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Bernie Sanders Wants to ‘Complete That Revolution’: Reason Roundup

Plus: on hate crimes and hoaxes; Warren's child care plan; growing government discontent; and building new kink communities

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screenshot from Sanders' announcement video

"Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) in a Tuesday morning email blast. "Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for."

Welcome to the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.

Already, most of the prominent Democratic candidates have been campaigning far to the left of most Democrats in recent elections or their own former selves. A large part of this can be attributed to Sanders' success in 2016 and the momentum for democratic socialism that it ushered in.

Sanders' entry into the campaign could cause some of them to pull back, or to go further left, to stand out. So far, Sen. Amy Klobuchar* (Minn.) has been the only one making an appeal for the unclaimed middle ground.

Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is rolling out a plan for a massive new entitlement program:

(What's a "wealth tax," you ask? More here.)

Asked about his age, Sanders told Vermont Public Radio that "we have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age. I mean, I think we have got to try to move us toward a non-discriminatory society which looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for." Here's Sanders' video announcement:

FREE MINDS

"It's not accurate to say, 'This sort of thing almost always turns out to be a hoax,' and it's also not accurate to say, 'This sort of thing almost never turns out to be a hoax.'" National Review's Jim Geraghty addresses actor Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crime, which police now suspect he faked. "The way we measure hate crimes is imperfect; more police agencies are collecting data and providing it to the FBI than in the past, making year-to-year comparisons," he notes.

Nearly 1,000 police agencies started providing data to the FBI in 2017 who weren't in 2016. Last year many news organizations reported hate crimes "increased by 17 percent" but we don't know how much of that represents the crimes occurring more frequently or simply more extensive data collection.

Still, many progressives are convinced that that we've seen a huge spike in hate crimes since Donald Trump was elected. Of course, many conservatives see similarly delusional spikes in immigrant crime, notes Geraghty. And on both sides, people are willing to go to extreme lengths to validate people's fears.

FREE MARKETS

Promising response to Tumblr prohibition. "With Tumblr's strict adult-content ban, which began a slow rollout in December, kinky bloggers fled the site–searching for, and trying to build, new communities," points out Fast Company.

One of the fastest growing of these sites is relative newcomer newTumbl, which has gained about 40,000 blogs since it launched on December 31. True to its name, the site closely resembles Tumblr–at least the NSFW parts that are now banned. But newTumble is also promising ways for posters to earn money for original content–what may be a growing trend.

QUICK HITS

  • "Thirty-five percent of Americans name the government, poor leadership or politicians as the greatest problem facing the U.S.," reports Gallup. "This is the highest percentage Gallup has recorded for this concern." (Cheers!)
  • RIP Karl Lagerfield.

*Correction: The part above about Democratic presidential candidates and Sen. Amy Klobuchar initially referred to Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, on first reference. I cannot explain why my morning brain and typing fingers made this bizarre juxtoposition. Apologies.

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182 responses to “Bernie Sanders Wants to ‘Complete That Revolution’: Reason Roundup

  1. Houston police say they will stop serving no-knock warrants.

    Battering ram counts as a knock!

    1. Hello.

      “Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for.”

      Ah. Kulaks beware. Applications being accepted for Gulag forepeople and gatekeepers.

      1. People like Sanders should be on blacklists and ruined. He really should be living in a piss soaked alley on NY. Screaming his deranged ideas at a garbage can.

  2. Houston police say they will stop serving no-knock warrants.

    instead going with knockout warrants where the question “would you like a nice hawaiian punch?” is shouted through the door to announce their presence.

    1. Or a Hertz Donut.

    2. New police procedure:

      “All officers must enter a structure by charging through the wall and shouting “OH YEAH!””

  3. Thirty-five percent of Americans name the government, poor leadership or politicians as the greatest problem facing the U.S…

    The other sixty-five percent named polling.

