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For Bernie Sanders To Keep his Campaign Promises, It would Cost as Much as the National Debt

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Bernie Sanders has made a lot of expensive promises during his campaign, and a recent Wall Street Journal report indicated that these promises may not even be financially possible.

According to the numbers released by WSJ this week, Sanders’ plans would cost roughly 18 trillion dollars, a figure that is about the size of the entire national debt. This means that if these plans were enacted, it would double the current national debt, a feat that may not even be possible under today’s economic circumstances.

To fund his plans, Sanders has suggested large tax increases that would bring in $6.5 trillion over 10 years, which is still not even close to the total number needed. Over a 10 year period of implementing Sander’s proposals, the government would spend a projected $68 trillion.

The plans include a $15 trillion health program, $1.2 trillion in benefit packages, $1 trillion on roads, bridges and airports, $750 billion on schools, and billions in other expenses.

Warren Gunnels, Sanders’ policy director, defended the proposals, telling the Wall Street Journal that “Sen. Sanders’s agenda does cost money. If you look at the problems that are out there, it’s very reasonable.”

Many of these promises sound great at face value and are in line with what most people want to hear, but like most promises made by politicians, they aren’t entirely possible and they come with a heavy cost.

Even many Democrats believe that his plans are not possible. Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy at the Democratic think tank Third Way pointed out that, “We are not a country that has limitless resources. You need to tap on the brakes somewhere, but he doesn’t. There’s no such thing as free college; somebody is going to be paying for it.”

If Sanders was willing to cut back on the country’s massive military budget, his expensive proposals might actually be possible, but he doesn’t plan on making any major changes with foreign policy. He has recently said that he will leave the drone program operational if he is elected, and he has consistently voted in favor of military spending, and of large military aid packages to countries like Israel.

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  • Dem·a·gogue
    noun: demagogue; plural noun: demagogues

    A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

    • Yo, unless you and your followers want to take up arms and we all head to Washington and end this ourselves, promptly shut the fuck up.

    • National debt will be there no matter who gets in office –the only difference is that Bernie wants to help people not big business.

    • Wes Desto You do know who wins that argument, no?

    • #BernieSanders2016 has been for the poor, minorities and disappearing middle class for decades! He also has a plan, unlike other candidates! Free Thought Project should really do some research!

      http://berniementum.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-does-bernie-sanders-plan-to-pay-for_29.html?m=1

    • Lol yea he sure does have a plan… A terrible one.

    • Brett Bloxsom as opposed to..

    • Brett Bloxsom , better than the idiot party’s plan(s).

    • Cognitive dissonance is a bitch free thought project. You may be preaching to deaf (and dumb) ears. “Bernie has a plan to reduce police violence!” “By increasing taxes fines and fees. Through police violence.”

    • Charles Olin Agree Charles!

    • Good question Louis.

    • Joseph Rosario you confuse Statism with Patriotism

    • Kevin Valdez lol happened again

    • Mmmmm I’m wondering, maybe the US has a huge budget in some not only useless but harmful area that can easily pay for Sanders proposals…….

      Come on, I live in a third world country (Argentina) and even here education and healthcare are completely free. We even have the best college of south america and guess what? You don’t have to pay a cent for it 🙂

      Saying Sanders proposals are impossible means you’ve been completely brainwashed by the establishment.

    • This page’s slanderings on sanders seem to lack substance. Puzzling.

    • Well, give them some money and the “Free Though Project” won’t be that free anymore, right?
      How can a defense budget that’s bigger than the next 12 biggest budgets in defense combined not be an issue but trying to give free healthcare and education to people is?

    • Sebastián Cascardo Thank you!!! Was going to post this myself.

      Between the war machine and tax breaks/loopholes for the highest class we *could* make all those things free. That’s exactly U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s whole point…!

    • Brett Bloxsom are you very wealthy? Or do you watch too much entertainment channel Fox News?

    • The paid thought project.

    • On your rational argument point (on the meme)….
      He’s the only one debating actual issues and taking stances against the oligarchy in place???
      He’s actually a good choice, not the lesser evil….

    • Berniefor2016 = Zionistimerialismfor2016

    • Shelia Flora Adamsky You are so ilinformed

    • good bye free non-thought project

    • Funny how ALL that Bernie is suggests IS EXACTLY WHAT TAKING YOUR COUNTRY BACK looks like. It’s NEVER GONNA BE A WALL OF SHAME (like the one Stalin Built and Reagan took down) or detention centers or LIFE IN PRISON FOR A roach in your pocket planted by a STOP and FRISK COP making his quota. It’ll be the NEW GI BILL that educated most of the GOP leadership, the ROADS and Bridges that IKE signed off on and Clean Water and Air that Nixon CREATED the EPA to provide. We pay for ALL OF IT with those who take in 70% of GDP, paying 70% of the TAXES.

    • WOW!!!! That’s IT!!!! Every person or Corporation PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE. Your market cap is 70K/YR, you pay that FLAT RATE percentage of GDP in tax. you are worth $700 Billion and you pay THAT percentage to do business in the US. Exxon is worth what? Apple? Ed jones the school teacher? EACH PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF GDP in taxes. The homeless guy… he pays too. Let a GOPER argue THAT is NOT FAIR. i

    • #feelthebern

    • more propaganda bullshit! who got to you free thought project?? someone make a big donation so you could undermine the one and only senator that will do anything for the poor and working class people?? What you have posted is pure bullshit…the figures you quote are made up…none of his campaign promises will cost in the trillions…and the money will come from the places it was supposed to come from all along…the rich and corporations…not the poor, so why are you trying to convince people Bernie Sanders stands for anything other than what he states…he has 30 years of consistency in the senate…his career and reputation speak for themselves. GOOD-BYE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT…YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY BOUGHT AND PAID FOR!!

    • Bank Bailout, Corporate wellfare and Wars cost us that!!!!

    • Money is a ferry tell for corporation, and they makes it a public story !

  • Dem·a·gogue
    noun: demagogue; plural noun: demagogues

    A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

    • Yo, unless you and your followers want to take up arms and we all head to Washington and end this ourselves, promptly shut the fuck up.

    • National debt will be there no matter who gets in office –the only difference is that Bernie wants to help people not big business.

    • Wes Desto You do know who wins that argument, no?

    • #BernieSanders2016 has been for the poor, minorities and disappearing middle class for decades! He also has a plan, unlike other candidates! Free Thought Project should really do some research!

      http://berniementum.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-does-bernie-sanders-plan-to-pay-for_29.html?m=1

    • Lol yea he sure does have a plan… A terrible one.

    • Brett Bloxsom as opposed to..

    • Brett Bloxsom , better than the idiot party’s plan(s).

    • Cognitive dissonance is a bitch free thought project. You may be preaching to deaf (and dumb) ears. “Bernie has a plan to reduce police violence!” “By increasing taxes fines and fees. Through police violence.”

    • Charles Olin Agree Charles!

    • Good question Louis.

    • Joseph Rosario you confuse Statism with Patriotism

    • Kevin Valdez lol happened again

    • Mmmmm I’m wondering, maybe the US has a huge budget in some not only useless but harmful area that can easily pay for Sanders proposals…….

      Come on, I live in a third world country (Argentina) and even here education and healthcare are completely free. We even have the best college of south america and guess what? You don’t have to pay a cent for it 🙂

      Saying Sanders proposals are impossible means you’ve been completely brainwashed by the establishment.

    • This page’s slanderings on sanders seem to lack substance. Puzzling.

    • Well, give them some money and the “Free Though Project” won’t be that free anymore, right?
      How can a defense budget that’s bigger than the next 12 biggest budgets in defense combined not be an issue but trying to give free healthcare and education to people is?

    • Sebastián Cascardo Thank you!!! Was going to post this myself.

      Between the war machine and tax breaks/loopholes for the highest class we *could* make all those things free. That’s exactly U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’s whole point…!

    • Brett Bloxsom are you very wealthy? Or do you watch too much entertainment channel Fox News?

    • The paid thought project.

    • On your rational argument point (on the meme)….
      He’s the only one debating actual issues and taking stances against the oligarchy in place???
      He’s actually a good choice, not the lesser evil….

    • Berniefor2016 = Zionistimerialismfor2016

    • Shelia Flora Adamsky You are so ilinformed

    • good bye free non-thought project

    • Funny how ALL that Bernie is suggests IS EXACTLY WHAT TAKING YOUR COUNTRY BACK looks like. It’s NEVER GONNA BE A WALL OF SHAME (like the one Stalin Built and Reagan took down) or detention centers or LIFE IN PRISON FOR A roach in your pocket planted by a STOP and FRISK COP making his quota. It’ll be the NEW GI BILL that educated most of the GOP leadership, the ROADS and Bridges that IKE signed off on and Clean Water and Air that Nixon CREATED the EPA to provide. We pay for ALL OF IT with those who take in 70% of GDP, paying 70% of the TAXES.

    • WOW!!!! That’s IT!!!! Every person or Corporation PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE. Your market cap is 70K/YR, you pay that FLAT RATE percentage of GDP in tax. you are worth $700 Billion and you pay THAT percentage to do business in the US. Exxon is worth what? Apple? Ed jones the school teacher? EACH PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF GDP in taxes. The homeless guy… he pays too. Let a GOPER argue THAT is NOT FAIR. i

    • #feelthebern

    • more propaganda bullshit! who got to you free thought project?? someone make a big donation so you could undermine the one and only senator that will do anything for the poor and working class people?? What you have posted is pure bullshit…the figures you quote are made up…none of his campaign promises will cost in the trillions…and the money will come from the places it was supposed to come from all along…the rich and corporations…not the poor, so why are you trying to convince people Bernie Sanders stands for anything other than what he states…he has 30 years of consistency in the senate…his career and reputation speak for themselves. GOOD-BYE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT…YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY BOUGHT AND PAID FOR!!

    • Bank Bailout, Corporate wellfare and Wars cost us that!!!!

    • Money is a ferry tell for corporation, and they makes it a public story !

  • Every time you hit the ‘Like’ button, comment (even 2 words) and share this story, you are helping us reach more people! (y)

    • If you want me to share you stories, write something based on fact. You are promoting crap while pandering for publicity. That is troll bait not journalism. Promote this crap? I’d be embarrassed, my friends are smarter than that.

    • No one said anything about paying for the wars is the truth, he will make the ones who can afford it pay for it ALL rather than hiding their money overseas is also the truth. Who do you really work for tftp.com ? I understand you like money but selling your soul? The truth is that is what you do by going against #CoolUncleBernie

    • The further a society drifts away from the truth the more it hates those that speak it, and truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth because truth is treason in an empire of lies…

    • Exactly Marissa, I’m out of here too.

  • Every time you hit the ‘Like’ button, comment (even 2 words) and share this story, you are helping us reach more people! (y)

    • If you want me to share you stories, write something based on fact. You are promoting crap while pandering for publicity. That is troll bait not journalism. Promote this crap? I’d be embarrassed, my friends are smarter than that.

    • No one said anything about paying for the wars is the truth, he will make the ones who can afford it pay for it ALL rather than hiding their money overseas is also the truth. Who do you really work for tftp.com ? I understand you like money but selling your soul? The truth is that is what you do by going against #CoolUncleBernie

    • The further a society drifts away from the truth the more it hates those that speak it, and truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth because truth is treason in an empire of lies…

    • Exactly Marissa, I’m out of here too.

  • Want to see our posts more often? If you hover over the main ‘LIKE’ button for the page, you’ll be able to select “Get Notifications.” That should help (y)

    • If these are your thoughts, no thanks, um good.

    • ^^^Especially if you think the Wall Street Journal or any other part of Rupert Murdoch’s news empire is credible on these issues. Bernie isn’t proposing anything that doesn’t already exist in many other developed countries. America is the richest country in the world. You’re letting the billionaire class, that’s destroying America off the hook by regurgitating corporate media propaganda. Yeah, “Free the thought” by reading the Wall Street Journal. Sounds good. Stick to police accountability guys.

  • Want to see our posts more often? If you hover over the main ‘LIKE’ button for the page, you’ll be able to select “Get Notifications.” That should help (y)

    • If these are your thoughts, no thanks, um good.

    • ^^^Especially if you think the Wall Street Journal or any other part of Rupert Murdoch’s news empire is credible on these issues. Bernie isn’t proposing anything that doesn’t already exist in many other developed countries. America is the richest country in the world. You’re letting the billionaire class, that’s destroying America off the hook by regurgitating corporate media propaganda. Yeah, “Free the thought” by reading the Wall Street Journal. Sounds good. Stick to police accountability guys.

