“Bernie is crazy — he wants people flipping burgers to make the same per hour as a paramedic.” Wrong. Bernie understands that fast food workers deserve a living wage, and Bernie understands that the people tasked with keeping your heart beating on the way to the ER deserve better wages, too.

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I've never understood this argument: "Why should we pay burger flippers the same as we pay paramedics?"

Are you kidding me?

First, anyone who works full time, whether they are flipping burgers or picking up your trash, deserve to be paid a living wage that they can survive on, not slave wages that require them to skip insulin doses or choose between rent and food.

And second, the people who are tasked with making sure your heart keeps beating on the way to the hospital — do you REALLY think that $ 15/hour is all they should be paid?

They are legitimately the people tasked with saving your freaking lives, and folks want to balk that they, too, might deserve higher pay?

Come on, now.

Everyone working full time deserves a living wage.

And the people who are tasked with life saving jobs need a raise, too.

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Bernie is right! We will lose if we run a moderate who antagonizes no one, stands up to no one and changes nothing. We will win by antagonizing the corporate oligarchs, healthcare CEO’s & Wall Street, by standing up to racists & bigots and by flipping the balance of power from the few to the many!

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Bernie gave a speech where he made this point quite clearly. We will win by challenging the status quo and advocating for change.

We will lose by running a moderate who inspires no one and will change nothing.

You have to give people a reason to vote. Ain’t nobody gonna go out and vote for the same old shit.

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Opportunity to get real estate flipping onto Dem agendas?

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I just read a 2012 Yahoo news article about Warren's house-flipping in the 90s (below) and I wonder if questions about that form an opportunity to get the Dems talking about the incredible damage done to communities across America from house flipping, renovictions, lack of rent control – the general fact that profits from buying and selling of real estate are directly linked to homelessness, housing insecurity, inequality, and general poor quality of life for working people. If Warren is made to speak to these choices, other Dems might be forced to weigh in on developers, their influence on policy, etc etc. I'd love to see some tangible promises around housing added to all Dem platforms.

"Elizabeth Warren, who has railed against predatory banks and heartless foreclosures, took part in about a dozen Oklahoma real estate deals that netted her and her family hefty profits through maneuvers such as “flipping” properties, records show.

A Herald review has found that the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate rapidly bought and sold homes herself, loaned money at high interest rates to relatives and purchased foreclosed properties at bargain prices.

Land records from Warren’s native Oklahoma City show the Harvard professor was active in the often topsy-turvy real estate market in the 1990s, including:

• Purchasing a foreclosed home at 2725 West Wilshire Boulevard from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for $ 61,000 in June 1993, then selling it in December 1994 for $ 95,000 — a 56 percent mark-up in just 18 months.

• Buying a house at 200 NW 16th St. for $ 30,000 in August 1993, then flipping it for $ 145,000 — a 383 percent gain after just five months.

• Lending one of her brothers money at 9.5 percent interest to buy a home at 1425 Classen Drive for $ 35,000 in August 2000. He sold the place three months later for $ 38,500 — a 10 percent gain in 75 days.

• Providing her brother with financing to buy a $ 25,000 house at 4301 NW 16th St. in 1994. He sold the property four years later for $ 42,000, a 68 percent increase.

• Giving her sister-in-law a mortgage in 1996 to buy a $ 31,000 home at 2621 NW 13th St. Three years later, the sister-in-law sold the place for $ 45,000 — a 45 percent boost in three years."


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