Senator Bernie Sanders

Posted: January 11, 2013
By: Clay Cerny

Writing in Huffington Post, Senator Bernie Sanders asks some important questions about the “soul of America.”  There is nothing bipartisan about Senator Sanders.  He comes from the left and makes no attempt to hide his views.  At the same time, the problems he discusses, especially the growing problem of inequality, should concern every America.  Sanders asks us to consider how corporations earning big profits and paying less than ever before into the tax base.  He also reminds us that American-based companies receive tax breaks for taking jobs out of the U.S.  These are real problems, and Sanders is a patriot for putting them forward as national priorities.  I urge you to read his essay.

Posted: November 21, 2012
By: Clay Cerny

On today’s Ed Schultz radio program, Senator Bernie Sanders did a very odd thing.  The most “liberal” senator quoted conservative icon Ronald Reagan:  “Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.”  Senator Sanders is rallying his allies to oppose any change in benefits.  He argues that Social Security is paid for by a fund that is outside the normal budget.  Therefore, it should not be part of the current budget debate.

Working people need to pay attention to this debate.  As fewer people have pensions and as those with 401K have less to contribute and get smaller employer matching funds, we need to think about how we will fund the years when we can no longer work.  Bernie Sanders is a hero to working people.  We need to stand with him and fight against big money interest that want to privatize social security so they can profit from fees.  We need to have a guaranteed pension that keeps seniors out of poverty.

Posted: June 27, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

“Enough is enough.”

Collected and focused in his anger, Senator Bernie Sanders (video) challenged President Obama to stand up for working people and the middle.  Sanders fears that the President will again negotiate in a way that givens in to anti-worker policies that favor those who have the most, corporations and the wealthy.  Even so, he wasn’t just speaking to the President.  He also asked Americans who support what he is saying to go to his website and sign a letter that will be sent to the White House.

Senator Sanders – an Independent – is one of the few people in Washington who talks about the economy in terms of real people, not politics.  Where many calculate how a message will poll, Bernie tells stories of real people who are suffering.  He knows when to work with opponents and when to stand firm.  Our President could learn a lesson from this wise, principled man.

Stand with Senator Sanders and sign his letter.

“Enough is Enough.”

Posted: April 28, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

In an interview with Jon Stewart, Senator Bernie Sanders repeatedly points to the worker protests in Wisconsin as a force for change (real change) in American politics.  Sanders also demonstrates why Paul Ryan’s budget is a very bad idea.

Radio talks show host Bill Press provides a link to an inspiring speech by the Reverend Cletus Kelly, a champion of working people who is not afraid to use the words “social contract.”

The mainstream media is dominated by corporatist and right wing voices.  However, the more open world of the Internet offers a broader range of opinions.  Turn off the TV (unless you’re watching sports).  Look for sources of news and opinion that support you and the people you care about.  Networks don’t do that.  They are PR firms for billionaires.

Posted: February 11, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

I keep a calendar with quotations from the Dalai Lama near my desk at work.  Today the wise man from Tibet said something that we should all keep in mind:

“There is no guarantee that there will be a job tomorrow if you are working today.  So, if we understand this ahead of time, it may change how we respond when that happens.  Then we won’t feel so surprised, as if we are singled out.  We understand that the loss of a job has many factors; the result of many causes and conditions.  We will understand that, in many cases, it many even have roots in global economic issues.  This way, we won’t become so upset by taking it personally, or looking around us for someone to blame for our problems.”

Job loss has many causes, especially in a time when many companies are cutting costs.  Rather than look backward and ask a question that has no answer, we are better off when we accept uncertainty and know that there are no guarantees. According to Senator Bernie Sanders who appeared on Thom Hartmann’s show, 42,000 factories closed in the U.S. over the last decade, add to that, the jobs lost because of the “mortgage meltdown,” and we have a mess.  There will be no fast solution to our current Job Depression (Workers are hurting; Wall Street is booming.).  We need to understand the situation and keep things in perspective.  It’s not our fault.  Even so, we have to live with the problem and do our best to continue to manage our careers.  Listening to the wisdom of the Dalai Lama makes it a little easier.