    1. I blame the lack of an Oxford comma. Poor politicians isn’t even a problem.

  4. “It’s not accurate to say, ‘This sort of thing almost always turns out to be a hoax,’ and it’s also not accurate to say, ‘This sort of thing almost never turns out to be a hoax.'” National Review’s Jim Geraghty addresses actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime, which police now suspect he faked. “The way we measure hate crimes is imperfect; more police agencies are collecting data and providing it to the FBI than in the past, making year-to-year comparisons,” he notes.

    Jussie Smollett May Have Been Willing to Testify Against 2 Innocent Men, Reports Say
    Jussie Smollett agreed to sign complaints against two suspects in his attack ? until the actor found out that the men in question were Nigerian brothers whom police suspect he paid to help him stage the incident, according to news reports.

    In other words, Smollett may have been willing to testify against two innocent men to perpetuate what police are reportedly investigating as a hoax.

    “Our sources say early on they asked Jussie if he’d sign complaints against the 2 men who attacked him and he was clear that he would,” TMZ reported Sunday. “But, when he found out the 2 brothers were the ones in custody we’re told he said he knew them, felt bad for them and declined to sign the complaints.”

    1. Reports: Smollett Rehearsed The Attack Which Was Staged Because Hate Letter Didn’t Get Enough Attention
      The letter containing threats and white powder (which turned out to be aspirin) was sent to the studio where the Empire is filmed on January 22. Here’s what it looked like (alongside a list of items seized from the brother’s apartment):

      CBS 2 notes that one of the things seized in the search of the apartment was a magazine. Another item recovered was unused stamps. So it seems possible police are looking to see if the letters cut out to create the threatening note came from the magazines found in the apartment. It certainly seems like quite a coincidence that the letter contained the same slurs and even appeared to show the rope later put around Smollett’s neck by the two brothers.

      1. 2017 Chicago torture incident
        The younger of the two sisters then turned on a Facebook Live stream to record the following events. The [mentally disabled] victim was bound, gagged, beaten, taunted, had part of his scalp removed with a knife, and was forced to kiss the floor and drink from a toilet bowl.[2][3] The attackers are heard shouting “Fuck Trump” and “Fuck white people” in the video.[3][4] One of the suspects contacted the victim’s mother and demanded a $300 ransom for the victim’s return.[5] Although the Facebook Live stream only lasted 28 minutes, the victim was tied up for hours. Police suspected that the attack stopped when neighbors in a downstairs apartment complained about noise levels.[1]

        1. Tony told me that it’s ok to be racist against whites because no white person ever faced negative consequences from racism.

      2. And now a guy who was a D-list “celebrity” a couple of weeks ago is familiar to practically everyone. And his target audience will quickly forgive and forget. It’s still a win for him.

        1. I heard rumblings of women after the Christie Ford accusations for their ridiculousness.

          I hear rumblings from Black Americans after this hoax. This sets back claims of actual violence against Blacks.

          1. The rumblings I hear are for not believing the black man and calling him a liar…

  5. Still, many progressives are convinced that that we’ve seen a huge spike in hate crimes since Donald Trump was elected.

    It’s not a lie if you believe it.

    1. On January 29, Two Hate Crimes Occurred. The Media Only Covered The Fake One. Here’s Why.
      The [Smollett] story was a hoax.

      That same night, a Jewish man in New York was beaten by three thugs. Nothing was stolen. The attack was caught on video.

      …Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20.”

      None of this has received media attention comparable to the Smollett situation. Why? Because, as the Times also admitted in October, “anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York ? because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy.” In other words, it doesn’t fit the narrative.

      Indeed, the narrative the Left wishes to push is that America is deeply discriminatory and bigoted, rife with hate. But by statistics, Jews are by far the most likely group to be targeted in America on a per capita basis. This is a problem for the intersectionality-oriented Left, which sees Jews not as victims but as part of the power hierarchy in the United States. How can the Left uphold its hierarchy of victimhood if Jews are the chief targets of hate crime ? and furthermore, if such hate crime is largely perpetrated by non-white supremacists, people who supposedly lie higher on the victim hierarchy than Jews?

