This is not just my viewpoint. It’s what the American people want.
Let’s quit this shutdown crap once and for all.
Shut the government down permanently, put it out of business, and offer the remains to China as a colony.
Let’s put this in perspective:
Before, during and after the 2013 shutdown, polling showed that Americans blamed Republicans.
A year later, the Rs won their second midterm wave election in a row across every level of government.
Moral of the story:
The D-Party brand is toast in large swaths of the country. It’s long past time to replace them.
I will stand with Bernie 100% of the time, every time until the end of time, which may be soon enough. The only thing I disagree with regarding this piece is the use of a polling. We the people don’t have a voice in our government because we cannot afford to buy one, unlike the wealthy who buy our government at now discounted rates.
Extremely well said Lisa.
If I didn’t know better, I’d say that you have been a public servant at some point in your life, and if you have not, that would be a shame.
Again, well said.
“The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default.” Alan Greenspan
“In the case of United States, default is absolutely impossible. All U.S. government debt is denominated in U.S. dollar assets.” Peter Zeihan, Vice President of Analysis for STRATFOR
“In the case of governments boasting monetary sovereignty and debt denominated in its own currency, like the United States (but also Japan and the UK), it is technically impossible to fall into debt default.” Erwan Mahe, European asset allocation and options strategies adviser
“There is never a risk of default for a sovereign nation that issues its own free-floating currency and where its debts are denominated in that currency.” Mike Norman, Chief Economist for John Thomas Financial
“There is no inherent limit on federal expenses and therefore on federal spending…When the U.S. government decides to spend fiat money, it adds to its banking reserve system and when it taxes or borrows (issues Treasury securities) it drains reserves from its banking system. These reserve operations are done solely to maintain the target Federal Funds rate.” Monty Agarwal , managing partner and chief investment officer of MA Managed Futures Fund
“As the sole manufacturer of dollars, whose debt is denominated in dollars, the U.S. government can never become insolvent, i.e., unable to pay its bills. In this sense, the government is not dependent on credit markets to remain operational.” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
“A sovereign government can always make payments as they come due by crediting bank accounts — something recognized by Chairman Ben Bernanke when he said the Fed spends by marking up the size of the reserve accounts of banks.” L. Randall Wray, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute
Mind you, that doesn’t mean there might not be other economic or political consequences. Inflation and currency depreciation, for example, are possibilities. Also from Dr. Wray:
“Government needs to be concerned about pressures on inflation and the exchange rate should its spending become excessive. And it should avoid “crowding out” private initiative by moving too many resources to our public sector. However, with high unemployment and idle plant and equipment, no one can reasonably argue that these dangers are imminent.”
Bernie Sanders is still"The Man" Bernie is the best politician in DC. His speech is right on fantastic!!!
Yes, replace all the sellout DINO elite/establishment hacks masquerading as the people’s reps! R’Cons only won those mid-term elections because the DP “leaders” were complicit, idiots and didn’t see the political writing on the wall, or apparently give a shite about the people or losing to the R’Con swine! R’Cons schemed and fought for their depraved beliefs/agenda and the Dem “leadership” did NOTHING, culminating in nominating the red queen hag (the ONLY candidate trump could have beaten) instead of Bernie Sanders, saddling America under the nightmare % trump regime!
The other side of the issue is that third parties in America have fared poorly or disastrously, as most know - in this context the Greens or some new party mechanism to rally around. The Greens polled about 2% -3% max last election as I recall, and the chances a new political party mechanism getting up and running in time to save the nation , people, and world from the R’Cons and trump regime are realistically slim to none.
So what’s left? The already established DP mechanism, now ruled (taken over) dominated by sellout shills,craven corporate/banker/wall street whores and self-interested politicians of the timid/complicit Clinton/Obama DLC DINO ilk…the path of least resistance and most possible vehicle to “win” representation (even under our corrupt political system) and begin the long climb out of corporate/war-machine domination over civilian 99% priorities and agenda - the Common Good - is to take-over that DP mechanism/vehicle and elect progressive, decent, courageous people that will fight for our needs and human rights!
Thanks for all you do Bernie but " It would endanger members of the U.S. military who are putting their lives on the line defending our nation.
These poor soldiers who signed up for military service did so because they had no other option. Are nation as become less safe from the people running the show in this military industrial complex, we brought chaos to much of the world.
But no I do not want these people hurt, but please Bernie. The wealthier they get from wars the more wars we are going to get.
Lots of simplistic dialogue and pronouncements, many obtuse, that doesn’t really go or get us anywhere. Sanders is one of the only voices out there, with any national audience and you trash and demean him? WTF? Please answer some of your own questions…
You sound like a Republican troll…you realize that, right? Bernie Sanders is the best we have and the Democratic Party Is the only option for change unless you live in some video game reality where the Green Party wins the election. We have to operate in the reality that’s here now. We have to primary Corporate Democrats.
