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Forum Post: Bernie on the 47%

Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 19, 2012, 10:20 a.m. EST by shoozTroll (17632)
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"Sen. Sanders said that Romney is representing a philosophy that people are too dumb and have to be taught to work, and that if you are rich and powerful you have a right to rule, you get it all. If you are in the middle, working class, or low income we’re going to teach you a lesson."

Not much to disagree with here.

http://www.politicususa.com/bernie-sanders-destroys-mitt-romney-arrogantly-lecturing-47-percent.html

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[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

It is a damn good thing Bernie Sanders isn't running for President. That is the one man that I think MSM couldn't ignore.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

They do a pretty good job of ignoring him now.

I have to look below the surface to find stuff like this.

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Well, he isn't a whack job. He is pretty much straight on when discussing issues with the working class. He is a little hard to dismiss.

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Most of those I speak to on the street have never heard of him........:(

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Most of those I speak to on the street don't know who their own representives or senators are. Let alone someone from Vermont.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Ask how many have never heard of Mr. P.

You will get a very different answer.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Ooooh, good call, Shooz.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Please also try to see the video link to 'GF' & good post 'shooz'. pax et lux ...

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

Re. 'BernieS', you'll like this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7q5F2u1I_Q&feature=related [13m] !!!

Is this how 'speaking truth to power' looks like ?!!

Is Bernie's strength derived from The 'i' in 'I-Vt' ?!

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Thanks, Shadz.

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

You're welcome and re. "It is a damn good thing Bernie Sanders isn't running for President." - and at the same time and paradoxically it is also a Damn Shame that he's not standing for POTUS too ! Sad sigh !

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

Bernie is on MSM - NBC.s MSNBC almost every week

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[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Well, it is a Bernie thread and those seem to fall rather fast, as the wingers tend to ignore him and will start lurid threads to help in that.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Good bump!

Bernie always takes the right position!

He is screaming about no Soc Sec cuts. Since some "grand bargain" w/ repubs is rumored to be in the works.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

Bernie is one of the few clear, sane voices in the midst of all the hub bub.

He should always be among the top ten around here.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Agreed! I like Elizabeth Warren, Alan Grayson & a lot of the progressive caucus!

Good pols are out there. More can be dragged back from their rightward drift.

Large Protests of all pols & for progressive solutions is our best hope of creating real change. We cannot expect to vote, go back to sleep, & expect any pol to just do everything we want.

Democracy is a contact sport!

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 1 year ago

In case you missed it.

Bernies full interview on Moyers.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-challenging-power-changing-politics/

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Thx. That was great.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28495) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

From Bernie Sanders to every OWS/Occupy group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HSaZOSWfrU

Sounds like good advice.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Junkie posted the same vid, with an entirely opposite interpretation.

Go figure.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28495) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well that would be the junkie's style. Twist & Turn.

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[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Bernie never disappoints

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

He disappointed our junkie friend. So much that he couldn't listen to what Bernie said. Too hung up on gayness, or something or other.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

I'm not surprised. Can't win 'em all. But we gotta keep fightin the good fight.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HSaZOSWfrU

One of the funniest things about OWS is the infighting, in a group totally obsessed with consensus-building. Somehow I'm just not surprised to see people attacking one of Occupy's most powerful supporters.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

I would agree that OWS should not attack Bernie.

Have they? Your video did not show them attacking him.

[-] -1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I think maybe it's just shooz. But he tends to be so incoherent that it's hard to figure out what he's trying to say, so I'm barely even sure whether he's attacking Bernie Sanders or what. (See below.)

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

I don't think Shooz is attacking Bernie.

Do you support Bernie?

[-] -1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

Shooz seems to mainly just be attacking me in that little thing on the bottom of this page. But what's this whole page about if he's not attacking Senator Sanders for being one of Mitt Romney's "ruling-class friends"?

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

It's about Bernie destroying Mitts arrogant position on the middle/lower class Americans.

You don't get that?

Do you support Bernie?

[-] 0 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

Alright, I can see now that I misunderstood the Schultz quote.

[-] 2 points by Buttercup (1067) 2 years ago

So do you think Mr. Romney has disdain for the poor and working poor of this country, as this article suggests. Or do you believe he is genuinely concerned about their well being?

[-] -1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

No I think that's a distortion of what he was trying to say about 47% of Americans not paying taxes. Hyperbole.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/18/161337343/the-47-percent-in-one-graphic

What I just said was not support for Mitt Romney, but I assume that what I said was enough of a transgression from the groupthink around here that I'm going to spend the next 24 hours reiterating that I'm not a Romney supporter and that I voted for Obama in 2008. And at least two people will refuse to believe me. All because I said, "No, I think that's a distortion."

