Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Update: Feb. 25, 8:21 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign rally slated for northern Virginia Saturday has been moved from Loudoun County to Springfield. 

The event, which had been planned for The National Conference Center, will now be held at the St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex, with the start time remaining at 4 p.m.

A campaign statement said the event is being moved to allow for greater attendance. More information can be found at the Sanders campaign website.

Original story: Feb. 22, 9:03 a.m.

Frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination Bernie Sanders will make a campaign appearance in Loudoun County Feb. 29, four days in advance of “Super Tuesday” and Virginia’s presidential primary.

Sanders’ event will be held at The National Conference Center in Lansdowne. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m., with the rally slated to get underway at 4 p.m. The National Conference Center is at 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg.

Tickets for the free event are not required, but campaign officials say an RSVP is encouraged. Attendance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sen. Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist from Vermont, is riding momentum from the first two Democratic Party nominating contests, winning the popular vote in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. 

The Sanders campaign highlighted a recent Monmouth poll showing Sanders tied with former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg in the commonwealth, with each taking 22 percent. Former Vice President Joe Biden is third with 18 percent. 

(218) comments

pual mase

Sanders and the Dems keep telling everyone they are oppressed, treated unfairly, discriminated against, billionaires are the enemy, etc.

The envious and gullible believe them........Sanders base.

amerigirl

Because they know that those billionaires aren't paying taxes when they are and are sucking them dry.

workhardgetahead

That's a bunch of crappola!!

amerigirl

workhardgetahead, how? Do you think Chevron, Delta Airlines, Eli Lilly, General Motors, Gannett, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Halliburton, IBM, Jetblue Airways, Principal Financial, Salesforce.com, US Steel, or Whirlpool paid a cent? There are 60 fortune 500 companies that didn't pay a cent. n 2018, billionaires paid a smaller portion of their income in taxes than me or you. They use exemptions to keep their money from being taxed like tax havens, trust freezes, taking stock options instead of pay and equity swaps.

Borninloudoun

You need to read a little about economics. The billionaires start businesses and employ people. Don't be so narrow minded!

amerigirl

Borninloudoun, because they create jobs doesn't mean that they pay their share of taxes. Not to mention that we have not even caught up to the increase in wages we had in the 70's. It's a booming economy so why aren't people getting raises? Many companies are stagnating wages while piling on more work. This is usually on the people already earning a low income. So teach me about economics and explain what jobs are being created. Because from what I have seen in so many large corps. is that instead of paying their employees a fair wage or giving normal raises they are reinvesting in themselves.

LetSanityPrevail

Amerigirl, don’t conflate billionaires with corporations. When corporations make profits it is usually redistributed to their shareholders as dividends or gains in stock values. This helps build wealth for us little people with our 401Ks or pension holders like union employees. These profits are ultimately taxed when we sell stocks or take our distributions.

amerigirl

LetSanityPrevail, once upon a time it was that way. Look at corporations like GM, even with all the money they got to keep under the tax cut they lowered the bonuses for their employees. Most companies said they would filter it down but many didn’t follow through. Most companies give a yearly bonus instead of dividends or gains in stock values. Private sector companies’ spending on bonuses fell 24% in first quarter from a year earlier. Private-sector companies’ spending on nonproduction bonuses fell 24% in the first quarter of 2019 from a year earlier, the largest decrease for the category of benefit costs on record back to 2005.

hardworkingamerican

Bernie has no way to pay for the things he says and the exhaustive, "research" and information that has been presented here tax wise are not representative of the Obama Administration, if they are now it is due to the tax cuts. Also don't forget there is a consumption tax that is applied to everything you buy and then some, it's called sales taxes. Get it straight. Look at what Democrats just did with Loudoun property tax, lowered the multiplier by 1 penny and raised the assessments in an insane manner, so you will pay more taxes. Typical liberal, socialist democrat BS.

Listen to what Bernie says, he does not really flip flop he is pretty much a supporter of Communism at many levels and certainly Socialism. Please don't make Bernie out to be anything but what he is going to be. Gather unto Bernie what is Bernie's. Government is of the people, by the people for the people and Bernie wants to ban fracking on day one, remove healthcare from over 180 million people, put government in charge of hospitals and doctors and as you heard on the debates remove salaries and money for those institutions, let's not forget him stating and I quote, "yes felons in prison must be able to vote", "all illegals must have free healthcare", all student loans must be done away with, so much for us responsible citizens that busted our asses working multiple jobs to pay for a student loan. Bernie Sanders will destroy this country and quit talking about other "socialist" experiments. Socialism doesn't work and the only reference to socialism that was made implying that we already have that is only the ugly residual from a horrible 8 years of Barack Insane Obama, who murdered border agents, allowed ambassadors to be murdered and lied about it, got the greatest number of Pinocchio's in his Obamacare claims ever given. The solution for a greater America is very simple. Remove government control over the people except for the basic requirements. Look at the original constitution not the warped Schiff version, as to what that actually is. Allow the free market to compete and grow across state lines for all things. The problem of course is the Virginia Democrats wouldn't like that because it cuts into their pockets. Bernie Sanders doesn't give a darn about you and if you can stop watching his flailing arms and listen to what comes out of his mouth you will hear the greatest threat to American citizens. Turn VA and the country RED for life. (Remove Every Democrat)

artbailey

Sure Bernie has a way to pay for it. The same way we're paying for Trump's tax cuts. And if that doesn't work, just have Mexico pay for it. Works every time.

amerigirl

tolerantleft, do you really not know the difference between communism and social democracy?

tolerantleft

How about you tell us all about it....

