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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/06/2018 07:13 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/06/2018 07:13 PM
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Sanders, Khanna Introduce Bill to Get Billionaires Off Welfare

Washington, DC...Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) announced legislation Wednesday to give large, profitable corporations such as Amazon and Walmart a choice: pay workers a living wage or pay for the public assistance programs like Medicaid, food stamps and public housing its low-wage workers are forced to rely on. Low wages cost taxpayers about $150 billion per year, according to a study from the University of California, Berkeley Labor Center.






Sanders' bill, the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act, aims to end corporate welfare by establishing a 100 percent tax on corporations with 500 or more employees equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low-wage workers. For example, if a worker at Amazon receives $2,000 in food stamps, the corporation would be taxed $2,000 to cover that cost.

"Let us be very clear: We believe that the government has a moral responsibility to provide for the vulnerable – the children, the elderly, the sick and the disabled. But we do not believe that taxpayers should have to expend huge sums of money subsidizing profitable corporations owned by some of the wealthiest people in this country. That's what a rigged economy is about," Sanders said.

"There’s no reason why people who work hard to provide for themselves and their families should be living paycheck to paycheck, having to choose between feeding their family and making rent. Our nation needs to provide people with basic fairness. Massive corporations are only draining our economy by vastly underpaying workers. I’m proud to have Senator Sanders as my partner in this fight, leading the Senate companion to my bill, the Corporate Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017, to incentive large companies to pay their hard working employees a living wage," Khanna said.

The billionaire owners of some of the most profitable corporations in America are the largest recipients of welfare.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is the wealthiest person on Earth, and since the beginning of this year, his wealth has increased by about $260 million every day. Meanwhile, thousands of Amazon workers rely on food stamps because their wages are so low. 1 out of 3 Amazon workers in Arizona and 2,400 in Pennsylvania and Ohio depend on food stamps to put food on the table, according to The New Food Economy.

In the last week, hundreds of Amazon employees have written to Sanders to describe the terrible working conditions at Amazon warehouses and the low wages they are paid.

A former Amazon worker from Tennessee wrote: “I worked at Amazon for 5 months at $11.00 an hour as a full-time employee. I was on SNAP and had to live with my parents and my three children because I could not afford to find a safe location for my family.”

A former Amazon worker from North Carolina said: “Been on food stamps (yes SNAP) entire time I been working at Amazon. Back breaking labor, terrible pay and even worse conditions. No union backing. I feel like a slave and if anyone complains they will fire you on the spot. This is the 21st century sweatshop.”

And a current Amazon employee wrote: “I work 40 hours a week at $13.25. I have two kids to support. I receive $90 of food stamps….I don't make enough to eat lunch at work so I split a protein shake between two meals to make sure my children eat.”

The Walton family of Walmart – the wealthiest family in the country – also benefits from taxpayer assistance. Walmart pays its associates wages so low that many of them are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing to survive, at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of an estimated $6.2 billion a year.

Low wages at McDonald's alone cost the federal government and U.S. taxpayers over $1.2 billion a year, while 52 percent of all fast food workers rely upon public assistance programs to survive.

“The BEZOS Act is an important step toward putting much-needed balance into our economy," said Amanda Ballantyne, Main Street Alliance National Director. "Main Street businesses want this every bit as much as employees do. When giant corporations drive a race to the bottom on wages and benefits, the damage reaches both small businesses and the communities they serve. Main Street businesses believe we have a shared responsibility for making sure everyone can access health care, food, and housing. Giant corporations should not be given a pass. The BEZOS Act will help level the playing field toward an economy that serves not corporate donors but all the people who make up Main Street.”


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Crazy Bernie
Posted on: 2018-09-06 19:35:13   By: Anonymous
 
How did Bernie, who's never worked a successful honest job, end up with a multi-million dollar house after losing to Hillary and not making a fuss about her election tampering and collusion?

Couldn't have been from the money his wife embezzled from the local government and schools..

Funny to listen to Bernie talk about millionaires on welfare.
The Hypocrisy of Socialism never ceases.

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    Re: Crazy Bernie
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 19:43:08   By: Anonymous
     
    Hillary just paid him to lay down and take it.

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    Re: Crazy Bernie
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:44:58   By: Anonymous
     
    is that p o s going to get away with out paying his fare share?

    lying cheating pos liberal pos lying pos cheating clown

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    Re: Crazy Bernie
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:45:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh, for god's sake. You think it's okay for someone whose wife spend too much on Manola Blahnik shoes to file for bankruptcy? Essentially because they can no longer afford their lifestyle? Take a step back and explain why previously you likely complained about locals on the dole yet challenge this?


