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Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign is recognizing a union of its staff, a first in the history of U.S. presidential campaigns. "We're honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in an emailed statement.

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Do you think the disbanding of his think tank is related to this unionization?:

Think tank run by Bernie Sanders' wife and son is closing

The Sanders Institute, a think tank founded by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' wife and son, is shutting down, at least for now, amid criticism that the nonprofit has blurred the lines between family, fundraising and campaigning.

Jane Sanders, who also serves as a chief adviser to her husband's presidential campaign, is not compensated for her role at the institute. Her son, David Driscoll, is paid $100,000 a year as co-founder and executive director. Driscoll previously was an executive for Nike and the Vermont snowboarding firm Burton, but had no previous nonprofit experience, according to his LinkedIn profile.

www.cbsnews.com

Bernie said no nepotism was involved, but if your campaign staff is unionizing, it might look questionable to be paying $100,000 a year to your son.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-16 09:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I just learned what Bernie's campaign slogan is. Nice:

Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign slogan is a direct rebuke of Trump's 2016 message of ‘I alone can fix' America

As Sanders has hit the campaign trail over the past week, a consistent theme has emerged at his rallies as the senator's supporters have chanted his name -- Sanders interrupts the crowd and says his campaign is not about "Bernie" but "you" and "us."

"Let me say what I've said from the beginning," Sanders told the crowd in Iowa as people chanted his name. "It ain't Bernie, it's you. It's not me. It is us."

This is linked to Sanders' campaign slogan for 2020: "Not me. Us."

www.businessinsider.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-16 09:11 AM | Reply

Great. Now they can corrupt their own pension fund after the elections...

#3 | Posted by hoser at 2019-03-16 09:42 AM | Reply

#3, So for someone as stupid as hoser, its OK for any right wing thug to save for their retirement, but if a liberal does it, its proof of corruption and the in your face nepotism that Trump parades around with is no problem. Trump's corruption transcends anything we've ever seen in a Presidency; children and Asian pimps running pay to play operations for access to our President; with a failure to divest holdings into a blind trust; using his position to garner "loans" from the Saudis and Russians; with more golf than his faked outrage suggested Obama was entitled to; with a modus operandi of bullying and a trail of victims who he then blames, like any good business savvy lawyer has learned to do. A bully with nuclear weapons is a horrible thing to ponder,

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-16 11:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Proletarians unite! Overthrow the bourgeoisie!

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#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-16 11:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

nulli wants to lump Moore, Sanders & Warren into the same class as Bezos, Buffet and Gates. Good luck with that. Get real. Bezos, Buffet and Gates aren't even in the same class as the Duponts, Fords, Morgans, Rothchilds, Rockefellers etc... because old money grows faster than the economy, fueled by debt with compounding interest rates.

Nor is Bezos or Gates like Blankfein, Buffet, Paulson or Rubin, who made all their money shuffling paper, in a completely unproductive activity, all day long.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-16 04:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Nor is Bezos or Gates like Blankfein, Buffet, Paulson or Rubin, who made all their money shuffling paper, in a completely unproductive activity, all day long."

Are you serious????

Name a single productive activity Bernie Sanders has ever engaged in.

Bernie Sanders was kicked out of a hippie commune for laziness. So if anything, his claim to fame is having been unproductive at a level exceeding those who are known for their lack of productivity.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-16 07:35 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-16

Except the fact he was never member of the commune and that he was only allotted 3 days visit at the commune to research a book

#8 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-03-16 08:47 PM | Reply

, including Head Start teacher, psychiatric aide, and carpenter. In 1968, Sanders moved to Vermont because he had been "captivated by rural life." After his arrival there he worked as a carpenter, filmmaker, and writer who created and sold "radical film strips" and other educational materials to schools. He also wrote several articles for the alternative publication The Vermont Freeman

#9 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-03-16 08:51 PM | Reply

#8

According to Kate Daloz, the author of the book "We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America,":

"Bernie Sanders, 30, came to Myrtle Hill in the summer of 1971, at about the same time he became active in the socialist Liberty Union Party. He was there in the middle of researching an article on natural childbirth for Movement, Liberty Union's newspaper. According to Deloz, "Many elements of Western medicine came under suspicion during this period, but none more so than modern obstetrics." Sanders was there on a 3 day trial period.

