Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bernie Sanders (September 8, 1941)

Bernie Sanders is an independent US senator from Vermont; he also served several terms in the House of Representatives. He is the first senator ever to call himself a socialist, and his views on almost all subjects are exceptionally liberal in today's right-leaning political climate. He has worked on bills aimed at the causes of global warming and on other positive energy and resource bills, has supported health care laws, and has come down on what I think of as the right side of many issues. He is independent, but caucauses with the Democrats.

His website says of him:
The Almanac of American Politics has called Sanders a "practical" and "successful legislator." He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. Other priorities include reversing global warming, universal health care, fair trade policies, supporting veterans and preserving family farms. He serves on five Senate committees: Budget; Veterans; Energy; Environment; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Sanders would be a secular Jewish hero even if he were not a secular Jew, but that in fact seems to identify his religious position.

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