Not on the backs of the most vulnerable!

I’m Bernie Sanders, United States senator from Vermont, and, along with the organization Social Security Works, I started a petition to the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:

No grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.

Listen—they’re at it again.

Billionaires like the Koch brothers, Pete Peterson, Stanley Druckenmiller, and others are leading the charge to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

If they succeed, millions of senior citizens, working families, disabled veterans, and children will suffer. We must not allow that to happen.

Today, the middle class is disappearing, real unemployment is extremely high, poverty is increasing, and working families throughout the country are struggling to keep their heads above water economically. Meanwhile, the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider and the wealthiest people and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well.

WE MUST NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF WORKING FAMILIES, THE ELDERLY, THE CHILDREN, THE SICK, AND THE POOR.

As Vermont’s senator, I have the honor of serving on the Budget Conference Committee, which will be negotiating a new federal budget over the next few months—and where I am fearful that a deal could be struck to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

As the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus, I’m asking you to please stand with me, our friends at Social Security Works, and our coalition partners in demanding: “No grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.”

Let’s be clear. Despite right-wing rhetoric:

Social Security is not going broke. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has a surplus today of $2.8 trillion and can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible person for the next 20 years.

Social Security has not contributed to the deficit. Social Security is funded independently by FICA taxes, which are paid by workers and their employers.

The so-called chained CPI, which recalculates how cost of living adjustments are formulated, is not a “modest tweak.” If the chained CPI went into effect today, a senior aged 65 would receive $658 a year less in Social Security benefits when he/she was 75, and $1,100 a year less at age 85. Further, the average disabled veteran would lose tens of thousands of dollars in benefits over his/her lifetime.

Please stand with me today and demand that Congress and the president oppose any grand bargain that cuts Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.

When 1 out of 4 U.S. corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes; when Bush’s tax breaks for the rich remain in place for many wealthy Americans; when the U.S. spends almost as much as the rest of the world combined on defense, there are much fairer and more economically sound ways to address the budget than cutting programs desperately needed by the most vulnerable people in our country.

Please stand with me and Social Security Works in protecting the future of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.

Let’s go forward together. Thanks for your continued support.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
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  • Michael L

    No.
    More Government is never the Answer….Period.

    • NealeDonaldWalsch

      No one is talking about MORE government, Michael. The discussion is about cutting programs that have been in place for many years. But, wait. You may be right. More disparity between the rich and the poor…that’s the answer to making this country great again. Absolutely. Cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits when 1 out of 4 U.S. corporations pay nothing in federal income
      taxes and when President Bush’s tax breaks for the rich remain in place for many
      wealthy Americans. 5% of the people hold 95% of the wealth and resources. There you go, that’s what makes this country great. Cut Social Security, which pays for itself. Cut benefits for disabled veterans. That’s the ticket! Good going. Get those 1 out of 4 corporations to pay taxes as a way to bolster government finances? No way! We gotta keep those corporations free from those taxes! Put the burden on disabled vets. There you go! NOW you’re talkin’…

      • Michael L

        I see your point Neale.
        Take what is not freely given.

        What part of unconditional love does this taking come from?

        Cutting is a red herring as even if you keep the non-existent budget at the same levels they are now, you would raise taxes by 8% each year for ever. It’s baked in to the government spending cake.

        I would say that it is time to start trusting that both side of the same coin will be hurting so bad, that both will work together.

        It’s time to stop the blame game.