Jeanne T

Well, you're the expert. Why don't you enlighten us? And while you're at it, tell us if you prefer a Constitutional Republic over either of those other two. [beam]

ace10

:clap:

Well Water Person

In this case, I really don't mind dumping our garbage in Fairfax.

Take the rest of the demo-socialist pile with him.

springerdad

We get one Sanders article and two posters just show up and start dominating the board. One of them claims to have lived in Loudoun yet cannot even spell it correctly. His followers truly are a cult.

Matthew

Bernie bros

Jeanne T

They love the elderly Leninist.

amerigirl

Counting problem?

loudon2009

I'm a McLean resident and used to live in Loudon.

You people are full of boloney! Here's why:

1. Taxes

The reason your taxes aren't going up is because currently, extensively wealthy people are capped at a top tax rate of 37%. If you make 750k a year or if you make 750 milion a year, you are taxed the same. Seems fair?

Bernie's income tax brackets are as follows, compared to now

$0 – $9,525: 10% (same as it is now)

$9,525 – $38,700 12% (same as it is now)

$38,700 – $82,500 22% (same as it is now)

$82,500 – $157,500 24% (same as it is now)

$157,500 – $200,000 32% (same as it is now)

$200,000 – $250,000 37% (same as it is now)

Do you see a pattern here? 95% of Americans see no increase...

Now we get to the change

$250,000 – $500,000 40% (3% difference from now)

$500,000 – $2,000,000 45% (8% difference from now)

$2,000,000 – $10,000,000 50% (13% difference from now)

$10,000,000 + 52% (15% difference from now)

Deduction: If your income per year is under $500,000 - your tax increase is negligible. You can thank the 16 million millionaires in this country, if you will.

2. Yes, Northern Virginia is rich. I live in McLean, our median income is roughly $195,000. Even at 200k, we would SAVE MONEY under Bernie's plan. My calculated disposable income after Bernie's Medicare for All would be +2,300 USD

I've exhausted myself researching and I would need to make over 250k a year just to start losing money, and even then it's an odd 2,000 less, which is a fraction of income to the point where it's NEGLIGIBLE because this would be bypassing point of service or administration hassle. Keeping your doctor, there is no negative point unless you are on a millionaire salary (and I mean salary, not accumulated wealth). So if you make $5 million a year, yes by all means vote for Pete or something. Otherwise, you would be going against your own interest not voting for Bernie.

3. "Socialism" speak

Your taxes already pay for roads, street lights, snow removal, fire departments, and so on. You are already in a socialist society, in a sense. But we are still dominated by capitalistic tendencies, and we would continue under Bernie Sanders. He is a DEMOCRATIC socialist. The only government oversee would be on university education and healthcare. is that so bad? He's not controlling what Giant or Safeway sells, he's not controlling exxon, he's not controlling if McDonald's can feed you your next Big Mac. This isn't Venezuela or USSR. Get over it.

Anyway, that's just my 2 cents.

Stay informed.

And for the love of God, just open your mind a little and see that for once there is a candidate that has non multi-millionaires in mind when drawing up his plans.

Even if you do make 150k-250k and have a decently fine living in Northern Virginia, it would at least be some respite from knowing your healthcare would no longer be bound by work. What if you are too ill to work? What if you lose your job? What if you are in between jobs? What then? Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Sanders plan is taking healthcare away from work, it should never have been under employer in the first place. And don't tell me your private plan gives you "choice"

It is not choice if you are bound under a certain plan, under certain doctors, and under other certain conditions - that my friends, is lack of choice.

Under a single payer system you can keep your doctor or go ANYWHERE. That is choice.

Take care and God bless.

ace10

You formerly resided in Loudoun, yet cannot spell it correctly? Astroturf much?

ihso

OMG he misspelled? What a travesty, this must completely denounce his entire point.

tolerantleft

Thank you Comrade. Workers Unite and all that other commie garbage.

pual mase

This post is so full of mistakes and faulty information and analysis it is hard to know where to start.

First a math lesson: 37% of $750k is $277,500 tax. 37% of $750m is $277,500,000 tax. That is not the same by a long, long shot.

The US already has the most progressive tax rate in the world with the top ten % of earners paint more than 45% of all income, social security and medicare taxes, compared to only 28% in France and 27% in Sweden.

You cite Bernies proposed tax rates but fail to mention that taxes on all tax brackets would have to go up dramatically to pay for all of Sander's programs. He admits this although he can't tell you how much because he can't account for every "nickel and dime".

Socialists will always spend and tax more and more until they run out of other peoples money and then we all wait to see doctors, store shelves are bare and jobs disappear.

We have a economic system that has created more wealth and lifted more people out of poverty than any in history.

Don't buy in. to the politics of envy and destroy it.

Duncan Idaho

Bernie is benefiting from the same type of primary field as Trump did, i.e., being the craziest candidate among a field of relative moderates who are splitting the vote.

Jeanne T

None of the Democrat candidates are "moderate".

workhardgetahead

It was hilarious when Bernie called the Republicans Extremeist during the debate.

ihso

every single other 1st world country in the world would love to disagree

Duncan Idaho

Wow, is Bernie drawing bigger crowds than Trump? This cannot stand.

workhardgetahead

All of you Cuba and Castro apologist, there is a raft waiting for you down in the Florida Keys waiting to take to you to Cuba to defect..

springerdad

Castro was a great leader. He taught you how to read and write then killed you if you disagreed with anything he said. Sounds like a great guy.

amerigirl

Who said he was a great guy? Show me one time that was said?

springerdad

Amgirl - You love pointing out the fact he taught people how to read and how special that was. After they learned how to read he killed you if you did not agree with him. You know Hitler did good things for the German people before he started WW2 and killed millions of people. You think it would smart of anyone to point out his good ideas?

amerigirl

Springer, they are just facts, even trump has done a couple of nice things.

ihso

While Castro was arresting political dissidents, america was financially supporting drug cartels in south america and lynching black folks.

tolerantleft

Keep in mind, the Virginia Democratic primary is OPEN. So ANYONE can vote. I felt the Bern so I voted absentee this week. OPERATION CHAOS REDUX!!! And it was FREE!

jke

Something to consider if you are deciding whether or not to “tactically vote” in the Democratic Primary next week.

