obama speak for the billionaires!

Go, Bernie, GO! YOU ROCK!!

Posted by: JC505 | December 10, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Big business gets subsidies out the ears and has more money in the bank than they can use, so why not force their hand and make them put up and go back to work or shut up and see their subsidies dry up? This is the height of hypocrisy to cry debt is too high and must be brought under control and in the next breath give away $70Billion a year to the ultra rich with no funding source.

The Repubs are a sham and we all know it. The next thing that must be done is to change the 60 vote rule to a majority vote rule.

Posted by: ronjeske | December 10, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Bernie is the only senator that actually represents the people.

Posted by: Jihm | December 10, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Bernie Sanders!!!!! Who in that Senate still has a conscience? No tax breaks for wealthier Americans! Right on Bernie!

Posted by: stargazer212 | December 10, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It is so heart warming to see a caring and articulate congressman. Bernie Sanders for President!

Posted by: lpe397 | December 10, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

god bless him. i admire obama; i voted for him. he has this country's best interests at heart. but he needs to stiffen up. he earned a rousing victory in 2008 and majorities in two houses of congress. today he presides over a party with no heart. WHY? because he's NOT TAKING HIS ARGUMENTS TO THE PEOPLE. he needs to make it so much clearer how his policies have average americans' interests firmly in mind. he needs to CALL OUT THE GOP, PUT THEIR CYNICISM ON THE SPOT. it's not class warfare and it's not "soak the rich." it's "how can we not have the courage to tax the very wealthy when every dollar we let them hoard is a dollar we must borrow from the chinese?" our government has lost the courage to tax -- for 30 years and counting. yes, the tax code needs rewriting. but in the meantime, there's a crisis and we're not allowing tax rates on the rich to return to clinton-era levels, which were hardly onerous. this is what bernie sanders is saying. he's speaking the truth to power. he's the only sane person in washington today.

Posted by: noahli | December 10, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Life is a beeotch and then you die. Just wish Bernie's parents had done the right thing and told him this simple truth - life ain't fair!

Posted by: magellan1 | December 10, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Go! Bernie Go!

Show the world what a Liberal with a spine looks like! Keep telling those stories about people barely getting by. Were out here and we need a voice. It's time liberals stopped cowering before Conservative bullies and started being proud of what we believe.

Posted by: MahaliaL | December 10, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

You know, it occurs to me:

I believe we have found somebody to primary Obama in 2012!

GO BERNIE, GO!


Posted by: JC505 | December 10, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Go Bernie Go!

Posted by: rteske | December 10, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Coloradan. I wish this was my senator.

Posted by: steve_j | December 10, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Since I have been paying attention to this, since George W. Bush came into office, I have heard about the fillibuster. I have never seen one. The Republicans make a threat of a fillibuster but are never allowed to do it. Bunning tried once but it didn't last long. The Democrats always cave in before the threat is realized. Bernie Sanders has been on the senate floor for 7 hours now, with a small break when Senators Sherrod Brown and Mary Landrieu spoke for less than a half hour. I am so impressed. He is a man of principle. I am watching and have been since the beginning to give him the respect he deserves for standing for what he believes in. The bottom line is he is ABSOLUTELY BLEEPING RIGHT!!! Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders!!!

Posted by: patsy61 | December 10, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders is my American Hero. Where the hell are the rest of the democrats and progressives.

GO HELP HIM!!!

Posted by: insider9909 | December 10, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Bernie for President! :-)

Posted by: joliff | December 10, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It is just another criminal; this time on the left. They should be focusing on restoring our competitive position in the world, and they continue to pontificate and spend money. They are out of control! Our problem does not seem to be solvable by a bunch low-level tin horn criminals like this one spouting on the floor right now.

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | December 10, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bernie makes me believe in the possibility of democracy and government of by and for the people. Thanks, Bernie, for taking the time to ignite the world, which, if it is not watching, it is listening. Long may you reign

Posted by: stuckincleveland | December 10, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere in here I would like to hear about CUTTING COSTS, REDUCING SPENDING, GETTING Government under control. You guys still dont get it - even you Bernie - NO NEW TAXES until you get spending UNDER CONTROL. That means Pass the Tax Deal - you do not deserve MORE of our hard earned money, no matter who we are on the income scale because we are ALL AMERICANS. Take your class warfare somewhere else.

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Posted by: niaoren99 | December 10, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Bamabug wrote: You poor ignorant Anti-Americans. Extend the taxes and cut the Federal departmental budgets enough to pay for it. We don't need the EPA, HHS, IRS, Energy Department, or HEW. Eliminate them and balance the budget in 5 years.

