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Senator Bernie Sanders Stands Up For the Rest of Us

Senator Bernie Sanders Stands Up For the Rest of Us

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has a letter posted to President Obama on his website that proclaims the U.S. “has, by far, the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth.” Nicholas Kristoff stated in a November 2010 New York Times op-ed piece that the wealthiest one percent of Americans earn almost 24 percent of the total income, a nine percent increase from 1976.

Kristoff also stated that CEOs of the largest companies in the U.S. earned an average of 531 times more than the average worker in 2001, but in 1980 only earned 42 times more. More than four-fights of the increases in U.S. incomes went to the wealthiest one percent from 1980 to 2005.

“It is absolutely imperative, however, that as we go forward with deficit reduction we completely reject the Republican approach that demands savage cuts in desperately-needed programs for working families, the elderly, the sick, our children and the poor, while not asking the wealthiest among us to contribute one penny,” Sanders urges Obama.

The approach put forth by the current congressional Republicans consists of cutting the proverbial hell out of almost everything in government. Congressional Republicans also oppose raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, some of whom helped tank the economy.

Polls show that the majority of the American people favor raising taxes on the wealthiest. A poll released in May found that 69 percent surveyed favored raising taxes on households earning $250,000 or more. Another spring 2011 poll found that 64 percent voters favor raising taxes on households earning $250,000 or more, and only 33 percent opposed.

Sanders, in his letter, pleads with Obama to listen to the American people: “Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that deficit reduction must be about shared sacrifice.”

In December, Obama signed off on extending the Bush era tax cuts, which allowed the wealthiest in America to receive the largest tax cuts. “Please do not yield to outrageous Republican demands that would greatly increase suffering for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society,” Sanders tells Obama. “Now is the time to stand with the tens of millions of Americans who are struggling to survive economically, not with the millionaires and billionaires who have never had it so good.”

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4:53PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

I adore Sen. Sanders, and wish he was my senator (but too cold to move to VT), so I'm stuck here in TX with cornyn and hutchison, two of the worst

10:54PM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

I love this guy. Wish more had the guts to sound off.

9:47AM PDT on Jul 3, 2011

Sanders for President in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:14PM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

I dont understand why people dont have more of a problem with income inequality, and demand that something be done about it

5:57AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

He's a jewel.

4:04AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

Obama definitely needs to be stronger - but to be fair, the republicans held unemployment for the masses as hostage in exchange for the tax breaks. I am not saying it was the best decision, but at least he seemed compassionate about the plight of the people at the time, where the republicans again simply catered to the rich.

3:31AM PDT on Jul 2, 2011

He's just reminding President Obama of the facts. It is time for Obama to show some courage and stand strong for what he believes.Todays republican congress has had it their own way far too often. And, unless our President puts a stop to it RIGHT NOW, they will be crushing the working class and all that are dependent on a monthly check for the foreseeable future. That is where their funding is. The power, money, and other benefits of being in congress is, evidently worth the destruction of the USA. They have to do as they are told to, by the ones who are paying for their election/reelection. Do I love my country? I am no longer sure what the USA is. I sure love what I thought it was 20, 30, 40, 50 years ago. But that no longer exists.

10:48PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

More like him needed..

10:11PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

way to go bernie keep up the good work

9:26PM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

@ Marge; "Send a petition to President Obama supporting Senator Sander's letter."

Marge, there is a new site for just this purpose! I am not sure if you are familiar with MoveOn.org - but they have a sister site for progressive issues called "signon.org"

You can easily create your own online petition in minutes. Really cool!

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