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I don't agree with Bernie on everything, though I do agree with him on a lot. But I do like that he doesn't sidestep questions and give the typical nonanswers politicians give. I could say the same about Ron Paul as well (not so much his son). I like it when a candidate says straight out what they believe regardless of whether it will be popular or not.
Right now, of all the major party candidates out there, Bernie is the only one that I believe what I see is what I get. The rest, well, I don't buy what they are selling. You are just taking a gamble that the candidate you vote for is the President you will get.
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like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie has come out strong in his vocal opposition to TPP. he sees it as yet another instance where free trade is NOT found to be fair trade, such that big business realizes a bonanza and the working guy gets more international competition, holding wage rates down
his alternative is the status quo; NOT allowing our lucrative domestic market to be further exploited by foreign based companies that do not have to deal with the labor, OSHA, EPA, and collective bargaining aspects of business that our nation's business community does
NAFTA happened on bill's watch. who here truly believes hillary will act in a way different than her husband on this matter
straw man. share with us exactly what constitutes "liberalizing trade" under this SECRET proposed trade agreement. one supported - and partially written - by the US chamber of commerceIf his position is that the U.S. should simply refrain from liberalizing trade, that should be a non-starter IMO.
[quote]It would imply nothing less than a recognition that the U.S. is at a comparative disadvantage vis-à-vis other trading partners and, worse, has no capacity to become competitive./quote]
there are some industries in which we do face a comparative disadvantage. now share with us precisely what about the impact of the TPP will end that existing comparative disadvantage
yes, we doThat would be a very bleak outlook. It would also be a flawed one, as the U.S. actually has many world-class sectors.
and since no one else implied that the USA suffers a comprehensive comparative disadvantage, this is yet another straw man you have constructed to argue against
then tell us, why would we now expect her to exercise better decision making on similar huge matters of national importance going forward2. The position on the Iraq War probably won't have a large impact, as Clinton has stated that she erred.
Hillary Clinton on Iraq vote: ‘I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.’ - The Washington Post
i would encourage him to instead point to her record of accomplishmentsIf Sanders wants to gain traction on Clinton's judgment, he will need to find numerous examples that are sufficiently compelling that the Democratic Party primary voters will conclude that her judgment is bad.
she stands for nothing. and her record proves it
you are quite wrong, don:3. The Keystone Pipeline is not a litmus test as to whether one supports a public policy response to climate change. Clinton is decisively on record as supporting such a response, so there's no difference between the two of them on that issue.
This one Hillary quote about climate change is very, very important - The Washington Post
Hillary Clinton has a Keystone XL problem (+video) - CSMonitor.comAs Secretary of State, Clinton said she was “inclined” to sign-off on the pipeline, which would carry emissions-heavy oil sands from Alberta to US Gulf Coast refineries.
there is no reason why her thumbs up as secretary of state would not become a thumbs down as president regarding the keystone pipeline
Sanders and hillary are poles apart on this issue
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yes she has4. Clinton opposes the Citizens United decision and has indicated that she might support a constitutional amendment to overturn it.
in comparison, Sanders has said THIS is the question that would be a litmus test for any supreme court appointee he would advance
meanwhile, hillary is holding her wet finger in the wind of public opinion, trying to divine where she should be on this question
Hillary Clinton: 'I would consider' anti-Citizens United amendment | MSNBC
once more, i strongly disagree with youAll said, Sanders will need to differentiate himself from Clinton on more than ideology if he is to have a chance.
that they have very different ideologies is where we should be looking when making our voting decision. which of the two is going to advance our nation and its citizens' interests better than the other
his alternative approach is NOT to authorize the anti-employee TPP!Specifically, I'm referring to policy substance. On the above issues, the only meaningful difference concerns trade policy, but he has yet to spell out the details of his alternative approach, so aside from perhaps intensifying support among his natural progressive constituency, it's not clear that he would gain much additional support on that position.
Obama will not authorize the disclosure of the proposed language
if it is so beneficial to the man on the street, why can't we review that language
Bernie voted AGAINST the war in iraq. a huge difference
hillary supported keystone as secstate. Bernie opposes it
Bernie is adamantly opposed the the current campaign financing laws yet look how his campaign is funded versus hillary's:
One Chart Shows the Biggest Difference Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Mic
and here are the five massive differences between Bernie and hillary:
- Money: Sanders attacks the rich; Clinton wants to raise money from them
- Trade: Sanders is extremely skeptical of new agreements, while Clinton has waffled
- Foreign policy: Clinton is more of a hawk than Sanders — and most other Democrats
- Health reform: Sanders wants single-payer
- Spending: Sanders wants big spending
The 5 biggest policy differences between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - Vox
by no means are these SMALL differences
Sanders - again like Warren - wants college educations and jobs training to be more affordable/accessible to our kids. where is hillary on this. probably shaking her head, saying "me too", but never coming out ad leading the charge on such major - such vital, national issues
as i pointed out above, the differences between them are massiveOf course, the campaign is in its early stages, but successful differentiation will be key to his prospects in the Democratic Party's nominating process.
and then there is the trust issue. of the two, who do you think is speaking frank to us
If this guy's a Socialist, I want to hear more Socialism!
(never thought I'd say that)
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The reality is that the possible trade agreement is being negotiated. There are no terms. He's firing away before there's any agreement (as was Senator Warren--in Warren's case, she was speculating on a specific impact vis-à-vis the Dodd-Frank Act, even as the terms of a possible TPP agreement are being negotiated and are not available beyond the negotiators; not surprisingly, President Obama rebutted her speculation.). As there's no agreement and no terms available, he's more than likely attacking the principle of trade liberalization itself.
I don't doubt that there will be some sectors in which the U.S. "loses" from a TPP, but there will be others in which it "wins." That's the nature of comparative advantages, but as long as all the parties are better off in the long-run than would be the case in the absence of a trade agreement, then the trade agreement would be a good thing. Moreover, there's nothing that would preclude the U.S. from offering transitional assistance e.g., funding for training/education, etc., to workers in adversely affected sectors.
But right now, there is no TPP agreement, so my comments concern trade liberalization in general. We'll see what the terms of such an agreement are if or when it is reached. In the meantime, Sanders is already opposing an agreement that does not yet exist. Given his record in the Senate, his opposition likely concerns trade liberalization in general, not specific trade agreements. He opposed NAFTA, GATT, the WTO, etc. I'm not aware of a single major trade agreement that he supported during his political tenure.
but i suspect you are aware that it would be illegal for Sanders to reveal any specific language because the terms have been cloaked
that is why Elizabeth Warren has chided the president on this matter - urging him to allow the proposed language to be revealed for the public to see for itself what would be entailed
we have not heard hillary make such a proposal, and i assume she is fine with keeping this matter secret from the public until after the treaty has been accepted
so, yes, this is one of the many instances where hillary's position can be clearly discerned as being vastly different from Bernie's