Well said Lisa "How can we humans profoundly change our habits so that we do not continue to consume everything and everyone here? How can we shift both fundamentally and immediately?” For many people this statement is not clear enough, we need to think locally, regionally and nationally. The whole world needs to do that, our planet depends on that.
People believe we need all that crap, it has been a very good marketing tools for the manufacturers who moved their factories to China. It defines them, labels define them, more stuff defines them.
Thanks again Lisa.
Bernie, You pretend to but you just don’t get it.
What the American people want more than anything is Peace on Earth, not 700+ Military bases all over the world to protect the corporations business interests, not military conflicts in 134 countries where we are murdering innocent men, women, and children, not weapons proliferation by the U.S. Government selling hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons to our friendly Terrorist Countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel.
What the American people want is equality, not 85% of all new income going to the top .2%. Why should the top .2% get more than 1% of all new income let alone 85%? That’s robbery!
Why aren’t the Democrats screaming their heads off that this is happening? Every fucking day. Why aren’t the Democrats appealing to Law Enforcement and the Military to apprehend and incarcerate all of these theives?
Oh, that’s right. Over the past 3 or 4 decades, the Democrats allowed the laws to be changed so that the Corporations and the Extremely Wealthy could rob us blind, and do it lawfully.
Bernie, I gave you my time and money to see you in the White House, and when the Democrats stole your opportunity to get there, and then gave you a “shit” sandwich to eat, you ate it.
I still love you old man, but never expect me to trust “your word” ever again.
People, Planet, and Peace over Profit!
The trouble is any replacement to the left of the Democrats is going to do even worse - on the short term anyway.
Does it get worse than the current results?
You have noticed that the Dems hold their fewest elected offices nationwide since 1926, right?
In many respects, that’s the point of this article: A government shut down is once again entirely in the Rs hands.
So what exactly do we have to lose, outside our cowardly and rigid adherence to the status quo?
The FACT that the GOP will be the cause of the shutdown is irrelevant because the GOP controls the media that tells voters what caused what problem and all they need to do is have faux news repeat a DEMOCRATS CAUSED THE SHUTDOWN mantra every 10 minutes 24/7 to convince enough voters.
Trump has elevated the Goebbels playbook and made facts themselves an additional enemy on the GOP’s ever growing list of faux enemies that only Trump and the GOP can protect their base from.
Unfortunately, human nature can only change so much.
That’s why I sometimes wish that climate change wasn’t such a slo-mo catastrophe.
With the immense damage spread over decades, the urgency to face a day of reckoning never materializes.
Instead, the survivors will have gradually arrived at sustainability in some form based on having no other choice.
As for those who don’t survive, oh well. Meanwhile, polar bears cause me to weep…
"We have to operate in the reality that’s here now. We have to primary corporate Democrats. "
I respect your passion for Bernie, Riverman.
He instilled that same passion in me nearly 3 years ago when he announced his candidacy.
Being a lifelong Democrat as I suspect that you are, it’s hard to see betrayal, even when it’s right in front of you.
Bernie had the opportunity to be truly great when the DNC, the Democratic Party Establishment and Hillary Clinton herself did everything they could to stop his surging campaign, especially when Clinton’s campaign was floundering.
Bernie Sanders could have been truly great after he took the two meetings, one with Obama, and one with Clinton, after Clinton was chosen as the Democratic nominee and Bernie vowed to dispute the nomination all the way to the convention. After taking those two meetings, he was a broken man. He could have been truly great by revealing the truth about what was said to him in those meetings, and he could have been truly great by refusing to endorse the corporate Democrat, and continuing to fight for President by accepting Jill Steins offer for him to run at the top of the ticket for the Green Party.
We proved that he wasn’t truly great, and sold us all up the river, Riverman.
Betrayal is a tough thing to experience. Accepting it as reality and learning from it, is even harder.
Thank you Lisa, we all must work for real change and revolution if we are to survive and protect the future for people, our Mother Earth and Her wild places and creatures. It sounds like you have worked for change as we all must at least try…bringing our bodies to mass demonstrations to build change is one way and local activism another. Writing/posting here seems often preaching to the choir, but there are many who read here that I think do not write what they see, feel, or think, and others who troll the CD community to sow dissension and post utter rubbish. I am guilty of writing on many issues that move me. Peace! Keep the faith…
As long as the Republicans are willing to support a white supremacist fascist in the White House they should be opposed, period. If Bernie is opposing the Republicans he is opposing fascism. Many people are critical of the DNC but they are also opposing fascism. All Democrats are. Can we stop the fascists? That is now the big questions and the answer is far from clear…