Bamabug, you poor sot. Don't you realize you could add Education, Commerce, and Interior to your list and it still won't balance the budget. All those guys are small players in budget terms. DOD, DHS, Social Security and Medicare is where the money is. If you really want to control the deficits then what programs do YOU like that you are willing to cut? Its easy to cut programs you don't like but since other people do...they don't get cut. As a city dweller, I'm all for cutting all Ag subsidies, cut the subsidies to big oil for starters. But other people like them so nothing gets done and the deficit keep growing. We all will have to put our sacred cows on the chopping block to reign in the spending.

Posted by: Repub | December 10, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

You really have to listen, Senator Sanders is hitting them with the FACTS! He says and I recall him being instrumental in getting a clause in the financial reform bill after asking our Fed Chair Bernake about loans provided by the Fed Reserve not under Tarp or the Asset Relief programs. These were secret loans that were disclosed on December 1st because of Sen Sanders' clause. You gotta hear about that. We have been royally screwed, using tax payer money for banks, corporations and INDIVIDUALS, and GET THIS, banks outside of the USA, including South Korea and others! He is stating FACTS. Its too bad that more people don't pay attention. It's sad really. GO BERNIE!!

Posted by: patsy61 | December 10, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Bernie for President.

Even the rightwing bungholes who post here would have a better life because we'd all have a better country.

How could anybody be proud to be a republican?

Posted by: rcubedkc | December 10, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
More important than the "deal" is the way that it was reached.
We know that we cannot trust Republicans in public, how can we trust them behind closed doors?
If the Republicans want to say anything, let them say it in the open!
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | December 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Once again; The Dems are unable and unwilling to be honest with America and look at reality. Billionaires are not lining up to pay taxes. In fact; look at the Billionaires Promise that has been in the news lately. Not a single Billionaire is giving his money to the Government to pay down the deficit. All of the funds are going to charity where they believe it will be most wisely spent. You won't collect a dime in Estate Tax revenue from them or from multi-millionaires because they all fund Charitable Foundations with their assets. And there is no way in the world you will ever eliminate those from the IRS regs.
By waging class warfare and instilling hatred and jealousy amongst Americans, Dems and especially liberals are a stain on our society.
Dems are chiefly responsible for the economic collapse we have experienced. Had it not been for Dems creating sub-prime loans (Carter) zero-down loans(Cisneros under Clinton) and then using the criminal organization ACORN (Obama) to shove these down the banks throat with lawsuits while they collected billions in ransom, forcing Fannie and Freddie to put 45% sub-prime mortgages into every package sold to the Street, without disclosure, then stymied Republicans many attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie ( calling them racist, saying that real estate always went up, 2% down was more than sufficient) and more. Of course, the criminal heads of Fannie and Freddie escaped justice thanks to Dems and they went on to advise Obama. Obama and the CBC fought FHA in June 2008, at the height of the crisis, when they tried to end an ACORN and Obama created loan scam involving seller based charitable donations to look like down payments that resulted in 4 TIMES the foreclosure rate of other sub-prime programs. Had it not been for Dems, Liberals who pushed sub-prime loans on the world, we would not have the crisis we have today.

Posted by: kjp1 | December 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, Bernie Sanders! Jesus once said, "As ye have done it to the least of these, Ye hast done it to me". All these phony "Christians" who blab their faith and condemn others who don't "Talk the talk", need to start "Walking the WALK"! WHAT is their alternative? YOU give me HOPE that there are STILL intelligent, caring Senators in Washington who are compassionate, competent and proactive FOR the People! May the good God continue to bless all that you do for your State and Country!

Posted by: billnbillieskid | December 10, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I hear Bernie quoting complaints about how tough it is for people like me in the same situation living on SS and a pension that has never increased since I retired over 25 yeas ago but I can't understand exactly what these complaints ,as pitiful as they are, have to do with maintaining the Bush tax cuts. No one is having his or her taxes raised so how does this socialist fool equate rising costs and inflation with taxes that are not going up with the passage of the bill. In the same agreement there will be billions paid out by extending the unemployment insurance for an additional time.

We all know that many of the complainants don't pay income taxes because they don't make enough so lets get down to providing work for those who are still at the employment age.

All Sanders is doing is holding up keeping tax rates as they are now and if the agreement doesn't carry the TAXES will go up for ALL.

Vermont should have retired this nutcase socialist years ago.

Posted by: rmilitello | December 10, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I echo those above who wrote, "GO, BERNIE, GO!" Someone needs to tell it like it is. That said, why is it that someone who caucuses with the Democrats is here talking for hours, whereas the Republicans are not even forced to filibuster for real? They just think about refusing to vote for something, and the Democrats capitulate. Make the Republicans stand up and talk for hours! (Unfortunately, my internet connection stinks, so I am only hearing bits of Sanders's speech in between pauses. I'm trying to live within my means too.)

