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Sanders Biden March Debate Open Thread

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What are your thoughts on the debate?

As I predicted, they have protected Biden by keeping answers short

 

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I thought Bernie continued to push for the progressive positions he has backed for several decades, Rob. That's good for his cause, and our country, even though I accept the conventional wisdom that Uncle Joe will be challenging President Trump this fall.

I hope Biden is wise enough to learn from the more progressive voices in the Democratic Party and the country. That's the unity ticket we need to send Trump home.

However, let me be balanced and offer a word of caution. There wasn't much discussion of foreign and defense policy. So I have no reason to believe that mainstream Joe will listen to Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren when it comes to cutting the military budget.

I am also cynical about the prospect for war. I think it is all too easy to get many Americans to back war. I will turn 62 next month; it sure seems like we have been at war for more than half of my life. Democratic and Republican politicians are equally skilled at voting for war spending. I don't expect this propensity to change anytime soon, sadly.

Also, I'm not worried so much about CNN. The truth is, I think less is more when it comes to debate moderators. If I had my way, all of the debate sponsors would instruct their moderators to get out of the way and let the candidates have at it.

To some extent, anyway, I feel I heard Bernie speak proudly about his belief in progressive ideas and the need for real change.

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It is not your imagination about the US being at war often. (I'm now 76). Here's some sad information:

First published by Washington's Blog and Global Research in February 2015

The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth

In 2011, Danios wrote:

Below, I have reproduced a year-by-year timeline of America's wars, which reveals something quite interesting: since the United States was founded in 1776, she has been at war during 214 out of her 235 calendar years of existence. In other words, there were only 21 calendar years in which the U.S. did not wage any wars.

To put this in perspective:

* Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.

* No U.S. president truly qualifies as a peacetime president. Instead, all U.S. presidents can technically be considered "war presidents."

* The U.S. has never gone a decade without war.

* The only time the U.S. went five years without war (1935-40) was during the isolationist period of the Great Depression.

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You are 76? The picture makes you look like a young pup.

Thanks for the data.

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In terms of value, this was the best debate of the season IMO. I'm behind Bernie 100%. Joe Biden is not a progressive by any stretch of the imagination. He's the DNC's candidate and solidly a neoliberal. Look for more evidence of DNC meddling if they continue the arrogant and undemocratic tactics they have used since the 2004 election.

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I keep hearing people - including Joe Biden, last night, and of course Hillary - saying that Bernie doesn't have a plan for how to pay for medicare for all, or for free higher education for all...but I remember reading Bernie's plans for these things, and thinking they made perfect sense, although I don't remember the details now. Did I imagine that? If not, what is going on with this? aside from pants on fire?

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My cynical side is kicking in again as I read your post.

A plan? A way to pay for the proposal?

Do we ever get a plan when we go to war? Do mainstream Democratic and Republican politicians -- perfectly reasonable and moderate folk -- ever explain how they will pay for mounting defense budgets?

Sorry to release my cynical thoughts today, but they are appropriate when it comes to war and peace and spending on war and military items. We only challenge pols to provide specifics about plans and payment systems when it comes to meeting domestic needs.

Imagine that.

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I have not fact-checked this. And my aging brain may be off a bit.

But remember Harry S Truman? He dropped the bomb on Japan as president.

However, as a senator, I believe, he led a congressional oversight effort to hold defense contractors accountable.

Maybe AOC can try to emulate the "Show Me" state Democrat in her stint on the Oversight Committee in the House of Representatives.

I'm even taming my cynical side for a moment to suggest moderate, conservative and progressive politicians ought to be able to find common ground on this issue.

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I have a novel idea. Why not pay for Medicare for All the same way we just paid Wall Street and the financial industry? Or the MIC? All they do is make an adjustment in the account on a computer and print the money.

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Thank you. Especially if no one is going to do an audit of the remaining gold. Of course we already know the gold reserve does not support the debt, which is why the elites decided to go full fiat in 1971. The fed is their own piggy bank...print $6 trillion here, lose $21 trillion...no make that $35 trillion over here - over there as they hit the dusty trail- $19 trillion for wall street, at least a $trillion is the past couple of months...hey wait a minute, the congress is going to print $50 billion for the little people? Wow. How generous of the motherfuckers.

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IMHO Sanders lost a golden opportunity for promoting Medicare for All when Biden was telling how he would deal with it by making all medical expenses free of co-pays and deductibles for those who are treated for the coronavirus. It was then that Sanders should have commented Biden on explaining how Medicare for All would work but not just for the virus it would do exactly that for all illnesses.

Opportunity lost.

I wish Tulsi could have been on the stage to explain her plan for this crisis which included UBI for all adults as they will be incurring additional expenses, even lost wages. During this crisis our great Capitalists are showing why unregulated Capitalism is literally destroying the nation as businesses are inflating their prices.

It would seem if by merely making an adjusting on a computer to give Wall Streets and the financial industry $1.5 Trillion they could make a similar "adjustment" for the people.

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