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Bernie Sanders Targets Amazon and Jeff Bezos When Asked How He’ll Pay For Policies as President

Bernie Sanders Targets Amazon and Jeff Bezos When Asked How He’ll Pay For Policies as President

Postby smix » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:16 pm

Bernie Sanders Targets Amazon and Jeff Bezos When Asked How He’ll Pay For Policies as President
Mediaite

URL: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/bernie-sand ... president/
Category: Politics
Published: February 26, 2019

Description: Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized Amazon and its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos when asked how he plans to pay for this policies if elected president at CNN’s town hall on Monday. The Vermont senator was asked at the town hall how he intends to pay for his “ambitious policy ideas,” and responded by first arguing the United States has “more income and wealth inequality than any other country on earth.” Sanders continued that he believes health care and higher education are rights, and rebuilding infrastructure is a “basic need.” “But at a time when the people on top have so much while the middle class shrinks and we have so many people living in poverty, if your question is am I going to demand that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes, damn right, I will,” Sanders said, to applause.

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He continued: “People say, ‘Where are you going to get the money? Where are you going to get the money?’ Amazon, owned by the wealthiest guy in the world, made $5 billion last year in profits. Anyone hear know how much they paid in taxes?” “Zero,” the audience shouted back. “That’s right,” Sanders said. “That’s where we’re going to begin getting the money.”
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Bernie Sanders congratulates New York for 'standing up' to Amazon after tech giant cancels plan for new headquarters in Queens

Postby smix » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:25 pm

Bernie Sanders congratulates New York for 'standing up' to Amazon after tech giant cancels plan for new headquarters in Queens
Business Insider

URL: https://www.businessinsider.com/bernie- ... ork-2019-2
Category: Politics
Published: February 14, 2019

Description: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday congratulated New Yorkers for "standing up to the power of Amazon" after the tech giant canceled a plan to build a second headquarters, called HQ2, in the New York City borough of Queens. "The people of New York and America are increasingly concerned about the power of large multinational corporations and the billions in corporate welfare they receive. Our job is to end the race to the bottom where taxpayers in one city or state are forced to bid against each other for desperately needed jobs. This is what the rigged economy is all about," Sanders said in a statement to INSIDER. The Vermont senator added, "I congratulate New Yorkers for standing up to the power of Amazon."

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A number of local politicians, including Democrats like New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson, New York Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, New York state senator Mike Gianaris, were opposed to the plan for a new Amazon headquarters in Long Island City. The politicians expressed concern with the impact on the city's residents and economy. Amazon on Thursday pointed to this opposition from local leaders as part of its reasoning behind scrapping the plan for the new headquarters. "For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term ... A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City," Amazon said in a statement. Other progressive politicians with similar views to Sanders, such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also applauded by Amazon's decision to cancel the plan to expand into New York City. "Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world," Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who worked hard to bring Amazon to the state, was not enthused by Thursday's developments. Cuomo attacked the New York politicians who stood against the plan and called for these politicians to be "held accountable for the lost economic opportunity." 56% of registered voters in New York state supported the plan to build the new Amazon headquarters in Queens, according to a Siena College poll released Tuesday. And a report commissioned by Cuomo suggested the plan would've brought $27.5 billion in tax revenue for the state and city. But some of the local leaders critical of Amazon expressed concerns with the $3 billion in tax incentives the state and city would pay to the company as part of the deal.

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Sanders, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has been a consistent and unabashedly vocal critic of Amazon's treatment of its workers. The senator, who's seemingly poised to make another run for president in 2020, has made tackling wealth inequality and the influence of corporations in US politics the centerpiece of his long career in politics.
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Bernie Sanders: Well Actually, Breadlines Aren’t Quite So Bad

Postby smix » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:24 pm

Bernie Sanders: Well Actually, Breadlines Aren’t Quite So Bad
The Federalist

URL: https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/19/be ... quite-bad/
Category: Politics
Published: February 19, 2019

Description: This morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced that he intends to run for president in 2020:
I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in:

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— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019

Of course, this resulted in conservatives “pouncing” on an unsavory video from the mid-1980s in which Sanders articulates his support for breadlines, in what could reasonably be called the best “well actually” of all time. When asked about breadlines in Nicaragua and Sanders’ support for Sandinistas, the senator quipped: “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”
This 2020 Democrat primary is going to be BANANAS! The latest candidate LOVES bread lines!!



— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) February 19, 2019

He acts as if this is some sort of trump card that invalidates criticism of breadlines, but people waiting miserably in line for hours to receive basic (and scant) provisions due to horrific food shortages, is pretty far from most sane people’s concept of a productive economy. Imagine the opportunity cost: people standing in lines for hours, as a part of a daily or weekly ritual to get bread and soap and milk, means these people will not be able to work or pursue any enjoyable or fulfilling activities during this time. Lost innovation and productivity is certainly an argument against breadlines, but for those swayed by the idea of unshackling people from capitalism so they can have more free time and pleasure, don’t assume that standing in breadlines is a happiness upgrade by any stretch of the imagination. Even more so, his basic premise is flawed. Does he mean capitalist countries are those in which the rich get the food and the poor starve to death (perhaps a hyperbolic statement on income inequality)? Because that’s mostly false. In 1820, 94 percent of the global population lived in extreme poverty. By 1990, this figure had dropped to around 30 percent, and by 2015, it hovered around 9.6 percent. Now, clearly it’s a bad thing to have any number of people living in extreme poverty, but the drastic increase in quality of life and access to basic provisions should not be diminished, and should be attributed to the Industrial Revolution, globalization, and the rise of capitalism. If he’s talking specifically about communist and socialist countries and indicting the greed of the ruling classes, calling attention to how they’ve implemented his beloved ideology, he’s absolutely right, and it’s strange he believes that corruption is a bug, not a feature, of socialism. When this same pattern plays out time and time again in countries all over the world, we should begin to wonder whether there’s an enormous issue with the incentives of socialism. After all, Sanders has a history of being oddly fawning toward Fidel Castro, and he did kinda sorta honeymoon in the Soviet Union. Buckle in for a lot more revisionist talking points that make socialism sound peachy, and a lot more Bernie acolytes attempting to make the case for why you, too, should hope for breadlines.
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