Posted by: deadflemishpainter | December 10, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Sen. Sanders for making this extraordinary effort on behalf of regular Americans who voted for Obama thinking we could change our system that is so stacked for the rich and well connected. What a disappointment Obama has been, turning his back on the shrinking middle class for this bad deal with the GOP.

Posted by: MarcoColorado | December 10, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders for president. Obama should take notes.......

Posted by: tonyreeves | December 10, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I am riveted listening to Sanders' speech and stories of ordinary Americans...what a sad state of affairs - a Third World America. I hope the GOP is happy, this is a product of their deregulation, corporate welfare including its new form called bailout, tax cuts and all of their tax loopholes and army of tax attorneys that figure out how they can avoid paying their share of taxes.

Posted by: cile92 | December 10, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Alright! A good old-fashioned fillibuster. Not like those namby-pamby "new" fillibusters where some guy can just announce "I declare a fillibuster", then everyone gets up and leaves the room until the fillibuster is stated to be over.

Read from the phone book, Bernie! We're all rooting for ya!

Posted by: shadowmagician | December 10, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

This "socialist nutcake" is the only Senator talking sense. Help the poor. Stop helping the wealthy, who, except for rich talk show hosts like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck, don't want this. Stop amassing debt to pay for stupid wars and foolish redistribution of wealth to the top of our social pyramid.

Bravo Bernie!

Posted by: abqcleve | December 10, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

At least one Democratic Senator with a spine.
Oh, by the way, Sen. Kyl says there is not enough time to consider the START treaty. Yet, Sen. Sanders was able to mini-filibuster today because there was NO other business scheduled. Senators only work from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday! The U.S. Senate is a dysfunctional joke made at the expense of middle class Americans.

Posted by: BBear1 | December 10, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

It is profoundly tragic that other members of the Senate will not resist tax cuts for the obscenely rich, but tell seniors to go to hell (over $250.00). It is not too late to do the right thing for the middle class and the poor. While I am not a lobbyist, I do vote. I shall vote against anyone in this state or nationally who favors such ugly tax cuts for the rich. Mitch McConnell is for the rich only. Obviously, Obama is similarly for such bloody people.
Mr. Sanders should be I hereby commend him for his untiring effort in the Senate.

Posted by: prokofiev85 | December 10, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Despite what a few rabid reactionaries have said, Bernie Sanders is an independent who puts Republicans and right-wing Democrats to shame.

Posted by: lcarrier1 | December 10, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want. Those of us he represents in Vermont know him as a man of strength and integrity.

He's no "sell out" for a vote. Too bad the rest of Congress can't say the same thing.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | December 10, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Here is the real good news........ this signifies the end of the Democratic Party as it now exists. It's been dead for decades anyway, but this signifies the official burial of a once great party gone very bad and very much to the left.

Posted by: retsof | December 10, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for standing up to the corporate elitists in this country. We need more Socialists in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: davidhp | December 10, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

We are all socialists now!

Posted by: rwassmer | December 10, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Get em, Bernie, get em!

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 10, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The rich have more than their share. Senator Sanders is speaking for the thinking people of this country, rich, poor, and middle class. Mr. President please listen to what he is saying, the middle class is dying

Posted by: 42skidoo | December 10, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Our deepest gratitude to the independent senator from Vermont.

Your courage, your convictions and your determination should silence your critics and colleagues.

I'm praying for you, Senator Sanders. And I'm giving thanks that you have the guts to do what millions of Americans were hoping just 1 of 100 would do.

Senator Sanders, you are that one. Thank you.

"Just get up off the ground, that's all I ask. Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty.

Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting.

Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so's he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed.

That's what you'd see. There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties.

And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else.

Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!"

--Mr. Smith Goes to Washington--

Posted by: bluebonnetsandbbq | December 10, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

THANKS BERNIE.
These tax cuts for the rich are truly greedy, anti-American and will continue to drive the middle class down further into more and more poverty. This won't even help the rich.

This country does NOT need a further huge tax deficit that includes huge benefits for the rich including extending the largest tax cuts ever given to high earners as well as the $5 million free from estate taxes.

Where are the true Christian values here?

Posted by: ItMatters1 | December 10, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

THANKS BERNIE.
These tax cuts for the rich are truly greedy, anti-American and will continue to drive the middle class down further into more and more poverty. This won't even help the rich.

This country does NOT need a further huge tax deficit that includes huge benefits for the rich including extending the largest tax cuts ever given to high earners as well as the $5 million free from estate taxes.

Where are the true Christian values here?

Posted by: ItMatters1 | December 10, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

We ABSOLUTELY need more Socialists in the US Senate!

Maybe President Sanders can start growing a new party when he wins in 2012.

Bernie Sanders is now my president, because he's the only one in Washington who seems to care about the American middle class.

Go, Bernie, go!!!!

