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The Koch Brothers and the Puppets They Control: 

The Koch brothers for decades operated in the shadows of American public life while pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into front groups promoting what Sen. Bernie Sanders has called the “billionaire agenda.” Now Republicans are trying to silence Koch brother critics like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  So what are the Republicans trying to hide? It’s not well known, but David Koch was the 1980 Libertarian Party candidate for vice president. He campaigned on a platform that called for abolishing taxes on the wealthy and profitable corporations, shutting down Medicare and Medicaid, repealing Social Security, putting the Postal Service out of business and doing away with the minimum wage. “They want to repeal every major piece of legislation over the past 80 years that protects the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in our country,” Bernie said. Once Americans know what the Koch brothers stand for, Sanders told Ed Schultz on Wednesday, they will stand up to them and to “the puppets that they control.”

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+William Arrington They love to sweep that fact under the rug.
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College Costs Soaring: Sen. Bernie Sanders discussed the high cost of college education and spiraling student loan interest rates during an appearance on Tuesday at Rutland High School, WCAX-TV reported. Students “listened eagerly during an issue-packed speech by Sanders,” the Rutland Herald reported. 

State of the Union: Sen. Sanders held a town hall-style discussion with students at Mount Anthony Union High School on Tuesday in order to honor junior Alexina Federhen, who won the senator’s State of the Union essay contest in January, the Bennington Banner reported. “It pleases me to hear kids thinking about the issues facing our country and coming up with ideas on how we can solve it,” Sanders told WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y. 

The Billionaire Agenda: Fueled by $3.4 million of his own money and Tea Party support, Curt Clawson on Tuesday won a special Republican congressional primary in Florida. Discussing big donors’ impact on campaigns, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz showed Sen. Bernie Sanders warning about a “billionaire agenda.” “The senator has been right on this issue for years,” Schultz said.  “A shrinking number of super-rich people have been buying elections around this country. 

American Middle Class Falls Behind: Although economic growth in the United States continues to be as strong as in many other countries, or stronger, most of the income gains are flowing to a relatively small slice of high-earning households, stripping the American middle class of its former distinction as the richest in the world, The New York Times reported. Between 2000 and 2010, median income in Canada rose 20 percent and pulled into a tie with median United States income in 2010 and has most likely surpassed it since then. 

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It isn't that I disagree with Sanders, however I would question thr level on which he operates.  I would contented that a frustrated under society spends large amounts of money for tactical relief in the proverbial areas of quite literally wine, women and song or somethings much heavier in the same line.
A minority  of women gain on one end,  if they have the looks while the majority loose on the other when they don't and have to support themselves or have to provide for most of the family income in they have not been totally deserted. 
Some 10 million semiliterate Americans have never sat down to eat as a family much less  understand the nature of a good meal.
They don't understand something that hasn't been fried in deep fat,  pickled  or foul with processed sugar,  so the family meals are where they most economize in the home, to the point of undernourishment.   This is a point is well taken without ever delving deep enough to consider the cause of our compliant.
We have to have a complete rewriting of the Constitution , however the event of real importance is the. at least, the 18 month lead-in evaluation of our system as it stands without deceiving ourselves to the nature of our true condition. . 
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Food Labels: Vermont may become the first state in the nation to require labels on food containing genetically-modified ingredients. The Senate and House have passed similar bills and are working out the differences. Sen. Bernie Sanders was quoted in a Bennington Banner editorial saying, “I am very proud that Vermont is taking the lead in a growing national movement to allow the people of our country to know what is in the food they eat. GMO labeling exists in dozens of countries around the world and should exist in the United States,” Sanders said. 

Older Americans Act: Underfunded Sen. Sanders and 26 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate say in a new letter to Senate appropriators that persistent underfunding of the Older Americans Act is leading to unnecessary nursing home placements and hospitalizations related to poor nutrition and chronic health conditions, Reverse Mortgage Daily reported. The lawmakers requested a 12 percent increase over last year’s funding levels. 

U.S. Warns Russia on Ukraine Accord: Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand, The Associated Press reported. 

Student Debt: Government officials are trying to rein in popular federal programs that forgive some student debt. Enrollment in the plans—which allow students to rack up big debts and then forgive the unpaid balance after a set period—has surged nearly 40 percent in just six months, U.S. Education Department records show. The fastest-growing plan requires borrowers to pay 10 percent a year of their discretionary income in monthly installments. Unpaid balances for those working in the public sector or for nonprofits are then forgiven after 10 years, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

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College Costs: Sen. Sanders heard this week from college students in Vermont who expressed "very serious concerns about the high cost of college." Sanders told The Thom Hartmann Program on Friday that increasing numbers of students are "shackled with these terrible, terrible debts," and are being "forced to go into professions they don't want to do.”

Koch Brothers: Sen. Sanders describes what it is that the Kochs have in mind for a future American plutocracy “and it's ugly,” a blogger wrote for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. Sanders' "must-read article" posted on Truthdig, lays out the David Koch-backed 1980 Libertarian Party platform, which called for the abolition, repeal or termination of "every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this society," John Colson wrote in The Aspen (Colo.) Times.  

'Superrich' Pay Lower Taxes Than 'Very Rich': Figures just released by the Internal Revenue Service show the super-rich – those who report adjusted gross incomes of more than $10 million – paid 20.4 percent of their income in federal income taxes in 2011, a significantly lower rate than the 24.5 percent paid by the very rich – those earning more than $500,000 but less than $10 million, The New York Times reported. This is largely due to the fact that investment income – which makes up a large portion of the super-rich's earnings – is taxed at a lower rate than income. 