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    Re: Crazy Bernie
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 22:19:02   By: Anonymous
     
    Please homie. Keep talking out the side of your mouth. You’re gonna need chapstick for the corners. Bull*bleep* makes you thirsty...

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Corporate Welfare Costs the United States BILLIONS EVERY YEAR!
Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:01:17   By: Anonymous
 
I was just dying to see how right wingers would interpret this article. I guess they feel like it’s ok for our tax dollars to be gleefully stuffed up the rich asses of Amazon and Apple. But for God’s sake, don’t expect to feel anything less than complete humiliation if you should ever need to rely on the public assistance your taxes have faithfully paid for during your entire working life.....

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I’m assuming all right wingers will absolutely REFUSE to collect their Social Security.....
Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:05:32   By: Anonymous
 
About $59 billion is spent yearly on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent yearly on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent nearly 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance every year since 2006.

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    Re: I’m assuming all right wingers will absolutely REFUSE to collect their Social Security.....
    Posted on: 2018-09-07 15:03:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Sounds balanced to me.
    The rich are accustomed to having more, so more should be spent on us.

    You didn't build that.......We Did!

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GOP Handout to the Filthy Rich GOP:
Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:11:27   By: Anonymous
 

1)First, cut taxes for the rich and corporations, ballooning federal deficits;
2)Then, claim that deficits are too high and that cuts to government services must be made;
3)Finally, cut vital entitlements (like Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security) to offset growing deficits (which was likely part of Trump’s goals from the beginning).
4)Increase corporate welfare to “create jobs”

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:15:21   By: Anonymous
 
This old man is plain and simple......bonkers hypocrit nut case that preys on the ignorance of STUPID people that believe his agenda. If you believe in him, you are a complete MORON !

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    Re: You kiss your grandma with all that resentment poisoning your lips?!
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:19:12   By: Anonymous
     
    ....and you have no proof, no numbers, and no statistics to back you up. Nothing. Zip. Nada. Just name calling.

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      Re: You kiss your grandma with all that resentment poisoning your lips?!
      Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:48:15   By: Anonymous
       
      Neither does FOX News, lol.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:46:38   By: Anonymous
     
    Read a little further up. Our government has spent more bailing out the rich than the poor, it's that simple. Please pull yourself away from the altar that is FOX News and do a little independent research.

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      Re: You didn't build that.......We Did!
      Posted on: 2018-09-07 20:07:16   By: Anonymous
       
      Sounds balanced to me.
      The rich are accustomed to having more, so more should be spent on us.

      You didn't build that.......We Did!

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Corporate Wefare is disgusting
Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:16:37   By: Anonymous
 
The enormous myriad of subsidies, bailouts, giveaways, tax loopholes, debt revocations, loan guarantees, discounted insurance and other benefits conferred by government on business is a function of political corruption. When money is spent on corporate welfare it is not available to meet the pressing needs of the taxpaying citizens of the United States of America.

Corporate welfare is a disgrace to the legitimate function of government

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    Re: Corporate Wefare is disgusting
    Posted on: 2018-09-07 11:47:17   By: Anonymous
     
    Excellent response! Too bad more people don't understand this concept. If they did, they'd vote Dems almost every time. This is why the 1% keep getting richer while all of us 99% folks get the shaft. My small business deserves just as much of these incentives and tax cuts as 1% owners. The government needs to stop propping up the uber wealthy and invest that money into average Americans. Like free junior colleges and trade schools, better schools, more pay for law enforcement. That's where America's money needs to go.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:19:30   By: Anonymous
 
Gay ties.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:56:45   By: Anonymous
     
    No one likes an old socialist sell out.

    Go die you zombie.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-09-06 20:57:07   By: Anonymous
     
    Feeling the burn. This fellow is a dum sour rat is a fig shy of a fig newton. Al Gore he may have a chance. How bout Perot again. All is well retread Merita is going fix it all.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-09-06 22:11:11   By: Anonymous
       
      Ima' gonna' bang me some Muhlaniuh.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-09-07 05:50:21   By: Anonymous
 
This worthless bozo has never produced anything of value in his squandered life.

Time to retire this old jack a small saucepan hippy dirt bag.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-09-07 12:06:25   By: Anonymous
 
Sure glad I'm in the 1%.....and a conservative Republican to ! HOORAH !!!!!

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    Corporate Welfare Is Fun
    Posted on: 2018-09-07 17:53:19   By: Anonymous
     
    Get Some.
    Oh, you're not a Billionaire?
    Too bad, You lose.

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