Posted by: JC505 | December 10, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey you Democrats!
Let the country really see what the Republicans would do--to not grant any further unemployment, to continue huge tax cuts for the wealthy,to not grant any good for the country. Wouldn't that be best to show people instead of the Democrats caving in?

Posted by: ItMatters1 | December 10, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

For all the right-wing scumbags who have denigrated Senator Sanders, here's a toast: May you experience what the bottom 20% of our population experience every day. In other words, go live under the bridge.

Posted by: lcarrier1 | December 10, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

it seems incredible that he has not been censored. next he will say war is a RIP OFF... or health care is a RIP OFF... how can this madness be allowed?

Posted by: jgaskins1 | December 10, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

At last, in the tradition of Paul Wellstone, who was killed for his convictions, Senator Sanders is doing something to stand against the growing insanity. I pray his effort, as well as authentic attention to a number of the more important wiki releases and the growing evidence contradicting the official 9/11 story, will snap us out of our mass hypnosis and point us toward regaining our balance.
Four Arrows, author of LAST SONG OF THE WHALES (www.teachingvirtues.net)

Posted by: fourarrows | December 10, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Good for you Bernie, your telling the truth, these tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% is a load of crap, President Obama the King of Sell-outs, needs to listen to not only Senator Sanders, but the VAST majority of American's who agree with Senator Sanders. Stop selling your base out for a "few dollars" thrown to the middle class as a bone to a dog...stand up and tell the Republicans NO! NO! NO! NO!

Posted by: Tommytoons | December 10, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

At last, in the tradition of Paul Wellstone, who was killed for his convictions, Senator Sanders is doing something to stand against the growing insanity. I pray his effort, as well as authentic attention to a number of the more important wiki releases and the growing evidence contradicting the official 9/11 story, will snap us out of our mass hypnosis and point us toward regaining our balance, the balance I hoped to achieve in LAST SONG OF THE WHALES recently. A balance that recognizes the problem of our anthropocentric, egocentric and materialist perspective.

Posted by: fourarrows | December 10, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders is right; we're letting working people sink while propping up the rich with tax cuts and sending the bills to our children and grandchildren. I wish I believed that the ugly compromise can be revised, but I don't; however, listening to Sanders inspired me to contact my Senators and ask them to try. At least Sanders has named the problems in very clear language on the floor of the Senate...maybe his arguments can win over more support in the future. Or at least inspire the more liberal Democrats to hang together enough to obstruct the worst of what the Republicans will try to do in the next 2 years.

Posted by: JDWV | December 10, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

If every state had a Bernie Sanders this country would be a lot better off. As a lifelong Vermont I know that with Bernie, what you see is what you get. He is as honest as the day is long, is true to his convictions and works tirelessly for the what's best for the average person and that's why the people of Vermont, even the most conservative, love him.

Posted by: newcar | December 10, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

This man is speaking logic. Let's hope it is something the other politicians can comprehend. I wish this man was our president.

Posted by: julie_b | December 10, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

fumb ducking commie. To each according to his needs, not according to his labor.

There is an old saying, Democrats. When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Posted by: hisroc | December 10, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders ROCKS! One politician who gets it. We must call our Representative and Senators and tell them to defeat this bill. We owe it to Bernie who has talked for over 8 fricken' hours(!) to defend the middle class. Go Bernie Go!!!

Posted by: Trakker | December 10, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

an other argument for term limits

why won't Americans demand this?

Posted by: areyousaying | December 10, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

fumb ducking commie. To each according to his needs, not according to his labor.

There is an old saying, Democrats. When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

Posted by: hisro
--------------------------------

Granpa McCain?

Is that you?

Get hip old man. St. Ronald Reagan defeated the commies single handedly.

Use the latest Fox News catch phrase:

"liberal terrorist" (or maybe you can pretend he's a Muslim)

Posted by: areyousaying | December 10, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, the party of NO. Ha Ha Ha

Posted by: hitaxpayer | December 10, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

Posted at 11:20 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010
Bill Clinton, back in the White House briefing room
By Perry Bacon Jr.

Updated: 5:16 p.m. Dual Status

President Bill Clinton made a highly unusual appearance at the White House Friday afternoon, emerging from a meeting with President Obama to endorse the tax-cut agreement Obama reached this week with congressional Republicans.

"The agreement taken as a whole is I believe the best bipartisan agreement we can reach," Clinton said in the White House briefing room with Obama standing beside him. Clinton's backing could help Obama persuade many in his party who are currently opposing the agreement.

The scene was remarkable. The two presidents appeared at the podium together. Obama then left for a meeting, while Clinton remained, taking questions in a news conference carried live on CNN.

