Bernie Sanders

(Bernard Sanders)

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
  • Born: September 8, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









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… what these people feel an enormous urge to do is not just to collect more money for themselves, but they feel impelled to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the programs that working people and the poor survive on…. These people are addicted to greed and money and it is a sickness that is destroying the economy of America. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Class warfare is being waged in America, and the wrong side is winning. Miscellaneous
Corporate greed, where they need more and more and more, regardless of how much they already have, is ruining the economy of this country. Human Nature
Five years ago, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 decision in the Citizens United case told the richest people in America, "You already control the economy of the country. We are now going to let you control the political system as well".
Government has got to work for all of us and not just for a few billionaires.. Slogans & Mottoes
How do we crate a quality health care system that is universal? Health, Healthcare & Medicine
How does it happen that virtually every corporation in America has been found guilty of violating the law and not one CEO has got to jail? Business, Commerce & Finance ;Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I don't think we can be a great nation unless we can manufacture much of what we consume.
I have never run a negative political ad in my life. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In America, health care must be a right and not a privilege.
It is very easy for many Americans to say, I hate racism, I hate homophobia, I hate sexism, but it is a little bit harder for people in the middle or upper middle class to say, maybe we do have to deal with the greed of Wall Street, Business, Commerce & Finance ;Corruption
Let's not demonize people who don't happen to agree with us. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Maybe, just maybe, something is wrong when the greatest part of new money earned in our country goes to the top 1 percent.... There is something profoundly wrong then the millionaires and billionaires are running the politics of our country.... When billionaires are buying elections, that is not democracy. Voters, Voting & Elections
Now all of you know that right now the federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Some of you may remember people like Dwight D. Eisenhower. And in my. State we had a whole list of moderate Republicans who actually were concerned about the environment, education, women’s rights. They didn’t have our politics, but they had a deep concern about the welfare of ordinary people. Liberals & Conservatives
The issue of wealth inequality is ... the great moral issue of our time. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The United States of America is the only country on Earth that does not guarantee health care to all of its people as a right. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The wealthiest in this country have never had it so good. They want more, and more, and more, and more, and they don’t care how many children they have to step on to get it.. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Twenty years ago we had the highest percentage of colelge graduates in the worl. TOdayu we are number 11.
Unfettered free trade has been a disaster not only for Americans but for the working people of Mexico and Canada as well. Foreign Trade
We are the only major country in the world that does not guarentee health care to its citizens as a right.
We are the wealthiest country in the world. There is no excuse not to help poor people….When was the last time you saw poverty mentioned on television. Poverty
We cannot continue to have the upper class wealty getting richer and richer, the middle class shrinking and 43 million living in poverty.
We should get the insurance companies out of the health care system. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We used to be the country with the highest percentage of college graduates. We are no more and the gap is widening. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A president and a party that can provide insurance for 31 million more Americans is far preferable to most voters than a party that only says, 'No.'
After all, Wall Street is clearly the most powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. From 1998 through 2008, the financial sector spent over $5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to deregulate Wall Street.
As a member of both the energy and environment committees, I am constantly astounded by how many of my colleagues prefer to focus on what the government can do for the nuclear or coal industries rather than why the government should support clean and sustainable energy. Government
As a result of the digital age and the decline of first-class mail, there is no question that the Postal Service must change and develop a new business model. Business, Commerce & Finance
As a single-payer advocate, I believe that at the end of the day, if a state goes forward and passed an effective single-payer program, it will demonstrate that you can provide quality health care to every man, woman and child in a more cost-effective way. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
As Vermont's senator and a member of the Budget Committee, I will not support a plan to reduce the deficit that does not call for shared sacrifice.
At a time when the Post Office is losing substantial revenue from the instantaneous flow of information by email and on the Internet, slowing mail service is a recipe for disaster. Time
At its worst, Washington is a place where name-calling partisan politics too often trumps policy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
At the current $5.15 an hour, the federal minimum wage has become a poverty wage. A full-time worker with one child lives below the official poverty line.
At the insistence of the Bush administration, Congress in 2006 passed legislation that required the Postal Service to prefund, over a 10-year period, 75 years of future retiree health benefits. Future ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Before Congress cuts funding for Head Start, Social Security, and financial aid for college, we have got to make sure that large, profitable corporations are paying their fair share of taxes.
Before Social Security existed, about half of America's senior citizens lived in poverty.
Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that's a good thing.
CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about.
Citigroup, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase should not be permitted to charge consumers 25- to 30-percent interest on their credit cards, especially while these banks received over $4 trillion in loans from the Federal Reserve.
Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.
Coal and oil lobbyists added fossil fuels to a bill aimed at helping American manufacturers, so they too could claim 'manufacturing' tax deductions.
Comcast rents modems directly to consumers, thereby competing directly with companies like Zoom. It has every reason to make Zoom modems more expensive or even to drive companies like Zoom out of business. Business, Commerce & Finance
Danes pay very high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would find hard to believe. Life
Denmark is a small, homogenous nation of about 5.5 million people. The United States is a melting pot of more than 315 million people. No question about it, Denmark and the United States are very different countries.
Difficult times often bring out the best in people.
Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans - working families, children, the elderly, the poor - or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question. Power ;Money, Coins & Minting
Each and every year, the United States loses an estimated $100 billion a year in tax revenues due to offshore tax abuses by the wealthy and large corporations.
Establishing a 0.03 percent Wall Street speculation fee, similar to what we had from 1914-1966, would dampen the dangerous level of speculation and gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the productive economy and reduce the deficit by more than $350 billion over 10 years.
Even the alternative weekly newspapers, traditionally a bastion of progressive thought and analysis, have been bought by a monopoly franchise and made a predictable shift to the right in their coverage of local news.
Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment - money we could save by investing in energy efficiency. Money, Coins & Minting
Every working family in America knows how hard it is today to find affordable childcare or early childhood education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting
Finally, let understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win. Women
Finland is no utopia.
For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
For every $1 billion we invest in public transportation, we create 30,000 jobs, save thousands of dollars a year for each commuter, and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.
For much of America, the all-American values depicted in Norman Rockwell's classic illustrations are idealistic. For those of us from Vermont, they're realistic. That's what we do.
For too long, unfunded federal mandates have drained the budgets of states and communities. The strength and vitality of our communities must be restored.
Ford's federal income tax rate was just 2.3 percent in 2009 even though it made $3 billion in profits.
Former Senator Al D'Amato in 1991 offered an amendment to cap credit card interest rates at 14 percent.
Fossil fuel corporations are supposed to pay the government fair market royalties in exchange for the right to drill on public lands or in federal waters. Government
From the beginning, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has presented very difficult challenges.
General Electric, NBC's parent, is one of the largest corporations in the world, with an anti-labor history of outsourcing jobs and with financial links to military and nuclear power industries. Power ;History
Good environmental policy is good economic policy.
Health care in Denmark is universal, free of charge and high quality. Everybody is covered as a right of citizenship. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Here is what the practical impact of Citizens United means. What Citizens United means is that corporations call hundreds of millions of dollars into television ads, radio ads, and other forms of advertising to defeat those candidates who stand up and take them on.
History will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country. History
I am not aware how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men consistently provide you with great margins of support. Women
I am sure that there are some single payer advocates who think the only thing worth fighting for is single payer.
I come from a rural state. People drive 50, 100 miles to and from work every single day. That is true all over America. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't believe there's a red state in America where people believe you should cut Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits rather than doing away with corporate tax loopholes.
I don't consider myself a pariah.
I have introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and make it clear that the Congress and state legislatures do have the ability and the power to regulate and get corporate funding out of political campaigns. Power
I have seven beautiful grandchildren, four of whom are girls.
I see a future where American companies lead the world in the production of hybrid-plug in cars and electric vehicles. Future
I see a future where getting to work or to school or to the store does not have to cause pollution. Future ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I see a future where states compete with one another to see which can be the most efficient, and where businesses seek out efficient states in which to locate so they can reap the economic and environmental benefits for their businesses and employees. Future
I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future. Future
I think the American people in many cases want to transform our energy system.
I thought the Bush economic policy was a disaster. We lost 500,000 private sector jobs during his tenure.
If credit unions can grow and prosper with a 15 percent cap, so can banks.
If the goal of health-care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
If the U.S. can transform its domestic market for HIV/AIDS drugs, it will certainly transform the world market and make HIV/AIDS drugs more affordable for everyone, everywhere.
If there is a silver lining in the action of MSNBC against Keith Olbermann, it is that people will now pay more attention to the political role of corporate media in America.
If we are going to reverse the race to the bottom, workers must have the right to engage in collective bargaining.
If we are serious about moving toward energy independence in a cost-effective way, we should invest in solar energy. If we are serious about cutting air and water pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we should invest in solar energy.
If we completely repealed the estate tax, it would provide an estimated $32 billion tax break for the Walton family - the founders of Wal-Mart. Families, Children & Parenting
If you look at the newspapers here - the Washington papers - most of the discussion deals with campaign gossip.
If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the ingredients listed on the label. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I'm not a Democrat, I'm an Independent, but I caucus with the Democrats.
I'm not much into speculation.
In 1940, then-Senator Harry Truman headed up a Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. In the course of World War II, more than $15 billion in unnecessary and fraudulent defense spending was identified. War & Peace
In 1996, Republicans used reconciliation to pass major legislation that ended six decades of welfare policy.
In 1999, Hoffmann-LaRoche paid a $500 million criminal fine for leading a worldwide conspiracy to fix prices for certain vitamins.
In 2001, Republicans used reconciliation to pass President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut that mainly benefited the wealthy.
In 2003, GlaxoSmithKline paid $88 million in civil fines for overcharging Medicaid for its anti-depressant Paxil.
In 2004, Warner-Lambert, a division of Pfizer Inc., pled guilty to two felonies and agreed to pay $430 million for fraudulently promoting the drug Neurontin.
In 2005, Republicans passed a 360-page reconciliation bill without a single Democratic vote that provided deep cuts to Medicaid and raised premiums on Medicare beneficiaries.
In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.
In 2009, UnitedHealth, a leading insurance company, paid $350 million to settle lawsuits brought by the American Medical Association and other physician groups for shortchanging consumers and physicians for medical services outside its preferred network. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don't. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
In any democratic, civilized - even non-democratic nations, if you are a nation, it means to say that in our case, if there's a hurricane in Louisiana, the people of Vermont are there for them. If there's a tornado in the Midwest, we are there for them. If there's flooding in the East Coast, the people in California are there for us.
In cold weather states like Vermont, where the weather can get to 20 below zero, home heating assistance is critically important. In fact, it is a life and death issue. Life ;Death
In Finland, where 80 percent of workers belong to unions, all employees enjoy at least 30 days paid vacation, and the gap between the rich and poor is far more equitable than in the United States.
In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign. Money, Coins & Minting
In terms of job creation, every billion dollars invested in the physical infrastructure creates 47,000 new jobs.
In Vermont, Governor Madeleine Kunin has given years of service to our state after becoming the state's first female governor in 1985. She is an inspiration to girls throughout Vermont and the country in allowing them to know that the opportunities they have are unlimited.
It has become clear that the function of a private health insurance is to make as much money as possible. Every dollar not paid out in claims is another dollar made in profits for the company. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Money, Coins & Minting
It is incomprehensible that drug companies still get away with charging Americans twice as much, or more, than citizens of Canada or Europe for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies.
It is time for Congress to save the Postal Service, not dismantle it. Time
Legislation must be passed which undoes the damage caused by excessive de-regulation. That means reinstalling the regulatory firewalls that were ripped down in 1999.
Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America. War & Peace
Let's be honest, dental care in America is extremely expensive, period.
Look, if you have somebody who doesn't have health insurance, who doesn't have a doctor or dentist, and in order to deal with their cold or flu or dental problem, they go to an emergency room - in general, that visit will cost ten times more than walking into a community health center. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas - they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans. Time ;Women
Mitt Romney's energy policy is a relic of the 19th century. We need a 21st century plan. The fate of the planet is at stake.
Most of us have not heard about Master Limited Partnerships. These special financing arrangements allow oil and gas investors to avoid paying certain corporate income taxes, but are not available to clean energy businesses.
Not only must we fight to end disastrous unfettered free trade agreements with China, Mexico, and other low wage countries, we must fight to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that American products, not jobs, are our number one export.
Nowadays you don't need to be a senator or a CEO or a celebrity to have a voice in the media, and if you happen to be a senator, a CEO or a celebrity, you have a thousand people each with their own respective audiences to hold you accountable.
Of course the Republicans have long wanted to privatize Social Security and destroy it. But Social Security has been the most important and valuable social program in the history of the United States. History
One in four corporations doesn't pay any taxes.
People don't trust private health insurance companies for all the right reasons. Trust ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Private insurance companies in America are reaping huge profits.
Progressive activists are angry that a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach was totally ignored during the health care debate. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Progressives know there is something very wrong when a nation divided politically has one major network operating as a propaganda arm of the Republican Party and 90 percent of talk radio is dominated by right-wing extremists.
Representative Spencer Bachus is one of the only people I know from Alabama. I bet I'm the only socialist he knows.
Senate Republicans have engaged in a record number of filibusters and other obstructionist tactics.
Shouting down and intimidating someone from speaking their mind is not exactly a Vermont town meeting value, nor should it be an American town meeting value.
Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.
Social Security is a promise that we cannot and must not break.
States used to protect consumers from predatory lenders, but strong state usury laws were obliterated by a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Ted Kennedy devoted his lifetime to protecting those most in need, and tens of millions of Americans have been the beneficiaries.
Ted Kennedy will go down in history as one of the giants of the U.S. Senate and one the most accomplished legislators in American history. History
The Blunt Amendment would have allowed any employer who provided health insurance, or any insurance company, the right to deny coverage for contraception or any other kind of procedure if the employer had a 'moral' objection to it. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The bottom line is that when Senator Inhofe says, 'Global warming is a hoax,' he is just dead wrong, according to the vast majority of climate scientists.
The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The deficit crisis is real and must be addressed. But it cannot be solved on the backs of the weak and vulnerable.
The Department of Defense, the largest single energy consumer in America, is bullish on solar.
The details of what the Fed did were kept secret until a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that I sponsored required the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed's lending programs during the financial crisis. Government
The Fed has got to become a more democratic institution that is responsive to the needs of the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs.
The Federal Reserve has a responsibility to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions and to contain systemic risks in financial markets.
The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to protect the credit rights of consumers.
The Federal Reserve needs to provide small businesses in America with the same low-interest loans it gave to foreign banks.
The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way.
The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years. Time ;History ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Koch brothers, through the expenditure of billions of dollars and the creation and support of dozens of extreme right organizations, have taken fringe extremist ideas and made them mainstream within the Republican Party.
The minimum wage in Denmark is about twice that of the United States, and people who are totally out of the labor market or unable to care for themselves have a basic income guarantee of about $100 per day.
The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America.
The Postal Service is a vitally important institution for the American people. It must be saved.
The right wing has monopolized the AM radio airwaves.
The Senate voted 59 to 39 in favor of an amendment I offered to the Budget Resolution calling on the Fed to tell the American people who they loaned $2.2 trillion to and how much each bank received.
The U.S. constitution is an extraordinary document. In my view, it should not be amended often.
There are a lot of smart honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents.
There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs, whether it is Social Security, Medicare, public education or the Postal Service. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Government
There is nobody that I know who believes that Bank of America is a human being who should be entitled for the same constitutional rights that the people of our country are.
There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
These are the same people who believe, in some cases, the federal government should not play any role in providing health care to our people or protecting the environment. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Government
To be honest with you, I worry about concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read.
Today the biggest problem in caring for those with AIDS is no longer mainly a medical or scientific problem. The crisis is access to affordable drugs. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Two-thirds of the directors at the New York Fed are hand-picked by the same bankers that the Fed is in charge of regulating.
Vermonters often ask me whether I am pessimistic about the future of our country. My honest answer is that I am not. Future
Wall Street is greedy, reckless and they operate illegally. That's fine. But what do you do?
Washington is dominated by big money. Money, Coins & Minting
We all remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. What is less well known is that BP is claiming a 9.9 billion tax deduction on the money they had to spend cleaning up their own mess and paying for damages they caused. That is absurd. History ;Money, Coins & Minting
We need an energy revolution by breaking our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting fuels... I am very, very confident our small state will lead this. We will be noticed by the country and the world.
We should make a major financial commitment to improving our roads and bridges.
We still have people in the active duty, and if people are feeling ill, if they're experiencing various symptoms and they're still in the active duty, they're less likely to come forward because that could result in their medical discharge. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
What some of us believe is that it is possible that if chemicals are related to Gulf War illness that some of the more severe symptoms may not erupt until 10 or 20 years down the line. War & Peace
What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, take his case to the American people.
What the Ten Million Solar Roofs Act does is provide consumer rebates for the purchase and installation of solar systems.
What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don't break the knee caps of those who can't pay back, they still are destroying people's lives.
When a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her family. Families, Children & Parenting ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
When we talk about the healthcare crisis in America we've got to also be talking about the dental crisis and how to address it.
When World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, there was no truly effective treatment for what was almost always a deadly disease.
Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.
While commentators on Fox and right-wing radio have the backing of Rupert Murdoch, a major Republican contributor, and other conservative corporations, progressives understand that their position is extremely vulnerable.
While I may not agree with all of President Obama's energy policies, I strongly supported his successful effort to double fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
Who do you think controls the Republican Party? Big money controls the Republican Party. This is where their campaign contributions come from. Money, Coins & Minting
Why, over her political career has Wall Street been a major - the major campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton? You know, maybe they're dumb and they don't know what they're going to get, but I don't think so.
You cannot be a party which on one hand says we're in favor of working people, we're in favor of the needs of young people but we don't quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You've got to decide which side you're on. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care and decent paying jobs. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress. Truth
You know, let me be very clear. I supported Barack Obama originally.
You want to know the way to raise money? Put a transaction fee on Wall Street, so maybe we can curb some of the speculation and raise some money. Money, Coins & Minting
You've got the top 400 Americans owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. Most folks do not think that is right.