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Liberals should stop attacking Sanders for targeting Bezos and Amazon. He's on the right track

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Sen. Bernie Sanders set the policy world ablaze a few days ago by introducing a measure he called the “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act.” If you noticed that the title reduces down to the “Stop Bezos Act,” congratulations: Sanders and his co-author, CA Rep. Ro Khanna, meant to focus attention on how Bezos’ enormous company, Amazon.com, employs thousands of workers at such low wages that they turn to public assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid for their basic living needs. (For example, estimating that Amazon employs approx 100,000 in low wage jobs, Bezos, worth $160 billion, could gift every one with $100,000, and he’d still have $150 billion left over.) The truth is that proposals like theses serve a very clear purpose in our political system. They’re not designed to end up as the law of the land, but as prompts for debate. 

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Totally agree.

Since when do progressives and liberals defend soulless monopolistic corporate enterprises?

The high-tech sector provides a prime example of this aberration--Google, Twitter, Facebook, and so forth are all lousy with intolerant neoliberals posing as progressives.

We need to redefine the terms here. No true progressive or liberal would back any of these monopolies--all of which have been started and nurtured by intelligence agencies (CIA In-Q-tel, particularly) and, thus, need to be broken into a thousand pieces and scattered to the wind...just like JFK sought to do with the CIA itself back in the early '60s, before he was murdered in a cold-blooded broad-daylight message-killing.

Huge differences exist between the concepts "liberal" and "neoliberal." Among others, the latter implies treacherous international globalism, where the former does not.

A distinction worth remembering, I would think.

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Rob...

This comment came equipped with four (4) thumbs-up the moment it landed.

That represents either four people with extreme precognition and/or the same access to my consciousness as me, or it means some glitch has not been removed completely, vis-a-vis the recent technical issues OEN experienced.

I presently lean in favor of the latter choice. Any thoughts?

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Jeez, I guess the site suddenly got psychic! (Thanks for the feedback)

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No sweat.

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