      1. It has to be difficult to keep all this stuff straight.

        1. Please. It’s “gaily together.”

    2. Do hate crimes include crimes committed against people with different political views than yours?

  6. So far, Sen. Jonie Ernst has been the only one making an appeal for the unclaimed middle ground.

    Who?

    1. She used a pseudonym for the candidate because she was afraid that if she used the candidate’s real name that the candidate would come to see her. And from what I hear, that particular candidate is always bringing the whoop ass.

  7. But newTumble is also promising ways for posters to earn money for original content?what may be a growing trend.

    Now I’m paying for porn? HOW IS THIS BETTER?

  8. compels speech,” he writes

    i have to assume judge watkins’s first name is Ed because that speech horse has left the barn.

  9. “It’s not accurate to say, ‘This sort of thing almost always turns out to be a hoax,’ and it’s also not accurate to say, ‘This sort of thing almost never turns out to be a hoax.'”

    Sometimes it’s a prank.

    1. Or a stunt.

      1. Just a bit of horseplay. Boys will be boys.

      2. Or an honest mistake.

  10. “Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for.”

    By electing another old, white guy.

  11. From a libertarian perspective, the worst thing Sanders has ever done is claim “open borders is a Koch Brothers scheme to import cheap labor and drive down wages and increase billionaires’ net worths.” That’s just a bunch of absolute nonsense. We Koch / Reason libertarians support open borders on purely humanitarian grounds.

    OTOH Sanders supports legal access to abortion care during all 9 months of pregnancy. So he’s not all bad.

    1. The sad thing is that Sanders is actually right about the Koch brothers and the results of their policy precerences. Stopped clocks twice a day etc.

  12. Sanders’ entry into the campaign could cause some of them to pull back, or to go further left, to stand out.

    just to be clear, under no circumstances should you candidates be yourselves.

    1. They are politicians. They are likely hollow shells of human beings with ambition where a personality should be.

      1. I’m picturing their hollow shells filling and emptying of pot smoke, since it seems to be the latest thing to cop to to prove they’re just one of the boys (or girls).

  13. What’s your greatest fantasy?

    1. An independently wealthy woman who is a great cook and loves sucking dick?

      1. You insufferable bastard. You forgot big tits. How could you forget to mention big tits?

        1. Because I am not a shallow prig. Get your own fantasy, freak!

      2. Blowjobs are lame. Way worse than other forms of masturbation.

      3. An independently wealthy mute woman who is a great cook and loves sucking dick?

        FTFY

        CB

    2. I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.

      There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money I can get away from everyone.

      1. After you get done paying your fair share of taxes , you won’t be able to go.

      2. But what would you do without John in your life?

      3. Tony HATES Bernie and now The Bern is running!

        1. And here we separate the cultured from the swine.

          1. You poor swine.

  14. Sanders voters do stink on ice.

  15. Sanders’ entry into the campaign could cause some of them to pull back, or to go further left, to stand out.

    A good reminder that presidential hopefuls craft their campaigns not on policy they believe in but policy that has been focus group tested.

    1. Weld will triangulate himself into the first pure libertarian moment, then disappear from this universe in a shower of infinite probabilities. Big news for 24 hrs.

    2. So many Trotskys, not one good Stalinist.

  16. Woke Capitalism On The March: Corporate Ads Are Getting Thirstier And Thirstier
    President’s Day is coming up. Lincoln is a car company, and its advertising gurus would like to remind us it was named after Abraham Lincoln, the president everyone except libertarians agree was good, perhaps even “woke” for his time. (And libertarians don’t matter because they keep all their money stashed in fallout shelters.) Lincoln ended slavery. Slavery is bad. If you also oppose slavery, like Lincoln did, considering making it official by purchasing a fully equipped Navigator, starting at $73,205. It’s thirsty AF, as the kids say.