  • Ha you all suck

  • Ha you all suck

  • it IS from the WSJ….not exactly a rooting for Bernie type of publication.

  • it IS from the WSJ….not exactly a rooting for Bernie type of publication.

  • It wouldn’t cost the government trillions, it would cost the taxpayers trillions. The government doesn’t pay for anything.

  • It wouldn’t cost the government trillions, it would cost the taxpayers trillions. The government doesn’t pay for anything.

  • If you are not endorsing any one candidate than where are the Donald Trump articles ? I see none and I am sure you do not agree with the hate he is spreading? or do you? what would his plans cost?

  • If you are not endorsing any one candidate than where are the Donald Trump articles ? I see none and I am sure you do not agree with the hate he is spreading? or do you? what would his plans cost?

  • we can spend trillions on war

  • we can spend trillions on war

  • Right just like The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was going to bankrupt the country. Right.

    • Go back to talking about guns n’ stuff.

    • And it isn’t care it’s insurance. Just a way to fuel corporations. And bet ole Obama gets kick backs from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Cause if you check out that open market… 90% of the choices are blue cross. And it didn’t make it more affordable. It made it slightly less expensive. SLIGHTLY. So bankrupt or not it’s a huge load of shit sandwich being force fed on the citizens. Even though federal government isn’t supposed to dictate the private citizen. Amendment 14 I think.

    • Beside making it less expensive to the average joe with insurance, it got 25 million people insurance enough to get themselves to a doctor when they need it.

    • And Sanders is proposing getting these shyster middlemen out of the business of taking our money for nothing and rationing care to only those they can make the most money off of.

  • Right just like The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was going to bankrupt the country. Right.

    • Go back to talking about guns n’ stuff.

    • And it isn’t care it’s insurance. Just a way to fuel corporations. And bet ole Obama gets kick backs from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Cause if you check out that open market… 90% of the choices are blue cross. And it didn’t make it more affordable. It made it slightly less expensive. SLIGHTLY. So bankrupt or not it’s a huge load of shit sandwich being force fed on the citizens. Even though federal government isn’t supposed to dictate the private citizen. Amendment 14 I think.

    • Beside making it less expensive to the average joe with insurance, it got 25 million people insurance enough to get themselves to a doctor when they need it.

    • And Sanders is proposing getting these shyster middlemen out of the business of taking our money for nothing and rationing care to only those they can make the most money off of.

  • the math is there and there is more than enough money……stop buying bullets

  • the math is there and there is more than enough money……stop buying bullets

  • wrong , just a matter of taking all the billions from 1% n corp tax breaks n welfare , military complex etc … and spending it on the people instead …

  • wrong , just a matter of taking all the billions from 1% n corp tax breaks n welfare , military complex etc … and spending it on the people instead …

  • He’s fools gold.

  • He’s fools gold.

  • who did the math ?

    • wall street , the one really big loser under the Bernie plan , I think we all know why they don’t want him

  • who did the math ?

    • wall street , the one really big loser under the Bernie plan , I think we all know why they don’t want him

  • If people are okay with more money being taken out of their paycheck or having to pay more at the end of the year then all of these promises might actually happen. If people that are against welfare but are okay with paying for all of these programs for people that do not work then these promises might actually happen. The key is to be more informed, just don’t take people at what they say unless they can back it up with more information.

  • If people are okay with more money being taken out of their paycheck or having to pay more at the end of the year then all of these promises might actually happen. If people that are against welfare but are okay with paying for all of these programs for people that do not work then these promises might actually happen. The key is to be more informed, just don’t take people at what they say unless they can back it up with more information.

  • If you cut military spending in half you’d have more than enough. But hey, what do I know. The 4 Trillion we spent on the F35 (that doesn’t work) was a good project right.

    No one wants to address the elephant in the room except for Sanders and that’s military spending has been a run away train in the U.S. For 75 years. The DOD desperately needs an audit.

    We build so many useless weapons of war we give them to the police. It’s a cycle of stupidity.

    • Exactly what I was thinking

    • Cept he voted yes to ALL those ‘elephants’ in the room. If he so ‘against’ it now… did he lie then or now. Keep in mind then it counted. Now it doesnt. Meaning he VOTED yes. He’s SAYING I don’t like it. And Obama said he’d close Gitmo, yet it’s still going strong. And Bush was looking for WMD’s…

    • And sheep will follow the carrot on a string.

    • It’s bad to waste trillions on the military and police, but OK to spend batshit insane amounts of money on muh welfare and subsidy programs? ok

      And actually there is a candidate who wants to audit the Pentagon and cut military spending: Rand Paul.

    • If you are implying that the amount of money spent on “defense” and the amount of money spent on social services are anywhere close, then you really need to take a look at those figures.

    • Luke Pevreal, if you knew what you were talking about you’d know welfare is less than 1% of the budget. I’m talking like .01%.

      I guess some people need pictures.

    • BS voted for all the military spending increases for the last 10 years. Even during a war he said ‘he doesn’t support’. So is he lying now or then?

    • Did he say he didn’t? Sanders has never ran from a vote he’s made in 20 years. But hey fuck the facts lets just sling some shit without any proof. In other news Trump has said he can fix America!!

      So we’re all good.

    • Steve Green, you lie.

    • Steve Green is clueless. He has no basis in fact just another disinformation plant trying to learn the craft amongst experts.

      He forgets we are all on the Internet and can use “the Google”

    • Yep voted yes on everything defense. Except he didn’t and you’re a clown.

      https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27110/bernie-sanders/47/military-personnel#.VfhcHWZHaJI

    • I can do this for pretty much all 10 or so years.

    • Danm pesky facts lol nice Ryiad Cooper

    • @steve green.. He voted against it you moron

    • Lol, can’t argue when someone starts bringing facts to the table.

    • Boy I haven’t seen a smackdown like that in a long time.

    • The F-35 IS BERNIE’s. : The first cause for concern is the Lockheed Martin F – 35 fighter plane, the construction of which takes place in Sanders’s home state of Vermont. Bernie, who opposes a large military budget when it’s convenient for him, was questioned by Carl Gibson in New Hampshire about the F – 35 program:

      CG: “You mentioned wasteful military spending. The other day … I’m sure you’ve heard about the F-35 catching fire on the runway. The estimated lifetime expense of the F-35 is $1.2 trillion. When you talk about cutting wasteful military spending, does that include the F-35 program?”

      Bernie Sanders: “No, and I’ll tell you why – it is essentially built. It is the airplane of the United States Air Force, Navy, and of NATO. It was a very controversial issue in Vermont. And my view was that given the fact that the F-35, which, by the way, has been incredibly wasteful, that’s a good question. But for better or worse, that is the plane of record right now, and it is not gonna be discarded. That’s the reality.”

      Sanders receives campaign donations and political support from workers in Burlington, Vermont who work on the F – 35 and one perspective may be that he is attempting to protect their jobs while encouraging more efficiency in the program. Yet he has made no mention of the possibility of converting Lockheed Martin production towards non-military options such as civilian or space aircraft. His protection of the F – 35 is his tacit consent to the military-industrial complex that drives and supports NATO and US intervention overseas.

      Buttressing his support for military aircraft boondoggles—defense analyst Pierre Sprey has called the plane, “one of the worst planes we’ve ever designed.”—Sanders has exhibited a history of limited opposition to war. After his hawkish support for military action in the 1999 against Serbia, one of his advisors quit. In that same year, antiwar activists occupying Sanders’s office faced arrest by the police. In the post 9/11 world, Sanders did not vote in Congress to oppose the war in Afghanistan and instead voted for the authorization of funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2006 he supported the failed Iran Freedom Support Act, which called for the overthrow the Iranian government through US “soft power” coup attempts and a color revolution facilitated by the infamous National Endowment For Democracy. When public opinion rebelled against the Bush administration’s penchant for war that same year and the GOP lost control of both houses of Congress, Bernie claimed that impeachment was “impractical.” The organizer of the impeachment resolution campaign in Vermont, Dan Dewalt, said in response, “We think we have quality politicians in Vermont. We’re wrong. We have politics as usual in Vermont. Our so-called independent congressman, Bernie Sanders, can’t get far enough away from impeachment.”

    • Sanders has never done anything to create a nationwide political organization to the left of the Wall Street Democrats. He has promised to back the Democratic nominee even if that turns out to be Hillary Clinton.

      In 2006 Bernie instead cut a deal with Democrats ensuring they would run no candidate against him in exchange for his support of Democrats in other races. Bernie rejected the Democratic nomination in the primary for public relations reasons, but nevertheless accepted money from Hillary Clinton’s political action committee and supported national Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Barack Obama and Barbara Boxer. Sanders then influenced possible House candidate of the Vermont Progressive Party David Zuckerman in not to run for Congress in 2006 and supported Zuckerman’s rival Democrat Peter Welch, who went on to win the election.

      Bernie has some positive proposals, but he wants to pay for everything out of the US Treasury, meaning through taxation and borrowing. He nominally supports a weak form of Wall Street Sales Tax, but seldom talks about it, and not in his standard stump speech.

      When it comes to the Federal Reserve, Bernie has nothing to offer beyond a very timid request to audit this institution. He has no proposals to force the privately-owned and privately controlled Fed to use its limitless credit creating powers to finance the rebuilding of US infrastructure, create millions of new productive jobs, refinance $1.4 trillion in student loans down to 0% interest, or provide a lifeline to endangered allies like Greece. Bernie is not for seriously challenging the power of Wall Street in any way. The nationalization of the Fed ought to be the first step in reviving a healthy democracy, but this issue is too hot for the feckless Bernie.

      Bernie isn’t just in line with Democratic talking points; he makes the leap to far right Republican populists on the issue of immigration under the left-wing cover of supporting workers’ rights. He voted to eliminate the visa lottery that distributes 55,000 visas at random to foreign workers. When asked about the question of open borders during an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Sanders cut off the interviewer to say, “Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal…That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States…It would make everybody in America poorer…What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them.”

      Sanders’s comment not only sounds like the Republican point of view on immigration that he claims to be against, it is also a further illustration of this limited worldview. He is apparently ignorant of the massive advantage of the US to have people willing to integrate into the country against countries like China, Russia, Japan and other developed nations whose population is declining. Sanders also believes these people cannot be put to work in productive jobs without a decline in working wages. This of course presupposes a protective tariff, a national minimum wage of at least $15 per hour, tax penalties for exporting jobs in the form of the runaway shop, and a repeal of the Taft-Hartley law to allow union organizing and collective bargaining in all US states. Sanders refuses many of the propositions for productive jobs at home on the basis of preventing further climate change and his commitment to “green” jobs.

      The workers and middle class of America deserve a better candidate than Bernie Sanders, one that will cut back needless military projects in favor of permanent colonies and manned exploration, be independent of the corrupt Wall Street-controlled Democratic Party and invest in the technology and education that will truly resolve economic inequality through productive jobs for all.

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    • Ugh. More bloggers without a scrap of supporting sources.

      Cool story bro.

    • Ryiad Cooper You might think you’re a genius but The US spends far more then 1% of it’s money on welfare. Welfare is a subside given by the government and our government gives out lots of subsides. https://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/fy2010_spending_by_category.jpg

    • Ryiad Cooper more numbers you used that are not real. We did not spend 4 trillion dollars on the F35. http://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/31/how-dods-15-trillion-f-35-broke-the-air-force.html

    • Again with the idiotic blogs with zero sources. This trash WordPress garbage is what you’re presenting as a credible source.

      Your basically saying “here’s a picture it’s totally legit”

      Take your stupid blogs and go home. Unless you can show me actual credible evidence from the national budget GTFO. Enjoy your “blog truth” that tells you welfare is 16% of the budget ???????????????????????????????

      http://fellowshipoftheminds.com

    • I love that outdated 2014 sourcing on the F35!

      Ladies and gentlemen this is disinformation 101, step one “use outdated sources”

    • GTFO? Do you mean GAO? BTW were is your source for the F35 cost 4 trillion?

    • More the 16% of the budget is government subside, only fool would think it was 1%.

    • “Step two build a straw man and attempt to knock it down to deflect from the main issues. Demand sources for your straw man to help its legitimacy”

      Nice try.

    • “The F-35 program is slated to ultimately cost the U.S. military $1.5 trillion” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/31/air-force-plans-head-head-tests-f-35-10/

    • The 1.5 trillion is an estimate over 55 years.