It is true that Virginia has open primaries and that you may legally vote in both “State Run” primaries as s long as long as they are not held on the same day.

However, according to the bylaws of the Republican Party of Virginia, anyone who votes in the Democratic Primary, is disqualified from participating in Republican run party nominating processes, such as canvass or convention, for 4 years. There is no caveat for “tactical voting.”

Delegates to convention, please be advised, your primary voting record is always pulled up and checked during the vetting process.

workhardgetahead

Definitely voting for Bernie in the Primary!!

LoudounPulse

So Bernie needs the votes of people in the Wealthiest county in America so he can take our wealth and give it to all the lazy people in America.

I'd expect Bernie to lose in Loudoun by a big margin. Even Loudoun Democrats aren't as radical as Bernie Sanders.

workhardgetahead

All democrats want to do redistribute your wealth

loudon2009

I don't know where you get the notion that you would be worse off under Bernie, when Loudon very much falls under the upper middle class of America with a median income of $120,000. Your taxes don't even go up under Bernie because currently, extensively wealthy people are capped at a top tax rate of 37%. If you make 750k a year or if you make 750 milion a year, you are taxed the same. Seems fair?

Bernie's income tax brackets are as follows, compared to now

$0 – $9,525: 10% (same as it is now)

$9,525 – $38,700 12% (same as it is now)

$38,700 – $82,500 22% (same as it is now)

$82,500 – $157,500 24% (same as it is now)

$157,500 – $200,000 32% (same as it is now)

$200,000 – $250,000 37% (same as it is now)

Do you see a pattern here? 95% of Americans see no increase...

Now we get to the change

$250,000 – $500,000 40% (3% difference from now)

$500,000 – $2,000,000 45% (8% difference from now)

$2,000,000 – $10,000,000 50% (13% difference from now)

$10,000,000 + 52% (15% difference from now)

Deduction: If your income per year is under $500,000 - your tax increase is negligible. You can thank the 16 million millionaires in this country, if you will. Loudon does have a few, and if you are one then by all means go for Bloomie or Pete, but if you make under half a million a year it would be in your best interest to give Sanders a shot.

pual mase

I don't know where you get your information but Sanders will raise taxes for everyone until he runs out of other peoples money and destroy the most prosperous economy in the world. Don't be naive!

marv

Bernie Sanders has the right initials to describe his philosophy B S.

RoundHill_also

please marv, tell us what trumps philosophy is? Whatever he just heard on fox? Whatever the fascist Miller is whispering in his ear? the man governs by brain farts, you all lap it up.

I'll take the guy who has been consistent on fighting for working people's issues for 40yrs. any day.

marv

RH - Trumps record of accomplishments is exemplary and jealous chillness name calling will not alter the facts of this nations betterment. Those who want something for nothing will follow the pied piper of regrets and have my sympathy..

workhardgetahead

Please vote for him!! Please

More Cowbell

Bernie has been in politics over 40 years and has gained wealth as a career corrupt politician on the backs of hard working middle class US citizens. He owns 3 houses, millionaire telling me his plan.... How come Bernie didn't put this plan to a vote say, 30 years ago? At 78, very poor health.

amerigirl

I don't think he has kept any philosophy for any length of time. It depends on his moods and what he can get out of it.

LoudounMarine

... speaking of Bernie Sanders the famed Castro apologist and admirer ... Armando Lago, a Harvard-trained economist, has spent years studying the cost of the Castro revolution and he estimates that almost 78,000 innocents may have died trying to flee the dictatorship.

amerigirl

You make remarks that only tell half the story to try and prove something that is not true. Sanders never apologized or admired Castro. He made true factual statements about him showing that even the evilest of men can have some good policies.

ace10

So it'll be fine the next time somebody mentions that Hitler oversaw the construction of a great highway system or Mussolini made the trains run on time, yes? Or that Francisco Franco was a fine painter? But other than that, how was the play, Mrs Lincoln? Eesh.

amerigirl

Saying what someone did doesn't change who the person was. Talking about changing history

tolerantleft

spoken light a true Communist sympathizer

LoudounMarine

... yawn. Do you even hear yourself?

workhardgetahead

Blah blah blah blah

Matthew

Talk about a tone def statement. You just described 99% or your posts amerigirl ...

More Cowbell

The other half of the story.... teaching them to read fake news about how great Castro is...

Jeanne T

LOL!!!! [thumbdown]

workhardgetahead

I know you think Trump is evil, do you think he has any good policies?

amerigirl

Get real. even mob bosses gave to their communities. So you guys want to change history??? Especially you guys that claim that statues of traitors to the US are history?Those who wanted to enslave others were the evils in the US and you want them honored? What a bunch of hypocrites. The fact that some evil people did something good doesn't mean they were good people. But trying to ignore that it was even done is trying to change history, that is very hypocritical.

amerigirl

All the hypocrites in a row. All these people claiming removing a statue (or the traitorous South) would change history but think saying actually history is bad.

RoundHill_also

Trump just admires dictators how chop up journalists.

Revolutions are messy, Castro did a good job all things considered. Cuba has a higher literacy rate than the US by the way. They also found a cure for lung cancer, all while under sanctions for 50 yrs. for not playing along with US imperialism. Not bad I'd say.

workhardgetahead

Just vote for him, PLEASE!!!

amerigirl

He never said he admired Castro, he stated something he did. That makes you wrong and a liar.