"You're in good hands," Obama said.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 10, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

2010, the year the Democratic party had a nervous breakdown. Funny to watch. Perhaps if this keeps up this crazy lazy unemployment extension(3 years) will be revisited without compromise by the new conservative congress. Paying people to not work is crazy. That Pelosi Ried and Obama did not address this while they could for 2 years is telling.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Bernie - you stood up for American families everywhere, you stood up for job creation, and you stood up for tax cuts that benefit the middle class. EIGHT HOURS! Way to go - thank you for speaking up! We are SO proud!

Posted by: joannakuebler | December 10, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

GO BERNIE!! Eat the lunch of the filthy Republican thieves! You speak for all of us who have been ripped off by the Wall Street criminals and their butt-kissers in Congress. Carve them a new one, Bernie! Good to see there's at least one honest man in the Senate, unlike the Republican thieves and liars and the Democrat cavers and cringers!

Posted by: 7891 | December 10, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope this diaper wearing shrivelled old gas bag expires right there on the Senatate floor.

May he linger just long enough to hear the gavel come down on the passage of the bill, right before his rotting soul is carried off to hell.

Posted by: trenda | December 10, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Jobs for the unemployed and the Bush tax cuts that is.

Posted by: dalyplanet | December 10, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts are not your money Socialists/Libs! Other people earned that money and not you - something foreign to Lib-trash I know. They don't cost anything because once again, it isn't your money! You didn't earn it so who are you to tell the government to take more of people who've busted their ass making it? Communist-Socialist-Liberal - all synonymous. Gutter trash of the country.

Posted by: DanX | December 10, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders 2012

Posted by: JoeBrones | December 10, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

If you agree with Bernie, please let your Senators and Congressperson(s) know!

I live in Vermont and Bernie has always stood for the working person. He has donated all of his congressional raises to charity.

Posted by: greeenmtns | December 10, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Bernie is also a strong supporter of US national sovereignty and an opponent of open borders. He is staunchly opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants, which he knows drives down wages for working and middle-class Americans, while increasing our tax burden at the same time.

Perhaps some of you far-left WaPo posters who consistently support open borders, amnesty and social service freebies for illegal immigrants should take a leaf from Bernie's book, and start standing up for working and middle-class Americans also.

You can't have open borders and a welfare state. You can't have open borders and a middle-class, either.

Posted by: MaryJessel | December 10, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Here are some ugly posts:

trenda writes: I sincerely hope this diaper wearing shrivelled old gas bag expires right there on the Senatate floor.

May he linger just long enough to hear the gavel come down on the passage of the bill, right before his rotting soul is carried off to hell.

DanX writes: Communist-Socialist-Liberal - all synonymous. Gutter trash of the country.

I write: You two should be ashamed of yourselves. You would never have the courage to say anything like this to anyone's face but you sit safely behind your computer and spew your ignorant nonsense. Do you do any good for anyone in this world? Consider the nastiness coming out of you and do what it takes to become healthier because for sure you are not well.

Posted by: greeenmtns | December 10, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Sanders! I can't help remembering Paul Wellstone--I know he would have been right on the floor with you. I hope some of this spine rubs off on Obama.

Posted by: libertyanne | December 10, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Senator Sanders! I can't help remembering Paul Wellstone--I know he would have been right on the floor with you. I hope some of this spine rubs off on Obama.

Posted by: libertyanne | December 10, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

God bless you, Senator Sanders. Thank you for standing firm.

Posted by: MNUSA | December 10, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Bernie shows us what a humane, fair, senator can be. How I wish we had many more like Bernie in congress - instead of the selfish phonies that dominate it.

Posted by: Jihm | December 10, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about that old socialist. He is known member of the Democratic Socialist of America. He's a quack.

Posted by: Jsuf | December 10, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

With all the theocon teabaggers wishing he were dead, mayby they can get one of their Huckabee pastors to pray for it like they did for the death of Obama.

Posted by: areyousaying | December 10, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I love you Bernie. This is exactly what every patriot should do. This tax cut deal is a disaster for everybody, not just for the average American.

Posted by: Terminator2 | December 10, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tea Party Patriot,
Do you even know what a Socialist is? Where were you and your ilk as Bush was running up the deficit? Sanders is an American hero standing up for the common man. Forget about tax cuts for the rich. Our economy runs on consumerism and there are more middle class consumers than rich. Give us the tax breaks so we will put the money where it does the most good: buying products that will increase demand, which will increase orders, which will then creat more jobs.

Posted by: stangbanger50 | December 10, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tea Party Patriot,
Do you even know what a Socialist is? Where were you and your ilk as Bush was running up the deficit? Sanders is an American hero standing up for the common man. Forget about tax cuts for the rich. Our economy runs on consumerism and there are more middle class consumers than rich. Give us the tax breaks so we will put the money where it does the most good: buying products that will increase demand, which will increase orders, which will then creat more jobs.