[-] 2 points by Buttercup (1067) 2 years ago

I'm not trying to paint you as anything and I would appreciate if you would not try to paint me either. I wasn't asking if you supported Romney. I was just curious as to your opinion/interpretation about what he said in the leaked statement. If you don't like reiterating yourself you should stop doing it.

'No I think that's a distortion' . You're right. I was asking your opinion and instead put my own words in your mouth. Clean the slate. What do you think of his statement.

[-] -2 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I think that his statement was factually true but a lot of people are looking as hard as they can for ways to spin everything that comes out of either candidate's mouth, so whatever he was talking about is irrelevant. Like when Romney was talking about his belief in providing options for people to select health care providers, but people jumped on the phrase, "I like firing people", and twisted it into something else entirely.

(You're not one of the two specific people who I expect to call me a Romney supporter for the next couple of days for saying all of this.)

[-] 1 points by Buttercup (1067) 2 years ago

Do you think it is factually true that these 47% of Americans 'believe the government is responsible for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it'? The implication here is that people are ok with this situation.

Do you believe it is factually true that 'I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives'. This clearly implies that he thinks that half the country or so does not believe in personal responsibility.

You think people are 'looking as hard as they can for ways to spin' this? I would say his comments are a giant tell. No spin necessary.

This is nothing like 'I like firing people'. Which I would agree was overblown and out of context. Same way 'you didn't build that' was overblown and out of context. But these latest statements are completely different.

Not only did he just dis half the population, about half of those we can expect are voters. And about half of those are probably Republicans! Holy Mother of Campaign Meltdowns! This is totally different. You really think this is the same as 'I like firing people'??

[-] 1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

I think Romney's statements are at least partially true - many do get the impression that we have created this general feeling of entitlement. The big question, in my opinion, is why this 47% is not paying federal income tax. The question goes to the very heart of what it means to a "citizen" - those who are capable and do no participate, who do not contribute, should not in any way extract a benefit.

In 1977 I was living on less than 5k a year; I had a car without floorboards, and no bed to even sleep on, but I paid federal income tax and have the returns to prove it - why is it that half our population does not pay federal tax now? And how do we reconcile this with status as "citizen"? What does it mean to be a citizen in America? Does it mean that if you earn less you are "entitled";- that the government should just reallocate revenue to afford you free benefit of whatever you desire? And if we do this, what incentive is there to improve?

[-] 0 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

This part of what he said did remind me a lot of the Occupy mentality:

47% ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government is responsible for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.

That's accurate. I've spent the last year listening to Occupiers say all of those things. About being victims, about being entitled to all of those things. I'm not really sure why that would be so offensive to people around here when it's what people here have been saying for the last year. Using the specific phrase "personal responsibility" opened me up to countless attacks here, in which people said the same things that Romney was talking about.

[-] 2 points by Buttercup (1067) 2 years ago

You didn't answer my questions. Why are you telling me about other 'people around here' and what they think? If I wanted to know what other 'Occupiers' say', I would have asked you that. That was not my question.

Do you believe, as Romney clearly implied - that 47% of Americans are ok with being on government assistance? Or that 47% of Americans do not believe in taking personal responsibility for their lives? If you don't want to answer my questions then just say so.

I do not think the issue is about 'personal responsibilty', as Romney believes. I think the issue is about government assistance as a social responsibility as it relates to unemployment/underemployment and the ability for people to make a living wage. Without which, we as a society, have determined that government and society as a whole, have a role and an interest in providing some assistance for basic living standards, in times of need. For the benefit of society. Because the alternative would be even costlier to society.

I do not believe that Romney believes in the societal interest of the needy in times of need. I think he believes it's every man for himself. Sink or swim. I think he believes that forcing people who are unable to swim, with the threat of sinking, pulling away their life vest will help them to swim. I don't even think this works in the water. People are taught the skills to swim first.

I think that Romney completely ignorantly ignores or does not have the slightest understanding of the economic reality of the poor and working poor and the unemployed and underemployed. The affects of globalization and the structural changes that are happening in the economy with respect to the shift from a manufacturing based economy to a knowledge based economy. I think he is devoid of the intellectual and emotional capacity to have any understanding of how this is affecting peoples lives. And simplistically believes that pulling away the life preserver will magically make these structural changes adjust themselves overnight. Just by the sheer force of him being him in the White House.