    1. The ad is super horny for some dick sucking?

    2. Uh…. thirsty means desperate, and more specifically desperate for sex.

    3. So Lincoln, THE REPUBLICAN, is good again?

    4. It’s thirsty AF, as the kids say.

      Kids wouldn’t say that, they’d text it or post it online somewhere. Nobody actually talks like that because it they did they’d have their phone slapped out of their hands then their mouth slapped off of their face.

    5. President’s Day is for mattress sales. Perfect spokesmen Kennedy and Clinton. You could use Trump but I don’t think Russian hookers pissing on a mattress moves many mattresses. Obama’s only good for selling Chia pets.

  17. The Jonas Brothers ‘to reunite’ six years after splitting up

    A source said: “This is going to be one of the biggest music reunions in years. It’s no secret that things weren’t great by the end of the Jonas Brothers, but blood is thicker than water and they’ve healed their rift in the years since the split.”

    Sploosh, sploosh, and sploosh.

    1. Who?

        1. The WHO!?!

          1. The Who is in the studio. The Jonas Bros are on first and second.

      1. PILF. Pentecostals I’d like to fuck.

    2. Boring. Call me when Zayn comes back to One Direction.

  18. http://reformclub.blogspot.com…..erica.html

    This is quite a quote.

    In his 60 Minutes interview, former acting FBI director McCabe said:

    There were a number of things that caused us to believe that we had adequate predication or adequate reason and facts, to open the investigation. The president had been speaking in a derogatory way about our investigative efforts for weeks, describing it as a witch hunt? publicly undermining the effort of the investigation.

    So speaking badly about DOJ is grounds for DOJ to go after you. There are many disapointing things about reason, but its failure to fully cover the abuses at DOJ regarding Trump might be the most disapointing.

    1. The Welchian fake libertarian con artists here sold their souls to the Deep State when Trump got elected, and some of them actually seriously fell for that Russian collusion bullshit even though many of us have been pointing out what an obvious scam it was for over a year.

      1. even though many of us have been pointing out what an obvious scam it was for over a year.

        Did you ever find out who murdered Seth Rich?

          1. No, Hillary and Podesta killed Seth Rich because he found out about PizzaGate.

        1. Maybe it was the john who impregnated your filthy whore mother.

          1. You are so pathetic, Simple Mikey.

    2. Orange Man Bad. Deep State/Permanent Government less bad. Better cocktail parties.

    3. Abolish the FBI. Seriously.

      1. Yes. That would be a great first step.

    4. There were a number of things that caused us to believe that we had adequate predication or adequate reason and facts, to open the investigation.

      That number was 675,000 and the things were dollars.

    1. Wait for the child support cases hitting ‘anonymous’ donors.

      I wonder if egg donors will be sued also.

    2. If this is the same case I heard of, part of the contract the mother signed for the IVF was to not seek out the identity of the sperm donor. She has an incredible sense of entitlement to decide she unilaterally void the contract without consequences.

    3. what successful and intelligent person is giving away sperm or eggs

      Dude, stop a moment and think about what you just wrote.

      1. Alright, you got me there. I should have known better to not allow sock shots to count against my statement.

    4. That explains why there are so many Democrats in LA!

    5. “Donors” are paid for their sperm and eggs. You can make a few thousand if they pick you.

      1. Evidently, this company is “picking” some of the same donors over and over.

        Its great for people to have kids when they can’t have them traditionally but there are evidently quite a few random brother and sisters out there.

        This whole operation depends on NDAs and privacy agreements to keep the bad press down. 23andMe is really causing a ruckus.

  19. LOL! Drumpf is soooooo jealous of Obama.

    Report: Japan did nominate Trump for Peace Prize ? at U.S. request

    Newsflash: Obama actually earned his Nobel Peace Prize. What do you think, those things are handed out for no particular reason?