Posted by: stangbanger50 | December 10, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

This guy has passed 1 piece of legislation is his 2 decades in office. No one really listens to him because him and his whole family are nothing but a bunch of socialists.

Posted by: Jsuf | December 10, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The electorate, including the Tea Party (although they didn't realize it) decided to give the wealthy a tax break and kick up the deficit, so naturally the Republicans don't have to go along with the President's tax policy. Obama has said he doesn't have enough support in the Senate.

Bernie should be using all that energy to convince a couple of senators to support the House Democrats, instead of playing to the cameras.

It's too late Bernie, the election is over and the GOP won.

Posted by: loyalsyst | December 10, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@stangbanger50: Do you not realize that the tax cuts apply across the board? By extending the tax cuts, everyone stays at the same rate. If anything, your tax rate was gonna go up if the cuts expire. I understand that the left doesn't want people to really look at the issue and continuously call this a "rich tax cut". Let me also remind you that every member of the house and senate is a rich person, so they want it to extend as well..........

Posted by: Jsuf | December 10, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

We love you Bernie!

Posted by: erik1 | December 10, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Let him talk whether it takes him 20 minutes or 20 days its the samo samo. Class warefare and a socialist world. Dear bernie where has socialism ever worked case closed

Posted by: mandinka2 | December 10, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hyper-socialist Bernie Sanders got himself worked up into a super-tizzy over the tax issue. He should sit down, shut his trapper, and stop bothering and upsetting people. This is a season of joy; not a season of unhinged liberal clap-trap.

Posted by: Tommypie | December 10, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

By the look on his face in this picture you would think he was about to stroke out. He isn't coming back after the first is he. Why do we allow Socialists, Communists, Fascists, & Marxist & the Congressman that is a Muslim and took his oath on the Koran happen. How do you promise to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States on the Koran which teaches to kill infidels? Is there anyone that can answer that I have asked this question and still have yet seen an answer. I do not want this Bush Tax Cut Bill to be filled with pork and earmarks and things that will only cost the American People more because the Left can't believe they were elected out of office. The only reason Pelosi and Reid got back in was because the Unions made sure they had enough votes, illegal votes I am sure. I just soon as wait until after the 1st to just let the Bush Tax Cuts and the Estate Tax Rate stay at 0! I do not want Pelosi & Reid behind closed doors after everyone else has left, in the middle of the night changing things like they did before.

Posted by: egw7777 | December 10, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

To those that call this Socialist a fair, humane senator: YOU NEED TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SOCIALIST AND A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FAIR, HUMANE SOCIALIST. Good grief what is wrong with people?

Posted by: egw7777 | December 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

GO BERNIE!! Go! This part of California is behind you.
You're a hero!

Posted by: mimisisibibi | December 11, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: gladysthomas | December 11, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

End the wars! That will stop the hemorrhaging of our economy as well as the blood of those who put themselves in harms way simply because they lack jobs and education and other resources. Oh and while you are at it, check out the public option/ single payer healthcare system and the savings if profits for private companies were eliminated from the system. Thank you Bernie Sanders, and also Denis Kucinich who reliably stands up when the going gets tough. Thanks you Bernie Sanders for discussing today how much one Arkansas family[the owners of Walmart] would save with this bipartisan bill and how far those dollars could go for needy citizens. Those huge Walmart profits are made off of products made in sweatshops in the 3rd world, so should we reward them further by comping their taxes? Most of the rest of congress is a sorry bunch of bloated, white male millionaires who are self serving and do not represent the majority of the electorate.
Are there secrets we do not know that cause the leadership to cave --because it doesn't make sense knowing what we do know? Why do we need wikileaks to tell us? Why does TV continue 9 years later to treat us like children by using the image of terrorists practicing on playground monkey bar equipment, instead of explaining what possibilities there may be to defuse their animosity instead of throwing more fuel on the fire? Our wars are like Whack a Mole. And now that the administration continues and expands the war regime our democracy voted to end, no one is speaking up. Commentary leads us to believe dems will switch parties in 2012. i don't believe that, but I do believe most will not vote, that neither party are sustainable.

Posted by: donatelife | December 11, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Bernie! I am glad you documented the atrocities for the record. It felt good to see a Senator represent the majority and speak truth to power.

Posted by: rossbatik | December 11, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Sanders' heart is in the right place, unfortunately, he is still shilling for the Obama regime. Bernie, taxing the rich is not the answer. They earn their money just like those of us in the lower and middle incomes. What is needed is LESS taxes across the board, and less government spending, and smaller government.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | December 11, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Sanders' heart is in the right place, unfortunately, he is still shilling for the Obama regime. Bernie, taxing the rich is not the answer. They earn their money just like those of us in the lower and middle incomes. What is needed is LESS taxes across the board, and less government spending, and smaller government.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | December 11, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

egw7777,
"How do you promise to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States on the Koran which teaches to kill infidels?"

