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Sanders, Sherman Introduce Legislation to Break Up Big Banks

WASHINGTON, April 9 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation to break up banks that have grown so big that the Justice Department fears the financial system would be put at risk if criminal charges were filed. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) proposed a companion bill in the House.

The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger now than before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis when the Federal Reserve propped up financial institutions with $16 trillion in near zero-interest loans and Congress approved a $700 billion rescue for banks that some considered “too big to fail.” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. now says the Justice Department may not pursue criminal cases against big banks because filing charges could “have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy.”

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Sanders, Sherman to Introduce Bills to Break Up ‘Too Big to Jail” Banks

WASHINGTON, April 8 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) will hold a news conference on Tuesday to announce legislation to break up big banks.

The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger now than before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis. Financial institutions have grown so big that the Justice Department has not pursued prosecutions for fear an indictment would harm the financial system.

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5 % Commuter Tax in Brattleboro for Non Residents

Commuter Tax in Brattleboro

Brattleboro is a hub for the economy in Windham country. The population is about 12, 000 and swells to some 30,000 during the day. Many people from outside the area and from New Hampshire enjoy working in Vermont, but they do not contribute to the local tax base.  I propose a 5%  commuter tax like they do in NYC or other places.  In a sense

This is already done in Vermont, at the ski slopes, the price of a lift ticket pays for town services.

It is time that there is a commuter tax in Brattleboro.

 

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Papal Complicity Will Be Unmasked When US Is Indicted For Crimes Against Humanity

During the internationally empowered grand jury proceedings that will eventually investigate the astounding number of US crimes against humanity the Papacy will not escape attention for not only having been accessories after the fact, but also collaborators in innumerable cases of homicidal use of US Armed Forces and CIA on four continents

 

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King Condemned US Wars Maintaining Predatory Capitalist Investments and Was Shot Dead

King Condemned US Wars Maintaining Predatory Capitalist Investments and Was Shot Dead

Was King's death fortunate or necessary for investors? The violent history of the American empire is replete with stories of seemingly pointless assassinations always characterized by media as senseless acts of individuals acting on their own, assassinations that nevertheless brought investment opportunities for investors on Wall St. either by chance or plan? For crime prevention, indict, prosecute the beneficiaries!

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Prosecutable US Crimes Against Humanity in Korea

While staring at the New York Times front page photo of the bat-winged nuclear-capable B-2 Stealth Bombers up in the blue sky on their first non-stop long-range mission from the US on their way to a practice sortie to end in a mock bombing drop of inert munitions on a range off South Korea’s coast, I ponder.

The thought that ‘enough is enough’ will apparently never arise in the mind-set of those commanding the first planet-encompassing space-age military, blown up now to an uncontrollable magnitude and fueled by an uninterrupted flow of trillions of dollars by ledger line pre-occupied elite of the speculative investment banking community; a community possibly still being led by multi-war promoting confidants of ninety-eight year old David Rockefeller.1

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Sanders Statement on Obama Cuts in Social Security, Veterans Benefits

LOS ANGELES, April 5 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and others:

“I am terribly disappointed and will do everything in my power to block President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients through a chained consumer price index. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I also am especially concerned about the impact this change would have on disabled veterans and their survivors.

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The Name of the Thieves Who Stole Our Future

While Senator Sanders may portray our Social Security programs as solvent, it really depends on your reading of what actually happened. The Social Security coffers as it stands today may very well be in the black - as best as in the black can be for a program that’s post Baby Boomer era.

With most of us Baby Boomers closer to our sunset than our sunrise the “contributions” we pay into Social Security is not the same as before. We are increasingly dependent on what the younger generations put into this Roosevelt-inspired retirement piggybank. Unfortunately, the population scale of our young folks shrink into the shadow of a huge and very needy Baby Boomer population.

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Can Selectboard Members Be Voting Members of Committees? Brattleboro Charter Appears to Say No

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard appointed John Allen to the PFFP (Police Fire Facility Project) Oversight Committee.

To keep the number of votes on the committee an odd number and to prevent tie votes, the Selectboard authorized Mr. Allen to be the 9th voting member of that committee.  Did they make a mistake?

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If GMO Food Labeling Laws Don't Pass in Vermont, then Guess What We Can Do?

GMO foods? Why not mix wine grapes and marijuana, or beer hops and marijuana?

Have fun with genetically engineered and genetically modified foods and cross- breeding? Would it be legal now in Colorado and Washington?

I was thinking today about genetically modified and genetically engineered foods, and the lack of labeling, so far.

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