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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:22 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Let's Fight for a Progressive Agenda

There are two major economic and budgetary issues which Congress must address in the lame-duck session or soon afterward. First, how do we reverse the decline of the middle class and create the jobs that unemployed and underemployed workers desperately need? Second, how do we address the $1 trillion deficit and $16 trillion national debt in a way that is fair and not on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick or the poor?

Both of these issues must be addressed in the context of understanding that in America today we have the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any major country on earth and that the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider. Today, the top 1 percent earns more income than the bottom 50 percent of Americans. In 2010, 93 percent of all new income went to just the top 1 percent. In terms of wealth, the top 1 percent owns 42 percent of the wealth in America while the bottom 60 percent owns just 2.3 percent.

In my view, we will not make progress in addressing either the jobs or deficit crisis unless we are prepared to take on the greed of Wall Street and big-money interests who want more and more for themselves at the expense of all Americans. Let's be clear. Class warfare is being waged in this country. It is being waged by the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adeslon, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and all the others who want to decimate working families in order to make the wealthiest people even wealthier. In this class war that we didn't start, let's make sure it is the middle class and working families who win, not the millionaires and billionaires.

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The American people have been very clear, in poll after poll, that they do not want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans' needs, education and other vitally important programs. They also have been clear that they do want the wealthy and large corporations to start paying their fair share of taxes. This agenda, the agenda of the American people, is what I will be taking into the lame-duck session. I ask for your support.
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Complete piece: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/lets-fight-for-a-progress_b_1925069.html

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:24 PM

1. Bernie is selling out his constituentcy by supporting the basing of the F-35 in South Burlington, VT

Bernie is a fraud.

Stopthef35.com

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Response to vt_native (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:03 PM

2. nobody is perfect.

I've never heard of an f-35 before.

But when it comes to protecting the American people from Social Security and Medicare cuts, no national figure has shown any more leadership and sincerity than this Senator.

To me he is no fraud.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:24 PM

3. "Today, the top 1 percent *earns* more income than the bottom 50 percent of Americans"

I think the word *earns* mischaracterizes the accumulation of so much wealth in so few hands.

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