    1. Okay, that’s good. I laughed.

    2. A+

    3. Obama literally said he didn’t deserve it when he got it.

      And he didn’t. His being the first black president was supposed to inspire peace and harmony. But his temerity to be black caused a lot of turmoil in America and helped eventually unravel the world order a bit by motivating racist morons to elect Trump. Truly, how dare he.

      1. “His being the first black president was supposed to inspire peace and harmony.”

        LOL.

        And Trump was supposed to make America great again.

        1. Well, you gotta have a hook.

        2. Actually, Obama was supposed to make America great again following Bush II. The Nobel was on spec in hopes he would rein in the forever war. But Obama was already in the bag and just gave the national security state a big ol’ hug and sloppy wet kisses. Hope and change turned to be bombs and more bombs. Also invasions.

      2. Obama literally said he didn’t deserve it when he got it.

        That’s only because he’s so classy and modest. Which proves he deserved it even more.

        1. Is butthurt the only emotion conservatards are capable of feeling?

          1. Trump is your president.

            1. Really? I hadn’t noticed.

              It’s rude to notice someone shitting himself in public.

              1. “It’s rude to notice someone shitting himself in public.”

                Please go indoors.

      3. Obama’s ability to be a hubristic busybody caused a lot turmoil.

        1. Thank god we got rid of all that hubris.

          1. Obama did pioneer some forms that your side is not happy with right now that their guy is not in office.

            1. And, as memory serves, many of specifically warned that the precedents set by Obama would be instantly cried about the second Obama was out of office.

              Note that Tony failed to learn that lesson, even now under Trump. It’s not the precedents and power, you see, it’s the person in the office.

              Laughable.

      4. “I don’t deserve! But it’s too nice and shiny to give back. I think I’ll keep it. It’ll be the perfect juxtaposition to my kill list in the my trophy cabinet.”

        Still on the racist trope eh Tony?

      5. Obama literally said he didn’t deserve it when he got it.

        Sort of like Caesar making a show of turning down a crown.

      6. “Obama literally said he didn’t deserve it when he got it.”

        Right. He tried to give it back, but they wouldn’t take is.
        You’re a laugh riot, scumbag.

        1. Would you give it back?

          1. I wouldn’t even show up at the ceremony.

            Award shows/cermonies and prizes are horse shit.

            1. That’s what someone who’s never won an award would say.

    4. Wasn’t it for perfect attendance?

  20. 2019S18A1204. ELLIOTT v. THE STATE

    The Georgia Supreme Court decided our state Constitution provides 5th Amendment protection against self-incrimination for refusing to take the breathalyzer test when demanded by police for a DUI arrest.

    1. And the cops warned the judges they would be getting a lot more warrant requests for invasive blood draws and urine samples. I wonder if the sytem’s scrutiny of the facts will increase or decrease under this pressure.

      1. The key to search warrants is probable cause.

        If the cops dont have enough probable cause to make an arrest then they dont have enough probable cause to lawfully get a search warrant.

        Breathalyzers didnt require probable cause. Hence the Constitutional problem.

        Plus, people that are forced to give blood under a search warrant will have lower and more accurate BACs. Resulting in less DUI convictions.

        MADD might get the .08 BAC lowered to fix that ‘problem’.

  21. The next year and change of watching this almost ideologically indistinguishable gaggle of 20+ clowns in the democratic clown car try to outdo each other for how many trillions of dollars in free shit that they can give away to the world is going to be so sickening and yet oddly entertaining and fascinating at the same time.

    1. Wait until MoFoHomeboi Kenya’s wife gets involved!

      1. And when she does, you’ll dream of her big fat ass almost as much as you dream of his dick in your face.

        1. “This head movie makes my eyes rain.”

    2. almost ideologically indistinguishable

      Not true. All Democrats are not the same ? most are patriotic and pro-America but Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian stooge.