RoundHill_also

Cuba has a higher life expectancy, lower rate of infant mortality, and a higher literacy rate than the United States. You're not "praising a dictatorship" by noticing we're behind a country we embargoed for decades.

LoudounMarine

... wait, What??? Sir, I'm sorry to say ... you are lost.

workhardgetahead

If you Cuba is so great why arent you living there? Go down to Key West and try to hitch a ride on a raft with some US Citizens that are defecting to Cuba. Oh, that's right, you'll be waiting a long because there are none.

loudon2009

Correct, Cuba has done a few things better than the United States. In fact, Obama praised them for that when he visited 4 years ago. They even beat us in life expectancy thanks to our disastrous healthcare system. Obama is praised for his openness but Bernie is slammed for the same words, ad verbatim, that's just the media narrative is set to be. And it's largely because their so called favorites are being trounced by a 'socialist' that just wants to give people the right to see a doctor or pursue an education without literally putting people into bankruptcy.

It is our duty to care for our nation, citizen's well-being, and their futures, even as older people. We may not have something "in it for us" but ultimately this is for the betterment of the country.

RoundHillGuy

Keep your communism, er um democratic socialism, I'll keep my Liberty thank you, Trump 2020.

LoudounMarine

for context ...Cuba Archive finds that some 5,600 Cubans have died in front of firing squads and another 1,200 in “extrajudicial assassinations.”

amerigirl

Which is terrible. What does that have to do with Sanders saying that in Castro's early years he provided education to cubans?

RoundHill_also

Maybe you can tell us how many people die in the US from not being able to afford available medications? Or die on the streets while banks hold onto vacant homes? Or go die in wars for oil for the chance to get an education? Or the whole 3rd world that slaves for pennies a day, only to die in squalor, to make our cheap crap.

I know its not as exciting as firing squads, but capitalism kills millions more than Castro and Stalin ever did.

workhardgetahead

Again, please defect. Go to Canada, catch a flight to Cuba and don't come back.

More Cowbell

And Bernie has been in office for 40 years, yet has put forth very few bills. especially on the topics he's pushing. BS has 3 houses, I doubt he allows homeless people to live on his property.

amerigirl

roundhill, dictionary

LoudounMarine

“… the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina … Who’s the banana republic now?” - Bernie Sanders

amerigirl

OMG you are using a quote from 2011 that talked about countries before dictatorship style leadership started ruling them? Not a fair remark. Apples and oranges

Jeanne T

[thumbdown]

amerigirl

Jeanne, facts matter [thumbup]

LoudounMarine

"it would be wrong not to state in Cuba they have made some good advances in health care," - Bernie Sanders

LoudounMarine

“When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program,” - Bernie Sanders

amerigirl

True, what is wrong with that? It may have been the best and maybe the only good thing he did for Cuba.

Jeanne T

So what?

pual mase

Other Latin American countries had similar literacy issues and have improved literacy and effectively as Cuba has, without the communist craziness.

amerigirl

Jeanne, What? I don't get you statement> I was replying to the statement above, thus the inset.

amerigirl

pual mase, really, other Latin American countries improved? How? Who? When? Cuba has the second highest literacy rate in the world, above even us.

ace10

Anybody else's cellphone getting hit daily with robo dialing from the Bernie campaign? Finally got one of them to speak today... they claimed the call was intended for someone else and quickly hung up. Funny, since I've had the same number for nearly 25 years.

amerigirl

maybe someone gave it to them. If it was a robo call how did you talk to someone?

ace10

I didn't say that it was a robo "call," I said robo "dial." They're two different things. Reading is fundamental.

Well Water Person

Well, well, well. Aren't we lucky as all hell!

It's Bernie Fidel Maduro Lenin Saunders come to call and spread his socialist manure fertilizer across the county.

amerigirl

Still better than Donny Jong Un, Valdimir, Xi, Duterte, Erdogan, bin Salman, Trump stealing all your manure and selling it for a profit.

amerigirl

FYI, the five countries with the happiest people are Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands. All those countries have a democratic socialist government. Just saying.

ace10

FYI, Turkey, Bolivia, Venezuela, Tunisia and Brazil are among the most corrupt nations on earth. All of those countries have a democratic socialist government. Just saying.

amerigirl

Turkey: Government Type: Republican Parliamentary Democracy. Bolivia is a presidential representative democratic republic, Venezuela is a federal presidential republic, Tunisia is a unitary semi-presidential representative democratic (republic with the Prime Minister as the head of the government and the President as head of state.) Brazil is considered a federal representative democratic republic, under a presidential system.

If you want to make claims at least try to get it right.

ace10

So let me get this straight... you think that democratic socialism is a FORM OF GOVERNMENT? Please tell me you aren't that ignorant. Please tell me that you have some sort of marginal grasp of the difference between a political/philosophical/economic system and a FORM OF GOVERNMENT.

RoundHill_also

and North Korea calls itself a republic...what's your point?

hey, you know what's naive - thinking Trump is doing anything to make your life better, LOL its all to line his pockets and consolidate power. Idk how you people cant see that, the naivety must be blinding.

More Cowbell

Phyllis Admin is on a roll. Defending Cuba....

workhardgetahead

Go ahead and vote for Bernie.

amerigirl

Not my first choice

LoudounMarine

amerigirl ... once again you have your facts wrong. Denmark is a 'Market Economy' ... please take the time to educate yourself before you attempt to educate us ... just saying.

workhardgetahead

Then you should move there

tolerantleft

then move there because you're obviously not happy here in America

RandomName2019

Sadly, if he wins the nomination then people who cannot stomach voting for Trump will vote for him. It says something about how terrible Trump is that Sanders is a marginal improvement.

amerigirl

Very true.