Other than working on his article, which involved interviewing a pregnant member of the commune, Sanders spent his time at Myrtle Hill in "endless political discussion," Deloz reports. This did not go over well with the rest of the hippies, who were working the land the way folks used to do in Colonial Vermont, which meant enduring long hours of backbreaking labor. According to Daloz, one of the commune members, Craig, "resented feeling like he had to pull others out of Bernie's orbit if any work was going to get accomplished that day."

In the end, Sanders was told he was no longer welcome because he wasn't contributing. "When Bernie had stayed for Myrtle's allotted three days, Craig politely requested that he move on," Daloz reports."

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-16 09:03 PM | Reply

I just don't think that the members of Myrtle Hill properly understood that they were in the presence of a genius, and that was contribution enough.

Genius...terrific genius.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-16 09:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-0

You know why that's only found on right wing web sites cause its full of crap.

He was there to research a book on natural birth and was not a member nor did he have any plans to join

#12 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-03-16 10:16 PM | Reply

#12

Are you able to provide any evidence that Bernie was ever a productive member of society?

#13 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-16 10:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#13, what an interesting question coming from a man whose first job was killing people.

Bernie was captain of his high school track team and took third place in the New York City indoor one-mile race. At the University of Chicago Sanders played a key role in desegregating student housing. Sanders once spent a day putting up fliers protesting against police brutality, only to eventually notice that a Chicago police car was shadowing him and taking them all down.
Sanders was active in several peace and antiwar movements. He was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Student Peace Union while attending the University of Chicago. Sanders was active in several peace and antiwar movements. He was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Student Peace Union while attending the University of Chicago.
After college, Sanders worked as a Head Start teacher, psychiatric aide, carpenter and film maker before launching his political career beginning as the mayor of Burlington, Vt winning by just 10 votes and eventually rising to the US Senate. His Burlington victory stunned the local political establishment which, like most US cities, had pandered to Real Estate developers. His popularity increased while he served three terms.

#14 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-17 02:24 AM | Reply

Bernie Sanders walks into a bar...

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#15 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-17 02:39 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Are you able to provide any evidence that Bernie was ever a productive member of society?"

Was Joseph Stalin a productive member of society?
Just trying to get a read on this concept.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-17 03:34 AM | Reply

This is the dumbest thread I've ever read, we're supposed to evaluate Bernie now on a three day stay at a commune 60 years ago? The Bernie haters have to reach way back into times so long ago and find stuff to talk about so insignificant that it makes them look ridiculous. Mulli you look like a narrow minded fool. I got up this moring, made some coffee and then read this crap, I won't stop laughing all day.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-17 06:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

i2.wp.com - #5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-16 11:51 AM
i1.wp.com - #15 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-17 02:39 AM

"...because he can't formulate an answer in his own words." - #5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-17 02:12 AM
Oops.

#18 | Posted by Hans at 2019-03-17 06:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Bernie Sanders walks into a bar..."

and is applauded by virtually everyone there. then they buy him a drink. He's an American hero, loved by people of all types.

Then Donald Trump walks into a bar.....everyone leaves.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-17 07:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Bernie Sanders walks into a bar..."
and virtually everyone claps. then they buy him a drink.

Then Donald Trump drives a golf cart into the same bar, only to be greeted with golden showers.

You bastard, you promised you were the only Republican who would NOT CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND MEDICAID. ROT IN HELL YOU LYING SOB.