      1. We used to call them moles and Manchurian candidates. Now they’re just stooges. Sad.

      2. Moevicz, Larrysky or Curlywicz?

    1. My favorite section:

      Stairs can be social spaces. The architects of the Metropolitan Museum and the New York Public Library lifted those institutions above Fifth Avenue by means of imposing, processional staircases, but the city’s democratic culture eventually appropriated them as hangouts. Visitors use them to roost and recover. Even in winter there’s always a scattering of hardy types flaunting their endurance by seeing how long they can relax. In the past couple of decades, New York has become a city of sittable stairs: the scarlet staircase at Times Square, which functions as both stage and parquet, the lounging bleachers in front of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, atop Pier 17, or at the water’s edge in Brooklyn Bridge Park. But Heatherwick’s honeycomb doesn’t really allow for loitering, only a steady trudge up, down, or all around. In disdainful compliance with the law, elevators deposit visitors with disabilities on a landing, where they can take a look but have nowhere else to go except back down. In theory the weave of 154 staircases and 80 landings offers thousands of possible routes, but in practice they are all endlessly the same, like the ramparts in Escher’s hermetic guard tower. You’ll need a timed ticket to go up. The Vessel embodies the aesthetic of hucksterism: It’s a staircase that takes you nowhere, clad in fake copper that never gets old, taking over a public space that’s actually private.

      1. Ross has said he wants his Basket o’ Staircases to be New York’s Eiffel Tower or Gateway Arch (he used to compare it to the Trevi Fountain), and he is no doubt brimming with magnanimous feeling. “No one has ever given a gift like this,” he crowed to Fortune in 2016. He may be right. There are not many opportunities to erect such a grotesque monument to a rich man’s vanity.

        1. NYC has the Empire State building. It’s better than the Eiffel Tower too because it has use beyond aesthetics.

      2. Damn, that’s passive-aggressivism embodied in concrete and steel.

  22. Already, most of the prominent Democratic candidates have been campaigning far to the left of most Democrats in recent elections or their own former selves.

    You can thank the bumbling and stumbling Orange Potatoman. He’s the face of Capitalism for at least a gwneration, thanks in part to those white supremacists Trumpistas(*) who elected him just because he promised them tariffs and protect the national precious bodily culture from the incidious influences of tamale-making brown people. Thank you, Trumpistas!

    (*) Economically ignorant and xenophobic knuckle draggers.

    1. “You can thank the bumbling and stumbling Orange Potatoman. He’s the face of Capitalism for at least a gwneration, thanks in part to those white supremacists Trumpistas(*) who elected him just because he promised them tariffs and protect the national precious bodily culture from the incidious influences of tamale-making brown people. Thank you, Trumpistas!”

      Fuck off and seek help, you pathetic piece of shit.

    2. It’s cute that you think these communists weren’t trending in that direction beginning with the Lightworker himself.

    3. If Trump is the face of capitalism, does this mean that Obama was the face of socialism?

      We must assume it does.

      I imagine Old Mex hates Obama way more than Trump given that Obama said he would make immigration reform a top priority just before throwing immigration under the bus in favor of promising more entitlements to citizens, huh?

  23. No relief in sight for taxpayers denied deductions for state and local taxes

    Although opposition to the cap is widely believed to have helped defeat Republican House members in California, New York and New Jersey last November, a key Senate Republican is adamantly opposed to a change. And increasing or eliminating the cap probably wouldn’t help get those seats back.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat and leader of the fight against the cap, this month called the new tax policy “an economic civil war that helps red states at the expense of blue states.”

    Poor Blue states cannot have outrageously high state tax rates and then get other state taxpayers to foot the bill.

    1. And the rest of us laugh and laugh and laugh.

      1. Yes we do.

  24. Trump mocks California over ‘Fast Train,’ firing back at emergency declaration lawsuit

    President Trump on Tuesday ridiculed California for its “failed Fast Train project” as he fired back at a multi-state lawsuit opposing his declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.