You can't! That is why, even though I am a Christian, I maintain that oaths of Office should not be sworn on any religious text. As a soldier, I swore an oath similar to the one sworn by Congress Critters, and it is an oath to the Constitution, so leave the religious texts out of the political ceremonies and make them swear on a copy of the Constitution and more importantly we should be requiring these elected crooks to actually uphold their oaths or drive them from office, with a stick.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | December 11, 2010 5:38 AM | Report abuse

Way to go Bernie. Right in the style of "Give 'em hell, Harry", when Truman was in office.

You're fighting the good fight.

The third world policies of American government must be turned back if the country is to regain its' past bountiful days. The third world policies adopted by the previous administration of "everything for the rich, only crumbs for the rest" must be stopped.

Keep on, keeping on.

Posted by: billtownsend1 | December 11, 2010 6:28 AM | Report abuse

SAD. That we make ad hominem attacks on a senator who speaks his mind for the PEOPLE. We call him lunatic,"take away the scissors" crazy. and use the socialist fear mongering word.
FOR THE PEOPLE...PRINCIPLED REPRESENTATION IN THE SENATE. Please save your name calling for the playground regarding the "true liberty of democracy" you don't understand.

Posted by: fortypeople | December 11, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Bernie has shown us all what a good and decent senator looks like.
Too bad there is only one!
And by the way, I thought Twitter was for twits.

Posted by: Jihm | December 11, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Good for Sanders: Its time to take a good principled stand against McConnell. If you want to see how hard core Republican politics can destroy a state take a look at McConnell's Kentucky here:

http://mitchmcconnells-kentucky.blogspot.com

Posted by: joel27 | December 11, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Why is Bernie Sanders the only one speaking up for us in the Senate. Should we trust our own President on the McConnell/Obama 'compromise'?

Would you want someone to 'negotiate' for you or to conceive a new 'tax structure', if they:

Gave $10 in tax breaks to billionaires for everyone $1 they'd give to the unemployed?
Or
Accelerated America's greatest transfer of wealth from the public coffers to the private for-profit financial industry to cover private-sector loses?
Or
Supports a 15% tax on Billionaires while keeping middle class taxes in the 20-30% range?
Or
Supports bankers’ ‘profits’ of 4%, 11% or 17% by allowing them to borrow from tax payers at less than 1%, then lend the borrowed money to tax payers at 5%, 12% or 18%
OR
Allows banks to take 1% money borrowed from tax payers and buy bonds that tax payers will have to pay 3.5% interest on, netting 2.5%. (It’s part of the scheme to ‘refinance’ the banks – it seems, they haven’t gotten enough of your and my money, yet.)

If a fellow supported all of the above, is that the fellow you'd like to have 'negotiating' for you or who you would like to have developing a new 'tax structure' with the Republicans?

No, me either. That's why the Democrats and Bernie Sanders can either stop Obama now or lose the few of us who still (perhaps, foolishly) believe there is a Democratic Party.

Thank the Lord for the saving remnant. Thank you, Bernie Sanders.

Posted by: theworm1 | December 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders is a delightful relic of the era of from each according to his ability... to each according to his need. We should let him talk as long as he wants over this (these) issues and then get on with the real business of trying to salvage the country.

The harder working, more intelligent, more successful people in the country are vilified by Sanders and the hard core, largely bi-coastal, urban progressives. If nothing else, these people have lost any sense of "pride" or "shame".

People who are successful and who pay a lot in taxes should be respected, not vilified. Certainly, there are dishonest people in all strata of society. Just as some investment banker may cheat to make millions, there are as many or far more poor people who cheat in just the same ways, but are just less successful at it. There are "fat cat bankers" and there are "welfare cheats". Both are wrong, but we don't tar all the poor, because some of them defraud the system.

Ultimately, if we vilify, constrain, and continue to milk the wealthy, we will lose the upward mobility that in this country provides any intelligent, hard-working young person the chance to become successful and wealthy.

The idea of from each according to his ability and to each according to their need is a concept of the late 1800's that has never been part of any successful society, because it ignores essential parts of the human character that cannot be ignored or changed. People are different. People compete. People want to succeed. People want to better themselves. Some people feel these feelings. Others are less driven, less intelligent, and do not want to compete.

This is all human nature and cannot be legislated away any more than being politically correct can survive the current economic and social changes. But it is wrong to vilify the successful in a society, because, if you succeed, you end up with a third world hell-hole of a country. Think of it.

The top 10% of American workers pay 70% of all taxes paid, despite whatever attempts they may make to have lessened their individual tax burdens. The lower 50% of the earners pay 10% of all taxes. So, stop talking about how the rich are anything but what they are... The rich are the people who pay for our government and all its services. If they leave or are for any reason eliminated or marginalized, the government just stops. We would be no better than any other third world country.