#20 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-17 11:14 AM | Reply

Bernie Sanders
March 14 at 10:39 AM

It gives me no pleasure to say this: our president is a pathological liar. His budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises to the American people. its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises to the American people.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-17 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sorry, screwed that up. Should be:

Bernie Sanders
March 14 at 10:39 AM

It gives me no pleasure to say this: our president is a pathological liar. His budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises to the American people.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-17 11:18 AM | Reply

What's more important: what Bernie Sanders may have done 50 years ago or what Donald Trump wants to do today?:

Bernie Sanders @SenSanders

Trump's budget pays for his huge tax break to the top one percent by cutting $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, $845 billion from Medicare and $25 billion from Social Security. That is unacceptable.
8:31 AM - 14 Mar 2019

Good video of Bernie talking about Trump's budget with video from Trump's campaign speeches/promises interspersed for contrast and comparison:

twitter.com

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-03-17 11:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Was Joseph Stalin a productive member of society? Just trying to get a read on this concept."

Nope. I wonder why you chose to compare the two.

#24 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-17 12:43 PM | Reply

How about Bashar Al-Assad, or Dwight Eisenhower or Nelson Mandela, productive members of society?

Or is this just not an accomplishment any political leader can claim?

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-17 02:42 PM | Reply

Assad was an eye surgeon. Dwight Eisenhower was a General.

Bernie was nothing...other than proof that a nobody can get into politics and succeed.

Bernie is the our Nicholas Maduro.

#26 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-17 06:36 PM | Reply

Bernie was nothing...other than proof that a nobody can get into politics and succeed.

Bernie is the our Nicholas Maduro.

#26 | POSTED BY Comrade MADBOMBER

Says the guy that voted for a Putin's sock puppet.
Your credibility meter is on EMPTY.

#27 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-03-17 11:33 PM | Reply

He was there to research a book on natural birth and was not a member nor did he have any plans to join

#12 | POSTED BY PUNCHYPOSSUM AT 2019-03-16 10:16 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Was he a medical doctor? What is up with this?

#28 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-03-18 01:45 AM | Reply

"Says the guy that voted for a Putin's sock puppet."

Gary Johnson is Putin's sock puppet?

#29 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-18 06:19 PM | Reply

Assad was an eye surgeon. Dwight Eisenhower was a General.

Bernie was nothing...other than proof that a nobody can get into politics and succeed.

Bernie is the our Nicholas Maduro.

#26 | Posted by madbomber

You just complimented bernie.

That's why he's great - he didn't spend his life getting brainwashed by the military or shaking hands with bankers.

We need a nobody, who owes no favors to anyone except the people who vote for him.

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-03-18 06:39 PM | Reply

"Assad was an eye surgeon."

In a country with socialized medicine.
How is that different than public transit bus driver?

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-18 06:45 PM | Reply

"We need a nobody, who owes no favors to anyone except the people who vote for him."

Funny you seem to take issue with the notion of the rich buying votes with their money, but have little problem with Bernie buying votes with taxpayer dollars.

"How is that different than public transit bus driver?"

I think that one takes a little more skill, dedication, and training than the other.

#32 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-18 08:48 PM | Reply

"How is that different than public transit bus driver?

I think that one takes a little more skill, dedication, and training than the other."

And if the state provided training for them both, are they both equally (non-)productive?

Let's go back to Gen. Eisenhower. Is the military a productive member of society?

#33 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-18 08:58 PM | Reply

"And if the state provided training for them both, are they both equally (non-)productive?"

No. A doctor can drive a bus. A bus driver cannot perform eye surgery.

"Let's go back to Gen. Eisenhower. Is the military a productive member of society?"

Not productive in the sense that they produce anything. But they do (to varying degrees) have skillsets that are low density/high demand, and they do support those who are wealth creators.

And that's if you're looking at it from an individual perspective. The MiC, of course, is the jobs program that many progressives clamor for.

#34 | Posted by madbomber at 2019-03-18 10:09 PM | Reply

Let's go back to Gen. Eisenhower.

I've aways been a big fan of Ike, if for no other reason than "Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force" is the coolest job title ever.

#35 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-03-18 10:13 PM | Reply

"Not productive in the sense that they produce anything."

Then nobody in government is going to be productive. So why use it as a criteria?

Trump. Productive, while in the private sector at least? I'd say no, destructive, as in: Less inflation-adjusted capital now than when he got his full inheritance.

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-18 11:40 PM | Reply

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