Jeanne T

[beam]

workhardgetahead

How is Trump terrible? Because he tweets and call Democrats much deserved names?

What policies are bad.? His stance on illegal immigration? The Wall? Only actual laws are being enforced

Maybe you don"t like the military spending? What good is a social program if you dont have a military to protect it.

amerigirl

open your eyes. It is not presidential to call anyone names, His stance on illegal immigration, well if he has to ask if he can shoot people in the leg that are in a foreign country to slow them down, Pulls babies and kids from their parents, and lets kids die alone in ice cold conditions, yeah, I have a problem with that. They are seeking asylum, not illegal. The wall, the one that blows down when it's windy? can be climbed in less than a minute? The wall that he confiscated money from the military for so they had to go to congress and beg for more money?

I along with most democrats have no problem supporting the military, it was trump that took their money.

RoundHill_also

trump is a textbook fascist, and he has stocked the gov with unqualified morons. Unequivocally unfit for office in every way.

loudon2009

"What policies are bad"

All fascist policies. From inhuman conditions, to removal of people he does not like, to cuts on social security and medical aid. The entire Trump administration is made for you to rot in squalor. Fortunately he does not have that much time to plummet the United States into the dark ages, thank God for term limits.

workhardgetahead

Ok, vote for Bernie. If that's how you feel, please vote for him.

workhardgetahead

And another thing to Amerigirl, Democrats don't support the military. The first thing a democrat does when elected to office is to figure out how to take funding away from the military. The first thing THAT Should be looked at is how to adequately fund the military, no to defund. Without a strong military the freedom we have as Americans, and everything else we cherish, would be taken away.

RoundHill_also

Its says something that people somehow think fascism is a better alternative to democratic socialism... smh.

workhardgetahead

Trump is a facist? What a joke. Benito Mussolini was facist. Trump is the duly elected President of the United States. Put there by the people of this country.

workhardgetahead

Sanders is not a marginal improvement. He's a disaster,

amerigirl

duly elected? He did not get the majority. He accepted help from a foreign country. Not a chance.

RoundHillGuy

Ashburn will vote for Bernie not thinking ahead that he will tax all those high salaries at an astronomical rate and they will not realize what real socialism is until its too late. Buyer beware Ashburn. Fell the bern Ashburn. The bern of your paychecks paying for all the social welfare programs.

amerigirl

They probably don't make enough, his plan is to tax accumulated wealth, not just income,if the tax plan were in place last year, Amazon would have paid $3.8 billion in income tax rather than nothing. Under the Trump administration, the 400 highest income earners in the country pay an effective tax rate of 23 %, making this the first time in 100 years that the richest people in the country pay a lower tax rate than everyone else. Those in Ashburn wouldn't be rich enough. Under his plan starting with 1% at $32 million and climbing to eight percent at $10 billion. How many in Ashburn have that? Any? If they do why are they living there?

pual mase

Do you really believe Sanders socialist agenda will be satisfied with a wealth tax?

Then I have a bridge I can sell you.

Sanders proposed programs have a price tag tat will require massive tax increases for all, until he runs out of other peoples money and destroys the most prosperous country in the world. And you are concerned with tweets and name calling?

Jeanne T

I'm nowhere near being a millionaire, amerigirl, but even I have "accumulated wealth".

RoundHill_also

Ashburn should very much vote for Bernie - he'll eliminate all the healthcare costs associated with a young family, he'll help the employees of companies get represented on the corporate boards. Why do you care anyways?

Rocket

I am amazed at how many people see nothing wrong with a millionaire telling them (non-millionaires) they need less money. It does not make sense. If sanders was really about that cause and believed people really needed less money and should be dependent on the government. He would not be rich himself. He is a capitalist when it comes to his wallet but straight socialist/communist when it comes to everyone else’s.

amerigirl

He just became a millionaire with the sale of his book. He and most people don't have the 32 million to meet the lowest tier of his tax rate.

Rocket

You really think he just became a millionaire. SMH. He was just interviewed last night and admitted he really does not know how he is going to pay for his plans.

KK153

32 million ? His medicare for all tax kicks in at $28,000.

amerigirl

According to returns provided by his campaign in April 2019, Sanders and wife Jane's bottom line jumped from $240,622 in 2015, the year he launched his first White House bid, to $1,073,333 a year later, as the once obscure lawmaker became a political sensation on the left and a bestselling author with royalties pouring in.

Since that first run, Sanders and his wife made a total of more than $2.79 million, not even a billionaire. He stated "I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country," he added. "I will continue to fight to make our tax system more progressive so that our country has the resources to guarantee the American Dream to all people." I don't know what you were watching or if it was bits and pieces of an interview but he said there would be a tax but the tax still would be less than what people payed for their insurance, co-pays and deductibles.

amerigirl

KK, 32 million is not the tax rate for having to pay into insurance, it is the start rate where the rich would be placed into a higher bracket.

pual mase

He didn't make that book. Turn over the proceeds to the government.

Patriot

It's hard to compete with someone who promises free stuff.  Ironically, promises of "free" stuff ultimately leads to loss of freedom.  Bernie Sanders has long been a supporter of Communist revolutions and regimes, whether it was the Soviet Union or Fidel Castro's Cuba.  He's been a longtime supporter of the Socialist Revolution in Venezuela that took that country from riches to rags in a few short years.  I never thought I would see a day when a Socialist (regardless of buffering it with the term, "Democratic") would be within reach of becoming President of The United States.

