Sanders, Biden, coronavirus and health Big Business


This 15 March 2020 video from the USA is called Health Insurance Stocks SURGE After Biden Wins.

This 15 March 2020 video from the USA is called Bernie [Sanders] Must Call Out Biden In Next Debate.

Trump Minimizing and Sugarcoating Coronavirus Perils; Bernie Must Continue Campaign. Bernie needs to continue his campaign to the Party’s convention. Just like Jesse Jackson did in 1984 and Ronald Reagan did in 1976: here.

Trump is running a pandemic response like a business — with disastrous results: here.

Paid Sick Leave Loopholes: ‘There’s a Giant Hole in [Biden wing Democrat] Pelosi’s Coronavirus Bill’. “In fact, the bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers“: here.

Would Joe Biden, Like Hillary Clinton, Lose to Donald Trump Over the Iraq War? Here.

Joe Biden Pays Lip Service to Climate But Has Fallen Short on Action: here.

Jeremy Scahill Makes the Definitive Case Against Joe Biden: here.

Sanders, Biden and the coronavirus pandemic


This 13 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Sanders vs. Biden on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders criticized Trump’s weak response to Coronavirus, but Sanders’ plan made support for working and marginalized communities a priority.

Bernie Sanders keeps fighting


This 11 March 2020 CBS TV from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders says he’s staying in presidential race

From presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the USA today:

A short while ago, I gave a brief statement to the press about our campaign, and where we go from here. I want to share some of those thoughts with you today, and to ask you, once again, for your financial support.

Let me start by saying that last night was not a good night for our campaign from a delegate point of view.

We lost the largest state of the night, Michigan, but we won in North Dakota and currently lead in the state of Washington, the second largest state of the evening.

But what has become more and more apparent, with each passing primary, is that while we are currently trailing in the delegate count, we are strongly winning the debate about the future of our country.

In poll after poll after poll, including exit polls, a strong majority of the American people support our progressive agenda.

The American people are deeply concerned about the grotesque levels of income and wealth inequality in this country.

The American people believe it is time for the wealthy and profitable corporations to be paying their fair share.

The American people understand that the federal minimum wage is a starvation wage and that it is time to raise it to a living wage of $15 an hour – nothing less.

The American people understand that if our kids are going to make it into the middle class, we must make public colleges, universities and trade schools tuition-free.

The American people understand that we cannot continue a cruel and dysfunctional health care system where we are spending twice as much per capita as any other nation, yet 87 million of our neighbors remain uninsured and underinsured.

And that last point is becoming more and more obvious to the American people as we face the challenge of the coronavirus. Imagine a pandemic where 87 million people have a difficult time going to a doctor.

The American people understand that climate change is an existential threat to our planet and we need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels.

The American people understand that we need to transform our broken and racist criminal justice and immigration system that locks up four times as many people as communist China and leaves millions here at home living in fear.

But it is not just the ideological debate we are winning.

We are winning the generational debate as well.

While Joe Biden does well with older Americans, especially those over 65 years old, our campaign continues to win a vast majority of younger people in this country.

But while we are winning — very clearly — the ideological debate, we are losing, right now, the electability debate.

I cannot tell you how many people I and our campaign have spoken to that tell me that they like what our campaign stands for but they are going to vote for Joe Biden because they believe he is the best candidate to beat Trump.

Needless to say, I strongly disagree.

So, on Sunday, I very much look forward to debating Joe Biden about these issues in Arizona. This will be the first 1-on-1 debate of this campaign, and I am eager for the American people to see which candidate — which agenda — is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history.

Thank you again for everything you have done to support our campaign so far. Let’s go forward together.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

Paid for by Bernie 2020

(not the billionaires)

PO BOX 391, Burlington, VT 05402

‘Joe Biden may lose against Donald Trump’


This 10 March 2020 video from the USA is called Brace for Disaster in November: Biden Dominates on Mini Super Tuesday.

Joe Biden won many delegates in yesterday’s primary elections. If he will become the Democratic party presidential candidate, then he may well lose the November election to Donald Trump, like Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Unless Trump does something unexpectedly stupid and Biden does something unexpectedly clever.

While Bernie Sanders might beat Trump.

It looks like the primary results are caused by elderly voters being over-represented. Young voters, who will have to deal most with the consequences of climate change, and who mainly vote for Sanders, were outvoted.

If Biden loses the election to Trump, then it will be four more years with climate disasters.

If Biden becomes president, then there will be no Green New Deal like Sanders advocates. There will probably be some small token pro-environment gestures which won’t hurt the profits of Biden’s fossil fuel sponsors.

