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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:02 AM

Bernie Sanders Slams the GOP Plan to Reduce the Deficit by Cutting Veterans Benefits

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Bernie Sanders Slams the GOP Plan to Reduce the Deficit by Cutting Veterans Benefits

By: Jason Easley
November 9th, 2012


In a conference call with reporters today, Sen. Bernie Sanders alerted the American people to the Republican (and some Democrat support) plan to reduce the deficit by cutting veterans benefits.

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In short, Republicans are trying to push through a benefit cut to veterans, the disabled, and seniors by disguising it as a tweak to the system. Sen, Sanders told reporters, “We do not honor our disabled veterans by cutting their benefits. In my view in this country means anything it means we keep the promises we make to the people who put their lives on the line to defend us.”

Sanders pointed out that under the CPI, a disabled veteran who starts receiving benefits at age 30 would see those benefits reduced by $1,300 a year by the time they reach age 45. This isn’t a one time cut. The cuts would build on each other and get deeper as the recipient ages. To put it another way, people who already have their earning potential limited by age or disability would see their only or main source of income erode over time. The vast majority of these individuals won’t have the ability to make up their lost income through work, so they will sink deeper into poverty.

The move to a Chained CPI is part of Simpson-Bowles and it is being championed by right wing billionaire/anti-Social Security zealot Pete Peterson.

Sen. Sanders said that 99% of Americans have no clue that a Chained CPI would lead to cuts for veterans and Social Security. The good news is that Sen. Sanders has picked up a powerful ally in this fight. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already warned Republicans and a few Senate Democrats not to mess with Social Security. Reid said Social Security should not be part of any deficit reduction plan.

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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:07 AM

1. but, but, job creators

These scum don't give up. They will never learn. Thanks Bernie.

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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:02 PM

2. Tell it, Bernie!

Long live Bernie Sanders... a real truth teller.

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