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An attorney is outside of my budget at the moment. I'd like to document the process to make it less lawyer-dependent, too.
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Who are the Koch Brothers and What do They Want?: 

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. The results of that decision are clear. In the coming months and years the Koch brothers and other extraordinarily wealthy families will spend billions of dollars to elect right-wing candidates to the Senate, the House, governors' mansions and the presidency of the United States. These billionaires already own much of our economy. That, apparently, is not enough. Now, they want to own the United States government as well.

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+ponybelloni . Im pretty sure the Government was already corrupted.
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The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much - Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers (USW):
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+Pat Gunn. You don't have to blatantly say they are omniscient, it is implied by giving them complete control of a segment of our interest rates and monetary supply.

If you believe a successful track record or "decent results" is our currency depreciating in value by 96% over 100 years then maybe you should rethink what decent results means 
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Rich 1% oil profiters are like cuban cigars:
illegal, need a chop, a match to lightup each before use...
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Sanders Headed to NC State: Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday. He will discuss rising college tuition, the increased threat of climate change and the growing role of money in politics, the student newspaper The Technician reported. 

Politics and Pitchforks: “Big money pervades and corrupts our politics, undercutting populist impulses in the political class … Only the rare few — Sens. Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown— risk standing as champions of the people,” Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future wrote for Truthout.
Koch Brothers in Vermont: “The American Legislative Exchange Council is almost entirely funded by … the big-money oligarchs who our independent Sen. Sanders has been warning us about,” David Quigley of Winooski wrote in a letter to the editor of the Times Argus.

Boston Marathon: One year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, about 36,000 runners have registered for today’s race — the second-largest field in its history, many of them coming to show support for the event and the city that was shocked by the attack on its signature sporting event, The Associated Press reported.

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+LibertyForAll  this week? lol
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Who are the Koch Brothers?: The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are using the fortune that they inherited to fund campaigns by candidates who believe in tax breaks for the wealthiest people and major cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and education, Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview Thursday on MSNBC. “They are, the Koch brothers, helping to lead the war against working families in this country.” 

What Do They Want?: Sen. Sanders “keen and brilliant insights” into the Koch brothers' extremist agenda were laid out in an op-ed by the senator for The Huffington Post, according to a Daily Kos blog. The Kochs’ objective “is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families,” Sanders wrote in the column that also was posted at, Green Mountain Daily, Op-Ed News and Daily Kos.

U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis: The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening that calls for armed pro-Russian bands to give up the government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine and outlines other steps to de-escalate the crisis, The New York Times reported. The agreement does not specifically require Russia to remove the approximately 40,000 troops it has on Ukraine’s border, nor does it commit Russia to holding direct talks with the interim Ukrainian government. 

Obama: 8 Million Covered: President Barack Obama announced Thursday that eight million people have signed up for private health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and about 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35, The Washington Post reported.

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+Andrew Schwartz Great comment.  The sad part is most on here will call you a liar.  You could add that they are some of the largest doners to PBS and sit on the Aspen instatutue (sic) progressive board.
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From Extreme to Mainstream: The Libertarian Party platform in 1980 called for abolishing the minimum wage, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and income taxes. David Koch was the candidate for vice president that year on a ticket headed by Edward Clark. They thought Ronald Reagan was too liberal. Back then, they got 1 percent of the vote. Today, David Koch and his brother Charles have turned those 1980 extremist ideas into mainstream Republican Party orthodoxy by putting their fortune behind right-wing politicians and think tanks. It’s all part of a campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a column for The Huffington Post, to “repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country.” 

The Fossil-Fuel Party: ‘It is not congressional opposition that is blocking progress” on global warming. “It is the fierce opposition by … the fossil-fuel-funded Republican Party,” Sen. Sanders wrote in a letter to the editor published in Thursday’s New York Times. 

Vermont Senate Votes for GMO Food Labels: The Vermont Senate voted Wednesday to require labels on food that contains genetically-modified organisms. Sen. Sanders said he is proud that his state is "taking the lead in a growing national movement." Sanders earlier this year proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would have granted states the authority to require GMO labeling, Common Dreams reported. 

VA Hospitals: Veterans being treated at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals have given the agency high marks in customer satisfaction, according to a survey conducted by an independent company. The American Customer Satisfaction Index, which conducts surveys for government and private sector services, rated the VA better as good or better than private sector hospitals  care, which place 80 and 83, respectively, on the index. Sen. Sanders, the Senate veterans’ committee chairman, said he hears positive things whenever he visits VA medical centers around the country, Military Times reported. “The patients I meet routinely tell me how pleased they are with the quality of care they receive," he said. 

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+Matthew Platte This is Geo-politics my good man:
regardless which idiot is in the Whitehouse. Obama has no real choice in the matter. He can however move too slowly and that is what I was trying to say (that obviously went way over your head)... Russia will pivot to the Balkans next and Obama has to stop that in its tracks. Ukraine is already lost because of his inaction. You obviously know nothing of the Geo-political "twenty year cycle". Russia is scared shitless about Germany in particular and Europe in general... Ukraine and the Balkans are essential to the defenses of Russia. That is why Vlad do what he do.
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Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont
  • United States Senate
    U.S. Senator from Vermont, 2006 - present
  • United States House of Representatives
    Congressman, 1990 - 2006
  • City of Burlington
    Mayor, 1981 - 1990
  • American People's Historical Society
    1977 - 1981
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Burlington, Vermont 05401
Senator Sanders is the longest serving independent in congressional history.
  • University of Chicago
    1960 - 1964
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