Bernie Sanders campaign in the USA news


This video from the USA says about itself:

WISE 12-Year-Old Bernie Supporter: “Human Rights Violation” to Deprive People of Healthcare

Status Coup’s Jenn Dize spoke to Jordan Chariton who spoke with Alan, a 12-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter, in Grand Rapids Michigan on March 8th, 2020 (yes, his mom gave us permission!).

This 8 March 2020 video from the USA is called Bernie Sanders & AOC Rally 2 Days Before Michigan Primary–Jenn LIVE From Ann Arbor Michigan.

United States Bernie Sanders supporters interviewed


This 8 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Full Speech: Bernie Sanders Rally in Grand Rapids

Bernie Sanders talked about his policies and had harsh words for President Donald Trump during a rally in Grand Rapids on March 8, 2020, just two days before Michigan’s presidential primary.

‘We’re going to win it again,’ Bernie Sanders says of Michigan at Grand Rapids rally.

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:

“They want to keep the working class divided along racial and ethnic lines to keep all of the money to themselves

Sanders rally attendees in Michigan discuss socialism and the Democratic Party …

Sanders still enjoys popular support among layers of the working class and youth and drew thousands of attendees to rallies staged in Illinois and Michigan over the weekend. Since Friday, an estimated 6,000 attended a rally in Detroit, over 10,000 in Chicago, at least 4,000 in Grand Rapids in western Michigan, 10,000 in Ann Arbor, the home of the University of Michigan, and roughly 1,000 in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. …

In Chicago, Sanders received endorsements from Illinois Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union. However, the Democratic established has largely given its backing to Biden … On Sunday Sanders received the endorsement of the Chicago based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s Jesse Jackson during the rally in Grand Rapids.

Reporters from the WSWS spoke to attendees at the rallies in Detroit and Grand Rapids. … Many attendees expressed anxiety and nervousness over the prospects that Biden could soon be the Democratic nominee, with some saying they would leave the party were he to become the candidate. Those our reporters spoke with expressed support for internationalism, opposition to imperialist war

In Detroit, Victor told the WSWS: “I am considering a vote for Bernie Sanders because of the conditions now facing young people and students in this country. The situation is becoming more and more intolerable on many levels, be it a lack of decent jobs, access to college, police brutality and war. It will be interesting to see what happens at the end of this primary.”

Victor

Victor added: “A lot of young people like me are getting more involved not because they support the Democratic Party per se, but because they want to see a movement to change things.” Commenting on the way that race is now being injected in the campaign behind Biden, Victor stated that the main issue was social conditions: “Yes, you have different groups of people, but what unites us is that we all face similar social problems.”

Olivia, a 20-year-old model from Michigan, came with her friends Sydney, 19 a production assistant in the film industry, and Arsinee, 18, who works at a boutique. Olivia told our reporters, “Capitalism just doesn’t work. We want socialism! The rich and the wealthy, the government, they want to keep the working class divided along racial and ethnic lines to keep all of the money to themselves.”

Olivia, Sydney, and Arsinee

Arsinee agreed: “It’s the old divide and conquer technique. We came because we wanted to see something different. There is power in numbers and we need to speak up. Our presence here speaks volumes. We know the Democratic party is not all that it says that it is. We know about the wars under Obama and his deportations. We all have to learn more. The Democrats are just as involved in taking money from wealthy donors.”

Chris, another attendee, told the WSWS: “The main reason that I am here is because of income inequality and the lack of adequate health care. People are afraid to go to the doctor, or urgent care, or a hospital, because of health care premiums and other out of pocket costs. I am living with my parents right now because I make $11.25 an hour at a paint store. I work about 30-35 hours a week after going to college.”

Chris

“I would like to see a break with the Democrats and an independent socialist party, but I don’t know how we would do it. The infrastructure it would take to build a party that would be able to compete with the two established parties, I don’t know how ready or able we are to undertake that right now.”

At the rally in Grand Rapids, Tre, who works as a server at a nearby Outback Steakhouse, said, “I’m about to turn 26 and will lose my health care, which I really depend on. If I lose insurance, I can’t imagine how expensive it will be.”

Tre continued: “I’m very concerned about the future. I just became an uncle to twins, and I’m scared that they won’t survive in the future due to climate change. I want to further my education, but I can’t afford college tuition and don’t want to go into debt. I have sisters who can’t buy homes because of how much college debt they have.”