Posted by: gmonsen | December 11, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I want to add something to my previous post...

There appear to be many, many progressive Democrats who want to "level" the playing field by taking relatively more money from the rich and giving it to the poor.

If you think about it, there are probably many of those people who would really like to see everyone earning or "getting" about the same amount of money.

So, if we can all imagine an America that has no rich people as we now know them, who is going to pay for our government? Are we assuming that, if there are no rich, we will somehow get similar amounts of money from the taxpayers?

The problem is that there are so many people who are simply unqualified in a variety of ways to actually earn a lot of money and pay a lot of taxes.

Wall Street Bankers may be "evil" to some, as they earn their big money and pay their big taxes, but a laid off repetitive motion factory worker with an IQ of 110-120 and an appropriate amount of education for the IQ, will never, ever be able to make a lot of money or pay a lot of taxes.

If you punish the successful, it will not somehow magically make the unsuccessful any happier or better off. You will have simply reduced the revenues available for the Federal and state governments to provide their various services, while hurting the economy even more irrevocably than the deficits have already done.

If we as a society punish the successful and vilify them, we take away from every young American the hope that they can become successful and improve their lots in life. We will eliminate the dreams of the masses to better their lives and relegate them to some incredible and static sameness that has little or no hope.

Posted by: gmonsen | December 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

all i want is for "the compromise" bill to hit the President's desk by Dec. 25th.
Xmas.....of course, all will be on recess.

By Dec. 17th before recess....that's is this coming Friday. Bickering and fighting and nothing gets done and then, yippee...
it's recess...so all the congressmen can go home to their Xmas parties and goodies on the table, with 100 gifts under their Pennslyvania 5 foot decorated tree.

while the "close to homeless" middle class and poor waddle in the snow.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 11, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

While this extremely unbalanced man was speaking nonsense and the media was fascinated with the 19th C. event, the Presidency of the United States was changing hands in a subtle but determined way.
But only one site was quick to sense the importance of the event. They quickly published "The Clinton-Obama Presidency" (notice the order of the names).
It suggests that Bill is now the de-facto President of the United States. A lot of consequences follow this original thought at http://www.robbingamerica.com
They ask the final question: "Would Bill pick Hillary for his Vice-President?"

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | December 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Bernie Sanders is "telling itlike it is."
This Tax Cut for the Rich deal is both an
Unconditional Surrender to Mitch McConnel
by Pres Obama, and it does what Ex-Pres
Nixon said to David Frost in that interview: "I gave my enemies a Sword." This is what Obama has done with this Tax Bill if it passes. They will use the inevitable Budget busting and National Debt busting conditions in this "Deal" as "Obama's Tax Bill" and it will be exclusively Obama's fault for the Governments financial crisis! Then they will use the same Deficits to justify "cutting expenses" to
"Balance The Budget." Starting with Social
Security, and Medicarem, then the rest of the "Safety Net" Social Programs. Obama hasn't made a "Deal" he has left himself wide open to "Immolation" by Mitch McConnell et al. God Bless Sen Sanders for laying it all out in living color!

Posted by: JSRip | December 11, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Good for Mr Sanders...a true champion of the working classes...now if some more 'representatives' of the people would do the same...but they seem to the like the perks that come with supporting corporate interests...

Posted by: kmdyson | December 11, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Senator Sanders has analyzed the State of the Union correctly. This Tax Cuts "Deal"
will be used by the Republicans after they
take over the House come January as an
excuse to blame Pres Obama for the Financial Crisis which will come out of this flawed Bill. Sen Sanders has done
We The People a great service.

Posted by: JSRip | December 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What part of " it is the corporations money " don't you marxists get? The money I make, the corporations make is ours, period. If this most worthless marxist administration wants to adopt 38 million illegals, then the terrorist and thief sitting in the oval office needs to find the money elsewhere to support the. The U.S. Constitution does NOT say jack diddley about " We the People " having to support obama's new constituency. The Bush tax cuts should have been made permanent years ago, we as a nation cannot support socialism anymore, it has crippled Capitalism to put the country on the brink of bankruptcy. You marxists clowns need to move to china or europe or venezuela, quit trying to turn this country into a oppressive taxing 3rd world ghetto slum.

Posted by: tymtrvlr1 | December 11, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Is there any indication of how the Sanders speech might have affected climate change?

Posted by: jmf3210 | December 11, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Did this speech have any affect on climate change?

Posted by: jmf3210 | December 11, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse


As a general rule, if you can shave at least a half point off your current interest rate, it is a good idea to refinance. If you currently have a home mortgage above 7%, the time is now to make a change. Look online for "123 Mortgage Refinance" they gave me the lowest rate than everybody else which is 3.21%.

Posted by: tinagrim | December 12, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Go Bernie!

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 13, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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