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Bernie Sanders announces Senate re-election bid

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Bernie Sanders has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Senate in 2018. There is still speculation around his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.

    Bernie is 76 years old (born September 8, 1941).

  • Center Left
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    He should continue to lead the fine people of Vermont and he should be a valuable member of the party. The Independent party needs all of the help they can get.

    If he wants to become a Democrat, he can see if there's interest. Some might call me an ageist but the person who gets my vote in '20 won't turn 80 while in office.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I hope the speculation continues and he doesn't run. Joe Biden should probably retire too, he's 75. I know, the electoral college elected Trump, 71 years old. We need a young person to lead, one that has new ideas.
  • Independent
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    I guess Bernie is young compared to me; so may be I should run and make this country straightforward and honest again. You don't need youth to do that; since they have no experience in this complicated world yet. Even our 71 year old "asshole" knows nothing of the world except on how to run an dictatorship.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Who is going to stop the spiral into do nothing about anything and now rectify the damage Trump has done. Who is going to stand up for lots of good paying jobs and energize the USA again??? Bernie can't do it because he had too many side issues. As far as I can see there is nobody focused on the people.
  • Independent
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    Chet, I hope by now that you get an idea why this country is so messed up. People with brains here certainly won't want to work for the government and sit in between all those uneducated asshole who only work for themselves and fill their pockets. Look at the Pruitt debacle; still not fired, that says enough. Under any "normal" President this guy would not even be hired. So this country has gone down the drain in a hurry and Humpty Dumpty won't save us. Sorry the "job" picture is going to change as well, ask Harley Davidson.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch, Harley wasted their good times and didn't improve their product accordingly. There should be no repercussions from buying a Harley accessory for a Harley bike, but!! I bought a pair of HD motorcycle boots and the hardware on them destroyed the chrome finish on a belt cover that was adjacent to the floorboard where your foot rested. I bought a windshield for my wife's Road King Custom. A Harley windshield from the Harley store for the Road King Custom. When riding in the rain the large headlight deflects the wind over the windshield. You have to reach around the windshield and wipe the rain off with your hand. I have had four new Harleys in the last 20 years and they all had some sort of ridiculous problem. Problems don't discourage fundamentalist Harley people but they do run off people that buy for quality. Fundamentalists can't buy enough bikes to save Harley. Harley suffered the typical economic opportunist business plan.
  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Dutch, Harley wasted their good times and didn't improve their product accordingly. There should be no repercussions from buying a Harley accessory for a Harley bike, but!! I bought a pair of HD motorcycle boots and the hardware on them destroyed the chrome finish on a belt cover that was adjacent to the floorboard where your foot rested. I bought a windshield for my wife's Road King Custom. A Harley windshield from the Harley store for the Road King Custom. When riding in the rain the large headlight deflects the wind over the windshield. You have to reach around the windshield and wipe the rain off with your hand. I have had four new Harleys in the last 20 years and they all had some sort of ridiculous problem. Problems don't discourage fundamentalist Harley people but they do run off people that buy for quality. Fundamentalists can't buy enough bikes to save Harley. Harley suffered the typical economic opportunist business plan.
    I guess you did not read that they are moving their factory outside the country! Anyway their engines are a design from before WWII; very low revving with push rods. I don't call that advance technology. An BMW last longer.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch , The Harley engine fires at 180 then 315 instead of 360. It gives Harley the signature thump thump.....thump thump sound instead of the thump.....thump.....thump. It is unbalanced and shakes badly. There is no benefit to V twin engine that connects the engine to the transmission with a rubber belt. None. All the manufacturers had to make a V twin to compete with Harley. Honda went one step further and configured the crankshaft to give their bike a balanced smooth running engine. People wouldn't buy it and Honda had to deengineer their engine to give the rough idle tone and vibration of the Harley.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    A few off topic, but sometimes that's where subjects take us. Anyway, my 2 cents, the move by HD is a cost cutting measure, in other words, they're busting the union and plan on firing union employees, it's a typical maneuver that many corporations make to try to stay alive. They could have tried what some automakers tried, move their operations to southern states like Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, or ? so they can pay workers the legal federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, now that's cost cutting. Nevermind how HD might have been mismanaged or how their top executives might have taken HD into the tank. Not to mention that die hard HD people have basically died off, and the new generation is looking more toward crotch rockets instead of those noise polluting HD's.