It's hard to compete with someone who promises free stuff.  Ironically, promises of "free" stuff ultimately leads to loss of freedom.  Bernie Sanders has long been a supporter of Communist revolutions and regimes, whether it was the Soviet Union or Fidel Castro's Cuba.  He's been a longtime supporter of the Socialist Revolution in Venezuela that took that country from riches to rags in a few short years.  I never thought I would see a day when a Socialist (regardless of buffering it with the term, "Democratic") would be within reach of becoming President of The United States.

It's hard to compete with someone who promises free stuff.  Ironically, promises of "free" stuff ultimately leads to loss of freedom.  Bernie Sanders has long been a supporter of Communist revolutions and regimes, whether it was the Soviet Union or Fidel Castro's Cuba.  He's been a longtime supporter of the Socialist Revolution in Venezuela that took that country from riches to rags in a few short years.  I never thought I would see a day when a Socialist (regardless of buffering it with the term, "Democratic") would be within reach of becoming President of The United States.

It's hard to compete with someone who promises free stuff.  Ironically, promises of "free" stuff ultimately leads to loss of freedom.  Bernie Sanders has long been a supporter of Communist revolutions and regimes, whether it was the Soviet Union or Fidel Castro's Cuba.  He's been a longtime supporter of the Socialist Revolution in Venezuela that took that country from riches to rags in a few short years.  I never thought I would see a day when a Socialist (regardless of buffering it with the term, "Democratic") would be within reach of becoming President of The United States.

It's hard to compete with someone who promises free stuff. Ironically, promises of "free" stuff ultimately leads to loss of freedom.  Bernie Sanders has long been a supporter of Communist revolutions and regimes, whether it was the Soviet Union or Fidel Castro's Cuba. He's been a longtime supporter of the Socialist Revolution in Venezuela that took that country from riches to rags in a few short years. I never thought I would see a day when a Socialist (regardless of buffering it with the term, "Democratic") would be within reach of becoming President of The United States.

More Cowbell

Kind of funny BS is front runner, claiming to be Independent but running on socialist platform. He easily shows how staying in Politics for 40 years will make you a millionaire. Anyone running for president, should be made to step down from their senate/congress/mayor/gov position since it takes up too much time.

amerigirl

Being in politics didn't make him a millionaire, selling a book did. You an't ask everyone stepped down from their positions because they need their jobs. All we would have are fat cat liars like trump.

pual mase

Sanders wife made her money managing her husband's media placements for his campaigns and some suspicious dealings from her university job.

Swamp behavior and highly hypocritical.

loudon2009

If you do not have an accumulated wealth of 2 million as a 78 year old politician you have done something terribly wrong.

Duncan Idaho

The only candidate Trump would beat.

workhardgetahead

He'd beat them all..easily

amerigirl

Look at the polls.

workhardgetahead

65% of the American people expect Trump to be re elected. That poll has a margin of error of 1.2%. I believe it was conducted by YouGov

amerigirl

workhardgetahead

Poll from 2/18/20 When it comes to the fall election, the Economist/YouGov Poll has consistently found more registered voters saying they will vote for the Democratic candidate than say they will vote for the President.

Reuters/Ipsos 2/19/20, based on responses from more than 88,000 U.S. adults who took the online poll from August to December 2015 or from August to December 2019, suggests that the “Blue Wave,” a swell of anti-Trump activism that followed his entry into the White House in 2017, is still rolling across the country’s largest population centers.

Beenheresince1965

Could someone check with the facility holding the event and make sure the automated external defibrillators are charged and ready to go?

RoundHill_also

This is great news! Didnt think I'd get the chance to see him in person during an election year. Looking forward to meeting all the other Bernie supporters waiting in an hours long line to get in! LOL

Bernieorbust

Go Bernie! Anyone that thinks socialism is communism you are lost and misinformed. If you want one person to have all your money and possessions then welcome to capitalism. That is it’s end goal. We are pretty much there and Trump does nothing but lie, fire competent people and act like a 5 year old. Hardly the solution to our deeper issues. Bernie will be president soon. If you don’t like it move to another country!

ace10

Why would someone, other than yourself, have "all your money and possessions" in a Capitalistic system? I think you're confused on how things work, as that's actually the exact opposite of the truth. I hope you give some real thought to this before you cast a vote which will decide the short term future of the country.

workhardgetahead

No he won't. He will lose big

amerigirl

Ace, do you understand what capitalism is? an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. Just like this country is under trump, giving all those fat cats even more breaks and taking from the everyday people. Like taking our National parks for big business profits.

pual mase

Private enterprise provides jobs health insurance and sometimes a path to wealth and upward mobility. They aren't "taking from everyday people". If they have something of value people will buy it. If they don't they go under and lose everything.

Jeanne T

"controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state"

Why do you believe that is a bad thing? You sound envious.

Patriot

I have lived abroad and have seen the destructive results of Socialism. To those seeking "equality" or "fairness", Socialism's supposed goals may sound beneficial and altruistic initially. But inevitably, Socialism dictates that arrogant and overbearing rulers subjugate the people, impose hardships, restrict liberty, and carefully lead a nation to a state of tyranny. Ultimately, Socialism is the spreading of misery, driven by envy.

ace10

Tyranny AND corruption. It's a lovely combination.

RoundHill_also

Oh, that makes sense, that must be why you like Trump. He's really good at both.

marv

You are so right. Many Americans do not realize how lucky they are.

RoundHill_also

Americans have no idea how brainwashed they are.

Largest prison pop on earth - keep telling yourself about the land of the free....

More money for mil and police than any other country - keep tell yourself we are a bastion of peace...

