Jun. 29th, 2011

I don't often do this, but:

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) calls for Obama to end tax breaks for the wealthy and tax loopholes that benefit huge corporations, saying that enough is enough and that deficit reduction cannot be built on the backs of the poor and the vanishing middle class.

He made a 90-minute speech on the floor of the Senate today and has put up a letter to Obama on his official website.

Please sign the letter and spread the word. As of this posting, there were 67,897 signatures. Let's raise that number.

Excerpt from the letter:
Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people who believe that deficit reduction must be about shared sacrifice. The wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations in this country must pay their fair share. At least 50 percent of any deficit reduction package must come from revenue raised by ending tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminating tax loopholes that benefit large, profitable corporations and Wall Street financial institutions. A sensible deficit reduction package must also include significant cuts to unnecessary and wasteful Pentagon spending.

Excerpt from his speech with video embed behind the cut )

Senator Sanders, thank you so much for doing your job.

Please sign the letter and tell others about it. The Twitter tag is #SharedSacrifice. Make it big, make it loud.

I'm pretty cynical and my hopes are pretty low. But any chance to change things...

[Hat tip: Shakesville]

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