    “As I predicted, 16 states, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, with no hope of completion, seems in charge!” he tweeted.

    Trump was referring both to the lawsuit and to California’s high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which was canceled last week amid delays and cost overruns. The $77 billion project would dwarf the cost of a wall at the border — estimated to be $20-25 billion.

  25. Stockton, California, is testing a basic income program.

    Basic bitches that they are.

    1. You won’t have much income if you only know basic.

    2. The pumpkin spice capital of the world.

  26. I get paid over $180 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I just got paid $ 8550 in my previous month It Sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it…. http://www.Mesalary.com

  27. Well fuck, now what remains of the Bernie cult is going to jizz all over the place. I can’t wait to find out who Vladimir Putin tells them to hate in memes this time.

    1. Wait…isn’t it HIS turn?

      Bernie lost and stepped out of the way so Hillary could lose to Trump.

      The Bern paid his dues.

    2. Hey Tony, I voted for Bernie in the 2016 Democrat Primary to fuck up Hillary’s Democrat position in Georgia.

      2016 Georgia Democratic primary

      Candidate: Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders
      Delegate count: 73 29
      Popular vote: 545,674 215,797
      Percentage: 71.30% 28.20%

      1. Not doing anything to dispel the claim that all Bernie voters are lunatics.

        1. In the Primary or General election?

          I, as an American, voted to sabotage Hillary without FaceFriend or the Rooosians.

          1. One cannot become the worst president of all time by Russians alone. You need idiots too.

            1. One cannot become the worst president of all time by Russians alone. You need idiots too

              Certainly explains the left’s history over the last 100 years.

            2. Trump does not have to be best President in over 80+ years but he is.

              Part of that is because the Democratic Party put forth some of the worst Presidents like: Bill Clinton, FDR, JFK, LBJ, Carter, Obama, Wilson, Andrew Johnson, Truman…

  28. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is rolling out a plan for a massive new entitlement program…

    And Wall Street can’t have any!

    1. Rent Seekers, advance!

  29. …we have got to look at candidates, you know, not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age.

    Says the candidate who can’t check off any of the boxes.

    1. Well he’s at least Jewish…oh wait…pretty sure that hurts him in Democrat circles.

  30. Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive

    The average refund size through Feb. 8 was 8.7 percent smaller than the same period last year, according to IRS figures. Democrats have seized on the numbers, arguing they prove that the 2017 tax-code overhaul by Republicans was a “scam” designed to help the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

    Republicans have pushed back, emphasizing that most people are seeing a reduction in their total tax liability and that smaller refunds are preferable because they mean taxpayers were paying a more accurate amount throughout the year via their paychecks.

    “Critics of the tax cuts are squealing that lower refunds means that taxpayers are paying more in taxes. That argument is pure hogwash,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement Friday, as part of a Q&A document published by his office.

    Why would anyone want to give the federal government an interest free loan and get IRS refunds?

    1. When you’re explaining things, you’re losing.

      The $15 a month extra for middle class people expires. The gazillions for the rich and corporations don’t expire.

      But I absolutely look forward to you trying to defend this policy. Make sure and prepare to be outraged by how big President Warren’s deficit is too.

      1. The road to prosperity is paved with higher taxes.

        1. I’ve been told that prosperity means not having a national debt the size of the known universe. Only when Democrats are president, of course.

          1. So, cut spending, right?

            1. Tony can talk the big game but knows that Republicans needs some Democrats to reach the vote count to cut the federal budget.

            2. Exactly. Cut these vastly expensive and socially useless tax expenditures.

              1. “…tax expenditures…”

                One of our resident lying PsOS wrote that.

              2. Exactly. Cut these vastly expensive and socially useless tax expenditures.

                Starting with the $1.4 trillion Medicare/Medicaid albatross.