    • Way to ignore the fact that you pulled your graph out of your ass.

      You gotta love your timeline understanding of politics.

    • Also most of your “blogs” reference this report. And you have to do :::::gasp!:::::: the maths. That 1.4T number that you love to sling around is pre-allocated money for the program. However check the cost over runs (that we are already experiencing) causing the congress re-allocate funds into the project pushing the allocation to………. Wait for it………….4 trillion dollars.

      http://nsnetwork.org/cms/assets/uploads/2015/08/F-35_FINAL.pdf

      But I’ll make it easy and reference some cost analysis for you and I quote:

      “Costs mounted and capability decreased as the F-35 program advanced, undermining the logic of modest capability at an affordable price. Excluding the expense of operating and sustaining the aircraft, the most recent estimates anticipate a total program cost of $391.1 billion. These cost estimates are 70% greater than the initial projections of $233 billion made in 2001 when the program intended on acquiring 2,852 aircraft rather than the 2,457 under current plans (meaning that the program cost per plane has actually doubled).64 Total program expenses include research and development costs of $54.9 billion (up 60% from an estimate of $34.4 billion in 2001), procurement costs of $331.6 billion (up 71% from $196.6 billion), and military construction costs of $4.6 billion (up 140% from $2 billion).65 Simultaneously, the aircraft grew heavier, less maneuverable, and shorter-ranged than initially anticipated.The President’s FY2016 budget request for the Department of Defense requested over $11 billion for the F-35 program, approximately $8.7 billion of which was for procurement.66Going forward, annual expenses threaten to strain procurement budgets in each service. Current plans are projected to require an average of $12.4 billion per year through 2038 to complete F-35 development and production, hovering around $15 billion per year for most of the 2020s.67 The Government Accountability Office has warned, “It is unlikely the program will be able to sustain such a high level of annual funding and if required funding levels are not reached, the program’s procurement plan may not be affordable.”68 An additional estimated $1.02 trillion will be required to operate and sustain the F-35 fleet over its 56-year service life.”

      And I set your poor straw man on fire with the facts.

      (Those facts being that they have no real clue how much this money pit will really cost; because the program is in the ditch and the plane still doesn’t work even after we took out 1.4T worth of loans)

    • Full of shite Cooper

    • The information above is from the Tax Wall Street Party. And you woukd have found that if you actually followed the links you arrogant f@$ Cooper

    • Rand Paul 2016

  • If you cut military spending in half you’d have more than enough. But hey, what do I know. The 4 Trillion we spent on the F35 (that doesn’t work) was a good project right.

    No one wants to address the elephant in the room except for Sanders and that’s military spending has been a run away train in the U.S. For 75 years. The DOD desperately needs an audit.

    We build so many useless weapons of war we give them to the police. It’s a cycle of stupidity.

    • Exactly what I was thinking

    • Cept he voted yes to ALL those ‘elephants’ in the room. If he so ‘against’ it now… did he lie then or now. Keep in mind then it counted. Now it doesnt. Meaning he VOTED yes. He’s SAYING I don’t like it. And Obama said he’d close Gitmo, yet it’s still going strong. And Bush was looking for WMD’s…

    • And sheep will follow the carrot on a string.

    • It’s bad to waste trillions on the military and police, but OK to spend batshit insane amounts of money on muh welfare and subsidy programs? ok

      And actually there is a candidate who wants to audit the Pentagon and cut military spending: Rand Paul.

    • If you are implying that the amount of money spent on “defense” and the amount of money spent on social services are anywhere close, then you really need to take a look at those figures.

    • Luke Pevreal, if you knew what you were talking about you’d know welfare is less than 1% of the budget. I’m talking like .01%.

      I guess some people need pictures.

    • BS voted for all the military spending increases for the last 10 years. Even during a war he said ‘he doesn’t support’. So is he lying now or then?

    • Did he say he didn’t? Sanders has never ran from a vote he’s made in 20 years. But hey fuck the facts lets just sling some shit without any proof. In other news Trump has said he can fix America!!

      So we’re all good.

    • Steve Green, you lie.

    • Steve Green is clueless. He has no basis in fact just another disinformation plant trying to learn the craft amongst experts.

      He forgets we are all on the Internet and can use “the Google”

    • Yep voted yes on everything defense. Except he didn’t and you’re a clown.

      https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/27110/bernie-sanders/47/military-personnel#.VfhcHWZHaJI

    • I can do this for pretty much all 10 or so years.

    • Danm pesky facts lol nice Ryiad Cooper

    • @steve green.. He voted against it you moron

    • Lol, can’t argue when someone starts bringing facts to the table.

    • Boy I haven’t seen a smackdown like that in a long time.

    • The F-35 IS BERNIE’s. : The first cause for concern is the Lockheed Martin F – 35 fighter plane, the construction of which takes place in Sanders’s home state of Vermont. Bernie, who opposes a large military budget when it’s convenient for him, was questioned by Carl Gibson in New Hampshire about the F – 35 program:

      CG: “You mentioned wasteful military spending. The other day … I’m sure you’ve heard about the F-35 catching fire on the runway. The estimated lifetime expense of the F-35 is $1.2 trillion. When you talk about cutting wasteful military spending, does that include the F-35 program?”

      Bernie Sanders: “No, and I’ll tell you why – it is essentially built. It is the airplane of the United States Air Force, Navy, and of NATO. It was a very controversial issue in Vermont. And my view was that given the fact that the F-35, which, by the way, has been incredibly wasteful, that’s a good question. But for better or worse, that is the plane of record right now, and it is not gonna be discarded. That’s the reality.”

      Sanders receives campaign donations and political support from workers in Burlington, Vermont who work on the F – 35 and one perspective may be that he is attempting to protect their jobs while encouraging more efficiency in the program. Yet he has made no mention of the possibility of converting Lockheed Martin production towards non-military options such as civilian or space aircraft. His protection of the F – 35 is his tacit consent to the military-industrial complex that drives and supports NATO and US intervention overseas.

      Buttressing his support for military aircraft boondoggles—defense analyst Pierre Sprey has called the plane, “one of the worst planes we’ve ever designed.”—Sanders has exhibited a history of limited opposition to war. After his hawkish support for military action in the 1999 against Serbia, one of his advisors quit. In that same year, antiwar activists occupying Sanders’s office faced arrest by the police. In the post 9/11 world, Sanders did not vote in Congress to oppose the war in Afghanistan and instead voted for the authorization of funds for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2006 he supported the failed Iran Freedom Support Act, which called for the overthrow the Iranian government through US “soft power” coup attempts and a color revolution facilitated by the infamous National Endowment For Democracy. When public opinion rebelled against the Bush administration’s penchant for war that same year and the GOP lost control of both houses of Congress, Bernie claimed that impeachment was “impractical.” The organizer of the impeachment resolution campaign in Vermont, Dan Dewalt, said in response, “We think we have quality politicians in Vermont. We’re wrong. We have politics as usual in Vermont. Our so-called independent congressman, Bernie Sanders, can’t get far enough away from impeachment.”

    • Sanders has never done anything to create a nationwide political organization to the left of the Wall Street Democrats. He has promised to back the Democratic nominee even if that turns out to be Hillary Clinton.

      In 2006 Bernie instead cut a deal with Democrats ensuring they would run no candidate against him in exchange for his support of Democrats in other races. Bernie rejected the Democratic nomination in the primary for public relations reasons, but nevertheless accepted money from Hillary Clinton’s political action committee and supported national Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid, Barack Obama and Barbara Boxer. Sanders then influenced possible House candidate of the Vermont Progressive Party David Zuckerman in not to run for Congress in 2006 and supported Zuckerman’s rival Democrat Peter Welch, who went on to win the election.

      Bernie has some positive proposals, but he wants to pay for everything out of the US Treasury, meaning through taxation and borrowing. He nominally supports a weak form of Wall Street Sales Tax, but seldom talks about it, and not in his standard stump speech.

      When it comes to the Federal Reserve, Bernie has nothing to offer beyond a very timid request to audit this institution. He has no proposals to force the privately-owned and privately controlled Fed to use its limitless credit creating powers to finance the rebuilding of US infrastructure, create millions of new productive jobs, refinance $1.4 trillion in student loans down to 0% interest, or provide a lifeline to endangered allies like Greece. Bernie is not for seriously challenging the power of Wall Street in any way. The nationalization of the Fed ought to be the first step in reviving a healthy democracy, but this issue is too hot for the feckless Bernie.

      Bernie isn’t just in line with Democratic talking points; he makes the leap to far right Republican populists on the issue of immigration under the left-wing cover of supporting workers’ rights. He voted to eliminate the visa lottery that distributes 55,000 visas at random to foreign workers. When asked about the question of open borders during an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Sanders cut off the interviewer to say, “Open borders? No, that’s a Koch brothers proposal…That’s a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States…It would make everybody in America poorer…What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them.”

      Sanders’s comment not only sounds like the Republican point of view on immigration that he claims to be against, it is also a further illustration of this limited worldview. He is apparently ignorant of the massive advantage of the US to have people willing to integrate into the country against countries like China, Russia, Japan and other developed nations whose population is declining. Sanders also believes these people cannot be put to work in productive jobs without a decline in working wages. This of course presupposes a protective tariff, a national minimum wage of at least $15 per hour, tax penalties for exporting jobs in the form of the runaway shop, and a repeal of the Taft-Hartley law to allow union organizing and collective bargaining in all US states. Sanders refuses many of the propositions for productive jobs at home on the basis of preventing further climate change and his commitment to “green” jobs.

      The workers and middle class of America deserve a better candidate than Bernie Sanders, one that will cut back needless military projects in favor of permanent colonies and manned exploration, be independent of the corrupt Wall Street-controlled Democratic Party and invest in the technology and education that will truly resolve economic inequality through productive jobs for all.

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    • Ugh. More bloggers without a scrap of supporting sources.

      Cool story bro.

    • Ryiad Cooper You might think you’re a genius but The US spends far more then 1% of it’s money on welfare. Welfare is a subside given by the government and our government gives out lots of subsides. https://fellowshipofminds.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/fy2010_spending_by_category.jpg

    • Ryiad Cooper more numbers you used that are not real. We did not spend 4 trillion dollars on the F35. http://www.cnbc.com/2014/07/31/how-dods-15-trillion-f-35-broke-the-air-force.html

    • Again with the idiotic blogs with zero sources. This trash WordPress garbage is what you’re presenting as a credible source.

      Your basically saying “here’s a picture it’s totally legit”

      Take your stupid blogs and go home. Unless you can show me actual credible evidence from the national budget GTFO. Enjoy your “blog truth” that tells you welfare is 16% of the budget ???????????????????????????????

      http://fellowshipoftheminds.com

    • I love that outdated 2014 sourcing on the F35!

      Ladies and gentlemen this is disinformation 101, step one “use outdated sources”

    • GTFO? Do you mean GAO? BTW were is your source for the F35 cost 4 trillion?

    • More the 16% of the budget is government subside, only fool would think it was 1%.

    • “Step two build a straw man and attempt to knock it down to deflect from the main issues. Demand sources for your straw man to help its legitimacy”

      Nice try.

    • “The F-35 program is slated to ultimately cost the U.S. military $1.5 trillion” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/31/air-force-plans-head-head-tests-f-35-10/

    • The 1.5 trillion is an estimate over 55 years.

    • Way to ignore the fact that you pulled your graph out of your ass.

      You gotta love your timeline understanding of politics.

    • Also most of your “blogs” reference this report. And you have to do :::::gasp!:::::: the maths. That 1.4T number that you love to sling around is pre-allocated money for the program. However check the cost over runs (that we are already experiencing) causing the congress re-allocate funds into the project pushing the allocation to………. Wait for it………….4 trillion dollars.

      http://nsnetwork.org/cms/assets/uploads/2015/08/F-35_FINAL.pdf

      But I’ll make it easy and reference some cost analysis for you and I quote:

      “Costs mounted and capability decreased as the F-35 program advanced, undermining the logic of modest capability at an affordable price. Excluding the expense of operating and sustaining the aircraft, the most recent estimates anticipate a total program cost of $391.1 billion. These cost estimates are 70% greater than the initial projections of $233 billion made in 2001 when the program intended on acquiring 2,852 aircraft rather than the 2,457 under current plans (meaning that the program cost per plane has actually doubled).64 Total program expenses include research and development costs of $54.9 billion (up 60% from an estimate of $34.4 billion in 2001), procurement costs of $331.6 billion (up 71% from $196.6 billion), and military construction costs of $4.6 billion (up 140% from $2 billion).65 Simultaneously, the aircraft grew heavier, less maneuverable, and shorter-ranged than initially anticipated.The President’s FY2016 budget request for the Department of Defense requested over $11 billion for the F-35 program, approximately $8.7 billion of which was for procurement.66Going forward, annual expenses threaten to strain procurement budgets in each service. Current plans are projected to require an average of $12.4 billion per year through 2038 to complete F-35 development and production, hovering around $15 billion per year for most of the 2020s.67 The Government Accountability Office has warned, “It is unlikely the program will be able to sustain such a high level of annual funding and if required funding levels are not reached, the program’s procurement plan may not be affordable.”68 An additional estimated $1.02 trillion will be required to operate and sustain the F-35 fleet over its 56-year service life.”