Speaking on Sanders, Tre declared, “He’s really only a modern FDR, but that’s unacceptable to the establishment. It shows how far both parties have moved to the right in recent decades. I think Sanders is putting these issues back in the Democratic Party and they don’t want him to. They see him as a financial threat.”

Tre

Brett, an instructor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, noted his frustration with the line-up of Democrats endorsing Biden. He commented, “I think it’s a testament to the fact that Sanders is leaning too far to the left, and that’s not acceptable to the Democratic establishment.” …

Brett declared: “I agree with the points you’ve made. … I champion internationalism, that’s the only way that we’ll ever be able to solve the problems we face.”

Jessica and Casey, who live in Holland, Michigan, were both deeply upset by Sanders’ losses on Super Tuesday. Jessica stated emphatically, “I think the whole thing was calculated, and it’s upsetting. I’ll leave the Democratic Party if Joe Biden is the nominee.” After discussing the need for the working class to build its own, independent political party, Jessica declared, “I feel like that’s where things are heading.”

Jesse Jackson supports Bernie Sanders for president


This 8 March 2020 video about the USA says about itself:

Jesse Jackson Endorses Bernie Sanders: “Our Needs Are Not Moderate

Earlier today in Michigan the Reverend [former Democratic party presidential candidate] Jesse Jackson endorsed Bernie Sanders, arguing that his path for progressive economic and social justice was the only one to bring equality to the most marginalized people in the United States. As Jesse Jackson noted, [so called] moderate politics won’t bring justice for black Americans ever.

This also matters because Bernie Sanders in the 1980s endorsed Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, which in many ways tried to do what Bernie is doing: build a multiracial working-class coalition to challenge the status quo.

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris has endorsed Joe Biden, despite the fact that she has rightfully called out his backward views with regard to racial equality.

Her endorsement was cynical; Jesse Jackson’s was genuine.

Bernie Sanders campaign in the USA


This 7 March 2020 video from the USA is called Bernie Ad DESTROYS Biden For Iraq War Support.

From Our Revolution in the USA today:

The earth is warming faster than even the most pessimistic scientists predicted. Our healthcare system is allowing Americans to die. Our government has been captured by a corporate-backed racist authoritarian.

The corporate and political establishments want you to be discouraged — they don’t want you to fight back.

But we owe it to every American with a preexisting condition, and every child who wants to grow up on a planet that can sustain life, to look the corporate power structure right in the eye, call it out for what it is, and do the work to take back our country.

Tuesday is an extremely important day for our movement. Once California is fully counted, Bernie will be neck and neck with the corporate candidate. Tuesday is our chance to retake the lead.

Can we count on you to pitch in at this critical moment for the progressive movement?

The lobbyists and consultants who flood cable news want us to feel bad about fighting for a more just world.

Don’t let their propaganda win.

Rush a donation before Tuesday and help us organize to win against the corporate interests that exploit our country for the wealthy.

In solidarity, forever.

PAID FOR BY OUR REVOLUTION
PO Box 66208
WASHINGTON, DC, 20035

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

On the eve of Michigan primary

Another corporate media smear against Bernie Sanders

7 March 2020

Continuing the corporate media attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the New York Times published a front-page report Friday highlighting a Sanders visit to the Soviet Union in 1988 to establish a “sister city” connection between Burlington, Vermont, where he was mayor, and Yaroslavl, an industrial city on the Volga River.

The headline of the article conveys the impression that Sanders was the gullible tool of nefarious Soviet manipulation: “As Bernie Sanders Pushed for Closer Ties, Soviet Union Spotted Opportunity.”

The actual content of the article entirely fails to substantiate the lurid implications of the headline, however. The “opportunity” was nothing more than the promotion of peaceful exchanges of visits by officials, sports teams and ordinary citizens, which was supported by both the Reagan administration and its Soviet counterparts under Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Times article comes only two weeks after a similarly sensationalized and unsubstantiated report in the Washington Post, declaring that US intelligence agencies had concluded that the Russian government was intervening into the US elections in support of Sanders.

The Post article was published on the eve of the Nevada primary, in a transparent effort to sabotage the Sanders campaign. The Times article has a similar purpose: it comes only four days before the March 10 primaries in six states, the largest of them Michigan, where the Democratic Party and the corporate media aim to give Sanders a death blow, defeating him in a major industrial state where he won an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The Democratic leadership seeks to follow up its success on “Super Tuesday”, March 3, where former Vice President Joe Biden won 10 of the 14 primaries to take a narrow lead in delegates to the Democratic national convention. They hope that beating Sanders on “mini-Tuesday,” March 10, would effectively clinch the nomination for Biden.

