Think about a run by Bernie Sanders for President in 2016 and then think about how Maryland would go by whom was elected governor. Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur would go for the neo-liberal Clinton......Cindy Walsh would go with the progressive labor and justice Bernie Sanders. So, if you want Maryland to back the only candidate for President not a neo-liberal wanting to press Trans Pacific Trade Pact (TPP) though Congress-----Bernie and I will do that!
In Show of Direct Democracy, Vermont Pushes for Public
Fifteen towns approve resolution that would establish bank
that works for people of Vermont, not Wall Street
- Jon Queally, staff writer
By a more than three-to-one margin on
Tuesday, communities voting on whether to support the creation of a public bank
in Vermont approved the idea, calling for the state legislature to establish
such a bank and urging passage of legislation designed to begin its
In a show of direct democracy that also exposed
the citizenry's desire for a more localized and responsible banking system,
fifteen of nineteen towns passed the resolution during 'Town Meeting Day'— an
annual event in which voters choose local officials, approve municipal budgets,
and make their voices heard on a number of measures put before local residents
The specific proposal under consideration, Senate Bill 204, would
turn an existing agency, the Vermont Economic
Development Authority, into a public bank that
would accept deposits and issue loans for in-state projects. Currently, the only
state in the U.S. to maintain a public state bank is North Dakota. However,
since the financial downturn of 2008, other states have looked into replicating
the North Dakota model as a way to buck Wall Street while taking more control of
state and local finances.
Voicing his support of the measure ahead of Tuesday's vote, Gary
Murphy, a resident of South Ryegate, one of the towns that subsequently approved
the measure, explained the thinking
behind the plan this way in a letter to the local Times-Argus:
Senate bill 204 would expand the Vermont Economic Development
Authority to become a state bank and would start out by depositing 10 percent of
Vermont’s unrestricted money into the state bank. The bank would be able to
leverage this money by means available only to banks to bolster the economy of
the state and cut down on the interest payments and fees that are presently paid
to out-of-state financial institutions and other entities. The bank would not
engage in retail banking and would not compete with community banks; it would
work with community banks to maintain their viability and expand their ability
to help create better economic outcomes for Vermonters by partnering with them
in projects they would not be able to engage in on their own.
Presently, large public projects are, to a large extent, funded by
bonding and other private investment which requires the state to pay interest
and fees that often do not get recycled into the local economy. Bond sales are
managed by Wall Street firms, which seem to rig everything they can to further
enrich themselves. In addition to the fees that they charge for this service, it
is possible that they are rigging the process to divert funds that would
otherwise be available to the state into their own pockets. While the cost of
bonding is relatively cheap now, it will likely increase in the next few years
if not sooner and the bond market could dry up. Creating a state bank now and
growing it could put us in a position where we can substantially lessen the need
to float bonds to fund large public projects.
According to Vermont Public Radio, unofficial results on Wednesday showed the following towns had approved the resolution: Bakersfield,
Craftsbury, Enosburg, Marshfield, Montgomery, Montpelier Plainfield, Putney,
Randolph, Rochester, Royalton, Ryegate, Tunbridge, Warren, and Waitsfield. The four towns that voted down the measure were: Marlboro, Barnet and Fayston and Greensboro.
Regarding coming elections in Maryland and for President:
Did you know that neo-liberals in Maryland think we are a Clinton state? Did you know that neo-liberals are only 20% of the democratic party and that Clinton killed the 80% of labor and justice of the party and the middle-class? THAT ISN'T ON THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM!!!!!!
Indeed, so far the 2016 Presidential race has nothing but neo-liberals....from Hillary to Biden and Cuomo to O'Malley.....all Clinton neo-liberals and all bad for labor and justice.
We thank Bernie Sanders for his voice on real progressive issues. He is not afraid to stand up and shout against the banks and corporate power in government.
A CINDY WALSH FOR GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND WIN WOULD HAVE A CHEERLEADER FOR BERNIE SANDERS FOR MARYLAND. You may not be that far left but Rule of Law, TPP, and corporate and government accountability are a must to have a democracy!
Sen. Bernie Sanders 'Prepared' To Run For President
By Susie Madrak March 6, 2014 1:14 pm
Good. Here's hoping he does it!
It's my fondest wish that Bernie runs in the Democratic primary -- or the general. We have to find a way to get a more populist message through the thick skulls of the Democratic leadership. Here's part of an interview he just did for The Nation's John Nichols:
What you seem to be saying is that, as a presidential candidate, you would try to make the very difficult combination of not just being a personality that people would like, or at least want to vote for, but also educate people about what is possible.
My whole life in politics has been not just with passing legislation or being a good mayor or senator, but to educate people. That is why we have hundreds of thousands of people on my Senate email list, and why I send an email to all Vermonters every other week. It is why I have held hundreds of town meetings in Vermont, in virtually every town in the state.If you ask me now what one of the major accomplishments of my political life is, it is that I helped double the voter turnout in Burlington, Vermont. I did that because people who had given up on the political process understood that I was fighting for working families, that we were paying attention to low and moderate-income neighborhoods rather than just downtown or the big-money interests. In fact, I went to war with virtually every part of the ruling class in Burlington during my years as mayor. People understood that; they said, “You know what? Bernie is standing with us. We’re going to stand with him.” The result is that large numbers of people who previously had not participated in the political process got involved. And that’s what we have to do for the whole country.
I think one of the great tragedies that we face today politically, above and beyond the simple economic reality of the collapse of the middle-class, more people living in poverty, growing gap between the rich and poor, the high cost of education—all those objective, painful realities in American society—the more significant reality from a political perspective is that most people have given up on the political process. They understand the political deck is stacked against them. They think there is no particular reason for them to come out and vote—and they don’t.