RoundHill_also

Also live abroad - and people always asked: "Why do you ameicans work so hard? Why dont you have any rights as workers? no vacation days? no maternity leave? afraid of getting shot anywhere you go? Not able to take any risk because there is no safety net? Sound pretty terrible" - never met one person who wanted to live here.

Jeanne T

Well said. Their "utopia" is tyranny and bloodshed.

Not4Long

@ Truth - The "Swamp" is Congress if you haven't noticed. Honestly, 3 years into Trump's presidency and I don't see much change. Economy is booming and unemployment is way down. And even if Bernie got elected, he will become as corrupt as the rest of them and any agenda he perceives would be dead on arrival because there is no way he could build a coalition in Congress.

@Lmp03 - Be careful about calling people ignorant. One will never get "rich" doing the jobs you mention. They just simply aren't high paying jobs because frankly, besides being a teacher, anyone can cut grass, spread mulch, stock shelves, run a checkout. As for your college graduate comment, it's typically those that get useless degrees that have trouble finding work or at least work that pays something decent.

LetFreedomRing

Tired of Trump’s booming economy? Vote for Bernie and socialism! Too many jobs and wages are too high right now. Let’s make the US look more like Venezuela! Bern it down baby!

amerigirl

Tired of trump creating a false economy that creates a huge deficit? Tired of trump using the figures from Obama's last term to boost the economy? Then don't listen to the propaganda made up about Venezuela! (latest talking point) and that anyone benefited from the tax cuts but the rich.

pual mase

More nonsense and lies from amerigirl. Obama's economy was a bust.

Cheezhead1252

Time for Loudoun to feel the Bern..... LETS GOOO

workhardgetahead

Yea, feel the burn of my wallet and the loss of my job when the company I work for has to fork out more money in corporate tax and they decide they have to cut back on the work force.

MarcStinebaugh

Keep your senile, old butt out of our area. America is no place for Commie Socialists. Especially not Loudoun.

LLVA

Yes I agree, he isn’t welcome here! The door is locked!!!

RoundHill_also

Oh, did you get to make that decision all by yourself? So the opinion of your fellow citizens doesnt matter? What are you so scared of you feel like you have to lock the door? People getting paid what they are worth? Actual heath care, instead of the extortion we have now?

ace10

Oh the dissonance of demanding that people get paid "what they are worth" and then in the next breath complaining about the cost of health care. I guess health care providers aren't "people?"

amerigirl

Ace only you would try to defend the cost of health care when everyone knows that it is driven up due to insurance companies that gouge us.

Segeny

Too bad that Loudoun has morphed into CommieCountry, just like Richmond. It used to be a sane American place to live --- until the Socialists and Commies moved in.

RoundHill_also

Born and raised in Loudoun - I'll be voting bernie partly cause Ive seen what a bunch of rich people have done to this place.

RoundHill_also

LOL, you sound old and bitter. We all know Bernie is no commie. His policies will make your life better and you can still be a hater!

ace10

You sound young and naive. His "policies" don't even have a price tags attached to them. He's simply offering absurd promises to gullible people.

workhardgetahead

If you think what rich people did to Loudoun is bad wait until you see what Bernie will do. JUST LOOK AT LA, San Fran, Baltimore, Chicago and NYC. Homeless encampments everywhere and people defecating in the streets. Got to love the democraps (no pun intended)

amerigirl

Don't believe in the Constitution? More people want him here than don't. Keep your minority views out of who can be here.

amerigirl

How unconstitutional to say that someone does not have freedom of speech.

Truth

Virginia loves Bernie! 🇺🇸 It’s about time we have a President who fights for the People and stands up to the greed and $$ in Washington. The People stand with you Bernie! Let’s stop Trump and his corrupt Swamp from destroying America. 💪🏼🇺🇸

United We Stand. All are welcome

Segeny

THIS "people" sure doesn't 'love Bernie' --- the hypocritical millionaire commie. MAGA Trump 2020!!!!

LoudounPulse

Replacing Trump with Sanders just creates a different type of swamp.

America needs a Moderate, not another radical on the extreme.

marv

A Socialist is a lying precursor to Communist Dictatorship, who thinks they will be in the ruling class. When a millionaire promotes Socialism he is a wannabe dictator or thinks it will make him richer. Socialism only works until they run out of other peoples money. Then pure Communism with poverty for the people. I had classmates wounded, original platoon members who didn't make it back and five months in the hospital thanks to Communism. Anyone who wants Socialism/Communism does not realize how lucky they are to live in America and is an idiot or a liar or both. Simper fi

Segeny

Amen, marv. And now we see the reason that American HISTORY isn't taught in our schools any longer. Instead we have "revised, revisionist" indoctrination --- just take a good look at the textbooks being used.

amerigirl

American HISTORY is taught in schools, it is the first history taught in schools. That and Virginia history in elementary school. Sixth grade is American history and geography and is called social studies. It is also an option in High school, or you can take global or world history. So, please stop the fascist right wing "revised, revisionist" conspiracy theory.

JP1232

Marv, surely you know that the communists never invaded the United States. Vietnam started when the USA invaded Vietnam because they chose Ho Chi Minh rather than a US-alligned dictator Diem in the final declaration of the Geneva Conference. You also said that Socialism leads to Communism, which is an idea put forward by Marx, who preceeded that by saying that capitalism leads to socialism. read a history book!

marv

JP -

JP - Strange, with all the knowledge you profess, you never heard of Korea.

RoundHill_also

Are these the fever dreams of Boomers who watch too much FOx? lol [sleeping]

You literally cant wrap your head around a billion dollars - thats who's going to pay for this.

