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Bernie Sanders: Defend America’s Social Safety Net…

July 20, 2011

I will be signing this today, I suggest that anyone who is in the middle class consider signing it as well.  To sign: Take the link to the electronic form.  I have been listening to and watching Bernie Sanders for several years now and I wish we had more politicians like him.  He understands the plight of the middle class and he has the courage to stand up for his convictions. Text is below.

Dear Friend,

In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it is imperative that we vigorously defend the American social safety net that is making life bearable for tens of millions of vulnerable Americans.

We must make it absolutely clear to President Obama and the Democratic and Republican Leadership in Congress that there must not be cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. At a time when the richest people in our country are becoming richer while the middle class is disappearing and poverty is increasing, we must not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick and the children.

Wealthy individuals, whose effective personal income tax rate is now the lowest in 50 years, must begin paying their fair share of taxes. Large corporations that make billions in profits and pay nothing in taxes must finally be denied the outrageous tax loop-holes they currently enjoy. We must also make significant cuts at the Department of Defense, whose budget has tripled since 1997.

This is a pivotal moment in the history of our country. Decisions being made now will impact not only our lives, but the lives of our kids and grandchildren. This is a time to stand tall and fight back against the reactionary right-wing agenda.

Please join me in opposing any deficit reduction agreement that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid – programs that are of vital importance to millions of our fellow citizens. Please sign the enclosed petition and I will convey your concern to the White House and congressional leaders.

Thank you,
Senator Bernie Sanders


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