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Sen. Bernie Sanders today issued the following statement on why he plans to vote against a deficit-reduction deal proposed by the White House and congressional leaders:
"The wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations who are doing phenomenally well today are not being asked to contribute one penny in shared sacrifice toward deficit reduction. On the other hand, middle-class and working families who are suffering terribly in the midst of this horrible recession are being asked to shoulder 100 percent of the human cost of lowering our deficit. This is not only grossly unfair, it is bad economic policy.
"This two-part deficit-reduction legislation is complicated, and it is impossible to predict exactly which programs will be cut and by how much because the process requires action by appropriation committees and a new super committee in months to come.
"But it is very clear that there will be devastating cuts to education, infrastructure, Head Start and child care, LIHEAP, community health centers, environmental protection, affordable housing and many, many other programs. I am also concerned that when we hear that ‘everything is on the table' in terms of what this super committee deals with it will certainly include devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' needs, while protecting the interests of the wealthy and large corporations.
"This country needs deficit reduction, but we need to do it in a way that is fair and which will result in economic growth and job creation. This proposal does neither and I will oppose it."
Now that the bills are showing up in the mail, it is everyday people who are being told they will have to bear the burden. Good on you Senator Sanders.
The number of lawmakers that seem to really look out for the middle class continues to dwindle. Bernie makes the list.
Indeed on table. I got a feeling that it will be harder for people to qualify for disability and that those on disability will have to prove they are still disable.
Originally posted by neo96
bernie sanders is immoral grotesque and unfair
more classwarfare crap
bernie sanders is immoral grotesque and unfair
and yeah sanders is some independent
Option 16 Reduce the Floor on Federal Matching Rates for Medicaid Services 41
Option 17 Consolidate and Reduce Federal Payments for Graduate Medical Education Costs at Teaching Hospitals 43
Option 18 Raise the Age of Eligibility for Medicare to 67 45
Option 19 Impose Cost Sharing for the First 20 Days of a Stay in a Skilled Nursing Facility Under Medicare 47
Option 20 Require a Copayment for Home Health Episodes Covered by Medicare 48
Option 21 Reduce Medicare Costs by Changing the Cost-Sharing Structures for Medicare and Medigap Insurance 49
Option 22 Increase the Basic Premium for Medicare Part B to 35 Percent of the Program’s Costs 51
Option 23 Reduce Medicare’s Payment Rates Across the Board in High-Spending Areas 52
Option 24 Eliminate the Critical Access Hospital, Medicare-Dependent Hospital, and Sole Community Hospital Programs in Medicare 53
Option 25 Require Manufacturers to Pay a Minimum Rebate on Drugs Covered Under Medicare Part D for Low-Income Beneficiaries 54 Retirement and Social Security
Option 26 Base Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Federal Civilian and Military Pensions and Veterans’ Benefits on an Alternative Measure of Inflation 56
Option 27 Base Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments on an Alternative Measure of Inflation 58
Option 28 Link Initial Social Security Benefits to Average Prices Instead of Average Earnings 60
Option 29 Raise the Earliest Eligibility Age for Social Security 62
Option 30 Raise the Full Retirement Age in Social Security 63
Option 31 Lengthen by Three Years the Computation Period for Social Security Benefits 65 Option 32 Apply the Social Security Benefit Formula to Individual Years of Earnings
Originally posted by kro32
He wanted the President to circumvent the Congress and try to use the 14th amendment to raise the debt ceiling which would be illegal.
I'm sure he'd be the first Congressman bitching and moaning if he wanted a bill debated and the President did an end around on Congress.
Sounds very very hypocritical and unamerican to me.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
“Well that is true, making Obama a one-term President is my single most important political goal along with every active Republican in the country"
In fact, Truman never did raise the federal debt ceiling. In fact, since the nation started using the debt ceiling in 1939, Truman was the only President who didn't raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling was incrementally raised to the princely sum of $300 billion - hardly enough to keep Wendi Murdoch in shoes - during World War II, was reduced to $275 billion in 1945, and remained $275 billion until 1954, when Dwight David Eisenhower, or "Ike," who everyone apparently liked, was President.