How about that Tyrant in office now, mr semper fi? Forget about the other latin motto we have around here - sic semper tyrannis?

marv

R H - That Tyrant has given the best economy, lower taxes, lower unemployment, highest employment for minorities, best trade deals, improved the Military, 190 Federal Judges, 2 Supreme Court Justice's, etc. all in spite of obstruction by jealous members of the party of "Jim Crow" and the "Klan". ALSO, you would not insult the motto of the Marine Corps to my face.

LoudounMarine

RoundHill ... did you just threaten the President of the United States? Do you know what sic semper tyrannis means? apparently LTM does not either ...

amerigirl

Marv, there is a huge difference between democratic socialism and communism. Don’t you see that trump is a wannabe dictator or thinks it will make him richer? He is always profiting from his position. The top 5 countries with the happiest people are democratic socialist. It is not communism. Please explain about the platoon members, I don’t understand.

KK153

democratic socialism is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner.

marv

girl - with all the expertise you profess and the way you seem to plagiarize philosophy on a multitude of subjects, I am amazed that you dont know a Platoon is a military unit and part of a Company. Also, the unhappiest people are the subjects of Communism.

chrisnich

Since Virginia holds open primaries and the GOP nomination is a done deal, I wonder how many Republicans will be casting votes for Bernie to make the Dem. primary "interesting"?

LoudounPulse

None. If they do, they'll write "Trump" into the empty space on the Democrat ballot.

LoCo Bob

Bernie wants America to be a Twin Sister Country with Venezuela..

RoundHill_also

you really have no idea how dim and stale this hot take is....

romano

Brought to you by today's bonkers Democrat party...their torch bearer!

autumnal

That's right, Bernie! This is Bloomberg country! He's already bought and paid for it. Move along. #Trump2020

David Dickinson

Will Bernie's buddy Vladimir Putin open for his socialist act?

RoundHill_also

Putin is about as socialist as North Korea is a 'republic' lol. Might want to read some current affairs, the soviet union collapsed 30 yrs ago...

amerigirl

He is trumps bud. “Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend,” Sanders said in a statement. He has condemned Russian interference in the 2020 election, telling Russia President Vladimir Putin that “if elected president, trust me, you are not going to be interfering in American elections.”

Trump on the other hand does nothing to try and stop the russian interference

workhardgetahead

How do you know? The only one on record that didnt do anything was Barack " Tell Vladimer I'll have more Flexibility" Obama.

He didnt do squat in 2016 except spy on a presidential campaign

artbailey

Putin is Bernie's buddy? I think you have it twisted.

LoudounPulse

Please go back to Vermont. Sorry Bernie, but we don't have a bunch of broke, union, no healthcare people in Loudoun. In fact, the majority of Loudoun likely meets Bernie's definition of "The Rich". After all, we are the wealthiest county in the country. This is Bloomberg country, not ripe for Socialism.

Lmp03

Show last how ignorant you are. Who do you think works to keep all of Loudouns lawns perfect, fast food and grocery workers, teachers, etc. these people aren’t “rich” and don’t make living wages. Sorry, but your richness doesn’t trickle down. Or how college graduates get out of college and still can’t afford to live on their own.

Segeny

Actually, Lmpo03, I AM a teacher who mows my own lawn and DOES make a 'living wage'. My dad was an immigrant factory worker who escaped the "embrace" of socialism and was a grateful and patriotic American. And I loathe the hypocritical Bernie, the socialist millionaire.

Jeanne T

My "richness" trickles down. It's called charity.

RoundHill_also

Love these out of touch commenters, like they know everyone in Loudoun. Yeah, so you only hang out with your other rich friends? Got it. A lot of us are looking forward to a Sanders presidency, you and your rich friends paying their fair share, maybe a few less mc.masions getting built would be nice. [thumbup]

marv

RH -

R H - Didn't B S say he would raise the taxes on all over 29 K?? Also that he didn't really know what things would cost?? Be careful what you wish for - you just might get it.

Jeanne T

Your envy is showing. You are coveting what other people have. You are advocating theft of private property.

ace10

There won't be enough butterfly nets to contain the crazy. Might have to head over that way to trigger the Bernie Bros.

scottva

Let me know Ace

MarcStinebaugh

I'm in

amerigirl

Some people should just keep their mouths shut when they have nothing nice or productive to say. Let the anger rage on.

marv

If some people would practice what they preach.

marv

Some might think that is excellent retroactive advice.

Jeanne T

Why do we have to be "nice"?

Loudoun4Trump

Can't wait to see the millionaire socialist....Venezuela here we come....

RoundHill_also

Love all the Venezuela comparisons - proving how utterly uninformed some of these commenters are.

Venezuela failed because they (stupidly) shifted their entire economy to rely on oil exports. Then oil prices tanked, and the US slapped sanctions on them for not playing along with US imperialism,... I dont owe you my labor to spell this all out for you. Use google, read something besides fox, being informed and quit squawking the same dim propaganda..

ace10

So if centralized-planning has doomed Venezuela, who will be doing the planning in your Socialized economy? Can you appreciate how ironic it is for your to state that you don't "owe" your labor to another person in one breath, and then claim that Socialism is a good idea?

workhardgetahead

US Imperialism? Good one, you sound like Fidel Castro.

amerigirl

Really ace, Venezuela is federal presidential republic. Why are you trying to compare that? Get some facts

amerigirl

How do you compare Venezuela which is a federal presidential republic. The chief executive is the President of Venezuela who is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the President, to democratic socialism? But I guess anything is fair game, true or not, when attacking the 'enemy'.

marv

girl - Are really that uninformed on facts???

LeesburgD

Amerigirl, I've always wondered if you are a government employee. My best guess is you are, given your affinity for taxpayer-funded programs and misinformation.

workhardgetahead

LMAO exactly

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