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Budget Deal on the Backs of the Elderly, the Children, the Sick and the Poor"
“Grand bargain could be grand
sellout By Senator Bernie Sanders
The media appear
fixated about when and if a so-called “grand bargain” on our economy will be
reached. Wrong question! The question we should be asking is: What should be in
a “grand bargain” that works for the average American?
At a time when the middle class is disappearing, 46 million Americans are
living in poverty and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing
wider, we need a “grand bargain” that protects struggling working families,
With corporate profits at record-breaking levels while the effective
corporate tax is at its lowest level since 1972, and 1 out of 4 profitable
corporations pays nothing in federal income taxes, we need a grand bargain that
ends corporate loopholes and demands that corporate America starts helping us
with deficit reduction. We must not balance the budget on the backs of the
elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. We must not cut Social Security,
disabled veterans’ benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, education and other programs
that provide opportunity and dignity to millions of struggling American
Before we pass a grand bargain, we have got to take a hard and sober look
at what’s happening economically in our country today. In doing so, we must
acknowledge that the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth
and income of any major country on earth and that inequality is worse today than
at any time since the late 1920s. Today, the wealthiest 400 individuals in this
country own more wealth than the bottom half of America — 150 million
Americans. The top 1 percent owns 38 percent of all financial wealth, while the
bottom 60 percent owns just 2.3 percent. Incredibly, the Federal Reserve
reported last year that median net worth for middle-class families dropped by
nearly 40 percent from 2007-2010. That’s the equivalent of wiping out 18 years
of savings for the average middle-class family.
The distribution of income is even worse. If you can believe it, the last
study on the subject showed that all of the new income gained from 2009-2011
went to the top 1 percent. ALL of the new income!
In America today, the average middle-class family has seen its income go
down by nearly $5,000 since 1999, adjusting for inflation. Real unemployment is
not 7.7 percent, it is 14.3 percent, counting those workers who have given up
looking for work or who are working part time when they want to be working full
time. While youth unemployment is exceptionally high, millions of young people
are struggling with student loans they can’t afford to pay back. While we talk
about the need to strengthen the middle class, we have to understand that more
than half of the new jobs that have been created since 2010 are low-wage jobs
paying people between $7.80 and $13.80 an hour.
That’s the economic reality facing a large majority of our people, and
that’s what has to be taken into consideration when we discuss deficit
reduction and a “grand bargain.”
As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, here are my priorities:
We need a budget that puts millions of Americans back to work in
decent-paying jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and transforming
our energy sector away from fossil fuels and into renewable energy and energy
We need a budget that keeps the promises we have made to our seniors, veterans
and the most vulnerable by protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
We need a budget
that makes sure that the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations
pay their fair share of taxes. We must end corporate loopholes that allow Wall
Street banks, large corporations and the wealthy to avoid more than $100 billion
a year in federal taxes by stashing their profits in the Cayman Islands and
other tax havens. A federal budget is not just a set of numbers. It is a value
statement of what we, as a nation, stand for. We must fight for a grand bargain
that stands for justice, opportunity and the needs of our middle class. We must
reject any approach that continues the economic assault on working families..”
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April 26, 2012
Senate Republican Men Say Violence Against Women Is OK
31 GOP Men Don’t Think Domestic Abuse Victims Deserve Protection
In the end the renewal easily cleared the Senate on a 68-31 vote. 15 Republicans joined all members of the Democratic caucus in voting yes. Notably,
the 31 Republicans who voted against renewing VAWA are all men.
All Republican women voted for the renewal.
916 anti-woman bills have been introduced by the GOP since March 2011
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We’ve known it all along, but now we have numbers. New Poll Finds That Those Who Rely On Fox News
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The Republicans like to tout my own home state of Texas as being an "economic miracle". They would like for Americans
to believe that the recession didn't hit Texas as hard as other states, and that is because of the corporate-friendly
Republican leadership in the state. That's simply not true. Texas was hit hard by the recession, and at least half of the
states in this country have a lower unemployment figure than Texas.Texas has the largest number of minimum wage
jobs in the country -- both in number of minimum wage jobs and in the percentage of the state's jobs that pay minimum
wage. That means Texas has more full-time workers than any other state that are living below the poverty line.
Our Wise County Republicans think America is a republic and not a democracy.
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America A Republic or Democracy
“What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican Party?
I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote.
Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote.
Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty.
Liberals ended segregation.
Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act.
Liberals created Medicare.
Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act.
What did Conservatives do?
They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’
as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty,
something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”
—Lawrence O’Donnell Jr.
What it means to be a Democrat
Democrats stand for Hope, Equal Opportunity and Fair Play.
These are the values Texans share in our personal lives and
the values we expect to define our economic and social policies.
Texas Democrats are building a better state and a stronger nation where
those who work hard and play by the rules can achieve their American dream.
In equal opportunity for all citizens.
In rewarding honest, hard work with a living wage and in a tax system that is fair.
In family values that are more than a political slogan.
In quality education that gives all citizens the opportunity to reach their potential.
In freedom from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions.
That individual strengths in our diverse population are a benefit.
In security in our homes and safety on our streets. Criminals should face swift and certain punishment.
In separation of Church and State to preserve the freedom to pursue our beliefs.
In a strong United States - morally, economically and militarily.
In reasonable reforms that give us cleaner and safer air and water.