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March 26, 2014 - 7:28 am

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said we’re living in an “ugly moment in American history” because of income inequality in the country.

“We’re living in very, very strange and disconcerting times. We have more people living in poverty today than in any time in the history of the United States of America. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty,” Sanders said last night on MSNBC.

“Meanwhile, the rich are doing phenomenally well and corporations are enjoying record-breaking profits. And it is astounding to me from a moral perspective that folks in the Republican party stay up nights figuring out how they can give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires and large corporations and then come back and try to cut food stamps for families who are hungry, for kids who are hungry, try to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It is really a very ugly moment in American history,” he added.

The self-proclaimed socialist, 72, has hinted at a run for president in 2016, lamenting that the other hopefuls likely to be angling for the Oval Office aren’t committed to a “political revolution.”

“We have right now in real terms almost 13 percent of our people are unemployed. We have not extended unemployment benefits, long-term unemployment benefits. So you have folks out there now who have virtually no income coming in. They have families. They have kids. How are they going to eat? We have veterans out there who are trying to get into the food stamp program,” Sanders said.

“So to me what you’re looking at is an ugly kind of class warfare where the people on top want more and more and more. And they’re pushing down in an incredibly terrible way the most vulnerable people in our country.”

Sanders called the question of hunger “a basic moral issue that we as a nation have got to really discuss.”

“Tax breaks to billionaires and cuts to nutrition programs for kids. If a kid does not have enough food to eat, how is that child going to do well in school? He or she is not going do well in school,” he continued.

“So you’re attacking the most vulnerable people in this country. There is a rise in poverty among senior citizens, elderly people. They don’t have enough to eat. What kind of nation are we when we give tax breaks to billionaires, but we can’t take care of the elderly and the children?”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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This man has a diseased mind. He's so determined to see nothing but evil all around him, to despise the country that nurtured him and made him a rich pest. And he keeps believing in the rainbow-and-unicorn-farts communist fairy tales.

There's no fool like an old, evil, malicious fool.
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Hey, Tommy Bob. It's called projection. Look it up.
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Bernie, have you ever been hired by a poor man?
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Howdy Paul
In a way, Sanders has been hired by the poor (and other voters) of Vermont. So was Obama.
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We have people living in poverty because policies that Sanders demands push up costs for goods and services and reduce available jobs. That which he sees as being so ugly is the work he has wrought with his partners.
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There will always be that tier of people who simply will not accept stagnation and who will always compete harder than the rest to get a bigger share of the pie. That will never change. The rest can either get busy competing for their share of the pie, or they can wait for the competitive tier of people to give them a slice sized just big enough to keep them off the playing field. It doesn't matter what philosophy rules the day, the tier of people who compete will always get a much bigger share than the tier who don't.
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Howdy bkolley
It matters greatly what philosophy rules the day.
In a liberty society (I use that phrase a lot), the competitive succeed by providing things we want (bacon, CRVs, Windows 8) so that we'll buy them.
In a Sanders-type society, the competitive become the apparatchiks, the nomenklatura, and the Politburo. They have more by taking from people like me, not by providing what I want or need.
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It may matter to you which philosophy wins the day, but it's irrelevant to the point I was making, which was that there will always be a successful group that gets a bigger slice of the pie than the rest and it's a fools errand to try to design a system that tries to prevent that from happening.
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Oh, that's quite true.
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Ah, don't pay too much to him. I'd rather have him than Obama.
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So, we've spent $20.7 TRILLION on social programs (per a recent WSJ article) and we now have MORE people in poverty than ever before? Obviously, like the Stimulus, the facts prove we just haven't spent enough and we need more welfare. After all, look how great it's doing now.
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The disease that can never be cured...in one of Dear Leader's other 'transformations' he concocted the Supplemental Poverty Measure.

This measures relative poverty such that "...under the old poverty line, “poverty” could be eliminated as society got richer–an achievable and widely shared goal. But the new poverty line will rise as society gets richer (“adjust for rising levels and standards of living”).

So interestingly, "Eliminating poverty defined with a relative measure may be nearly impossible, as the threshold rises apace with incomes".

Sounds like the perfect supplemental measure to gain PR points with LIVs.

[http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/13/is-new-poverty-dead/]
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Well, when you let in 18 kabillion immigrants of course chronic underemployment is going to result. I don't need an economics degree to figure out what happens to labor hours and wages when the labor pool outstrips economic growth. Everyone needs to buy something but everyone selling doesn't need those bodies to sell stuff.
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A million a year legal immigartion is too much.
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Fail, I LOVE your avatar! Good to see you took the red pill!
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Guess the war on poverty is yet another war we're incapable of winning.
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Please, oh please, run for president, Bernie.
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