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Tue Dec 15, 2015, 11:48 AM

 

Sanders finally finds his bully pulpit...in New York State

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/nyregion/bernie-sanders-urges-cuomo-to-raise-pay-for-cuny-professors.html?_r=0

Mr. Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that called on him to provide funding for a new contract with raises.


This is solely a state issue.

Now, can somebody explain to me again why being a federal Senator prevented him from using his influence in Vermont to push for the implementation of single payer there? I thought that single payer was one of the major planks of his platform?

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Reply Sanders finally finds his bully pulpit...in New York State (Original post)
hill2016 Dec 2015 OP
libdem4life Dec 2015 #1
Hepburn Dec 2015 #2
hill2016 Dec 2015 #9
Hepburn Dec 2015 #3
hill2016 Dec 2015 #10
Hepburn Dec 2015 #12
NCTraveler Dec 2015 #4
libdem4life Dec 2015 #5
thesquanderer Dec 2015 #6
floriduck Dec 2015 #7
hill2016 Dec 2015 #8
floriduck Dec 2015 #11

Response to hill2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:12 PM

1. The Senate is not a Bully Pulpit. A Bully Pulpit is where one is speaking to the masses...not peers

 

So he wrote a letter. Just Wow. Waste of precious time when he could have been talking about 9/11 or ___________ fill in the blank. And a "Federal Senator"? Education Is Not a state issue...it is a Federal Issue.

And this post is a straw person's post. Who wants their kids taught by inferior teachers? Raise your hands, now. They are so scarce that often warm bodies without a college education or teaching certificate are hired.

But enough of that, back to the snarky title...

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:14 PM

2. +1

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 08:55 PM

9. what they pay faculty is a state business

 

If Bernie can write a letter to the Governor of NYS on a state matter why didn't he write a letter to the Governor of Vermont on funding single payer?

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Response to hill2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:15 PM

3. Unrec.

Seriously, do you think things through BEFORE you start threads like this?

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Response to Hepburn (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 08:56 PM

10. did you have a substantive point to make?

 

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Response to hill2016 (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 10:44 AM

12. You didn't...why should I?

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Response to hill2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:16 PM

4. Sanders knows his base and has a spent his career....

 

Throwing red meat at them while accomplishing very little. Your op is just one of many examples of how he does it. Minus the six or so elections Sanders has lost, this is one of the ways he found to win. He knows the group this message is going to really don't care about the political process or realities. All politicians do it to some degree. Career politicians like Sanders just have to bank on it a little more often.

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Response to hill2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:25 PM

5. Perhaps we should be kinder...OP is a newcomer.

 

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Response to hill2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 12:35 PM

6. He did support single payer in Vermont....

...but the Governor, who also supported it (and almost got it implented) could not get the numbers to work out acceptably. Sanders can't change arithmetic. It will need action on the federal level.

A bigger state might have had more success. Anything like this becomes more feasible as the number of participants increases. Otherwise, as they discovered, the costs-per-person become too high to be acceptable.

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Response to hill2016 (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 01:02 PM

7. It's because the Vermont Governor,

 

one of Hill's endorsers, vetoed the states single payer healthcare plan. A governor is the highest ranking position within a state. A US Senator has no decision making authority for state-only matters.

It's taught in high school civics class in case you feel the need to enroll.

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Response to floriduck (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 08:51 PM

8. couldn't Bernie

 

at least have tried to use his bully pulpit to influence the Governor?

Just like he's using his bully pulpit here to write a letter to the Governor of New York State on a state matter?

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Response to hill2016 (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 10:16 PM

11. Bernie did push for it.

 

What basis do you have that indicates Bernie just rolled over? Or did you read that on RedState.com?

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