      And I set your poor straw man on fire with the facts.

      (Those facts being that they have no real clue how much this money pit will really cost; because the program is in the ditch and the plane still doesn’t work even after we took out 1.4T worth of loans)

    • Full of shite Cooper

    • The information above is from the Tax Wall Street Party. And you woukd have found that if you actually followed the links you arrogant f@$ Cooper

  • Travis George

  • Travis George

  • We need to cut military spending and tax the rich more than we have. And stop tax breaks to corporations.

    • Tax the rich is just a fancy slogan for “theft of people that earned their way”

    • Lol fuck you josh

    • Sounds like James is poor

    • Not all rich people “earned it”.

    • So what if they didn’t earn it? Politics shouldn’t be based on envy and sour grapes

    • Marxist much? Smh

    • 3 out of the top 20 billionaires in America were self made. The rest were born into it. Danielle, you’re statement is less accurate than it is true.

    • Ok, well I’m factoring in those who are born wealthy, and earned nothing, those who scam and take advantage of others, Wall Street, shady loopholes that allow the elite to hide their money and make more of it offshores without bringing it back into our economy. Its not envy and greed in my perspective to want people to make money honestly and be responsible with it, and for our government to uphold those ideas, not encourage bad behavior. If you cant understand that, I am sorry but I stand by my statement.

    • 3 were self made? They seem like the ones who worked hard, not the other 17 but then again your statement is a little muddled.

    • no billionaire ever worked hard for it , the funds the government put into business is a disgrace and almost always for the benefit of the politician , as in corrupt practice , when the president sold America to the Federal reserve financiers who did he ask first the American people or the financiers , ?

    • Why tax the rich more? That’s completely unfair. It should be a straight line tax rate across the board. That’s the fairest and best option for the economy.

    • What is it with people and having hatred towards those who have more than them? Stop envying and start doing… I’m in the same boat you are but at least I’m trying to make something of myself.

    • I am only concerned with the people who are purposely not paying taxes, Warren Buffet paying less than his secretary, etc. Its not about punishing rich people or wanting what they have. I guess I need to be more clear. There is a grand, far reaching corruption in our governement as far as extremely rich corporations are concerned, and its not fair and hurting our economy and our country. A flat tax is nice, but certain people owe back pay, and there should be consequences for their shitty behavior. I never understand elitist apologists, I swear. Its fine to want to be well off, but how much is enough, seriously?

    • Jobs are already over there and if/when the TPP passes, foreign companies will be able to sue American companies who want to keep jobs here, along with other terrible things. We need a candidate like Bernie who is firmly against all of that and not afraid of fighting greedy corporations

    • Let’s just tax lawyers, actors, movie makers and politicians at a 95% tax rate and be done with it….

  • We need to cut military spending and tax the rich more than we have. And stop tax breaks to corporations.

    • Tax the rich is just a fancy slogan for “theft of people that earned their way”

    • Lol fuck you josh

    • Sounds like James is poor

    • Not all rich people “earned it”.

    • So what if they didn’t earn it? Politics shouldn’t be based on envy and sour grapes

    • Marxist much? Smh

    • 3 out of the top 20 billionaires in America were self made. The rest were born into it. Danielle, you’re statement is less accurate than it is true.

    • Ok, well I’m factoring in those who are born wealthy, and earned nothing, those who scam and take advantage of others, Wall Street, shady loopholes that allow the elite to hide their money and make more of it offshores without bringing it back into our economy. Its not envy and greed in my perspective to want people to make money honestly and be responsible with it, and for our government to uphold those ideas, not encourage bad behavior. If you cant understand that, I am sorry but I stand by my statement.

    • 3 were self made? They seem like the ones who worked hard, not the other 17 but then again your statement is a little muddled.

    • no billionaire ever worked hard for it , the funds the government put into business is a disgrace and almost always for the benefit of the politician , as in corrupt practice , when the president sold America to the Federal reserve financiers who did he ask first the American people or the financiers , ?

    • Why tax the rich more? That’s completely unfair. It should be a straight line tax rate across the board. That’s the fairest and best option for the economy.

    • What is it with people and having hatred towards those who have more than them? Stop envying and start doing… I’m in the same boat you are but at least I’m trying to make something of myself.

    • I am only concerned with the people who are purposely not paying taxes, Warren Buffet paying less than his secretary, etc. Its not about punishing rich people or wanting what they have. I guess I need to be more clear. There is a grand, far reaching corruption in our governement as far as extremely rich corporations are concerned, and its not fair and hurting our economy and our country. A flat tax is nice, but certain people owe back pay, and there should be consequences for their shitty behavior. I never understand elitist apologists, I swear. Its fine to want to be well off, but how much is enough, seriously?

    • Jobs are already over there and if/when the TPP passes, foreign companies will be able to sue American companies who want to keep jobs here, along with other terrible things. We need a candidate like Bernie who is firmly against all of that and not afraid of fighting greedy corporations

    • Let’s just tax lawyers, actors, movie makers and politicians at a 95% tax rate and be done with it….

    • Nice graph. Thanks!

    • 18 trillion in the hole, we are barley able to pay the interest on this debt at the moment. Technically the country is insolvent and his plan even if it went trough 100% would not solve for this issue. Nor would cutting the military budget, although that would be a great start.
      http://www.usdebtclock.org/

    • Do you think any other candidate can?

  • Cut the defense budget. That’s his plan.

  • Cut the defense budget. That’s his plan.

  • Money is only worth as much as we say it is.

  • Money is only worth as much as we say it is.

  • Seems like the big issues in your country in next year’s election are:

    socialized education and healthcare vs. socialized giant wall

    • This is the best thing I’ve read all day! So succinct and so blatantly true.

  • Seems like the big issues in your country in next year’s election are:

    socialized education and healthcare vs. socialized giant wall

    • This is the best thing I’ve read all day! So succinct and so blatantly true.

  • Wake up people! If it sounds too good to be true it is and there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    • And considering congress writes the legislation, it’s all false promises

    • Bernie didn’t say it would be free. The 1% and the major corporations have been getting the free lunch. Also the military industrial complex. The money and the benefits of thay money belong to the people

    • No such thing as a free road either, but I’m sure you use them everyday, don’t you? How about public schools? And I guess you won’t want to be collecting your social security when it comes time either, will you?

    • Roads are paid for with gas taxes, schools with income taxes and you don’t get shit from SS unless you pay into it.

  • Wake up people! If it sounds too good to be true it is and there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    • And considering congress writes the legislation, it’s all false promises

    • Bernie didn’t say it would be free. The 1% and the major corporations have been getting the free lunch. Also the military industrial complex. The money and the benefits of thay money belong to the people

    • No such thing as a free road either, but I’m sure you use them everyday, don’t you? How about public schools? And I guess you won’t want to be collecting your social security when it comes time either, will you?

    • Roads are paid for with gas taxes, schools with income taxes and you don’t get shit from SS unless you pay into it.

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    $500,000 settlement in police taser death
    $46,000 award to victims of police brutality
    $1 million award for police shooting injury

  • I think this is a fair assessment but I think Bernie U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is trying to give big ideas to solve problems. Ideas not rooted in greed and unfettered capitalism but ideas that average Americans can truly unite around instead of the divisive politics that we are constantly exposed to.

  • I think this is a fair assessment but I think Bernie U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is trying to give big ideas to solve problems. Ideas not rooted in greed and unfettered capitalism but ideas that average Americans can truly unite around instead of the divisive politics that we are constantly exposed to.

  • Um c’mon Freethought. Is this the best you can do? Bernie has made it clear exactly how this will be paid for. Next time try listening to the part about the wealthy paying taxes.

  • Um c’mon Freethought. Is this the best you can do? Bernie has made it clear exactly how this will be paid for. Next time try listening to the part about the wealthy paying taxes.

  • Nice graph. Thanks!

  • Democrats always say the Republicans are run by old white people. Hmmm

  • Democrats always say the Republicans are run by old white people. Hmmm

  • Oops!!! Old Bernie hadn’t thought of the cost of all his promises he doesn’t really intend to keep.

  • Oops!!! Old Bernie hadn’t thought of the cost of all his promises he doesn’t really intend to keep.

  • WELL REMOVE THE MAJORITY OF THE MILITARY BUDGET AS THE MILITARY COST MUCH MORE THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE THING AND SEEM TO HAVE A KNACK OF LOOSING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS

  • WELL REMOVE THE MAJORITY OF THE MILITARY BUDGET AS THE MILITARY COST MUCH MORE THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE THING AND SEEM TO HAVE A KNACK OF LOOSING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS

  • He didn’t promise anything. He said what he would like to work on. That is barely similar since it implies that he wants it to happen, not that he’ll make it happen. You guys need to stop whining about politicians, there will never be a year where the country isn’t political ally run. So how about instead of attempting character assassination, look into what they could do. Until we have anarchy, which won’t ever happen, the only way to make any difference is to vote on every level, not to bitch about people who haven’t done anything wrong. He said he wanted to do some things, not that he will do them. Maybe instead of bitching about how every politician is evil and bad and wants to kill us, criticize people with checkered political pasts. And no, it would not cost our national debt, especially because the money would come from places it is already being used poorly.

  • He didn’t promise anything. He said what he would like to work on. That is barely similar since it implies that he wants it to happen, not that he’ll make it happen. You guys need to stop whining about politicians, there will never be a year where the country isn’t political ally run. So how about instead of attempting character assassination, look into what they could do. Until we have anarchy, which won’t ever happen, the only way to make any difference is to vote on every level, not to bitch about people who haven’t done anything wrong. He said he wanted to do some things, not that he will do them. Maybe instead of bitching about how every politician is evil and bad and wants to kill us, criticize people with checkered political pasts. And no, it would not cost our national debt, especially because the money would come from places it is already being used poorly.

  • Bernie sanders already explained how he would pay for the free college for all act. Meanwhile trump has mentioned that he would have to declare martial law in order to enforce his immigration policy.

  • Bernie sanders already explained how he would pay for the free college for all act. Meanwhile trump has mentioned that he would have to declare martial law in order to enforce his immigration policy.

  • It looks like The Free Thought Project.com has taken a little of that massive Clinton oil/prison lobby money for this hack piece… unless you haven’t heard, reducing military spending only by 50% would pay for most of initiatives. Vote Bernie Sanders

    • I agree Doug Broughton. Seems The Free Thought Project only listens to part of the facts. Then runs with. Having no clue how wrong they are. As Bernie Sanders has said in many of his speeches. There will be big cuts in militay , wall street , big banks will be broke up and no more jails for proffit. All these will pay for his campaign promises.

    • Sanders is a democratic socialist, not a communist lol Democratic socialism is perhaps the least clearly defined of the types of socialism; the general view of democratic socialists is “the more democracy, the better,” and attempt to create a socialist economy in coexistence with a democratic government. Or, in many cases, they simply seek to combine the two: democratic principles in the process of economic production and management. They advocate democratic workplaces and cooperatives, fully democratic communities, and of course the retention of democratic government.

    • just remember Kyle, leaving your head buried in the sand for too long causes permanent brain damage

  • It looks like The Free Thought Project.com has taken a little of that massive Clinton oil/prison lobby money for this hack piece… unless you haven’t heard, reducing military spending only by 50% would pay for most of initiatives. Vote Bernie Sanders

    • I agree Doug Broughton. Seems The Free Thought Project only listens to part of the facts. Then runs with. Having no clue how wrong they are. As Bernie Sanders has said in many of his speeches. There will be big cuts in militay , wall street , big banks will be broke up and no more jails for proffit. All these will pay for his campaign promises.

