Middle Class

Romney digs deeper over hidden video comments (MSNBC)

September 18, 2012

On MSNBC’s Ed Show, Bernie responds to comments Mitt Romney made at a private fundraiser in a video recently leaked to the press.

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News Update: Oligarchy or Democracy?

August 6, 2012

“From one end of this country to the other, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by the very wealthy to defeat candidates who represent the needs of working people. Not content with controlling the economy, they also want to dominate our political system as well.”

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Republicans want to stop talking about the middle class (MSNBC)

July 24, 2012

Watch Bernie discuss wealth and income and its impact on our democracy on MSNBC.

“We just identified today 25 separate billionaires who are spending at least a quarter of a million dollars on campaigns right now. The billionaires are not satisfied with the fact that the top 1% owns 40% of the wealth in America; they want more and more and more.”

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Health care ruling a win for Vermont, delegation says (Burlington Free Press)

June 28, 2012

By Erin Kelly The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures that Vermont will continue to receive tens of millions of federal dollars to advance its own health care reform efforts, members of the Vermont congressional delegation said Thursday. Vermont already has received about $40 million to implement reforms as the state […]

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Wall Street asks President Obama for ‘healing speech’ (MSNBC)

May 2, 2012

Bernie talks about Wall Street with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

“I think if there is an apology that is due – and it’s long overdue – it’s from these guys on Wall St & certainly not Obama. From Obama what we need is for him to begin to stand up & be even tougher on these guys.”

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Dems introduce Buffet rule (MSNBC)

February 1, 2012

Watch Bernie talk to Ed Schultz on MSNBC about the so-called “Buffet rule.”

“…when the effective tax rate for millionaires & billionaires is the lowest it has been in decades, so you have 1/4 of millionaires in this country paying a lower effective tax rate than the average middle-class person… of course it is right to ask the wealthiest people to pay more.”

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: Overturn Citizens United (US News Opinion)

January 13, 2012

By Sen. Bernie Sanders In America today, the top 1 percent earns more income than the bottom 50 percent and the wealthiest 400 individuals own more wealth than the bottom half of the country–150 million Americans. We have the most unfair distribution of wealth and income of any industrialized country. In America today, the middle […]

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“Despair Is Not an Option” (Progressive Magazine)

December 21, 2011

By Sen. Bernie Sanders Today in America, the great middle class of our country, the middle class that has been the envy of the entire world, is collapsing, poverty is increasing, while the wealthiest people in this country have never had it so good. As a result of the greed, the recklessness, and the illegal […]

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Sen. Sanders on payroll tax showdown and more (WCAX)

December 20, 2011

Bernie talks with WCAX’s Darren Perron about the payroll tax extension.

“I believe the middle class does need tax relief. No question about that. But it should be funded in a progressive and fair way.”

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Sen. Sanders Constitutional Amendment (MSNBC)

December 15, 2011

Watch Bernie discuss his Republican obstructionism with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.

“I think the Democrats have got to be aggressive in taking the case to the American people & say enough is enough. It is the middle class, it is the working class, that needs tax breaks, not the wealthiest people in this country. At some point you are going to have to draw a line in the sand.”

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