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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Senator Bernie Sanders: One Ordinary hero

On this day, when the nation observes the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, one man, born in that same year, is using the last years of his life to protect Americans from another kind of war, a war that threatens us every bit as deeply as the so-called Last Great War. That man is Senator Bernard (Bernie) Sanders. A few days ago, Senator Sanders went on record in the U.S. Senate on behalf of you and me. He told the truth. It's important. If you can, I encourage you to spare thirteen minutes to listen to this elder statesman giving breath in passionate urgency on our behalf.

If you'd like more background on Senator Sander's speech, he discusses it in his Week in Review.

You probably know that yesterday President Obama was strong-armed into agreeing to continue these outrageous tax breaks, averaging $100,000 a year, to wealthy Americans while you and I struggle to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads. That was the cost the Republicans exacted to continue much more marginal tax breaks for the rest of us. Oh yes, and to extend unemployment benefits a while longer for those shut out in the cold during the downturn. Who caused the downturn? The richest in our country, the men and women benefiting from this enormous tax break in their pursuit of ever greater wealth and power. May they hang their heads in shame and give it all back.

I feel enormous gratitude to Senator Sanders for standing up for us. I'm writing to thank him for going on record in his attempt to protect us. If you would like to do the same, you can write to him using his Contact form.

Ordinary Heroes Award

To the Honorable Senator Sanders: You're my hero today, Senator. Thank you for working so hard to protect ordinary Americans from the rampant greed of the wealthy few. Thank you for using the power of your voice and your office to advocate for us. Thank you for your energy and love and deep concern for our welfare. Thank you for speaking out about "a war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country against the working families of the United States of America, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country." May you be blessed beyond your wildest imagining.

Ordinary Heroes Award
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Pojoam said...

OMG - 80% of all income went to the top 1% income earners,. And those whose reckless actions brought this upon us, after we bailed them out, those same CEOs are earning more now than before the bailout. This redefines what it means to be an American. We are living a life of delusion if we think this is the land of the free. We are economic slaves to the already wealthy, and now they want "wealthcare." As demoralizing and discouraging as this is, Sen. Sanders voice and courage is encouraging.

Kathryn Grace said...

Pojoam, thanks for weighing in on this. Don't you love the term "wealthcare"? I'd like to see that one go viral.

Hayden said...

well said.

Deb Shucka said...

You've said what I'm thinking better than I could have. It's one of the many reasons I appreciate the work you do here.

Wanda said...

Oh. How sad this makes me. We need more Warren Buffetts who will say, "Tax me more...please." I understand difficult economic times mean that we all must make adjustments and sacrifices. However, I am appalled at the fact that my economic struggles mean that those who are unethical at the top of the money tree make more!

What ever happened to the "Christian value" of "To whom much is given, much shall be required"? What ever happened to "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me"? Whatever happened to share and share alike?

I am flabbergasted and discombobulated by the thinking that goes into this mess we are in. I read an article in Science Daily about Politics and Eye Movement. Take a look at the article. I would word the conclusion they came to a bit differently. I would say that the conservative non-responsiveness means self-absorption (not the same as autonomy) and lack of empathy. These are not exactly "Christian values."

kario said...

I am so disgusted that now the Democrats are blasting Obama for capitulating and threatening to stonewall the agreement just so they can say they fought against the Republicans! The least they can do is realize that Obama did what he could and not make it worse. And I call myself a liberal Democrat!


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