    • Sanders is a democratic socialist, not a communist lol Democratic socialism is perhaps the least clearly defined of the types of socialism; the general view of democratic socialists is “the more democracy, the better,” and attempt to create a socialist economy in coexistence with a democratic government. Or, in many cases, they simply seek to combine the two: democratic principles in the process of economic production and management. They advocate democratic workplaces and cooperatives, fully democratic communities, and of course the retention of democratic government.

    • just remember Kyle, leaving your head buried in the sand for too long causes permanent brain damage

  • 15 trillion for healthcare does not discount the trillions saved from not paying insurance companies for skimming off the top, drug companies and other medical suppliers from overcharging everyone with insurance, the millions who go without healthcare until it’s a crisis that costs thousands of times more, and the human losses of lives and potential that can be amortized into the bottom line.
    This is an olde saw that has been long since debunked.
    Oh an also, while we are on the topic of accuracy, the drone program and aid to other countries are a drop in the military bucket. What Sanders will not do, which is exactly what breaks the budget to the tune of trillions of dollars, is get involved in invading and occupying other countries which have not harmed the US.

  • 15 trillion for healthcare does not discount the trillions saved from not paying insurance companies for skimming off the top, drug companies and other medical suppliers from overcharging everyone with insurance, the millions who go without healthcare until it’s a crisis that costs thousands of times more, and the human losses of lives and potential that can be amortized into the bottom line.
    This is an olde saw that has been long since debunked.
    Oh an also, while we are on the topic of accuracy, the drone program and aid to other countries are a drop in the military bucket. What Sanders will not do, which is exactly what breaks the budget to the tune of trillions of dollars, is get involved in invading and occupying other countries which have not harmed the US.

  • You for get our government is giving away by refusing taxes on big corporations.

  • You for get our government is giving away by refusing taxes on big corporations.

  • So? Let’s not forget that the nat’l debt doubles whenever a new president goes into office lol.

    A better question to ask is who are we in debt too?

  • So? Let’s not forget that the nat’l debt doubles whenever a new president goes into office lol.

    A better question to ask is who are we in debt too?

  • But the war would end so fuck you that trillions you do not get! Take the rest from people that don’t work for it,

    • They are broke. http://www.usdebtclock.org/ BTW end all monopolies, subsides, taxes, and all other involuntary acts that involve violating peoples income, property, bodies, or freedom of choice. Let government compete like everyone else and go out of business if their services suck like they do now.

  • But the war would end so fuck you that trillions you do not get! Take the rest from people that don’t work for it,

    • They are broke. http://www.usdebtclock.org/ BTW end all monopolies, subsides, taxes, and all other involuntary acts that involve violating peoples income, property, bodies, or freedom of choice. Let government compete like everyone else and go out of business if their services suck like they do now.

  • Admitted socialist. A spin off of communism. How free were the people when Stalin or Mao were in power?

    • And you’re dumb enough to believe socialism is the same as communism. Do you believe the nordic countries are not free? They are ruled by socialist governments. You’re lack of education will sink your country.

    • Cough democratic socialist

    • And the Nordic countries are dens of misery where most of their income goes to the government. They’re slaves

    • we are slaves

  • Admitted socialist. A spin off of communism. How free were the people when Stalin or Mao were in power?

    • And you’re dumb enough to believe socialism is the same as communism. Do you believe the nordic countries are not free? They are ruled by socialist governments. You’re lack of education will sink your country.

    • Cough democratic socialist

    • And the Nordic countries are dens of misery where most of their income goes to the government. They’re slaves

    • we are slaves

  • Clint Brown

    • That’s assuming no return on investment. Also assuming that he wouldn’t close the loopholes and off shore tax havens. Also assuming he won’t raise taxes on the wealthy. People who have good paying jobs spend lots of money that is good for the economy. People who go to college make more money. All this ads to the tax base and more money. A strong safetynet make people less scared to start a business that’s good for the economy. Not having to pay huge hospital bills is good for the economy. Getting people out of emergency rooms and into dr office will save the health care system. the way I see it we can’t afford not too

    • Instead of building fighter jets and aircraft carriers let’s build and rebuild bridges and roads. Let’s fix our electric grid.lets build a modern Internet system like the rest of the world has. Let’s get some high speed trains. There is more than enough money. It just needs to be used smarter than what we do.

  • Clint Brown

    • That’s assuming no return on investment. Also assuming that he wouldn’t close the loopholes and off shore tax havens. Also assuming he won’t raise taxes on the wealthy. People who have good paying jobs spend lots of money that is good for the economy. People who go to college make more money. All this ads to the tax base and more money. A strong safetynet make people less scared to start a business that’s good for the economy. Not having to pay huge hospital bills is good for the economy. Getting people out of emergency rooms and into dr office will save the health care system. the way I see it we can’t afford not too

    • Instead of building fighter jets and aircraft carriers let’s build and rebuild bridges and roads. Let’s fix our electric grid.lets build a modern Internet system like the rest of the world has. Let’s get some high speed trains. There is more than enough money. It just needs to be used smarter than what we do.

  • maybe if we quit invading other countries, we can have nice things too.

  • maybe if we quit invading other countries, we can have nice things too.

  • We need Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to run together –2 great people who have the heart and the education to run a country -We would finally have 2 people that really would help the people.

    • They have something in common- they both support Israel and its lies.

  • We need Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to run together –2 great people who have the heart and the education to run a country -We would finally have 2 people that really would help the people.

    • They have something in common- they both support Israel and its lies.

  • Cut defense and frivolous bullshit spending and yeah… it can all be free.

  • Cut defense and frivolous bullshit spending and yeah… it can all be free.

  • Quoting the WSJ? Might as well be right out of Trumps a$$.

  • Quoting the WSJ? Might as well be right out of Trumps a$$.

  • I’ve seen a mime giving a breakdown on where the money could come from, but haters will be haters and to them nothing works and nothing is good…

  • I’ve seen a mime giving a breakdown on where the money could come from, but haters will be haters and to them nothing works and nothing is good…

  • 18 trillion in the hole, we are barley able to pay the interest on this debt at the moment. Technically the country is insolvent and his plan even if it went trough 100% would not solve for this issue. Nor would cutting the military budget, although that would be a great start.
    http://www.usdebtclock.org/

  • there’s populist platitudes, and then there’s math, economics and reality.
    bernies is largely decoupled from the latter three.
    also, tryggerred….!

    • Maths

    • Sebastián Cascardo so you assume i fully endorse the warfare state? I am neither for the welfare or the warfare state.

    • Also here is moar “maths….”
      25% annual Federal budget in 2015 went to Defense
      66% of the annual Federal budget in 2015 was/is spent on Govt provided Health Care, Govt provided Pensions, Welfare, and Education respectively.

  • there’s populist platitudes, and then there’s math, economics and reality.
    bernies is largely decoupled from the latter three.
    also, tryggerred….!

    • Maths

    • Sebastián Cascardo so you assume i fully endorse the warfare state? I am neither for the welfare or the warfare state.

    • Also here is moar “maths….”
      25% annual Federal budget in 2015 went to Defense
      66% of the annual Federal budget in 2015 was/is spent on Govt provided Health Care, Govt provided Pensions, Welfare, and Education respectively.

  • Couldnt read the Wall Street Report and where the 18 trillion came from. Spending $68 trillion in 10 years = $6.8triillion/year. That doesnt seem that crazy…..
    Very vague claims so I cant comment on them that much.
    What I will say is this, what he wants has been done by other countries.
    Free Healthcare (one that isnt run by corporations and funded by the Federal Government) is available in almost every other first world country.
    Free education is available in many other countries as well.
    The US spends more per capita on healthcare than any other country in the world, and the service is shit compared to most other nations.
    And these countries dont have nearly the amount of capital we have.
    Not sure about voting for military spending, but he has voted against the Iraq war and many aggressive foreign relations policies. (voted to go into Afghanistan to get Osama but that quickly turned into a predictable shitstorm) .
    If you actually listen to him and not just take sound bites, you would know that he himself has stated OVER and OVER again… ” I CANNOT DO IT ALONE”.
    He isnt HOPE….. He isnt CHANGE…..
    He’s somebody just speaking truth and getting people to come together from all backgrounds.
    He does not make promises like the other Puppet candidates, he actually states facts and why its fucked up.
    Sure, a lot of what he says will require a lot of money (FIAT currency system and the FED is a different issue than this) but what he is also gathering is a movement of people.
    People who donate to him, also vote for him, campaign for him and ultimately, they are the ones that are most likely to take action locally in order to make the changes that the Federal Government are unwilling to.
    Do I agree with him 100%…. more like 70%….
    But then again, I can relate to him (as i did for Ron Paul in 2012) more than I can with any other candidate with corporations/billionaires in their back pocket.
    Consistent views on the issues and really transparent…..
    This wouldnt be choosing the lesser of two evils, it would be choosing not a puppet idiot controlled by corporations.

  • Couldnt read the Wall Street Report and where the 18 trillion came from. Spending $68 trillion in 10 years = $6.8triillion/year. That doesnt seem that crazy…..
    Very vague claims so I cant comment on them that much.
    What I will say is this, what he wants has been done by other countries.
    Free Healthcare (one that isnt run by corporations and funded by the Federal Government) is available in almost every other first world country.
    Free education is available in many other countries as well.
    The US spends more per capita on healthcare than any other country in the world, and the service is shit compared to most other nations.
    And these countries dont have nearly the amount of capital we have.
    Not sure about voting for military spending, but he has voted against the Iraq war and many aggressive foreign relations policies. (voted to go into Afghanistan to get Osama but that quickly turned into a predictable shitstorm) .
    If you actually listen to him and not just take sound bites, you would know that he himself has stated OVER and OVER again… ” I CANNOT DO IT ALONE”.
    He isnt HOPE….. He isnt CHANGE…..
    He’s somebody just speaking truth and getting people to come together from all backgrounds.
    He does not make promises like the other Puppet candidates, he actually states facts and why its fucked up.
    Sure, a lot of what he says will require a lot of money (FIAT currency system and the FED is a different issue than this) but what he is also gathering is a movement of people.
    People who donate to him, also vote for him, campaign for him and ultimately, they are the ones that are most likely to take action locally in order to make the changes that the Federal Government are unwilling to.
    Do I agree with him 100%…. more like 70%….
    But then again, I can relate to him (as i did for Ron Paul in 2012) more than I can with any other candidate with corporations/billionaires in their back pocket.
    Consistent views on the issues and really transparent…..
    This wouldnt be choosing the lesser of two evils, it would be choosing not a puppet idiot controlled by corporations.

    • McCarthyism at its finest right here.

    • “You don’t need 23 types of deodorant” -Bernie Sanders

      MyCarthyism? Please.

  • Do you think any other candidate can?

  • This was a decent article if not for the non reality parts and other truths completely skipped over. While yes his plan is costly, the writer fails to mention that if we had a single payer system like every other major country on earth it would drastically lower the cost of said health care so it wouldn’t cost near as much as this author is claiming. The writer also fails to mention that the added cost to include higher education to every child who wants it would only be around 40billion per year over grants etc that the government currently helps with. The writer also failed to mention the dramatic economic boosts we would realize with more young people coming into the workforce with higher educations and better job training. He also failed to mention the deductions in our grotesque military spending that could be applied to costs to help our citizens here at home instead of continue to line the pockets of the wealthy. The writer also failed to mention all the jobs that would be created by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and the added tax revenue those jobs would bring in. He failed to mention the money raised from closing loopholes that allow corporations and the super wealthy to store trillions overseas and avoid paying taxes completely. He also skipped over penalizing companies who ship American jobs overseas and the list goes on and on. You see my friends it’s as I’ve always said and all the wise people know…there is plenty of money to go around, we just need to spend it smarter and where it will do the most good. There is no logical or moral reason why we should continue to give so much to the top 1% and large corporations while the majority of the country gets screwed. Corporate welfare for just one example far surpasses the welfare to the poor. The kicker of that is that multi billion dollar companies like Walmart and their multi billionaire owners are some of the biggest reasons why poor people are on welfare to begin with but yet we keep giving the billionaires and their company billions in tax breaks and corp welfare on top of it. How much sense does that make? “Oh so you are going to pay poverty wages so the American tax payer has to make up for it by supporting welfare for your employees? Hell that’s cool, in fact here are a few more billion dollars for you and your company and what the hell let’s allow you to pay less in taxes than your secretary and go ahead and throw the rest of your dough offshore to avoid taxes on the rest of it”. Sounds legit and practical. lol

    • It sounds to me like more market regulation is what he wants. More government involvement to push money in a direction it doesn’t naturally want to move. How about we try deregulating the market and letting wages, prices, supplies and demands sort themselves out.