The former vice president is expected to win the primaries in Mississippi and Missouri, while Sanders is expected to win the primary in Washington state—conducted entirely by mail—and the caucuses in North Dakota, which he won in 2016, as well as the primary in Idaho.

The biggest prize of the day, Michigan with 125 delegates, is believed to be a close contest, but virtually the entire state Democratic Party has swung behind Biden over the past week. This shift was led by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, chosen to give the response to President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year, who had said she would remain neutral until after the primary, only to announce Thursday her endorsement of Biden.

Whitmer was followed by Representative Elissa Slotkin, one of the 40 Democrats newly elected in 2018 in districts previously held by Republicans, who had also pledged neutrality. Slotkin is a former CIA agent who served in top national security positions under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, in Iraq and Washington.

That is the context in which the Times has chosen to drop its political stink bomb, suggesting, with McCarthyite innuendo but zero evidence, that Sanders was aligned politically with Moscow during the Cold War.

First elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1980, Sanders was well-known for criticizing the foreign policy of the Reagan administration, visiting Nicaragua on several occasions and opposing the US invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada in 1983. By the end of that decade, however, rapprochement with the Soviet Union was Washington’s policy, taking advantage of the pro-capitalist program of Gorbachev …

The diplomatic overtures to Moscow included encouraging the sister city program, which featured city-to-city exchanges to soften the harshness of the Cold War confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. Dozens of cities were involved, with Burlington being one of the smallest and most insignificant—Dianne Feinstein, as mayor of San Francisco, sponsored a similar program with Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).

The article is written in the breathless tones of a major political exposé, noting that the Times “examined 89 pages of letters, telegrams and internal Soviet government documents revealing in far greater detail the extent of Mr. Sanders’s personal effort to establish ties between his city and a country many Americans then still considered an enemy …”

The Sanders campaign responded … to the Times’ front-page report. “Mayor Sanders was proud to join dozens of American cities in seeking to end the Cold War through a Sister Cities program that was encouraged by President Reagan himself,” a Sanders campaign spokesman, Mike Casca, said, noting that the cultural and business exchanges between Burlington and Yaroslavl continue to this day.

The Times article also cites statements that Sanders made at the time, deploring the US-Soviet arms race as a waste of money and a threat to human survival. … expressing the hope that “we are going to be able to convert the hundreds of billions of dollars that both the United States and the Soviet Union are now wasting on weapons of destruction into areas of productive human development.”

These statements are quoted now to support the argument that Sanders is out of step with the raging anti-Russia hysteria that grips the Democratic Party, and the plans for building up nuclear weapons and developing “usable” ones that both Democratic and Republican administrations have been engaged in for decades.

Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden US president?


This 6 March 2020 video from the USA is called The Case For Bernie Sanders, Made By Joe Biden.

From the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in the USA today:

Now that it is Bernie vs. Biden, the question of this campaign is increasingly clear:

Which side are you on?

Are you on the side of a candidate, Joe Biden, who has voted for disastrous trade deals that cost American workers jobs, or Bernie Sanders, the candidate who opposed those trade deals?

Are you on the side of the candidate who supported the war in Iraq under George W. Bush, or Bernie Sanders, the candidate who led the opposition to that war?

Are you on the side of a candidate who says “nothing will fundamentally change” for the financial elite and corporate America if he is elected, or Bernie Sanders, the candidate promising the transformational change we need?

Here is the truth: Joe Biden has a lot of big donors and he has super PACs supporting him. We raise our money from lots of people at $2.70 at a time.

And now that we are heads-up, it is going to take A LOT of donations TODAY if we are going to overcome Biden’s big-money support and win the delegates we must in the next two weeks.

Bernie needs you more than ever:

Can you make a $2.70 contribution to our campaign TODAY to help ensure Bernie Sanders wins this nomination and represents us in the campaign to beat Trump?

All my best,

Faiz Shakir
Campaign Manager

Sorry, but we haven’t heard the last of Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg raised the prospect of a contest between two billionaires who bought their candidacies. Now he’s failed — but he still has the power to pervert the election, says SOLOMON HUGHES.

The problems with US presidential candidate Biden


This 4 February 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

The Case Against Joe Biden: Former VP’s Long Career Shows a Recurring Theme of “Appeasing the Right”

Following his Super Tuesday wins, we look closely at the record of former Vice President Joe Biden, from his central role in supporting the Iraq War to expanding the so-called war on drugs. We speak with Branko Marcetic, the author of “Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden.” Biden’s approach to politics is based on “appeasing the right” and “taking the platform of his Republican opponent and trying to make it his own”, Marcetic says.