    2018 best 10 motorcycles opinion by Popular Mechanics, BMW is on the list, as well as the Indian & HD.

    popularmechanics.com/cars/motorcycles/g...

  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:

    Dutch , The Harley engine fires at 180 then 315 instead of 360. It gives Harley the signature thump thump.....thump thump sound instead of the thump.....thump.....thump. It is unbalanced and shakes badly. There is no benefit to V twin engine that connects the engine to the transmission with a rubber belt. None. All the manufacturers had to make a V twin to compete with Harley. Honda went one step further and configured the crankshaft to give their bike a balanced smooth running engine. People wouldn't buy it and Honda had to deengineer their engine to give the rough idle tone and vibration of the Harley.

    Chet, Honda has enough products including all the mo-peds and cars sold in Japan and South east Asia as well all over the globe, so they make money; Harley does not.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Besides Dutch, what kind of a person want's to be vibrated to death on a HD? Ever see one of those vibrate at idle? It'll shake your false teeth loose if you have any. Personally, I never liked them, having to stop every 350 miles to tighten loosened bolts and nuts. My choice when I was a youngster was a Honda Chopper. Smooth and sleek.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Well I didn't see Bernie Sanders riding on any Harleys lately so I'll get back on topic.

    Washington Post, The Fix: Bernie Sanders is still borrowing the Democratic Party

    "According to campaign spokesperson Arianna Jones, Sanders plans to seek the Democratic nomination in Vermont’s August primary. If he wins, she said, he would “respectfully” decline the nomination and run as an independent in the general election. Sanders would, however, accept the endorsement of the Vermont Democratic Party.

    "That's right: Sanders is going to run in the Democratic primary for no reason except to preclude anybody else from winning it — despite having no intention of running as a Democrat in the general election. Sanders basically wants to ensure he will face no Democratic opponent in November. A cynic might say the guy who complained about the rigging of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary is kinda, sorta rigging the 2018 Vermont Senate race for himself."

    Yes, that's the Bernie Sanders that I have gotten to know. It says a lot about the man.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Well I didn't see Bernie Sanders riding on any Harleys lately so I'll get back on topic.

    Washington Post, The Fix: Bernie Sanders is still borrowing the Democratic Party

    "According to campaign spokesperson Arianna Jones, Sanders plans to seek the Democratic nomination in Vermont’s August primary. If he wins, she said, he would “respectfully” decline the nomination and run as an independent in the general election. Sanders would, however, accept the endorsement of the Vermont Democratic Party.

    "That's right: Sanders is going to run in the Democratic primary for no reason except to preclude anybody else from winning it — despite having no intention of running as a Democrat in the general election. Sanders basically wants to ensure he will face no Democratic opponent in November. A cynic might say the guy who complained about the rigging of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary is kinda, sorta rigging the 2018 Vermont Senate race for himself."

    Yes, that's the Bernie Sanders that I have gotten to know. It says a lot about the man.

    Bernie has the potential to bring out the most votes by addressing the conditions plaguing the working middle class. Bernie can sweep the election. His support and numbers continue to grow in spite of the party doing nothing to help him . If Democrats would get behind him it would be a Democratic dictaorship. Bernie addresses all the problems destroying the country for the middle class and addresses all the problems addressing the impoverished lower class in the USA. DNC opposing him makes no sense. All the arguments against him are not supported in fact , only innuendo and exaggeration. All the other possible Democratic candidates dangle bits and pieces of economic reform but nothing comprehensive except for Warren. But even she seems restrained .
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I've been knocking on doors for the Colorado governor's race now for two months. I am somewhat surprised by some of the "working class" voters who show resentment to those on food stamps or other perks that the poor are entitled to. The response I often hear is, "I worked for everything I got with no government help, and I see many of these folks as too lazy to work."

    It's a kind of cultural identity that perhaps one would expect is more prevalent in rural America, but I have often found it in lower middle class neighborhoods where I have been canvassing. Their targets are not necessarily people of color because some of them are also people of color. If they see someone they know at the grocery store using food stamps, they cannot help but show antipathy towards the person as they peer at what they are buying with the food stamps and making judgments.

    I certainly would not stereotype them, but it has happened often enough that it is something I am sensitive and careful about when conversing with people now. Some of them just don't like people getting "free stuff" so I avoid the topic.