    • we been doin that fer 30 years, moron I mean cameron, same diff

    • What we need to do in basic form is exactly what people like Bernie have been preaching. We need to spend the money wiser and bring in more money by closing loopholes for the 1% to dodge taxes, curb our crazy military spending and start investing on our own country. I really don’t understand what is so difficult to people to understand. If we invest at home then we as a country reap the gains, it’s that simple. Educate people, have them working good jobs for real pay, cover their basic need for healthcare etc, and watch the economy grow by leaps and bounds. If people are to broke to barely eat, how can anyone possibly think they can push an economy?

    • Thank you Ryan, much of what you stated is obvious. The ftp has been critical of Bernie Sanders but seem to be missing the big picture.

  • This was a decent article if not for the non reality parts and other truths completely skipped over. While yes his plan is costly, the writer fails to mention that if we had a single payer system like every other major country on earth it would drastically lower the cost of said health care so it wouldn’t cost near as much as this author is claiming. The writer also fails to mention that the added cost to include higher education to every child who wants it would only be around 40billion per year over grants etc that the government currently helps with. The writer also failed to mention the dramatic economic boosts we would realize with more young people coming into the workforce with higher educations and better job training. He also failed to mention the deductions in our grotesque military spending that could be applied to costs to help our citizens here at home instead of continue to line the pockets of the wealthy. The writer also failed to mention all the jobs that would be created by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and the added tax revenue those jobs would bring in. He failed to mention the money raised from closing loopholes that allow corporations and the super wealthy to store trillions overseas and avoid paying taxes completely. He also skipped over penalizing companies who ship American jobs overseas and the list goes on and on. You see my friends it’s as I’ve always said and all the wise people know…there is plenty of money to go around, we just need to spend it smarter and where it will do the most good. There is no logical or moral reason why we should continue to give so much to the top 1% and large corporations while the majority of the country gets screwed. Corporate welfare for just one example far surpasses the welfare to the poor. The kicker of that is that multi billion dollar companies like Walmart and their multi billionaire owners are some of the biggest reasons why poor people are on welfare to begin with but yet we keep giving the billionaires and their company billions in tax breaks and corp welfare on top of it. How much sense does that make? “Oh so you are going to pay poverty wages so the American tax payer has to make up for it by supporting welfare for your employees? Hell that’s cool, in fact here are a few more billion dollars for you and your company and what the hell let’s allow you to pay less in taxes than your secretary and go ahead and throw the rest of your dough offshore to avoid taxes on the rest of it”. Sounds legit and practical. lol

    • It sounds to me like more market regulation is what he wants. More government involvement to push money in a direction it doesn’t naturally want to move. How about we try deregulating the market and letting wages, prices, supplies and demands sort themselves out.

    • we been doin that fer 30 years, moron I mean cameron, same diff

    • What we need to do in basic form is exactly what people like Bernie have been preaching. We need to spend the money wiser and bring in more money by closing loopholes for the 1% to dodge taxes, curb our crazy military spending and start investing on our own country. I really don’t understand what is so difficult to people to understand. If we invest at home then we as a country reap the gains, it’s that simple. Educate people, have them working good jobs for real pay, cover their basic need for healthcare etc, and watch the economy grow by leaps and bounds. If people are to broke to barely eat, how can anyone possibly think they can push an economy?

    • Thank you Ryan, much of what you stated is obvious. The ftp has been critical of Bernie Sanders but seem to be missing the big picture.

  • This is stupid. You must have been bought by Hillary free thought if you’re posting lies now. He explains where the money will come from, and you can’t get an accurate estimate on what the cost of health care will be. Next time you want to predict the future provide some lottery numbers you corporate hacks.

  • This is stupid. You must have been bought by Hillary free thought if you’re posting lies now. He explains where the money will come from, and you can’t get an accurate estimate on what the cost of health care will be. Next time you want to predict the future provide some lottery numbers you corporate hacks.

  • BS….Get a slice of the 8 trillion the pentagon lost

  • The #1 promise, really the only one that matters is free, ending citizens united, and getting the money out of politics.

  • Maybe if some of the corporations paid taxes he could make it happen? I once read some pay no taxes? How can that be fair to so many others? If he gets elected I hope he has a plan.

  • Jeez Free Thought could you screw up any more than you have in the past few weeks? Cutting Military spending by 50% would pay for all of the programs proposed by Bernie Sanders. Taking the cap off FICA tax would pay our national debt in 30 years or less. Do your homework for god sakes!

    • The FICA tax is moronic as is.

    • It pays for your social security and medicare when you are too old or sick to work so you might want to think about that Patrick. It was a result of Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ and it has made America greater through compassionately taking a little bit from everyone and putting it into a fund to pay for the sick and elderly later in life. Removing the cap would tax everyone the same amount of their income which is fair.

    • Johnathan- you say “taking” instead of what it actually is: robbing. That money is robbed from workers

    • I can’t see living in a capitalist society without taxation to redistribute wealth. You can call it robbing and you are right. I have considered voluntary taxation with check boxes and amounts you write in to vote and pay for only those programs you agree with funding and I kind of liked it, but let’s face it, once you are out of School and your kids are out of school are you really going to contribute 1000 bucks a year, voluntarily, to public education? At any rate, I acknowledge your statement about robbing and your argument against involuntary taxation that it implies Dave Kolan. I don’t have all the answers but I can come up with them if given time and sufficient reason.

  • Well, judging by his smile, he’s been squirreling away nuts for a long time. He’ll cover the costs.

  • Uummmm, the source of this is the Wall Street Journal! Don’t think Bernie Sanders is high up on their wish list.

  • The only reason I keep following this page is to see how many times it’ll get bashed on every time they post something against Bernie. Including this post lmao!!

  • bullshit ….. this country is swimming in stolen resources ….. tax em and throw them in jail for the corruption ….. MORE THAN ENOUGH …. you should rename this … THEDUMBTHOUGHTPROJECT.COM … run by greedy criminal oligarchs

  • Need to change campaign promises to campaign projections!!!

  • cut govt pay president and congress make entirely way to much and stop paying at the end of the presidents term they made enough to retire on in office same with congress

  • The Free Thought Project.com: I rather the USA spend trillions of dollars on domestic spending in roads, bridges, health insurance, and public education than in needless wars. How many trillions of dollars are the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq going to cost the USA? That money would have been better spend on domestic programs! http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/14/us-iraq-war-anniversary-idUSBRE92D0PG20130314

  • http://www.cnbc.com/2014/12/15/-for-us-cost-1tn.html It’s time to spend in DOMESTIC programs.

  • SCARY NUMBERS!

    Let’s just break it down.

    $18 Trillion minus $6.5T (Wall street and corporate taxes) = $11.5T

    $11.5T spread over 10 Years = $1.15T per year

    $1.15T divide by 319 million (people in the U.S. ) = $3,605

    That’s $3,605 per person spending on healthcare each year for the next 10 years

    The average per capita spending in the U.S. in 2013? $8,713 (projected to be $10,000 per person in 2015)

    THIS MEANS BERNIE’S PLAN WOULD SAVE US $5,108 per person over the next 10 years

    That’s a savings of over 1.5T per year!

  • Clowny Trump will just steal it …. Iraq has oil … we will just take it for the war we lied to create and the 100s of thousands of Iraqi’s killed ….. THEDUMBTHOUGHTPROJECT.COM

  • The last socialist president we had was F.D.Roosevelt. Who is considered one of the greatest presidents ever. Through social programs and infrastructure programs and Wallstreet reforms he brought America out of the Great Depression and set so on a track to become the great nation we where before those reforms where undone and corporate greed and corruption was allowed to run unchecked. Add to that the rise of the military industrial complex and bad trade deals and you get what we have today a military driven oligarchy. It’s time for another socialist to get us back on track.

    • ????

    • To say the least, FDR’s status as one of the greats is not universally agreed upon. I certainly don’t agree with it.

    • You gonna elaborate on that or no?

    • Woe. Now,let’s get back to the reality that we’re drowning in a world fdr greatly helped create. Worst ever,maybe,up with Lincoln. The 2 that did the most damage.

    • Not sure I have the energy for a large debate on the matter; there’s lots of good info out there. I’ll do my best to summarize.

      We can start out with the notion that he brought us out of the Great Depression. This is the mainstream story, but there’s lots of reasons to object to it, mostly under the argument that he didn’t bring us out of the depression but instead extended it, and that it was only WWII that eventually (sort of) did the trick.

      BTW, he also told us that he would keep us out of WWII, and then brought us in it. “But we were attacked!” Yes. Japan attacked us after FDR blockaded Japan so badly that they had virtually no other choice. He tried the same trick with Germany, but they wouldn’t fall for it. But he wanted in the war, and needed the excuse of an attack to do it. Again, lots of good info to back this up out there as well.

      Getting back to the economy, most of his programs would have probably been deemed unconstitutional, but the president has the power to increase the size of the Supreme Court, and he threatened them with increasing their size and stacking the deck if he didn’t get his way. This, then, led to all sorts of horribly tortured interpretations of law, including those which have ultimately given the Federal Government the out-of-control levels of power that they have.

      Here’s an example: ever hear of the Commerce Clause? It was a Supreme Court legal interpretation that any commerce which could conceivably cross state lines ultimately constituted an interstate act and, therefore, federal jurisdiction, whether or not it had been previously pursued that way. In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court removed all economic state sovereignty and handed right over to DC.

      Now, the federalists in our midst my give three cheers for this, but guess which public policy eventually piggybacked onto this interpretation? Answer: The War on Drugs. Since the black market knows no state borders it constitutes commerce. Therefore anti-drug legislation became a federal issue. Those 2.5 million Americans in prison? All of those ghettos drowning in crach and meth despair, and all of the racist oppression that comes with it? Now you know who to thank for it.

      Still need more?

      Let’s not forget that by the time he became president corporations and the state had already began their marriage, meaning that even if his idealism were correct that it was never going to do anything but line the pockets of the big business that had already owned DC then. This is an idea the left continually fails to get. Government can’t stop big business because government is big business. Power structures do nothing more than attract those who want power. Always have, always will.

      Oh, and side note speaking of that racist oppression: the man, from all accounts, was a horrible anti-Semite. Plenty of good info about this as well.

      FDR’s awesome reputation comes from nothing more than state worship. He was president 4 times over, he won a war, and he was, like, so generous with other people’s money, he must be awesome!

      I dissent.

    • Thats why the middleclass was the envy of the world till reagan,bush jr. Now they are kicking our ass.

    • Then FDR and Bernie have something in common – war hawks

    • Rebecca Martin I will let Bernie’s voting record speak for itself. But he would be less so than the last two presidents or Hilary.

    • Given the scant amount of information he’s released about his foreign policy approach, that’s a hopeful guess at best. Also, that’s exactly what Obama’s supporters said, and he’s proven to be the king of all war hawks. No more Kool-Aid for me, thanks.

    • His voting record is a matter of public record and available to anyone who wants that knowledge. Not a guess at all and he is the most consistent person running. He hasn’t changed much in 40 year.

    • He also nuked japan, twice. Most democrats agree that was his greatest socialist achievement. ..

  • So, we instruct our military to shoot the people behind the bailouts and seize their fortunes. We pay the debt with the fortunes made off our labor, then we instruct our military again to shoot the private corporation we paid our debt to, and take the stolen labor productivity back. Oh, that’s extreme? How many wars not in our strategic best interests are we in right now at what cost exactly? I grew up under the so-called “war on drugs”, where a bunch of fascist pigs were determined to use force over the fact punks like to smoke joints at rock concerts. I’ll support a bill in a nanosecond to drag those sons-of-bitches right our of their homes in the middle of the night and disappear them into Gulag! So you learn to deal with the fact that fixing the economy is going to cost the rich much of their precious investment money because right now bringing back the guillotine looks like an acceptable option to many of us. You know what? From the law schools and business schools dominated by the Romanesque/Norman culture, there will ALWAYS be an “explanation” for why we can’t have an economy not based on forcing the working poor into sweatshops out of fear of being homeless. We will ALWAYS be told we cannot proceed without slavery. The human race is going to have an evolutionary response to this thinking soon-so start cooperating over the economy with those of us tired of working for nothing right now-no amount of police can put down the horde that will come it you don’t.

