show." you've decided now we're reporting. here are this week's top trenders voted on by you.
let's get to our top story tonight, new jersey governor
. new jersey's biggest loser,
. he announced he had
lap band surgery
. typically patients lose one to two pounds a week.
with all due respect give you. s on this, it doesn't really mean a whole hell of a lot to me.
christy says this move is not about politics. it's about a long term health issue. the steps i've taken recently for for me and my wife and the kids.
one in three americans are considered obese. so this guy is a real model for health. too bad his kroen anies in congress are voting for the 38th time to repeal obama care. the number two trender, debt on arrival.
it's a quiet growing problem.
i got them at 21.
today's graduates carry more than 1 trillion dollars in debt.
massachusetts senator wants students to get the same breaks on loans that big banks have been kweth for years. the
offers far less
on loans every day. they just don't do it for everyone. a her bill was lessen them to less than 1% but congress needs to act by july ist. and given their
i predict another all nighter on the hill.
this could be the greater night of our lives but you're going to let it be the worst. in this week's top trender,
senator bernie sanders
. he's taking on the president and standing up for everyday american ps. e treated i will do everything i can to block
's -- the senator from vermont is not alone in his opposition to the president's plan.
they're the last -- for deficit reduction.
this is not about simple opposition. cpi was originally a boehner mcconnell demand. it was a bad idea then and it's a really bad idea now.
joining me now is independent
senator bernie sanders
of vermont. honored to have you on the program first as we relaunch "the ed show" here at 5 clock on saturday an sunday. i think we think a lot on a lot of things. but the issue now is the president's budget. he does have chain cpi in there. he does have $400 billion worth of cuts in medicare. do you think the president, if it continue to get pushed from folks such as yourself and some others in congress that he would back down from that budget?
well, don't tell anybody, ed, but i think we're going to beat the president on this. i think we're in the process of not only rallying people in the
united states congress
but all over this country who understand several facts. number one, when the
is disappearing and the gap between the rich and
is growing wider, you don't assault the
and benefits for disabled veterans. the second point that the
understand is that
has not added one nickel to the deficit. in fact
toe today as a $2.6 trillion surplus paid independently by the payroll tax. we should be lifting the cap on taxable income for
so that it's strong for the next 75 years.
where would you put the cap?
what you do -- the cap is now at 113,000 dollars. somebody who makes a million contributes the same as somebody makes 113. if you lift the cut you don't have to start at 113. start at 215,000 dollars.
will be strong for the next 50 years paying out 100% of benefits. do you know whose idea that was during the
nate campaign? a guy named
we want to remind him of that.
why is he dunz the proposal. senator i've, around the country, i've been in front of a half a dozen crowds. there's no appetite for this. in fact there is a rousing support against the budget to even get it into the conversation an on to the table. so what's the message?
well, ed, clearly this is really bad public policy because you're going to have people who are already hurting. but i think as you've indicated, it is terrible politics as well. i held a press conference with senator
house a couple of months ago. we had the aarp and the senior group in america, the
national organization for women
, every veteran's organization,
, vfw, disability groups. the
are saying loud and clear do not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. why is he doing this? i think the president continues for some strange idea to keep believing if he makes may john concession to the republicans that somehow he's going to get something back in return. i really don't know why he continues to think that. it hasn't woshlgd up to now. i don't believe it's going to work in the future. what he has got to do loudly and clearly is tell the american
he is standing with them, he's going to take on the republicans, he's going to take on the
interests and by the way, ed, on all of these issues we have the vast majority of the
on our side. we can win these fights. we could put these guys on the defensi defensive.
that is a key point. because after winning the election you're supposed to own the conversation and the direction of the country tri. we've had some horrific things happen sense. there's no doubt about that that the gun conversation has thrown the country off track. there's no doubt that
, to me it looks like they're going down to road of
. we'll touch on that later. but the key is jobs, jobs and
families because that's what the president ran on and now he puts out a budget that goes after the very people that put him in office. i don't get it.
here's the point, ed. i think you put your thirng on the problem. look, the president has done a strong and good job in dealing with issues like
, he has done a good job on dealing with
. he is doing a good job in a number of other social issues. but on economic issues which at the
end of the day
impacts tens of millions of families, it is whether people can live in dignity and security or whether they're going to have to live with despair and so veer tension every single day by putting food on the table, about whether their mothers and dads can afford prescription drugs or whether their kids to go to college on those issues. we have to be honest and say the president has not been strong. and
is just one of those areas. we have got to tell him to stand with the people who elected them, that is the
of this country who are seeing a desclien in their
standard of living
in this country where unemployment rates are off the charts, with the veteran's community who are have their share of problems, stand with
, it's the right thing to do and it's good politics. help us take on the
interest so this county doesn't end up where a handful of people like the koch brothers own the politics.
there is a moral component