                1. Now now, lets not talk about the real driver of the deficit! That might reveal that entitlements are devaluing our savings as we speak! Lets talk about cutting the comparatively minuscule defense budget and pretend like eliminating our entire military would even come close to balancing anything!

                  -Democrats

                  1. “Real driver”?

                    Money is money. A ledger has no emotions. What don’t you people get about that?

                    1. And we would balance the budget instantly by going back to 2008 levels of spending on Medicare and Medicaid. What don’t you people get about that?

          2. Haha, remember when the income tax was proposed and they gave out ‘refunds’ to fool the rubes into thinking they were getting something?

            Ah, wait, you say 100 years of public schooling and people still don’t understand they’re being fleeced?

            Oh, you say the government is in charge of public education? Well, that explains a few things!

    2. Too many people are financially illiterate and lack the discipline to save money on their own. At least that’s what this whole episode tells me. People have been led to believe that a tax refund is some kind of bonus that should be spent every April, and they will continue to believe that unless TurboTax , H&R Block and the likes of them do a much better job explaining that having a smaller tax refund is because, for the most part, withholding went down and better matches tax liabilities. Higher earners who can afford better quality tax professionals mostly already understand this concept (with some doctors and attorneys excluded, from my experience; they are frequently horrible with money).

      The optics are bad and perception is reality in a lot of ways. People hate saving and love spending, in general. The idea that you don’t need new shinies every time your checking account is higher than $500 is lost on a lot of people.

    3. Virtually all of the people who are getting smaller refunds are the super-rich living in the big blue states like California and New York, and it was well-known that would happen because that blue state tax subsidy was removed (and deservedly so).

      Welchie Boy, who lives in Brooklyn and makes far more money being a Professional Fake Libertarian than anyone ought to, was bitching about it almost endlessly on Twitter when the law passed because he knew as a blue state 1% his taxes would be going up.

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    McGinley: To this day people bark some of that shit at me. It’s the first big-hit comedy I got to be in. And then it was like, “Oh, McGinley can turn a joke.” I’m like, “Yeah, fuckface, what did I tell you?”

    Apparently he wasn’t playing a comedic role in Point Break.

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    U.S. farmers are filing for Chapter 12 bankruptcy at the highest rate in at least a decade as agriculturists feel pressure from trade wars and low commodity prices, The Wall Street Journal reported in February.

    MAGA!

    1. Government’s been picking winners and losers in the farming biz for decades.

    2. Notice that some farmers were already leveraged to the hilt pre-Trump.

      But yeah, it’s Trump’s fault.

  35. Stockton, California, is testing a basic income program.

    The man in charge of the biggest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy is clear about the root of the crisis.

    Socialism is the cause of Stockton going bankrupt and will be the cause when it happens again.

    The federal Bankruptcy Court should assume jurisdiction over Stockton again and end the city’s ability to be a city. Stockton asked the court for help in bankruptcy and that should be the solution to ending Stockton’s inability to remain financially viable.

    1. UBI can only work – if at all – if welfare is ended. You can’t have both.

      1. Obviously the point is to do away with piecemeal programs like whatever you are currently imagining “welfare” to be and create a universal program, akin to Social Security. The better to keep it around forever.

        1. haha, yeah, except a UBI has literally never worked and it literally never will.

          Paying people not to work is one of the surest ways to destroy civilization yet devised by man. A close second might be global thermonuclear war, but a UBI would probably speed that up too since inevitably you’ll have to start expanding your borders to steal everything from neighbors to keep your standard of living.

          I had no idea you were in favor of the forever war, Tony!

      2. You’d have to get rid of a minimum wage as well.

      3. Finland tried and gave up on UBI.

        Paying people to do nothing is bad news.

        Charity helps those who need temporary help while pushing them off the assistance.

        Government gains power and votes from those that suck from the teat.

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