  • Gawd yer using WSJarticles aka US Corporate Puppets inc. now ? Rupert Murdochs latest major newspaper too. Didn’t ya get the hint from watching Fox news what or who they would advocate for ? You cant even read the linked article unless ya PAY.Jeez who do ya represent the people or Big dark money interests ? You cant do both.

  • It’s called priorities. And the WSJ is not exactly objective.

  • This article is BS. And that doesn’t stand for Bernie Sanders. btw I agree with almost eerything that comes from this page and share it but I think this one Totally misses the mark.

  • You list the cost of his plan, whether or not that is accurate us another story but you don’t say the financial gain that his plan will bring in. Also it’s not his fault that we have a horrid infrastructure, our schools have been starved for funds, and that we have a crappy for profit healthcare system. He wants to fix American and you throw stones at him?

    • Lol, ” starved for funds”

      No.

      They keep
      Pumping more and more funding into public schools and they still drastically, and consistently underperform.

    • Go look at how much the govt spent on schools past 20 years individually and compare. Then come try and troll me.

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  • Philip Reed

    • Then don’t for vote him. By the way, the current douche bags are worried about Planned Parenthood and aren’t coming up with a budget and trying to derail the Iranian nuke treaty so we have another country to look forward to invading.
      As long as the rich and powerful can hide their taxes and receive corporate subsidies, fuck everyone else.

  • Im glad Bernie is running. I dont like his political views but this is a rare opportunity, a litmus test so to speak to see how infected our country has become with these failed 3rd world ideas. Lets face it. For the first time in recent history the wolf on the democrat side of the isle isnt even bothering to put on the sheep costume. Oh and the republican primary is looking to be a circus as well.. obamas legacy might not be the worst after the next president irregaurdless of which party wins. Lol. We are so fuct.

  • (Paid for by P.R.I.C.K.S. Politicians Researching Individual’s Common Knowledge Survey) 😉

  • He’s a Socialist scumbag piece of dog crap.

  • If you vote for nobody you have no say so and no political view, or complaint about who takes over next…

  • I smell a lack of complete facts and context. Or in other words, conjecture. Which is something the free thought project seems to do quite often.

  • McCarthyism at its finest right here.

  • Numbers released by the Wall Street Journal? Can we get a more biased source? What did and didn’t they take into account? For instance things like negotiated drug prices and health care? The lower per pupil cost of college simply by having massive increase of students? The WSJ and Rupert Murdoch would clearly err on the side over over inflating the costs. Then there is the notion that the US needs to run the deficit to $50 trillion to fully repair the economy.

  • Stop spending all your money on your miltary which kills millions of innocent people world wide and you could butmy anything your country wanted. Peace will rule earth one day… I hope

  • You guys don’t do anything but sit on your ass and complain. Thanks for your great contribution to change, I applaud you *heavy sarcasm*

  • Too bad his reputation speaks for itself.

  • NWO AGENDA

  • This is a nonsense calculation Sanders promotes the values of the fifties with taxes of the fifties ans salaries of the fifties, the debt would evaporate

  • fuck the national debt.do you think it will ever be paid off? get rid of the federal reserve and start from scratch. get back on the gold standard. get rid of the banks and break up the corporations. capitalism is an epic failure. there is enough resources that no one has to live in poverty. its all about the allocation.

  • Perhaps he has as many magic trees, unicorns, and rainbows as B.O.

  • Or, you know, we could just cut our military budget by 75%, still have the largest military budget in the world, and be able to pay for the better parts of his wish list.

    Forget about the fact that no other candidate has been able to articulate a decent policy proposal without it being garbled by the enormous corporate dick in their mouth. Tell me, exactly who is the better option?

  • End the fake war on drugs and terror and you’ll have enough money.

  • but how many jobs would it create and that equals tax revenue

  • At the end of the day, Bernie Sanders is just as authoritarian as the corporatists he’s running against. He seems sincere, but sincerity is no substitute for economic literacy.

  • just like Obama – he doubled the national debt and his 2nd term isn’t even up yet

  • And a lot of what he is saying came straight out of the Ron and Rand Paul playbook.

  • Would it be any worse then the debt now and Obushma hasnt kept any of his?

  • I am not convinced by your article and I dont see the validity of making it a point that under his potential leadership it will cost a lot of money to keep his campaign promises. We have had so many puppets at the helm and too many things have been delayed or neglected during their time in office. We need a dramatic restructuring of our entire nation and the infrastructure if we are to stand a chance in the future. It will cost a lot of money and time to get things done. If we restructured our taxes so that people actually pay their fair share. If we eliminate programs which are money sinks with little benefit, stop all the nonsense with spending in military, subsides/entitlements, and start investing in ourselves we might be able to weather the storm that is coming. Who is to say he will actually keep his promises?

    Few politicians do and unless he too is a puppet this whole thing is just a fools errant anyway. Something has to change and I dont mean like what Obomba said during his running years. Some of the healthcare and benefits packages are likely to be over-estimated because if we did mirror a uniform system of healthcare then costs will DROP. We actually NEED the infrastructure and educational spending compared to military or otherwise. This isnt something that can just be debated in a tiny box on a web browser. If Muricans want to live a good life in the future, we might indeed have to go through a few years or a decade of struggle to make sure we have a future.

  • About time. Thanks for posting this.

  • I’m pretty sure if Bernie gets anywhere near that White House, someone will Kennedy him.

  • balony. defense budget plus corporate welfare plus single payer equals NO problem paying for sanity

  • which corporations are going to pay for his dreams?

    • oh wait.. I know… all of the richie rich’s in the democrat party volunteered to give back some of the money they’ve been stealing…. and not to be outshone the repubics are following suit… they are bring the jobs back too… also… what difference does any of it make if the system stays as is? What do you think about Jill Stein?

  • If you want this country collapse financially by all means vote for bernie. If he is elected businesses will leave………..period.

  • But Bernie wouldn’t OK a false flag operation and declare war afterwards….
    I choose more debt. Lol

  • I am a Sanders supporter. Any person with any sense can already see the headlines. HIGH TAXES, FEAR SOCIALISM! However, we would be getting a whole lot more bang for our buck. We need to do whatever it takes to get corporations and the wealthy to pay, at least, their fair share. Currently many corporations pay zero and the mega rich pay next to nothing based on how they earn their money. We could pay for a hell of a lot with just those changes. Current policies are obviously not working for the middle class, the poor and veterans so we have to try something different. I don’t see any better ideas from any other candidates. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer.

  • BS can never fix things

  • Now I normally support most stuff you post… I believe you need to do more research on this. His plans are not as ridiculous as you are making them to be..

  • This is propaganda to bring him down. Bullshit.

  • lol, that is simply not true.

  • Must be doing something right, if the WSJ is worried.

    Bernie Sanders will not cost the nation $18 trillion
    Sep 15, 2015 11:36am PDT by Joan McCarter
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    The Wall Street Journal, perhaps fearing Bernie Sanders working his way up in the polls, does some good old-fashioned fearmongering Tuesday, with a story claiming that Sander’s proposals will cost the nation $18 trillion over the next decade. Hogwash, says Sanders. And he’s right.
    “That is not the reality, and we will be responding to the Wall Street Journal on that. I think most of the expense that they put in there, the expenditures, have to do with a single-payer health care system,” the independent Vermont senator said in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday.
    Sanders said the WSJ had “significantly exaggerated” those costs, and hadn’t accounted for the benefits of “eliminating the cost that you incur with private health insurance.” […]

    “The truth of the matter right now is that as a nation, we spend far far more on health care per person than the people of any other nation. And yet we continue to have about 30 million people who have no health insurance, many more who are underinsured and we pay, again, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” Sanders said. “No question to my mind that moving toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program is the most cost-effective way to provide health care to all of our people.” […]

    “Second point, which they really didn’t get into, is: We are going to demand that the wealthiest people and the largest corporations in this country do start paying their fair share of taxes,” Sanders said. “When we have massive income and wealth inequality—when 58 percent of all income is going to the top 1 percent, when you have major corporations in a given year paying zero in federal income taxes, yes we need real tax reform to bring in substantially more revenue.”

    Apparently the WSJ thought that attacking him on his tax plan was going to make their motives just a little too transparent. And, as Greg Sargent points out, they weren’t even really looking at a Sanders’ healthcare plan, because he hasn’t released one yet. They were using another single-payer plan that’s been introduced in the Senate and has a $15 trillion price tag, so they just used it.
    Here’s what they ignored: “At the moment, total health care spending in the United States runs over $3 trillion a year; according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over the next decade (from 2015-2024), America will spend a total of $42 trillion on health care.” That’s a lot more than $15 trillion! Here’s how it works—the money that we wouldn’t be spending on healthcare premiums to private insurance will be going to the government to pay for health insurance for everyone. Except that those tax payments would be progressive—the lower income people wouldn’t have to be paying as much as the rich. The majority wouldn’t have to be paying as much in taxes as they are now for health insurance and everybody would have coverage. That’s also been proven to save a lot of money in every other developed nation in the world that has some form of a single-payer plan to provide universal health care. That’s a just a minor fact that the big economic brains of the WSJ overlooked in this article.

    Sanders, though, should be flattered and heartened. The WSJ is scared enough of him to start attacking.

  • what a maroon!

  • Vivian Leyva

  • The information in this article was taken from a NY Times smear campaign… Where is the free thought in that?

    http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/15/1421562/-Bernie-Sanders-will-not-cost-the-nation-18-trillion?detail=facebook

  • Just shut down the War-machine and you have ALL the Money you Need<<<

  • Why not call your page the Nazi thought project thats what you are<<<

  • Scale back our insane and wasteful military and militarized police budget that lost trillions and can’t show how. Immediately termination of all corporate subsidies for profiting businesses. Immediate corporate tax reform. There’s many trillions of dollars. There are so many reforms that need to be acted upon. None of this stuff is free and he knows it. We all know this. But there are ways of allocating the funding and making it happen. I pay 25% of my revenue in taxes and I get absolutely nothing back from it other than a badass fire dept.

  • The government is going to put us into further massive debt no matter who’s in the big house. Spending that money on free education, infrastructure and healthcare sounds a whole lot better than more wars designed to make the filthy rich even richer.

  • AND THE CORPORATIONS AND 1% CAN PAY EVERY DIME

  • What can I say. This is a blatant lie.

  • LOL John Vibes, found this, good, now I don’t have to read the article! http://www.punkrocklibertarians.com/author/jgvibes/

  • If he stopped the wasteful spending we would have more.

  • Weak…
    I almost want to unfollow.

  • I don’t believe that history has shown this article to be true at all. Indeed, the presidency has gone to whom ever raises the most money. But the last election was win at $1 billion, and was the largest campaign in our history. Inflation has not gone up that much in 4 years, at least yet.

  • “Objective” lol –get out of my news feed

  • Didn’t know the free thought project peddled Murdochs wsj propaganda… disheartening to say the least.

  • adios

  • BS

  • Shame on Free Thought Project…. You say you are neutral, but you don’t investigate the truth behind the Wall Street Journal’s agenda driven attack on Sanders? Of the $18 trillion in new spending, $15 trillion, according to the journal, is in increased medical costs. Fact #1 The Journal didn’t use Bernie’s plan…. They took numbers from an analysis made by an economist named Friedman who analyzed a bill in Congress proposed by Conyers…. So $15 trillion is based on a plan that IS NOT Bernie’s…… But the smear goes further, because the same report by Friedman indicated a SAVINGS of $600 billion per year, or $6 trillion over the decade. So that $15 trillion, now goes down to $9 trillion, or a little less then one trillion annually. Friedman goes further to say, “no other plan can achieve this magnetize of savings.” To put this in perspective, our current plan projects a spending of $42 trillion over the next decade, so if the Conyer’s bill became law, we would be spending $51 trillion over the next decade instead of $42 trillion. In exchange for this additional cost the Friedman report says 44 million uninsured Americans would be insured, and everyone else’s coverage would be upgraded.
    It is poor journalism that gets only one side of the story, it is poorer journalism still, to accept that story on face value without checking out the sources.

  • BullShit, We got the Money and can get more, start by mothballing those AirCraft Carriers, Cancelling & Defunding that F-35 mistake, right after we bring All the Troops home where they belong and then Stand Down about half of our Military! Any Nation that still wants American Troops on their soil can Pay For Them at Retail! No more WelFare or Tax Breaks for Any Corporations, especially Oil & Churches! See, plenty of money!

  • I can’t hear this when in 1 hour i could die from the weight of the bills created. http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/us_deficit/us_deficit.html

  • Not if he stopped the stinkin corruption going on now!
    No $700. hammers etc. No crony capitalism, no outrageous govt contracts to cronies etc. Stop funding of the military industrial complex.
    Make the corporations and rich pay their taxes and we’d have plenty of funds!

  • This page is fucking stupid

  • But it’s still better to point out the insanity that calls itself Trump, because that nutcase would be far worse for the country than Sanders.

  • “You don’t need 23 types of deodorant” -Bernie Sanders

    MyCarthyism? Please.

  • No, for Senator Sanders to have support in congress is near a mathematical impossilbility…But his programs…Easy Peasy, compared to putting the Iraq war on a credit card funded by China !

  • Please!! Even if he manages a couple he keeps the dialog alive!!

  • Bernies plan doesnt add to the debt or deficit or increase goverment , it actually reduces the size of government and government spending , Here is how Bernie proposes to pay for his plans .. http://berniementum.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-does-bernie-sanders-plan-to-pay-for_29.html?spref=fb

  • Not even close, stop corporate give aways, foreign aid to our enemies that claim to be our friends.

  • When combined with closing loopholes, raising taxes on the very richest, and getting rid of subsidies it looks like there is actually a revenue increase even with all he wants to do:
    https://i.imgur.com/gn60t8d.jpg

  • This has already been disproven. You should practice better journalism.

  • Not if we quit going to war and stop bailing out wall street and big business and giving tax breaks and tax incentives to big corporations and allowing billionaires and big businesses to hide their money in offshore accounts so it can’t be taxed! Wonder how many trillions of $ that amounts to!

  • tax the vampiric 1% no job creating money hoarders.

  • Not if American Business and the wealthy pay there share!

  • Where’s the dislike button?

  • Tax the top income earners 99% of their money. Hey they can afford it. Once they are all gone eventually the guy making 30k a year is the top income earner…. And you just ran out of other people’s money again.

  • Now you’re relying on the Wall Street Journal as a source?

  • The problem with Bernie is he may have good intentions but the next guy who comes along probably won’t. Look at social security. Well intended but then easily corrupted and funds stolen. What makes you think all the other social programs won’t end the same??

  • When you start parroting the shit from the wsj, I question your motives.

  • not at all if you know where te money is

  • Wow, free thought project is now taking propaganda from mainstream media and spreading it as truth. Now I can’t trust the information here either. Very disappointed.

  • Colorado doesn’t seem to be hurting on a budget level these days. Gosh, wonder what they’re doing that we could all be doing to turn that around across the country… Hmmm… Maybe THAT would help a little..? Just sayn’…

  • I don’t know man, but 33 bucks a year from everyone so everyone can have a college education is pretty good

  • Wtf, @thefreethoughtproject. As I was reading an ad for Scott Walker came up.

    • This has got to be a hack. You’ve pissed off all your readers. #bernie2016

  • CORRUPT you can see it in his eyes

  • lol oh man

  • Implying it is possible for any candidate to make everyone’s life better in every aspect bahahaahahah

  • Daniel Flores bruh this

    • I’ve been aware of this for about a week now and figured it would cost a lot to begin with – just not THAT much. kind of sad that people lack the common sense to see problems so obvious

    • he has good intentions but too bad he cant really fullfil any of them 🙁

    • He’s like a child running for class president. big promises, but all talk – even if he’s too ignorant to see that his proposals are literally impossible to fulfill.

  • Kids are so used to the spend and pretend to tax liberals that they do nut understand fiscal responsibility. That is the obama legacy

  • There has never been a President that can keep all the promises made on the campaign trail , so to think he could would be unrealistic , but the current President has been under duress and high pressure ever since he was elected and he has accomplished quite a lot . Don’t underestimate Bernie .

  • Gatekeeper

  • Supports both the MIC and Israel.

  • Cut the Military in half, raise the Payroll tax so all income is taxes, place a Wall Street transaction tax, and have a set progressive tax plan that there are no deductions for. This would fund the government and have trillions left over.

    Anyone who says that Bernies plans don’t work, don’t know his plans.

    Healthcare would just be expanding Medicare, and that is possible and would be cheaper than the 15% GDP we spend per year.

    Education would only be about 150Billion a year, and he says that this could be paid for through a Wall Street Transaction tax, which would generate anywhere from 300Billion to over 1trillion in revenue per year depending on conservative/liberal estimates.

    His policies are possible, saying they aren’t is just denying reality.

  • ?FDR had no money & yet got us out!!!!! He’s not Chavez he’s FDR!!!!

  • “like most promises made by politicians, they aren’t entirely possible and they come with a heavy cost.”

    this quote.

  • Funny, We’ll just sell some F-35 NO FLY zone fighters.

  • I got elected class president by telling everyone they would get pizza as an option for lunch everyday. I lied.

  • So? We aren’t ever going to pay our debt so the sooner we crash this system the better.

  • This is over over a decade.

  • The ignorance involved in some of your posts makes me wonder about the validity of the others…and it truly IS ignorance…you apparently don’t follow Mr. Sanders and therefore assume that he makes “promises” when in fact he doesn’t…he talks about the issues in our society…he talks about possible solutions to said issues…and he flatly states he CANNOT accomplish what he would like to see done…this is a candidate who wasn’t planning on running for president until 100k of us signed a petition asking him to…he didn’t start out with the belief, expectation, or even desire to become president, he was simply trying to make sure that the REAL issues of our pathetically no longer free society were discussed by the “real” candidates in the debates…and the PEOPLE of this country heard his message and have stood up and are behind him…he has no super PAC, 85% of his campaign contributions are $250 or less, and he actually seems to care about the majority of the people in this country instead of simply lining his own pockets…maybe the “free” thought project should do a little actual research on a candidate before posting this drivel…or people may start to wonder how truly “free” they are…I have news for you: someone is going to be elected president of the United States…we may want to start caring who that someone is…

  • Like they know how much money they waste to kill. And we could save alot by not invading other countries

  • Yeah, but, to be fair, the trickle-down economic plan that continues to be pushed by most GOP candidates is also a fiscal impossibility.

  • Good thing money is a abstract concept.

  • I tried to explain this concept to my 25 yr old son who is currently finishing up his last semester for his Bachelor’s degree. They say talk is cheap, but in Bernie Sander’s case, nothing could be farther from the truth.

  • It’s about PRIORITIES! Cut the hell out of the defense budget! That would pay for it

  • Defense MUST be cut. Even of it is cut by 50% what country is gonna fuck with us on OUR soil?

  • meh

  • Those numbers are way off. They assume we would be paying that much because of health care when in fact we wouldn’t be paying more we’d just be paying through a different system (not on top of what we already pay.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/15/no-bernie-sanders-is-not-going-to-bankrupt-america-to-the-tune-of-18-trillion/

  • Doesn’t sanders want to make the exorbitantly rich (CEOs Amongst others) start paying
    Shit tons of taxes for a change?

  • We could use the money the Pentagon “lost”. We could use the cost of another war. We could close our bases throughout the world.

  • These days I get the feeling the only way this is going to stop is via a full blown revolution.

  • This number was pulled out of the air. Not accurate! Time to stop following this page

  • Just keep in mind that NOT producing the fighter jets that are being produced now will single handedly give Bernie the power to achieve his campaign promises. That doesn’t even include taxing the rich and corporations their fair share. Can you say surplus?

  • Not if you get the get the top earners to pay their fair share and remove the ceiling on social security tax.

  • This has already been debunked.

  • I’m glad to see most of you don’t ingest the shit shoveling. If you don’t vote then don’t. Only 36% of registered voters participated in the mid terms. Only about 70% of all those eligible to vote are registered. This means a minority ultimately decided the representation. The top 20% of people in the United States are seeing all the growth of our economy. The top 1% is included in that number. So with political inaction all you have done is forfeit your rights and equity. Do you understand American civics and why we are a republic?

  • Biased article.

  • Those are Bernie’s goals,not his promises.After all any sane human being would not make 10yrs of promises when in fact he has to work in a democracy,many times compromises are made. This slant is just more of the same old politics. How those goals could or couldn’t be achieved is another debate,but they are worth trying for. There is so much waste and corruption in government,you could easily pay for all of those if you for instance forbid over seas tax shelters of corporations and tax BREAKS for the ultra rich, and taxed big banks like everyone else.

  • The possible……really?

  • I was fan of this page until now. VoteForNobody??? Are you kidding me. Entitled to your opinions but not voting is stupid. Unfollowing.

  • if you’re thinking about this objectively than you must also consider how much and how far the republican congress went to derail Obama agenda while in office. if sanders were to muster even 1/4 of his promises into action it would be a high % so the idea that if he were to get elected the nation debt would balloon is ridiculous. also Sanders isn’t a man who doesn’t see the ridiculous amount the U.S. spends on military spending. he would surely take some of that to aid in his efforts to help multimillions of Americans.

  • This is not fully accurate. For starters, while Bernie Sanders doesn’t intend to cut spending out of military programs, he does seek to SAVE money from military spending by getting waste, fraud and poor accounting at the DOD under control. $8.5 trillion unaccounted for in DOD spending in the last 25-30 years. There’s a lot to be saved there.

  • Boo FTP your now as bad as the Wallstreet Journal. Think about that. #ferlthebern

  • More propaganda bullshit! His campaign does not endorse hiking taxes for the poor and working class…only the rich and corporations who can easily afford to pay a lot more, while still making tons of money for their own pockets, except, for the rich, there is never enough profit. The money that the government wastes and pay out in kickbacks would fund his campaign promises, without hurting the poor and working class!

  • Bullshit you don’t endorse any political candidates! this is anything but an “objective look” and how does Benrie Sanders platform restrict anyone’s personal freedom? In fact, it gives the people back their freedom, and releases them from the slavery they live in now.

  • That’s if you believe the Wall Street journal… And you’re forgetting that he’s going after the military industrial complex. They LITERALLY blow up trillions of dollars ever year. Time to stop bombing the world and educating our youth instead

  • Rand Paul 2016

  • FTP did you apply critical thinking to this article or do you dislike sanders so much you just jumped on the first “credible” anti-sanders article you saw? theres plenty of paragraphs in the comments section letting you know just how exaggerated the costs mentioned in the above article are… and if not sanders who? Tell us what other candidate (corporatist) you would have us pay attention to for their non-corporatist policy or at least run articles about the many clowns in this years race; picking on the wrong guy like those Black lives matter activists attacking sanders.. the only one even partially in their camp.

    Its not like what sanders says hasn’t already worked in the rest of the western developed world. most of the best places to live are socialist democracies. FFS we are socialists already…wheres this shit coming from The Free Thought Project.com

  • Oh god you’re idiots too? You obviously haven’t actually listened to what Sanders is saying, and that WSJ article has been proven to be BS. Goodbye and Unlike.. If it sounds like hate it is, unless you’re really just not that good with the use of your own language.

  • Bernie Sanders will make Wall street
    Pay for the debt the caused America. 2008 bank bailout cost America more the Iraq and Afghanistan together. Paid nothing back.

  • If you claim to be objective like you tout then why slur Sanders with a biased unvetted repeat of the WSJ BS!

  • The free thought project obviously supports faux thought only liberal BS not right wing! Or maybe I’m wrong. Anyways repeating the unvetted BS from the WSJ is BS!

  • I just un-liked your page. I can deal with lazy, biased reporting when it comes to police abuse (mostly because I also read at least one or two stories every time I read FTP) but I can’t deal with that when it comes to politics.

  • Before I unlike your ridiculous page, read this article to clear up some of your uneducated thoughts!!!

    http://www.thenation.com/article/what-the-wall-street-journal-gets-totally-wrong-about-bernie-sanders-agenda/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

  • Not to mention his lack of respect for the second amendment.

  • wow. really? un-followed.

  • Thought I was really going to like this page…..but Holy Fuck Bernie Sanders get the fuck out ta here

  • Des

    i mean lets be honest, America, although preaches to be the poster child of freedom, has actually did the opposite to many people. the system we use now doesn’t work. socialism and communism are not the same.

  • Lisa Bannister

    True, socialism and communism are not the same. The problem I have with Sanders is that he is a communist claiming to be a “Democratic Socialist.” There is no such thing as free college, someone has to pay for it! Wall street is not my enemy. I do not envy the wealthy, if I want more money I just work harder. Be weary of those who make promises they can’t deliver on.

  • Lisa Bannister

    Why was my comment deleted?