U.S. Senator for Vermont. Not me, us.
Joined on 17 November, 2010
Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality
Thomas Piketty is right. At a time when the very rich are becoming much richer while working families are facing economic devastation, we need to address the obscene level of income and wealth inequality. We need to tax the extreme wealth of multi-millionaires and billionaires.
I am proud to support Jon @Ossoff, along with @ReverendWarnock, for the U.S. Senate in the Georgia runoff election. Jon will fight for a $15 minimum wage, expanded health care for all and a strong COVID-19 emergency bill to help workers, small businesses and rural hospitals.
Since 1990, there has been a massive transfer of wealth from workers to the people on top. While the 1% have seen their wealth go up by $22 trillion, the bottom 50% of Americans have seen their wealth go down by $776 billion. We need a strong middle class, not an oligarchy.
The United States cannot continue to be the only major country not to guarantee health care to all. Too many people are unnecessarily dying, getting sick or going bankrupt because of this cruel and dysfunctional system. Health care is a human right, not a privilege. Let's do it.
Progressives are leading the fight against oligarchy and for a strong middle class, against authoritarianism and for democracy. This country will not survive economically or politically when so few have so much, and so many live in desperation.
Half of our people live paycheck to paycheck, 500,000 are homeless, 92 million are uninsured or underinsured and millions struggle with oppressive student debt. A new Congress, on day one, must address the enormous economic suffering facing working families.
The year 2020 has been very difficult for mental health. The pandemic, isolation and economic downturn has greatly increased depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. When we talk about real health care reform, we mean a major expansion of mental health services.
As we approach Thanksgiving, a very special thanks must go out to the millions of courageous doctors, nurses and all health care workers who are putting their lives on the line battling this horrific pandemic. You are true heroes and heroines. Thank you.
Yesterday, Trump took full credit for the 30,000 Dow Jones, but took zero credit for 260,000 Americans who died from COVID, 40 million who face eviction or 26 million who don't have enough food to eat on Thanksgiving.
No, Mr. President. The stock market is not the economy.
How do we avoid future authoritarians? Winning back the working class is key | Bernie Sanders
The Democrats must make it clear: Do we stand with the struggling working class of this country, or powerful special interests?
Workers in the richest country in the world should not have to go on strike to get the PPE and staffing they need to do their job.
I stand with @SEIU health care workers and all essential workers fighting for their rights and our collective safety.
Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama file to hold unionization vote
If Amazon workers in Alabama – a strong anti-union state – vote to form a union, it will be a shot heard around the world. If they can negotiate higher wages and better working conditions in the South, it will benefit every worker in America. I strongly support their efforts.
There are a lot of good reasons to veto the Defense Bill, including it's $740 billion cost. But Trump's reason is not one of them. Yes. In the year 2020, American troops should not be living in army bases named after Confederate military leaders who fought to defend slavery.
All workers are entitled to decent wages and working conditions, which is why I stand with the Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama exercising their constitutional right to form a union. Mr. Bezos, the wealthiest person in America, must not interfere in this election.
Health care is a human right, not a job benefit. We cannot continue spending twice as much per capita as any other country, while 92 million are uninsured or under-insured, and 68,000 die unnecessarily each year. Medicare for All is coming sooner or later. Let's make it sooner.
We must never "normalize" authoritarianism. In ways that would've been beyond belief a few years ago, Trump and his team, through outrageous lies and conspiracy theories, are undermining American democracy. They must not and will not succeed.
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