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Bernie Sanders…”No, I’m an Independent,”

Please read Sanders view of Democrats….

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday night that he still does not consider himself a Democrat, despite taking part in a Democratic National Committee unity tour with the party’s new chair Tom Perez.

“No, I’m an Independent,” Sanders said when asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes whether he now identifies as a Democrat.

“If the Democratic Party is going to succeed – and I want to see it succeed – it’s gonna have to open its door to Independents,” he continued. “There are probably more Independents in this country than Democrats or Republicans….

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The Democratic left wants Elizabeth Warren for 2016…

The idea that NO ONE will run against Hillary Clinton is silly….

Clinton NEEDS someone to be there pushing her….

It probably won’t be Elizabeth Warren….

But others ARE going to run and they will run at Hillary from the left which IS a weak point for her…..

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) received a standing ovation at a progressive conference in Washington on Thursday, as the left continues to urge her to run for president in 2016.

“Run, Elizabeth, run!” they chanted, as one supporter asked her whether she’d launch a presidential campaign.

“I appreciate the thought,” Warren told the crowd, smiling. “I am not running for president.”

Her well-received speech at the liberal Campaign For America’s Future (CAF) conference only underscores liberals’ growing frustration in finding an alternative to all but undeclared frontrunner and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Progressive groups such as CAF, which helped launch then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, have become increasingly more vocal about their concerns with Clintons’ economic policies.

They say former President Bill Clinton’s deregulatory policies in the 1990s helped contribute to the 2008 economic collapse, and question the Clintons’ ties to Wall St. donors.

“Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run, should be talking about the kinds of issues we’ve been talking about today,” said CAF co-founder Roger Hickey in an interview. “There are a lot of things that she hasn’t clarified.”

Last week, the Clintons offered an unapologetic defense of their economic policies in separate Washington speeches. Hillary, for her part, praised her husband’s economic record, while criticizing former President George Bush.

Bill was more forthright.

“Everybody acts like I sat in a closet and said, ‘What can I do for Wall Street today?'” the former president said at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2014 Fiscal Summit last week.

The so-called “Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic party” has yet to find their candidate. Warren has insisted she’s not running. But other contenders lack her appeal to the base.

Earlier Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that former Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer was interested in running as a progressive alternative to Clinton. And Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are also considered to be mulling a run…..

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And they damn well know it!…Whatever Works on Social Security and taxes….

by  @ Whatever Works….

In the mid-80′s, Ronald Reagan sat down with Speaker Tip O’Neill and crafted a few fixes to secure Social Security as a self-funding program for the next quarter century. It worked, just as planned. They knew, as did congress then and as does congress now, that future congresses would be required to do the same from time to time. They knew then as they know now, that Social Security is sound policy and a sound program, unless . . . .

For nearly a century, this marvel of policy engineering has kept generations of our elders out of poverty.

For all of that time, it’s also had enemies, determined to destroy it. In the 80′s, Reagan and O’Neill and the sensible policy establishment (much more centrist them) in Washington hadn’t yet heard of Newt Gingrich or Grover Norquist orPete Peterson (well, those aforementoined  ’enemies’ had heard of Peterson all right – he financed them).  Nor did they know that a well-funded campaign was already underway to convince younger Americans that SS wouldn’t be there for them while engineering its destruction.

They’ve pretty much succeeded.

Because they knew that all it would take to break Social Security was to refuse to fix it.

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Few people are aware that Ronald Reagan started out as a union card carrying Democrat…..

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Senator Sanders gives the Senate back after 8 1/2 Hours…….

(Senate Television via Associated Press)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has ended a marathon filibuster of the proposed tax compromise, ceding control of the Senate floor after more than 8 1/2 hours.

“It has been a very long day,” he said as he concluded his remarks, including a five-hour period in which he spoke without interruption. “I do believe that if the American people stand up … I think we can defeat this proposal. I think we can come up with a better proposal which better reflects the needs of the middle class.”

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