Thursday, April 14, 2016



Conventional wisdom says he’s a long shot, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., today will announce he’s running for president.

Sanders, known as a populist liberal and a self-described socialist, will run as a Democrat.

1) He has supported bills to audit the Federal Reserve. What Bernie Sanders’ Vote to Audit the Fed Says About His Devotion to Bipartisanship 

2) He is a staunch supporter of civil liberties, voted against the Patriot Act and its re-authorizations, and wants to end mass NSA surveillance of American citizens. Bernie Sanders: It's Time To End Orwellian Surveillance of Every American 

3) If someone truly wants to shrink the size of government, they must accept that the military's $600 billion budget contains significant waste. Bernie's the only candidate who offers any meaningful hope of reducing it. 

4) Even conservatives who oppose drug legalization can see the waste in using tax dollars to imprison lots of non-violent criminals due to mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Even someone who believes in being tough on crime can get behind the idea that doing so shouldn't involve lots of wasteful spending at taxpayers' expense. Sanders champions criminal justice reform stronger than any other candidate. Bernie Sanders on Criminal Justice 

5) Helping the poor is morally correct, even if some don't like the way government does it or think government has no business doing it in the first place. We can't get everything we want, so why not compromise on something that's at least morally correct, even if they they don't think it's ideal?

Read more about reasons for supporting Sanders:

Sanders has pushed campaign finance reform and called on Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commissiondecision, which he called “one of the worst in American history.”

Sanders’ biggest annual fundraiser is usually a $25-per-person sunset cruise on Lake Champlain.

Sanders turned a fiery, hourslong filibuster against extending the Bush tax cuts into a book. During the 2012 election cycle, his campaign gave a copy to donors of at least $50.
Sanders reported receiving more than $26,000 in royalties from his filibuster-inspired book in 2011 and 2012. He said he donated the money to charity.

Sanders’ estimated net worth, $330,507, makes him one of the nation’s poorest senators, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Libertarians are also feeling the Bern; Bernie Sanders, First Libertarian Socialist?

 Googling reveals that a new breed of American politician has been discovered, the first ever "libertarian socialist." And it has a name: Bernie Sanders. read more