'if we win on November 6th there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We'll see capital come back, and we'll see—without actually doing anything—we'll actually get a boost in the economy'

Wait wait. 'without actually doing anything'. The deep structural problems in the economy will all melt away. OMFG.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

No prob.

Why are you avoiding the do you support Bernie question?

[-] -1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I avoid all partisanship in general, and with you I'm especially cautious about you attempting to position me as your ideological enemy. Besides, I would never blindly "support" any politician. The real issues are much more complex than just picking between one of two teams, or candidates.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Isn't Bernie an independent?

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[-] 0 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

Did you notice the "partisanship" talking point? More sneaky lizardry.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Yeah tjunkie is clearly a partisan repub. He never disappoints.

[-] 1 points by TommyNYC (730) 1 year ago

They might conveniently favor gay marriage or legalized pot, but watch them on economic or class issues.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 1 year ago

Libertarian? My ass!

[-] 0 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

That's a topic that I would avoid discussing with you because I don't see Senator Sanders' political affiliation as an obstacle to you trying to position me as your ideological enemy so that you can have a flame war about how the Koch brothers are ruling the world through the Tea Party or whatever.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Very good. You can't be too careful!

How about another suggestion on common ground issues.?

We got the money out of politics, you won't take a stand on defense cuts or Glass Steagal, you wanna go over the various social wedge issues?

What about EPA/green tech stuff?

Fracking?

feel free to suggest a different possible common ground issue.

Peace.

What about war? Drone bombings? Afghan war, NDAA? Anything?

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

If I learned anything over the last 24 hours about you, it's that you're never going to get that deep into any conversation because you're too distracted by bright, shiny objects. So I'm avoiding distracting you. If all that you got out of what I was trying to say yesterday was that you think that I'm a tea bagger then that's really sad and I'm not going to intentionally get into another idiotic fiasco like that with you.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

More insults?

Why can't you have a serious civil discussion?

Why can't you behave like an adult?

Are your positions so weak you must resort to this schoolyard behavior.?

[-] 2 points by OccNoVi (415) 2 years ago

Once upon a time this was called Social Darwinism.

Went hand in hand with infanticide where the moms were household servants. That's not a fantasy. It has been verified with statistical analysis of Victorian births and adult populations.

[-] -2 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

You posted an article that refers to the gay, socialist Democrat from Vermont as one of Mitt Romney's "ruling-class friends"?

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Gay, socialist Democrat?? Bernie??

Please don't wonder why people might doubt the veracity of anything else you might have to say.

[-] -2 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

Are you disputing that he's gay or that he's a self-described democratic-socialist?

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

I'm disputing it, because your comment had nothing to do with what he said.

It's typical of your "argumentative style".

[-] -2 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

Yes actually my comment had everything to do with what the article that you posted said. The article that you posted accused the gay, democratic-socialist senator from Vermont, who has vocally supported Occupy Wall Street, of being one of Mitt Romney's "ruling-class friends". I just think that's pretty amusing.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Talk about conspiracy theory.

LOL You funny lying guy.

Want some more links tying the John Birchers to the teabagge(R)s?

Reality challenged is what you are.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I'm still not clear on exactly what you're disputing. That Sanders is a democratic-socialist? That he's been a vocal supporter of OWS? What is it that you're accusing me of lying about?

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Nothing is very clear to you is it?

[-] -1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

Ah okay, so you've gone purely ad hominem and you're not even attempting to have a conversation. I get it.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Not ad hominem at all, unless you want to ignore everything else I've said and posted.

WAIT!!! What??

You already did that, while providing your own personal conspiracy theory about the innocence of the teabagge(R)s.

No, really, you don't "get it" at all.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I misunderstood something in the original article that you posted and that caused a lot of confusion here. So please accept my apologies for that.

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

Accepted in this case.

Please don't expect me lighten up elsewhere.

At least not until you can actually explain how teabagge(R)y is good for anything.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I never even implied support for the tea baggers. That's entirely in your mind, because you don't have the attention span to read what I actually did have to say about the subject.

[-] 3 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 years ago

You can't babble about them and glow about their "accomplishments" incessantly and not be interpreted as supporting them

It's just not how that works.

You should know that, by now.

Your adamant refusal to accept it's actual roots isn't helping any.

[-] 0 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 2 years ago

I was talking about them as a way to offer constructive criticism of OWS. Why would I do that if I were a tea bagger?