Vermont Elects America's First Ever Socialist Senator 83 replies

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Locomotor

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#1 12 years ago

Democracy Now!In Vermont, voters have elected Bernie Sanders to become the country's first self-described socialist to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Running as an independent, Sanders won 65 percent of the vote, easily beating his Republican opponent Rich Tarrant who is one Vermont's wealthiest residents. Sanders will replace fellow independent Jim Jeffords in the Senate. For the past 16 years, Sanders has served as Vermont's sole member in the House.

On Tuesday, voters in Vermont also elected Democrat Peter Welch to fill Sanders' seat in Congress.

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How exciting!

I personally feel this is a step in the right direction. America's people are, rightfully of course, sick of the growing inequality within our society, and a few real socialist voices in congress might be just what we need, I think, to remedy this (it wouldn't be so bad now if the Democrats actually acted like an opposition party, though that is too much to ask, really). Mind you, I don't want too many socialists, however a good balance would be nice.

Any thoughts?




Strelok16

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#2 12 years ago
Locomotor;3349584How completely disgusting and anti-American!

Corrected.




Karst

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#3 12 years ago

No, i think it is a good sign. I like the current development in America, a few years ago i thought it just won't be getting better, but as we have seen the Americans really did get sick of all the BS happening in the last few years.




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#4 12 years ago

More independents in the House and in the Senate is always good for American politics & people's chances to affect on things.




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#5 12 years ago

We don't need socialists in congress. All they will do is raise taxes, and give us a load of BS welfare programs.

I hope this guy gets voted out next time around. The less socialists the better.




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#6 12 years ago

It's a good thing, the US seems to be turning into a two-class society and some leftist politicians might be able to slow that process down.




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#7 12 years ago
Pethegreatand give us a load of BS welfare programs.

So reducing crime, falling out from the society, domestic violence, increasing quality of education, protection of children and increasing the quality of life of low-income people & middle class is bullshit?

Besides, it wouldn't necessarily mean tax raises: extra funding for some programs can be taken from cutting funding from other programs. It can be asked, is it really necessary to have a vast amount of nuclear weapons that can blow up the planet for ten times or is it really necessary to have more powerful armed forces than next 5 countries can combine? I don't think it's necessary.




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#8 12 years ago
So reducing crime, falling out from the society, domestic violence, increasing quality of education, protection of children and increasing the quality of life of low-income people & middle class is bullshit?

Yes, concidering how the US govement runs the current programs.

Besides, it wouldn't necessarily mean tax raises

Yes it would. Polticans love pork, and they would tack on as much as possible to any new form of social welfare.

America has been fine without socialists for 230 years, why fix what ain't broke?




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#9 12 years ago
PethegreatYes, concidering how the US govement runs the current programs.

Well, how the US government runs these programs so that they earn "bullshit" status?

Yes it would. Polticans love pork, and they would tack on as much as possible to any new form of social welfare.

How about getting that money from military funding cuts or are you implying that politicians take that extra tax money into their own pocket without anyone noticing? Couple of account transfers and that's it?

America has been fine without socialists for 230 years, why fix what ain't broke?

Couple of socialists hardly does "damage" for the USA. Besides, I think the US socialists are the same as social democrats over here so it wouldn't be that "faithful", on the contrary the society would be more human and many problems could be solved.




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#10 12 years ago

I didn't know this had happened! It might be good to get another point of view.

PethegreatAll they will do is raise taxes, and give us a load of BS welfare programs.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, why do we need to waste money on welfare programs? [/sarcasm]

[QUOTE=MrFancypants]It's a good thing, the US seems to be turning into a two-class society

[COLOR=Purple]*rich19 looks at quoted post from Pethegreat [/COLOR]Maybe you're right...

I think this is a good thing, despite what the blind patriots will say. People like Strelok16 ought to remember that this person was elected in a democratic process. Ugh, democracy - how disgusting and anti-American! :rolleyes: